My husband frequently tells me he doesn’t understand why it always takes so long for a “quick trip” to the store when taking our toddler girls with us.
This is the top 10 reasons why a trip to the store that use to take me 15 minutes now takes me 40 minutes to an hour:
1. She has to touch every box on the diaper display before we can move on.
2. They put far too many toys level to my daughter’s height making them easily accessible, and my toddler hard to move.
3. She is very concerned with the dead ladybug she found on the floor and has to lean down to comfort him mid isle:”it’s OK bug, you dead”…”MOM LOOK!!”
4. she found a Walmart sticker that has been stuck to the floor since before I was born and NEEDS to remove it.
5. She likes to go up to people she doesn’t know and talk to them. Adults, kids, who ever. And tell them her name and whatever shes thinking of at that moment.
6. We make the mistake of walking by the shoe or toy isle from which we may never return.
7. She’s bored and starts running and playing hide and go seek in the clothing section.shes short.she wins.
8. She needs to go to the bathroom…. across the store… right now.
9. She needs a nap and is emotionally upset about everything, making it difficult to function. And sometimes decides to stop in the middle of the store. Lay down mid isle and take a nap.
10. She has to push the cart. Which is challenging and time consuming when you have short legs and the cart is taller than she is. Did I mention she doesn’t want any help pushing it? As she runs into people and displays.
Each of these hiccups can take 5 to 10 minutes to redirect and we haven’t even got what we came to the store for yet.And i’m hopeful that I can even remember by then what exactly I came to the store to get. Before I had children of my own I can remember so many times where I swore I wasn’t going to be: “that parent”, who’s kid was screaming bloody murder because they didn’t get what they want. Well jokes on me I am “that parent”. Unfortunately at that time I didn’t realize that those parents were not bad parents. They simply had young unruly children who did not want to hear the word no, or had a hard time regaining focus. Happy Parenting to all of the moms and dads out there taking a little extra time at the store being patient with their kiddos!