30 Brilliant Ideas To Save A Parents Sanity

Being a parent is hard work! Sometimes it takes creativity to get through the day and not loose your cool. These hacks from Diply are definitely going to help with that. #12 is brilliant! There are ideas here for getting the chores done, keeping the kiddos entertained, preventing messes (if that’s really possible), and all around fun. Which is your fav? I think they’re all pretty great.

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Diply – Parenting Hacks For Life Traps: 30 Brilliant Ideas Every Parent Needs To Know

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21 Hilarious Lies Parents Told Their Kiddos

My parents told me that if I ate watermelon seeds one would grow in my tummy and that the vines would grow out my nose and ears; they said that was what was happening to pregnant women. I was terrified! That is nothing compared to some of the lies these parents told their kids. They are cruel and hilarious! I think I should use the TV one. What lies have you told your kids?

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Buzzfeed – 21 Of The Funniest Lies Parents Even Told Their Kids

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The Ultimate Secret Play Room

I would have loved to have a playroom like this as a kid! Secret rooms are one of my favorite things and you are so lucky if you have one! See how these parents transformed a secret crawl space into the best birthday present ever. What child wouldn’t want their own ‘no-parents-allowed’ room? I would for sure do this, if I had a secret room!

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Diply:
These Parents Hid A Secret From Their Child For Years.
When He Discovered What It Was…Wow!

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parenting hacks

With two little boys of my own, I can always use a good tip or trick to make life a bit easier. One of the most common requests we get is “water”… “water please mom!” Our cups are up high in the cupboard so we always have to get them over and over and over again.

I think they are old enough now though… that idea #1 with the magnetic cups to go right on the fridge is a totally brilliant idea! Don’t miss the rest of these “hacks”. So many truly helpful ideas!

I’d say many of our most popular tips for parents have to do with quickly and easily making meals for the whole family. Meal prep is a real drain week in and week out so anything you can do to make that easier is welcomed. Don’t miss this previous post on how to feed a family of 6 for just $400 a month as well. Great tips!

Here’s the link to Diplyy’s full article: Diply – 23 Inventive Hacks That Every Parent Should Know

Being a parent is designed to test your patience, although it is extremely rewarding. Looking after children can leave you feeling tired and stressed, but there are some very clever creative parenting tips which can make your life that bit easier. Read this guide to learn some of the simple hacks which can help you manage your family much better.

Some of the creative parenting tips covered in this guide include:

– Help kids know which shoe goes on which foot
– Storing Pacifiers
– Getting out Stains
– Soft Play area
– Adding extra grip to play shoes
– Play wallet
– Jello Ice Lollies

Help kids know which shoe goes on which foot

All kids will have a problem putting their shoes on the right feet. Although there is a 50/50 chance of them being right, they will almost always be wrong. This means that you will have to spend time helping them. Although it doesn’t take long to help them put their shoes on, it will be easier if they can learn to do it themselves. One of the best ways of helping them know which foot is which is to put a sticker inside the soul of the shoe. This doesn’t have to be a L or an R, it can just be a half of a sticker for example so the child knows which foot goes in which shoe.

Storing Pacifiers

Pacifiers can make your life much easier, but keeping them clean when you are out can be virtually impossible. For a more hygienic option store any clean pacifiers in plastic cups with lids. This will help your baby to stay healthier since they won’t be sucking on a dirty pacifier.

Getting out Stains

All children will drop food on their clothing and this is likely to stain. To get the stains out use a mix of dish soap, bleach and baking powder. Apply this to the stained area and work into the fabric. Leave a few minutes and rinse out. Then wash the clothes as normal and rinse well to remove any traces of the bleach.

Soft Play Area

As soon as your kids start crawling or walking you will have to be very careful with them. One way of containing young children is to use an inflatable pool. Blankets and toys can be put inside to keep your kids occupied

Adding extra grip to play shoes

Dressing up shoes often have very hard soles and aren’t really designed for walking in. These can be very slippery. But don’t worry since it’s very easy to add extra grip. Hot glue can be stuck onto the bottom of the shoes and left to dry. This will create a soft surface which will stop your kids from slipping over.

Play Wallet

If you’ve ever left your wallet or purse next to your young child then you will know how much they enjoy to take all the cards out and try to put them back in. You can get a cheap wallet or reuse an old wallet you already have. Cut up bits of colorful paper and put them in the card slots. You can also add pens and crayons which should help to keep your kids entertained.

Jello Ice Lollies

Kids love ice lollies, trouble is they struggle to eat them before they start to melt and make a mess. Try making some out of jello using an ice lolly mold. These won’t melt, but your kids will still love eating them. When served straight from the fridge they can be slightly cool and will also be soothing on teething gums.

