Friendly Debates with the Danielles: Black Friday Shopping with Kids

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Welcome to Week 56 of Friendly Debates With The Danielles!

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Black Friday Shopping with Kids:  Yay or Nay?  What do YOU say?
(This topic suggested by Nancy of Arizona Mama.)

I used to love Black Friday shopping.  I started going with my mom when I was about ten years old and had finally made the discovery that Santa wasn’t real so I could help with the Christmas shopping.  At that time Black Friday shopping started around 6am, but it has been creeping back and starting earlier and earlier every year.  In fact this year Wal-Mart is opening at 10pm Thanksgiving night – that is just ridiculous!  Pretty soon Black Friday is going to start on Wednesday…. but I suppose I should actually get to the point of this debate.  And so do I think kids should be present on Black Friday?

The youngest age that I think should be out shopping on Black Friday is probably tweens starting at eleven or twelve years old.  Things have changed so much from eighteen years ago when I started going with my mom.  Not only does this now take place in the middle of the night when kids should be SLEEPING peacefully in their BEDS, but it is absolutely chaotic.  People end up in fights over electronics and there is pushing and shoving just to get in the doors.  I was even a nervous wreck going when I was pregnant and my baby was inside me!


Since Alleigh was born I have gone Black Friday shopping, but it’s a lot different.  When Alleigh was 7 months old Dustin and I went out in the morning and he stayed in the car with her.  We did the same thing when Kaelyn was a little one.  We, however, did NOT good out in the middle of the night – we waited until morning when it was light outside and even then I didn’t take my babies into the stores.  Even though the crowds had died down some by this point I was still not taking them into that craziness.  This year on Black Friday Willow will only be 3 months old and am almost certain I will not be going out at all that day.  There is really nothing that will have me wanting to be out with the crazies and I would much rather go out and support Small Business Saturday the next day when people are friendly and shopping at reasonable hours of the day.

Perhaps once Willow is no longer breastfeeding – maybe next year, maybe the year after – I will start back to the Black Friday madness.  At that point the girls will probably be asking Santa for things that will require me to brave the crazies again to make sure their Christmas wish lists are fulfilled.

But this year?  No way.

What about you?  Do you take your kids Black Friday shopping or do you see little ones out that day and think their parents just stepped of the wacky train?  Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment or linking up.

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6 Responses to Friendly Debates with the Danielles: Black Friday Shopping with Kids

  1. Black Friday shopping is crazy and It scares me when I see parents with their toddlers in pajamas running around. It is just so busy. Plus the whole excitement of opening gifts gets lost on Christmas if the children already know what they are getting.
    I also am annoyed that they keep moving black Friday earlier. Its called black “Friday” so why does it start on Thursday. Walmart is opening at 8 pm Thursday here. They have a couple things I really want.. not sure if I will go, but if I do I will not be taking the boys.

    btw.. thanks for the credit.

  2. Amanda says:

    I agree that things have changed SO much. Back when it was 6am shopping and people weren’t getting trampled it was fine to bring young kids. Staying out all night in line just to get a great deal on a crock pot on the other hand is not something you should drag your kids along for IMHO.

  3. Stacie says:

    I think that it gets too crazy in the stores on Black Friday, especially in the early morning. I don’t see a problem with it in the late mornings or afternoons though. I hate crowds of any kind, so I don’t go out at all, lol.

  4. I love going out on Black Friday and wouldn’t necessarily be concerned about taking my kids, but I think that has a lot to do with where I live. People in our smaller town are quite so “rabid” I think, LOL. I try not to bring the kids though, when I can help it, mostly because I want to be able to quickly accomplish my shopping and buy things for them that I wouldn’t want them to see. 😉
    Two years ago, I didn’t go out at all because I had a 3 week old baby, but I’ll be taking 3-month-old Elanora with me this year (in a baby carrier most of the time!) 😉 The other two girls will stay home with Papa.

  5. Mimi says:

    I started taking my daughters when they were tweens with myself and my sister in law and her daughter. It was SO much fun. Then my daughters and I started going every year after that. We haven’t gone the last couple of years because they work or volunteer. I took my boys last year, they’re 9 and 13, and we went out when it was light. They weren’t as excited and I didn’t feel like I found any great deals! You can BET i won’t be going out on Thanksgiving to shop this year!

  6. Shakeeta W says:

    I took my almost-2-year-old last year and she did a lot better than we thought! Our original plan was to move her into the bed with my mom when we got ready to leave but she woke up, saw us leaving, and that was the end of that plan. Lol she surprisingly stayed awake the whole time and wasn’t fussy even though it was 3 in the morning!

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