I receive my centrelink payments on a Friday (I have them staggered so I receive a payment each week instead of each fortnight) and Mr 4 goes to daycare on a Friday so I do have the opportunity to do the shopping on my own, I just choose not to. I usually do my shopping on a Sunday afternoon or a Monday, with Mr 4 along for the ride.
I don’t have a license so we take a taxi to the shopping centre. Mr 4 talks about the trucks and different cars we see on the way. He gets well on his way to the average 400 questions a 4 year old asks in one day. We usually head over around lunch time and he is happy with the promise of a hotdog after the groceries are finished.
Our first stop is to get a trolley, my number one tool in keeping the grocery trip stress level to a minimum. Mr 4 is too big for the seat up front, believe me we’ve tried and the result would have been comical if it happened to someone else. So he sits in the main area of the trolley, he takes up most of it but it keeps everyone happy.
The part of the grocery shopping that I love the most is involving Mr 4 in the process of picking the food. We go through each section talking about the different foods and how we use them. I let him pick the things he has for his snacks, offering a choice between two things so that he doesn’t become overwhelmed.
I love talking about the different fresh produce and how we can use them in our meals. It doesn’t always mean that he will eat the things that we talk about but it means that he is aware of them and the part they play in the food I make. I also usually buy something easy for dinner the night I do the groceries so I involve him in picking what we have.
I enjoy the time we spend together, him learning and me teaching. I enjoy this time when I am the smartest person he knows, because before long he will be telling me that he learned these things all on his own. He may drive me up the wall a lot of the time, but I love him and I love his quirky ways of thinking.
We finish off our grocery trip with sushi for me and a hotdog for him. A trip home in the taxi and carrying all the bags in, in one trip because 2nd trips are for losers 😉
Do you enjoy shopping with your kids? What do you do to help make the trip a little be easier for everyone involved?
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