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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