So, your little baby is growing up no matter how many times you’ve tried to stop it from happening. All of a sudden you have a preschooler, and your whole world is about potty training, the alphabet, choosing the right preschool, teaching right from wrong, and just trying to remember to grab milk on the way home from work.
Who has time to worry about things like tangled doll hair, and lost socks? We do! And we’re here to share 19 life hacks to parent a preschooler, and save you from a ton of worry!
1. STUNG BY A BEE?
Baking soda mixed with a little bit of water to create a paste is a great way to neutralize bee venom, and reduce any pain, swelling, or itching. Be sure to remove the stinger from the skin, then apply the baking soda paste directly to the sting for about 15 minutes. You can repeat this as needed.
2. GOING TO THE DOCTOR?
Bring along some coloring supplies and let your child draw on the exam table paper while they wait for the doctor to come see them.
3. PACKING APPLE SLICES?
Sprinkle them with a little salt, then give them a quick rinse. This will help keep them from turning brown before your preschooler can eat them. Pack them in an air tight container to help keep them fresh even longer.
4. TANGLED DOLL HAIR?
Fill a spray bottle with water and some fabric softener for a quick detangling spray.
5. SPILLED BUBBLES?
Use zip ties to secure bubble tubes to a pole, table leg, or anything your preschooler can reach. Now you won’t have a mess, and you won’t have to buy more bubbles as often!
6. USING A TON OF DISHES?
Use a coffee filter as a makeshift bowl for your child’s snacks.
7. DRIPPING POPSICLE?
Grab a cupcake liner and stick the popsicle stick through the center of it. Boom! Instant drip catcher.
8. NEED AN ICE PACK?
Try using frozen marshmallows instead of ice if your preschooler is complaining about an ice pack being “too cold”.
9. EMPTY BOXES?
Give your preschooler some art supplies and watch their imagination unfold, or get in on the fun and build a box fort!
10. MOLDY BATH TOYS?
Use hot glue to plug up any holes in bath toys to prevent mold from growing inside.
11. LONG CAR RIDE?
Pack snacks! Empty baby wipe containers are a convenient way to pack some snacks to go for your preschooler.
Create a daily schedule for your preschooler. A visual schedule is a fun way to keep your day organized, and establish important routines for your child.
13. LOST SOCKS?
Put dirty socks in a separate basket from your other laundry, and wash them in a mesh bag to keep them all together.
14. GOING ON AN AIRPLANE?
Let your preschooler have the window seat and give them some window gel clings. Sit back and enjoy your flight while your child has a blast playing with gel cling Santa Claus, and his reindeer.
15. TEMPORARY TATTOO?
Spraying it with a little hairspray before wiping it off will save you from scrubbing your preschoolers skin until it’s red. Just be sure to wash the area with soap and water afterwards to remove any hairspray residue.
16. FRUSTRATED CHILD?
Try asking yes or no questions so your preschooler can easily tell you what they need when they are having a hard time communicating it.
17. LOOSE CRAYONS?
Take to go crayons in an Altoids can to keep them from breaking, and keep them all together.
18. DIGGING FOR MATCHING SOCKS?
Buy all white socks. Seriously, You’re never going to find that other green sock with the purple zig zags. The dryer monster ate it. Stop looking.
Take a deep breath. Stop everything you’re doing. Look at your child’s beautiful, happy face. You got this.
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