Everybody love shopping but it’s never been easy with children. Shopping with children, especially young children, can sometimes be irritating and very stressful.
So, what to do to help children behave decently, without slapping, hitting, or shouting on them?
Go through some of these helpful tips to shop with children without any stress [Reducing the parenting stress].
Tips to make your shopping with children stress free
- Before you leave the house for your shopping, instruct your children properly about how to behave in the store. If possible, try to role play at home and explain them clearly about how to behave at the store.
- Instruct your children to be with you all the time throughout your shopping trip. Ask them not to go alone and if necessary, they need to check with you first before leaving anywhere.
- Never allow your children to be alone in toy stores or public facilities such as movie theaters, parties, hotels, or playgrounds and expect the in charger to take charge of your children.
- Make a plan or create a pre-designated spot such as the sales counter or public information counter to meet both of you immediately, in any case if you both get separated.
- Also, ask them not to get scared, and try to look for someone within the store; a salesperson having a name tag or a security officer who can help them in reaching you easily and quickly. Tell them not to leave the store and go to the parking place to find you or your car.
- While going for shopping, ask them to get some of their favorite items to entertain themselves without disturbing you. Prior to entering the store, instruct your children with your clear expectations as “be quiet and make no noise,” and “no begging for candy or other things.”
- After entering the store, pick up a shopping cart and let your children take it around. Allow your children to put items into the cart, even if your child is in the shopping cart. This will not only keep your children busy throughout your shopping, but also creates excitement in them.
- You can pick a shopping basket if you find no shopping cart. Try to pretend as if the basket is extremely heavy to handle, with the items you put inside the basket, and you are in need of help from your children. Request them to hold one of the handles of the basket. This gives them a kind of satisfaction.
- Also, allow your children to help you while paying the bill. Permitting your children to handle your money or check to the cashier also provides your children a sense of satisfaction. It can also allow your child to learn about the value of money and its management.
- Direct your children constantly to use public facility and ask them to go along with other children to the restroom.
- Make an agreement of giving rewards for their good behavior in the shopping trip. Offer simple rewards such as your children’s favorite snack, game, or playing spot.
So, make your shopping trip with children more exciting with these tips!