No relationship is perfect from the beginning, so why not give your shopping relationship a little room to grow? Instead of diving right into potentially loaded situations, try one of these ideas for hitting the shops.
- Find a project to work on together. Whether it's a new craft, a household repair or a big family dinner, it's easier to keep the peace when you're rallying behind the same goal. And steer clear of any particular area of expertise for either of you -- it's important that you both come in on equal ground.
- Share your solo excursions. We often bring our mothers or daughters along for higher-stakes shopping trips, like when we're choosing a new couch or buying an outfit for the office holiday party, and fly solo on the quick and easy stuff. Instead, try putting training wheels on your shopping trip by bringing your mother or daughter in when the stakes are low, like when you're looking for a new book or a set of greeting cards. It's a great way to get used to shopping together without the possible landmines of a major trip.
- Shop for someone else. Moms and daughters have plenty of opinions on what their other half should do, use or wear, but shopping for a third party can take a lot of the pressure off. Take baby steps by removing yourselves from the situation.
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