Kids at Black Friday shopping?
My conversation on another board reminded me of this question I wanted to debate.
During the midnight - wee hour outings for Black Friday shopping, I noticed many more kids out with parents. I'm sure that part of that may have been driven by earlier than normal shopping hours at other stores and then parents simply didn't go home. Most of the kids appeared to be exhausted and cranky.
My kids have expressed a desire to go out but dh and I have remained firm that they stay home with him (except the older ones that have to work.)
I'm curious though whether my train of thought is in the minority. While I don't consider taking kids to the early bird (overnight) Black Friday shopping sprees to be abusive, I don't think that it is in their best interest. (My personal reasons are #1 that I don't want to deal with them being irritable throughout the rest of the day/weekend; and #2 -- because I would be shopping for our family and don't want them to see. LOL)
Do you think that kids should be dragged along for these shopping sprees or should parents figure out another plan? If you disagree, at what age do you believe that they should be allowed to go?