They say you learn something new everyday and as a parent I find that I am learning more. For instance I recently learnt how to spell pterodactyl, I mean who knew that “P” was there? I also have learnt ALOT about Emily Carr over the last month. It’s amazing how much these little toddler brains will soak up, until you ask them to do something at home that is… Unfortunately there is one lesson I learnt the hard way recently and that is, never EVER take off your toddlers boots in public. The day I took my toddlers boots off in public, was the day I relearnt the meaning of meltdown. This is also the day I stopped taking my kids shopping. Obviously this wasn’t my first public toddler meltdown but I most certainly forgot the extent of them, until I removed Everetts boots at The Shoe Company.
When it comes to purchasing clothes and shoes for the kids I normally do most of the shopping online. I find that most of the sizes are pretty standard and should something not fit a lot of the stores have great return policies. And lets face it, its ten times easier to browse online once they are in bed than dragging them through the store. Well, we were out and about and I had a gift card to The Shoe Company, so I thought why not, lets pop into the store and see what they have for shoes for you guys.
Much like the rest of her, Hazel’s feet have been growing like weeds and she was in need of some new shoes, as well as inside shoes for school. Everett wasn’t far behind in the growth department so I thought it would be a great chance to get him some new shoes too, until I took off his boots so I could try on a pair of shoes for him. Enter in full blown, on the floor, face down, screaming tantrum. Also known as the first and last time I will take Everett shoe shopping again. Ok that might be a little extreme but it certainly won’t be happening for a long time.
Hazel on the other hand was beyond excited to try on shoes. She really is a girl at heart and any time I mention shopping, she’s down. My husband is probably pretty thankful at this point that there are only two of us to go shopping and not a third girl, ha! Hazel is in that in-between stage right now, she’s already grown out of most toddler style shoes, so we have to start looking in the girls section. Thankfully this limits the selection of light up shoes and shoes with Elsa or other characters printed all over. What it does unfortunately mean is, shoe laces. We have entered into the world of never ending shoe laces, laces she doesn’t know how to tie. And what kind of shoes do you think she picked? Hightop, lace up Chuck Taylors. Yup. Ask me again how I’m feeling about this decision in two months when I can no longer bend over to get my own shoes on let alone tie hers.
The day I took my toddlers boots off in public and also let my four year old buy lace up shoes, is the day I stopped taking my kids shopping and reverted back to online shopping. And thankfully brands like The Shoe Company offer a vast selection online and you can shop from more than one store under their umbrella with a combined shopping cart! Hello win and stress free shopping!