Dad shares the 'weird trick' he's found to get his daughter to stop crying
As many parents are no doubt aware, it can feel like it is near impossible to soothe a crying child.
The smallest bump, bruise, scratch or scrape can end up triggering the biggest waterfall of tears, leaving mums and dads searching for anything that may help.
And sometimes, it turns out, they have to get really, really creative when doing so.
In a post on Reddit, a dad shared the "weirdest parenting hack" that now stops his daughter's crying instantly - which sounds pretty genius to us.
The trick was first shared back in 2017, but it's been doing the rounds again - and we'd imagine it's just as effective as ever.
He began by explaining that his daughter has a lot of "owies" she complains about, and that anything which causes a bit of pain requires a kiss or a band-aid.
Which definitely sounds pretty familiar.
The dad went on to tell his fellow Redactors how he had just worked a night shift, only getting five hours sleep, when his little girl hurt her hand and needed a kiss.
"Since I was in a silly mood and had a blue sharpie on me, I told her that the sharpie was a magic marker that would made the pain go away.
"I drew a little blue X on her. She pointed to a 2 more owies and 2 more blue X's were added.
He added that not only did it work, but the "best thing" about it was that it made his daughter happy and "annoyed the wife."
A few weeks later, the little girl scraped her shin badly - and she wanted a band-aid for the cut.
The dad wrote:
"She was cuddled, crying, in my lap and wanted a band-aid. Well there was no blood and I didn't want to try to remove a band-aid later from an area that will probably bruise.
"I suggested the 'magic marker'. My wife, who also didn't want to deal with a band-aid, handed me the blue sharpie and a little blue X went right next to the scrape.
"The crying stopped immediately. I asked her if she needed another Magic mark. She said no and hopped happily off my lap."
Like we said, genius.