Hacks To Make Parenting Easier + $100 Giveaway

Hacks To Make Parenting Easier

Being a parent is not for the weak. It’s a hard job, but it has big payoffs. Most parents do the best that they can, but not all parents realize how many shortcuts they can take and still be seen through their children’s eyes as the best parents ever. This list might give you some ideas.

Give Everyone Their Own Cups

Use a sharpie (or many sharpies) to let your child decorate his or her cup. Then let them know that they should only use that cup all day, rinsing it out in between uses. This will cut down on the number of dishes that need to be washed. Bonus: put a magnet on them to store near the water dispenser.

Give Everyone Their Own Towels

Assign each child a different color of towels; give them an entire set to keep in their room. They should use only these towels and get them to the wash room on wash day (or teach them to launder their own). This will cut down on bathroom floor mess and laundry.

Give an Allowance

Instead of giving an allowance for “extras,” give them an allowance for everything starting at about 12 or 13 years of age. With this money they will buy whatever they need to, include toiletries, school supplies, school clothing, savings, eating out and also movie tickets (even when going out with the family). This will teach your child more about money than anything else as they’ll be more careful about what they order and what activities they do.

Understand Essential Oil Uses

Did you know that putting lavender on a bruise will make it go away faster? What about using helichrysum oil to immediately stop bleeding? Well, now you do. You’re welcome.

Bed Accidents

This works for young children when you are trying to potty train, but can also work for older girls to prevent period accidents. Just put a puppy pad on the bed. They cost less, and they really work.

Time, Not Money

The thing children want more than anything is your time. Find ways to spend even ten minutes reading a book to them, or cuddling and watching TV, and they’ll feel super special all day long.

Make Baby Baths Easy

Use a laundry basket to bath baby. It will help them have a safer time and they can easily play with their toys too because they can’t float away too far.

Get Chores Done

Be creative about chores. Make them earn the Wi-Fi password by getting a certain thing done each day. If you have multiple children, let them draw chores for the day instead of having the same thing all the time. Also, set a time limit for chores to be completed.

Being a parent is hard work, but if you know what to do to make it more fun and more interesting and your children happier, then go for it. Is there something you have done to make your parenting job easier?

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Mrs. Hatland is a 30-something married, mom of 7 and the face behind the popular online publication, Motherhood Defined. Known as the Iowa Mom blogger by her local peers and “The Fairy Blogmother” worldwide. She has professional experience in working closely with clients on brand ambassadorships, client outreach services, content creation and creative social media advertising exposure.

140 Comments

  1. I would buy AQUA Campania Ultimate 2 in 1 Recliner & Tanner Pool Lounger with Adjustable Backrest and Caddy and markers.

  2. As the summer heats up, the Sable Splash Pad is a great idea! Help keep the kids from boredom and keep them cool!

  3. I know my boys would just love to have some new pool floats, so I would be picking up some of the Intex floats. I also really like STEM toys for my youngest son. The “ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Brain Game” looks like it would really hold my sons interest for a long time. Honestly, it would get my attention too.

  4. I like the Baby GUND Animated Flappy the Elephant Stuffed Animal Plush, Gray, 12″. It’s so cute!

  5. My granddaughter would love the Barbie Dreamhouse Dollhouse with Pool, Slide and Elevator

  6. I like the Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set, Blue, 3 Balls – Amazon Exclusive

  7. I would buy the Baby GUND Animated Flappy the Elephant Stuffed Animal Plush, Gray, 12″

  8. The ACTION AIR [Updated Version] Bounce House, Inflatable Bouncer with Air Blower, Jumping Castle with Slide would be great for summer fun!

  9. I’d put the money into a new computer for my youngest, who’s starting speech and debate in school next year!

  10. I love the Best Choice Products 12V 3.7 MPH 2-Seater Licensed Land Rover Ride On w/ Parent Remote Control, MP3 Player

  11. So many great toys! I would buy the Melissa & Doug Large Stuffed Tiger! It would look great in my kiddo’s room!

  12. I think my granddaughter would also like the Manhattan Toy Put and Peek Birdhouse Soft Activity Toy

  13. We’d have fun with the Melissa & Doug Classic Peg Puzzle Bundle (3 Puzzle Bundle).

  14. My granddaughter would love the Melissa & Doug Take Along show horse stable.

  15. The Melissa & Doug U.S.A. 51pc Floor Puzzle looks like a great learning puzzle.

  16. I might also buy Hape Eggspressions Wooden Learning Toy with Illustrative Book.

  17. The Melissa & Doug Classic Peg Puzzle Bundle (3 Puzzle Bundle) is something my daughters would enjoy.

  18. I would love to have the Melissa & Doug Take-Along Show-Horse Stable for my granddaughter.

  19. I would purchase the Hape Homemade Wooden Pizza Play Kitchen Food Set and Accessories.

  20. I would like to buy Green Toys Dump Truck in Pink Color for my granddaughter.

  21. I would get the Manhattan Toy Skwish Stix Baby Table Top Suction Activity Toy for my nephew.

  22. Green Toys Seaplane in Green Color – BPA Free, Phthalate Free Floatplane for Improving Pincers Grip. Toys and Games is cute

  23. I would purchase the Manhattan Toy Baby Stella Take Along Baby Doll Crib Accessory Set!

  24. I’d get the Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether Grasping Activity Toy

  25. I would also get the kit for my granddaughter to practice being a doctor.

  26. I would buy the nursing Nina cat and some bath toys! I love the Melissa and Doug toys as well.

  27. I love artsy crafts for kids that use their imagination and fine motor skills. The Melissa & Doug Wooden Stringing Beads would be great for my niece!

  28. I would buy the Green Toys Ferry Boat and probably another Green Toys too.

  29. The Solar System Floor Puzzle is neat as space is cool and so are puzzles.

  30. I would get the Hape Kid’s Wooden Toy Ukulele in Red so my niece can play music with my brother!!

  31. I would get a badminton set or Croque so the kids can play outside! They need fresh air but away from others.

  32. I might go with the MOLUK Bilibo Blue… we bought one of these in red when my oldest was a little over a year old… it is STILL being used by my now 12 year old son, and his 6 year old sister too. Would be good to have another!

  33. Melissa & Doug Pound & Roll Tower for sure and I know they have amazing hand puppets… New grand baby will be so entertained.

  34. I would buy the Award Winning Hape Walk-A-Long Snail Toddler Wooden Pull Toy

  35. My stepsons both love learning about the human body. The Battat Medical Kit is perfection!!

  36. Use Pocky sticks for birthday cake candles… (you are safe from over spray when blowing out candles) and you can eat them!

  37. I would get the Kid O Marble Maze – Blue so i can have some fun with it as well as the kids!

  38. Green Toys Ferry Boat with Mini Cars Bathtub Toy would be perfect for our little grandson.

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