Before we become parents, we have no idea that supermarkets can be stressful places. Sure, Christmas time is always fun. But, other than that, we mainly browse them at our leisure, grabbing the things we need off the shelves as we see fit. For many of us, it is a beautiful experience.
But for those of us with kids, it can sometimes turn into a bit of a nightmare. Little ones often wind up running all over the place and putting stuff in the trolley they shouldn’t. By the time you get to the checkout, you feel like you’ve run a marathon.
If you’re struggling with your supermarket sweep, good news: below we list some genius hacks to make the whole experience more survivable.
Show Your Kids Appreciation For Good Behaviour
Kids will naturally want to scream and shout in the supermarket. It’s an extremely high-stimulation environment for them. They’re not used to so many products stacked on shelves with beautiful colours and designs.
However, you can encourage them to keep a lid on their impulses by appreciating them when they behave. If you notice that they stick close to the trolley and patiently walk around with you one day, do something in return to show what it means to you. You could give them a toy or take them for a meal out somewhere: your options are limitless. They’ll soon get the message.
Add A Buggy Board To Your Pram
Adding a buggy board to your pram can help make all the difference while shopping. It’s essentially a little platform you add to the front of the buggy that allows kids to stand up. What’s more, it’s a lot of fun and helps to pass the time.
Most supermarkets are bending over backwards to cater to the needs of parents these days. So the vast majority now offer free snacks to kids. If yours doesn’t, no bother: just cut up some apples and oranges and bring your snacks with you.
Snacks offer a variety of benefits. First, they help to keep your children occupied which is always a bonus. But added to that, they prevent dreaded hunger pangs that can derail your trip to the supermarket. Ideally, get them to eat something which takes time to eat but won’t create a mess. Grapes are ideal in this regard, since kids must pick them one by one.
Get Them To Help You
Instead of marching around, trying to do everything yourself, why not enlist the help of your kids? Get them to find certain items that you need in the store. Just casually ask them to find the stuff you need for a casserole or a bean stew. This way, you can teach them some food basics and shorten your journey around the aisles looking for things.
Feed Your Kids Beforehand
Lastly, remember to feed your kids before you go to the store. This way, they’ll be less likely to want you to buy unhealthy snacks off the shelves.
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