4 Ways to avoid a supermarket meltdown.

June 4, 2017

I parked my car in the Countdown car park, as I opened the door and as I stepped out I saw a Mum with 2 young kids headed into the supermarket, it bought back memories of when I would have 2 under 4 and have to do the weekly shop.   I realized that although I struggled with a lot of aspects of having young kids, supermarket shopping was mostly a good time for us, the kids really enjoyed helping me – and having strangers coo at them (my kids were very cute infants).


4 ways to avoid a supermarket meltdown

Let’s face it: Shopping does not bring out the best in any of us, especially kids. Here’s how to quash a case of the gimmes.

1. Optimize the conditions
Make sure everyone (and that includes you) is well rested and well-fed to help bolster willpower. Be clear about expectations before you set out: Outline who and what you are shopping for, as well as what you aren’t going to buy.

2. No means no
If the answer is no—you don’t want to buy that whatever is the latest fad is —then you need to stick to your word. A bit of sympathy can soften the blow. It might help to let them look at the item for a while. Then redirect like crazy.

3. Add it to the list
Keep a master wish list on you at all times. When they desperately “need” something, you can jot it down as a present idea for their next birthday or holiday. Bonus: They will feel their request has been heard.

4. An incentive
When Mum used to take me grocery shopping we would take home a packet of Hubba Bubba for all of the kids (I was 1 of 5)  my kids always preferred picking a Chuppa Chup lollipop of their own.   Even now I am not above buying them a Kinder Surprise each, it’s a distraction.

Or you can just not take kids to the supermarket, the choice is yours.

Let me know in the comments if you have any tried and true tips for other Mums xxx

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