Putting the kids to work for the family

This is my 5 year old son, volunteering to do the family shopping.

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A very interesting, but probably unintended, consequence of online shopping is that it has become something that we can all do, whether we are interested in WHAT we are buying, or HOW we are buying.

He may only be 5, but he managed the Ocado interface deftly, learning about search boxes, pre-populated lists, shopping baskets, selecting products and identifying special offers. He also started learning keyboard skills and web navigation (though to be fair, his experience on CBBC site and Lego.com taught him that).

Either way, for the sake of adding a box of Calippo Orange & Lemon/Lime as his reward, this was a great learning experience, and encouraged useful discussions about what we buy, why, and to think about finances.

What a fun game this domestic life can be sometimes!

Oh, and it also meant I could enjoy a tasty glass of Domaine des Ratelles Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine sur Lie (£6.95) that happened to be in the fridge, open, discovered while I was putting the shopping list together.

  • Ewan Murray

    Good choice of Muscadet, good choice of child labour … 😉