Taking your kids shopping with you can be a real chore. However, there are things you can do to make the trip easier. So, to understand what you can do, let’s first look at what makes shopping with children hard:
•They want everything.
To eliminate, or at least try to control this problem some you first need to make the child aware that you are not going to respond to requests for items. They have to know it is not ok to ask for everything. They probably still will, but at least you told them not to. It is also a good idea to either plan to get something for them, such as a small toy, or a treat, this way they know that they will be getting something, and they will not feel the need to ask for everything as much. Also, distracting them is a good idea. So, take along something for them to do. A book, a small toy, or a snack is a great way to distract a child from wanting everything the store has to offer.
•They get worn out fast.
Unlike some, children may not particularly enjoy shopping, especially if they are not getting anything, and walking around all day for something that does not benefit them is going to make them tired and cranky. So, what you can do to make your shopping easier is make sure you have stroller or backpack to put them in, or a cart. This way when they are tired they have somewhere to rest. Also, you should try and plan your shopping trips with their nap schedule in mind. If they do not have a nap schedule, just make sure they are not already tired or worn out when you leave to go shopping. It is best to go shopping when your child is feeling good, is not hungry, tired, or thirsty.
•They don’t just stay where you say.
One of the hard parts about shopping with little ones is you can’t just say, “Stand there