Today We Were THAT Family at the Grocery Store

Okay so for today’s Meatless Monday post we’re going to mix things up just a litt-

Nope. Can’t do it. I don’t have it in me right now.

The family and I went to Sprouts earlier to get supplies for today’s post and while I admit grocery shopping with kiddos isn’t always a walk in the park (and let’s be real here, with kids, even a walk in the park isn’t always a walk in the park – so can all us moms agree to lose that analogy?) today was extraordinary.

And not in a good way. In a horrible, terrible, rotten, somebody-please-just-take-this-cart-and-let-me-run-crying-to-my-car kind of way.

And in retrospect, that’s probably just what I should’ve done. Somewhere between my 3-year-old slapping me in the face next to the yogurt and calling me “stupid” beside the Brussels sprouts, I should’ve abandoned my cart and left the store. But we needed groceries and my 6-year-old was dressed up as Batman, navigating the store with his very own cart and list (with a little help from his Dad) and having a grand old time.

And so we persevered.

Yes, I realize that it is shocking that my child was behaving this way. I too was shocked. And embarrassed. And completely unable to discipline him in an effective way in the midst of all the well-dressed, post-church, Sunday morning shoppers. But I tried all the things. I tried gentle discipline. I tried ignoring. I tried stern looks and scolding and putting him the baby part of the cart and telling a well-meaning stranger that “No, he does not need a banana. He is in trouble right now.”

We’ve been struggling with some not-so-nice behaviors (you moms of threenagers know what I’m talking about) and working hard to consistently nip them in the bud, but on this particular morning none of that seemed to matter. On this particular morning, my sweet, rambunctious youngest child decided that he no longer wanted to act like a human person, but rather a gremlin who was fed ice cream at 12:05am.

After what felt like hours, we’d collected all the items on our list and made our way to the check out line. It was 11:20am and I had that look on my face that most moms get around 4:45 in the afternoon. You know, the one that says, “If you don’t get me away from _______. My brain is going to liquify into a soggy, gray puddle and I don’t know if I’ll ever fully recover.”

So there will be no Meatless Monday post this week. Because sometimes life is everything you ever dreamed it could be. Sometimes you feel grateful and blessed and complete. And sometimes you don’t feel all those things, but you remember that life is still beautiful and you smile at this crazy journey, with its never-ending ups and downs.

And sometimes you feel like a mom who has just had a really shitty trip to the grocery store and you just want to tell your friends and cry about it.


  1. Oh I’m SO sorry!!! I’ve been that mom so many times. And I totally get the post-church Sunday crowd! LOL! Yes, let’s cry together and remind ourselves that, even when we try ALL THE THINGS and everything seems to be failing, we are doing our best to teach our kids and eventually we persevere and they do come out ok. Thank God, sometimes in spite of our own weaknesses! 😀 Love you, Kelly! Hang in there!

    • OH man, I SOOO needed to read this. Thank you SO much for your sweet words and encouragement. We’re in the thick of it over here and it’s so nice to have some company in the trenches!!!

  2. Oh my goodness what a trip! It totally stinks when our children become demons in the store. For some reason my six year old has decided to become one every single time we go to any store. Why do I have to take them with me???? Lol glad to hear you made it through the trip!!

    • Maybe grocery stores should start having kid-zones (like they have at the YMCA) so moms could drop their kiddos off while they do their shopping 😉

  3. Oh girl, I’m so sorry! I can’t imagine what it’s like to have your kids go psycho in public. Just take a deep breath and be thankful it’s over. We all understand!

  4. I have 4 kids and can honestly say that I’ve been there. Three year olds can be the WORST! I’m sorry you had a tough experience. I hope today was less stressful! XOXO

  5. ugh my worst nightmare!! I feel your pain mama! I order my groceries online and do pickup now LOL

  6. Girl! I completely understand what you’re going through. My daughter will be two next week and she’s in the “MINE” phase and the “NO” phase. All of a sudden she hates sitting in a shopping cart or holding our hands to cross the street. Some days are great in public and some days are just down right awful. I try to stay stern and like you said nip it in the bud but some days nothing works. Those days make me appreciate the good ones SO much more and remind myself to give her positive praise when she is making good choices. Praying next trip for you is a more pleasant one!

    • Thank you so much girl!! You’re so spot on. Some days you feel like Mary-freaking-Poppins, popping things in your grocery cart, identifying new shapes as you walk down the aisles and reminding your kids you love them every 3 seconds. And other days, you’re Cruella DeVille and nothing can go right. But it’s all part of being a parent. Thank you for your prayers! We feel them!

  7. I am so glad that you wrote about this. Sometimes, they can just take everything out of you. And then you have the responsibility and promise to yourself to blog, and it’s just not there. Great job listening to yourself.

    • You are so right. Sometimes, you just need to reach out to other moms for support because we’ve ALL been there 🙂

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