Brilliant Ways to Solve Common Parenting Problems
We all know that becoming parents means that we give up being number one in our own lives. As parents every moment is about raising up babies to be the best versions of themselves. We often get lost in the chaos, but we tend to develop some pretty stellar creative problem solving skills in the midst of it all.
Parenting is a life-long learning experience that creates some big problems from toddlers throwing tantrums to forgetting what a date night actually is…
Today we are sharing parents who are winning at creatively solving some of parent’s biggest problems!
Bringing Date Night Back
We all know that date night is a thing. We just don’t always have the money to pay for a babysitter and dinner. This dad got creative about solving their lack of date nights problem. He sent his wife out to get her hair done and all dressed up. When she returned he surprised her by renting a blow up pub that was in the backyard!
Kids Cleaning Up Their Room
Cleaning is no fun, but this is a clever way to get your kids’ attention. I love the suggestion, “just ask your mom for help!” It’s true sometimes kids need help finding a starting point when it comes to their big messes.
When Kids Want to Argue
My 3 year old has started giving me ultimatums lately, “I’m not going to be your friend anymore,” “I’m not going to stand beside you anymore if you don’t let me.”
When it first started I had to stop myself from laughing, because really I would love for him to walk away and do something else other than beg me for whatever it was he wanted in the moment.
Kids always know how to push our buttons as parents, don’t they?
They know just the right thing to say to draw us into an argument. That’s why having a handful of one-liners will allow you to stop an argument and force your kid to think.
Try one of these from “Love & Logic One-Liners” (link: https://www.loveandlogic.com/pdfs/oneliners.pdf)
“I bet it feels that way.”
“What do you think you’re going to do.”
“I don’t know. What do you think?”
“Bummer. How sad.”
“Thanks for sharing that.”
“Don’t worry about it now.”
“That’s an option.”
“I bet that’s true.”
“Maybe you’ll like what we have for the next meal better.”
“What do you think I think about that?”
“I’m not sure how to react to that. I’ll have to get back to you on it.”
“I’ll let you know what will work for me.”
“I’ll love you wherever you live.”
Getting Kids to Eat their Veggies
We all do some pretty crazy things to get our kids to do the things we WANT them to do. Dinner time is no exception!
I’m not sure what it is about veggies, but kids often choose this battle as the hill to die on. They often won’t give in until you can come with something super creative to get them to eat those veggies. If you’ve tried the negotiation tactic, dangling treats in front of them, and begging then you may want to give Weird Al Yankovich a try.
This mom plays Weird Al’s song “Just Eat It” at dinner time to motivate her kids to eat their veggies! And guess what…it works!
We are going to give this a try tonight!