Meanwhile, I am racing through the aisles, stressed that my stress will cause me to forget certain ingredients. I’m also trying to get out of there as fast as I can because the meltdowns only get worse. I’m plowing past all the store employees who come up and look at me with pity and poke at my kids, saying things like “oh, are you sad, little guy?” Yea, he is…watch out. I start fumbling through my purse trying to find any smarties or cheerios that may be floating around the bottom. Needless to say, I have had way too many experiences like this. I get home and feel super grouchy, exhausted and frustrated because it shouldn’t be so hard. Am I alone here?
Well, luckily…I’m managed to put together a few little tricks in my bag that have helped me get through the shopping madness in one piece.
So, that takes care of one kid. What about the rest?? Well, you will probably need to get some more ipods. Pocket change, right? Alright, no. So, how about this…
My older kids LOVE when I will give them a notebook and pen with their own grocery list of things that we need at the store. I just write down like 6 or 7 items and it’s their job to help me find them. It takes a little bit of preparation but not much. Say, two minutes. It totally keeps them busy and involved.
When all else fails, head to the cookie/cracker aisle, bust open a box of Smores crackers and sneak them out to the little dudes when the employees aren’t looking. You can use my justification if you want…it goes like this…”Do these people want me to spend my time and money here? Then they better let me buy some time with this box of Smores…I’ll pay for it in a minute.” It works for me every time. No guilt. However, you may not have to do this…several grocery stores give out free cookies at their bakery if you ask (sometimes they have them on display). Target does, for sure. Harmon’s will give you samples of everything.