Shopping with a toddler is a strategic game. I have to play offense and defense. Most common is defense – putting shoes back on, saying no, putting items back on the shelves, saying no, blocking from grabbing more items. Most of the offense is distraction techniques to keep a good mood going – look at the baby, there’s a dog on that package, let’s find the diapers.
After dropping Hannah off at preschool, I swung by Target for a few items. My time of freedom! Quiet shopping!
I was lonely.
I missed my little helper pointing out every animal on every package we passed. I missed her excitement about every baby we’d see (and there were a lot). I even kind of missed putting her shoes back on after she rips them off at the very sight of the shoe section saying “I on! I try!” I missed asking, “What do we need at the store?” to which she always replies, “I need applesauce.”
I was even actually buying applesauce. She would have been so happy.
So if I really need something urgently, I’ll continue to make quick trips to the store while she’s at school, but I think I like our usual team-shopping better.