Mum's Hack For Stopping Toy Toddler Tantrums Goes Viral

When Kristina's daughter kept throwing wobblies while they were out shopping for gifts, she knew something had to be done.

It happens year in year our anytime you take a child shopping. They want all the things as any parent will know and leaving a toy discarded on the shelf usually results in a full blown tantrum.

Mum Kristina Watts was at the end of her rope. That's when she began using a parenting hack that she proclaims has 'stopped many meltdowns'. We're listening...

"Our trips to the store used to be a lot more painful this time of year. Toys are out in full force... and of course my kids WANT IT ALL," she wrote on Facebook.



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"Obviously I would love to have sweet, well mannered, non-greedy, chill kids, that don’t ask for all the things... but I don’t. So drop your judgement Karen, and stop reading if you have kids like that."


The US mum said if you have children like hers, they want all the 'shiny things' that fill the local shopping centre aisles.

"Take a picture. It’s that simple," Kristina instructed.

"Pause for a second, comment on the thing they’re pointing out, and say, 'Let’s take a picture with it and send it to Santa so he knows you want it!'"

Kristina's daughter. Image: Facebook
Look at that smile. Image: Facebook
Clearly it works. Image: Facebook

Kristina then suggests to send the photo to a relative who might be struggling to decide what they should buy the kids for Christmas to help them out.

It's a win win.

"Magically, Emmie smiles, says cheese, asks to see the picture, then PUTS THE TOY DOWN AND WALKS AWAY," she wrote.

"It’s magical. No tears. No tantrums (by either of us). And she forgets about all of them within minutes."

Kristina suggested some parents might have been using this trick for ages but for her, it has made the world of difference.

Maybe you’re like me and this is about to rock your world. For real, try it friends. You’re welcome.

Kristina's hack has since gone viral, gaining 52,000 shares, 15,000 comments and 30,000 reactions.

"This does work! Started doing this a few weeks ago and no more meltdowns!!! Just lots of pictures," an impressed parent wrote.

"Definitely doing this, this is genius!" added another.

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