Dad shares ‘salty’ potato hack to stop toddler tantrums – and says it really works

Could a potato potentially stop your toddler from having tantrums? Well, at this point, we’ll try anything.

There’s a cooking myth, that says you can fix a soup that is too salty with a potato.

Apparently, to combat salt, you can place a peeled raw potato into the pot of cooking soup. The starchy tuber will absorb liquid and some of the excess salt. You’ll need to remove the potato once it’s fully saturated with extra salt, but before it’s fully cooked, which will take about 30 minutes.

The Potato Method doesn’t really work, of course. The carb soaks up a little of the liquid, and therefore salt, but it doesn’t fix a salty dinner. Really, you’ve got to just bulk it out, and add lots more of everything but salt – stressful.

Now one dad has decided to take the potato trick to the next level though, stopping tantrums from his three-year-old, and he took to Reddit to explain the method behind his madness.

Starting out, when his toddler began to whine, the father’s reaction was to tell him to “stop being so salty.”

He said, “Then it clicked. My sarcastic dad-brain…”, and mused that if it works for soup, it’ll work for my kid.

“I found the biggest potato we had and told him that he needs to hold onto this until he changes his attitude,” he explained.

“He’s too salty and when he’s calm and ready to say nice things, he can put down the potato and join us again. And it worked. He thought it was so silly and his mood changed.

“At first he was confused and wanted to put it down, but I told him that he will absolutely under no circumstances put the potato down until he’s in a better mood to compose himself.”