14 People Who Are Taking Parenting To A Whole Other Level
Let’s face it – parenting is just about the hardest job there is. We all love our children, but there are certainly days when they seem endlessly bored, our patience is thinning, and we’re almost ready to throw in the towel. Before it gets to that point, check out the following 14 parents who have invented some genius hacks to make parenting just a little bit easier!
1. Sandbox Tent
Kids love sandboxes, but unfortunately, cats like to use them as their litter boxes. Solve that problem by using an old tent to house a sandbox! When your child is done playing, simply zip up the tent to seal it off from neighborhood kitties.
2. Tape Race Track
Give your kids hours of fun by taping a “racetrack” onto your carpet or floor with painter’s tape. It’s genius!
3. Igloo Building Blocks
Help your kids build the best igloo possible by using tupperware containers for the creation of the snow blocks!
4. Plane, Train, And Car Entertainment
Keep kids busy on a long plane, train, or car ride by having them play with window stickers or jellies.
5. Color-Coded Kids
When taking more than one child to a busy, crowded place such as a park or the zoo, dress them all in the same color shirt. It will make it much easier to spot them all if they disperse in different directions.
6. Sponge Ice Pack
No ice pack? No problem. Wring out a sponge, place it in a Ziploc bag, and use it in place of an ice pack to keep your kids’ lunches cool.
7. DIY Baby Bathtub
If you’re going to be somewhere without a bathtub, bring an inflatable kiddie pool! You can plop it in a shower stall when it’s your child’s bath time.
8. Parking Lot Hack
To keep a child from wandering in a parking lot when you’re trying to load up the car, get a magnetic hand sticker and have your child place their hand on the magnetic hand until you’re ready to go.
9. Medication Hack
If your child is on some kind of medication, label the bottle with a chart. You can cross off the days and times when you administer the medication. That way, you won’t forget whether you’ve given them their medication or not.
10. “Painting” Activity
On a nice day, send your child outside with a bucket of water and a paintbrush. Pretend they are a firefighter, and their next job is “painting” the fire station floor.
11. Tub Playpen
Need to shower but have a child to watch? If your bathtub is in view of your shower, fill up an empty bathtub with your child’s toys and plop them in. Your child will hopefully stay entertained and within your view long enough for you to get a shower in.
12. Safe BBQ Hack
To keep your child a safe distance away from a hot barbecue, secure a child’s safety pen around it!
13. Car Seat Labels
We never like to think about emergency situations, but it’s important to be prepared for everything. Fasten a label with your child’s medical history and other important information (including blood type) to their car seat. In the event of a car accident, having this information on hand is extremely helpful to paramedics and first responders.
14. Help With Vacuuming
And if this isn’t parenting done right, I simply don’t know what is.