Well, we had our first one today. EVER! (Now, get over the part where you hate me because I've only had one in 3 years and focus on me! Lol.)
Everything was normal until we hit the checkout line. Then Declan morphed into a monster. I'm still not sure what his problem was, but the tears and the screaming didn't end until about 30 minutes after we got home. He just melted down and screamed for about 15 minutes while I was checking out.
I would have laughed if it wasn't so annoying.
Thanks for listening ladies, I know you can understand!
Dh was very often at sea for months at a time, and the 'free' babysitting was rarely available. My kids came grocery shopping with me because it was that or leave them in the car...
My kids both got really good at grocery shopping, long before they were 10... mostly because the faster we got it done, the sooner they weren't doing it anymore. They can strip a grocery for all the necessities, using coupons and flyers and in-store specials, in under 20 minutes, and put it all away in less than 5. They used to have races.
We left the store a small number of times, because 'this is not working right now.' Usually, just something to eat and a glass of water was all that was necessary to make it possible a few minutes later... and only once ever was it a major deal. That day, we left before we'd even made it out of the produce section (always the first stop)... Bad day. We went home, ate weird pantry scrounging (we really needed groceries!) and succeeded the next day.
And this is why I don't bring my little ones grocery shopping. It's a zen fury of coupons, deals, and penny pinching, so I don't force them through it.