You love your kids, but shopping with them is another story.... Between meetings, work, practice and social outings, moms are always in toe to the next place. And often those trips include a kiddo tagging along. And that can be daunting. Children, as we know, are often impatient, fussy and can what could be a ten minute trip to the grocery store or an hour-long trip to the mall an all-day ordeal. This kind of interaction can be stressful and even destructive for parents and onlookers. Rather than endure the trip and accept hair-pulling situations, there are answers. There is hope. There is life after meltdowns.
Because two things are certain: they are going to say they're hungry, and say they need to use the bathroom. This could be a great time to pack healthier snacks like grapes or apple slices, and distract their attention from shopping to nutritious snacks.
Which brings me to my next point, go the restroom first! Do not pass, do not take $200. Before picking a piece of produce or bargaining, GO TO THE BATHROOM.
It eliminates awkward cart abandonedment or having to be away from your kids.
Germs can become a mom's kryptonite. Combat them by cutting a pool noodle, and covering up the cart's handle.
I personally choose to list my grocery needs by aisle/store location. So I grab all my produce at once, all my bread at once, all my seasoning at once.
That's it. Just say no.
Seriously! They can chop and cut all your meats! Allow them to trim the fat, cut pieces into bite-sized nuggets, and whatever else will make the cooking preparation for you run smoother when you get home!
My mom promised me a sprinkled cookie if I was well-behaved every time we went to the mall. (Warning: I now can never see a sugar cookie without thinking of the mall. And I can never go to the mall without buying a sugar cookie. But I'm a well-behaved adult, so there's that!)
Know those little elastic ties at the end of bread? Take one with you, and let your kid make shapes out of it. Hey, it's better (and cheaper) than an iPad.
Target puts the following sections on clerance:
......I'm no hero.
You get the produce they are looking to get rid of (aka willing to sell cheaper), they get Vitamin D, and everybody wins!
Put two kinds of bread, or cereal, or anything really, and ask the children, "Which should Mommy buy?" Most children want to feel involved and want their opinion valued.
Cars get very hot sitting in the parking lot, and we all (moms included!) need a little cool-down before driving home!
And vocalize it before getting into the store.
"When we get to the clothing section, then you walk around." "When we get to the cash register, then I'll let you out of the cart."
Parents, do you have any secret tricks to keep your kids behavior controlled during grocery runs? We want to know!