As I'm out and about places like the zoo, children's museum, grocery store, etc. more this summer with all 3 of my kids, I'm so glad I never started the precedent of getting them stuff everywhere we go. It is a rare treat that my kids get so much as a lemonade bought for them when we are out, much less a prize from the gift shop or candy aisle. I nearly always pack snacks, lunch and drinks from home.
And the great thing is because I never started the practice, my kids don't know what they're missing, so they don't even ask!
I didn't realize how different it could be until recently another mom was complaining about how expensive Children's Museum trips were because they always have to go by the gift shop. It has never occurred to me to even go in that gift shop. I think the treat for my kids is the fun day at the museum. But now that my friend would like to visit the museum without buying something, her child is old enough to ask and beg for the gift shop treat. It is going to be a hard habit to break!
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