Recently, a quick-thinking dad made the news when his teenage daughter refused to change out of her short shorts for a family night out. Rather than let the issue slide, the dad snipped the legs of his pants and wore his own version of short shorts to the restaurant. His daring deed served as a humorous, yet poignant lesson on modesty to his daughter.
As parents, sometimes it takes thinking outside the box to feel like we’re on top of our game. Read on for some more parenting tricks and ideas.
When unloading the groceries, stash away half the week’s snacks and bring them out mid-week, after your kids have emptied the pantry.
If you’re desperate for sleep, help your responsible preschooler learn some independence. The night before, prepare a baggie of cereal and filled Sippy cup in the fridge. He can help himself in the mornings while you catch a few more ZZZs.
Write a chore list for your kids first thing each Saturday morning. Mandate that jobs must be done before lunchtime, or no lunch.
Clean your kids’ rooms while they’re at school so they won’t notice all the junk you throw away.
Take pictures of your kids’ large, bulky artwork so you don’t have to store it.
Hide the chocolate, and rotate your hiding places.
Kids love preference questions. At dinner or bedtime, ask questions like, “Would you rather have a million dollars or be the strongest person in the world?”