asdaDo you and your children enjoy shopping together, or is it a nightmare?
When you see a screaming child, they’re often being ignored by their mother, either through embarrassment or lack of interest!
Shopping is probably boring for you, so imagine how your children feel.
For goodness’ sake, talk to them!
Here are a few games to make your supermarket visits fun for both of you!
Plan a Theme before you go in the store.
The shopping trolleys, which let’s face it must be pretty uncomfortable to sit in, are magic trolleys.
Take a small cushion or folded blanket to pad the seat.
What will the shopping trolley be today?
It’s a princess’s carriage. You have to buy the food for entertaining the important guests in a far-away land.
It’s an army tank. You need provisions for camping for 6 months.
The dolls are having a tea-party. They like Fairy Cakes, Little Gem biscuits, and other tiny things to eat.
It’s a space-ship carrying food to another planet for 2 years.
There’s been a ship-wreck and it’s a boat travelling to a desert island.
Pick out things that you’ll need, checking use-by dates and price.
It’s useful to carry a pen and paper.
Carry a shopping list and see who can spot things first.
Look out for 10 items with animals on the front.
Find 10 blue things. (Change the colour each time you visit.)
Go through the alphabet. (Apples, Bananas, Cucumbers, Dates, etc.)
tantrumInvolve your child in the shopping. Ask their opinion. (Implied choice is a good idea!) What would they like for dinner, chicken or fish? Would they prefer jacket potatoes or chips? Which potato is best, the large red or the small white? And which vegetables would be nice? What about salad? Point out the variety of colours.
Choose a meal in different colours. Don’t worry if they choose strawberries, for instance, to go in a salad. You’ll find that it works with a good salad dressing, especially with Balsamic vinegar.
Supermarkets have an amazing choice of products nowadays.
Ask which loaf of bread they fancy. Point out the huge difference in prices. Let them make the choice. They’ll enjoy eating it more.
Find the cheapest and the dearest loaf, biscuits, etc. Change the item every time.
Count how many different countries the products are imported from. Write them down. When you get home, look them up in an atlas.
Spot the security cameras. Tell them they’re on TV and wave.
Wave to other children in shopping-trolleys. Count how many children you pass.
Ask if you’ve remembered everything.
Don’t buy treats. Give your child some pocket money and let them choose what they want to buy, whether it’s a packet of biscuits or a roll of Sellotape! Don’t give them any extra money if it costs more. And don’t reward them if they behave badly!
Let them take their time to choose what they want. Make them pay for their own shopping and have their bag and receipt, and let them keep the change. It can be added on to their next visit.
If you make shopping fun they’ll learn to understand prices and nutrition. They’ll look forward to their meals. And they’ll look forward to their next visit.  And so will you, instead of dreading it!

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.