Additional Resources: Looking for more parenting tips?
Don’t miss this article by parenting and also this video by The Parent Vortex.

diy keepsake stepping stones

I want to preserve as many precious memories of my children as possible and this wonderful stepping stone from Enchanted Mommy is a great way to do just that! She has some must-see tips to guarantee fantastic results every time! A garden stone with a little hand or foot print is the perfect way to capture time and a great craft for you and your kiddo to do together.

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EnchantedMommy – Cute Cement Stepping Stone

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33 Mindblowing Summer Activities To Keep Your Kids Busy (Under $10)

Entertaining the kiddos for three months can be tough. It’s tempting to just let them watch TV but after seeing this fun roundup from Buzzfeed you won’t let them! These terrific ideas will get them running around (inside and out), playing, creating, designing, learning, and all with minimal expenses and work for you. My favorite is… well I don’t have one! I think they are all fabulous!

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Buzzfeed:
33 Activities Under $10 That Will Keep Your Kids Busy All Summer

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cardboard boxes

It’s not fair that these are for the kids! They are so cool! I can’t think of a better way to repurpose/upcycle old boxes. I wish I’d had the fruit stand when I was little! (My lemonade stand might have done a little better.) And the washer and dryer are beyond brilliant! I think I’ll have to make the Transformer for myself ASAP! We’re all kids at heart, right?!

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BuzzFeed:
31 Things You Can Make With A Cardboard Box That Will Blow Your Kid’s Minds

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watermelon sticks

This is great for hot summer days and picnics! It keeps hands and faces from getting sticky and not a bite gets wasted. That sounds like a win to me. I don’t think I would choose this for the family watermelon eating contest, but for everything else it is awesome! So delicious. Let’s learn how to cut it up…

Here’s the link to A Thrift Mom’s full article: A Thrifty Mom: Watermelon Sticks (Perfect For Little Hands)

Healthy eating is important to everyone, no matter how old they are. It is important to start teaching your kids the importance of healthy eating early on in life. Most kids will eat pretty much anything, as long as it is served to them. Toddlers and young children love finger foods as they are a great way for them to feed themselves without having to use cutlery. This guide will look at some healthy snack ideas that are suitable for kids and adults alike.

Why Finger Foods

Toddlers and young children love being able to do something on their own. They’ve spent their whole lives being waited on and love to be able to feed themselves with finger foods. What’s more, it also teaches good hand eye coordination, and it will also help them to understand how to behave at meal times. There are plenty of foods that are perfect for finger foods, so let your imagination go wild.

Finger foods are also useful for anyone with arthritis that is unable to hold cutlery but wants to retain some independence. They are also great foods to take on picnics since you don’t need to take any cutlery.

Water Melon

Water melon isn’t really that child friendly because it can be messy and difficult to eat. However, if you cut it into sticks then this is great for children to hold and feed themselves. A big slice of water melon isn’t really suitable for small hands or mouths. But by cutting them into easily manageable sticks this should be much easier.

Start by cutting the water melon up into thirds. Then lay each third down on a chopping board and cut it into strips. Then cut strips the other way. What you are then left with is a series of water melon sticks. It’s best to prepare the water melon sticks just as you want to use them, otherwise they might dry out a bit. The seedless varieties of water melon are the most suitable for children since you don’t need to worry about them choking on the seeds.

Watermelon is a favorite of children because it is soft and easy to bite. It is also nice and cool which makes it perfect if they are teething.

Carrot

In a similar way carrot can be cut up into matchstick sized pieces. Carrot is very nice to eat raw but is only recommended with older children who are used to chewing. Carrot also needs lots of teeth. For younger children you can try cutting carrot into matchsticks as before and then boiling them for a few minutes to soften them up. Wait until they are cool and then serve.

Cheese

If your child can eat cheese then it’s a healthy source of protein and calcium, although it is very high in fat. Cheese can be cut into sticks which the toddler can then feed themselves with.

Meal times can be a battle for some parents with picky children. However, you should find that if you let your kids feed themselves that meal times are much less eventful and might even be pleasant and relaxing.

Additional Resources: Looking for more kid-friendly snack ideas?
Don’t miss this article by Parents and also this recipes by allrecipes.com.

DIY Silly Putty

I thought Silly Putty was the coolest thing when I was little and my friends and I used to play with it for hours! I bet you did too. It is really easy to make and cheap too. You only need 3 ingredients! (Four if you count the h20). This is such a fun project for you and your kids to do together and perfect for any lazy indoor craft day.

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BestYummyRecipes – Homemade Silly Putty

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