Children don’t know much. Seriously, everything’s new to them! They’ll be feeling their way through the world for years to come.
Needless to say, parenting isn’t easy. Balancing work, kids, and all else in life can be overwhelming. On the other hand, raising children is one of the most rewarding experiences in life.
As much of a handful as they are, children are a blast. They’re hilarious and ridiculous. Plus, they say the darndest things. But sometimes, they can be hard to deal with.
Effectively dealing with difficult children requires a different type of thinking. When all else fails, think outside the box. These parents certainly did!
1) Grill playpen
Playpens are perfect for keeping children locked in. Turns out, they’re ideal for keeping them out, too. Need to barbecue safely with a toddler around? Look no further than your child’s playpen.
2) Vacuum ingenuity
Making your child’s anger work for you instead of against you might be genius. This is a brilliant reversal. Take that momentum and clean your house! But hopefully, your eight-year-old doesn’t hate you later in life…
3) Parked car hand hack
Kids are curious creatures. Parking lots are dangerous places. What better way to keep your child put than taking advantage of their playful personalities? The magnetic handprint works wonders.
4) Ice block sponge
Out of icepacks? Toss a sponge in the freezer overnight. It’ll be perfect the next morning. Put the sponge into a ziplock bag and keep your kid’s food cool all day!
5) Medication information
What better way to keep track of your kid’s medication schedule than simply writing it on the bottle? This also gives the child an easy visual of their necessary medication habits. This can help foster routine and responsibility.
6) Kid color code
Kids aren’t easy to keep track of. This is especially true when you have an entire litter to look after! Why not color-code your kids? If they disperse, just look for their color!
Chores are the worst. And some chores are worse than others. Try recontextualizing the chores to make them seem more exciting in the eyes of a child. This little guy’s simply “painting” the patio with water. We love the firefighter hat.
8) Makeshift baby bathtub
Solving problems is fun! The results can be exciting. Showers aren’t exactly the best places for children. But tubs? Tubs are much better. Shoutout to this blowup kiddie pool.
9) Seat labels
Bad things happen. It’s just a fact of life. Oftentimes, we’re unprepared for what life throws at us. But when you have kids, priorities and precautions change. Adding emergency information to your child’s car seat might just save a life. If anything ever happens, it’s better safe than sorry.
10) Play tub
The bathtub is a sacred place. Some bathrooms have a separate tub and shower. If you need to shower but don’t trust your kid alone, turn the bathtub into a playpen! This might solve all your problems while keeping your kid occupied!
11) Tape track
Never sleep on household items. Tape has a ton of uses in a pinch. One brilliant parent used tape to build a race track. The results honestly aren’t all that bad. A kid’s imagination can fill in the blanks.
12) Tent sandbox
Kids love sandboxes. But what if you don’t have the time nor money to buy and set up a sandbox? Well, one genius parent ended up making a sand tent! Judging by the smile on this boy’s face, it seems like a huge hit.
14) Tupperware igloo
Tubberware is a versatile container. It can practically do anything! Want to wow your child with an igloo? Just grab some Tupperware after the next snow shower! The kids are going to love it.
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