Children and Christmas are usually a recipe for disaster. It’s no secret that kids can become a lot more unruly over the festive period… But now, one mom has gone viral after claiming to hold the answer to combatting these bratty and demanding children when out Christmas shopping… And it actually works!
The ingenious woman shared her hack to Facebook, and parents far and wide just can’t get enough of her crafty little tactic.
Christmas is the best.
But it can also be the absolute worst.
Children completely lose their minds over Christmas.
Or the copious amounts of chocolate and candy consumed?
Ultimately turning even the most angelic of children into complete and utter brats.
Yep, kids love presents.
Believe it or not, your cute little angels are probably not getting excited over the birth of Jesus Christ…
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.
Or the “Super Mom”, as some grateful parents have dubbed her.
Who she admits can turn a little bratty and demanding over the festive period.
Kristina has begun implementing an ingenious tactic while out shopping with her children, and it actually works!
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.”
“Take a picture. It’s that simple.”
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.”
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.”
“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.”
“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.
“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.”
Which has now been shared over 50,000 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…