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.
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.
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.