I try to go to the grocery store and run all my errands while my kids are in MDO or at home. Sometimes, they just cannot happen. Sometimes, there are not enough hours in the day. And so, they must go with me. I load them up, drive to the store, get them all 3 loaded into the buggy and say a prayer for a smooth trip inside. We go over the store rules- No hitting, no fussing and no getting out of the buggy. I make the kids repeat this over and over on our way in, in hopes they will remember. Good luck, right?
We make our way up and down the aisles, while I corral all three to stay put. I open a bag of Goldfish, just to give them a snack to keep them occupied. I debate on this but then decide it's worth it and I'll just pay for the half-eaten bag at the check-out. They drop a few crackers on the floor and they get smashed. An older woman walks by me and rolls her eyes. I get several "You sure have your hands full" comments. I referee a fight between the two big kids, explain to my daughter why we can't get 5 bags of cookies, avoid the toy aisle and try to check off the items on my list.
We finally make it to the checkout counter, the kids throw things up on the belt. I hope nothing breaks. Sometimes the check out lady is friendly, sometimes she is not. The bag guy laughs at my kids as they try to escpae and I'm threatening them to stay calm for a few more minutes! We are almost done! I look back and see a trail of Goldfish on the floor behind us. I apologize to the store employee and she gives me "the look". The lady behind me looks like she is going nuts because she has to wait for my endless supply of groceries to get bagged. We finally are bagged up, I pay and we embark out the door.
We load up the groceries, load up and buckle each child, push the cart back to it's place and climb in the journey home, where I get to unload groceries, put everything up and contain children while doing so!
Moral of the story---Please be nice to other moms you see in the grocery store just trying to make it through, at the restaurant when you see a toddler having a melt down and when there is food under the highchair. Please understand that this is her phase of life to corral, train and take care of her children. Please remember that you were there once. And Moms, remember, this too shall pass and it won't be like this for long. And for Pete's sake, just open the bag of Goldfish.