Supermarket Survival Guide for Parents
Make "Shopping with a Smile" a reality!
Consider the Kids
Toting a snack and drink will stave off whining from hungry and thirsty children. A sippy cup of milk is a healthy snack that gives a toddler something to do while you shop. In addition, keep a small bag of toys in the trunk specifically for longer grocery shopping trips. Let your child choose a toy for that day’s trip, and be sure to return the toy to the bag once you’ve left the store. Infant toys that attach to cart handles will save you from reaching down for thrown toys in the aisles.
Kids love to help with the shopping! Preschoolers and elementary school age kids can put non-breakables in the cart, find items for which you have coupons, and even comparison shop with you. Toddlers and older kids will be excited when it’s their day to have a free choice of fruit or vegetable. Incorporating your child’s selection into a meal will give your child a sense that you value his or her input.
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