Sometimes you just have THOSE kind of days. Last week I awoke to the dogs wanting out at 2 am. I let them out and back in. At 3 am they were whining again. We thought it was because of a raccoon that has been wandering around the house. We told them to be quiet and go back to bed. They settled down. At 4 am we awoke to one of the kids crying. I went to go attend to him. That’s when I smelled it. One of the dogs had pooped on the floor in the middle of the closet. Complete with urine puddle. Yeah it was that kind of day. These 28 parents were having days just as bad as mine! Worse in fact.
We have all had them. The days when one of, or worse yet several, of the kids are having a meltdown. You have about 30 seconds for a shower. The baby is sick and screaming for attention. Breakfast burns because you are trying to finish putting clothes on. Those kind of days. These are going to help you feel better about your meltdown days. Lol. So funny! All parents have hard days, all parents fail sometimes. Some just fail harder than others. These fails will make you feel better about your parenting mistakes. Lol.
Being a parent can be difficult. You are your children’s’ teacher, caregiver, cook, doctor, protector, superhero and so many more things too numerous to list. Let’s be honest, what you learned from your parents doesn’t always work for your children. It’s a whole new world of parenting out there from what it was 20 or 30 years ago, when you yourself were driving your parents crazy. The curse many parents place on their children is, “I hope your children are just like you.” In other words, you can use all the help you can get.
Here is the help being offered to you by other experienced parents. Let’s glean from the wisdom of those who have been there and done that with their own kiddos before you. These Parenting Hacks will allow you to enjoy the rewarding portion of parenting rather than spend all your time trying to catch up with the things you think are expected of you as a parent. I’m all about that!
Here is a fun article from Huffington Post about parenting. About what they don’t tell you. Enjoy.
Have you ever seen The Secret Garden? That movie was one of my favorites when I was little. Anything could happen in a wild mysterious English garden like that. Weren’t those towering brick walls the best?! It doesn’t take a whole lot to add a little magic to an ordinary garden but to recreate the whole thing? I don’t think many of us could do that!
One amazing mom, Rachel K., was able to create a whole secret garden for her little princess and it is as impressive as you are imaging. More so. Wait until you see the pics! This little garden is complete with a fountain, tall secluding shrubs, a gate with a peep hole and key, bright flowers, a fairy garden, twinkle lights, and outside games. I wish my garden was this cool!
I hope you didn’t miss out on this endearing childhood movie. So fun! Here is the official trailer just in case you were seriously deprived. Lol.
This is a great idea to change up your little monkeys’ drab white walled bedroom. With a few minor carpentry skills you yourself can create their new habitat and the proper tools. This 10 minute video will show you how to turn your child’s bedroom into the swinging jungle they deserve from beginning to end.
I love the hammock hanging from the new trees. The elevated bed with the crawl space (cave?) is a great addition too. He even included lots of storage by building a dresser into the bed itself. It all looks like so much fun to have with the kiddos. I would find excuses to hang out (pun intended) in this bedroom. The down side is, the kids will be so convinced they are monkeys that you will have a hard time keeping bananas stocked in the house. Lol.
Awesome work! While you are at it check out the amazing garage he built too.
The great Picasso I am not. I’m great at paint by numbers and can trace like a boss but freestyle isn’t my cup of tea. That’s probably why I love this roundup from Wimp. It has 10 drawings that you and your littles will love and be able to DIY!
These drawings use numbers as a base and are kid-friendly and easy to reproduce. The number 3 becomes a bunny, 4 a bird in flight, and 22 turns into a mean looking shark. You get the idea. Fun! What a great way to make kids learn their numbers. I’m going to try and remember these the next time we are playing pictionary!
One of my favorite animals to draw as a child was a horse. I was hooked after my art teacher showed us how to use circles, straight lines, and shading to create a drawing that actually resembled the creature. This method doesn’t use numbers but it’s just as easy! Check it out here!
You and your kids are going to love these science experiments featured in Buzzfeed’s latest roundup. They are anything but ordinary; they are straight up magical! Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about dyed flowers, baking soda volcanos and soap clouds but this is next level science. These 35 experiments are brilliant and are going to keep your littles entertained. Everyone wins! Bordom bug officially beaten!
Kids grow up too fast! These experiments are fun and hands-on ways to help them learn about the world around them. Let them get messy! Let them play in colorful puddles, make edible marshmallow paint, crayon wands, moon dust, and exploding rainbows. The magnetic slime is so cool! And the egg geodes?! Amazing. Is bad that as an adult I don’t know how some of these work? For shame! I guess it’s ok. We’ll learn together! It’s never too late to learn new things!
These bunk beds are wonderfully fun for kids and the perfect space-saver for parents. I hope you get excited about building your own after seeing all of these ones. Diply has 15 bunk beds that will make you wish you were a kid again. I’m excited!
This roundup has it all; regular bunks, quads, raised with desks, corner beds, triple bunks, and it even looks like there is one that has managed to fit five in there. I can’t imagine needing five beds in one room! Those kids would be going crazy! I love the super creative themed ones. The playhouse ones are my favorite. I also like the ones that are brightly painted. Teal is my favorite color!
Another bunk bed that I really like is this pirate ship one. It is absolutely amazing. What kid wouldn’t love it!? What adult wouldn’t love it for that matter?! Sign me up.
The King of Random comes to us again with another great idea. This recipe for edible stackable Legos is amazingly simple and can be completed with just corn syrup, gelatin and a box of Jello. You will need a mold, which can be just about anything, various fun ice cube trays work best. You should watch the accompanying video to get great instructions.
I’m thinking Lego themed birthday party for the little ones. Of course, as much as I love Legos, this theme may just be my own selfish desire to have a Lego themed party. I’ll admit, I was once Zack the Lego Maniac for Halloween. He even had a way to make the Lego blocks stackable. So, go build yourself the gummy Lego castle of your dreams. Uh, the gummy Lego castle in the dreams of your 5 year old child that is.
Here is everything else you need to throw the perfect Lego party. Fun!
There are about 1,464 hours of summer vacation left. That’s a lot of time left alone with the kiddos. Entertaining them while keeping myself from going insane can be quite a challenge. These fun life hacks from Buzzfeed are going to help save time and energy and make parenting a little easier this summer.
Numbers 6,7, 8, and 9 are great for reducing messes while eating tasty treats. The shoe rack organizer in the car is a brilliant idea ( #11) and the DIY travel games are my fav (#26). I like the ‘activity sticks’ a lot (#22) too! That would be a Godsend when boredom strikes! I like #5 for me and my honey. A stargazing date would be nice when we need a break!
When all else fails… have a staycation. That’s when you stay at home and have a vacation. Thus the word combo. My Kids Adventures has a guide to staycations that will save your summer!
Elle, from What’s Up Moms, has the ‘coolest’ ideas (hehe) for how to beat the sweltering summer heat during those hot summer months. They are fun, affordable, and probably something you haven’t tried before. New is always good when trying to beat the summertime blues.
My favorite is excavating ice blocks (maybe you will inspire your kiddos to become paleontologists). You could also try freezing the toys in muffin tins for quicker gratification. Lol. This is education and fun. Another way to dissolve this would be in the kiddy pool while everyone is slashing around.
Paint popsicles are awesome because they would cut down on messes! The ice boats wouldn’t work for me because my yard doesn’t have enough of a slope. Drats! Which of these are you going to try first? Check out Mashable’s roundup of summer fun DIYs for grownups. Only one involves ice (unless you count the coolers) but all are awesome! Be sure to make this the best summer ever, for you and your kids.