Recently the trio and I ventured off to The Mall of NH. The eldest child had to pick something up at Hot Topic and was planning to get another piercing done. The boys didn’t much want to go, but I told them there was no voting on this one. All three kids would be heading to The Mall of NH with me.
How to Survive Mall with Kids
Having a child on the autism spectrum means I’ve learned to be better about developing a routine. I also know to be proactive about my expectations when going somewhere. I remain firm about what behavior I expect from all three kids.
Make it Fun
While sure the trip to The mall of NH was about the oldest child needing to get something, I could still make it somewhat fun for her brothers. I made sure to stop at fun locations for the boys like the virtual reality terminal.
The youngest has a short attention span and walking around The Mall of NH was very trying for him. At first, he was in love with the sights, sounds, and displays but within an hour he was really sort of done with the whole mall scene. Have empathy for your child when he or she gets bored.
Walking around The Mall of NH for hours isn’t fun for anyone, especially when you have legs or knees that start to hurt. I found being silly right before the ultimate meltdown happens is a great way to distract your kids from totally freaking out about wanting to leave.
Do not bribe your kids, I mean I guess you can, I am totally guilty of doing this. I am thinking instead of a bribe allow each one of your kids to pick their own special item. That is a great way to encourage them to window shop with you and find that one cool item. Always set price limits when doing this!
Have a Snack
There were many snack stops in The Mall of NH. They have a food court with ample options for any diet. I personally wanted to try some of the soft pretzel bites I saw, but we didn’t have a budget to spend on food during this particular visit.
Whatever your reason to head to the mall with kids, you can use each of these tips I shared today so that you have a successful trip. I have often found using these types of tips to survive the mall with kids has totally alleviated ultra-meltdowns with my sons who don’t often enjoy walking as much as I do.
Have you taken your kids to the mall before? What tips do you have to share to help other families survive?
This post is completely personal, all information and products listed here were paid for out of my own pocket.
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