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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 July 23, 2019

                                                                                                    5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                                                                                                    5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                                                                                                    In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

                                                                                                    Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

                                                                                                    How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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                                                                                                    • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
                                                                                                    • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
                                                                                                    • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
                                                                                                    • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
                                                                                                    • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
                                                                                                    • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

                                                                                                    When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

                                                                                                    1. Realize You’re Not Alone

                                                                                                    Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

                                                                                                    2. Find What Inspires You

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                                                                                                    Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

                                                                                                    On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

                                                                                                    3. Give Yourself a Break

                                                                                                    When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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                                                                                                    Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

                                                                                                    4. Shake up Your Routines

                                                                                                    Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

                                                                                                    Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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                                                                                                    When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

                                                                                                    5. Start with a Small Step

                                                                                                    Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

                                                                                                    Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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                                                                                                    Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

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