Shopping pre kids - pick up wallet and phone, walk out of house, lock door and get in car. Drive to shops, wander around looking for what I want, find it, buy it, go to next thing on list, if it is not there, drive to another shop, find what I want and buy it.
Shopping post kids - today for example. Make sure children are wearing acceptable clothes. See thru dress up skirt is not acceptable and request a skirt change. Find shoes and put them on Mr One. Tell Miss Three once she has found a new skirt to find some shoes. Remind Miss Three to go to the toilet. Convince Miss Three she should go to the toilet even if she doesn't feel like it. Praise Miss Three for going to the toilet even when she didn't feel like it and doesn't she feel better now. Correct Miss Three's shoes that are on the wrong feet.
Pick up wallet and phone. Get everyone out of the house. Put back in the house the rideon that came out being ridden by Mr One.
Untwist the straps on the aggravating carseat for Mr One. Mr One gets cross at being put in his carseat when he would like to climb around the car. Strap in Miss Three, fortunately in a better designed carseat.
Drive to shops.
Get out buggy for Mr One. Get out Mr One and Miss Three. Miss Three decides she wants to walk. Then Miss Three is disappointed there isn't a seat for her in the buggy. Unlock the car again and before you go to get out the second seat. Ask again, "Do you want to ride in the buggy or walk?" Miss Three decides she wants to walk. Miss Three has a better idea and decides she wants to push Mr One. Insist she cannot do this alone and continue to correct her poor steering as she doesn't bother to look where she is going because other more interesting stuff is going on.
Wander around shop and find what we want, pay and then go shop two. Just as we arrive at shop two, Mr One is getting restless and asks to be let out. You decide it looks safe enough. Miss Three decides she needs a toilet and she needs it now. Toilet is in shop one.
Go back to shop one, Mr One crying all the way because he had been promised freedom and it was taken away just as he was about to get it. Find toilet, complete ablutions. Mr One is still cross, feel sorry for him as this delay was not his fault. Decide for the benefit of everyone to stop at playground in shop one for a run around.
After a wee play, go back to shop two to see if they do actually have what you want. We wander around, it doesn't seem they do so leave, decide the kids won't handle driving to a different shop when it is nearly lunchtime so give up on shopping trip and visit the pet shop beside shop two to look at all the cute animals. Go home for lunch and a lie down.
Perhaps shopping with children should be made into a board game.
Learning without doing
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