There are countless parenting books that are aimed at helping first-time moms and dads prepare for all the ups and downs of parenthood.
While these books may contain useful information, nothing can truly ready you for the struggles that come with being a parent. You have to live and learn, and you have to find what works best for you. Luckily, the birth of the internet has given parents all around the world the ability to share their experiences and advice with other parents.
The tips below might be a bit off the wall and unconventional, but for some parents, they may just be blessings in disguise. So moms and dads, listen up! Here are 21 weird and wacky parenting tips that are surprisingly helpful.
1. Have your son or daughter count to 10 after they’ve finished going to the bathroom to ensure they’re completely done and to prevent any accidents.
2. After a long day, remove your shirt and lay your child down with the shirt to give them the feeling of being close to you while they sleep.
3. Mix icing with your child’s medications to make medicating your son or daughter easier.
4. Give your child a place to create (and keep crayon off of your walls) by letting them color the inside of a cardboard box.
5. When shopping for new kids’ clothes, take an article of clothing with you to eliminate the need for guesswork.
6. Sprinkle edible glitter on vegetables to make eating veggies more appealing to kids.
7. Ensure your infant stays asleep at night by placing a warm water bottle in their crib prior to their bedtime.
8. Use talcum powder to remove sand from your child’s arms and legs.
9. Tell your kids they can’t wash the car, and watch them get right to work.
10. To coax children from one room to another, simply turn off the light in the room you want them to vacate and turn on the light in the room you want them to occupy.
11. Use the ears of a juice box as a carrying tool for young children to prevent spills.
12. Removing the excess space from sticker sheets will prevent your children from tearing them.
13. Contain used tissues by putting them in an empty tissue box.
14. Iron small articles of clothing with a flat iron.
15. Add your child’s medicine to a glass of milk for easy digestion.
16. Wedge a cooking sheet between your bed and box spring to serve as a step for little ones.
17. Place toilet paper over the sensor on automated toilets to prevent unwanted noise and fuss.
18. Avoid a mess by adding condiments to hot dog buns first, before the meat.
19. Replace shoelaces with elastic for no-hassle slip-on shoes.
20. Put socks over footie pajamas to keep things in place.
21. Use pantyhose to store puzzles and other toys with stray pieces.
I guess when it comes to parenting, the new motto to live by is: