Being a parent is challenging. Some days, it feels like it takes super human strength and energy to get everything done and raise our children to be responsible, productive individuals. That’s the impetus behind Wondermom Wannabe – finding ways to do it all with the limited time and abilities we have. Today I’m sharing 7 simple parenting hacks to help make your parenting life a little bit easier. I hope these parenting tips help you feel like a superhero mom.
1. Give Everyone Their Own Cups
Use a sharpie (or many sharpies) to let your child decorate his or her cup. Then let them know that they should only use that cup all day, rinsing it out in between uses. This will cut down on the number of dishes that need to be washed.
2. Give Everyone Their Own Towels
Assign each child a different color of towels; give them an entire set to keep in their room. They should use only these towels and get them to the laundry room on wash day (or teach them to launder their own). This will cut down on bathroom floor mess and laundry.
3. Give an Allowance
Instead of giving monetary rewards for “extras,” give them an allowance for a comprehensive set of chores. For younger children, pay a small allowance and require your child(ren) to pay for any non-necessities out of this money. As kids get older, increase the allowance and by age 13 (give or take a year or two, depending on maturity) have them start paying for necessities too (e.g. clothing, school supplies, and toiletries). This will teach your child more about money than anything else as they’ll be more careful about what they order and what activities they do.
4. Bed Accidents
This works for young children when you are trying to potty train, but can also work for older girls to prevent period accidents. Just put a puppy pad on the bed. They cost less, and they really work.
5. Time, Not Money
The thing children want more than anything is your time. Find ways to spend even ten minutes reading a book to them, or cuddling and watching TV, and they’ll feel super special all day long.
6. Make Baby Baths Easy
Use a laundry basket in the bathtub to bathe your baby. It saves you the trouble of storing a baby tub, but still keeps baby safe. Plus, they can easily play with their toys too because they can’t float away too far.
7. Get Chores Done
Be creative about chores. Make them earn the Wi-Fi password by getting a certain thing done each day. If you have multiple children, let them draw chores for the day instead of having the same thing all the time. Also, set a time limit for chores to be completed.
These are just a few simple parenting hacks to make parenting easier. If you have tips that save time, energy, and/or frustration, please share them in the comments.