19 Immediate Changes You Can Make That'll Instantly Make Parenting Even More Enjoyable
Being a parent and raising children may be one of the most enjoyable jobs in the world, but it can also come with a relentless barrage of stresses, difficulties, and downright unpleasant duties.
However, if you find that certain parts of being a parent just aren't sparking joy anymore (thanks for that expression Marie Kondo), then you may want to make one of these changes in your life - they're guaranteed to make being a parent an even more enjoyable vocation. So, why not start...
Start: Carrying around an 'Out of Order' sign in your pocket
"Sorry kids - you can't ride Thomas today, he's broken. *Back to the grocery shop*"
Start: Making naturally safe edible paints from yogurt and food coloring
This will take any worry away from messy play.
Start: Challenging your kids to keep their hand on the car's "special spot"
Unloading the family from the car can be a stressful task, so encourage your children
Start: Labelling the twins with these fab t-shirts
Twins look alike, okay?! There's no shame in getting them mixed up.
Start: Enjoying videos games again using disconnected controllers for the kids
They'll think they're playing the game, whilst you can sit back and unwind.
Start: Preventing bathtime tantrums with this nifty shower cap
It keeps the water out of their eyes, so bathtime can once again run smoothly.
Start: Encouraging kids to keep hold of your hand with these fantastic mittens!
Children have a tendency to let go of your hand and go wondering - but with these cute mittens, they'll love keeping hold of you.
Start: Making your kids their own "Get Along" t-shirt
Siblings misbehaving? No problem! Just pop them in this t-shirt, take a photo they'll resent forever, and they'll never do it again.
Start: Using a fan when it comes to building a fort
Firstly, setting up a fort with a fan is SO much quicker than trying to hold up a sheet with a broom. Secondly, it's SO much fun!
Start: Replacing the stairs with a makeshift slide
You'll be surprised just how long this will keep your little ones entertained for. Also, it's great for parents!
Start: Rolling with the stroller, instead of pushing it
How can any parent look at this picture and NOT want to buy this?!
Start: Using the empty bath as a playpen whilst you use the shower/toilet
Children don't like being away from their parents. So if you need to shower or use the toilet, place some toys/stickers in the bath and use it as a makeshift playpen.
Start: Placing disposable gloves over your children's regular gloves when it's snowing
This will keep their hands warm and dry, whilst still being able to make and throw snowballs.
Start: Using your suitcase as a travel cot
If you've arrived at a hotel without a cot or just forgot to bring your own, your little one will be more than happy to sleep in a suitcase padded with blankets.
Start: Sprinkling cinnamon in your sandpit
This may sound bizarre, but this is a great way to keep bugs out of the kids' sandbox.
Start: Taking the worry out of BBQs with these genius hack
Keep little ones safe by placing their playpen around the hot BBQ. Sometimes it is about keeping the kids out, not keeping them in.
Start: Tranforming shower time into bathtime with this ingenious hack
My young nephew HATES showers but loves baths. Fortunately, this hack had my back.
Start: Keeping the toilet seat warm with
Toilet training can be a pain, and one of the issues my nephew has is the fact the toilet seat is always cold. To combat that, simply add a pair of socks to the seat. (PSA: Remove the socks when daddy is standing up to have a pee.)
Start: Letting your kids do SOME of the housework
Kids love to crawl around on the floor, and you like clean floors - so why not invest in this onesie/duster?!