Do you like shopping as much since you had kids?

United States
August 21, 2007 2:17pm CST
Before I had my daughter, I would spend up to three hours shopping at the local mall or Walmart and end up buying way too much. Of course, that was years before I had a walking, talking energy dynamo tagging along beside me every place I go! Now that I'm a mom, she goes everywhere with me. If I go to the beach, she's there as well. If we have to buy essentials and food at the Walmart Super Center, she has to go along as well. Needless to say, shopping is a much different experience when you are carrying a little kid along. When she was a baby, she would stay quitely in her stroller and nap while Mommy shopped. Now she's more likely to go racing from isle to isle with Mommy running frantically after her. Shopping is not the same fun experience it used to be! But, I guess most moms have that experience at least once in a while. So, do you enjoy shopping since you had children? Do you find that shopping is just as enjoyable (especially at big crowded super centers) when your children are along? Or, do you prefer to do your shopping while they are at school?
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@andrejuly84 (1047)
• Romania
22 Aug 07
yes i like shopping as much as i liked it when i hadn't my baby,but i can't spend the same time on shopping as i do it before.i have to take her wherever i go,in special at shopping.i have to take care of her while choosing what i need to buy.the most easily is on the hypermarket where they have mini-cars for children attached in the front of the shopping stroller so i put he there and she is very busy driving that car and i can get the shopping i need
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22 Aug 07
i agree with u. shopping is not the same after having kids. we will be more focussed on our purchases and our budget. I like shopping with the kids if my hubby is along. so, he can take care of them while i do the shopping.
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@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
25 Aug 07
Shopping is still just as fun for me- I love being a mom—My daughter is a lot of fun- and they don’t stay young long- so enjoy it- I get the sense from a lot of your posts- that you have to take “the kid” as you call your daughter often along with you. I actually prefer to shop with mine—but she is older now- 10- but I loved it when she was young too- not every trip was a success- but I still loved it-
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
24 Aug 07
Ever since I stayed home to take care of my son, he comes with me everywhere. I don't mind shopping with him but he has to be in the mood too as sometimes I can take longer than just 5 minutes especially if I am trying on things. I prefer to do all my shopping when I am on my own or when we go as a family. I did do a lot more before I got married and settled down. Nowadays we do it together and on occasion if I am shopping for my son, then I look around at the sales for me. I would say shopping is more enjoyable when I am on my own because then I can take as long as i want and go into as many shops that i want to lol
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
22 Aug 07
no because we dont have money to go shopping and i hate taking my kids shopping because they want EVERYTHING! (they are getting better as they age, but still it never fails that they ask for something when we are out shopping...)
@pumpkinjam (6749)
• United Kingdom
22 Aug 07
I've always hated shopping so having kids hasn't changed that although I tend to try and get round even quicker if I have them with me! As I usually have to rely on public transport, it is much easier without the kids when I've got bags of shopping and going around the shop is easier when you haven't got to push a buggy and pick up your shopping!
@de2008 (15)
• China
22 Aug 07
Of course,when you have children ,you must spend certain time companying she or he .And what you buy will be changed.In the past ,you bought all things for yourself,but now you will thought of your children .
@vinzen (1022)
• India
22 Aug 07
Hi, i can understand what youre going through, as i also feel quite the same way. It was much better when we were single and not married too, as with husbands also, we rarely tend to enjoy our window shopping or even plan shopping. And kids alongside, we can just about be able to grab what we need and rush off home, there is no way theyd let us do anything else other than what we require for the house. This happens with kids, when they are small . But as they grow,and mature a little they are able to understand things and know what to do and how to behave themselevs around, and then infact its nice to take them along for shopping. I have two grown up kids now, but i know what i used to face when they were younger. And i would shop when they were in school only. But with time, they have learnt how to handle things and we should infact encourage them to come along when they grow up, so that they also learn how to shop and are able to handle the cash part themseleves too. Plus they can have things of their choice,and learn other things , see the products in the market, see how we baragin etc, its always a learning experience for them. So now for me shopping is no more a problem.
• Australia
22 Aug 07
As time goes on, my passion for shopping decreases. Basically with limited funds, shopping doesn't really get much fun these days. I am more about savings so unless there is a good discount or deal on place, I would be at home elsewhere saving whatever I still have.
• China
22 Aug 07
I donn't have children, but I think I will not like go shopping with my children. Because I will feel very tired to take care of them when shopping.
@youless (98302)
• Guangzhou, China
22 Aug 07
After I have a child now, I can't have much time for shopping. Sometimes we will go shopping together. However, if so, usually we will go to the toys department because my son is interested in it much more:)
@wdiong (1817)
• Singapore
22 Aug 07
I reallt miss shopping at a leisurely pace. I am the sort who can spend alot of time browsing around and comparing prices before deciding to buy somethings. Ever since my two kids came along, shopping trips are rushed because I just can't shop in peace. I just want to get whatever that is needed and get out of the shop.
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Sometimes shopping is still fun, even with my son along, but other times, I hurry as fast as I can and get everything so we can go home. My son went through a phase for about a month where he wanted to be held when we were at the grocery store or Walmart or where ever. He would scream and cry if I put him in the seat part of the cart. That was definitely not fun, especially if my husband wasn't along to help out! Now he's doing better and he likes shopping again. I can usually keep him in the cart with out any real problems, so he can't go off looking where ever he wants. If my husband is along, we let Elliott get out and walk part of the time, but only if I have help will I allow it. Otherwise he stays safely in the shopping cart of the stroller.
@wisconsin26 (3859)
• United States
21 Aug 07
I love taking my son with me when I go shopping but the only thing I don't like is "mom can I have this" "mom can I have that".. I do buy him things yes but I don't buy him everything he wants... I do love though taking him with me I think he's great fun not to mention he reminds me of some of the things that are needed.. He's my little helper!
@mistissa (1348)
• Netherlands
21 Aug 07
I do find shopping very enjoyable, but I seem to buy more stuff for the children now then for myself haha