10 tips for shopping with kids/grandkids

I know for most of us, the perfect shopping trip doesn’t include our kids.  It isn’t that we don’t want to be with them.  It is just that I want this, I want that, are you almost done, that makes shopping alone more desirable.  Reality is, we can’t always go when the kids are in school.  We have to take them with us.  How do we do this and survive?  I have came up with a list to help you get through these trips.  I hope this helps!

 

1.  Park as close to you can to the cart return.

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That way the you can put the younger kids straight in the cart and out of harms way.  This will also prevent you from having to leave the kids unattended while you unload shopping and return cart.

 

2.Let the  kids help you with the shopping!

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I know, you’re saying “Yeah right”. But really kids like to be involved.  I found these printable shopping card for kids on pinterest.  You can get them at :  THE ACTIVITY MOM

3.  Set the rules before going inside.

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Be sure and tell your kids how you expect them to behave.  Let them know the consequences of misbehaving.  Kids need structure and even though they don’t show it and even refuse it…  You have to put it out there for them.

4.  Take a break.

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I know I get hateful when I get tired and kids are triple times worse.  If you are going to be gone for a long shopping trip, make sure you take time to stop and rest.  Have a drink.  Just take a load off.

 

5.  And my final tip.  When you get the to nearest restroom in the store.  USE IT.

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I can guarantee, without a doubt say that if you don’t stop at the restroom.  Your little angel (unless they are in diapers) is going to wait until you are in the center of the store or farther away and yell “I HAVE TO GO NOW”

 

What kind of things do you do when you take your kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews shopping?  I would love to hear!

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