Shopping with children is, let's face it, not always a great experience! But I have two stories from this week which show why sometimes it can really help us.
One mum told me she took her older boys shopping and the hesitant eater saw some yoghurt. He hadn't been eating them for a long time but on noticing them on the shelf he asked to buy one. He's now back eating yoghurt.
If his mum had decided to just buy one and bring it home the reaction could have been very different!
The other mum has a child with ARFID (the most extreme form of selective eating). He was shopping and noticed a food that he normally eats but in a new brand (which is normally a flat no). Although it was a different brand it was the same make as another food he was comfortable with so asked to buy it.
This may not sound like a win but for this child, accepting something even slightly new is a massive step.
Shopping is not something that always produces positive results but it happens often enough that it's worth making sure our children do come with us on occasion.