Kids keep par­ents on toes at shops

The Western Star - - Family life -

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,

UNCO-OP­ER­A­TIVE COM­PAN­ION: It can be tough to nav­i­gate a trip through the shop­ping cen­tre with a tod­dler.

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