I’ll be honest whenever possible, I try to grocery shop without my children while my husband is at home on the weekends. However, I usually need to pick some items up during the week which means LOOK OUT FOR THE CRAZY CHILDREN. Lately, I’ve been trying to teach my children some ways to navigate the grocery shopping experience. These tips help to make them feel independent, and (usually) keep tantrums at bay.
1. Where to find the best foods I’ve taught my kids that you always find the best foods for your body on the perimeter of the store. Fresh fruits and vegetables are always on the perimeter, and very rarely are processed foods.
2. Finding the freshest ingredients My kids love to pick out their own fruits and vegetables, careful to find just the right one without blemishes.
3. Manners Hands to yourself and inside voices those rules aren’t just meant for school. Use them in the grocery store as well!
4. Concept of money As much as my kids (and I) wish, money doesn’t grow on trees, and we work together in figuring out what items would be best for our budget.
I even try to work in some of these concepts while we’re at home – my daughter loves to “shop” for grocery items with her VTech 2-in-1 Shop and Cook Playset. The educational playset totally helps to reinforce at home what I teach her at the grocery store.
What are some ways you teach your kids better shopping habits?