To some, grocery shopping is a mini-getaway. A leisurely walk through the store, sniffing the fresh bread, moseying through each aisle with a (hot) coffee in hand, reading labels, carefully weighing & bagging bulk granola (if this is you, God bless you). For others, it’s a mad dash through sliding doors, one kid already tripping over untied shoes, while another is seen bumping into strangers on their way to the baked goods. A scribbled, barely legible grocery list is clenched in a tight fist as you make your way aisle through aisle, grabbing the first box of cereal, bag of vegetables, & frozen waffles you can get your hands on. Although my one-and-only child is young enough to hardly cause issue at the grocery store YET (except for the occasional scream-heard-round-the-world), I understand that for many moms, a trip to the store can look a lot like the latter.
I try to sneak off to the store on Saturdays when Jack can be home with Ezra, and I can try to have a cathartic experience like I described above (I seriously love grocery shopping, ya’ll…), but sometimes it’s just not possible. If we have no food in the house, or I work on Saturday AM, or whatever the reason, sometimes it’s just impossible to leave the kids at home. So you lug them from the car into the store and pray for no major meltdowns. The cool thing about being a mom though, is that what may seem like routine errands or another checkmark on the to-do list, might actually be a beneficial and teachable moment between you and your kids.
I know, I know, MUCH easier said than done, but when life throws you the punches, the beauty of it is that you can choose how you take them, right? Sure, this post isn’t meant to be some magical solution to getting your kids to sit in the cart for 2 minutes, but my intention is to offer a new perspective and perhaps a new idea or two. Today I wanted to share some practical, easy ways you can engage your kids at the grocery store, without losing your mind or just handing over the iPad or phone. Let me be clear, we LOVE some Daniel Tiger over here, but in the spirit of using our technology wisely, who says that dreaded grocery trip can’t be – dare I say – a little bit fun?