If you have children, you’re probably not a stranger to their antsy ways when you take them grocery shopping. Kids get bored rather quickly and if you’re not dealing with temper tantrums or managing their noise levels, you’re simply trying to make sure you don’t lose them. As a parent, you probably do not want your child acting up in public, especially not when you’re trying to decide which brand of spaghetti to get for supper.
To make your shopping trips with the little ones something to look forward to, we’ve put together 5 amazing tips for shopping with the kids.
Choose the right time
Try to plan your shopping trips at optimal times for your kids. The young ones are likely to get fidgety if they’ve been in the store a bit longer than necessary. A good way around this is to be strategic about the times you choose to go shopping. Supermarkets are less crowded in the morning after breakfast or on weeknights. This way you avoid long lines and unnecessary delays.
Eliminate foreseeable challenges
There are a number of things that could make your shopping experience with your kids a tad bit unpleasant and planning for them in advance can help. For instance, you can avoid bathroom situations by making your children use the bathroom before they leave the house. Some supermarkets have a bakery with mouth-watering baked goods, to prevent a likely tantrum from happening, prepare a small budget for when your child develops cravings for things you did not intend to buy. Based on your experiences with your child, you are best at predicting some of these things so take note of other likely occurrences and find a way to prevent them.
Collaborate on the shopping list
To get your kids more invested in the shopping experience, work with them on the shopping list. You can do this by getting them to help you figure out which groceries you’re missing at home and make them write out the list themselves. At the supermarket, you can make them personally responsible for the list, that way they are committed to the entire process from beginning to end.
You do not have to do all the work when you go grocery shopping. Send older kids off on their own to locate items on your list. You can also ask your younger kids to cross items off the list as you put them in your shopping cart or basket or have them read you which items are next on the list. Let younger kids help by counting the number of items you ask for, such as apples, or taking packages off the shelf and putting them into the cart.
Supermarkets are a great place to try some fun games with your kids, especially the younger ones. Try asking your kids to spot all products beginning with a particular alphabet or find as many products as they can of the same colour. Another good one is to help improve your kid’s reading by asking them to read out the labels on the shelves. You can make up many other exciting games for your kids, this way they associate the shopping experience with fun and excitement.
Shopping with kids does not have to be a completely unpleasant experience. You can turn your shopping trip into an educational affair, and let the kids help you no matter their age. Go ahead and apply some of these tips on your next shopping trip. You’ll be glad you tried.
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