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Do You Still Shop for Yourself Now that You Have Kids?
Yesterday my mom and I drove to Jacksonville to attend the Southern Women’s Show. Prior to the show I continued my hunt for a new pair of winter shoes – something comfortable that will go with anything despite how cold it gets. Then we went on to the show, and we spent the afternoon browsing over one hundred booths filled with jewelry, perfume, clothing, and skin care items.
I did buy something yesterday.
Of course, it was for the girls!
The fact that I went by a variety of things I would love to have, picked them up and said, "Wow, this is nice!", but put them back and opted to buy something cute I knew my daughters would love was not lost on my mom. She laughed and said, “Isn’t it funny how once you have kids you get more excited shopping for them than for yourself?”
How true is that?!
Let me just say this: I have been hunting for a new pair of winter shoes for a few weeks now. I’ve been in a variety of stores, and at each store have not found what I want. But I HAVE found some great Christmas gifts for the girls! And often, if I have a little extra time before picking them up from school, I drop by the local kid’s consignment store in hunt for something they need - or just to browse to see if I can find anything cute.
I do enjoy looking at things for myself, but I have to say I really enjoy shopping for them more.
So I’m still in need of a new pair of winter shoes, since the cooler weather has started to settle on the south. Yesterday, though, I scored big for my daughters: Two stationary kits from fairies complete with a small bag of ‘fairy dust’ in each. I can’t wait to see their excitement on Christmas morning when they discover fairies visited our home and left Christmas gifts. I know I’ll remember the joy that lights up their eyes when they make that find more than I will remember how I feel when I finally fair the pair of shoes I want.
(Although, I must admit, I can’t wait until I find a pair I love, either!)
How about you? Do you find yourself getting more excited about shopping for the kids than you are about shopping for yourself these days? If you go out to look for something you need, do you find yourself shopping more for your kids?
Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time ...Read More