Awhile back, we were over my sister's apartment for dinner. Mazzy wanted to use her watercolors (I happened to have a set in my bag) but I didn't want her to make a mess. After trying and failing to find some newspaper to put on the floor, I suggested using a puppy pee pad since my sister has a dog.
We quickly realized this was THE BEST IDEA EVER since puppy pee pads are super absorbant with a plastic backing so nothing soaks through. (FYI- It's an even better idea if you don't have a dog so no four-legged creatures try to pee on your child's masterpiece in mid-creation.)
I have never been more proud of myself as I was in that moment. I had created my very first "parent hack".
I wish I could name twenty more that I've developed since, but the truth is, that was the one and only time true inspiration struck. The rest I've been collecting from around the web on Pinterest in a board called "Parental Brilliance".
Buzzfeed did a great post on parent hacks about a month ago, so I would check that out too, but they missed a few.
Here are 21 of my favorites acts of parental brillance...
1. Put a cupcake wrapper under a popsicle.
2. Use empty toilet paper rolls to hold together rolls of wrapping paper.
3. Put a suspension curtain rod between a crib and the wall to create a playspace or reading nook.
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4. Transform Starbucks to-go cups into no-spill paint cups.
5. Put an Elmo scrunchi around the lens of a camera to get your kid to look in the right direction.
6. Cut a hole in the tip of a pacifier to help administer medication.
7. Tie a tissue box to an empty tissue box with rubberbands for a convenient used tissue garbage.
8. Cover a paint tray with tin foil for no clean-up.
9. Have your toddler hold a juice box from the side tabs to keep him from squeezing the box too hard and spilling all the juice.
10. Use a hanging tiered fruit basket to hold bath toys.
11. Use a lint roller to pick up glitter.
12. Instead of bringing an autograph book to Disney World, bring a photo mat for all the characters to sign.
13. Cut a pool noodle to prevent a door from slamming.
14. Use a bread tab to find where the tape begins.
15. Paint old pieces of denim with yellow lines to create roads you can easily pack in a suitcase.
16. Use a hairdryer to remove stickers your toddler stuck on your floors or furniture.
18. Hang a 'lost sock' board next to your washing machine.
19. Bring band aids on your next trip to use as travel baby proofing for outlets.
20. Use your sunglasses for an iPhone stand.
21. My only original hack: Use an absorbant puppy pee pad as a toddler painting workspace instead of newspaper. Who gets the newspaper anymore, anyway?
Anybody have any acts of parental brilliance they'd like to share?