I do my shopping on Thursday mornings with Ds while DD is at kindy. Before she started kindy she would come too. DS sits in the trolley, DD used to walk next to me and help to get things off the shelf. Up till DD was about 3ish I would use a 2 seater trolley and they would both sit in there but she got too heavy for me to lift.
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20-02-2014 13:11 #31Senior Member
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20-02-2014 13:26 #32Senior Member
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Gosh my dH has never shopped or come.
I do it weekly with my 4yo and 2yo, I have no problems and it's easier with them together then separate.
Usually Thursday or Fridays.
20-02-2014 14:09 #33
I shop after school with all 5 kids, 6 if dd1 is with us. Each child has a role/ job (this makes it so much easier).
Give each child a item or list of items to find and put in the trolley. For younger kids use pictures. If they behave during the trip give them a reward and if they don't behave don't give them one. Only reinforce good behavior. Give them heaps of praise anytime you see them doing the right thing. The more praise the quicker they learn. My kids get a flavored milk at the end of the shop.
Always make sure you have fed the kids just before going into the shop and that they are not overtired.
20-02-2014 14:41 #34Senior Member
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I take both my 3 year old and 22 month olds food shopping, we get a trolley with two seats and go to Bakers Delight first (one always chooses a cheese and ham savoury roll, the other a cheeseymite scroll lol). Between that and their water bottles they have their morning tea, plus we chat the whole time, and people usually stop to comment (are they twins, aren't they cute, etc) which they lap up so as long as I don't take too long (45minutes max) we're usually out of there before any tanties or meltdowns :-)
20-02-2014 15:27 #35
My DH too has never ever done a food shop!
I now do it Sunday morning as DH takes the kids to swimming lessons. If for some reason I can't i normally take dd (4) whilst DS is at school. If I can't do it then I take DS while dd is at preschool. If that doesn't work I take both with me and race around and just get essentials and hope I can get back later at night for the rest.
20-02-2014 16:22 #36
I go every Monday morning. I take both kids, DS1 who is 3.5 and DS2 who is 18 months. I've always shopped with the kids. They either both go in the trolley or DS1 gets a kids trolley and follows me. They are bribed with a cheese roll from Bakers Delight and a play in the centre play area afterwards. They're so used to it, it's rare that it goes pear shaped. I encourage them to take things we need and put them in the trolley as well so they feel a bit more involved.
I meal plan, shop with a list and know my supermarket inside out so I am a very quick shopper.
20-02-2014 17:16 #37
I go while DS is at Childcare in between or after clients for my work. I used to take him on my day off and he isn't too bad to take really but I have the time while he is at Childcare so I take advantage. I also shop at aldi which is pretty quick with limited selection so it doesn't take me too long.
20-02-2014 17:18 #38
I work part time so have Fridays off. I grocery shop with dd then. Bornally go in the arvo and have a girls lunch date first
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20-02-2014 17:30 #39
I shop thursdays and some mondays.
Monday morning ds is at childcare.
Thursdays df comes, as does ds, and honestly, id rather shop with my son by my self. Df is like having a 3 year old teenager with an attitude.
Ds is amazing for me solo (almost 3), add df, and its a nightmare. Df is highly strung when it comes to ds, freaks out and stresses everyone out!
I do the whole meal plan and lists and stuff.
I would never trust df to shop alone, id end up with junk food, microwave meals, energy drinks and items that don't go together, ie basil, tobasco sauce, sweet potato, pineapple and tomato with mint and honey marinaded lamb chops....
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20-02-2014 18:10 #40
We never do a full shop. Ever.
We both work full time and just buy as needed. I'll often pick up dinner ingredients on my lunch break and put it in the work fridge until home time.
DP is a tradie so if he finishes earlier he picks up the meat and veg and he will often cook dinner for us too.
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