Parenting can be challenging at the best of times, it always helps to have a few tips and tricks up your sleeve to make things that little bit easier. I recently asked some of my fellow bloggers to share some of their tips and tricks to create a list of ’10 parent hacks to make life easier’ to share with you, my lovely readers.
Firstly, I would like to share my own personal parenting hack with you, it’s really simple and saves me time and effort searching for my daughter’s hair accessories each morning. Use a slap wrist band/ snap wrist band to feed your children’s hair bobbles onto, open it out straight when you wish to select a bobble to use or curl it together when not in use to keep your hair bobbles neatly stored.
Here are some other fab tips and tricks of the parenting trade from my fellow bloggers, I hope you find them useful!
Kate from www.MyFamilyFever.co.uk
I buy different coloured pants, socks and vests for all the kids. So my eldest has pink, youngest has yellow etc. It makes putting washing away much easier!
Laura from www.TheUnsungMum.com
When I had baby number two my sling was my life. It gave me my hands back for number one but meant I could hug the baby as well. Couldn’t have lived without it!
Sophie from www.SophieAndLily.co.uk
Baby wipes are excellent dusters and can even remove biro ink out of sofa covers! Which is handy to know when your toddler decides to pull half a packets worth out! Oh and they can also be good make up remover wipes, especially Water Wipes.
Alyssa from www.MumToAMonster.com
Peel the backing of the sticker book. So much easier for toddlers to do on their own then.
Jamie from www.SlugsAndSnail.co.uk
Cloth nappies, wipes and menstrual pads can save you hundreds of pounds!
Emily from www.EmilyAndIndiana.com
Cold water and washing up liquid straight away on a stain – good as new, with no need to throw any clothes away!
Iman from www.AndThenSheSaid.com
Always unpack and repack your changing bag as soon as you get home. I’ve found that it means I can be sure food, dirty nappies, dirty clothes etc, are all taken care of and the bag is repacked ready for us to pop out quickly whenever we need to the next day. All I do is add any perishables just before we leave and we’re good to go.
Naomi from www.TattooedMummy.co.uk
Make jobs a game. I know I sound like Mary Poppins but it does work! Make getting dressed for school a race for example, or a clothes treasure hunt. Also give children choices so they feel involved, but a choice of two not free rein! Eg the blue T-shirt or the red one today? Not ‘ which T-shirt do you want?’ Or you’ll be there all day!
Get a timer (or use your phone). Challenge children to do things before the timer goes, challenge them to beat their time e.g. at getting dressed. I also use it for when I need 15 minutes to do a few jobs – I set the timer for myself. Once the timer has gone off, the children know I can play.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that were involved with this post. I also look forward to hearing as to whether you found any of these useful? Even better, if you’d like to share some of your own ‘parent hacks’ then leave a comment, get in touch and let me know!