What is it with kids and shops that turns the cutest of angels into little horrors?! I’ll be there doing the weekly shop in Tesco or Asda or wherever, when the 8 year old decides he wants to skid down the entire length of the aisle on his knees and generally be a pain in the bum the entire way round, while the 4 year old in the trolley is gleefully swinging his legs and kicking you where it hurts.
“Can we have this? Can we have that?!” “Yuk, don’t like that!” is all you seem to hear from them. Then when you finally get to the checkout, there’s all the sweets at pushchair and trolley level so it’s the first thing they see, and are also within grabbing hold of reach!
Yes, it’s a great marketing ploy, but it’s also a bloody annoying one as it taps right into pester power. (I’m not one for giving in though, I’m hard and tell them no, you’re not having them. ) Still, it’s a cheek.
So, to keep my sanity, they need occupying.
The 8 year old gets duties -
- he’s Chief weigher of fruit and vegetables as he likes sticking things on the scales and seeing how much they weigh.
- They’re also both armed with a shopping list and have to read off an item in turn and then we go and find it.
If they’re kept occupied, they don’t do your head in as much.
You know the best way to shop though? Get them in bed, fast asleep, crack open a bottle of wine and do all your Christmas shopping/ grocery shopping online from the comfort of your own wine bottle, lit fire, and living room. God bless the internet.