But shopping with kids (especially a toddler and a preschooler) can turn Target into a hellish nightmare!
No perusing….kids don’t like perusing. They want to push the cart. Or better yet, scream, whine, make noises that even God is going “What the H-E-double-hockey-sticks is that noise? Is someone dying?”
$1 section, mom, I want that, and that, and that, and that, and that, and that. Oh, that necklace you wanted…well, mom let me just pull it apart for you. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle shirt….no, no, mom I want to get out of the cart and throw everything I want in the cart for you. Let me rip open the toilet paper mom and start throwing it at bypassers.
Seriously, it makes me think twice about children in general.
But, over the years I have discovered the secrets to keeping children quiet and well behaved through a Target run. So here you are fellow moms, the 3 steps to surviving Target with little kids.
1. Make a list of what you need prior to arriving, even if you jot it down in the car while the kidlets are still strapped in their carseats.
This will help you figure out which door to enter and then make your trip as a circle around the store, grabbing all the items you want and even stop a couple of times to check out the stuff that catches your eyes. Kids are better about a continuous journey then a stop-and-go back and forth throughout the store. Plus it just adds to the tension in the air if you find yourself both ends of the store multiple times. So it short, make a list and map it out.
2. Get the cart with the two seater attached to a regular cart.
Place oldest kids in the two seater portion of the cart, and then toddlers in the basket (unless yours sits in the bucket seat in front of the cart, place them there). Toddlers are busy….I’m sure you figured that one out already….but they like to continuously move. By placing them in the basket they can roam in that area and look toward the front to see everything. Preschoolers are best in the two seater section because they can “push” the cart by placing their hands on the cart and still stand on the attachment. Plus they feel like a big kid seating in that section vs the cart like their younger sibling. Since I’ve stopped following the rules to where to strap the kids, my kids have been better behaved and stop fighting with me so much. I call that a win-win.
For a $1.38 (in Minneapolis) you can purchase a bag of popcorn at the Target Café, ask for (number) of small cups to divide the popcorn to each child, and feed them as you shop. This keeps them quiet and focused on the task of enjoying deliciously salty goodness. Seriously, it is the best $1.38 I spend at target each time (plus if you have target cartwheel, they often have a coupon for 5% off so you can save a whole 7¢....I still don't get this save 5% thing....it seems like more work to just remember to use the damn stupid thing; I'll save that rant for another day).
There is it. Sweet and simple. And as you leave target, feel free to reward yourself for being an awesome mom with well-behaved kids by grabbing a venti Starbucks whatever you drink! You totally deserve it!