Washing too many cups? Magnetize them

Glue a strip of magnet onto the back of your kids’ cups to keep from constantly re-washing them. In between cups of water, kids can just stick them back on the fridge.

For Halloween: Make a tiny Batmobile

Be the coolest parent on the block with this makeover for one of those Playskool cars. Full disclosure: the woman who did this says the bat decal/paint was the hardest part, and she shares tips on how to do it here. But if you can find a sticker that...

Add more shower storage with another curtain rod

Tip-man Tim: Keep your shower organized

Here’s a simple way to keep your shower caddies neat and organized, and up off the corners of your shower. Install a second shower curtain rod on the inside of the shower. This is a great way to keep multiple kids’ shower stuff organized, and nobody fights over who...

A ‘points’ system for grounding kids

Use a points system when grounding your kids. They have to work it off.

Here’s an image I found from a mom who took a different approach to grounding your kids. They can “work” their way out of it by following her point system. My only thought with this is to be clear what chores your kids have to do regularly, and tailor...

Use a pool noodle to keep kids in bed

Use a pool noodle to keep your kid from falling out of bed

If your child is transitioning to a “big kid” bed, you may be going through a phase where they are falling out of it at night. Keep them safely on top by using a pool noodle under the fitted sheet.

Arm your first-aid kit with a red washcloth


This one is such a great idea I have to share it right now. Keep a red washcloth in your first aid kit. That way, if you’re tending to a child’s cut, they won’t freak out because it’s a red washcloth!

Use monster spray to keep fears at bay

Monster Spray

Are your kids scared of the Boogeyman under the bed? Mix up some “Monster Spray” and squirt it under the bed or in the closet. Everybody can go back to sleep now.

Use Vick’s to ease nighttime cough

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To help lessen a nighttime cold or cough, rub Vick’s VapoRub on your child’s feet before they go to bed, then have them wear socks.

BOGUS! Avoid the foil decorations

It’s a nice idea, I know — sit around the kitchen table with the kids and craft some beautiful, handmade ornaments your family will cherish for years. Well, don’t be fooled. There are some instructions going around the Web for “How to make a foil ornament,” using sticky-backed HVAC...

Laundry list

clothes dryer

To keep your children’s clothes straight on laundry day, put one dot for the oldest, two dots for second oldest, and so forth, on their clothing tags. When you hand clothes down one generation, just add a dot!

Halloween tips: For the kids only


Remember to wrap one of your hands with duct tape, sticky side out. Now when you put your hand in a candy bowl you’ll get three times as much candy!

Read your kid’s blog

3d illustration of computer technologies. concept notebook

The internet is a great tool, but it can be dangerous. Especially today with our children on every social media platform. It’s always best to keep a close eye on your internet security. Did you know it’s so easy for people to post bad things about you, including personal...