Shopping with Toddlers

Time to address a reality in our busy lives. That nesessary trip of grocery shopping. Well, if any of you are in my situation then you know what is next, taking the kiddos. But let this not be a painful trip, rather see it as another opportunity to engage and teach.

Look of approval

To really shake things up. I will let them randomly pick an item. Today, Cassi picked a lemon and a mango. Another time while pushing his own cart, my son loaded up a can of pineapples, strawberries and sweet peas. Engine still in full throttle, we continue up and down the isles talking about anything that comes to mind. Yummies and yuckies (debatable), proteins and carbs, reading labels out loud, I continue to blabber away.


Be forewarned and prepared for the meltdowns, I’ve had them come as early as aisle two. So, in the case of emergency, turn the cart around and let them lead. Keep pushing forward, keep the rocket engines rumbling and get to the check out quick. Oh, just in case you did not turn those smiles of approval upside down, make sure to ride on the basket and let out a “yeeeeeha” as you make your way to the checkout.

Hey, what’s going on here?

Again, just have fun, and if you are not having fun then do something else. As for me, I have to figure out dinner with a grapefruit, lemon, mango and coffee.

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Published by John Schmitz

Happily married to an absolute dream come true woman, Ami. Who has blessed me with two absolute dream come true children, Orion and Cassi. Now my goal everyday is to do life with my children. Whether I go shopping or in the kitchen cooking, my children will be right there with me. Talking through my actions, involving them in decision making and understanding options available. Pitching tents, trails to hike and adventures to come, they will be my side.

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