Tips on How to Avoid a Toddler Tantrum at the Supermarket
If you are the parent of a toddler, we know that you don’t need to be told that they can be unpredictable and sometimes unreasonable little creatures. Whilst tantrums are common in children aged 1-4 years old, and even developmentally expected as they learn to master the world around them and their own emotions, many parents still feel embarrassed and judged if their child has a meltdown in public.
So, if you have ever been held hostage by a belligerent toddler, and toddler tantrum We’ve put together a list of handy tips on how to avoid a toddler tantrum at the supermarket.
- There isn’t a manual on how to bring up toddlers, but if there was we’d be pretty sure that the first rule would be ‘Never take a tired toddler shopping!’ If possible, try to plan your shopping trip around their nap-times, either opting for well-before nap-time or just after they’ve had one.
- We know it can seem like spontaneity has left the building when you have kids, but there really is a lot to be said for planning ahead, if you want things to be a little more, smooth sailing. Before heading to the supermarket we recommend packing a few healthy snacks and a sippy cup of water for your toddler to graze on. For one, it’ll distract them and two, you’ll minimise the risk of them getting ‘hangry,’ (hungry/angry).
- Go to the supermarket armed with the list of what you need. Gone are the days of wandering aimlessly up and down aisles wondering what to cook for dinner (for the foreseeable future anyway). You need to have a game-plan and you need to make your shopping time quick and efficient.
- Step away from the toys and lollies aisles! We repeat, step away! Okay, so let’s just say that that’s not possible (you need to restock your stash of Mummy’s 3pm pantry treats), we recommend distracting your child with a fun game, such as peek-a-boo or the like. Sometimes, you’ve got to do, what you’ve got to do!
- Consider avoiding the trip to the supermarket altogether and do your shopping online. Seriously, these days there is no need to put yourself or your child through the ordeal of a boring supermarket visit, when you could do it all from your laptop or smart phone and have everything delivered to your door!
Besides avoiding public toddler tantrums there are a number of benefits to doing your grocery shopping online. For example,Coles on eBay is currently offering new customers $49 off their first shop (must exceed $99, offer ends 16th October 2019.) The only catch is that you must be an eBay Plus member, but considering you can sign up for 30 day FREE membership trial it’s not ‘a catch’ at all! Annual membership for eBay Plus is $49, so if you decide to continue with the program after the trial period, you effectively receive it for free.
eBay Plus members can also enjoy an ongoing 5% discount when they do their grocery shopping at Coles on eBay, which can add up to come substantial savings over a yearly period.
Also, eBay Plus members also get Free delivery on orders over $49, so y’know, you can also save on fuel and all that effort getting them in and out of the car all of the time too!