You’ve probably seen plenty of online articles related to kitchen hacks, or overall life hacks to help you deal with some of the most annoying challenges in life. But rarely do we see anyone coming up with some decent parenting hacks, and if you’re a parent, you know you could totally use them. So here are some incredibly useful suggestions that take parenting advice to a whole new level of excellence. It won’t solve all of your problems, but it will definitely make parenting a lot easier to cope, so your kids can see you smiling more.As a parent, sometimes you have to break a few barriers, and other times, you have to create them. This genius dad decided to keep his three kids from fighting in the car by separating them with cardboard.
This parenting hack allows you to fool your child into thinking he’s taking a sip of Pepsi, but what he’s really doing is taking medicine. But it’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with a little white lie, as long as you don’t get caught.
Not only did he turn his hair into a safety harness around his kid’s waist, but that perfect reef knot is lit. Also, he gets a best dad of the year award for giving his child earmuffs to protect their hearing from the loud music.
He certainly can’t damage anything if he’s painting the fence with water, and it’ll keep him distracted, which gives you the chance to make yourself some coffee or take a bathroom break, which you so deserve.
Use a fitted sheet and place bags in each corner. You’ll essentially have a playpen that’ll keep the sand out, so that your little beach bum can experience the beauty of the beach without ingesting whatever they happen to find.
As your kid grows, their crib can be turned into a children’s workspace or craft shop where they can create, write, and draw to their heart’s content. The surface can even be turned into a chalkboard, and it’s perfect if you want to teach them some math and spelling before they go to Kindergarten.
Whatever you do, don’t throw that empty bag of soybeans away. Use it to hide all your mini Snickers bars in the fridge or freezer. Trust us, no kid in their right mind would ever go anywhere near a veggie bag, like ever.
Reddit user FreddyJackson69 came up with an awesome idea. Fill a glove full of beans and place it on their backs when they’re in their bed. This will make them feel like they’re getting plenty of love, while you’re busy catching some Zs.
Jessie Stansberry from Texas put her cranky, two-year-old son inside an empty cardboard box, and give him two crayons. In the end, she got 45 minutes’ worth of peace and quiet, and her boy got to write and draw as much as he wanted.
Create a list of each color highlighting different responsibilities. Then color code the clock, so that your child knows what to do when the hand on the clock is on each color. This not only teaches them discipline, but gives them time management skills, which will be so useful as they get older.
By placing stickers on the insoles of the shoes, your kid will be able to take a big step in getting dressed on his own. Best of all, he won’t find himself embarrassed when he’s off to preschool with shoes on the wrong foot.
Place blue tape around a tile and get them to sweep dirt into the circle, which you can later sweep into a pale. They’ll think it’s just a game, but what they’re really doing is lending you a hand with the housework.
Just smooth out a bedsheet and tie it around a dining table. But make sure the knot is secure. Most kids should be able to climb inside it on their own. Once they do, they can look at pictures from their favorite book or just relax and swing the day away.
Grab a coffee cup lid and run the popsicle stick through the hole you normally stick a straw into. The coffee cup lid will catch any dripping, so it doesn’t end up staining your child’s clothes, the floor, the furniture, or you.
According to Eblogger Tricia, all you need to do is dip the doll’s hair into a container full of dish soap and hair conditioner. Once you’ve massaged the hair in the solution, take it out, dry it, and comb the hair. It’s that easy.
Reddit user agnstdgrain suggests putting up a take-up roll, adding some butcher paper, and placing a frame at the bottom so that your kid can use as a canvas. When he’s done with his masterpiece, roll it down, and yank it off. Now your kid will have a clean canvas to create another work of art, and so on.
Reddit user Somecallmemike gives his kids controllers when he´s playing games. The thing is that the controllers aren´t plugged in, but they can’t tell the difference. So essentially, it´s a bit more like pretend gaming.
You’ll need a wooden crate and lots and lots of empty toilet paper rolls. Then stack the rolls up inside the box and have your kid place each car inside. Tell them it’s a parking garage, but in reality, it’s just you getting them to put their stuff away.
This is nice a great hack when you want a professional photo taken of your child. If you can’t get your baby to stop crying or to stay still, then use dad as a prop. No one will know it’s him under the blanket, and your baby won’t fidget because they know that someone they love is there.
Give them the power to destroy monsters. Okay, so it’s really just an empty spray bottle that you fill with water, but to your child, it´s the ultimate weapon against the forces of evil.
Starting from Kindergarten, have them wear the T-shirt at the start of each school year and take a photo. By the time they graduate, you’ll be able to see just how much your child has grown over the years, and they’ll love it too.
So, you decided that you wanted to do a little gardening, and brought your baby out into the yard for some fresh air. If you want to keep them from getting bit by mosquitoes, cover the top of the baby’s crib with a bed sheet.
Instagram user Ruby1508 drew all the items that she couldn’t find on a piece of paper. Then she sent her preschooler on a scavenger hunt to find all the things she couldn’t. It not only kept the child busy, but it saved mom a lot of time searching frantically.
All you have to do is grab some Tulip Slick Paint bottles and start drawing all over the soles of your child’s socks. It’s a fun and easy project, and you can have your child pick what design they want. And when they wear the socks, you’ll never have to worry about them slipping and hurting themselves.
With a black marker you can track when you gave your child their medicine. Make sure to put an x next to the day and time that you administered it. It’s extremely handy because you’re only human, and have so much on your mind to remember all the time.
Kids can get pretty bored, especially when they’re trying to get to the center of a lollipop. When that happens, they leave their candy on the furniture, which attracts ants. But if you make a hole inside one of those plastic eggs, you can slip the lollipop inside, and save it until your child wants it again.
It’s easy to create a bed fort for your kid. All you need is a fan and a large enough bed sheet that will inflate when you turn it on. Then your kid can have the ultimate adventure in his own little bubble world.
Trampolines can be a lot of fun, but they can also be really dangerous when your kid is just jumping up and down without a care in the world. But you care, so place pool noodles on the edge, so that if they hit the outer rim of the trampoline, no serious harm will come to them.
Try using frozen marshmallows to soothe the pain away from a child’s injury. It’s not too cold for a child to handle and it’s soft too. Plus, they’ll make great tasting treats once the ache and shock of their “ouchie” finally goes away.
Grab an empty DVD box. Most of us have at least one of these lying around. Then create a pouch using fabric or paper, and glue it to the right side of the box. Once the glue is dried, you can store your child’s colored pencil until the next time they choose to draw.