5 Annoying Things Parents Do on Black Friday

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Annoying Things Parents do on Black FridayI pretty much do whatever I can to avoid shopping on Black Friday. Because as much as I love a good deal, I like getting sleep a whole lot more; I've yet to find anything worth standing in line for at 2am.

But really, I just can't stand being around crowds of crazed Black Friday shoppers, and worse the parents, who I've seen do some ridiculous things in order to get a toy or gadget on sale.

So if you're planning on hitting the stores at o'dark thirty this Friday, please don't do these 5 things.

1. Bring the kids
I know that some people aren't able to find a babysitter or don't have friends, spouses or family to watch their kids. But guess what, that means you should probably stay home. I don't think it's fair to your small child to be standing in line in the cold when they should be sleeping.

2. Drive strollers like they're drunk
Stores are already ridiculously crowded and that's made about 100 times worse when parents are driving their strollers through the store. If you can't just watch where you're going, try leaving your stroller parked outside the store or even in your car. My ankles thank you.

3. Fight over toys
I cannot tell you how many times I've seen parents fighting over a toy. A TOY! And worse, in front of their kids. If your kid wants the toy that badly, try ordering it online or going to another store. But don't embarrass yourself in public just to get your hands on something your kid asked Santa for because it'll save you $20.

4. Yell at your kids
I've been in several uncomfortable situations where I've seen parents full-on yelling at their kids when it's clear that the kids are tired, hungry, bored, or a combination of all three. How do you expect your kids to act after you've dragged them out of the house in the wee hours of the morning and force them to wait in line with you? I'd throw a tantrum too.

5. Swear
I've heard parents spout off a few choice words to other shoppers on Black Friday, even in front of their kids. And while I'm the first to admit that I don't always use the best language, I most certainly do not call people names, especially when my kids are around.

What do you hate about Black Friday?


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nonmember avatar LAAD

TOTALLY AGREE. If you take your kids (under the age of ten or so) Black Friday shopping, I judge you. I saw BABIES out last night. I felt terrible for them.

Amand... Amanda0712

I do not understand taking kids out shopping with you. My husband and I got a sitter at the last minute and would have stayed home if we hadn't. I saw way too many kids out. From babies on up. We didn't have to wait out in the cold, so that is a plus. But there is NO way that I would take my kids with me

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I saw a woman today with a newborn, definitely less than a month old. Why would you take such a little one out when the stores are that crazy? I don't think babies need to be kept locked up at home but a crowded store in cold and flu season is no place for a newborn.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

I think all 5 of these fall under the no-brainer rule of #1.

Seriously, no kid should be at a store that late/early... ever.

teddy... teddysmama09

I hate that black friday has moved to Canada (at least on the border towns). Today I had to take my kids out so my DH could sleep after working a midnight. I decided to take them to the mall since they love the book store and I promised we would rent one of the strollers that look like a fire truck. I realised my terrible mistake as soon as I entered the mall. The place was packed with frenzied shoppers and all of the strollers were gone. I figured we were alreaady in the mall so we may as well go to the book store. As I was trudging my kids through crazy town (my 11 month old in my arms and my three year old holding tightly to my coat) I couldn't help but notice a number of fire truck strollers being pushed around by people without kids, who had taken them to hold their loot.  Of course the book store was FILLED with kids hyped up on sugar being trailed by haggard looking parents and all I could think was "What the heck am I doing here?"  This frenzied shopping used to only happen in the days before Christmas and Boxing Day (Dec. 26) so I knew when to avoid the mall, pretty soon Holliday shopping is going to be starting in July!


marie... mariesmama

i took my 3 yr old shopping today we needed cleaning suppies while we had money to get them

Sheila79 Sheila79

I ran out of diapers and wipes but I got home late from work wednesday night and the mall was closed thursday and so that left friday cause I couldn't postpone any longer seriously though I dont get the madness of this day sales are good but acting like complete rude assholes that will just die without these sales is pointless

Katriena Young

I made the mistake of going to the mall one year on black friday, and mind you it was in Cheyenne WY where the mall is super tiny that it takes maybe 10 minutes to go from one end to the other, and it was a nightmare. I think every person in town was there. I wond up leaving after like 10 minutes.
It always gettes me that people will camp out for days to be the first person in line to get into the store. There are some things I will go get on the day they come out like movies cause they are cheaper on that day but there is no way I'd pitch a tent in front of a store.

we2an... we2angels

If you take your child out to the super late or super early sales and they act up, I think you had it coming. Stay home, it's a stupid sale. One of these days a kid is going to get hurt from the loonies and then everyone will be all 'told ya so.'

meaga... meagansmommy07

I took my DD last year. She was 1 month old. She was still breastfeeding every 2 hours and.refused a.bottle.so I couldn't leave her at home. She slept most the time in her carseat in the back of the cart. When she woke up I put her in the sling and wore her. We didn't have to wait outside though and our town isn't too crazy where they're pushing and shoving. I had people help me get what I needed since I had the baby on me. Plus I took friends.

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