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5 Tips for Shopping with a Teenage Boy

Lots of mums and dads dread taking their teenage boys shopping. They spend hours walking around shops with a grumpy teenager who doesn’t like anything they suggest. However, shopping trips with teen boys don’t have to be like this; they can be an enjoyable experience. The tips below will help you achieve this:

Lots of mums and dads dread taking their teenage boys shopping. They spend hours walking around shops with a grumpy teenager who doesn't like anything they suggest. However, shopping trips with teen boys don't have to be like this; they can be an enjoyable experience. The tips below will help you achieve this:

 

1.     Establish Your Teen’s Clothing Needs Before the Trip

Before you head to your local shopping center, or start searching online, ask your teen to go through their wardrobe and make a pile of anything that no longer fits or that they don’t wear anymore. These items can then be gifted to younger siblings, sold online, or taken to a charity shop.

Once this task is complete, go through your teen’s wardrobe to see what clothing items they need. This will prevent you from buying clothes your teen doesn’t need.

2.     Find Out What’s in Fashion

Often when boys reach their teenage years, they start caring about what they look like and wear; they want to fit in with their friends and look cool. So, it’s important to find out what’s in fashion before you go shopping. Knowing what’s in and what’s not will help you choose clothes your teen will approve of.

3.     Shop in the Men’s Section

Once your child reaches their teenage years, there’s a high possibility they will no longer be able to fit in kid’s sizes, and while it can be tempting to try and squeeze them into kid’s clothes to save money, this isn’t advisable. Encouraging your teen to shop in the men’s section is a much better idea. While this can be more expensive, your child won’t grow out of these clothes as quickly.

4.     Let Them Choose

To prevent the shopping trip from turning into a fighting match, don’t force your teenage boy to wear the clothes you like. Most teenage boys know what clothes they like and what’s in fashion, and the clothes you choose for them might not be to their taste. As long as you have the funds to do so and get everything your child needs, let them buy the pair of branded trainers or the pair of designer swim shorts they’ve set their heart on.

5.      Eat Before You Start

Whether you’re going food shopping, or clothes shopping for your teenage boy, there’s nothing worse than shopping on an empty stomach. So, it’s important to eat before you begin. You could decide to have lunch before you leave your house, or you could make the shopping trip even more special by treating your teen to lunch out. Eating before you shop will give you the energy to concentrate and help your teen pick their new wardrobe.

When boys reach their teenage years, it becomes harder to find clothes they like the look of and feel comfortable in. However, it’s not impossible; the tips above can help you find clothes your teen boy is happy to wear.

 

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TWL Working Mom

Jennifer is the owner of TWL Working Moms. She is a full time teacher, a mom & step mom, and NBCT Facilitator. Jennifer lives in Washington State and is a born + raised New Yorker. In her spare time, she loves traveling, yoga, the beach, writing, listening to books and drinking coffee.

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