What Shopping With Kids is Really Like

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It's just a routine trip to pick up some necessities.  No problem!  You've got this. Shopping with kids …

Step 1:  Get the toddler in her coat and bundle up the baby.  Head to the car.

Step 2: Go back inside before you reach the car because the toddler has to use the potty.  Again.  Wait for 15 minutes then head to the door.

Step 3:  Head back to change a diaper because the baby pooped.  And because your toddler now needs a snack.

Step 4:  You make it to the car!  But now your toddler is negotiating getting into her car seat.  Five minutes (and a bribe) later, you get in the front seat to start driving.

Step 5:  Run back in the house because you realize you forgot your cell phone.

Step 6: Drive to the store!  At last.  And it's only been 30 minutes since you first started to leave.  Not too bad.

Step 7:  Arrive at the store.  Immediately find somewhere to nurse the baby.

Step 8:  Get the baby in the snugly and the toddler in the cart.  Head to the milk aisle.

Step 9:  Pass the dollar bin, toy section, headband section on the way.  Say “No, we can't get that now, sweetie,” approximately 2, 784 times.  

Step 10:  Put the books, dolls, and packs of cookies your toddler and/or baby tries to grab off the shelves back on the shelves.

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Step 11:  Get some cookies for yourself for later.  

Step 12:  Watch helplessly as your toddler opens and eats your cookies.

Step 13:  Give into your sugar-crazed toddler's demands to get out of the shopping cart.  

Step 14:  Play hide-and-seek with your toddler while trying to finish your shopping.

Step 15:  Grab some make-up on sale, a new book, some more snacks for later, ice cream, a cute shirt there's only one left of, and some new PJs for the kids.

Step 16: Pay and realize your quick trip out for milk cost $150 and two hours.

Step 17: Realize you for forgot to buy milk.  

Step 18: Consider going back but it's time for the toddler to use the potty (again) and for the baby to eat (again).  

Step 19: Try to rush home before naptime.  Then realize the kids fell asleep in the car.

Step 20:  Eat the ice cream in the car because you forgot the milk and can get your recommended daily allowance of dairy right here.  

You made it home, but need to start all over again tomorrow to get that milk. 

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Good luck out there, shopping with kids!

 

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What Shopping With Kids is Really Like

Jamie is a Beltway Insider who loves channeling her pre-motherhood love of traveling into spending time exploring all D.C. has to offer with her brood of two girls and two boys ages 9, 7,5, and a baby. She is a reformed lawyer turned full-time kid wrangler who enjoys photographing her everyday chaos and anything salted caramel. Since life is never dull, she loves writing about the issues and events going on in her life at any given time, including caring for a daughter with special needs and th ... More

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