Saturday, January 29, 2011
My Amazing, Wonderful, Miraculous Trip to the Grocery Store with a 3 Year Old..
Today, I made the big grocery list for the week. I asked my husband to watch the baby and took my son with me to the store.
I made a big deal about how just my son and I were going to the store together. "Mommy and R Day!"
We got one of those carts where the kids can sit in and pretend to drive a car. He made race car sounds and I sped up and slowed down and pretended he was driving a race car.
I admit that I had to bribe him. I asked him what kind of treat he would like before we went. He said chocolate. I told him throughout the experience that he was being really good, and if he kept being good he would get a treat!
There were a couple of moments when he got a little crazy. I just pulled over, bent down to his level, and reminded him that he wanted to be a good boy to get his treat. And then it was fine...
Why was this trip so much better than most of the others? I think the planning helped, and of course the bribery, but I think overall it was my mindset.
I went into this thinking, "We are going to have so much fun!" And we did.
So many times when I go to the store with my son, I expect it to go badly. I expect to be stressed out. And, that's usually what happens.
But this time, we both had a great time. And, he got some m and m's....
I think there's a lesson there (for me at least).
Those of you with kids, do you have any experiences that are similar?
Have a great weekend,
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