Mom Shares Genius Hack To Stop Kids From Begging for Toys in Stores | 22 Words

The lead up to Christmas is one of the most hectic times of the year for parents - who else thinks the present list gets longer and more demanding every year?

Well, one mom might have just cracked the code when it comes to unruly kids this festive season, and parents everywhere are loving it...

We all know that the festive period is, in some ways, the best time to be a parent...

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But it can also be the absolute worst.

It's common knowledge that, amid all the festive excitement...

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Children completely lose their minds over Christmas.

Maybe it's the idea of Father Christmas...

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Or the copious amounts of chocolate and candy consumed?

But something about the festive period does something to our kids...

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Ultimately turning even the most angelic of children into total and utter brats.

And most parents can take a general guess over what it could be...

Presents.

Yep, kids love presents.

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Believe it or not, your cute little angels are probably not getting excited over the birth of Jesus Christ...

They're more likely to be over-excited about the prospect of presents.

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At this time of the year, most children will be getting incredibly worked-up over the prospect of sparkly new toys wrapped up under the Christmas tree. So Christmas shopping with them can be a nightmare.

Meet Kristina Watts.

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Or the "Super Mom", as some grateful parents have dubbed her.

Kristina is the proud mom to 3 children...

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Who she admits can turn a little bratty and demanding over the festive period.

So, to combat this behavior...

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Kristina has begun implementing an ingenious tactic while out shopping with her children, and it actually works!

She shared her incredible hack on Facebook.

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Kristina began her post by explaining how difficult her Christmas shopping trips used to be. "Our trips to the store used to be a lot more painful this time of year." She wrote, "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." Her post quickly blew up, with everyone commenting on how clever her idea was...

The mom-of-three said everything started last year.

“Our town was hit by Hurricane Michael, a Cat 5 hurricane, and it was devastating. I was approached to help find a way to provide Christmas toys for a local Title 1 Elementary school. The church that usually supplies Christmas gifts to Lucille Moore Elementary couldn’t do it last year because everyone was struggling so much. So I made an Amazon Wishlist for all 500 kids, kindergarten – 5th grade, and went LIVE on Facebook and called my friends to action. Within days, our house was filled with toys from people all over the US. Then we added a second school and before we knew it, we had our own USPS truck delivering toys for a week."

She continued...

“We had about $45,000 worth of toys and Razor scooters in our garage and bedroom. Our kids helped my husband and I unbox and organize all of them. Of course, as a two-year-old, you want all the toys that are in your own house. Dolls, arts and crafts, everything you can imagine. It was like having our own toy store. [Emmie] wanted to open and play with everything and did not understand that they weren’t for her. I mean she was 2!"

“I started to take pictures of her with the ones she liked and told her that maybe she can get one too," Kristina explained. “It worked. She stopped trying to get everything out of its package. She’d carry it around, take a picture, and put it back."

“We ended up distributing a toy and Razor scooter to every child at Lucille Moore Elementary, and a toy to each child at Cedar Grove Elementary. Around 1100 kids. It was crazy, but that’s how we started doing it!"

She found a solution to the problem of greedy, demanding children...

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"Take a picture. It’s that simple."

Kristine has been taking photos of her children with their desired gifts...

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And "sending" them to Santa. She explained, "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!'"

Okay, so she wasn't actually sending the photos to Santa...

Kristina sends the photos to an array of different people who are willing to play Santa for the day. "Note: you can send it to Santa, grandma, [sic] TeeTee Stephanie or whoever it is you can pawn it off on. Totally up to you and can be different every time."

But regardless of who the photos were going to...

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It worked a treat! Kristina wrote, "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."

Kristina has urged her friends, and all parents alike, to try the hack.

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"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."

But Kristina has stressed that her method is simply a fun hack, not a full-time parenting blunder.

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“A lot of people have been criticizing me for not just ‘saying no,'" she told Bored Panda. “Believe me, my children hear ‘NO’. A lot. This post was just something fun and quick I threw up on Facebook one night."

And she has insisted that her daughter will not be getting all the toys she picks out.

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"I’m not promising Emmie all of these toys, nor does she get them all. It’s just hope and joy. It’s the modern-day version of circling all the toys in the JC Penney catalog. We never thought we’d get it all, but it’s fun to dream and feel like your parents are looking."

You can see her original post here...

Which has now been shared hundreds of thousands of times. Many have been quick to share their success stories from using the method, with one social media user writing, "I've done this with my 2-year-old this year and it works", while another commented, "Yep! Do this all the time! Life saver!" For a more extreme parenting habit over Christmas, keep scrolling to read about the mom who forked out $5,000 on 300 presents...