Surviving the Supermarket with Kids (video)

“She’s Not My Mommy!” Giving your kid a time-out in the supermarket can be a little slice of hell. On top of that you have to smile at people when they look at you like you are a child abuser. The supermarket meltdown happens to every parent at some point. They are often brought on by colorful displays of highly processed junk food and candy that are cruelly positioned at your child’s eye level.

The Zen mama has to conjure up a bodhisattva to deflect a child’s nagging for junk food. She uses a calm voice while quickly looking for a healthy and appealing alternative that can be presented with humor and grace. My inner yoga mama ain’t always there for me when I need her and sometimes I just need to hear someone else’s horror story to feel better. I love this short video that we made about shopping with kids — Andrea Collier is a font of wisdom and always makes me laugh and Latham Thomas give some great advice.

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Terry Vanderbush
Terry V.3 years ago

common sense and being a good parent/role model

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

carlee trent
carlee trent4 years ago


Melissah Chadwick
Melissah C.5 years ago


gerlinde p.
gerlinde p.5 years ago

don`t want to think about those experiences, they were certainly very challenging.

Justine Schulz
Justine Schulz5 years ago

Taking my little girl to the supermarket.....I am and will continue to be emotionally scarred for life!

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman5 years ago

Been there done that. Thanx.

Michelle Camire
Michelle Camire5 years ago

I love taking my kids everywhere as there are lessons to be learned and life lessons to also be learned. When my child at one time demanded to have something I said sure, but then this week you have to go without a lunch, because if I spend my money on that we can't get lunch meat and bread. She put the toy back almost instantly and was quite happy to continue on our way. Another thing I use to my advantage is the incentive of that oh so yummy cookie the bakery gives away at most stores, if the shopping trip is successful my kids get to go and get one before we hit the check out line. It's up to me to teach and parent them, not to blame their behaviour on marketing!!