Monday, January 19, 2009
Do you have a teen that asks you to chauffer herself and a small army of friends to the mall? Only to be asked to stay for an inordinate amount of time, with occasional check-ins? One who pretends to look past you when you pass in the crowded passages? Well, I have some tips that may help.
The following tips are based on actual experience and have proven themselves quite useful.
1) Bring an adorable younger sibling, even if your teen can resist, the others in the group are sure to cave. (it is helpful for the toddler/pre-k to be a huge ham)
2) Take said sibling into all those stores you normally avoid - let's face it, you have no money to shop and you have 3 hours to kill.
3) Cave and buy sibling something cheap, but adorable. I have found that hair items are practical, inexpensive, and bring out sibling's vanity.
4) Suggest to sibling, "Wow! That looks great, you should show (insert teen's name here).
5) Head in the direction of known hot-spots: Spencer's, Starbucks, Hot Topic, etc...
6) When you target your teen group, point them out to sibling, who will joyfully run into the fray and seek all kinds of attention. (at this point the teen will usually speak to you, showing what she bought, telling where she is headed, etc..)
7) You can replay steps 4-6 regularly throughout your killing-time allotment.
I realize it is not necessary, but hey, I'm stuck at the mall and it keeps me entertained!