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    No, I would not do this. And I would not put a 7 year old 'in charge' of a younger child- he is still a child. Adults are 'in charge', and hence, bear the responsibility.

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    No never

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    No way. All it takes is the minute or two while you're deciding which brand of cereal to buy for your kids to get out while another parent is letting their child in. Or for someone to grab them. I might be overly paranoid, but I just wouldn't do it.

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    I wouldn't I'm not even keen in schools a guy jumped the fence at my little sister primary school. They have put in massive fences now but still scary!

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    Maybe you could sit with them in the playground for half hour or so and let them run some energy off, then take them shopping. That way they are too tired to make too much of a fuss, are less likely to be bored, and will have a fun time while out too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneDoe View Post
    Nope, sorry!!

    Would not compare it to a school playground!!!!

    This playground is in public where any Tom, **** or Harry could come and take your kid or other kids get into altercation.

    Why not try make it a fun experience for the kids, get them to help write the list and draw pictures of the things you need and then get them to take turns getting them if the shelf etc
    I agree I wouldn't. As above try to make it fun for them. My DH is out right now (and yes I'm sitting on my but enjoying the peace!) food shopping with DD4 and DS2! He goes every Sat morning with them. I write the list and do up a fruit and veg one for the kids - for instance I will write '4 bananas' and draw a picture of bananas. I do this with all F&V and photocopy it for the other child and they colour it in before they go. DS sits in the trolley while DD helps DH get stuff of the shelves and passes to DS who puts (drops/throws) it in the trolley behind him (obviously be doesn't get eggs etc!!). Also talk about the things in the isles, maybe see if they would like to choose some ingredients to make a meal - for instance choose a pasta type and pasta sauce variety or something like that.
    Gotta go they are back - my quiet is over!! Lol

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    Maybe just give them a list each with a few things and put them in charge of finding that food the more you involve them the less they will act up. And no sorry but I could not trust that my kids would be safe in a playground by themselves.

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    No i wouldnt either. online shopping would do it for me or i'd get a babysitter.

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    My message doesn't appear to be showing up. I've posted it twice. Lets try for a third time.

    If:
    * both kids can be trusted to stay in the playground and not partake in unsafe behaviour (such as climbing things they shouldn't), and
    * the 7yo had a mobile phone and stayed on it talking to me the whole time, and
    * I had no problem with phone reception in the shop.

    then it would be okay, but I really wouldn't be able to concentrate on my shopping so would just be grabbing the basics.

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    As tempting as it may be and easy in a sense I just couldn't do it.
    You never know who they could run off with.
    I have looked away from my kids while supervising in the playground and they have done a runner in a matter of seconds.

    If you felt comfortable and safe with leaving them there then that is your choice.

    You have a few other options/ideas now though thank to everyone


 

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