There are lots of things I enjoy much more now I’m a parent. Trips to the beach, walks in the countryside, film days cuddled up on the sofa are all just a few examples of activities that are more exciting when you have a little one in tow. An experience that hasn’t been enhanced in the slightest by having a child is a trip to the shops. Ever since becoming a mum I am much happier sitting at home doing some online shopping than I am when out dragging my reluctant toddler up and down the High Street. Let me tell you, there is nothing therapeutic about retail therapy when you have to take your child along with you, unless you count torture as a form of therapy – for the record, I don’t.
Here are some reasons why I can often be found doing online shopping rather than hitting the shops..
Firstly, Leo is not a fan of his pram. My boy would much prefer to run feral all over the shopping centre, nearly knocking people over and giving me a stress headache than sit in his buggy. No matter how much I want him to enjoy a leisurely browse around the shops, it just isn’t going to happen.
So I have two choices, let Leo run around and have minor panic attacks every time I loose sight of him or put him in his pram and put up with his moaning to get out. Not great options are they? Whichever I choose the shopping experience is still not going to be a relaxing one.
The pram is the cause of so many problems when out shopping, it’s biggest downfall being it stops you from using the stairs. Is there anything more frustrating than trying to squeeze a pram into a lift, a lift often full of people who could, actually, be using the stairs? The politics of lifts and prams is a rant another day but it is definitely a reason I prefer online shopping.
Finally, I avoid the real shops as much as possible now I’m a Mum as I always end up spending more than I want to. It is inevitable that Leo will get hungry just as we walk past his favourite fast food restaurant and I will have to go in and buy him something otherwise the end of the world may commence. Being a bookworm I often find myself browsing through the latest paperbacks that are all too often located right next to the children’s magazines. This often results in me spending a small fortune on a magazine for Leo that he so desperately needs, only for him to get bored with it way too quickly. It is not all Leo’s fault I spend so much of course, there is just too much temptation out there on the clothes racks and the pretty window displays.
Online shopping is the clear solution to all these problems, it actually makes retail therapy feel enjoyable again. Why would you put yourself through the stress of a shopping trip with kids when you could do it all from the comfort of your own home? The worry your child running off is gone as they can be sat right next to you while you shop away, the pram/lift dilemma is eradicated too. I’m also less likely to over spend and with amazing online shopping catalogues, that have everything I need in one place, why would I bother taking a trip to the shops that neither myself or Leo will enjoy?
Do you love online shopping even more now you’re a parent too? Are there any other perks to online shopping that you would add to this list? Do you find a trip to shops as stressful as I do? I would love to know your thoughts.
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