Let me be the first to say that I am NOT a fan of shopping with my kids in tow. My brain has trouble processing coupons and deals with other things going on. It’s not fun for me, but being a military wife sometimes necessitates I take my kids along – otherwise while Michael is on deployments, we might not eat…
As they get older (they’re now 8, 6 and 4), it does get a little easier, but one of my favorite discoveries when the kids were a little younger (roughly 6, 4 & 2) was that they loved to have their own little drawing pads and pens to doddle on while in the store.
At times we’d get lucky and be at a store where the carts could accommodate all 3 kids. Notebooks work best if all of the kids can be seated – because drawing and walking at the same time is a bit difficult!
I simply tuck these things in my purse, or in the bag in which I’m carrying my coupon box:
~ 4×6 spiral bound notebook for each kid (I usually pick these up at the Dollar Tree or in the $1 bin at Target)
~ Pen or pencil for each child (keep it simple, don’t bring a lot of choices)
I would reserve the notebooks for a little while into the trip. The boys enjoyed helping me choose things from the shelves and place them in the cart for the first bit, then when they got antsy, I would sit them down and give them their drawing books.
I realize this won’t work for everyone and isn’t always practical, but sometimes mama just needs her brain back! They love it and it definitely works for me!
This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday.