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The 5 Types of Kids You See in the Grocery Store

The 5 Types of Kids You See in the Grocery Store

As moms we have all been grocery shopping with our kids. Some trips are better than others…….Which type is your child?

by Nikki Pennington | staff writer for The Snap Mom

Feature image courtesy of Buggy Bench

You are on a mini vacation to the grocery store while the husband is at home with the children. You leisurely stroll down every aisle, pick up every single item, and pretend to read the ingredients just to waste extra time. You taste test the free samples and even go back for seconds. Then, you hear it. You stop, dead in your tracks, and you panic for a moment… was that your child you just heard screaming? Nope, not yours… not this time anyway. While on your mini vacation, you might run into these five children…

#1-The Screamer


You can’t see her yet, but you can hear her clear across the store. She didn’t want to be put into the cart, she wanted to walk… and help push the cart… into things on the shelf, in the aisle, and random strangers. Her mom wouldn’t let her eat the donuts as they were walking around the store, or maybe she wanted to buckle herself in all by herself. The screamer is relentless and will not stop until mom eventually abandons the grocery cart and exits the store quickly.

#2-The Shelf Grabber


The poor mom pulls a little too close to the shelf, and before she knows it, she just went from purchasing one jar of baby dill pickles to five jars. Everyone in the store shuttered from the glass breaking. You can point out former shelf grabbers by the way the mom steers the cart directly down the middle of the aisle. Shelf grabbers have extraordinary reach though and manage to knock items off the store display if they can’t have the shelves.

#3-The Eater


This child is basically having dinner in the cart. They have opened almost everything in the cart, definitely all the snacks. By the time mom gets to the checkout line, she is filling the conveyor belt with empty items.

#4-The Runner


There she goes! Mom put her down for two seconds because she wanted to “walk like a big girl.” What she really meant is “Put me down so I can bolt down these aisles while you try and catch me.” There goes mom, chasing after her, calling her name, and begging her to stop. Mom laughs and smiles at every person she passes, deep down she is in panic mode and has no idea where she left her cart. Once the runner is caught, mom buckles her in. The runner that has been caught often reverts to the screamer.

#5-The Aisle Blocker


“Excuse me, sweetie. Excuse me. Can I just get past you really quick?” No response. Mom is further down the aisle shopping and the aisle blocker is right in the middle and refuses to let you pass. You swerve to the left with your cart, they dart in front of you. You stand there waiting for mom to notice she has an aisle blocker, doesn’t happen, she’s in the zone. There is no resolution with the aisle blocker, even getting close to them with your cart results in nothing. You are going to have to take a long detour, go around to the next aisle and back up the aisle to go around the aisle blocker.

When all is said and done, we all know the struggles of grocery shopping with kids, Hopefully, we all show a little mercy… it could be yours next time…

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 About the author:


Nikki is a stay at home mom to three high spirited boys. Three years ago she became a motherless daughter after losing her own mom to terminal brain cancer. When she is not playing the role of referee for the boys, she spends her days trying to encourage and inspire others that are on the grief journey.