Mom Shares Hack To Stop Kids Throwing A Tantrum When They Want A New Toy

Dealing with kids' shopping tantrums is no joke, but one mom has cracked the code. She's come up with a clever hack to stop those in-store meltdowns over new toys.

Ever tackled shopping with kids in tow? It's like managing mini whirlwinds or handling endless pleas for toys and treats. But fear not; a supermom named @drivingdevelopment on Instagram has a wonderfully simple fix.

She shared the hack on Instagram.Credit: Instagram/@drivingdevelopment

She shared her genius idea through Instagram Stories, and the response was amazing.

It's like parents everywhere joined in a collective "aha" moment, realizing tantrums can be quelled without any fuss.

"Reasoning with a toddler is tough but this is one way I've gotten past this situation without hurting feelings or lying," she wrote in a follow-up Reel.

"Did you know this hack? Making this 'Story' I shared a more permanent post on the feed so you can share it with someone who needs it without the time constraints."

In the video, she explained: "Honestly, I thought this was a hack that everyone knew. But I am going to let you in on a little secret.

"If you're in the grocery store and your kiddo really wants a toy, go ahead and have them take a picture with it.

It works for birthday, Christmas, anything.Credit: Instagram/@drivingdevelopment

"And I will tell them that I am taking the picture so I can send it to Grandma, Papa, Santa, so we know what they want for their birthday, Christmas, whatever it is."

The Instagrammer said, "You’re not telling them that they’re going to get it. You’re telling them it’s going to go on their wish list.

“So it’s not giving them false hope. They don’t have to get it in that moment.

“But then also - mom hack - you remember a toy that they want for when it does come time for their 
Many parents loved the idea, some even saying they already swore by it.

One wrote: “This works every time!!! I’ve have been doing it for the past year or two. I have an album called ‘Olive Santa,’ and it’s so funny to look back on what she wanted… she has things from lucky charms to boxers.”

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Another joked: “It's like a new version of circling items in the Sears Christmas catalogue.”

A third wrote: "Brilliant! That’s what I do when I see something I like but don’t have the money or want to see if I can find it somewhere else. It’s a life hack that kids can take forward with them too."

And some parents reckon it’s not just a trick for little kids, either.

Another added: “We used to do this with my son and now that he’s about to be twelve we let him create a list on Amazon for himself to add ANYTHING he wants (within reason) and if / when he earns it we allow him to pick one thing from his list.”

Another said: "I have been doing this for 11 years with my 3 kids. Let’s take a picture and add it to your list!"

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