Black Friday Shopping with the Kids: Yay or Nay? Debate with the Danielle’s!

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 Are You Bringing Your Kids with you to Black Friday Shop?
(This topic suggested by Nancy from Arizona Mama.)
YAY or Nay?
What do YOU say?
Hmmm… this is a tough one. I guess it depends on the age.
Well, wait a minute.
No it doesn’t.
A couple of years we took my son Austin. He’s 15 years old now, and this was about 5 years ago. He wanted to come and he was a trooper! I personally feel like I am on a serious mission when shopping on Black Friday and I feel that the kids just weigh you down. You have to be tough in certain circumstances and sometimes those stores are NO PLACE for a child.
But… this year I am thinking about going (not sure yet). And if I do, I will need to bring my 3 year old and my 4 month old. They go to bed early, so they will get plenty of sleep. I will [of course] keep them safe and warm. If I do bring them, I will wear my baby and Mike will carry Gracie if things are a little crazy. Other than that initial rush, we are not in a hurry for anything so we will probably push them in a stroller or the cart. Gracie walks most of the time but due to the crowd, we will keep her closer.
I think it will be fun! Baby Jack won’t know the difference and Gracie will probably think it’s fun. We will do something special like get hot chocolate and bring blankets with us. We usually finish up around 8 or 9am and then stop somewhere for breakfast and then head home to rest. Nap time will be early that day if we bring the little one’s out with us!
Again, I am not totally sure if we are going to do this or not, but we might.
What about  you?
Are you going to bring your kids out shopping on Black Friday or do you think it’s totally wrong?
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  1. I avoid Black Friday like the Black Plague. With or without kids, I don’t want to be anywhere near it. You seem to be someone who is capable of exercising good judgment. If things get too crazy, I have no doubt you’ll remove your kids from the situation. If you want to take them, go for it.

  2. I have gone black Friday shopping for years, even before I had kids. I started with my best friend when her first child was born. I do not take my children and will not. Things get way crazy on black Friday and I don't want my kids in that, plus I am busy shopping and I don't want to worry about where they are. I also feel like taking children shopping for Christmas eliminates the fun

  3. I disagree with taking kids. It's no place for them at a young age. People get crazy. I live in a small town and I seen a fight breakout at the local walmart!

    Wouldn't it be better for your husband just to stay home with the kids?

  4. Not sure if we're going this year, but if we are, I will leave the kids at home. I have no problem if other people bring their kids, I just don't want to bring mine… last year we waited in realllllly long lines (one of them outside in the freezing cold) for hours. And like you said – some places can get crazy – I just wouldn't want to worry about my children.

  5. NO! I hate going pregnant because people are so pushy. I go w/ 2 of my friends and we make it an all day thing, leaving kids at home w/ our hubbies! Girl time and kids slow us down! 🙂

  6. I won't be going this year because Willow is just way to small…. well all my girls are (4 years, 2 years, 2 1/2 months) and so I'll enjoy Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday for my deals. Next year if she isn't breastfeeding any longer and can be left home with daddy then I will head back out into the madness.

  7. LOL, I love that you say “you have to be tough in certain circumstances.” I think a baby that you wear is totally fine to bring along so long as you aren’t those crazy people who wait in line for HOURS in cold dark weather. Since you will have Mike with you that makes it a lot easier with Gracie too… I guess it all depends on the type of stores you go to and what the crowds are like…

  8. I don’t go out on Black Friday, so of course I’m against taking the kids, lol. I think that it’s mostly fine, except for those that go to the early morning anarchyfests. It’s just too unsafe for kidlets.

  9. I love Black Friday, but I think I mostly love it for the excitement of it all and it sort of kicks off the Christmas season for me. I do not go out counting on a certain deal so much that I would fight over it. If I had nothing I was trying to buy and came home with nothing, I would still want to do it, LOL. I just love being around all the hub-bub and excitement. 😉
    I’m sure part of this has to do with the fact that we live in a smaller town and so there aren’t as many people and they aren’t as frantic about everything.

    • …and I sort of missed the real discussion here, LOL. I won’t be taking my toddlers, mostly because they would make the trip slower and more difficult, and I don’t want to take them out that early, (especially since we’ll have probably had a late night the night before with family for Thanksgiving.)
      I will be bringing 3-month-old Elanora in the baby carrier. 🙂

  10. I never considered bringing anyone who wasn’t a tween Black Friday shopping. Totally would cramp my style. lol That said, I loved taking my daughters when they were tweens. They really enjoyed going. I have to work the day after Thanksgiving, but always go in later so I can get my shopping done. Last year was really a dud and I took my boys for the first time. I didn’t find any deals and this year I think I’ll be passing, but I’d take my boys again if they wanted to go. =)

  11. I normally never do Black Friday I have always paid a teen to do it for lol! But I couldn’t imagine going with my 2 kiddos when they were younger. I might take my DD who is 8 now and my stepson who is 9 but no way would my 5 yr old DS go lol!

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