Toddlers, am I right?
We love them, and they're adorable, but oh boy are they a handful.
<p>Supposedly, kids start to rapidly <a href="http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/development/behavioral/toddler-empathy/" target="_blank">develop empathy</a> somewhere around their second birthday. But let's be real: <strong>They're still learning. Most of the time, they're self-centered, extremely emotional, and prone to outbursts.</strong></p><p>Any parent who claims they've never lost their cool around a screaming child isn't being totally honest.</p><p><div id="upworthyFreeStarVideoAdContainer"><div id="freestar-video-parent"><div id="freestar-video-child"></div></div></div></p><h2>But there's a clever "parenting hack" making its way around the internet that's supposed to help stressed-out parents stay calm under pressure.</h2><p>Or, at least, help them cool down following a major temper tantrum from their darling angel.</p><p><strong>It's called the "hair tie trick," or "rubber band trick," pioneered by parenting blogger Kelly at <a href="http://idealistmom.com/angry-mother/" target="_blank">The (Reformed) Idealist Mom</a>. </strong></p><p>Sick and tired of constantly being <em>angry</em> with her young daughter, she got the idea to keep track of every time she snapped, yelled, or lashed out with hair ties or rubber bands around her wrist. </p><p>Every time she felt like she lost her temper, she moved one hair band to the other arm.</p><p>In order to "earn it back," she had to sit down and create a few positive moments with her daughter: reading a book together, dancing, singing a song.</p><p>The goal is to keep as many bands as possible on the original wrist.</p><h2><strong>If you're skeptical, you're not the only one. But moms and dads sharing this trick like crazy online say it works. </strong></h2><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/new.worldchanger/posts/10212925719035312" target="_blank">This post</a> about the chill-out tactic from one mom, Shauna Harvey, recently went viral.</p><div><div data-card="facebook" data-reactroot=""><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/new.worldchanger/posts/10212925719035312" data-width="552"><blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/new.worldchanger/posts/10212925719035312" class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><p>Today, I tried something new.Blogger here----> http://idealistmom.com/angry-mother/Something that required me to...</p>Posted by <a href="#" role="button">Shauna Harvey</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/new.worldchanger/posts/10212925719035312">Tuesday, May 16, 2017</a></blockquote></div></div></div><h2>The response has been huge, with thousands of parents sharing with other parents in need.</h2><p>We all want to be the perfect mom or the perfect dad — the one who always has everything under control and can soothe a crying child while simultaneously whipping up an organic, Instagram-worthy dinner, all with a beaming smile.</p><p><strong>But the truth is parenting is rarely that effortless. And worse, when the stress does get the better of us, it can be <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristen-race-phd/the-epidemic-of-stressed-parents-raising-stressed-kids_b_4790658.html" target="_blank">really harmful </a>for both us and our relationship with our kids.</strong></p><p>The hair tie trick may seem cheesy, but anything that reminds us to slow down, breathe, and at least <em>try</em> to enjoy quality time with our kids is certainly worth a shot.</p>
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