In recent times online shopping is what people swoon over by as their most preferred way of shopping. The online shopping industry is seeing an all-time boom and with the benefits associated it is not at all that difficult to relate to its popularity. Of-course it is convenient, saves the journey to and fro and gets done from any place of your choice. But amidst all this noise one thing that we keep forgetting is the beauty of traditional shopping.

Going to a market place in itself gives you an opportunity to explore the place, touch and feel the items to be bought and interact with people along your entire stretch of time spent there. This in itself is a way to socialize and comes as a handy stress buster. The joys of shopping and the happiness associated with it is something else which the online shoppers fail to realize.

Going to a market place in itself gives you an opportunity to explore the place, touch and feel the items to be bought and interact with people along your entire stretch of time spent there.

Online shopping actually takes away the experience of shopping totally from it. Except for being easy and offering discounts, there isn’t much it has to offer. The feeling of walking to a shop or market area and filling your hands with shopping bags, after you have tried them, touched them, experienced them, and bargained-for them is a pleasurable one. The personalized attention and recommendation from the staff while shopping is surely to make you feel on cloud nine. Online shopping is actually making people lazier and more unsocial in this respect.

When it comes to kids shopping, parents, especially mothers become choosier. The texture of the cloth should be suitable for a kid’s delicate skin, the ingredients in an eatable should be preservatives free and the skin or hair care product should have nil chemicals in it. Shopping for a baby or kid is like choosing hand plucked fresh fruits from a garden or making a hand-woven wearable for your darling daughter or loved son.

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Only shopping offline can make a mother’s job easier to shop for her kid’s needs. She sees, believes and then buys and does not have to wait for a week to receive the items, try them on her kids or face hurdles while returning them. Offline shopping gives a mother the opportunity to spend some quality time with her kids. Shopping is rightly a therapy meant for young and old both.

Shopping for a baby or kid is like choosing hand plucked fresh fruits from a garden or making a hand-woven wearable for your darling daughter or loved son.

I mean who does not remember that ice-cream treat or lunch at your favorite restaurant while shopping with mom. Our endless demands as kids for toys which would break by the time we reached home was also met helplessly by our moms after quite a few reprimands. These etched memories keep coming back to us whenever the word shopping is mentioned. Isn’t it? Are we living it up for our kids as parents when it comes to shopping?

Are we leaving them with memories to cherish while the word shopping is mentioned or leave them glued to more of online forums to buy toys and everything which is required by them? Don’t we as parents try to reduce the online and onscreen exposure for our kids as it is these days! I think all of us by now are sailing on the same boat when it comes to agreeing to the fact that shopping is when you touch, feel and see and then buy.

Of course, the kids’ needs are endless and so are their demands for toys and other things, and the tantrums they throw while going shopping are inevitable. But kids are kids and we should let them be as they are. The crankiest kid and the fussiest kid will all grow up but the memories of going out with them and spending time with our kids over shopping will stay forever.

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This post was first published on Winning Stree.

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