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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


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    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.

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  • To this day, I detest shopping – my son loves it though, so now he can drive, I can get him to go!!

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  • on line shopping woo hoo

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  • stories are great to read

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  • nice story to have a read

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  • great story to read

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  • Sounds hectic and stressful. My partner completely takes over the shopping which is good since it sets of my anxiety

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  • Sounds like you’re getting very good at it.

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  • Some items are a little dearer online but on the plus side you don’t have to pay for petrol and you save your time and energy and there are NO more tears. + If you spend over $100 at Coles for instance, you get free delivery..think there may be certain days as well for supermarkets that have free delivery. Good Luck and all the best to you and your little one.

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  • I know how you feel go latenite shopping and leave kids with dad less stress

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  • lol yes I would try online shopping as well.

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  • I’m the same!! My girl used to be fun to take shopping now it’s stressful, I have to be armed with all sorts of snacks and distractions

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  • That’s why they invented online shopping! I used Coles when my youngest was around this age. No stress, no fuss & most of all…. no tears-mine or his!

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