Shopping can be very challenging for people with children, especially young children! In fact, during a parenting course that I recently took, grocery shopping and bedtime battles were shared as the top two challenges that parents face with regards to parenting their children.
Every age and stage has its challenges! When you have babies, it is sometimes difficult to find a “happy time” that is in between naps in order to get your groceries done. When your child becomes mobile, they often don’t want to sit in the grocery cart long enough to get your entire shop done and when they get older, they want to “help”, but that can often make your trip last much longer than originally intended.
In my family, grocery shopping trips can either go AMAZING or absolutely, positively HORRIBLE! My children can be amazing helpers in the grocery store when they are in pleasant and cooperative moods, but when they aren’t, WATCH OUT EVERYONE!
- they don’t stay with the cart
- they fight with each other
- they want to grab all of the items off of the shelves that they want
- they can crank and fuss if they are in a miserable mood, making every one around them miserable
Here is what I have done in order to make shopping trips more manageable with my kids:
- lay out the ground rules ahead of time – stay with the cart, keep your hands to yourself unless you are asked to help and treat your sibling nicely
- establish clear consequences for misbebaviour
- organize my list ahead of time in order to plan situations where the children can help with the groceries
As Loblaws is my preferred store to do my weekly groceries, I will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for the promotions, classes, demos, sales and contests that are being featured during The Mother of All Baby Events!
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