I used to look forward to our weekly shopping trip – just my little one and me gracing the aisles. Well no more. Little Miss Two has hit the squeal and kick stage and it has become a weekly challenge to do the shopping. Oh yes, I get looks from other shoppers but I am so focussed on the great art of distraction that I barely notice now. I deftly park the trolley in the fruit department so little hands can’t help themselves to an apple. I chatter my way through five or six aisles before I can see the fidgeting start and avoid a swift kick from the trolley seat. I pass a crunchy packet of pasta to distract for two or more aisles and then struggle through the frozen department before the checkout challenge. By then Little Miss has her eye on a particular item so I can usually keep her busy holding it, letting her pass it to be scanned and then hanging onto it whilst I get the bagged shopping back into the trolley. By the time I am swiping my card I am in sweat from the rushing, the fast paced unpacking and packing of the entire trolley and mental race against the tantrum clock! And then I can breathe a sigh of relief as there is a temporary reprieve… until we have to unpack and put away at home.
Posted anonymously, 27th August 2014