This trick will come in handy to every parent!
It’s hard to be a parent, especially on the eve of the holidays. Everywhere — tons of toys and children want them all at the same time. Kristina Watts from the USA is well aware of this situation. Therefore, she came up with the idea of how to prevent children’s tantrums in stores.
Here is her way:
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.
Take a picture. It’s that simple. 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!”
Magically, Emmie smiles, says cheese, asks to see the picture, then PUTS THE TOY DOWN AND WALKS AWAY. It’s magical. No tears. No tantrums (by either of us). And she forgets about all of them within minutes.
Mom thought of such a method last year. She was part of a volunteer group that helped collect gifts for children whose families were hit hard by hurricanes. At that time, Christina’s house really looked like Santa’s factory — everywhere there were gift bags.
Her daughter Emma was 2 years old and she wanted all these toys, opened gifts and tried to play with them.
So, I started taking pictures of her with those that she liked and said that maybe she would get these toys too. It worked. She stopped trying to get all of the packages.
Kristina believes that this technique works great because the child feels that she was heard.
I do not promise Emma all these toys, nor do I give them all. It is just hope and joy.
But there are people who criticize Kristina for this trick because this is, in fact, a child’s deception and you just need to say no.
But Kristina says that in the case of “no” you get a tantrum, and her way is a calm and great option.