How to Make Grocery Shopping Fun with the Kids!

October 05, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

How to Make Grocery Shopping Fun with the Kids!

First things first...How many of you dread grocery shopping? On top of that, what if someone say's, "Oh let's bring the kids!?!" I think for many parents this is something that we try and prevent at all costs...We can't step foot into a store without the kiddos wanting SOMETHING, ANYTHING! Now that Ryder's in mother's day out, I try and get groceries while I have a little bit of time but that's not always possible. Here are a few things that I have tried recently and found them to be effective!

1) The Pep Talk

Explain to the little ones that this is going to be a lot of fun and if they can help you get EVERYTHING you need, then they can get ONE treat. This is something I struggled with for a while...I would spend $50+ dollars on things that Ryder didn't really want or need, just to get out of the store. Also reassure them that they are, "BiG KIDS" and they should show all of the workers how helpful they are!

2) Allow Them to Feel Included

I think Whole Foods has done a fantastic job by offering a, "customers in training" basket (except for when Ryder acts like it's a race car haha) but it truly allows the kids to feel like they are being helpful. I typically allow him to put foods he would like in his basket or things that I may need. Throughout our trip I get super excited and ask Ryder to help me and see who can get what we need the fastest. This distracts him from wanting things he doesn't need, and also prevents him from getting bored. 

3) Reward

Always remember that kids want to feel like they have helped you in some sort of way. The worst thing we can do as parents is show that we aren't proud of our kids for trying. Yes, we may get frustrated with things throughout the grocery trip but if you know your child tried and made an effort then a reward is worth it. I choose to use the candy bar in Whole Foods...it works out perfectly because it's our last stop but there is also the "Kids Fruit Area", which is a basket full of fruit and the kids can choose one to take home. 

Stay Strong & True to Yourself <3

xoxo Angelina


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