Grocery shopping with kids doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore if you follow these simple tips to keep everyone happy. Grocery shopping with kids can be a challenge. We’ve all seen the tantrums in the cookie aisle and the stressed-out parents at checkout. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
The grocery store can be a place for learning and fun. Parents just need to set a few ground rules and make some effort to involve the kids in the shopping process. By following these five simple tips for effective grocery shopping with kids, you can avoid meltdowns and even have some fun together.
Get the Children Involved in the Whole Process
Starting as young as 3 or 4, your children can be involved in the process of meal planning, shopping, and food preparation. Younger children can add a favorite meal to your menu plan, help stir things, and set the table. If you play your cards right, older kids can cook the whole dinner themselves. In my experience, children who are involved in shopping for the ingredients are more likely to try new things than children who just wait for the food to appear on their dinner plates.
Come to the store with a list and stick to it. The only thing worse than wandering through the grocery store looking for dinner inspiration is doing it with children in tow. It’s much less stressful to shop when you plan your meals ahead of time. Pick some family favorites and new dishes each week to keep things interesting. Read my post about how to meal plan for guidance.
Make It Fun
A visit to the grocery store can be fun for kids. Let them help find the different items on the grocery list. If they’re old enough, you can give each child a few items on your list, and see who can find their items the fastest. Incorporate math and science questions throughout the store. Older kids can round off the prices of different items and try to add up the cost of everything in the cart. In the produce section, children can guess the weight of different vegetables before weighing them on the scale.
Kids love to play with their parents’ phones. I’ve been using Star Market’s My Mixx, My Savings app for grocery shopping this month. When I took my kids to the store with me last week, I let them check off some of the items on my grocery list as we put things into the cart. This app is a great way to organize your shopping and grocery savings, and an added bonus is that it can keep your kids engaged at the store. (See this post about how to use the MyMixx, My Savings app for more info.)
Avoid Impulse Purchases
I know it’s tempting to give in and let them put the Oreos in the cart to keep them from whining. Don’t do it. Rewarding good behavior with sugary treats isn’t a good habit to develop. Instead, let kids pick out one healthy item they want to try. My children have branched out quite a bit over the years as a result of this tactic.
By following these tips, you’ll keep the experience of grocery shopping with kids pleasant (and maybe even fun!). For more insights about efficient grocery shopping, you can read my book, Conquering Your Kitchen (affiliate). Chapter 3, Mastering the Grocery Puzzle, covers all the details of how to get in and out of the grocery store without losing your mind.
What are your tips for getting through the grocery store without any tantrums? Please share them in the comments!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Star Market. The opinions and text are all mine.