Just because the kids are home for break does not mean I get a break from grocery shopping. So, this morning, we loaded up in the car and did something I absolutely dread...went to the store as a family (minus Dad who is working). Normally, I like going places with my kids. In the past week, we've been to the zoo, the museum, and the library. But the grocery store? This is the one place that gives me nightmares. What is it about this place that brings out the screaming, running off, touching everything side of children? And it's not just my children. Even when I go by myself, I see other people's children doing the same things. It's why stores like Target and HyVee give out cookies. They know it buys a few moments of sanity for mom.
A while ago I saw an idea somewhere (sorry, I don't remember where) of giving kids their own shopping list. This couldn't possibly work, right? I mean, it seems way too easy. But this morning, I was desperate for anything to save me the agony of a normal grocery trip with three children. So, I made up my list on my cell phone. Then I picked out 10 items that the kids could easily identify: bananas, carrots, canned pineapple rings, tomato sauce, bacon, honey, butter, eggs, bread, and frozen green beans. I made two lists with 5 items each, in the order they would come across them in the store. I printed them out and handed them to the kids. Here is G's list:
Now, I'm not going to give up my solo trips. No way. But, this idea will hopefully keep our trips to the store this summer peaceful!!