Parenting—as you surely know if you have kids of your own—is no easy or simple task. It’s totally worth it, don’t get us wrong, but at times it can be so trying on your patience you just don’t know what to do. If this sounds like you all the time, you’re not alone either. Vine Vera knows how stressful it can be, and how much that stress can impact your well-being, not to mention the rest of your family. On that note, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to provide you with a bunch of useful tips that can make being a parent seem effortless, so read on if you want to make parenting easier and more fun for all involved.
Lint Rollers are Magic
You probably know of lint rollers as those weird little things you roll across your clothes when they’re covered with crap that doesn’t come off in the wash. Little known fact: they can be used for a whole lot more than that, and can pick up all kinds of debris from furniture and other household objects. In fact, having one as part of your cleanup kit for arts and crafts is probably a good idea; roll it along any surface and it picks up glitter like nothing else.
Keep a Spray Bottle in the Car
What for? Why, burning-hot seat belt buckles, of course. Those things can be the bane of any family’s safety when kids are afraid to touch them; it’s kind of hard to buckle up without touching the seatbelt buckle. We know what you’re thinking, won’t the water be just as hot if you leave it in the car all the time? Well, yes, but it turns out that doesn’t matter. The evaporation actually cools them off enough to touch. Just make sure it’s the kind of stray bottle with a head that makes a fine mist; the sort you see on non-aerosol hairspray bottles.
Trampoline Safety Worries? Pool Noodles to the Rescue
If you have a trampoline in the backyard (which, by the way, is a great idea; it’s fun for the whole family and gives the kids away to burn off excess energy), get a bunch of pool noodles to cover the springs. Just cut them into sections as long as the trampoline springs and make a vertical slit through one side of the piece from top to bottom, then just pull it open and pop it on! No more pinched and bruised hands or feet after trampoline time.
Minor Burns? Use Vinegar
This one sounds counter-intuitive, but it’s right up there with aloe vera when it comes to burn relief. Soak a washcloth or paper towel with vinegar and hold it over the burn until it feels cool. Once that’s dried, you can apply Aloe Vera too if you like. You’re unlikely to ever get a blister when you use vinegar.
Or reduced pain, at the very least. Make a baking soda and water mix and apply it to the area with the splinter. Leave it on for a few minutes, and watch as the splinter is pushed outwards for easier, less painful removal.
Avoid Shoe Trouble With Stickers
Is your kid always putting the right shoe on the left foot and vice-versa? Make it easier to tell the difference by cutting a sticker in half and putting one-half inside each shoe, aligned with the inside edge. This way, the sticker halves will only match up if the shoes are ordered in the right way.