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Why I Grocery Shop with My Kids (and Think You Should, Too)

By Ole & Shaina Olmanson |


I have four kids, and I take them grocery shopping. Not only do I take them grocery shopping, but I take them other places as well. The farmers market, for example. It’s my 3-year-old’s favorite place on the weekend, strolling between crowded stalls, people bumping into you, nowhere to walk with a family of one, much less a family of six. Yet there we are in the thick of it.

The reasons for my insistence on including my children in the purchasing of food are simple: I believe that getting them involved in the process of feeding themselves from start to finish. They’re picking out seeds to plant in our garden, accompanying me to you-pick berry and apple farms, and they’re watching me talk to farmers at the market, learning why we choose one product over another at the grocery store, and getting an education in taking care of themselves.

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By having my kids browsing the aisles of the grocery store or the farmers market with me, they start asking about different foods they see there, and after we've seen them a while, it's a great way to say, "Let's buy that this week and see what we can make with it." This exposure helps them stay in control of introduction of new foods, and it makes it a fun adventure rather than a chore.
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Ole & Shaina Olmanson

Shaina Olmanson is the food writer and home cook behind Food for My Family. Shaina can usually be found in one of three places: cooking, at the computer or behind the camera. These three things occur in the kitchen simultaneously with her four children hanging from her apron strings as she teaches them to cook and the importance of eating locally, seasonally, organically and together. She is a former Babble Food blogger.

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0 thoughts on “Why I Grocery Shop with My Kids (and Think You Should, Too)

  1. JulieVR says:

    Great post! And WOW, does he ever look like you!

  2. Chris says:

    I love to take the kids to the store! It not only helps with them making healthier choices, but it’s a lesson in the economics of shopping. My eleven year old twins can find the unit price on the shelf label, and tell you why one size or brand is a better buy. When they were younger, it also reinforced their reading skills without them realizing they were learning!

  3. Caitie says:

    I love taking my little guy shopping. Mostly because as a busy stay at home mom, alone time isn’t something i have to waste on grocery shopping haha. Plus I’ve noticed when my three year old helps make the decisions on what new we buy and try he is more likely to agree to try it. We are big Fred Meyers fans because its the only store I’ve been to where not only do they offer a cookie at the bakery but instead he can get a slice of cheese from the deli or a bit of fresh produce at the counter where they put all the fresh fruit bowls and platters together for a “a good shopper” reward. Not sure if all freddies do that, but its a great alternative to a sugary cookie.

  4. sediim says:

    i really liked reading this! mostly, i take my kiddo grocery shopping out of necessity, but even when daddy’s off work we go as part of “family time.” it’s really nice to hear our three year old repeat what we say about a particular juice, certain veggies, or snacks. i know he’s just saying what we say because he’s a little kid, but i think if he hears it enough and says it enough he’ll start to grasp the meaning and thought behind why we buy one thing and not another. it’s so funny when someone overhears him saying “we’s geddin’ the no sugar added duce [juice], mama?! oh…das gweat!!” and i seriously can’t wait for the farmer’s markets to start back up. i really think he’s at a good age to start comprehending fresh foods and buying from real people instead of all packaged food and supporting a large grocery store…or i’m just being completely unrealistic! :)

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