Written by Kate Bullen, APD
Honestly shopping with kids stresses me out just a tad. Both my kids are brilliant, but there is the negotiation through the shop, the extra time it takes, the boredom (theirs – not mine), the twirly dancing that is required (my 4yo – not me), the whingeing, the trying to grab things off the shelf in the checkout aisle.... you get the drift! I have never purchased food treats in the supermarket when out shopping with the kids – I just didn’t want to establish that as a habit, so have never done it. I always am prepared with water, fruit, chopped vegies, crackers, toast as snacks in my bag, but yesterday I had to do a few errands in 37C heat and we were in Kmart and my daughter spotted some drink bottles. For $2 each I caved and let her choose 1 for her and one for her brother. The smile and gratitude was worth it – and I felt good knowing they weren’t eating unnecessary food before lunch. It also helped in getting her to drink a lot of extra water yesterday in the heat – win win situation!
And this morning the entire family ventured out for a supermarket shop, including my husband. We can’t remember the last time all 4 of us did a supermarket shop together – but it was quite fun. As we finished up our supermarket shop, I left my husband with the shopping trolley, pram and 2 kids to quickly dash and get a few things I had forgotten and came back to find each child happily munching away on a whole carrot! Brilliant! Gold star for the husband and kids.
So there are a few extra options to appease the kids when out shopping.