While the methods for disciplining humans have thankfully evolved, it remains one of the most challenging parental duties.
For some, adopting a more authoritarian approach is best, but one father has shown that it is possible to turn the whole thing into a more democratic affair.
Sharing what can only be described as one hell of a parenting hack, this US-based dad pulled off what many parents believe to be the impossible: getting his two hysterical, tantrum-throwing toddler daughters to calm down.
"Works every single time," he told the NY Post.
It's the only time we can condone using one's mental prowess to trick a child, and we're calling it the 'It's my turn to cry' method.
It works by turning any emotional, teary outburst into a game in which only one participant is allowed to cry at a time. Sounds simple enough, no?
Watch and learn:
And if you think that was just a once-off, here's the mastermind repeating the magic.
Since going viral with his unique parenting hack, the US father has been hailed as a genius, and we can't say we have a problem with that!
Here are some other top tips for dealing with tantrums:
A conversation, not a screaming match, can help your child identify what it is they did wrong or how they should behave.
Research shows that giving your child the scope to be self-directed is much more powerful than traditional notions of punishment or reward. But they do need limits, here's how.
Positive parenting is hard work, but the pay-off could be immeasurable.
When it comes to discipline, indigenous societies prefer to keep things playful and calm. Here we look at a few surprising methods from remote cultures.
Invoking the threat of punishment via an otherworldly character might take playing the bad guy out of a parent's hands, but are we just creating future anxieties and fears for our children?
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