Life Hacks

14 Apr

A friend linked to a post today entitled “36 Little Hacks That Will Make Parenting So Much Easier.” 

Clicking through, I laughed at some of the ideas, like this one about bathing your child in a laundry basket so his toys don’t float away:enhanced-buzz-4225-1363195287-15

 

And then I thought, “what a great idea!”  Often, I express frustration that a child (or person) isn’t doing what I want or expect.  Instead of waiting for them to conform to what I want, what if I modified the situation or the request?  The site has some oldies but goodies, like turning clean up time into a game, and tricks for developing grasp strength that lead to better handwriting, as well as some new ideas (foam noodles as door stops!  Zip ties for almost anything!)

I’m not a parent yet, but I recognize the wisdom that sometimes the problem we are trying to solve is best approached through a circuitous route.  So the next time you feel like you’re stuck in a never-ending-loop with your child, like trying to convince her that there are no monsters in her closet, stop arguing.  And pull out your handy, one-of-a-kind monster spray instead.

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