We live in a rat-race world where time is our most precious commodity. Many times, we’re forced to spend the little time we have with our kids on a trip to the shops. We have no other choice than to try and make great memories on the run. That said, there are a few commandments of shopping with kids that will make the time spent together more memorable.
Here’s how to make shopping bearable for you and your kids
What you want to do is to engage with your kids to create a bonding experience with every opportunity that arises. We have so many opportunities for teaching our kids self-control and the ability to cope in confined spaces when we’re out shopping. We also have loads of time to chat to our kids while we’re scanning the aisles.
Here are the basic commandments of shopping with kids
Don’t tackle rush hour shopping
If it’s after 5 pm, it’s just not a good idea to go shopping with the kids. End of story. The same thing applies for weekend shopping and payday outings to the shops.
Naps first, then shopping
When your kid wakes up from his or her nap, they’re much more relaxed and responsive to the experience. Never attempt a shopping trip when your kid is supposed to be down for a nap. Another one of the commandments of shopping with kids that goes with this one is to NEVER take a hungry kid shopping. Unless of course, you want to deal with a cranky little co-shopper. Ensure you always have a snack and something to drink in your handbag. Hunger and thirst can strike at any moment, and you don’t want to grab unhealthy options from the shelves.
Take some backup
Taking your partner or a friend with you can make it a much easier excursion, especially if you have more than one child.
Have boundaries and rules in place
Your kids need to know what to expect from the trip. Preparing them for what’s about to happen will help them behave in the best possible way. Be sure to guide your kids through the experience. Engage with them to ensure they feel comfy knowing that you’re in control of the situation.