Long before I have known that doing shopping with kids especially when you have a baby and children below 5 years old would totally be a different experience for any parents.
Thus, what had happened to me and hubby last Saturday was something predictable. We had gone out to shop for my hubby's stuffs but came back with most of Arissa's stuffs. How come you would ask me right?
And those Arissa's stuffs were things that we couldn't get and find during previous weekend .. So at the end of our Saturday outing, we have :
1. A happy 4 years old girl who got her swimming cap, swimming board, her princess storybook and her food & sweet treats..
2. A not so happy and tired looking mid-thirty year old man whose main shopping goal was to get a casual watch & sandal .Mind you , he needs all these two vital things before this Friday.But he did come back happy ( a bit! ) as he managed to buy some new working pants.
When shopping with small kids, we all know that it is best to be well prepared and arrived at the shopping mall early ie like two hours after the opening hours. And when u arrived early, shopping would be a breeze as there is less crowd for you to roam about with your stroller.
But even if we did leave early and prepared all the children stuff , shopping would still be a one tiring experience. First and foremost, we need to put the children's need on top of our needs 1st. Thus, we will get " Mama, I want to pee pee". And one this is blurted out from that cute little mouth, a quick sprint is made to the toilet. If failed, both of you and your kid would have to bear the embarrassment from onlooker..
Next will be their meals or best those sudden act of " Mama/baba, can i have ice cream/ lollypop please?" And stop and purchase we have to make . It's better not to have a hungry kid coz they can be weak and slow to walk. Thus a little bit of sugar rush would be great for them..
Which is why all these little humps on the road of shopping for things are easily get halted . Imagine, you just found that things you were looking for only to have it put down and away for your kids' sudden needs.
And when we have babies, aaha! More breaks to be considered.
Thus, do not expect to have the luxury of choosing & comparing things before making that final purchases. Instead just choose and buy.
Which is why i prefer to do my own shopping during weekdays ie during lunch time. Be it for groceries or for my own things. Of course time is limited during the lunch break.But at least i get to choose and compare the things I want to buy. And I know dearest hubby hate to shop alone .
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