There are numerous reasons why a toddler might break into a crying fit, but a lot of times it’s because they’re simply overtired. And as we know, once they reach that point of being cranky and upset, it can be difficult to calm them down.
Parents will try all kinds of methods to soothe a crying toddler. However, not all of them work, and usually, the whole situation is frustrating.
Luckily, one dad has a creative idea that works like magic in his household. If you’re a parent or know a mom or dad with a toddler – you’re gonna want to take a look at his trick!
Bo Siton is a business owner in California and also the proud father of two precious boys.
When his son Hunter was three-years-old, he ran into a “fussy toddler” moment while driving in the car. So, Bo decided to use it as an opportunity to show his calming method to the rest of the world.
At first, Hunter is one unhappy camper.
The toddler’s crying in the backseat, seeming tired and wanting “Mommy.” But instead of being frazzled by the noise, Bo has a smile on his face as he tells the camera:
“And today, I’m going to show you how to calm down a crying toddler.”
Turns out, his trick involves a “friend.”
Bo tries asking his son what’s wrong and if he had a tough day. Since Hunter is upset though, he doesn’t get much of a response. That’s when Bo brings out his buddy, otherwise known as his right hand!
Dad turns his focus to his hand, which he transforms into an adorable puppet.
Instead of continuing to ask Hunter about his day, he asks the puppet about his. Bo’s “friend” starts talking and it has the cutest, friendly voice. Seriously, even as an adult, it’s impossible not to grin listening to it.
Although Dad’s puppet doesn’t immediately calm his son, he doesn’t give up.
Bo continues to have a conversation with his hand, who talks about the things he did that day. The puppet goes off in his funny voice that sounds like it comes straight from Sesame Street!
Hunter begins to calm down listening to his dad’s goofy puppet.
The toddler quietly looks out the window, seeming soothed and distracted by the comical show taking place in the front of the vehicle. It’s clearly working!
As Hunter’s mom explained on YouTube, “No screaming, no yelling, all smiles!”
The boy seems really interested when the puppet talks about a special day coming up.
Bo brings up how they’re going to have a “family day” tomorrow, which includes seeing a firetruck and going to the beach. Nice work, Dad!
If getting his son to stop crying wasn’t amazing enough, Dad has a slam dunk moment.
Out of nowhere, the hand puppet’s voice changes and it leads to Hunter giggling in the backseat. The entire turnaround is under two minutes, and from what it seems, the rest of their drive was likely peaceful.
Many YouTube users love the dad’s way of calming a crying toddler.
“Perfection! Redirect their frustration and get them to focus on something positive and funny. 👍”
Another person wrote:
“LOL – It WORKS!!!! you made me smile and laugh. Lucky boy his dad loves him so much to give him good lessons.”
Frankly, whether you have kids or not, it’s a heartwarming video you don’t want to miss. Watch it for yourself below!
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