Taking children into public places is almost as dangerous as jumping on a trampoline with a land mine chained to your ankle. In the case of taking mine to a store, it comes out as more of a psychologically damaging experience merely from the anticipation of said bomb exploding. (Side note: have you ever noticed how stressful opening those cardboard-wrapped containers holding Pillsbury biscuit dough can be? I have other people open them for me, as the suspense is too great and I nearly go into cardiac arrest every time it pops open).
I think it's hard to fully understand public display of children, or PDC, unless you are personally involved and have been slowly worn down one whine at a time. Whenever all of those hired specialists come into a chaotic child infested setting, fresh from a full night of sleep, chipper after their caffeine stimulants, and mentally prepared, of course having read up on the subject on misbehaving children the night before, one would think the parents are just ill-trained morons. Characters like "Supernanny" make it look so easy, like the parents are just looking at things from the wrong point of view and just need to step back and go into it with a new game plan. I suppose, if the parents could stay the night in a hotel, get 20 minute breaks every 3 hours, 15 minutes with HR discussing where they're going with this kid cultivation project, that they too could manage with the same success as Supernanny.
A masterpiece of shopping cart art, love it!
Cart selection arguments
Department destination arguments
Running up and down aisles while trying to get the loudest tennis shoe squeak.
Taking on the role of floor sweepers while trying to perfect the Worm.
"Can we get a toy" repeated at 10 second intervals for at least a half an hour.
Keeping an eye out for rogue toys who feel that jumping into a patrons cart will be their one way pass to freedom. Theory behind this one is "if it's in the cart mommy will buy it."
O.k, I'm done with this ventilation project. Can one buy groceries over the Internet?