Children are tiny miracles. They bring light and laughter into your life. They also can easily convince strangers that you're trying to kill them when, in reality, you're just denying them junk food on the candy aisle of the grocery store. Whether your child is still in the "screaming for absolutely no reason" stage of infancy or in the more advanced "secretly stash sugary snacks in the cart" phase, you probably already know that there are plenty of ways kids ruin grocery shopping. But in the parenting chapter of of the Girl and Boy Scouts, surviving a trip to the grocery store is a hard-earned badge you should be proud to show off.
If you manage to leave the store without anything being broken, security being called, and a meltdown (let's be honest, this could apply to either your children or you), you know just how much of an accomplishment that can truly feel like. In fact, it's a bonding experience in many ways. Haven't you ever walked by another mom or dad struggling with a toddler mid-tantrum and just nodded in solidarity? The struggle is indeed real. Check out these ways kids can absolutely ruin grocery shopping, even though you swear you love them to bits.