15 parenting hacks that’ll make life easier

We’ve rounded up a bunch of aha moments that’ll make your life as a parent just that little bit easier…

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As a parent tasked with an all-consuming job and your mind constantly in overdrive, any help that saves you precious time is always welcome. So, here are practical tips to help ease your parenting stress…

1. Snap a family photo whenever you’re out

This could be especially useful for you when the family’s out in a crowded public area like a shopping mall or a theme park. Should your overzealous little explorer get lost, you’ll have an accurate picture of what he looks like.

2. Shoe organisers keep things neat and tidy

From your child’s Lego bricks, toy train tracks to different cleaning supplies, slipping each of these items into the different shoe pockets can help you tidy up almost any mess. Whether it’s a hanging or over the door shoe-holder, it helps to save space and turns any doors in your house into useful storage areas.

3. Have twins? Dot their clothes to tell them apart

Take a permanent or fabric marker and put the corresponding number of dots — example: one dot for the oldest, two for your second child — on the clothing tags, so it’s easier to sort your  laundry. Plus, dotting their clothes is less obvious than writing your child’s initials.  

4. Invest in an in-car baby mirror

First, get a mirror with an elastic band with an elastic that you can slip onto the headrest of the passenger seat. Your baby’s reflection should keep him occupied during the trip and knowing he’s safe and secure will give you peace of mind. The mirror can easily be remove once baby’s older.

5. Buying shoes? Trace your child’s feet

It can get quite tedious pleading with your little one to try on different shoes over and over again. So, save yourself from all that misery by tracing their feet onto blank pieces of paper. This way, you can shop for their shoes in peace.

6. Turn chores into games

Take some coloured tape and stick it around the borders of your floor tile in a shape of a square, do another for yourself and challenge your child to a sweep-off! The person who manages to sweep as much dirt and dust into the square gets a small reward. Turning a chore into a game can motivate your preschooler to take the initiative to complete tasks around the house. Get your child to start helping out when they’re young and it’ll soon become a habit.

7. Prevent your child from accidentally locking himself in

Loop a rubber band over the front door knob and twist it so that it forms an “X” over the latch, then loop the other end to the back door knob. This way, your little ones won’t be able to lock themselves in.

8. Restrict the amount of soap he uses

After your child has discovered the appeal of a bubble bath, there’s no turning back. So, curb your kiddo’s excessive use, unless you want to splurge on soap every other week. Here’s another use for those trusty little rubber bands ― loop them several times around the neck of your soap bottles ― it’ll help you reduce the amount of soap your child dispenses every time he pumps.

 

Seven more save-time strategies coming right up…