Shopping can be easier without the kids. But your kids stand to gain from a shopping trip with mom or dad, even if only in one of the following ways:
- They learn that things are not free. When they see the exchange of cash (Try to use paper instead of plastic.) for products, it brings the lesson home.
- Give them a small amount of money to spend on whatever they want – say a dollar or two, This will undoubtedly give you a chance to teach them that they can’t buy everything they want. You can also teach them about making trade-offs on purchases since they may be able to buy one item, but not both items.