Parenting is far from easy, we all know that. Have you ever found yourself questioning why there aren’t more hours in a day? I know from personal experience I’ve found myself running on nothing but caffeine, adrenaline, and two measly hours of sleep.
It can take a village, and some genius life-hacks, to raise a child.
I’ve searched the internet to come up with the web’s most helpful tips and tricks. Below are my top 10 favourite parenting hacks which will help keep your children happy and your day just a little bit easier.
- Use shower tension rods to create a hideaway fort for your children to lounge in.
It’s cozy, comfy, and easy to assemble. They’ll spend hours reading books and telling stories with their flashlights.
2. Avoid dreaded bed time fights with this simple solution: The Bedtime Pass
How does it work? Every night, give your child a the pass and explain to them that the pass is good for one excused departure from the bedroom per night. Whether they need to use the restroom, want an extra hug, need to talk about a scary dream, whatever, after the pass is used, they are not allowed to leave their room again. This is so simple yet reportedly successful. I found myself asking: “How did I not think of this before?!”
3. This DIY portable bed for sleepovers and movie nights
It’s washable, easy to assemble, and made out of items you probably already have in your house.
Source:DIY Pillow Hack
4. Use Sidewalk Chalk to Create Fun Murals on Your Trampoline
Your kids will spend hours happily occupied outside in the fresh air. This hack can also be used to create hopscotch squares for them to bounce into.
If you love this trick, there’s 49 other creative uses for your trampoline in the link below. Which one is your favourite?
Read more: 50 Things to Do on Your Trampoline
5. Create a lunch making station so kids can pack their own lunches
Label each container for dairy (cheese & yoghurt), fruit & veggies, and mains (pita, PB&J, etc.). Then have different options and flavours available to choose from. Your children will be happy to pick their own lunches out and you won’t be getting any complaining in the future.
6. Create a School Memory Binder to organize each years school documents, accomplishments and more.
The Year in Review page has the date, a photo from that year, a handwriting sample, and space to record favorite memories/teachers/books/etc. Behind each divider page you can insert your child’s best drawings, projects, essays, and report cards. No mess and no lost documents!
7. The Un-meltable Popsicle
Skip the mess and stained clothing by adding gelatin to your favourite summer treats. This popsicle is tasty and easy to make at home by using 1 package of Jell-O and replacing the cold water with fruit juice. Freeze for a few hours and voila!
Get the recipe here: The (Almost) Un-Meltable Popsicle
8. Use a sticker to help toddlers learn to put their shoes on the correct foot
By cutting a sticker in half and placing one piece inside each shoe, your toddler can visualize which shoe goes on which foot. Great for learning!
9. Use baby powder to remove damp sand from your skin & toes
No more mess in the car or scratches on the skin. The baby powder absorbs the excess water which leaves the sand falling off.
Find other great hacks to make beach trips a ‘breeze’: Great beach hacks for families
10. The perfect solution for boredom: pre-labled activity sticks.
Brainstorm a bunch of fun activities for your kids so that there is always inspiration on-hand if they run out of things to do. Which activities would you add?
Source: Popsicle Stick Crafts for Kids
Hopefully these parenting hacks will come in handy for you as much as they did for me. I recommend creating a Pinterest board to collect similar tips & tricks and save them for the future. Are there any parenting hacks that have proved to be a total life saver for you? If so, feel free to share them with us in the comments!
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