Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hide and seek...

Yes... I remember the days when my son would play Hide and seek with me when we were out shopping!.. I hated it!!!! It was so terrifying... I have to run after him while I still have an infant in the stroller..  I remember it vaguely,,, my boy who was around 3 years old and he was like a Tasmanian devil!!! oh yeah,,he was everywhere.. But I might say that there is HOPE!!!! yup... he changed dramatically ... and  life is sweet!!!!

I remember that he would always whinge and scream and make my shopping LIFE all too difficult!!!!    So I ended up shopping my groceries online!!!!! yes the COLES online grocery shopping,,, where they deliver it at home  straight into my kitchen.... that was pathetic  ,but it worked for me,, saves me getting embarrassed and being harassed by my kids...

 Now that my boy is 5 years old now,, he has learned one of the most important virtue in life  PATIENCE  Gracious me!!!  I worked hard for this!!!! and I really deserve it...
Although I love shopping by myself ,, sometimes when I have to go shopping and the kids are with me  ,, I have to use these techniques...

1.  Before we go out I talk to them about the rule in simple terms,, like they have to stand beside Mom at the shops...ALWAYS!!!!!  and if they misbehave I will take them back home....

2.  Practice at home in a role play shop scenario and PRAISE when they are doing well...   We do that when we play shopping game...

3.When entering the shop ... Remind the RULES!!

4.  I make a list of things to buy ,, to make it interesting I draw on the stuff that we need to get ,, and let my boy hold on to the list and gives him a pen so he can cross out the stuff when we get them... This is such a FUN activity for my BOY   , he just love it ...

5. When Buying groceries I usually  ask them to get get it for me.. Like when we buy apples I tell him to get 5 apples and then he will count ... So let them get actively involved ...

6. While shopping Praise praise and praise,,, Yeah sometimes I sound like a teacher saying Good job,,, That is so nice of you to help mom ... and so on and so on... I might sound like a broken Vinyl record,,, but hey I am really appreciating their efforts...

7. Give them a little treat .. like an ice cream or a lolly perhaps or to a STICKER!!!!! My little girl loves STICKER... I have stories about the sticker reward next time!!!

8.. At the check out,, I let my boy swipe the card or hand the money to the cashier,, still getting them involved...

9. Praise again when you made it in the car without hassles!!!!!   Then  a treat at home,, they can eat the ice cream  or Braiden usually can play Playstation and Bianca a flower sticker...
 
So now no more Hide and seek,, kids are not bored and dont push your luck further although  sometimes they will play up... so be quick and don't linger too long...

These are some of the tips that makes my Life sane with kids!!!!!  How about you ??? Care to share.....?

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