5 ways to stop your child pestering you in shops

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ways to stop your child pestering you in shops

  1. Don’t give in to pester power…not ever, not once. Or you will get it again and again and again. Once a child knows something works….
  2. From the start if your child likes to collect things like stickers in books only let it be one thing at a time. Be very clear about when and how they get their stickers. It can get to the point where every co-op checkout is a minefield of negotiation.
  3. Don’t take your child shopping if at all possible. It’s not much fun for kids and it is so much easier without them!
  4. Give your child a job to do whilst you are in a shop whether it is holding the shopping list, finding something specific. Keeping a running total of what you spend or even pushing their dolly. No matter what their age kids can pester. Distract them
  5. Tell your child before you go into a shop what you intend to buy. Tell them no sweets/magazines etc. if that’s what they are likely to ask for you then don’t need to have that conversation once in the shop (though you probably will.)

Good luck!

Oh and if they start pestering you about Christmas anytime soon tell them to write it down because your memory is rubbish. It’s great handwriting practice. If they can’t yet write tell them to whisper it to their toys who’ll pass it on to Santa. Should keep them busy

Do you have any tips on how to stop a child pestering you  in shops?


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  1. kelly
    September 15, 2011 / 14:41

    very true! I’ve taken your tips on board-it’s hard going but thanks!

    • Becky
      September 16, 2011 / 20:04

      So worth it though if they get used to you being firm they’ll give it up in the end

  2. Hel Jones
    September 15, 2011 / 15:54

    They’re good tips! It always seems to cost me a fortune when I take the kids! I’m sure an online shop is cheaper, even though I pay for the delivery, I can concentrate on getting what I actually need and not come out both poorer and more stressed!

    • Becky
      September 16, 2011 / 20:05

      I agree and you don’t get swayed by what you see either HOWEVER you also don’t see your trolley filling up!

  3. Bel nicholls
    September 16, 2011 / 07:40

    So true! I’ve been on the slippery slope once, never again.

    • Becky
      September 16, 2011 / 20:03

      Stand firm Bel!

  4. Mum
    September 16, 2011 / 19:36

    I like suggestion number 3 best, don’t take the children. Could include a sneaky coffee too.


    • Becky
      September 16, 2011 / 20:03

      I like your thinking!

  5. Emily McMillan
    September 17, 2011 / 21:35

    I always give my little girl something to hold while going round the supermarket… works a treat! Recently though she wants to hold the one thing I don’t want her too… eggs for example!! x

    • Becky
      September 18, 2011 / 18:56

      I used to have my son throw things into the trolley but then he’d have huge tantrums about things that he couldn throw too eggs being the main one!

  6. The Mad House
    September 18, 2011 / 09:36

    As always great tips Becky

    • Becky
      September 18, 2011 / 18:55

      Thank you Jen…had a lot of experience being pestered for ‘stuff’!

  7. Jen Stanbrook
    September 18, 2011 / 19:02

    Great tips Becky, never give in to pestering, it’s a slippery slope!

  8. Michelle Bamber
    September 19, 2011 / 11:09

    If they are fussing for toys, books etc , Tell them to put it on their christmas list, it works a treat for my 4 year old, but not so great for my 10 year old :O

    • Becky
      September 19, 2011 / 12:37

      You could tell him if he washes the car you’ll think about it??

  9. Maya Russell
    September 20, 2011 / 06:18

    All these tips are spot on! Hard to follow through sometimes when they’re begging and lying on the floor screaming! 🙂

  10. Heather Shaw
    September 20, 2011 / 10:16

    Great tips. I no longer take the kids shopping as i was fed up of extra hair dyes/ lip glosses ‘falling’ into the trolly!

    • Becky
      September 20, 2011 / 10:27

      Isn’t it amazing how that happens!

  11. laura seaton
    September 20, 2011 / 14:46

    This is so true, I try to do online shopping if I can. With kids and Hubby our bill increased by about 20%. Great site by the way 🙂

  12. Nicole S.
    September 21, 2011 / 00:56

    Love your tips, thank you so much!!

  13. Laura McIntyre
    September 21, 2011 / 13:54

    Repeating what others have said im sure but ONLINE SHOPPING rules lol , normally cheaper and can do it without the kids bugging me 🙂

  14. Dorothee77
    September 21, 2011 / 13:49

    Hi! I agree with number 3: try not to take your child with you! but when there’s no one else to look after the kids, it’s tricky, no?
    Thanks for this post!

  15. Natalie Holland
    September 21, 2011 / 21:51

    Good tips! I have two boys – I find another good thing to do is to take snacks/drinks with you into the supermarket, (healthier versions of the ones they’re prob going to ask for!) and then bring them out at the right moment. Saves money!! Snacks are also a good thing to keep them occupied for a bit.

  16. frugal queen
    June 8, 2012 / 07:34

    Hi – these tips are vital and all parents should follow them, there are far too many precious spoilt children around and it doesn’t do them any good – had a scan back through your blog – lovely!

  17. June 8, 2012 / 12:45

    Loving the whispering to the toys tip, very clever x

  18. Elaine
    June 11, 2012 / 10:52

    Great tips

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