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Parenting Hacks That May Or May Not Be Useful

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Bringing children into this world sounds all fun and games until you get down to the nitty-gritty and realize that there will never, ever be enough hours in the day for all the things on your ever-growing, ever-changing “to-do list.” Literally, every time you knock something off your list at least 2 or 3 more things will be tacked on to it. Not only that, but even if you are not knocking things off the list, it’s growing by the hour.

Thankfully in our modern age we have found ways to communicate tools to make our days as parents easier. Some of them may call it “tips” or “advice,” but the most popular term is “parenting hacks.” Here’s a few that may (or may not) make your life as a parent a little easier.

1. Win-Win!

You can entertain your kid while getting them to accomplish a chore by simply turning sweeping into a game.

1. Win-Win!

2. Chore Time

Metal cookie sheet + paint + magnets = easy way to keep your kids on track!

 

2. Chore Time
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3. Giant Bubbles

 

You don’t need to pay to play when you probably have everything you need in your cupboard at home to make giant bubbles with your kids! There are few things in life children love more than bubbles, this is a guaranteed way to make them smile.

3. Giant Bubbles

4. Quilted Keesakes

Are you the type that cannot bear to part with your growing child’s baby clothes? While giving them to someone in need is always a great idea, others are turning their child’s baby clothes into keepsake quilts!

 

4. Quilted Keesakes
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5. Start to Finish!

Turn dinner into a game and you’ll never feel the frustration of an unfinished plate!

 

5. Start to Finish!

6. Party Ideas

Every kid these days loves nail polish. Now you can make it into a party snack with just a few tools: giant marshmallows, frosting, and candy bars. Good luck!

 

6. Party Ideas
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7. The Artist

When it comes to toddlers, playing with paint can be a really, really bad idea. That is until someone realized that if you stuff some paint in a plastic bag and tape it to the window, your toddlers will have hours of mess-free fun!

 

7. The Artist

8. Free and Easy Keepsake

There cannot be an easier way to share such a treasure as time with your kiddos.

 

8. Free and Easy Keepsake
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9. Prep all the things!

Who has time to fuss every morning over getting the kids dressed and ready for school? Prep ahead of time and make the whole process smoother.

 

9. Prep all the things!

10. Diaper Duty

Literally nobody wants to pick up what looks like a used, dirty diaper. NOBODY.

 

10. Diaper Duty
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11. Charged Down

Psychological torture for today’s teens.

 

11. Charged Down

12. PVC Pipes

PVC Pipes offer a lot of parenting hack options. This is merely one of many!

 

12. PVC Pipes
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13. Dollar Store Finds

All you need is: dollar store buckets, a drill for holes, and zip ties! Ta-da!

14. Keep your kids safe!

Lots of kids are runners, but this nifty decal could make a huge impact.

14. Keep your kids safe!

15. Cardboard Box Staircase Slide

Believe it or not, this is a widely popular idea and some parents have perfected it. Children love playing on the stairs but it doesn’t have to be dangerous if you get involved to make it fun!

15. Cardboard Box Staircase Slide
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16. Repurposing is a parent’s best friend!

Entertainment centers and bookshelves can be transformed into baby stations with ease and elegance!

 

16. Repurposing is a parent's best friend!

17. Homemade Maze

Trust me, kids love cardboard boxes and crawling around in the dark.

 

17. Homemade Maze
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18. Ouchie-packs!

Your kids may beg to eat the marshmallows, though.

 

18. Ouchie-packs!
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