Hola! We are back! Like really, truly home this time. The only future trip we have planned involve some serious contractions, an epidural, and a new babe. But we’ve got to wait 8 weeks for that one…
I’ve had a few conversations lately with moms about how to get their kids to eat healthier. A truly powerful way to start that dialogue with your kiddos is to take them grocery shopping with you.
Here are the cardinal rules:
Rule #1: Make sure everyone is well rested.
Rule #2: Go when there aren’t enormous lines.
Rule #3: Make sure everybody has taken a trip to the restroom before you start.
Rule #4: Be prepared to have a sense of humor and laugh when the gallon of skim milk drops from the cart and spills all over the floor (I can claim that casualty today).
Rule #5: Be sure your kids can handle this. If you have really little ones who still rip open boxes with their teeth, spewing Cheerios all over Aisle 7, then of course do your shopping in the dead of night like all the other intelligent mothers out there. However, if your kids are a bit older (mine are 10, 7, and 4) and you put your patience hat on that day, by all means take them shopping.
The teachable moments while grocery shopping really are quite impressive:
You can teach them the names of fruits.
You can teach them the names of vegetables.
You can teach them how to choose the best fruits and vegetables.
You can teach them how to ignore the clever marketing by walking right past Fred Flinstone and his Fruity Pebbles.
You can teach them the basics of how to read labels and ingredients.
You can teach them about whole grains vs. enriched grains.
You can teach them about full sugar, low sugar, “light”, and low-fat products.
You can talk about healthy meal and snack options.
They can read words on the grocery list and cross them off themselves.
You can threaten them that if they don’t behave in the store they will have Pigs’ Feet for lunch. Truly, I keep it in my cart the whole time then give it to the cashier with an apologetic, “I’m sorry, I don’t want this,” when I’m checking out. When they are running through the aisles and sliding on their knees, all I have to do is hold up the Pigs’ Feet. It stops them dead in their tracks, I swear.
Beyond the nutrition you can go into money, deals, sales, and the economics of the whole ordeal.
They can be astonished at the huge amount of money mom is paying for all this food that they are supposed to eat.
You can be a slave driver (my specialty) and have them help you unload the car and put away groceries. Now they know where the food is and don’t have to ask you to get it for them!
So, enjoy! Grab your Pigs’ Feet to keep the kiddos in line and let the teaching/learning begin!
Hey, Fit Mommas! Have you discovered the teachable moments while grocery shopping with your kids? Or are you still shopping in the dead of night phase of motherhood? Comment below and tell us what works!