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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 September 16, 2019

                                                                                                    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                                                                    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                                                                    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                                                                                    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                                                                                    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                                                                                    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                                                                                    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                                                                                    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                                                                                    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                                                                                    • (1) Research
                                                                                                    • (2) Deciding the topic
                                                                                                    • (3) Creating the outline
                                                                                                    • (4) Drafting the content
                                                                                                    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                                                                                    • (6) Revision
                                                                                                    • (7) etc.

                                                                                                    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                                                                                    2. Change Your Environment

                                                                                                    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                                                                                    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                                                                                    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                                                                                    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                                                                                    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                                                                                    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                                                                                    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                                                                                    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                                                                                    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                                                                                    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                                                                                    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                                                                                    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                                                                                    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                                                                                    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                                                                                    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                                                                                    6. Get a Buddy

                                                                                                    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                                                                                    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                                                                                    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                                                                                    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                                                                                    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                                                                                    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                                                                                    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                                                                                    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                                                                                    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                                                                                    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                                                                                    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                                                                                    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                                                                                    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                                                                                    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                                                                                    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                                                                                    Reality check:

                                                                                                    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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