Make food fun
Being parents in today’s world can be tough. As a parent, the one thing that we want to be able to do for our kids is provide them a fantastic childhood, one that they look back on as an adult with fond memories, while teaching them the importance of responsibility. The role of parent is an important role, but exhausting, and sometimes you are juggling six things at once and we’re always struggling to find that balance between disciplining our children without being too overbearing. Any assistance is appreciated, right? Well, these genius parenting hacks will help you achieve exactly that while adding a few extra special memories for the book.
Make food fun
One of the biggest challenges that we all face with our kids is to get them to eat healthy. Ensuring that they get their daily dose of vegetables and fruits can be tough, especially since their go-to food for every mood at a certain age tends to be either sweet, crunchy, sugary or greasy. However, taking the edge of healthy food by making them a fun experience is one of the best hacks you can ever have. From fun shaped healthy oats cookies to frozen watermelon and orange slices; from nutritious peanut butter pops to a protein rich pancake with a smiley face on it – making food come alive is a great way to get the kids try new things while ensuring that they keep up with their daily dose of nutrients.
Play Dress Up
Getting kids to dress up sensibly can be quite tricky. Every morning the struggle to dress the little tykes can seriously be considered as a work out of its own. So, what’s the solution? The best way to get kids into the desired attire is by turning it into a ‘dress up session.’ Rather than forcing them into clothes that they are reluctant to wear, ask them to share their opinion on what they prefer. Take this opportunity as a chance to make feel like they’re responsible of what they chose to wear and how they look. Once this stops becoming more of a coerced effort and turn into a fun activity where they feel important, you’ll see how easy it becomes to get them to dress with ease. In fact, you could take it up a notch by matching your outfit of the day with theirs so that they can feel extra special.
Mirror, mirror on the wall
This one’s for when your kids are in the phase where monitoring them at all times becomes necessary and all the more difficult. Kids are always a flight rise, especially when they’re at an age where it seems that sitting still wasn’t configured into their internal hardware at all. It is at this point that keeping a constant eye on them becomes particularly difficult more so when you’re preoccupied with some other work. In situations like this, its mirrors to the rescue all the way. Install small mirrors at strategic corners around the house and that way you’ll be able to get a glimpse of them without having to follow them around everywhere. Mirrors near the staircase, at the bottom of cabinets and cupboards (very important, if you have a crawler at home) and at the entrances of various rooms will allow you to monitor your little motor boat no matter where he / she is.
One of the best ways to get kids to do things and that too voluntarily is by making the activity fun and what better way to make things fun by turning it into a DIY. If you want them to be more responsible and keep their belongings in order – make it into a DIY project and get the kids to make their own organizing unit; you want them to get on top of their school project – turn it into a DIY where you get in on the project along with them; you want to bond with them and want to reconnect with them – go for a DIY activity that the entire family can do together. The best part about a fun DIY is that not only does it help you achieve your end goal, it also enables your children to build on their soft skills, like creativity and motor skills while fueling their imagination and artistic abilities.
Turn Chores into a Game
This is the most fun hack off the lot. As parents, we’re always looking to get our children to actively be a part of all the house hold chores, to contribute in the day to day upkeep of the house. Easier said than done, right? however, with the right hack up your sleeve, you’ll be able to turn this dream into a reality. The trick is to turn chores into games! Whether is cleaning out the back yard, or tidying up around the house, turn monotonous household chores into a fun, family time activity and you’ll see that your kids will be more than happy to participate and the best part is, the adults will enjoy these games as much as the kids themselves! Turning chores into games is one of the best ways to teach the kids a little bit about responsibility and what it is like to be conscientious. By allowing them to contribute while having fun at the same time, you can in fact help facilitate a healthy attitude towards household activities.
It’s all about how you make things interesting and with these parenting hacks, you’ll surely be one step ahead.