Yesterday, I took the kids to Whole Foods and it was quite an experience. Generally, I love taking the kids to the supermarket because it can be a real learning experience for them. What happened yesterday, though, turned out to be a learning experience for me.
I was fortunate yesterday to have a lot of people helping me with the kids so I decided to take them to supermarket without a stroller. That was mistake number one because the kids didn’t want to walk and we had to carry them the entire way.
I also didn’t bring any of their favorite toys because it was supposed to be a short trip. That was mistake number two because it was not a short trip. In fact, the kids threw massive tantrums and having a toy handy would have been helpful to me. They cried, they were on the floor and went limp every time we tried to pick them up. With some quick thinking, though, we managed to put them all in a shopping cart and it was all smiles from there! In retrospect, yesterday’s trip was a lot of fun but I learned some things in the process:
Never assume your toddler will walk the entire way (or any part of the trip for that matter) so bring a stroller with you when possible. Toddlers are heavy and having to carry them for more than a few minutes at a time can be challenging; and
Always bring a toy or other distraction tool with you even if it’s a short trip just in case there is a meltdown, which happens from time to time with toddlers. ☺
Have a great day and do something fun with your toddler today!