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16 Creative Ways To Keep Your Kid From Having A Meltdown While You Shop

♪ No more drama in my life, no one's gonna make me hurt again. ♪

1. Make a Cheerio necklace.

2. Bring bubble wrap with you.

3. Put together a “busy wallet” with drawing paper, fun stickers, and a pen.

4. Bring googly eyes with you so you can turn large cartmates into friends.

5. Print out a shopping list just for them.

6. Have a coupon scavenger hunt.

7. Let them wear whatever they want...

8. ...including their Halloween costume.

9. Get a balloon on a stick.

10. Bring books.

11. Before you start shopping, let them pick a card that they can give to a friend or family member.

12. Pack a special "shopping" snack.

13. Or freeze yogurt to make healthy pops that won't get them too hyper.

14. Get a shopping cart hammock.

15. Go to a store that gives out samples.

16. And if you must shop FOR them, get your measurements (like these little feet) and leave them at home when you can.

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