Everyone has their share of bad days, especially toddlers. And when that happens, it’s pretty brutal for parents who are unsure how to relieve their child’s vibrant sassiness. But according to one very funny father, there is a way to stop it before it gets out of control.
Reddit user, “userbelowisamonster” shared on a parenting thread that when his 3-year-old was whining and complaining about everything, he told the toddler he needed to stop being “so salty.”
It was in that instant an idea popped in his head about “salty.”
Scientifically speaking, when stews or soups get too salty during the cooking process, potatoes are the trick to absorb extra sodium. With this in mind, the Reddit user decided to find the biggest potato and give it to his son until his attitude changed.
Only once he was able to be “calm and [was] ready to say nice things,” did the father allow his child to put the potato down the join the rest of the family again.
While the child thought it was silly, his mood progressively changed. At first he was confused and wanted to put it away, but was told “under no circumstances” could he put the potato down until his mood improved and was fully composed.
Miraculously, it worked.
Users loved his advice and shared their own take on the remedy for toddler tantrums.
“I like it,” one user wrote. “Not just the potato idea (which is inspired), but the general attitude of innovating to keep the kids confused and more-or-less civilized. And acting as if it's all part of our parenting master plan.”
Another chimed in, “You can only confuse the kids for so long. By the time they're a teenager their throwing the potato at you screaming, ‘I hate the potato, it's so stupid!’”
What do you think of the advice?