Whether we like it, or not, the holidays are only a few weeks away and that means shopping.

And lots of it.

I adore shopping, however, I am usually browsing the stores with children, sweating profusely, and football holding while I pull my hair out.

So to save you all the same anxiety attacks I have some key tips that will save you during this busy time of year.

1. Before leaving pack a bag with various snacks, drinks, diapers, changes of clothes, books, crayons, the kitchen sink and anything else that might keep your child(ren) for 10 minutes.

2. Take a friend. This is key to your survival. A friend will be able to spell you off in times of exhaustion, during bathroom breaks, if you misplace a child, and when you spot that cute scarf that you have to try on 14 different ways.

3. Leave the stroller in the car. Go to the closest store that offers a cart and strap your children in. This will allow for more room for them, and more room for purchases. Also? The cart acts like a jail play pen when they become unruly.

4. Stop in the toy section and pick up a stuffed animal that makes noise. Annoying? Yes. Half an hour of uninterrupted shopping time? You know it!

5. Use distraction techniques such as dancing, screaming, singing, and twirling. You will need these when your child(ren) spots the toys that require money to work, bubble gum machines, Santa, balloons or fast food restaurants. Be loud and be proud!

6. Do not make eye contact with product pushers. Those overly friendly hand cream lovers who want to massage your hands and sell you the best moisturizer that you have ever bought in your entire life; avoid. They will cut into your shopping time and call your child(ren) adorable, winning you over.

Glance down, furrow your brow, and walk tall.

7. Prepare for mid-day nap melt down with lots of tenderness, a coffee break for you and a little treat for the child(ren). Shop-a-holics are made, not born.

Now get out there and SHOP!!

This is an original post to World Moms Blog by Multitasking Mumma of Canada.  You can find her on her blog, Multitasking Mumma, or on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo credit to Andrea Nilsson. This photo has a creative commons no derivatives no commercial license.