Grocery Store

Catherine - posted on 07/11/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Wondering what everyone's opinion is and what do you do when your child starts throwing fits in the grocery store. Do you not bring your child to the store, do you let them throw a fit, or do you discipline them....

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Adf0905 - posted on 07/13/2009

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I have to bring my daughter with me. We live in a brand new area and have no babysitters, and my husband isn't here, so it's just me and the kidlet. I bring plenty of drinks and snacks to entertain her. A new small toy or stickers to play with also work wonders. Worst comes to worst, I pick up a box of rice and let her shake the box all around like maracas. I let her put non-breakable items in the cart by herself, and I usually try to get one of the race car carts. They're a pain in the butt to steer, but if it makes her happy, I'll deal with it!

User - posted on 07/12/2009

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My son is 2.5 and full of energy so the last thing he wants to do is sit in a grocery cart for an hour. So, when it is possible I always go by myself and it makes it much easier on both of us. When I do take him I bring a snack and juice cup from home (much cheaper that way and I am all about saving a buck), that does seem to work a good bit of the time. But, when he does start to get out of hand I just have to ignore it and get done with the shopping. I do try to let him walk just so he learns self control and listening. But, once that goes out the window he is back in the cart.

Maybe letting them help you put stuff in the cart of pick it off the shelf as long as it is not breakable will help it not to be such a fight while shopping. I know it takes longer and is more of hassle, but it makes them feel special.

Christine - posted on 07/11/2009

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I'm with Samantha, snacks work. My son knows that the first stop is the bakery for his schiacciata and by the time we get to drinks he wants some water so we get the one with the squirty top, he likes that too. I think I would ignore a fit, luckily I haven't had to yet!

Samantha - posted on 07/11/2009

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I usually let them throw a fit. If anyone has a problem I just turn to them and say "are you going to pay for them to get everything they want?". I usually try to prevent tantrums by going to the snack isle first and grabbing a box of crackers or cookies. I let them snack on them while I shop and just pay for the open box when I get to the register.

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