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How To Recognize A Parent Of A Toddler In The Grocery Store

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Whoever Thought Of This Cart Is a Freaking Genius.

So, let’s say you’re not a parent. You’ve got an appointment with your personal trainer and only have about fifteen minutes to eat your lunch, so you just want to make a quick little stop at the store to get a healthy sandwich and a bag of pretzels.

Unfortunately the store is crawling with parents pushing around small screaming children. Crackers are crushed all over the floor. You hear cries of:

“WANT DAT!!”

“DIS!! DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISSSSSS!!” and

“NANA, NANA, NANA!!”

Although these people are impossible to avoid, here are a few tips on how to recognize them so that you might run in the other direction (or at least get into a different check-out line).

I bring you 7 Ways to look out for a toddler and parents in the grocery store:
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  • We have the car shopping cart 1 of 7
    We have the car shopping cart
    Yeah, that's right. You're gonna have to wait for it. We need it more than you do.
  • We might have stickers on our faces. 2 of 7
    We might have stickers on our faces.
    Hey, if it keeps my toddler quiet, I'll do almost anything.
  • We never take a shortcut through the candy aisle. 3 of 7
    We never take a shortcut through the candy aisle.
    At least, we will never take a shortcut through the candy aisle...again.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • We have some kind of O’s in our cart. 4 of 7
    We have some kind of O's in our cart.
    Most likely, we also have string cheese.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • We show up at the register with at least one banana peel. 5 of 7
    We show up at the register with at least one banana peel.
    Probably a few opened boxes of crackers, too.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • We take a while to check-out… 6 of 7
    We take a while to check-out...
    ...because our toddler(s) has to hand every item to the checker...one...by...one... I appreciate when they pretend it's cute, since they're probably done this a few times already, today.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • We also take a while to unload in the parking lot. 7 of 7
    We also take a while to unload in the parking lot.
    So, if you're thinking of taking our spot, you might be waiting here a long time.
    Just sayin.'

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