Let me just start by saying before I had children I might have judged these sketchy parenting hacks but now that I have kids all bets are off. You do what you gotta do boo!
As parents, we’re always looking for ways to make life with kids a little easier. So we’re willing to try tips and tricks offered by fellow moms and dads, even if they seem questionable. All we really want to know is if they actually work. And according to Lifehacker and real parents, these somewhat sketchy parenting hacks are legit, even if they’re not exactly proud of using them.
- Heads, I win. Tails, you lose – “When my kids were three and four, if they didn’t want to do something I wanted them to do, like go to bed, I’d say ‘well, why don’t we just flip a coin,” shares one parent. “Heads I win, tails you lose. That worked well for a few months until they finally caught on.”
- The magic of toothpaste – “I tell my kids that if they don’t brush their teeth then they’re going to fall out,” writes another. “They have to brush their teeth every day, the toothpaste secures their teeth in their mouth.”
- The beauty of “adult” food and drinks – “When I was young my family was given some delicious strawberry freezer jam from some family friends,” shares one adult. “My parents told my siblings and me that the jam was alcoholic so we wouldn’t have any.”
- Trick them out of picky eating – “I cheated my son into eating all vegetables and other exotic treats by telling him he’s not actually allowed to have any of it cause it’s only meant for adults, but that it will be our little secret,” one parent reveals. “He was a dream at dinner time.”
- What they don’t know … – “When my kids were young if we gave them sweets we didn’t want them asking for, we just didn’t tell them the name of what it was,” shares another. “My kid was dying to have ice cream again, but didn’t know ‘ice cream.’”
- High-tech help for the dreaded “read it again!” – “If you’re tired of reading books to your kids, just let Alexa do it,” suggests a parent. “The tool is called ‘Reading Sidekick.’”
- The ice cream truck fix – And finally, this parent’s tip: “Tell your kids that when the ice cream truck plays music, that means it’s out of ice cream.”