Dear Parents, This Christmas Shopping Hack Will Avoid Countless Tantrums

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“Once again, my camera roll is FULL of pictures of Emerson with every single thing she wants for Christmas. Why… because it’s the most amazing parenting hack ever and has stopped MANY meltdowns! 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.

girl smiles while holding Elsa toy in store
Courtesy Kristina Watts

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!’

Note: you can send it to Santa, Grandma, Tee Tee Stephanie, or whoever it is you can pawn it off on. Totally up to you and can be different every time.

girl smiling holding slime-making kit in store
Courtesy Kristina Watts

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. 

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.”

girl smiling holding christmas card in store
Courtesy Kristina Watts

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