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"Great Life Hacks For Parents"
Family & Kids
Balancing kids, life, work, the house -- it isn't easy. In fact, it can all get a little overwhelming at times. To help, we found the best life hacks to make things a little easier. These ideas are both simple and brilliant -- perfect for busy parents to start the new year.
Temporary outlet cover
"We rented a little cabin in very rural South Dakota over the holiday. Because it was so far away from any town we packed our food and most every thing else that we needed except... outlet covers for little fingers
We ended up using band aids found in the depths of my purse! Yahoo! It worked great!"
Spill-proof paint containers
Use your take-out drink containers to make spill-proof paint containers! (Like we need an excuse to get another ice-cap when the warm weather arrives.)
Little hands can find it hard to hold too many cards when they're playing a game. So have your child use a chip clip (you can even personalize it) to hold the cards instead!
Popsicle drip catcher
Avoid a sticky popsicle mess with cupcake liners!
Kids love glitter and we love that they love glitter. But we don't love the aftermath. Now we can all be happy with this simple way to clean up messy glitter -- a lint roller!
A strategically placed pool noodle is a great way to stop toddlers from slamming their fingers in doors -- or locking themselves in the bathroom!
When we buy kids clothes, we often get the hanger as well. And we end up with more hangers than we can ever use. So why not use the clips for other things?
Do your kids put stickers where they aren't supposed to? If you ever need to remove a stubborn sticker, a hair dryer is all you need.
Apparently, sprinkling cinnamon in your kids' sandbox will keep the bugs out.
Juice box trick
Kids love juice boxes. But it's so hard not to squeeze them and make a mess. Instead, teach them to hold the juice box by the flaps. Easy and no mess!
Shoe shopping help
Shopping without our kids is so much easier and faster, but their absence makes it hard to know what fits.
Next time you need to get shoes for your kids, simply trace their feet and take the paper with you.
Coloring book storage
The wall-mounted Variera trash basket from IKEA makes for an accessible (and cheap!) coloring book holder.
Great way to stay organized!
Wondering what to do with the crib now that your child has moved on to a big bed? Why not convert it in to an art center? Simple and brilliant!
"That's mine!" "No it's not! It's mine!" "Mooooom!!!"
Sound familiar? You can end these sibling arguments over drinks, toys, treats, etc, with labels. (Unfortunately, they have to decide who gets which color.)
Instant swing door
Does your child slam doors or do you wake your baby when you close the door? Create a swing door easily with an elastic.
Little ones can have a hard time reaching bathroom taps when they're learning to wash their hands. You can bring the water closer to them with a baby shampoo bottle. So smart!
Serve and conserve milk
Ok, this is genius. Some kids never finish their drink and the extra is just dumped down the sink. Ten minutes later, you hear: "May I have some more milk?"
Why not conserve by serving drinks in a small, wide-mouthed jar? When your child has a sip or two, he or she can twist the lid back on and put it in the fridge. Then it's ready for next time!
Kids can go through a lot of paint (and ketchup). Why not make your own paint and store it in squeezable ketchup containers?
Getting in and out of vehicles in a busy parking lot can be scary with fearless toddlers who dart in to traffic. That's why we love the idea of using a sticker to create a safety spot on your car, truck or van. That is where your child can safely stand while you get everything in or out.
Make your own frozen yogurt pops simply by putting popsicle sticks or take-out chopsticks in yogurt containers. Shove them in the freezer and presto! Kids love these any time of the year.
Before the summer arrives, freeze aloe vera in an ice cube tray. The next time your child has a sunburn, you can quickly treat it with a soothing cube of frozen aloe vera.
Help your preschoolers know which shoe goes on which foot by placing half a sticker in each shoe. Then they just have to match the sticker!