Today we needed to do some grocery shopping.
I was supposed to have Mark with me today because he was due to have the week off with the children for half term.
Unfortunately, because he works for an energy company, he’s had to abandon all hope of having any time off this week due to the ‘St Jude’ storm we had at the start of the week.
He’s been out working hard with his colleagues to restore power to those affected, all day from very early until very late – sometimes into the night, so we’ve hardly seen him. He saw two of the children this morning for the first time since Sunday evening because he’s not been getting home until long after they are in bed.
I don’t normally enjoy shopping with the children because they get bored very quickly and start playing up.
Today before we left, I made a promise to all three children that, if they behaved very nicely for Mummy, they would get some sweets once we’d finished the shopping.
I gave them all ‘three strikes’. That meant they were allowed to have three opportunities to play up before they would lose their rights to their treat. This worked really well. Woo nearly lost one ‘strike’ because for some unknown reason he decided to lay on the floor by the bananas, but apart from that, all I needed to do was remind them that they didn’t want to lose their ‘strikes’. They behaved really well, so once we’d done our shopping, I let them chose a packet of sweets each.
When we went to the checkout I made one final deal with them. They needed to be really good while Mummy packed and paid for the shopping, otherwise they wouldn’t be allowed to eat their sweets when we got home.
This also worked really well and resulted in a happy, stress free Mummy, shopping done and three happy children.
When we got home Boo made me really laugh when she read me her ‘list for Santa’. She wants the following:
- Rapunzel tea set
- Rapunzel Doll
- Hello Kitty Bike
- A dog cuddle puppet
- A shed
- A Hello Kitty Sticker Book
- A Hello Kitty Sparkly Dress
- A Cuckoo clock
- A pink treehouse
- Some paint
I wondered what she wanted a shed for, so I asked her and she replied “I would like a shed to put all my new toys in because I won’t have room otherwise!”
Such an optimistic daughter I have there…Google+