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50 Top Parenting Tricks and Hacks That Will Make Life Easier And More Fun

50 Top Parenting Tricks and Hacks That Will Make Life Easier And More Fun

I dare you to try these parenting tricks today!

1. Add a lint roller to your craft room.

A lint roller picks up glitter (and just about anything else) like a charm!

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    2. Try vinegar for minor burns.

    Just soak a small face cloth or paper towel and apply vinegar to the burn till the skin feels cool. Apply it immediately after the burn and it will ease the pain and prevent a blister.

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      3.Keep the kids from locking themselves in the bathroom.

      Keep a door unlocked by using a rubber band. You can find more information on this trick here.

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        4. Keep a spray bottle in the car for hot days to avoid scorching seat belts buckles.

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          5. Use pool noodles to improve safety.

          Pool noodles offer protection for little hands and feet on the trampoline.

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            6. A little tape will catch toenail clippings before they make a mess for you.

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              7. Get your teenager to clean their room.

              You can get your son or daughter to clean their room by using your cleverness and humor like the mother below.

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                8. Prevent your kids from always using new cups and leaving the old ones lying around the house.

                Just give them their own cups with magnets and pin them to your fridge. Your kids will love it.

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                  9. Use this no-mess painting parenting tricks.

                  Add three dollops of different coloured paint into a ziplock bag and voila! Your baby can create all kinds of designs without any mess.

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                    10. Buy a Keep-It-Kleen Pacifier.

                    This

                    product automatically closes when dropped, eliminating the need to constantly wash it off.pacifier clean

                      11. Limit Soap by twisting rubber bands around the pump nozzle.

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                        12. Invest in a Baby In-Sight Auto Mirror.

                        This

                        car mirror both lets you see your baby on long drives and entertains him or her. babyautomirror

                          13. Use a baby monitor app while on vacation.

                          Use this app to take care of your kid with your Apple or Android product. No extra equipment needed.

                            14. To get your kids to put their shoes on the correct feet, cut a sticker in half and place it on the insides of their shoes.

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                              15. Keep apple slices from getting brown.

                              Put the apple slices in a lunch bag, sprinkle salt over the pieces and give them a quick slosh with water. The salty taste is washed away but the brief exposure to salt keeps them looking fresh all day!

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                                16. Make splinter removals less painful.

                                Put a paste of baking soda and water on a splinter and leave for a few minutes, the baking soda will push the splinter out saving your child an unnecessarily painful splinter removal.

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                                  17. Molar Muncher Teethers are perfect for soothing babys’ whole gum line.

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                                    18. Use a pizza box as a giant sized canvas.

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                                      19. WD-40 is the perfect crayon remover.

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                                        20. Keep your child’s clothes clean.

                                        Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover saves your kid’s clothes from stains, even while on the go.

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                                          21.Teach your child to hold a pencil the right way with this trick.

                                          With a wad of Kleenex behind their last two fingers this trick will help them keep the right form while writing.


                                            22. Try the Kikko’pilo travel mat.

                                            This mat is perfect when your child needs a clean place to nap on long trips.

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                                              23. Use puffy fabric paint to paint a grip on your toddlers socks.

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                                                24. Use crayons to cover up scratches on shoes.

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                                                  25. Use toothpaste to clean permanent marker off wooden furniture.

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                                                    26. Try cartoon underwear when potty training your child.

                                                    The sight of their favourite character will help them think twice! Also try this link for more toilet training tricks.

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                                                      27. Use these T-shirts so you don’t loose your kids.

                                                      Not only do these shirts make your children stand out but also they will lighten up the mood.

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                                                        28. Make bedtime out of this world!

                                                        Make your child love bedtime by using funny and speacial bedding.

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                                                          29. The Nursery Spa will warm towels, blankets, and clothing for your baby.

                                                          We know that you’ll also be using

                                                          it for yourself but we won’t tell!Nursery spa

                                                            30. Time to tidy up toys? Play race the clock with an egg timer.

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                                                              31. Use the toy links from your baby’s gym to clip toys to your baby’s highchair or stroller.

                                                              Save yourself the bending to pick up the toys which the baby throws every five seconds.

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                                                                32. Dress your kids in matching outfits so when you go shopping others will identify which kids are “yours”.

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                                                                  33. Write your phone number on your child’s arm when you go on an all day trip.

                                                                  If he gets lost he can always borrow a phone to call you up.

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                                                                    34. Take your baby’s temperature while soothing her with this adorable

                                                                    35. Need to wean your baby off a pacifier? Cut away a small piece of the nipple each time your child uses it.

                                                                    Eventually the baby won’t like the feeling and soon there won’t be anything left to suck and she’ll throw it away herself. (Be sure to keep it extra clean during the process.)

                                                                      36. This
                                                                      infant diner placemat has a built-in catch compartment for messy eaters.infant placemat

                                                                        37. Cover a play table in oilcloth to create a water-resistant outdoor picnic table.

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                                                                          38. Keep pacifiers clean in your bag with sauce-to-go containers.

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                                                                            39. Use bulletin boards to stay organized.

                                                                            Try a bulletin board for each kid where you can post reminders, chores for the day, or their schedule. A great place for this is the shoe area or your child’s bedroom.

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                                                                              40. Use these cute animals to make toothbrushing fun!

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                                                                                41. Allow no wandering in the parking lot with this Parking Pal sticker!

                                                                                Have your kid place their hand on the Parking Pal sticker so that they won’t get lost.

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                                                                                  42. Try an Inflatable pool as a safe play area that’s large enough to keep your baby busy for hours.

                                                                                    43.Keep the hair on dolls soft with fabric softener and water.

                                                                                      44. Make a baby tent to keep out the mosquitoes and the sun.

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                                                                                        45. Make a batch of baby food to last for a week.

                                                                                        Freeze baby sized portions in an ice tray.

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                                                                                          46. Clean shoes and toys in the dishwasher.

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                                                                                            47. Create lawn art with a big sheet.

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                                                                                              48. Make a corner shelf for the kids book with this Ikea magazine holder.

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                                                                                                49. Make a water slide out of a plastic sheet (the kind that comes with new appliances or furniture) and a hose.

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

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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.

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