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20 Parenting Hacks For Summer That Are Insanely Genius

20 Parenting Hacks For Summer That Are Insanely Genius

1. Use a bed sheet to stay sand free

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    Do you hate the feeling of sand all over your clothes? This handy parenting hack shows how you can weigh down a bed sheet to make sure you and your family–and your food–stay sand free whenever you visit the beach!

    2. Use a glue gun to give shoes grip

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      If your children’s shoes don’t have much grip, use a glue gun to add straight lines and let them dry. Once they have dried, your children’s shoes should be much safer for them to run about and play in.

      3. Use a coffee lid to catch spills

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        Are you tired of spills from ice creams and ice lollies? Push a coffee lid underneath the treat to help stop sticky spillages.

        4. Make activity sticks for non-stop fun

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          If your children are always asking you how to spend their summer holidays, make life easier for you and them by creating activity sticks. Write down lots of different activities on lolly sticks and put them in a cup facing downwards. Whenever your children don’t know what to do, let the activity sticks decide!

          5. Use an old bed sheet for painting fun

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            Get your children enjoying the sunshine while they get creative by putting an old bed sheet in the garden and letting them decorate it however they like.

            6. Use shoe storage so you never lose anything

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              Are you taking a day trip with your family this summer? Put shoe storage in your boot and fill it up with everything you need. This parenting hack will save you a lot of time and stress.

              7. Create a safe play area using a blow-up pool

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                This useful parenting hack will help you to keep your younger children safe during summer. If your little ones want to play in the garden for a few hours, use a blow-up pool to make sure they stay safe while they play.

                8. Create a drawing kit

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                  If your children love to draw, use an old diary or a DVD case with pencils to give them their own drawing kit, so they can draw wherever they go.

                  9. Use a diaper to keep your things safe at the beach

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                    If you are visiting the beach, keep your wallet and phone safe by wrapping them in an unused diaper–no one will realize how precious the contents actually are!

                    10. Make a condiment tray for your summer parties

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                      If you are thinking about throwing any BBQs or garden parties this summer, fill a baking tray with condiments and sides to save on the washing up later.

                      11. Keep pacifiers clean with condiment cartons

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                        If you’re out and about during summer and you don’t want your baby’s pacifier to become dirty, use a condiment carton to keep it clean when it’s not in use.

                        12. Create enough bubbles for a month

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                          If your children love to play with bubbles, mix up the ingredients yourself and make enough for a few games. Store them in a sealable tub, and your children can play with bubbles whenever they want!

                          13. Use apple cider vinegar for mosquito bites

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                            If your children suffer from itchy mosquito bites, use apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to help relieve the itching.

                            14. Use stickers to help your kids put on their shoes

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                              If your children are learning how to put on their own shoes this summer, cut a sticker in half and insert one half in each shoe. This will help your children quickly learn which shoe goes on which foot.

                              15. Use press and seal wrap to avoid spills

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                                If your children like to wander around with their drinks during summer, make life easier for everyone by putting Press and Seal wrap over the top of their glasses. This useful parenting hack prevents spills and even stops flies getting in the drinks!

                                16. Use a hair grip for clothes that are too big

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                                  If your children’s summer clothes are a little too big, use a pretty hair grip to help hold their clothes in place.

                                  17. Keep your trampoline safe with pool noodles

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                                    If you have a trampoline with exposed springs, keep your children safe by covering the exposed springs with pool noodles.

                                    18. Put paint in a bag for mess-free fun

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                                      If you have toddlers, put paint in a see-through plastic bag and tape it to your window. This way your child gets to play with paint and textures without you having to keep washing them.

                                      19. Create games with sponges and chalk

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                                        Draw a giant target on your driveway this summer with chalk and use sponges to guarantee hours of cheap fun for your children.

                                        20. Create a portable sandbox

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                                          Fill a plastic drawer with sand to put in your back garden or take to the park with you so your children can play in the sand wherever they are!

                                          What did you think of these summer parenting hacks? Share this with other parents you know to see what they think!

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                                          Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                                          How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                          How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                          Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                                          If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                                          1. Breathe

                                          The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                                          • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                                          • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                                          • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                                          Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                                          2. Loosen up

                                          After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                                          Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                                          3. Chew slowly

                                          Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                                          Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                                          Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                                          4. Let go

                                          Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                                          The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                                          It’s not. Promise.

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                                          Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                                          Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                                          21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                                          5. Enjoy the journey

                                          Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                                          Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                                          6. Look at the big picture

                                          The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                                          Will this matter to me…

                                          • Next week?
                                          • Next month?
                                          • Next year?
                                          • In 10 years?

                                          Hint: No, it won’t.

                                          I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                                          Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                                          7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                                          You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                                          Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                                          8. Practice patience every day

                                          Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                                          • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                                          • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                                          • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                                          Final thoughts

                                          Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                                          Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                                          Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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