I shop like a boss–anywhere I go. But, Publix…Publix is my jam.
Every Sunday morning, the three kids and I do our weekly grocery shopping at our local store. And…every Sunday, I get a range of looks and/or comments from the general public who never seem all too happy to see us rollin’ in.
Yep–the typical comments include, “Wow, she has her hands full!” and “I don’t how you do it!” The looks, well, they range from evil stares, to eye rolls, to smiles. And the kids and I, well we just take it all in and laugh about it.
I may be the Mom that you are annoyed with because my three children and I, and our ginormous driving cart, are getting in your way. I may be the Mom that you give the stink eye to because my cart is blocking your access to the cheese section. I may be the Mom you are disgusted by because my son decided to pick an apple up out of the produce area, take a bite, then put it back (yes that really happened).
But, you know what? I am a good Mom and I wish you would have nothing but admiration for me. Some of you do, but some of you definitely don’t. Regardless, the kiddies and I will continue to dominate the aisles of Publix and enjoy ourselves along the way.
Here are some tips for grocery shopping with two or more children:
— Drive/walk around for as long as you need to find yourself a fun cart for the kiddos. One that allows for them to sit during your shopping excursion.
— Some stores, like Winn Dixie, have kid-sized carts for pushing. Let them push a cart.
— Always, always always, feed them during the shopping trip. Be it the bakery for a free cookie, or the deli for hot popcorn chicken — if you feed them, they will behave (most of the time).
— Get them a “special” drink from the drink aisle.
— If your child is able to read and/or write. Let them help you read your shopping list and cross-off necessary items once bought.
–Visit the store at the least busiest time. I like to go right when they open around 7:30am.
–Get to know the staff. We go so regularly, they know all my kids names and take the time to chat with them.
–Take anything free that they will offer to the kids including balloons, cold-cut samples, etc.
— Bring an electronic device, if desired. You can always let the kids play a game or watch a show on your phone to help pass the time.
— Let them help load the items on to the conveyor at checkout.
All of these tips are pretty simple and things you probably already do. If not, I guarantee you implementing the majority of them will help to improve your grocery shopping experience. Grocery shopping with kids doesn’t have to be a hassle; make it fun and don’t let it stress you out.
And tantrums, if your kid wants to have one in the middle of the store, don’t freak. I’ve been there and so have numerous others. Take each meltdown on its own merit and if you have to leave the store (full cart and all, which I have done before) then do it.
Be brave. You can do this. See you next Sunday and please leave your dirty looks aimed at me, at home.