Mammy Red Head

Shopping with Voices

Thursday afternoon and not a sip of milk or scrapping of butter in the house cupboards where bare, it was time to go shopping and I had to bring the two monkeys.  Whoop Whoop . . . 

Don't get me wrong I've had many a shopping trips with my two and yes I'm usually the mother rocking in the corner of the bread aisle, I vowed this time was going to be different, and it was.

Mammy Red Head's Tips for 
Shopping with Children

v Try doing an activity before going ie. soft play are, playground, walk etc, so their not totally full of energy.
v Make sure the kids and You have had something to eat.
v Pack loads of snacks and drinks; i find keeping my two feed is one of the only ways to keep them occupied.
v When you arrive at the shop if you have an older child explain what you expect of them.   So I for example explained to my four yer old that he could look at the toys but that we also had to get some food.
v I headed to Tesco first and when we entered i went straight for the books and let each child choose a book.  I have in the past bought magazines for my two but they are extremely expensive, the two books I got where €7 total that is the price of one magazine.
v If your child wants to look at the toys let them you’re as well to get "their important" stuff out of the way.
v Once you've started the shopping give the children tasks to find different items and if you've a child in the trolley let them place the items in.
v A reward is always good so on aisle two when the are we nearly finished starts I come out with, "how about if your very good and help Mammy, at the end of the shopping you can get a kinder egg".  This is always a winner.  If they step out of line remind them of the reward/treat.
v Throughout the shopping remember to keep saying how good they are.
v Remember the treats you brought with you?  Well make sure to give them out throughout the trip.
v When you’re finished and at the check-out let them unload and pack, now I know if your anything like me I ate my shopping been mixed but if your shopping with children your gonna have to let that one go, and just let the veg and yogurts go together.
v If you have a chatty cashier encourage your child to have a chat with them and you thus helping this stage of the shopping to move quick.
v Keep calm remind yourself that it's going good and you’re just shopping with the children. 
v The most important thing I find is have loads of time, if you’re rushing to do the shopping and have the kids with you it's not going to end well.

I couldn't believe that I came home last Thursday still relaxed, calm and with a full boot of groceries from Tesco and Aldi.  I was shocked I was able to go the two places and there was no rows, shouting and I didn't loose a child. 

I hope these tips help you on your next shopping trip.

Let the Children Run Free 

The doggy lead, nope I'm not writing about the lovely dog leads you get for your precious pooch, I'm speaking about the child leads.

I typed in 'child dog lead' to google the fifth picture that came up was this
I then typed in child lead and pictures like this came up 

And I'm well aware you can get them in a wide range of characters and animals, because oh yes that hides the fact you have your child on a leash. 

Encase you haven't gathered already I'm not a fan of the child lead I just think it's awful to see, can you not just teach your child to hold your hand?  You can put down your placards and pens before you start writing up your signs to protest outside my house.  I have two bolt'ers and they've both laid out on the footpath and rolled around kicking and screaming, Mini miss is a particular fan off this one be it shops, footpaths, floors she's not fussy.  But! I just can not bring myself to put a lead on my child, if people want to stare while the child screams blue murder on the street so be it.  The made dash however is a triggy one; A full bus of American tourist gasped in utter horror as a three year old Little red head bolted out on to a road and yes I'll admitted it he was dame lucky, but honestly no dog sorry child lead was going to stop him sheer will and strength and an open door in a teddy shop and he was gone.

It takes a while for a child to learn that they just have to hold your hand and not wander of run off and putting a lead on is only holding off the inevitable you are going to have to teach them safety at some stage.  I will agree with one knowledgeable friend of mine that on the likes of a busy festival day where you know your child is going to wander,  and they will not sit in a buggy then maybe a lead is neccassary, but it pains me to right this believe me.

What sparked me to write this is the over use of the dog opps again child lead or "child safety 
harness".  On one of our lovely sunny days last week I was on the beach it was far from busy I could have counted the number people on the beach and the tide was barely visible.  While my two baba's ran free playing in the sand and just general playing like a two and four year old do along came a Dad and a little boy just under 2 years old.  This poor little boy was on a lead now I missed the sign that said 'please keep children on lead at all times',  the child and Daddy wander around and the boy walked alongside his Dad.  It just annoyed me so much why did that child have to be tied to a lead instead of running free there was no dangers around, it looked to me like laziness.  Maybe I'm judging but I just didn't see the need.

So let the children free, leave the leads at home!!

April picture challenge set by Stylish and Fabulous Blog  ‪#‎SFAPRILCHALLENGE‬,

Day 1      Selfie 

Day 2  "black and white" : this is an old school pic who can pick me out ?

Day 3 motivation - picture from amazing course free being me

Day 4 - I want . . . sleep

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