Thursday, August 25, 2011

Do your kids Shop?

Just curious.... what are your thoughts about taking your kids shopping? Do you take them grocery shopping, clothes shopping or leave them at home? If you leave them at home do you wait until they are in bed and then go or do you have your husband watch them?

I take my kids most of the time. They are 4 and 6 so they are easy to manage verses a newborn. I like for them to see the whole process especially the fresh section. We take our time in the fruit and veggie section. I try to ask them questions such as , "Where is this corn grown from, who grows corn that you know?" "What veggie is this?"

I also like to explain to them the difference between 'real food' and processed food. This way they are able to make wise choices when it comes to food. Do we have processed foods, yes of course but they are limited and honestly my kids have learned how refreshing fruits and veggies make them feel verses chips, fruit snacks and things like it.

Some people are totally against taking their little ones to the grocery and others and totally set on taking them. What are your thoughts?
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  1. My girls are older now, 11 and 14, and actually help me get the shopping done. But when they were young my husband was in the Army and often at work or deployed so I had no choice but to take them shopping with me. I remember having mixed feeling about this. There were times that I would have loved to be able to go alone and sometimes I did ask my older son, he is 10 yrs older than the 14 yr old, to watch them for brief periods of time, but there were other times that i really enjoyed having them with me.

  2. I have always taken my boys shopping with me. Walmart is their second home. :) To me, it was important for them to realize that food just doesn't appear...that it costs money and their are always choices to make. They have never had a meltdown in a store. I will admit I was exhausted after a store run when they were little, but they know how to handle themselves in public, they know the process of buying/paying for things, and know how to shop all because of giving them a chance to learn it all with me while young.

  3. I'm a big believer in the idea that kids can only learn how to behave properly in a given environment if you take them there. It was a little difficult at times in the earliest years, but now that they are 2 and 4 yrs, it's easier to keep them amused and involved in the process. I usually give them a picture list of items to spot, and we talk about healthy food, choosing a rainbow of fruits and veggies, etc. My oldest also gets to choose whatever fruit or veggies he wants for the week. It gets him excited about trying new things. My youngest is quite a charmer and spends most of his time smiling at the other ladies in the store, and telling them, "I coot!" (cute).

  4. Taking kids is a great idea. Yours are old enough to actually be helpful. I like having my kids help me in the summer. It's also nice when they are in school to go alone...but they aren't hard to take anymore. I just try not to linger too much with my son around cause it's a bit boring.

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  5. Our kids usually go with me when I have shopping to do. It tends to be difficult since they are all so little(just turned 3, 2, and 10 months). The hardest part for me is keeping them contained, so many stores don't have enough seats their carts. They enjoy going to stores and usually have lots of questions about where things come from or who makes them. It is a nice way to get out of the house and accomplish something during the day. Although, I do enjoy when I get to go by myself!

  6. My son is 7 weeks old and so far he goes everywhere with me. It isn't too hard at all now that I've figured out what works. I go in the mornings when his naps are more reliable. I nurse him right before we leave. He usually falls asleep on the way and then I leave him in his carseat while we shop. I always take my sling with us. If he does become fussy he will usually calm down again if I put him in the sling.

    It works great at the grocery stores but I shop a lot of thrift stores and resale shops that don't have carts. That really sucks because it's hard to just use the sling if I want to try anything on. Most places have return policies so I've started doing that if I need to instead of trying things on.

    I have no idea what to expect in the future. I already do a lot of canning and whatnot so our shopping trips are minimal enough that it shouldn't be a big issue.

  7. My children go with me, we homeschool so I'm use to them always being with me. Doesn't mean it is always easy but I find just as much as I am teaching them, they are teaching me!!! Besides that means I have 3 helpers in getting things off the bottom shelves or going to get something I forgot.... and it is always a great time to teach math and manners and obedience!!!!

  8. A little of everything. My kids are 13 and 8, so often times I can let them stay home while I run some quick errands. But when they were little, I did like to take them with me. It was during these trips that my kids learned about shopping sales, using coupons, budgeting, needs vs wants, courtesy waving while driving and other important life lessons.

  9. I normally take my 2 kids with me (2 1/2 &1)and my 2 year old niece, and sometimes if I don't get shopping done in the morning, I have my nephew also. I used to hate going shopping with the kids, because I hate dealing with strollers/carseats/shopping carts, but I found that it is much easier to shop if you find stroller friendly stores (big aisles to accomadate a clumsy double stroller, automatic doors to avoid the backwards entrance maneuver). I prefer shopping with the kids because I like to 1. Teach them to be patient (my son does not like shopping, he's done after 10 minutes) 2. Get the shopping done and out of the way before my husband gets home, so I have more time to spend with him and our kids once my sister comes and picks up her kids.