Do they get to pick stuff out?

United States
May 28, 2009 3:45pm CST
Do you let your kids pick stuff out when they go grocery shopping with you? My kids don't get a whole lot of snacks, and if they ask for special things normally I'll say no unless I was already planning on getting it. But my toddler has specific things that he knows he's allowed to get. Each week I buy a box of nutri grain cereal bars. They make for an easy and healthy snack for the kids. My toddler always gets to pick out what flavor he wants that week. He also gets to pick out what flavor Goldfish crackers he wants if I'm getting them. Last week I wanted to do a pasta dinner, I let him pick out the type of pasta we were going to use. I can't even pronounce the type he chose, but it's a twisty type noodle. What sort of stuff do your kids get to pick out when you go shopping?
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@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
29 May 09
My kids don't usually even ask to pick things out. they usually get to pick out their own cereal though. I let them each pick out one box of cereal. my oldest had to take snack to school this year so she got to pick out what she wanted to take for snack each week. they had to bring healthy things so she usually picked yogurt or fruit or something like that. I tried to never start the habit of them picking out stuff because then it would become a free for all of them throwing things in the cart that they wanted lol.
• United States
29 May 09
Yeah, my little guy does that. A couple times he's just run off when I had my back turned because he wanted to grab his cereal bars that were in the next aisle. He's so proud of himself that he just can't wait. But he only grabs what he knows he's allowed to. He doesn't go and try to grab every bag of cookies he sees.
@sunshine4 (8706)
• United States
28 May 09
I usually let my daughter get a slushy drink to have during our shopping in the store. Then when we are shopping she gets to pick out the stuff that she wants in her lunch for that week. She also picks out a box of cereal. Other than that, I stick to the list. If she asks for something other than what is on the list, I always say, "Sorry, it isn't on the list."
• United States
28 May 09
When I was a kid my mom was the coupon queen. I always thought I wasn't allowed to get anything unless she had a coupon for it. Instead of saying "Can I have this, can I have that?" I'd say "Do you have a coupon for this?"
@GreenMoo (11837)
1 Jun 09
I buy a fairly narrow range of goods, as I know which products are cheapest and work best with the meals i cook. So there's not allot of choice my kids can have. I let my eldest choose a different type of biscuits for school snacks yesterday. I had a reduced voucher so it would be cheaper whatever I bought, so the ones he chose still ended up cheaper than full price on my normal choice.
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
1 Jun 09
Yes, I let my kids pick foods out, though more my oldest than my youngest. My youngest isn't really into picking out foods, though sometimes he does ask. He'd rather pick stuff out when it comes to his hobbies! LOL
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
29 May 09
Usually when I go grocery shopping I am using a list that I try to stick to. If it is food specifically for them then they get pick...pop-tarts, waffles, cereal, cookies. They are now getting to the age that it isn't really that important for them to do the choosing. They know that I will get what they like.
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 May 09
they usually get to pick ONLY 1 unhealthy snack, everything else is chosen by me. But they sure do ask for a lot of things!