BLOG: The photo that sums up shopping with kids
Just last week I was enjoying a lovely Saturday morning with two friends post-swim when I received a photo message from my husband Jules who was out with the kids.
He had bravely decided to do the weekly grocery shop with both boys in tow, on a busy shopping day and just before our one-year-old Leo’s usual nap time.
I tore myself away from my flat white to take a look at the photo he entitled ‘shopping with kids is such fun’, and saw little Leo crawling across the floor of Woolies to the kitchen knives section. I chuckled at my poor husband’s rookie mistake of allowing the smallest to exit the trolley and not offering up enough snack bribes, and then I looked a little closer at the photo (see below)...
Yep that is also my eldest Toby (who at age seven should really know better), lying on his back on the floor in the background. Fits of laughter then ensued from the table with some feelings of sympathy for Jules who was not having quite such a relaxing time.
I enquired later as to the story behind how this perfect storm happened.
Apparently, Leo was screeching and writhing in the trolley seat so much that my husband felt he had no choice but to remove him from it, and let him have a moment of freedom before being noisily restrained once more. Toby the eldest decided the bad behaviour from Leo was so embarrassing and awful that he would be simply lay down in a sort of silent protest at being dragged into the shop in the first place.
Amazingly Jules did manage to soldier on until the shopping was complete, proving that his stubborn streak and determination could override the kids’ dire antics but lessons have been learnt.
Grocery shopping is now only to be done either as a family or with neither kids’ in tow. They made their point and we are on this occasion listening, or at least packing a bag full of snacks.