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The Scoop: Holiday Shopping with the Kids

Here we grow again!  Please welcome our newest monthly blog theme – “The Scoop” which will provide you with lots of ideas for family fun, the latest toys and learning activities plus so much more!  We’re thrilled to have Brain Candy Toys on board to help with the content.
Hope you enjoy this first blog on how to get through holiday shopping with the kids.
Shopping is hard enough at times, but Holiday shopping with the kids in tow is in a league of it’s own. Here are some tips from the folks at Brain Candy Toys to get you through the aisles with a little more ease this season:
The Set-up: Make sure your kids are in on the plan. Let them help you brainstorm gift ideas or map out the shopping route. Assign older children a name from your list and let them shop for the gift. They will love the responsibility and you’ll love the extra help. 

Advance Notice: Before you hit the road let them know that this time the shopping is for other people and you likely won’t be buying anything for them. Preparing them in advance helps avoid a meltdown later. 



Take a Fun Break: Although you may be aiming to just get in and out of the stores as fast as possible, you kids may appreciate it more if you include a few fun stops along the way. Make a deal that if you go to these 2 stores then you can stop for a hot chocolate after.  Create a secret handshake to do after each gift is crossed off your list or agree on a gumball from the machine after a certain time.
Bring Snacks: There’s no better distraction than a well-timed snack, but buying them on the go can be expensive and may not be as healthy. Pack a little bag of goodies from home, ideally ones that aren’t messy so you can avoid any sticky fingers on the merchandise. Don’t forget a water bottle too!

Spread the Spirit: It’s amazing how much compassion a child can have. Take some time to explain to your child the importance of sharing with those in need. Then allow her to pick out a toy for the toy drive or some items for the food bank.

Bring a friend: Adding more children to the mix may sound like an odd idea, but for some kids it could be the best plan you’ve ever had. They can keep themselves occupied together and you’ll have more time to focus on your shopping.
Hope these tips help to save you some time and stress this holiday season.  Happy Shopping!

Brain Candy Toys is more than just a toy store, it’s your local source for so many great educational and learning resources. Come check us out online or visit our new location in Bedford.

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Urban Parent (formally HRM Parent) is a an online community for families living, exploring and playing in the Halifax area. We connect local parents with events, information, services, products – and each other. Our online community of local parents is growing every day and we’re so grateful for all who are a part of it. Our Facebook and Twitter “inbox” questions have been known to cause some wild conversations, unite families with similar needs and most importantly let many parents know they are never alone! Urban Parent is run by local parents, for local parents. We know what a struggle it can be to find local information and resources, so we’ve done the work for you in the hope that it has made your day a little easier and maybe even given you some cool parent points with the kids! Have an idea for a blog? Need more information? Want to advertise with us? Just send us an email at info@urbanparent.ca we’d love to hear from you.


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