The easiest way to grocery shop with kids is NOT TO! Ordering curb-side delivery is a snap and so convenient. However, if there are times that is not possible, here are some ideas for grocery shopping with each age group.
Before going, feed, change and play with baby. You want a tired napping baby.
During the trip, carry baby in a backpack or carrier if possible. If grocery shopping, put baby in the carseat in the shopping cart.
Before going, plan to shop when it’s quiet and no line-ups.
During the trip, bring a snack or promise one treat when there.
If they want to “help” then let them put the odd item in the cart. Separate and cull at the till.
If tantrums occurs let it ride. Stay calm, wait it out and resume, or go home and come back later.
Avoid the cookie and candy isles.
Point out items while saying the naming words – This builds their literacy skills.
Don’t leave them alone and don’t let them stand in the cart.
Before going set out the expectations. Ask them to repeat them to you, so you know they have heard them. “We are going shopping and we are buying only one toy.” They are better able to understand.
During the trip, have pictures of items on a checklist for them to check off as you pick them up.
Name items by letter sounds; “Mmmm is for meat.”
Before going, go over the list with them and outline the sections that they are going to do. Set a meeting place to gather at.
During the trip, get them their own cart. Get them to empty the carts on the belt. Also get their help in loading groceries into the car, back into the house and putting away in cupboards and fridges.
Send them to the store with a list and the car keys! If they go with you, get them to help you do all the above. If they complain, stock the fridge with nothing but vegetables for a week.