Tips to Survive Market Day with Kids


This happens most of the time. You’re walking down the grocery aisle, searching through your item list and picking out cleaning supplies and food items to put in your cart. That low music you can happily ignore is playing on the PA, with the random pause of promo announcements.

All of a sudden, a disturbing sound shatters your reverie. Looking behind you is a small child sitting in a grocery cart throwing up foodstuff and creating a scene all because his mom said “no” to buying more candy.

You might be happy that it isn’t your child, but what if it is? If you find yourself in a market place with a child, here are a few survival tips to help you.

Ensure The Child Rest Well

Before going on a grocery shopping with a child, make sure the child has gotten enough sleep and eaten a substantial meal. This will stop them from creating silly scenes or whining about getting snacks because they’re hungry.

Give The Grocery Cart To Them

Make the child seat in front and drive the grocery cart. Also, make sure to strap them in securely. This will stop them from running around grabbing things because they can see you and all the items lined up in the aisles. While pushing the cart, ask them questions like “John, can you take me to the cereal aisle?” This will prevent them from making any trouble and make them think they are in control of your supermarket route.

Give Them Little Tasks

Give them tasks to make them feel important and instill a sense of responsibility in them. Little tasks like picking out the reddest apples, comparing sell-by dates and locating the checkout counter with the shortest queue will let the child know that they also have a role to play in your grocery shopping. Do not forget to thank them after the shopping is successful!

Play a Grocery Game Together

Give them a paper and a pencil. Ask them to write down all the grocery items that are blue, come in round shape and starts with letter A. All these things are just to get them busy and prevent them from throwing up food items.

To make this more fun, you can tell them that the person with the longest list for each category will pick out the reward of his or her choice on the next market day. Do these things to keep them busy while you do the grocery shopping.

Grocery shopping should not be a difficult task but is still an important life skill to teach your children. With much creativity and patience, your children will learn how to be composed and help you when picking up groceries.