Maybe don’t make decisions when you have been up since 4 in the morning.
If your instinct is telling you not to allow Miss M to come shopping with you when you have a very long (and very expensive) list–even if she’s begging–don’t do it. Even if you think that maybe she needs the time alone with you. Even if you think that she might finally be old enough to handle an hour in a grocery store without filling the cart with unwanted things and without dancing in the crowded aisles.
You will be sorry. You will be exasperated, you will hiss, you will threaten; she will lose dessert and TV privileges.
But on the flip side, you will come home with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Creme Brulee. Plus everything on the list. So not a total loss.
Still, take heed.