I agree with Stacerific. Kids should be included in the Grocery Shopping. My kids are 9 & 15, and have been shopping with me since the day they were born. My 15 year old could go for groceries on his own and buy healthy foods on a budget if needed, because he's been included in helping me shop. I give both kids a task when we go shopping. My sons job is to reach everything on the higher shelves (he's 6'3) and to lift anything too heavy for his little sister. His sisters job is to get everything off the lower shelves. They both know to check labels with me before placing items in the cart. I go over the labels with them to teach them how to read them themselves.
When my children were little and started to throw a temper tantrum in the store, I gave them one chance to stop, if they didn't we left the store and went home without groceries. Believe me this was not easy. I don't drive, and have always lived approximately 1 mile from the grocery store. Can you imagine dragging (or pushing in a stroller), a screaming toddler for 1 mile? Fortunately with both kids, they learned pretty quick that temper tantrums got them nowhere.
i really liked this article. It's all common sense, but i often don't use common sense when i shop! Thanks for reminding us of things we should already know but frequently forget when it comes to grocery shopping!
I always found one child was more manageable in the store than both kids - as a team they spotted food items with beautiful packaging and fussed until I put it in the basket OR simply left the store (with no groceries and still had to go back later!).
I agree we need to teach our children at an early age about healthy food choices. It just worked out better for our family to do it with the groceries at the house rather than in the store.
12/3/2007 11:47:38 AM
I liked this article but really disagree with the advise to leave the kids out of the grocery shopping experience. If we don't teach our kids good shopping habits, who will? I use grocery shopping as an opportunity to teach my little one about food and nutrition. He can tell you what has protein and fiber and why that's important---and he's only three years old!
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