A Japanese couple is being lauded for an ingenious trick to stop their toddler from crying.
Fuki Sato leaves a massive cardboard cutout of herself in a room when she leaves it so that her one-year-old thinks she is still there.
Her husband, Neji Sato, and she, came up with the idea when they noticed their toddler would cry every time his mother left the room.
“It’s hard because my 1-year-old will cry as soon as his mom disappears from sight. As a countermeasure, I experimented with what would happen if I set up a ‘life-sized panel mother’,” Neji Sato wrote on Twitter while sharing pics of the cutouts.
One cutout shows the mother standing up, another features her kneeling on the ground.
— 佐藤ねじ🌲ブルーパドル (@sato_nezi) December 8, 2019
The video footage received more than 2 million times on the microblogging website. The Satos and their trick, meanwhile, has been widely praised.