Kid friendly check­outs

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I was in line at a lo­cal gro­cery store with a young mother and her base­ball clad child. He looked to be about 5 years old and was very cute in his brightly col­ored base­ball shirt.

He was try­ing to be well be­haved but that was dif­fi­cult given the dis­trac­tions in the check­out lane. Candy, toys, and all man­ner of other dis­trac­tions.

His mother was pa­tient and firm but I re­ally felt sorry for the lit­tle tyke. The en­vi­ron­ment is dis­tract­ing for adults and even more so for our chil­dren. And chil­dren are go­ing to pass through those ex­its who see other par­ents buy things for their chil­dren. They do not un­der­stand why they can’t have the same things.

I have a sug­ges­tion that could ben­e­fit both stores and par­ents. Why not have one or two kid friendly check­out lines? No toys, can­dies, etc., but stock them with one page col­or­ing sheets with the store logo. The col­or­ing sheets could vary with the sea­sons.

The chil­dren will love col­lect­ing them and then the store logo will be on re­frig­er­a­tors all over the county.

I rather doubt any store could af­ford to pay for ad­ver­tis­ing that is dis­played so promi­nently in homes across New­ton County.

Our chil­dren will be able to ex­press them­selves ar­tis­ti­cally, par­ents will have a less har­ried time in the check­out line and I sus­pect the stores will find be­ing “kid friendly” is some­thing that will trans­late into good will in the com­mu­nity.

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