Happy End of school season! My little one isn’t in school just yet, so she doesn’t quite understand summer vacation, but I sure know and appreciate the long summer days. On top of all the excitement of the warmer weather, we also just bought and moved into a new house which means lots of shopping (oh darn).
When you go shopping what do you do? Bring the little ones along with you or keep them at home with someone else? We generally like to bring Princess I Need to Be Entertained Every Minute of Everyday with us on shopping trips. Whether we are shopping for groceries, summer toys or for our new house.
When shopping, I like to encourage Princess I Want Everything In the Store to help Mommy pick things out, be a good girl and when were done she can pick out a special treat for herself. Sometimes, it might be 2 or 3 stores before she gets her special item, but she makes sure to make it count at the end of our shopping trips. I think rewards for good behaviour are a great way to encourage your kids to be respectful, listen and behave. It’s very rare that I will take Princess I Want I Want I Want to the store simply to pick up toys for her, it will usually be in conjunction with items Dad and I also need.
There are times however, when Princess I can’t Control Myself acts less then desirable and we wont go home with a new dress, a pack of gum, bubbles, side walk chalk or ice cream. I do believe children need to be held accountable for their actions and if they can’t keep their end of their bargain up, then there is no special treat this shopping trip.
It seems that her favourite summer choices for her good girl shopping trips are new summer dresses. Twirling in a summer dress is endless hours of cute fun in the sun.
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