I’m the first to admit that parenting can have it’s ups and downs. There are days when it seems like everything is going wrong. The trick is to turn into a parenting ninja. With a few simple hacks, I can make my life easier and even prevent kids from doing stupid things (yes, multiple kids–what is wrong with me?!). Seriously, these 5 Ninja Level Parenting Hacks Every Mom Needs to Know are pretty much all that keeps me sane some days.
5 Ninja Level Parenting Hacks Every Mom Needs to Know
Because my oldest kid didn’t like veggies, it used to be a constant fight each night. Now, I skip the fight and hide those veggies. You can hide veggies in so many different ways, it’s ridiculous. You can add carrots to homemade juices, pureed veggies to pasta sauce, etc. I chop mushrooms into ridiculously tiny bits and throw it in everything. Just to be mean. I’m happier because dinner is less of a screaming match and the kids are happier because they think they aren’t having to eat veggies.
Wearing the Look
Does your preteen or teenager think wearing short shorts and skirts is cute? Get your husband to take your daughter out while he’s wearing short shorts and a cut off top. Tell her that he’s going to keep wearing that outfit until she gets it through her head that the look is inappropriate. My son? Loves to wear torn-up sports shorts. He’s getting an eye-full if he does it again, though…because I am SO going to school to pick him up in a week for a doctor’s appointment–and I’ll be sporting some of HIS shorts that are ripped-up.
Turning Chores Into Games
If you have smaller children in the house, like me, you can turn cleaning into a game. For example, I have my kids compete to see who can get a dust rag dirtier to win a prize (usually they get to pick the TV show we watch after cleaning). You could also tape off a portion of your floor and get your child to sweep all the dirt into the square (I would totally do this, except I vacuum…long story). They’ll think it’s a game and you’ll have more time to watch Netflix (heh).
Tattooing Your Child
Don’t rush out and sign the papers for your child to get tattooed, gosh! But, if you have small children, you can get temporary tattoos made that have your phone number on them. We had some this summer and they were AWESOME. They’re just great for when you’re visiting a large event, zoo, amusement park, etc. Should your children get lost, someone will be able to get a hold of you–even if your kiddo can’t recite your phone number yet. A regular temporary tattoo can also make it easier for people to find your children because they have a distinctive mark to look for.
Preventing Toddler Meltdowns
For the love of all that’s precious, don’t let the peas touch the mashed potatoes! This will cause a complete meltdown in your toddler. Prevent the tantrum by getting plates that have separate sections. This will prevent the dreaded peas from touching the precious mashed potatoes. Or vice versa. Seriously, this is like a huge deal. Heh.
These 5 Ninja Level Parenting Hacks Every Mom Needs to Know make such a big difference in my day. If you want parenting to be easier, try these great hacks–or just pin them and pretend you’re going to do them and don’t. I mean, either way, just pin the post. You know you want to. Heh.