9 Shopping Nightmares Every Parent Can Relate To
Even the most simple of tasks like grocery shopping is a challenge
21 July 2017
Parenting throws at you an endless list of challenges; some rewarding, and some downright frustrating. Perhaps one of the most unfortunate challenges is the weekly trip at the supermarket.
And no, we don't mean a relaxing trip to buy a bottle of grape and your favourite microwave meal to enjoy at home in peace and quiet.
In fact, we mean quite the opposite - the below experiences are no doubt far too familiar when you have children. And what might be often planned as a splendid trip to the shop, turns out to be an uncontrollable couple of hours filled with stress, tantrums and an expensive receipt at the end of it.
So here's 9, very real nightmares of shopping as a parent with the kids in tow.
1. The dreaded tantrums in public
Let's start with the most feared one. Whether they're tired, stubborn or don't get what they want - prepare for stomping feet and tears.
2. Insisting on eating food before buying it
And you end up with 2 packets of crisps, half a box of biscuits and an empty drinks bottle that you have to pay for at the till.
3. Throwing random things in to the trolley
Or worse, sneaking them in when you're not paying attention.
4. Throwing themselves into the trolley
Because you can guarantee, half way round the store - they'll forget how to use their legs. Or on the other hand, will want to go for a joy-ride with their sibling pushing.
5. Giving your child control of the trolley
Only for them to go missing after 15 seconds.
6. Having to discipline them in public
Only to become every other shopper's entertainment.
7. When they insist on buying stuff they DON'T need
Set of erasers? New Frisbee? A box of cereal because it has a toy in?
8. When you finally give in to buying treats
And then you're faced with hyperactivity for the rest of your afternoon.
9. When they insist on touching EVERYTHING
And you have to resist the urge.