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My blog sponsor Green Cross asked me to blog about parenting hacks. Hacks is what you call techniques that increase productivity or efficiency. It's computer programmer language that's been adopted to mean anything (short cuts, tricks) that can make life easier and less complicated. So today I'll share my parenting hacks.
I am all for minimalist parenting a.k.a. slacker parenting. I know that's shocking in this Age of the Supermom where moms cook organic food sourced from farmer markets, or where iPads and TVs are the tools of lazy mothers, and infant formula is milk straight from the gates of hell. There seems to be a prevailing belief these days that anything that makes your life easier is proof that you don't deserve to be a parent.
Okay. All valid points.
It's a good thing I don't care what people think hehe!
|Yes, we use the iPad!|
I was running out of the kitchen every few seconds because the boys were climbing on top of the dinner table and I caught Iñigo swinging from the chandelier. I ran back to the pot to find that it had bubbled over and I cursed aloud because that means I'll have to clean up the sticky mess after. Then I ran out again because I heard the boys banging their die-cast metal cars on the glass coffee table. Then I ran into the kitchen again because I smelled something burning (I forgot to turn down the fire). By the time I set the table, I was such a nervous and angry wreck that I broke one of my gorgeous gold-rimmed plates (because I wanted to serve my special adobo on the pretty plates of course), the kids were crying, Vince arrived to find not a fab dinner but chaos, and I wanted to run out into the night and smoke a cigarette except I had already quit 4 years ago.
All this drama and pain could've been prevented if I had just ordered Chinese food! We all want to do our very best but sometimes the best doesn't have to be so difficult. Perfect parenting is not what I aspire for. I just want to be a good and loving parent and to be that way, I have to be relaxed and happy, so I've resorted to a few tricks to keep me sane and parenting fun!
So, without further ado, I hereby present My Parenting Hacks:
|Order in. Eat out.|
2. Give kids fresh milk. Of course nothing beats the ultimate hack of all: breastfeeding! But since both my boys weaned on their own (I'm very proud of this no-drama development) and yet they're still just 3 and almost 2, they still need milk. I considered powdered milk (I still haven't said no to powdered milk yet!) but we found it easier to just buy fresh milk in the carton. Instead of making timpla pa, we just pour it out. Easy!
3. Put a mini cooler/ref in the bedroom. Iñigo wakes up at 3am asking for milk, Vito wakes up at 5am to do the same. I used to wake up groggily and stumble to the kitchen, make them their milk then stumble right back to bed. Now Vince and I just prepare their bottles before I sleep, put the milk in a mini cooler of ice, park that cooler beside the bed, and when the kids wake up, I just pop open the cooler and grab their milk! Life is so much easier! Vito even doesn't wake me up anymore, he just gets his own milk from the cooler!
|That's the Hulk chasing after Wreck-It Ralph.|
5. Mattresses make great slides. For those days when the kids are bursting with energy but can't be forced to wear shorts and shoes to go outside and play, we take the kiddie mattress from the bed frame, plop it against the sofa and the kids can slide down all afternoon. Physical activity is non-negotiable, so if they have to do it pants-less, then so be it. I don't want to fight anymore!
|A crafts service has taken out all the headache of crafting activities!|
7. Use machines. Life can be much easier with intelligent appliances. We use a steamer instead of an iron—a 2-hour ironing session is over in 20 minutes with a steamer. Moms, invest in a water heater, vacuum, washing machine and dryer. I'm finally buying a microwave oven this year because I'm tired of bringing out and washing pots and pans just to heat leftovers. I want a dishwasher and a good big oven, too. If I can buy a robot to do every chore in this house, I would. Less time doing chores means more time being with my kids and doing my work!
That's just a few of what we do to survive and enjoy parenting. I'm not saying you should do what I do. Some mothers really enjoy the hunt for the perfect slab of organic beef, or they enjoy preparing quinoa and kale salads, or they find fulfilment in running their household on a strict schedule. You know what's best for you and your family. In my case, I love being super hands-on with my kids (I enjoy washing poop off their butts, strangely) but for the other parts of parenting that I don't enjoy, I've found ways to make life easier for both me and my family. Because, yes, parenting is the hardest job in the world but, really, it doesn't have to be any harder than it already is.
Do you have parenting hacks? Do share in the comments! For more parenting hacks, visit the Green Cross Facebook page now!
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