You may see shopping with your child a tough feat. You have to chase them from one place to another, or stop them repeatedly from touching things in shops… However, you like having them with you. So how can you make shopping with them easier?
Tips for easy shopping with your child
1 Remember your child’s needs
If you want to take your child shopping spree with you, remember that their tolerance is limited.
Don’t forget that they have their own needs too. They may feel hungry, tired or sleepy…
You should keep this in mind and ask them every now and then, for example: Are you hungry? Are you tired?
Finish your spree if they can’t go on any more.
This will make it possible for them to become more positive and responsive whenever you go shopping together.
This is why they’ll be examining many of the items displayed in shops.
Don’t stop them harshly, but rather teach them calmly how they can look at things without touching them.
Join them in their curiosity every now and then, and express you admiration of something that caught their interest, for example.
3 Avoid shopping in rush hours
You will undoubtedly feel nervous if you go shopping with your child in rush hours.
Try to go in other times when not a lot of shoppers are in shops.
This way you won’t have to be scared of your little one getting lost in the crowd.
4 Say “no”
When walking by colorful shelves in stores, it’s normal for your child to want to take many things. They will likely ask you to buy them sweets.
Of course, you won’t respond to their every wish, and you won’t bring home all kinds of candy harmful for their health.
It’s better to say “no” while expressing your love for them. Let them know, while smiling and talking sweetly, that you will add their wish to their wish list that you will hang on their room’s door, for example.
In return, you can let them choose some groceries. Ask them, for example: “Should we buy walnut or almond? Which do you like more?”.