Raising one boy was one thing, but when I found out I was having twins, I quickly learned how hectic the household can get. My boys are active and adventurous so finding hacks was a must – early on!
Below are some hacks I figured out along the way and some ones that I found out along the way that I swear by.
- Create an activity basket
Stock a basket with activities that will keep your little ones quietly engaged with themselves or each other. Look for stickers, coloring books, small building activities, or puzzles — anything that will capture your child’s attention. Constantly switch out activities so, this basket is an exciting surprise that your kiddos look forward to diving into and unpacking. The basket is not a consolation prize for losing time with you; instead, it’s a special invitation for a moment of discovery. I browse the $5 and under aisle in Target to get some cheap activities, occasionally to switch out some items. Bonus? When rewarding good behavior like potty-training milestones, I get a big prize and encourage my little that when he/she reaches good behavior/milestones, I’ll put that activity in the basket.
- Baby wipes in almost every room of the house
Allow your kiddos to clean themselves up when you’re busy. Getting telling them to help themselves to a baby wipe is one thousand times easier than wetting a rag and wiping their fingers down. I like to leave a container of baby wipes on a shelf in almost every room.
- Organizer bin for the car – I keep mine in the back
I bought one of those organizer bins off of Amazon. I put in my bin, diapers, wipes, a change of clothes for each child, shelf-stable snacks, empty sippy cups, and medicines. They is to keep this bin either in the trunk or in the back of your SUV, so the snacks don’t get torn into by the littles.
4. Let the kiddo be in control in the middle of a meltdown
I found when one of my boys is having a meltdown, making something fun for them to feel in control works wonders! Distraction is key and when they feel like they are helping, even better! I’ll easily distract a kiddo by saying I need help picking something out. I’ll hold up two shirts for a kiddo to wear, for example, and ask them to choose a color. I’ll praise that choice after I encourage that their input is needed! Distraction, distraction, distraction!
- Encourage chores early on by giving your kiddo a rag occasionally
Kids always want to feel involved and noticed, so giving them a rag when I’m cleaning up the kitchen table, for example, in the evening and asking them to help encourages chores in the later years. Your little may not be doing much, but every now and again say ‘thank you so much!’ to encourage their teamwork. Over the years, they will learn that chores are important!
- Permanent marker doesn’t have to be permanent
To get those marks out of items, use these hacks below:
- Carpet: white vinegar
- Furniture: milk
- Whiteboard: dry erase marker or pencil rubber eraser
- Walls: toothpaste or hairspray
- Wood: rubbing alcohol
- Clothes: Hand sanitizer
- Ceramic or glass: one part toothpaste with one part baking soda