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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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                                                                      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                                                                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                                      3. Upgrade yourself

                                                                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                                      4. Talk to a friend.

                                                                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                                      8. Have a quick nap.

                                                                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                                      10. Find some competition.

                                                                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                                      11. Go exercise.

                                                                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                                      12. Take a good break.

                                                                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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