Shopping with your teen can be a battle: between the the inappropriate clothes targeted at their demo, peer influence and general teen defiance, girls are particular susceptible to mall mayhem. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Before you make a trip to the mall in search of all the “gotta haves” here are some tips to help you keep your cool and get the most for your money.
- • Set a budget and stick to it. Prioritize what is needed most, and discuss beforehand with your daughter, before tensions raise, to ensure you’re on the same page.
• Do your homework: go through your daughter’s closet with her and have her try items on. Recycle or give away what no longer fits or works.
- • Don’t overschedule. If she isn’t feeling it that day, don’t push it.
- • Don’t hurry, make sure you there is enough time to complete what you’ve planned.
- • Shop early in the in the day and make sure your teen is ready to try clothes on. Have her wear something easy to get on and off, wear comfortable shoes and travel as light as possible. Remind her to wear the right undergarments for what she will be trying on.
- • Always be sure she tries on everything you buy, no exceptions. If she’s too tired, maybe it’s time to leave. If she’s embarrassed then it’ll probably be something that will sit in her closet.
For more teen shopping tips go here.
Be sure to pick up the Summer 2010 issue to learn how to set style boundaries with your teen.