If it can be avoided, don’t run errands with your kids. And if you must, never take more than one child. You may be able to handle/tolerate a quick run to the grocery store, dry cleaners or Costco with your kids in tow, but it will take years off your life. Depending on your children’s ages, they will either be bitching and moaning the entire time or grabbing everything within reach and tossing it on the floor or in your basket. You may inadvertently end up buying $30 worth of crap that your kid threw in the basket on the sly.
If you are in a real bind and this situation cannot be avoided, try any and all tactics to make this experience even the slightest bit more tolerable. Running errands with kids is about survival! Whether its bribery, electronics or snacks, do what you have to do to make it through with your sanity intact (well, mostly intact). Don’t worry about all the people who will be judging your Not So Zen Parenting as you make your way down the cereal aisle. They won’t be able to imagine the immensity of the f*ck you won’t give about what they think, because you’re halfway done with your shopping and one kid is elbow deep in chocolate covered pretzels and the other has their nose in an iPad. In the Not So Zen Mom world, we call that a SUCCESS!