Kids keep parents on toes at shops
A TRIP to the shopping centre with a toddler is something some parents like to put off as long as possible. As soon as your bundle of joy learns to walk, the energiser bunny wants to touch everything, commando out of the pram and demand rides in coin-slot Wiggles cars.
And as much as we once liked to discuss our day, time for small talk dwindles.
So, may I offer some advice to retailers who are angling for the lucrative parent shopper?
Scan fast: Even if our toddler looks angelic, we’re only ever a cracker short of a meltdown.
Save your flirting with your colleague until we’re on our merry way: Yes we’re a bit nostalgic for those uni student years spent talking indie bands and trading leftie philosophies, but now we just have places to be.
Let me come back later: If you need to ring other stores for the item I need, offer to call me with an update. You will make my day.
Reserve your judgment: Yes my kid is wearing pyjamas and is sucking a lollipop at 9am. It’s been a rough morning but I’m spending money, right?
Stickers: Enough said. Give my little buddy a sticker and I’ll come back to your store even if your prices are absurd.
Kimberly Gillan, www.kidspot.com.au
UNCO-OPERATIVE COMPANION: It can be tough to navigate a trip through the shopping centre with a toddler.