I loved that my daughter had my love for shopping! A few nights after our shopping trip I was shopping online when my daughter asked what I was doing. I showed her what I was looking at, and she asked if we could shop for her. I tried to show her a toy website, but all she wanted to look at were clothes. She was making all the choices, and doing a pretty good job of picking matching tops and bottoms.
I was having a lot of fun shopping online with her. I didn’t realize the little monster I was creating. She wanted to shop for hour and hours, when we finally checked out I explained it would come in the mail in a few days. She kept asking to check the mail box every 5 minutes the rest of the evening. It was cute at first, but got old after the 10th time. A few days later her box of clothes arrived. She was so excited, and she remembered she picked them out.
Every time I have picked up my laptop around my daughter since then, she begs to shop. I could no longer check my email or work from home in front of her. Oh no, what would I do, I love sitting on the couch with my laptop while she watches cartoons. If I wanted to ever use my computer again I had to find a solution.
Lucky for me she is three and can still be tricked. I bought her, her own laptop. An Elmo laptop that is actually very educational for toddlers. It doesn’t connect to the internet, or discuss shopping, but she is still content. Every night when I sit down with my laptop, she sits down beside me with hers. She often tells me she is shopping for princess dresses, and luckily she hasn’t noticed that none of them have come in the mail. Her Elmo laptop is a great toy (Here is a video review I made of The Elmo Learning Laptop) and it really lets her think she is a big girl like mom. Thank goodness for Elmo! As much as I love shopping with my daughter, I also love shopping for me sometimes too.
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