Grocery shopping is one task that has to be done regularly, but also a forum for melt-downs. Taking the kids out grocery shopping with you can sometimes be a strain, so take a few of these hints to make it a calmer, more enjoyable trip.
- Choose a time shopping when the children will be well rested, fed, and you will not be pressed for time. A tired, hungry child will be much more difficult to work with. If you are stressed, you are also be more likely to have problems with the trip. If possible, go on a trip to the playground beforehand.
- Make a shopping list. It can save time and help keep you on task so you don’t forget a major item, and then have to go back again.
- Make a shopping list for your child too. With a picture-based list even a young child can stay busy checking things off. Older children can be responsible for part of the list all by themselves.