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Why I Take My Girls to the Grocery Store With Me

We are having friends over for dinner tonight, and I still needed a few things, so I ran to the grocery store.  My 2 older girls, ages 5 and 4, went with me.  On the way to the store I was on the phone with a friend, and I told her where I was going, and it came up that my girls were with me.  She seemed somewhat surprised that I had not left them at home with my husband.  While my husband is wonderful, and would have been more than willing to keep them at home with him, it is important to me that I use every opportunity I have to train my girls.

Today’s grocery trip was all about hospitality, shopping to serve others, and a bonus lesson on couponing.  We talked about making sure you have what others enjoy eating.   We talked about picking out the best quality produce to serve.  We worked on planning and making sure that we would have enough for everyone.  And as a bonus, we ran into a good deal on Goldfish.  One of my daughter’s commented that we still had a bag of Gold Fish in the pantry, so I was able to explain to her that sometimes we stock up on something whenever we find a good deal (we got 21 bags of Gold Fish for $.25 each).

All this to say, it would certainly have been easier to leave my girls at home, but I don’t want them to grow up, get married, and then have no idea how to shop, whether it is bargain shopping, simply shopping for the week for their family, or preparing for a dinner party.  I want them to start learning now how to be the best wives and mothers they can be.

Prov. 31:14-15

14 She is like the ships of the merchant;

she brings her food from afar.

15 She rises while it is yet night

and provides food for her household

and portions for her maidens.

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3 Responses to “Why I Take My Girls to the Grocery Store With Me”

  1. katie k.

    $0.25/bag for Goldfish is a seriously awesome deal! The few times I’ve taken children I babysit out shopping, I’ve been really aware of the extra effort it takes to run errands with kids in tow. I admire parents who make it a priority to teach those kinds of life lessons to their kids. I just thought I would chip in that I think the lessons you mentioned would be great things to teach boys, too.

  2. 25Jun

    Thanks, Katie! You’re right, this is important for boys too.

  3. The Pauper

    I am very thankful for a wife (that would be you) who purposes in her heart to do what is right and best instead of the easy things in life. Your hard work with our children is one of the many reasons the heart of your husband trusts in you and I will have no lack of gain!
    Love you babe!
    The Pauper

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