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35 Life Hacks for Kids That Make Parenting Easier And More Fun

35 Life Hacks for Kids That Make Parenting Easier And More Fun

Parenting is never an easy job. While you need to take good care of your kid to make sure that they are happily growing up, you don’t want to spoil them.

Are there any parenting hacks that make this easier? Yes, here’re 35 life hacks for kids all moms (and dads) should learn to make parenting easier and more fun.

Let’s start with some life hacks for babies and toddlers, and as you scroll down you’ll find more hacks for bigger kids!

1. Put a basket in the bathtub when your child is bathing so that the toys won’t flow away.

    2. This baby shower cap prevents the water from going into the baby’s eyes while bathing.

      3. Use this baby stroller and scooter hybrid to speed up the ride.

        4. Make a laundry basket baby seat.

        Learn how to make your own here.

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          5. Keep pacifiers clean on the go with sauce-to-go containers.

            6. Stick a dropper through an already cut pacifier to give medicine to babies.

              7. Draw out your kid’s feet so you don’t need to always carry him/her around to buy shoes.

                8. Put a hook at the back of a high chair to bold the bibs.

                  9. Instead of nailing a baby gate into the banister, use cable ties to do so and you can just easily remove the gate when the kids grow up.

                    10. Make this little hammock to rest your kid at home.

                      11. Buy baby clothes like this to identify your twin babies.

                        12. Buy a portable high chair so that you can feed your kid everywhere easily.

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                          13. Use pads to help children go through the potty-training process.

                            14. Turn the baby crib into a desk as the kid grows up.

                              15. Use a barrette to fix a loose tank top of a little girl.

                                16. Use a vacuum to tie a daughter’s hair like this.

                                17. Cut the lotion bottle and make washing hands easier for little children.

                                  18. Cut a sticker in half and place it on the insides of their shoes so your kids will put their shoes on correctly.

                                    19. Use a cardboard to make a slide over the stairs at home.

                                      20. Teach your kids to help cleaning up by playing this game with them.

                                        21. Let your kids have fun “playing” video games but not interrupt you playing games by giving them fake remote controls.

                                          22. Reuse a pool noodle and make it a door stopper.

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                                            23. Have a get-along-shirt for your kids and when they start to fight, make them wear it.

                                              24. Tie a rope over the swing and pull it so your kid will have fun and so will you.

                                                25. Use a fan to make your kid’s bed a tent.

                                                  26. Hang a fort with a hoola-hoop and bed sheet.

                                                  Learn how to make one here.

                                                    27. Make your kid a sandpit with a tent.

                                                      28. Use a muffin cup to prevent the melting ice-cream from getting your kids’ hands dirty.

                                                        29. Turn the DVD cases into coloring cases.

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                                                          30. Make a portable activity kit for kids when traveling around

                                                          Check out how to make one here.

                                                            31. Tie a shoe caddy at the back of your car seat to hold all the dolls and games for kids.

                                                              32. Put a tattoo sticker on your kids in case they’re lost.

                                                                33. Have this mitten and never lose your child.

                                                                  34. Turn tube socks into kids’ legs warmers.

                                                                  Find out how to do it here.

                                                                    35. Buy this cute knight helmet which can also mask the face to keep the kid warm.

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                                                                      Anna Chui

                                                                      Anna is a communication expert and a life enthusiast. She's the editor of Lifehack and loves to write about love, life, and passion.

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                                                                      Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                                                                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                                      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                                                      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                                                        Why You Need a Vision

                                                                        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                                                        How to Create Your Life Vision

                                                                        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                                                        What Do You Want?

                                                                        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                                                        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                                                        Some tips to guide you:

                                                                        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                                                        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                                                        • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                                                        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                                                        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                                                        Some questions to start your exploration:

                                                                        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                                                        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                                                        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                                                        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                                                        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                                                        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                                                        • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                                                        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                                                        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                                                        • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                                                        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                                                        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                                                        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                                                        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                                                        A few prompts to get you started:

                                                                        • What will you have accomplished already?
                                                                        • How will you feel about yourself?
                                                                        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                                                        • What does your ideal day look like?
                                                                        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                                                        • What would you be doing?
                                                                        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                                                        • How are you dressed?
                                                                        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                                                        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                                                        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                                                        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                                                        Plan Backwards

                                                                        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                                                        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                                                        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                                                        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                                                        • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                                                        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                                                        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                                                        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                                                        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                                                        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                                                        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                                                        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                                                                        Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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