We’ve all been there – you’re rushing through the aisles to get the shopping done, and your child decides it’s the perfect time to throw a massive strop. We’ve talked to parents from all over Scotland to get their top tips on keeping them busy so you can get your groceries sorted.
Tip #1: Avoid a sulk at the shops
Tip #2: Price matching
While you’re shopping, get your child to look for prices and check how much different things cost. You could turn it into a bit of a treasure hunt and look for items that cost more than and less than £1. Or look for any item that costs £2 exactly. If something is on offer - 2 for £1, say - you could help them work out what each individual item costs.
Tip #3: Making the weekly shop a little easier
Tip #4: What's in your basket?
Tip #5: Supermarket challenge
Tip #6: Read the packets
Picking out a can or food packet, and helping your child read the label is a fun way for them to read while they’re out and about with you. After sounding out the first letter, they could then look for other items that begin with the same letter - like milk, margarine, and marmalade.
Tip #7: Spot the signs
Tip #8: At the check out
Bonus tips: But I want it!
If you find that your kid tends to kick up a fuss when you get to the sweets aisle, it can pay to save yourself the headache and avoid it.
It also pays to give them a snack like a piece of fruit before you go shopping. Who hasn’t done the shopping on an empty stomach and come home with pretty much the entire junk food aisle?