The first time ever shopping with more than one child, my 2 year old son fell out of the cart onto the cement floor. I scooped up my two ‘littles’ and left the store totally embarrassed that I couldn’t handle my ‘large’ family.
OK, so that wasn’t a large family, but at the time I had my hands full!!
When you have many ‘littles’ 5 and under, shopping can be daunting and quite the challenge. You have to be creative to survive your shopping experience with grace.
Did you know that you can actually think ahead and prepare for the event so that it is relatively a stress-free enjoyable excursion?
Preparing Ahead for Your Shopping Trip
Yes, you CAN!
Training your ‘littles’ to obey while you are at home, actually will serve you well when you are shopping.
Mothers, when your ‘littles’ are misbehaving in a store, you cannot concentrate or make wise purchase choices. You will feel confused and become frustrated; possibly even losing patience with them.
3 strategies to work on with your ‘littles’ at home:
Teach them to obey the first time
Use a soft even-keel voice
Real Life Experience – Shopping with Littles
I ended up having more than two children. I had seven.
Once our youngest was born, I had 5 children six and under.
Our oldest was an active 11 year old and the next oldest was nine.
Grocery shopping is the most necessary shopping trip. You HAVE to go whether you want to or not. I always had to take all seven of my children as leaving them with my husband wasn’t an option.
I would take two carts.
I would ‘wear’ the baby in a front-carrier, the 19 month old would sit in the cart, the 4 year old would sit inside the cart, the other 4 year old would walk next to the cart hanging onto the side, and the 6 year old would stand on the front of the cart (NEVER let a child stand on the side of a cart. EVER)
Often my 9 year old or 11 year old would hold the hand of one of the 4 year olds.
My 11 year old son would often push the other cart. I had to watch him since he loved making the cart do wheelies or standing on the cart while coasting down the slope outside the store. Nerve-wracking!!
Much of the time, I walked between both carts pushing the front cart with one hand and pulling the other cart from behind. Hey, it worked!!
Were My Children Perfectly Behaved?
I did my best to train them, but you never know. When you are out, your children learn quickly that they can get away with more. Some children play on the sympathy of ‘kind’ strangers.
I had a strong-willed extremely-active kinestetic oldest son. All boy. I also dealt with issues from a couple of my children who constantly challenged me with their behavior. It wasn’t easy.
Many times when I thought our shopping trip was the biggest disaster, we would get the most heart-felt compliments from total strangers.
You CAN shop with many ‘littles’ by training them and finding a system that works in the store. Be creative and intentional as you serve the Lord through serving your family.
Do you shop with many littles? How do you manage?
WholeHearted Wednesday Featured Post
I have the blessing of being away at a teen conference with young people from our church. I will be gone from early Tuesday until late Thursday. I’m glad to see that you have dropped by regardless.
I’d love it if some (or all) of you will give the ‘shout out’ that my linkup is LIVE & THRIVING as I might not be able to do that this week.
I like to encourage new bloggers on the block!!
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