John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as Babble, TLC, YahooShine and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. While he’s name dropping, it’s only fair to point out that Ashton Kutcher tweeted one of John’s YouTube videos, but it may have only been because Ashton felt sorry for him. After all, John went from carefree bachelor to father of four in just 13 months thanks to marrying a single mom then quickly conceiving triplets. Since then, he and his wife have added one more to the mix, a little boy they named Grand Finale. They all live chaotically in Knoxville, Tn with Briggs the dog.
Meltdowns. Not good. Especially when shopping.
You know the drill. It’s almost December. There are gifts to buy. One more important than the rest. I’m speaking, of course, about the one for your wife. But there’s a catch. Not only do you have to buy a gift for her. You also have to buy your children’s gifts for her, too.
Which, of course, brings you to another catch. How to execute this mission — which could take hours — without your children melting down. And my partners in crime for such expeditions are five-year-old triplets. Which, you know, presents challenges. Exactly why, though, I’ve come up with a fool-proof, five-step plan. If you, too, will be shopping with your kids, you might wanna take a peek.
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Come up with a game plan
You know what the best game plan is? To knock this stuff out online. But then, of course, your children wouldn’t feel as if they were part of the process. At least mine wouldn't. Which means that visiting an actual store (gasp) or mall (double gasp) is a must. This, of course, means that you have to have a game plan. Without it, you’re destined for misery. So figure out (a) exactly what you want to get her and (b) exactly what types of things your children will want to get her. Photo Credit
What are some of your keys for meltdown-free shopping with your kids?
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