5 More Life and Parenting Hacks – less mess, less stress!

Make popsicles less messy:  Kids LOVE popsicles because they are yummy and great for a hot day.  Parents love them because they are normally pretty cheap and easy to keep on hand when the entire child population ends up at your house on a hot day.  What DON’T we love about popsicles?  You guessed it: the sticky, melty mess.  Combat this mess by placing a cupcake wrapper around the stick to catch the melt before it ends up on every surface within a quarter of a mile.  

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Noise Reduction:  Wee woo wee woo, clunk, clink, voom, baaaa – baaaaa, woof, A-B-C-D….  Kids toys.  The more sound they make, the more kids seems to want to play with them.  Noisy toys are a sure-fire way to test your sanity – or what is left of it.  Quickly and simply reduce the sound of a child’s toy by applying some tape over the toy speaker holes.  The kids still get to enjoy the quirky clinky clappy of the toy, but it is now at a volume not to be heard at the international space station.  

Card Games + little hands: Playing card games are a great way to pass the time and have some fun with your kids, but it can be tough for their little hands to hold more than one card at a time. Egg cartons are a great, inexpensive tool to keep the cards upright – guarding the secrets of a stealth win masterminded by your 5-year-old.  Grab some of the must-have, card games and enjoy being beat by YOUR big-brained kids!

Crib to Big Bed Transition:  The transition from a crib to a big-kid bed isn’t always easy.   My son sleeps like he’s trying to outrun a tornado.  For such a small human – he covers a lot of territory – feet on the pillow, legs up on the wall, horizontal – et al.  If you have a kid who tends to roll out of the bed during the night (MINE!), help keep them safe by putting a pool noodle under the fitted sheet to create comfortable barriers. 

Boo-Boos:  I am of the opinion that kids are much more resilient than most of us grown-up types.  However every now and then playtime comes to a screeching halt due to an injury. While many parents’ first thought in helping the ouch is to apply a traditional ice pack, freezing marshmallows makes for a soft and not too cold alternative.  I like to tell my kids (who have surely experienced the occasional head bonk, knee smash, shin bang…) that I am going to make the boo-boo feel better by putting some clouds on it.  They get wide-eyed and mystified at my parenting prowess, and get ultra excited when they realize they also get to EAT the clouds one the boo-boo feels better 🙂  

In the comments below, share some of your parenting hacks to help minimize the mess, stress and also save some cash!

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One response to “5 More Life and Parenting Hacks – less mess, less stress!”

  1. Phyllis StClair says:

    When my girls were that age I did what my Mama did to mine at night and put their hair in a LOOSE braid tied with a ribbon (not rubber band). In the morning she would take out the ribbon, shake out the braid and brush it and I was good to go. Sometimes she would re-braid or put it in a pony tail, but was easy to do. Only thing is to not braid too tight or it may be to wavy and could tend to break in spots.

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