HOW TO SHOP WITH CHILDREN WITHOUT STRESS OR ARGUMENTS
Grocery shopping with children? When the aisles become mazes and patience risks going out the window, you need to keep calm and cool and be a little organised. We have collected a couple of tips and tricks that work. Shopping the stress-free way is possible... like this!
Pyramids of chocolate and lots of sweets within reach: “I want it”. Children are experts when it comes to imposing their own desires. Grocery shopping with kids works best if your little treasure remains in the Lidl shopping cart seat. Unfortunately, they get tired quickly. Nothing interesting is happening. They learn about the world through the senses so touching objects or trying something is impossible if you can't move.
You can gain a few extra minutes with books or something to munch on. Children also like to push the cart or bring something to the cashier. If you've tried everything, try small search games: you’ll be able to do the shopping without stress. Where's the pasta? Can you go get the blue milk? This way your child has an important task, he or she can help you and you’ll be done sooner.
Nerves of steel: a recipe for stopping tantrums doesn’t exist
It is clear that, after planning the first shopping trip with baby and toddler, something is certain to go wrong. Children love testing your limits and readily try to see how far they can go. Strong nerves and patience. Let your children scream and wallow in it. A no is a no. Take him in your arms and hold him tight. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.
Try to be calm and indifferent, even though it's hard. Discussions and long monologues make the tantrum even bigger. If you're unable to calm the child, you can always just leave the store. The shopping will wait. Later you can talk about it calmly.
Turn shopping into an action plan
The bigger your child, the greater the opportunity to actively integrate him or her in planning the shopping. He’ll be glad to help you. Together look for what you’re out of and what you need to buy. Give some space to the child’s wishes too. With a small coloured shopping list, she can search for products on the list at Lidl. Weighing fruits and vegetables is another fun task.
An action plan with your child makes shopping at Lidl fun. With these little tricks, everyday tasks are no longer a test of patience for all:
- Together establish the rules.
- Before shopping, explain what you will buy and what you will not.
- Write or colour a shopping list to follow together.
- Explain beforehand that you don't want to buy certain things like sweets.
- If possible, don’t plan the shopping for the same time as afternoon naps, toward evening, shortly before the weekend or Saturday morning. And actively integrate your child in the buying process.
- Give him or her a job to do. Maybe turning in your returnables?
- An empty tummy cannot be ignored, it needs a sandwich or fruit.
- Another distraction is the food quiz. How many types of red fruit can you name? What animals eat bananas?
- If everything goes smoothly, a trip to the playground can be the reward.