15 Parenting Hacks for Parents with Little Kids

Parents often joke how their children do not come with manuals, it is true, but nonetheless parents have access to so much information at their fingertips. There are seemingly infinite blogs, videos and articles online, all of which are “expert opinions” and because of such an overwhelming amount of information parents are generally confused, especially when two “expert opinions” contradict each other.

Parents is not something you learn in a day or even in the nine months you have to prepare, it is an on-going process with both good and bad days. Children are smart since the very beginning and hence they keep you on your toes constantly learning and evolving as parents and as people too.

Sometimes parenting means walking through some smelly stuff, sometimes it means you not losing sleep when your little one is ill, sometimes it is your little ones driving you crazy with their tantrums and finally sometimes it is when you come home from work and your little one runs toward you to give you a hug.

Parenting isn’t easy and it never gets any easier. They grow, you grow along with them. Over the years we have learnt many thing and here are a few tips that just might make the challenge of parenting a tad bit easier.

15 Parenting hacks for parents with little kids:

  1. Listen to music or an audio book while having meals to help calm your child, because we know how feeding sessions can get messy.
  2. Have a predictable meal routine, for instance have “Taco Tuesdays” and “Pizza and movie Fridays”.
  3. Switch up your family meal routines in sense of where you eat. One day eat at the table, one day in the backyard as a picnic with a blanket and the basket and one day eat underneath the table just to make meal time a fun family activity.
  4. Make healthy trades with your kids, for instance they have excess candy left over from Halloween or even from when a relative comes to visit and bearing chocolates as a gift, what you can do is ask them to trade the chocolates in exchange for a toy they have been wanting since a while.
  5. You could save up a little and invest in a family membership at places like a planetarium, a zoo or even a museum.
  6. Using paper plates and bowls can make the cleaning process easier for you as a parent.
  7. Dancing to a nursery rhyme or any tune they like can be a cure for even the worst of moods.
  8. You can make play time for your kids more exciting by storing some toys differently and periodically rotating the toys.
  9. Set a time of twenty minutes or anything you deem a good time while your child naps and try and get as many chores done around the house within that time, so that you don’t spend the entire time your child is napping on chores and you are left with time to take care of yourself and relax every now and then.
  10. If your child is a picky eater and we know most of them are then always remember you can hide almost any food ingredient in a smoothie.
  11. Write letters to relatives, teachers or any loved ones as an activity to get your kid’s creative skills going and to also keep them busy when you have chores to do around the house.
  12. Ensure that you have stacked your home, car, purse and even your laptop bag with band-aids as it is a safe assumption that someone may always need one.
  13. To make life easier make sure you have an emergency kit in the trunk of your car stocked with dry clothes, diapers, basic first-aid kit and your child’s favourite snacks.
  14. Carry small toys or even a box of crayons and blank sheets of paper when headed to a restaurant to keep them busy until the food arrives because these are better options than giving them a mobile phone or a tab to play with.
  15. If you have two or more children always remember than mundane tasks which are otherwise hard to get children to do can become easier if made into a sibling challenge, like brushing teeth, getting dressed or even something like getting buckled in the car.

22 thoughts on “15 Parenting Hacks for Parents with Little Kids

  • August 17, 2018 at 8:17 am
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    Great useful tips .. If I could get away with using paper plates for every meal I would. We have recently thought about buying a family pass for a Zoo we visit often – one visit for our family of 5 cost £139 but an annual pass costs £200 no-brainer when we visit a couple of times a year.

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  • August 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm
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    The sibling challenge is EVERYTHING!! My 4 year old gives us a really hard time about reading sight words, claiming she does not know them but we know better. The minute we make it a challenge with her 8 year old (advanced reader) brother she knows all the words!!

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  • August 20, 2018 at 10:32 am
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    Oh I love the points you make. Music during meal time is my favourite. I’m going to try to do that.

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  • August 20, 2018 at 2:39 pm
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    What a great list ! Im definatly going to take some of these on 🙂

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  • August 20, 2018 at 2:50 pm
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    These are great points! We like to listen to the Bible on cd when we need to be calm. It really helps.

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  • August 20, 2018 at 4:25 pm
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    I always have toys wit me every time I go out. They do help when they decide to be cranky.

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  • August 20, 2018 at 6:36 pm
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    We tried the smoothie trick with my son. He doesn’t like smoothies either…good tips otherwise!!

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  • August 20, 2018 at 7:31 pm
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    These are some great hacks! It can be tricky to have meals with small kids. I always made sure to make kid friendly meals.

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  • August 20, 2018 at 11:20 pm
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    These are all great parenting tips. I think the trick is trying lots of tips and learning the ones that work best for your own kids.

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  • August 21, 2018 at 12:52 am
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    We currently do Taco Tuesdays and its something my daughter looks forward to every week!

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  • August 21, 2018 at 7:52 am
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    These are some great parenting tips for those with two little ones. I will definitely try this with my sister. She has two naughty and sweet kids.

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  • August 21, 2018 at 8:24 am
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    These are some great tips! They could come in very handy someday!

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  • August 21, 2018 at 8:31 am
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    am not yet a parent but I will share these hacks to my parent-friends. These are very helpful, and would relieve stress.

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  • August 21, 2018 at 11:19 am
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    Such great writing is going to help many of us. You don’t know that you are unknowingly spreading out a lot of knowledge.

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  • August 21, 2018 at 2:59 pm
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    When we go out with my nephew, we always bring busy bags with us. It has different toys and manipulatives that he can tinker with. We also bring snacks and books. Honestly, if we can bring the entire room, we would! Just to keep our toddler busy. 🙂

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  • August 21, 2018 at 5:18 pm
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    These are all so spot on and I need to keep them in mind for the future.

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  • August 21, 2018 at 11:26 pm
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    This sounds like a helpful tips for parents with young ones. Tips #4 & #5 are our favorites and the kids don’t seems to complaint.

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  • August 22, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    These are really awesome tips. I like the smoothie idea. Will take note of this incase of needing it in the future!

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  • August 22, 2018 at 2:54 am
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    paper plates are a PRO tip! on exchange, one group used paper plates to avoid fighting over doing dishes… xo, natalie

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  • August 22, 2018 at 3:36 pm
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    What a cool post! These are some great tips. I’m glad you posted this, we share some of the same “parenting hacks.” An emergency aid kit really helps with long car rides and trips to the park. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  • August 24, 2018 at 7:40 am
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    These are great hacks and I agree that bringing along toys for little ones is better than actually giving kids phones to pay with; that would be risking too much lol!

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