My new trick to avoid toddler meltdowns

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It was half-past no-nap thirty and OMG-how-much-longer-until-the-hubby-is-done-with-work. Yep, a scary place to be (and usually when I’m trying my best to avoid my own 5pm meltdown).

That’s when I heard it.

Telltale sounds of a minor fall off the couch that were about to erupt into a full-blown fake cry I’m-too-tired meltdown from my 3-year-old.

But today, I got smart.

I reached into our fridge door for the awesomely quick and easy fix I like to use for a quick meltdown diversion. In other words, one easy answer for how to avoid toddler tantrums.

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Cold Play-Doh.

Yep, that’s it!

Throw it in a sandwich bag, have the little one put it on their boo-boo, and let the coolness helps ease the sting of the scrape or bruise.

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Give them some fun plastic tools to make shapes with it, and it’s a great distraction that takes their mind off the pain.

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Pretty soon, little brother was joining in on the fun, which basically makes my whole day an epic Mama win. #irock

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Lil’ guy even brought his Legos along to make some more cool shapes.

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No meltdowns here! (Now if I could just get dinner together, I’d be set.)

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Cheers to you, my little toy soldiers. The war may not be over, but in the case of today’s toddler meltdowns, this battle is won.

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What are you favorite, creative ways to make boo-boos feel better? Share them in the comments section below.

 

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