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.
- 3/5/2008 7:29:19 AM