A couple of notes on the matter of running errands with a child, say a five year old, by your side:
- Be prepared to find yourself serving in the role of a portable coat hanger. Or rather, a generic item holder, because in my case I found myself today holding items ranging from hoodies through water bottles to remote control tanks.
- That dreaded "I need the toilet" moment? It always comes in the least comfortable moment. Especially if just prior to that, when a comfortably clean loo was just nearby, you asked your child if they need the toilet. Indeed, I would raise a suggestion for a guaranteed Ig Nobel award winning research: do kids have the superpower to tell when their parent would be least comfortable with their request to urgently go to the toilet?