10 Parenting Hacks
As a Dad of three young kids (7y, 4y, 22mo), I have been storing up these parenting tips that I wanted to share. I wish somebody had shared these with me along time ago….would have made my life a little bit easier. Plus, several of these tips make kids more responsible and allows them to appreciate the things they have.
- Kids want to pour their own drinks? My son always wants to pour his own drink at dinner. Have the dishwasher door open and let the kids pour over the door, if some spills, no biggie.
- Easy travel with kids. Sounds like an oxymoron, right? It may very well be, but if you buy a few cheap toys or games from the .99 Cent store and dole them out at strategic times in the car or plane ride you can really buy yourself some time.
- Want to watch the BIG football game without the kids hanging all over you? Get a Nerf football, set up a mini-field in the family room and let the kids go to town. Rules: 2 hand touch, no punting!
- Kids won’t eat meat? They need the protein, so try a dipping sauce. My son loves to dip steak in Worcestershire sauce and my daughter will eat a TON of chicken if I put a little BBQ sauce on her plate.
- A hundred toys and nothing to do? If your child complains of being bored yet has a zillion toys, box up those toys and give them back at times of good behavior. You will be amazed at how they love the re-discovery of forgotten toys. Plus, they will learn to appreciate the toys they have.
- Do your kids love Play-Doh? Let them play on the kitchen floor on a vinyl tablecloth to make cleanup really easy. After they are done, you can take it outside and shake it off.
- Teach them to recycle. My son has been learning about recycling, organization, and money by sorting our recyclables. Once a month I take him down to collect the money from his hard work. He gets to sign his name on the recycle slip and they give him a piece of candy. He loves it!
- Do your kids like to paint? Use an empty egg carton and pour a little bit of each color in each egg holder. Kids can then easily mix the colors and have a great time.
- Use the time right before bed for some quiet time with the kids. Let them pick out a book to read, sit with them and enjoy the moment. Kids will go to bed much easier when they are in a relaxed state of mind. This seems like common sense, but I have seen families where bedtime is pure chaos.
- Stay flexible. What works on one kid may not work on the next. One method of discipline or praise may not work on all kids. For example, the time-out chair, as a disciplinary techniques, works very well on my son, but does not work on my daughter, instead taking things away from her and putting them on top of the refrigerator works like a charm. Don’t be afraid to tailor your methods for each child.
Feel free to add your own parenting tip. Let’s try and make this post a great resource for new or frustrated parents. And keeping with the tradition of my posts, here are some of the better online coupons on my website right now. See you next month!
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