Last week while visiting the grocery store, my little Liam was up to his usual antics: sneakily hiding behind food displays, dramatically “running” down the aisles in slow-motion, and playfully throwing my grocery list out of the cart so I would continuously retrieve it. Anyway, we made our way over to the home good department to pick out new serving dishes for some upcoming recipes. Liam, being his usual helpful self, saw me placing dishes in the cart and decided to assist me in this task. Soon enough the “E-um help-a you” and “I need this” phrases came out, and he started to want to touch every plate, bowl, or cup in sight. This was nothing new so I crouched down to explain to him why he couldn’t touch the dishes — which instigated another customer to loudly exclaim to her shopping partner something like, “See, this is why I never took my kids to the grocery store!” And then she directed her attention to me and passionately told me how her husband wouldn’t even let her take the kids shopping. Although I’m not sure if the lady intended to be judgemental or helpful, I laughed it off being the non-confrontational person I am and finished my shopping.
I get it. Sometimes I dream of the days when I could quietly peruse up and down the grocery aisles or take my time looking at dish-ware. And some days I do get that luxury — after Liam’s bedtime or if my husband takes him on errands. I also understand that for some moms and dads, taking one, two, or more children to the store is not worth the stress or anxiety. However, if you never take your little ones (or older children) to the grocery store, you’ll miss out on some excellent learning opportunities as well as memories!
Here are 3 reasons why I recommend taking children to the grocery store (at least once in a while):
Still not convinced you want to take your kids grocery shopping? Here are a few tips to make the trip a little more bearable:
Photo Credit: Picture of produce by Nick Mirka (www.mrp.tv)
Hi! I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, wife, mama of two, and registered dietitian. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like! I'm so glad you're here.
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