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Finally, 20 Parenting Hacks That Will Make Your Life Much Easier

Finally, 20 Parenting Hacks That Will Make Your Life Much Easier

As a parent you want to give your children a fantastic childhood, one they look back on as an adult with fond memories. The role of parent is an important role, but exhausting, and sometimes you are juggling six things at once. Any help is appreciated, right? Here are 20 practical tips and hints on how to make parenting a little bit easier for you, and, at the same time, more fun for your children.

1. If you have more than one child, use the dot method to identify their clothing.

Such a simple idea, but so useful if you have a whole tribe of children to look after. So, mark two dots for the second child in your family, three dots for the third child, and so on. This tip alone should save you lots of time when sorting out the laundry.

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    2. An inflatable pool makes a great playpen for babies.

    Instead of forking out a fortune for a playpen your baby will only play in for a few months, why not use the family’s inflatable pool instead?

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      3. A cheap shower caddy makes a great place to store food in the car.

      We all know how much of a mess children can make without even realizing it, so try using a shower caddy to keep all their food and drinks in. This will save a lot of time having to hoover and clean your car.

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        4. This cute baby mop suit lets your child crawl and help out around the house at the same time.

        This baby mop suit is so cute and makes sense when you think how much time your baby spends crawling about the floor. It saves you time having to clean the floor, and you want your floor to be very clean when your baby is at the crawling stage.

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          5. Scare away big, bad monsters with this “secret formula.”

          Add monster stickers to a bottle and fill with water to create a “monster spray.” When your little one gets scared in the night you can get rid of the monsters with this spray. Genius idea!

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            6. Use a sturdy, cardboard box to make a slide on the stairs.

            Wow, this is a fun idea, and so simple. This idea will keep your children entertained while you can get on with other work or simply have some time-off.

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              7. Teach your children how to dress modestly.

              This is hilarious and gets your children thinking about how appropriate their clothing is. This should save you lots of energy and time in the long term, especially when they reach teenage years.

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                8. Get a baby stroller/scooter to make walks through the park a little more fun.

                Getting a baby stroller/scooter is a fun way to exercise at the same time as looking after your little one. This saves time having to go to the gym, and it is quicker getting from A to B.

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                  9. Give them temporary tattoos in case they get lost during an outing.

                  All children get lost at some point in their childhood and it can be scary. You can create your own temporary tattoos which advertise your telephone number, ensuring you can reclaim your children.

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                    10. Create a kid-sized hammock with some fabric and a table.

                    Your children will love creating their very own hammock with some fabric and a table. This should keep your children amused for some time.

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                      11. A cut pool noodle will prevent little fingers from getting slammed in doors.

                      You can buy a pool noodle on the internet and cut a wedge into it so that you can insert it into your door frame. This saves your children getting their fingers caught in the door

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                        12. Old lotion bottles can be used as faucet extenders until they aren’t so little anymore.

                        Turning old lotion bottles into faucet extenders is a great idea as they can wash their hands on their own, which promotes their independence. It also frees up your time to get other tasks done.

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                          13. Use a laundry basket to keep bath toys from floating away.

                          Using a laundry basket to stop your child’s toys floating away is a good idea as it ensures your child can properly play with his toys. It also reduces the risk of the child having to reach too far for a toy and falling over into the water.

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                            14. Use glue and glitter to make “Tooth Fairy Money.”

                            This fun idea is simple, and will be a big hit with your children.

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                              15. Use sprinkles to make boring foods turn into tasty ones.

                              One way to get your children to eat their broccoli and other healthy food is to smother them in sprinkles.

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                                16. Use this reusable babysitter info sheet to make things easier for you and your babysitter.

                                Having a reusable babysitter info sheet is a fantastic idea, as it sets out all the information your babysitter needs and it saves you having to recreate the sheet each time, which seems a bit pointless.

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                                  17. Put your kids to work by turning chores into a fun game.

                                  Get your children excited about household chores by turning them into a fun game. This gives them a sense of contributing to the family and becoming more responsible. You can create any game you think of. My parents had us in fancy dress with bin bags to collect rubbish from the house. It was such fun to see if you could collect the most rubbish, and the winner got a prize.

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                                    18. Keep your kids organized with this simple idea.

                                    It can be hard to keep track of what your children are up to, especially when you have several in different activities. It makes good sense to have flipchart for each of them so you can post reminders and keep abreast of what is going on.

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                                      19. Make a kid-friendly bracelet with your phone number on it.

                                      Another way to advertise your telephone number is to add it to a bracelet. You can involve your children in the making of the bracelet, which they will find so much fun!

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                                        20. Pool noodles are great for protection.

                                        Pool noodles are great for protecting your equipment from little children, helping prevent injuries.

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                                          Last Updated on August 21, 2018

                                          30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

                                          30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

                                          Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

                                          That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

                                           1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.

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                                            Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

                                            2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.

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                                              If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

                                              3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

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                                                It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

                                                4. Corn chips for kindling!

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                                                  Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!

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                                                  5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.

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                                                    Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

                                                    6. Use compact, microfibre towels!

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                                                      These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

                                                      7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.

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                                                        You never know when you might need some.

                                                        8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.

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                                                          Get all the info you need here.

                                                          9. Sangria!

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                                                            We know what’s really important. How to here!

                                                            10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.

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                                                              By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!

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                                                              11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.

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                                                                Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                                                                12. DIY shower.

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                                                                  All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                                                                  13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.

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                                                                    Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                                                                    14. Make s’moreos easily.

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                                                                      15. MarshJell-o shots.

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                                                                        Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                                                        16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 
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                                                                          Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                                                          17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.

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                                                                            It’s that easy!

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                                                                            18. Grits repel ants.

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                                                                              Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                                                              19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.

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                                                                                20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.

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                                                                                  That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                                                                  21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.

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                                                                                    For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                                                                    22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.

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                                                                                      You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                                                                      23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.

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                                                                                        Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                                                        24. Use a stick to secure your tent.

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                                                                                          By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.

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                                                                                          25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.

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                                                                                            26. Popcorn on the campfire.

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                                                                                              Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                                                              27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                                                                That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                                                                28. Keep your toiletries handy.

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                                                                                                  Buy this magnificent contraption here.

                                                                                                  29. Compact, unbreakable cups!

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                                                                                                    Get them while you can!

                                                                                                    30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.

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                                                                                                      With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

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