It’s summer, the kids are at home and we’re going to say what you’re all thinking. Kids can be so needy.
Yes, you love having them around and you have made some wonderful summer holiday memories but their constant mess is beginning to get in the way of sitting down and enjoying some ‘you time’.
We have found genius ways that 5 everyday items can make summer more bearable with your little ones. This knowledge is going to change your life and make all other parents bow down to you in awe of your amazingness. So without further ado we present our list:
This genius magnetic cup hack puts them in charge of their own thirst. Glue a few magnets on the cup and stick the cups to the fridge next to the water dispenser and voila! If you don’t have a water dispenser, keep a jug of their favourite drink in the fridge for them. We know what you’re thinking…they would spill that jug of liquid all over the floor making another clean up job for you…see number 2 for a way around that.
Kids, once given a drink, will spill it as soon as they get the opportunity. We don’t know why they do this but they do….must be some evolutionary thing. Anyway, to avoid spills and to make any cup ‘safe’ just cover the top with cling film and pop a straw in the top! You can do this with a jug too leaving a little gap over the spout. See? You’re imagining how your life will be easier already!!
3. Shoe Organisers.
Within days of the school holidays starting, most cars look like a dumping ground. Remnants of snacks and colouring books lay strewn across the back seat and no one can find the baby wipes. One welly is stuck underneath the seat and is never coming out and that book you we’re hoping to read at the beach has been torn in two. It doesn’t have to be this way – with a few shoe organisers in the boot and a well planned storage box, your car will actually become a pleasant place to be!
We have just recovered from the shock of discovering the cost of modern day action figures. As children don’t seem to care that their toys cost a small fortune, asking them not to bury them in sand seems futile. But worry not. You don’t have to spend hours removing sand from the joints of superheroes and baddies…unless of course that’s your thing. Instead, just stick em in the dish washer and bobs your uncle – they’ll be as good as new and have plenty of play left in them! Try not to think about how the combined cost of these figures could have paid for a new car.
5. Sandwich Bags.
OK – so this may seem a little excessive but when you pack for holidays, most of you probably work out which outfit your child will wear on which day anyway, so this is only one extra step. The beauty of this is that instead of your kids coming to you to ask what to wear or rummaging like a wild animal in the neatly folded clothes, they can just quickly pick a bag and dress themselves.