You know those pool noodles that sit in your closet when you’re not swimming with them? They can actually come in handy in several ways for baby-proofing your house or sleep training your toddler. You can wrap these noodles around everything from trampoline wires, to cement poles to wall corners. And if your child has a tendency to fall out of the bed, you can skip the bed-rail and instead slip a pool noodle under their fitted sheet, so that they cannot roll off the bed onto the floor. All together now…why didn’t I think of that??
Oh, and let’s not forget the best parenting hack of all time: bribery. We know, we know, you shouldn’t need to bribe your kids to get them to do what you want, but let’s be honest, we all do it, and it works. We’re not suggesting you bribe your kids with candy and presents all day, every day, but a little coercing can go a long way. Think about what they want and need in their daily life (like, say, the Wi-Fi password, the TV remote control, their underwear…) and promise to deliver those items only when they finish their chores. They’ll get right to work if you have something they want and need.