Not So Fun Trips

Grocery StoreLets face it, we all need to get things done.  There is no way around taking care of our daily errands and our routine doctor visits.  Problem is that your little ones just aren’t old enough to watch themselves, and you aren’t going to get a sitter to run to post office.  Technology is great, and it seems like everyday we are finding new ways to cut back on the trips we have to make and the time it takes to do them.  There’s just no way around some trips, and the kids are coming with.  These not so fun trips can be tough, but with the right mindset and preparation, they can become a lot easier.

Doctor/Dentist visit – This can be one of the toughest trips, especially if it is a check up for them specifically.  The key to making your visit as smooth as possible is having your little one in the best of spirits.  Proper warnings of where and when your child will be going will hopefully put them at ease.  This will hopefully eliminate the surprise “freak out” when you step into the waiting room.  With a two or three-year old telling them a couple hours in advance should be sufficient.  With a four or five year old, the day before should be plenty of warning.  Telling them too far in advance may cause them stress and keep them worried for too long.  Having a book or a small toy with you can help if there is any type of wait.  Children feed off their parent’s emotions, so stay calm and keep a cheerful mood.

Grocery storeAnother tough trip can be to the grocery store, and for many reasons.  Preparation is a must prior to walking through the doors.  Not having a plan of attack can leave you with unhappy kids and a basket full of stuff you weren’t intending to buy.  Almost all kids will take a trip to the grocery store over a doctor visit, but that doesn’t mean it is their top choice of activities.  Again, giving them a little advanced warning of the trip will allow them time to process.  Making a small game in creating a list of groceries prior to leaving will make them feel more involved.   Making a secondary list for her with drawing of the items she is to look for will create excitement and keep her focused while shopping.  Understanding the layout of the store and keeping away from isles that have items you don’t want is key.  Avoiding unwanted tantrums and higher than expected grocery totals are always a good way to leave the store.