My son never wants to go anywhere with me these days. The every day errands I run are just not up to par. Now that he’s allowed to stay home alone sometimes, he thinks he never has to go anywhere.
What’s the point, right? Honestly, I can’t blame him. If I had the luxury of not running my errands, I would totally take the out. I don’t even want to go to half the places I do, so why should I expect him to? But, I also don’t want to get in the habit of leaving him alone all the time, just because I can. He has to suffer with the rest of us.
I’ve noticed there’s a few places he’ll go without any hesitation at all. A wise blogger once said…
“If your teenage son thinks he’s too cool to run your stupid errands with you, then trick him into going.”-The Mommy Mess
#1 Publix: Why? Because they sell food. Duh. Not only do they sell lots of food on the shelves of every aisle, but they sell fresh, hot food that I don’t have to cook. We hit the deli when we get there. Popcorn chicken, provolone cheese samples, cute little old ladies whipping up piping hot servings of something that blows my dinner away! It’s an easy sale.
#2 GameStop: The one place any teenage boy loves to shop! Not only can my son shop there, but he can talk to someone that works there for hours on end about a game I do not
care know about. GameStop is the one place in the world where his conversation starters aren’t awkward. For some unknown reason the guys that work there know what he’s talking about AND they enjoy talking about it. Go figure. My only concern is that his dreams and aspirations in life go no farther than GameStop manager. God help me.
#3 Chick-Fil-A: Can you say chicken minis? Neither can he when he’s got a mouth full of chicken and biscuits. I could easily go bankrupt simply buying overpriced miniature chicken nuggets that are nestled in sweet buttery bliss. These savory little treats are a sure fire way to get him in the car! They’re also too damn expensive! One pack is never enough.
#4 Best Buy: If there’s a way to pretend you need to shop for giant 3D televisions or price shop the latest iPad or Macbook pro-then do it. He’ll love it! It’s like Disney, except you don’t have to buy anything because everything your teenager wants to buy is so ridiculously out of your price range, it’s not even negotiable. It’s not like going to target and having your 7 year old beg you for something from the dollar section. It’s BEST BUY for God’s sake. It ain’t gonna happen. But, he still gets to touch everything there on display and you get to hang out with him.
#5 The Aquarium Shop: My son is obsessed with fish. Period. A quick stop to grab some fish food can turn into a 3 hour field trip for our family! Here’s the thing about the fish store. There’s fish. There’s people that work there who know about fish. Enough said.
If he doesn’t get that job at GameStop, he’ll totally end up at Pet Supermarket.
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