Ways to Save your Sanity when Shopping with Kids

Set Expectations

1. I set out expectations beforehand: “We are only buying milk and bread- nothing else” or “We can pick out 1 treat- and I have to approve of it”.

Keep Them Engaged

1. I try to keep them as engaged as possible in what we actually have to buy in the store. I let them pick the items of the shelf. I offer options- red or green peppers? I have them hold the items that we are purchasing.

Prepare For The Checkout

Before we get to the checkout (where enticing options are usually lurking), I remind them again: “we are not buying anything this time- only the milk and bread that we picked out”

Constant Praise

I praise them constantly for not complaining and make a big deal when we leave the store about their great behavior.

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