Parent Hacks offers two ways to keep your child safe in a parking lot while putting groceries away: (1) play “assume the position,” i.e., have your child stand with his hands on the car and legs spread as if he were about to be searched; or (2) strap your child into his car seat before putting the groceries in the car.
Personally, I prefer to keep Alex in the shopping cart while I put the groceries away, but maybe that doesn’t work as well with an older child. I also tend to carry Alex in parking lots if we’re not using a shopping cart. As to parking lots in general, I have a friend whose two-year-old tended to take off until she was so vehement about the necessity of holding hands that it’s the one place where he knows it’s absolutely non-negotiable and never puts up a fight.
What do you do?