Ask any parent who has a child older than 4-years-old, and we guarantee they can tell you at least one story of a time their kid had a massive, loud, bonkers tantrum. It’s a common part of childhood, to be expected, really, yet we’re still blown away by the reasons they started in the first place. And it turns out, parents would pay good money to make sure a tantrum didn’t ever happen. At least according to one survey. Here’s what we know.
Policygenius wanted to see if there were a dollar amount parents would put down if they could stop a tantrum in its tracks.
In this not-scientific-but-playful-and-interesting study, Policygenius polled 1,500 parents to take part in its Parents & Money Survey. The parents had to have kids under the age of 19, and they were sent questions about those trantrums using Google Surveys. The surveys were sent out to a representative sample of parents across the country between March 26 through April 21, 2021.
What did the survey find? Parents would pay good money to avoid one of those tantrums.
According to the Policygenius Parents & Money Survey, “One in four moms (24%) say they would pay $50 or more to avoid a tantrum or argument with their children.”
While it sounds very tempting to pay our kids money to make them promise not to throw a fit, it’s not a suggested method to help squash the cries. Depending on the reason for the toddler to be upset, parents can choose a variety of tactics, including ignoring, trying to divert their attention, and staying calm because — though tantrums are annoying — they are very normal.
When kids get older and develop stronger communication and language skills, they can use their words to share what they’re feeling. Less and less, they’ll use the crying and screaming tactics. But until neurotypical kids reach the age of 3 or 4, tantrums are one of the expectations parents will have to deal with.
Normal and expected or not, parents still don’t enjoy them. They’re often set off from something strange. Or the kid decided the middle of the mall is the best place to lay on the floor and cry about a string in their shoe.
So, since they’re inevitable, maybe invest the $50 into a good pair of noise-canceling headphones?