There is no harder job in the world than being a parent. Even those people who train their whole lives and climb Mount Everest would say so– I guarantee it. And you have probably read a bunch of articles claiming to have the hacks and the tricks that will make parenting a breeze. Suddenly, you will have all this free time to paint your nails and drink wine! To take trips and settle down with a good book, uninterrupted for hours.
Look, I am not purporting that with this list. I do not believe that if you follow the tricks in this list, suddenly the cloud of parenting responsibilities will lift and suddenly, you will be your old self again, with all the time in the world to binge Friends and order pizza. But these tiny tricks, many of which take minimal effort, might just stop the screaming and the crying and the arguments for like, a split second. And that is what makes them worth it.
We all have to be the bad parent sometimes.But, if you have some of these hacks in your back pocket, you can trick your kid into thinking you're being the good parent when you're actually making them clean the entire house.
Out of order
Parenting Hack: Carry an ‘out of order’ sign in your wallet at all times in case you encounter an unexpected delay… https://t.co/nnqyR4fi3p— Peter Neill (@Peter Neill)1510397551.0
Sticky window toys
Pool Noodle Buffer
Ice cream trap
Kids were hiding from their chores. Just played a recording of ice cream truck jingles; kids came running... #ParentingHack #NailedIt— Stephanie Ortiz (@Stephanie Ortiz)1439921962.0
Ice cube meals
Lying for the greater goodWhoever said lying was universally bad didn't have children. Kids don't know what they like. If you tell them they liked a thing even if they claimed they didn't, they might like it this time. It's a chance you should totally take.
Sometimes I walked past my daughters' room with headphones connected to nothing so they think I can't hear them. #parentinghack— Red Hairing (@Red Hairing)1489627051.0
Rubberband door locks
Rubberband toilet paper
Paint the ground
#ParentingHack: When your kid "can't sleep" assign them a story prompt and say you want to hear a full story in the morning.— Mandy Hubbard (@Mandy Hubbard)1452706805.0
I've convinced our 8-yo that I hate the sound of the vacuum so now she vacuums whenever she's mad at me. #ParentingHack— xannie the nanny (@xannie the nanny)1505065878.0