This Mom's Holiday Shopping Trick for Getting Her Daughter to Stop Begging for Gifts Is Going Viral

Kristina Watts shared a genius shopping hack that could spare you your kid's next mall meltdown.

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If you saw that 10-year-old girl's demanding Christmas wish list that recently went viral, you know that kids today can have some pretty steep requests for Santa. Now, one Washington mom has shared a simple holiday shopping hack that might make your next trip to Target much easier. Like many children, Kristina Watts' daughter, Emerson, sees the many toys and gifts that are on display at the store, and wants every single one of them. Saying "no" might be great for drawing boundaries, but it also tends to incur a meltdown, which is the last thing any parent wants (especially in public). So, Watts came up with an easy solution that she shared on Facebook on Nov. 17th: Every time Emerson picks up a shiny new toy, Watts takes a photo of her and says that she's sending it to Santa so that he knows what she wants.

Emerson "smiles, says cheese, asks to see the picture, then puts the toy down and walks away." "It's magical," Watts wrote. "No tears. No tantrums (by either of us). And she forgets about all of them within minutes."

The kid is happy, the parent is happy, and peace reigns upon the fluorescent land. All is calm. All is bright.

Watts' genius trick quickly went viral, and the post has been shared more than 47,000 times in just one week. Parents who have children whose Christmas lists are as long as CVS receipts were very grateful for the brilliant holiday shopping hack.

"Definitely gonna try this!" one Facebook user wrote. "My little man will be four on Dec 20th, and he wants everything! Thanks for this."

Others chimed in to say they've tried the hack themselves, and it's a real lifesaver.

"Seriously, this is so healthy. It validates their interest, and gives them a ritual to transition out of the activity," another Facebook user wrote. "They feel heard and can move on. Not just effective, but super nurturing."

And for more great parenting hacks, This Mom's Trick for Getting Her Kids to Calm Down Before Bed Is Absolutely Brilliant.

Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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