The joys of grocery shopping with a child

Easy lunch box ideas for kids

OK… Admittedly, there usually is little joy in that.

But I try to do it with Parker now and then. Not because I’m a glutton for punishment, but because it’s good for him to see the variety of foods available, as well as to learn how to make smart choices when presented with so many options.

We discuss advertising and packaging and the things companies do to try to trick us. We talk about compromises — how to find treats that are treats, but aren’t horrible.

And sometimes it is a royal pain in the butt.

Yesterday it was a pleasant exception. He was excited to shop with me.  He got to push the cart. He got to select his own varieties of yogurt. He got to pick a new cheese to try.

And he loved it. Sometimes — though it rarely feels it — this whole parenting thing works.

We’ve also entered this crazy new stage where he’s old enough to actually be… wait for it… helpful! I can send him to go get things on his own. He can wait with the cart while I grab something in another part of the store. He unloads the cart at the register while I run back to get a forgotten item.

Brave new world, indeed.

So today’s lunch is assembled from things he selected yesterday — avocado sushi, Canadian bacon, aged gouda, star fruit and a strawberry-banana coconut milk yogurt. Easy shopping made for an easy lunch.

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5 Responses to “The joys of grocery shopping with a child”

  1. 1mainer says:

    I’m always hesitant to get avocado sushi the night before for fear it would turn brown by lunch the next day? Is this a problem or do you have a trick?

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      I know what you mean. I try never to buy it more than a day ahead. It does brown a bit, but not too badly. It also helps that instead of packing a container of soy sauce, I drizzle it over the sushi before packing it. I do this for a few reason. First, it saves Parker time at lunch. Second, it saves him mess (he tended to wear most of the soy sauce when I used to pack containers of it). And third, it masks/prevents any browning.

  2. Lindsay S. says:

    “And sometimes it is a royal pain in the butt.”

    RIGHT? I take comfort in knowing that it will be better in the future.

  3. Lindsay S. says:

    I was thinking of this when I was reading, lol.