The weather gets warm and the kids are ready to play outside! I love to encourage outside play, so I try to keep them stocked in fun and interesting toys and outdoor equipment. We have bikes, trikes, scooters, ride on/in cars, a swing set, a trampoline, sidewalk chalk, skipping ropes, ladderball, bocce ball and so many more things that I can’t even think of right now. And what do all of these things have in common? I bought every one of them without the children.
Shopping with my kids can be a little like getting a root canal…make that three root canals. Over the past twenty years, I have removed tantrum throwing children from stores, rescued a child from a clothing rack that fell on top of him, searched for a missing child (that was in a clothing rack that then fell on him), caught vomit in my hands while trying to prevent it from hitting merchandise, quickly removed vomiting child from store and sent my husband to make sure it got cleaned up (and that was not the same time as previously mentioned), placed three children in one cart to try and maintain some sanity, said “No, we’re not buying that” about 8 million times and walked out of a store without everything I needed because I was driven to distraction (over and over and over again). Okay, they’re not always challenging, but the times that they are seem to stick out in my mind more than the times that they’re not, so I like to do my shopping alone.
If I do have to bring the kids with me to the store, we do a quick run down of the rules, which include that they must stay with me, they can’t play in the clothing racks, no fighting and do not ask me to buy everything! A recent shopping trip with the kids had me exasperated because they were asking me for everything. I told them that the next child who asks me for something was going to be in trouble. My clever four year old noticed a toy he liked and said to me “Mommy, what do you think of that toy?” LOL…he found a loophole!
Parenting is definitely full of funny and frustrating moments. The new movie What to Expect When You’re Expecting came out recently and it has some interesting parental moments in it. It also has some great Fisher-Price toys in it! When choosing some fun outdoor toys, you can’t really go wrong with Fisher-Price.
Do you have any shopping horror stories?
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