This is a picture that Mike texted me while he was at Costco shopping with Harlow. I wasn’t sure if I should be concerned for Harlow’s safety or impressed that Mike remembered to buy me tampons…either way, I was happy it wasn’t me pushing that cart.
Taking your kids to the supermarket has the potential to be the longest hour of your life. From siblings negotiating the seating arrangements in the cart, to tiny hands sneaking in junk food when you aren’t looking, here are just a small sampling of the things that can go wrong when you take your kids grocery shopping…
33 Things That Can Go Wrong When You Take Your Kids Grocery Shopping
1) When you tell your kid to get his shoes on because you’re going to the store
2) When it takes more time to choose a cart than it does to go shopping
3) When you’re not sure where you are going to put the groceries
4) When everyone can’t fit in the fun cart attachment
5) When your kids are all happy but everyone in the store hates you
6) When you just want to get in and get out as fast as possible
7) When you wonder if you can leave her there and then just retrieve her on your way out
8) When your kid catches sight of the vegetables
9) When you don’t remember putting powdered doughnuts in the cart
10) When you regret choosing a basket
11) When you’re a little jealous of how much your kid appears to be enjoying herself
12) When you are one snack-size bag away from crushing your kid
13) When the cart is full and you make your kid get out and walk
14) When they complain that the freezer section is freezing
15) When you give them a pen and paper to occupy themselves
16) When you were about five seconds away from calling the police
17) When you turn your head for a second
18) When your trip to the grocery store looks like a $%#@ parade
19) When you seriously consider buying out the entire aisle
20) When you honestly just wish you could join her at this point
21) When you’re pretty sure you didn’t own those sunglasses when you walked in
22) When you have way too many kids to keep track of
23) When that’s your kid but it’s not your cart
24) When your kid thinks he can talk you into buying 20 boxes of cookies
25) When you tell your kid that he can’t get the cereal with the prize inside.
26) When the seatbelt is broken and you think— what’s the worst that can happen?
27) When you have to explain that the North Pole must have run out of water
28) When you accidentally go grocery shopping during nap time
29) When your kid is just DONE
30) When you suddenly realize why every passing stranger has been smiling at you
31) When you catch them stealing candy at the check out
32) When you need to balance the bulk toilet paper on top because the bottom storage was taken
33) When you might not be able to ever show your face there again
Now. Going grocery shopping without your kids, on the other hand, can feel like vacation. I highly recommend it.
Granted, my daughter is 10, but she is the best grocery shopping helper ever. She loves it, and I love having her with me. I’m sad when I have to go by myself. She price compares like a boss.
Grocery Shopping Scenarios:
My seven year old is walking beside the cart and is helping me out. She’s taking care of her sisters and getting things off the shelves for me. My 4 year old is quietly singing to herself or playing with her stuffed sheep that goes everywhere with her. My 2 month old is in her car seat napping.
The seven year old convinces me that she can squeeze in the seat of the shopping cart with her sisters. That does not work so she sits in the front and takes up the space where I am supposed to put groceries. The 4 year old is playing on the iPad and the seven year old wants it. They start fighting and wake up the baby. Everybody’s crying and I just give up and we go home.
I always get Scenario #2. Can anybody help me figure out how to make the trips easier? I’m a single mom so I HAVE TO take them with me.
This might sound lame and it won’t work every time but would your kids cope with helping out? My least horrendous grocery trips have been ones when I got planned and gave the kids their own list with simple words to read for the school kids and pictures for the preschoolers then only the baby gets to be in the cart. They would have up to ten items we needed and had to pay attention in the aisle to see if we had one of their items coming up with a reward like opening the cookies in the car home if they found all their items without whining. Worked a few times when I needed a grocery win with three smalls…..
Omg I seriously cannot stop
Laughing at some of those pictures ahhahahahhaahahha 😂😂😂😂 I needed that!!!
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