Do you have a child who gets confused about which shoe goes on which foot? Do you have a sticker? Then try this classic parent hack.
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I live in suburbia, so I don’t what it’s like to constantly have to navigate big crowds with little kids. But it seems stressful. You only have two hands! You tell me you’re supposed to dedicate at least one of them to preventing your tiny tots from getting swept into a sea of giants all day long?
A Japanese dad named Kentaro Morita is over that life, and has created a clever accessory to make getting from point A to B a little bit easier.
It’s a well-known parenting hack to put baby socks in a zippered mesh lingerie bag before tossing them into the washing machine and dryer. This prevents them from getting lost or — gasp — eaten. But I never thought about using the bags in the dishwasher, too. Commenter BigPharmaSkeptic shared this tip on our post about dishwasher tricks.
Parenting through the toddler years can sometimes feel less like a rewarding experience and more like waking up and going into battle every day. We’ve written a lot about toddlers this year, and as we wrap up 2018, it feels like a good time to revisit and collect all our favourite toddler posts into one spot.
Along with the beloved pool noodle, the tension rod is one of those highly versatile items that make you feel like a true MacGyver every time you discover a new off-brand use for it. Parents can hack it to make their lives easier, more organised, and more fun. Here are five ways to do just that.
I suppose there are some couples who feel as though divide household chores and childcare exactly 50-50 and are perfectly happy all the time and give each other foot massages every night.
But for most people I know, every day is a particularly exhausting combination of whack-a-mole, an obstacle course and a flogging. And it can be difficult, while in the midst of the flogging, to not feel resentful if you think you’re taking on more than your fair share.
Video: My seven-year-old son is not keen on learning to tie his shoes. He doesn’t have any problems with dexterity, he just gets easily frustrated doing things he isn’t already good at (which is a lot of things when you’re seven). So I’ve been coaxing him to practise with me, patiently waiting for him to come around — and continuing to buy Velcro-close joggers.
When you have a preschooler, you learn that simple tasks can be quite complex. Take putting on a jacket, for example. I always see parents standing in doorways, holding up little coats and windbreakers while instructing: “Right arm! No, the other one! OK, now the other arm! Stretch! You’re almost there! Got it. Now onto the buttons.” It is a process.
Video: Forget fancy toys. If you have kids, keep them busy with painter’s tape. Yes, painter’s tape. Here, we show you how the versatile item can provide endless family entertainment — children can design roads for toy cars, create a game of hopscotch, or make a hallway spiderweb. For parents, the best part is that it’s all temporary.
We know we should heed Monica Geller's instructions for pen and marker care: "You want to push the caps until you hear them click." But kids forget, and when they come back to use them, they are sad. There, there. Dried-out markers need not be sent to the art supply junkyard just yet. You can revive them as vibrant liquid watercolors.
Over on our Facebook page, we recently asked readers to give us their best parenting hacks. The entries were so clever, so thoughtful, so immediately useful that we've decided to share some of our favourites.
Psssst. Want to make your kid think you're a sorcerer? I've got a trick. First, you will need a magical machine called a printer. Then when the child is near your computer, ask, "Hey, what would you like to colour right now? It can be anything. Your favourite character? Spain during the Cold War? A hot dog?"