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Mum’s Genius Hack to Stop Kids from Begging for Toys in Shops Before Christmas Goes Viral

Mum’s Genius Hack to Stop Kids from Begging for Toys in Shops Before Christmas Goes Viral

If your family is anything like my family, shopping with children can be a nightmare! No matter how many times I tell them not to ask for anything, they just can’t seem to help themselves when faced with shelf after shelf of exciting new toy displays.

It is such a universal thing that one mum has shared a genius hack that works on her daughter like a charm. She hopes that it might work for other parents too.

So what is this special hack that stops all potential meltdowns in the toy aisle?

Take a photo of the child holding or standing next to the desired toy.

That is it. That’s the hack.

Kristina Watts explains:

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.

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, TeeTee Stephanie or whoever it is you can pawn it off on. Totally up to you and can be different every time.

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.

Wow. I never thought something so simple would go so well, but I certainly can see it working on my kids. They no longer need to beg for it because you have logged their request (with evidence) and someone might get it for them. They feel like their wishes were heard and were taken seriously and everyone gets on with their day.

And the very best part is that now when your family and friends ask what your child wants for Christmas, you have loads of suggestions ready to go!


Kristina accompanied her super hack with loads of cute pictures of her adorable daughter clutching various items with a hopeful look on her face.

Will you try this hack? Let us know if it works for you, too!


Source: Facebook/Kristina Watts

Jill Slater

Jill Slater

Jill is a busy wife and mother of four young children. She loves nothing more than making people giggle, and loves to settle in with a glass of wine (or four) and wander about the internet. Feel free to follow her to see all the cool stuff she finds!

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