Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that raising kids is by far the hardest job in the world. Here are some tips that will make parenting a little bit easier and bring a smile to your children’s faces, which can definitely be the highlight of your day. Enjoy and don’t forget to take notes!
1. Use a shoe caddy to hold snacks and activities during long car rides.
2. Making sure your kids dress warmly can be quite the chore…
But not when you have an awesome Knight’s Helmet that they’ll love.
3. Give them temporary tattoos in case they get lost during an outing.
5. Cut a hole in a pacifier and stick a dropper in it to make taking medicine slightly less traumatizing.
6. A cut pool noodle will prevent little fingers from getting slammed in doors.
Use a woven babywearing wrap (not a blanket) for this one. Find the instructions for how to make one in the link above!
8. A box fan can help a blanket fort stay up, while also making sure the adventurer inside is getting enough air.
10. A cupcake holder around a popsicle stick will keep little hands from getting sticky on hot days.
11. A spray bottle and cute decorations are all you need to create “Monster Spray” that stops kids from worrying at night.
12. To get them to put their shoes on the correct feet, cut a sticker in half and place it on the insides of their shoes.
13. I get so worried when the baby coughs all night. Here’s how to alleviate that:
14. Prevent spills by inserting a crazy straw upside-down to keep kids from yanking it right out of the cup.
15. To keep apple slices from getting brown in a lunch bag, put them back together and secure them with a couple of rubber bands.
16. Use an old DVD case to store paper and colored pencils for an on-the-road easel.
17. If you’re afraid of them falling out at night, create a barrier by putting a pool noodle under a fitted sheet.
18. Splinters can be so painful. This will make it better:
19. Some glue and glitter can turn any money into “tooth fairy money.”
20. To give a more effective time-out, fill a bottle up 3/4 with water, then add a bottle of glitter glue and some ultra-fine glitter. Flip the bottle, and when the glitter settles, their time-out is over.
An added bonus to this is that watching the glitter settle can help calm a wound-up kiddo… but if they mess with the bottle and disturb the glitter, their time-out ends up being longer.
21. To clean up pesky vomit stains, wipe up the excess and then spread a paste of baking soda and water over the remaining ick. Let it dry until it takes on a powdery consistency and then vacuum it right up.
22. Convince them to do chores by offering things they need rather than bonus rewards.
23. A lint roller picks up glitter (and just about anything else) like a charm!
24. And when they grow up, teach them how to be resourceful:
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