Some of you may have read the article “PSA: Multi-Kid Shopping Carts Are For Families With More Than One Kid” on Scary Mommy regarding the car carts at the grocery store.
As the title states, the author feels that those carts are for people with multiple kids. If you have one kid in tow, back away from the fun cart.When I had one kid, I absolutely used that cart. Because, surprise, she loved it. It’s awesome and it kept her distracted for a good portion of the shopping trip.
Now I have two kids. If there aren’t any fun carts to choose from, you know what I do? I adapt. I’m a mom, that’s number one in my job description.
After being in and out of the trenches of motherhood daily, we eventually learn to make things work.
Do I always have a tissue on me when my kid has a runny nose? No. I’ve used my hand a time or two out of desperation. I would much rather a bit of discomfort on my hand than my kid eating their snot. See what I did there? I figured it out.
When my kids have long nails and they need to be cut but they have been traumatized by the clippers? I bite them off. There. Fixed it.
So when I’m at the store, I grab whatever cart is available, stick the smaller kid in the basket, and the bigger kid in the cart. Problem solved.
A friend of mine told me what she does with her four kids. One in the cart, one in the basket, one in a sling, the other one walks. And my favorite part? They only get to use the cool carts if they’re behaving!
So, is it okay to be irritated if there aren’t any of those carts for you to use? Absolutely! But it’s not fair to expect a potentially only child to miss out on a fun childhood memory.
You’re a mom. Figure it out. Adapt.
What do you think? Did you use the multi-kid carts when you had one child?