Sunday, June 5, 2011

Meant to Be

One of the most important lessons to learn as a parent is how and when to pick battles.

You know those shopping carts at grocery stores with the attached cars? I always said I would never let my kids ride in them because they are filthy. That was all fine and good until Baby J (1) refused to ride in the seat part of the cart and (2) discovered these magical carts and saw children riding in them and seemingly having a lot of fun.

I fought it for a while and then decided it was not a battle worth fighting. I figured I could still keep Bean in the seat part and Baby J would be happy in the car, right?


Baby J insisted that his brother join him in the car and once Bean figured out what his brother was up to, he wanted in on the action, too. So, again, a battle not worth fighting. I get my shopping done, the kids are entertained, and I can clean the seats and steering wheels with wipes and wash the kids hands as soon as we are done. Everyone wins. I guess.

Yesterday, the whole family made a grocery run. Baby J climbed in to the car while I strapped Bean in. Husband was beside me and pointed something out that I never noticed before.

At that moment, I realized that the dirty, nasty, filthy carts aren't so bad. As a matter of fact, they are meant to be - at least for my family.


  1. Love it! I don't fight the car fight any longer either. Too bad that most of our grocery stores don't have them. My daughter screams (because that is what you must do at 3) if we go shopping and there is no car. We're working on that.

  2. So not worth the battle! Yeah, three year olds are screamers. I'm finding three to be much more challenging than two. ;)