Today I went grocery shopping with my toddler, preschooler, & kindergartener. Fun!? Actually, we did have a good time. Now that my older kids are mature enough to handle babysitting when I need to run to the store, I don't always have all five kids in tow when I'm shopping.
Shopping has become my little get-away — my “me” time. Funny how life changes. 🙂
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I realized it had been a while since I'd taken my “littles” with me to the grocery store, and I figured it might be kinda fun for them to come along with me.
“Crazy!” you say? Well, it could have been. But I realized that my littles needed some more practice at knowing how to handle the responsibility of going to the store with mom. My older boys didn't have a choice when they were little. They got plenty of “training” time in since we were always together for shopping.
Bringing them with me made me realize that I actually did have some rules that I've trained into my older boys. I thought as I was reviewing “the basics” with my littles today, I could share them with you in case you find yourself asking — “How do you go grocery shopping with little kids & keep sane?”
My Rules for Kids Shopping with Mommy:
- We use our manners –
“Yes,” “Please,” “Thank you,” “Hello!,” etc. There may be opportunities to talk to other people, so we must use our manners — and show we have them with mommy as we shop.
- We are a blessing to those around us (including our fellow siblings) –
I try to be mindful of those around us as we shop. Our family rule when we are out and about is that we need to bless others whenever possible and always leave a place better than we found it (that last part applies more to eating out and not leaving the table a mess).
- We don't touch anything (or anyone) without permission –
I remind the kids to keep their hands to themselves. Nothing can ruin a trip to the store faster than kids pulling things off the shelves or bugging each other. So, our rule is that we don't touch, unless it is loving and kind (& welcomed — unlike excessive strangle-hugs).
- We stay right next to mommy and the cart –
No running off and no becoming road blocks for other shoppers. We really work on this whenever we are out and about. Training my kids to stay close is a safety rule for us. In the store we go a bit further and try to keep them right next to us since the aisles are so narrow. Again, referring back to #2, we want to bless other shoppers and not create chaos by blocking the aisles.
- We remember that we are representatives of Jesus and our family –
This is a big one for us. We really want our kids to be aware of their witness, even at a young age. They are little representatives of our family and of our “heavenly” family. I really believe that kids, no matter how young, can reflect Christ with their good attitudes and behavior. But I also know that they are human, and like me, their actions aren't always perfect.
“Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.” Proverbs 20:11
Funny how today made me realize there is a little bit of method to my madness. I'm not totally flying by the seat of my pants (at least not all the time) with this parenting thing. I'm trying so hard to be intentional. I really want my kids to grow up to be the very best that God created them to be.
[Tweet “I'm trying so hard to be intentional. I really want my kids to grow up to be the very best that God created them to be. #raisingclovers #shoppingwithkids”] I'm trying to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible to train them — and today we learned in the store.
Wanna see what this all looked like? Well, here is the video I put together. In it I highlight my tips for you to help make your store run go as smoothly as possible.
My Tips for Mommies Shopping with Littles:
(Be sure to stay tune to the end to catch my secret place to eat ice cream..it's not novel, but it always makes me laugh when I do it)