I need help deciding what to do about running errands with little kids.
I used to not let having kids stop me from running the errands I need to run, or doing things I enjoyed (taking them to the park, LLL meetings, etc), but over the last year or two I've noticed I have been avoiding it more and more. Tonight I decided I would go run my errands with them because it couldn't be as bad as I remember... it was.
I can take them to do ONE thing. Only one. More than that and there is inevitably a fit. I end up having to come straight out and say no and they start crying loudly and I have to leave, for example. Either that or I burn out because it is constant "can we have..." running away from me, trying to grab stuff... I cannot look away from them for one second or they're in the next aisle, or causing trouble somewhere.
Its mostly my 3 year old son. My 5 year old daughter knows better for the most part. I know this is normal 3 year old behavior, but I HAVE to be able to pay the rent AND grocery shop in the same day sometimes. Going out with both kids by myself is a nightmare EVERY time, and so things like getting the oil changed in my car have to wait until my husband can come with me or stay with the kids, and honestly that's a huge hassle by itself lol. Its keeping us all cooped up at home and miserable and none of us like it... but I can't seem to make a trip out with both kids a pleasant experience no matter what I do or where we go. We end up back in the car with one of us crying.
Its so frustrating and I know he (and they, really) need to learn to behave in public, but I just don't know where to start or what to do.
What are your tips for keeping kids well mannered and not running around like maniacs when you take them out?