Shopping With Kids

Since my children are grown now, I have the opportunity to sit back and observe. When kids get to the checkout counter, they very often want candy. 

My thinking is that if you go prepared with fruit, popcorn, or something moderately healthy, you can offer a substitute, which a child will more often than not accept. Then maybe say something to them educational like, "Your teeth and your tummy will like this much more" or, "Desert is for after a meal, try this for now". 

I would encourage parents with children who can read to look at the labels on foods and compare how much sugar is one versus another, especially with breakfast foods like cereal.

Another helpful thing to do is to take the child's favorite toy with you so he will be distracted by this during checkout time and would not see the candy.