It’s that time of the year when parenting is hard, especially when shops are putting up their Christmas decorations, chocolates, and toys. Because kids are noticing them, plus, they want their gifts, and they want it now. And parents get sick of their children in-store meltdowns, and they want to put an end on it. So, this mom, aka Kristina Watts, from Belfair, Washington, has come up with a real plan that actually works! Yeah, the idea worked with her daughter. So, I feel pleased to say that – this year, there is a happy ending for parents as well. BTW, did I mention the idea is creating a photo wishlist!
Kristina Watts acknowledged it all started last year, “Hurricane Michael hit our town, and it was devastating. I was to find a way to provide Christmas toys for a local Title 1 Elementary School because the church couldn’t do it as everyone was struggling. So I made an Amazon wishlist for all kids in 5th grade and went live on Facebook and called my family members and friends to action. Gladly, all of them helped, and there were hundreds and thousands of toys crushing our house’s racks. We also added a second school, and before we knew it, we had our own USPS truck delivering toys for a week.” She told.
“We had about $45,000 worth of toys and Razor scooters in our house. My three kids helped my husband and me 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 your own toy world. She (Emmie) wanted to open and play with everything, and she did not realize that they weren’t for her. I mean, she was 2!” Kristina Watts mentioned her daughter.
“So, I started taking pictures of her with the toys she liked and told her that maybe she would get one too,” Kristina described her hack, “And believe me, it worked. My daughter actually stopped getting everything out of its package. She would carry it around, take a snap and put it back again without showing any further desire.”
Kristina Watts believes her hack works so well because the child ultimately feels validated, “There is a psychological reason behind it. It’s like – once you have the image of something, it becomes a memory that can be shared afterward with proof. In a nutshell, it’s hope and joy. I never thought it would do it, but it amazes me today.”
“A lot of people have been criticizing me, for not saying ‘no’ but trust me, my children hear ‘NO’ a lot.” Kristina added, “I am not trying to be a parenting guru or something, and this post was fun and quick. I am only a mother and by no means, the perfect parent. I am only trying to make Christmas shopping a little easier, and do my best for humanity. This Christmas hack is another way to put a smile of many faces, and doesn’t Emmie looks cute in all these pictures, does she?”