‘You’re going to hold this potato until you change your attitude’

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Here is a potato trick for a parent in need from a clever Dad. It started with a scenario we can all relate to…

One clever dad came up with an ingenious, albeit odd, trick for any parent in need of shutting down a toddler temper tantrum. It started with a scenario we can all relate to…

“So, today my three year old is just whining and complaining about everything. From his lunch to having to clean the floor to the show his brother wanted to watch,” this Dad wrote on Reddit.

That’s when the commonly known Dad superpower, “Sarcastic Dad-Brain” kicked in.

“When you’re cooking a soup or a stew you add a potato to it if it’s too salty because it will absorb extra salt,” the dad explained.

He then continued with this brilliant Dad pun… 

“So I told him that he needs to stop being so salty… And then it clicked.

I found the biggest potato we had and told him that he needs to hold onto this until he changes his attitude. He’s ‘too salty’ and when he’s calm and ready to say nice things he can put down the potato and join us again.”

So did this dad’s “Sarcastic Dad-Brain” save the day? 

“And I’ll be…it worked!,” he excitedly wrote. “He thought it was so silly and his mood changed. At first he was confused and wanted to put it down, but I told him that he will absolutely under no circumstances put the potato down until he’s in a better mood to compose himself.

Parenting. Making stuff up and hoping our children can contribute to society and don’t grow up to be jerks.”

Toddler boy holding a bucket of potatoes in one hand and a single potato in the other as parents teach him lesson

We’re all taking notes from this super hero Dad! Kudos to you!

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