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Mum's 'genius' photo hack stopped daughter having meltdowns over toys before Christmas


A mum has gone viral after sharing a ‘genius’ picture trick that she claims has helped stop her daughter from having ‘meltdowns’ over toys she wants at the store

Little girls looking at toys in a shop
Children love seeing all the toys (stock photo)

When going to the shops with your child it’s inevitable they’ll find a toy they simply must have and end up throwing a tantrum over it for all to see when you tell them no.

It can be even more of a struggle in the run-up to Christmas, with you already spending money on gifts and not wanting to buy any more toys.

One mum knows this frustration all too well, so came up with a solution to help avoid her daughter having meltdowns every time they went to the store.

Taking to Facebook, Kristina Watts shared her “most amazing parenting hack ever” which involves taking a simple photograph.








Saying no to toys can lead to tantrums in public (stock photo)
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She wrote: “If you aren’t using this hack… listen up friends.

“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.

“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. Now, if you have kids like mine that want the shiny amazing things that fill Target, the grocery store, Office Depot, the gas station, and pretty much everywhere you go this time of year, this is for you.

“What is it?! Take a picture. It’s that simple.”



The mum, from Washington, goes on to explain that she will comment on whatever toy her daughter is holding and then get her to take a picture with it so they can ‘send it to Santa’ so he knows what she wants.

She will then send the photo to her child’s grandmother, aunt or whoever else will be buying a gift.

The trick has worked each time, with her daughter smiling and asking to see the photo before putting down the toy and walking away.

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

“Maybe you’ve been doing this for ages, and you selfishly didn’t share this tip with me…or maybe you’re like me and this is about to rock your world. For real, try it friends. You’re welcome.”




Originally shared back in 2019, Kristina’s post is still doing the rounds online today and has since garnered 45,000 likes.

Many parents commented on how much they loved the hack, with one replying: “Omg. I need to start doing this!! That’s how my kid is too. WANTS. ALL. THE. THINGS.”

A second said: “I do it all the time and my son is now six. Works like a charm.”

Someone else branded it “genius”.

While another mum added her own additional trick to stop the tantrums at home too, saying she sits with them at the computer as they pick what they want online.

Each toy they select, she takes a screenshot and tells her children she’ll send everything they choose to Santa to have a look through at the North Pole.

Do you have a parenting trick to share? We want to hear all about it. Email us at yourmirror@mirror.co.uk


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