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Family trips to the grocery store

June
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Personally, I usually enjoy taking the little guys to the supermarket.

Most of the markets near us have special carts that allow more than one child to ride. One market has a little car attached to the front of the cart, which makes it unwieldy, but also fun for the smitchiks. They get strapped in and each has his steering wheel and they “drive” around the market.

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Gets a little hairy in making sure that they’re not too close to the shelves — both for ensuring their arms don’t get broken if they stick them out as I turn a corner and for ensuring they don’t purposely sweep a bunch of items off the shelves — but they love it. And the other day they sat in a seat that looked like a small park bench, almost, and they could pretend they were pushing the cart, as I pushed the handle behind them.

The carts are a little difficult to navigate at first, as they’re longer than the standard cart, but it’s worth it to be able to keep both little guys under control.

When Markus was much smaller and Rafael still rather jealous of his “tiny baby brutha,” Rafael and I used to have special dates on Saturday night (ah, the joys of momhood – such an exciting Saturday night) to go to the supermarket. It’s one of the quietest times of the week to go, because the only folks in the store are losers like me and folks running out to get one last thing they need for whatever exciting thing they actually have planned for the night.

We had lots of fun and Rafael got to eat some cheese after I bought a pound of muenster at the deli. Sure, there were occasionally impulse buys that wouldn’t have happened otherwise, but it was usually relegated to animal crackers or, only two or three times ever, bubble bath.

Being a working mom, I don’t get a lot of time to spend with the little guys during the week. And I prefer to be on grocery shopping trips because I’m the coupon queen and actually get a little bit of a thrill from buying toothpaste for a quarter after the sale and coupon. Sometimes I take the little guys by myself to give my husband (a stay-at-home dad) a little break, and sometimes we all go in one big shopping expedition.

Journal News file photo (not of me nor my smitchiks). 

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 at 3:45 pm by Amy Vernon. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: animal crackers, cheese, grocery, grocery shopping

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You make it, they eat it, right?

As most parents soon discover, feeding a family is rarely that easy, whether its nursing a fussy newborn or trying to get a hot meal into a squirming toddler (or attempting both at the same time.) And that's not even the days when work runs late, the main course burns, or your adventurous little sushi eater announces from now on she will only eat food that is pink.

As parents ourselves, we've been there, done that, even learned a few tricks along the way. And we're pretty sure so have you. Maybe together we can make eating together as a family -- gulp! -- fun again.

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Hema Easley Hema Easley has been a reporter for The Journal News since July 2002, first covering municipal government and then nonprofit agencies, women's issues and the South Asian and Muslim community in the Lower Hudson Valley. In her previous job, Hema was a correspondent for the Associated Press in South Asia. She lives with her husband and two sons in Orange County.
KatieKatie Ryan O'Connor, a Journal News editor and 35-year-old mother of three, never quite appreciated the work that went into feeding kids until she had to do it herself as a mother. If she had a food-and-kids philosophy it would be something like this: try your best to offer as much healthy food as possible, but sometimes fruits just have to be counted as vegetables and there are far worse things than chicken and spaghetti. Again.
TraceyTracey Princiotta, a 37-year-old mother of one, loves to cook, bake and eat, and is relieved that her son appears to be equally willing to chow down -- even if it's baby food and formula right now. Despite her husband's intense aversion to vegetables, she has high hopes of nurturing a true chowhound who will try everything at least once. And if all else fails, she's not above sneaking veggies into other foods.
Marcela Rojas Marcela Rojas has been a municipal reporter with The Journal News since January 2003. She is a native of Putnam County and grew up eating Peruvian food. She didn't realize until she was 13 that rice did not come with everyone's meal. After several years of living in Los Angeles -- where she grew a fondness for Thai food -- she returned to Putnam County where she now lives with her husband and daughter. Zyla (rhymes with Lilah) just turned 1 in March and, so far (her mother is pleased to note), loves to eat everything.
Swapna Venugopal Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy, a Journal News reporter, started her career as a journalist in 1999 after graduating with a master's degree from New York University. Before joining the paper in 2006, Swapna worked as a municipal reporter for the Home News Tribune in New Jersey, and took a baby sabbatical to care for her two children, now ages 7 and 5. She has currently outsourced feeding her children and husband to her mother, who is visiting from India. Her friend and colleague Katie O'Connor, informs Swapna that she wouldn't mind being fed Indian food by her mother, too.
Randi Weiner Randi Weiner has been a reporter with The Journal News since 1989, having covered police, government and schools in Westchester and in Rockland. An Ohio native and 1976 graduate of Bowling Green State University, she worked for daily newspapers in Ohio and Michigan before moving east. She has tended bar and danced in a beledi troup and sat on the boards of two community theaters. She plays mandolin with the Shamrogues, Connecticuts largest Irish band. Randi lives in Connecticut with her husband and has three children.

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