I'm really questioning my discipline lately, and after a stressful shopping experience today I need some advice. I have 6 and 3 y/o boys, and they are generally great guys and active like any kids are. So today I have them both the grocery with a long list around lunch time (so it's crowded) and they're running around the cart, running and sliding down aisles on their knees--horrible, but I just wanted to get my shopping done quickly and was glad no one was screaming, hitting or crying. Many many "don't touch", "put that back" "please keep up with Mommy" "let the lady go by, please" etc., feelings of disapproval from other adults, extreme jealousy of moms w/ singles sitting quietly in the cart.
It was horrible, yet not anything so out of the norm for us. So after I got home and my blood pressure went down I started wondering what I'm doing wrong (other than not going by myself, lol). I can't have them ride in the cart because then there's no room for food. I hate those stupid car carts because they're always filthy, take up practically the whole aisle, plus after 15 minutes they climb out anyway. Is it reasonable to expect them to walk calmly by my side while I shop? When I have just one that happens, but when they're together, not so much. I'm questioning myself now if that's not because I lean on the older one to entertain the little one, but of course that quickly leads to hog wild for them and angry embarrassment for me. Are other moms able to take their 3 and 6 y/o together out in public w/o this hassle? Please, share your secret. I can't stand to have another day like today.