I have three young children, including a set of twins. Grocery shopping with twins, and then later with another child, has taught me a thing or two about handling the grocery shopping with kids, without any tantrums. Honestly, I don’t remember that last time my child threw a fit in the grocery store.
Grocery shopping is one of those chores that we have to do unless we have a self-sustaining farm we live on. Since I would wager most of you reading this do not, let’s acknowledge that grocery shopping is an unavoidable part of life. Personally, I don’t love it. I don’t love making lists, checking them twice, pulling out the coupons, and sales ads, and still ultimately having to pay far too much money (or so it seems to me) for what will ultimately not last very long, and also not cook itself. I’m not much of a cook, and don’t enjoy this part of my life.That being said, I don’t mind taking my kids with me to the grocery store. It’s fine. My kids do very well overall. Yes, sometimes my 1 year old will cry at the checkout, because he’s gotta move as an active toddler or its nearing lunch or nap time (he still takes two naps a day which makes carving out grocery shopping a delicate balancing act), and the cashier looked at him funny or something, but I just roll with it. Babies cry. And, okay, sometimes my four year olds run around like crazy, trip, hurt themselves, and cry in the middle of the store, or stubbornly refuse to follow me onto the next row. But, honestly, we get by without fights, tantrums, or tears the majority of the time. And I want to share with everyone how we do it.
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