19 Brilliant Hacks That Will Make Potty Training So Much Easier!

These are some great potty training tips right here! Pretty soon their business won’t be your business…

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1. Use Cheerios to improve your son’s aim.

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Put the Cheerio in the toilet bowl and tell your son to aim for it. He’ll have fun and learn how to pee in the toilet at the same time.

2. To stop your kid from freaking out when a public toilet flushes, put a Post-It over the sensor.

This will stop it from flushing while your kid is trying to go.

3. If your little one likes to unwind the entire roll of toilet paper, put it in backward (with the end facing the wall) — it’ll make it harder for them.

You can also put pre-ripped toilet paper into an empty wipes box to keep them from overusing it.

4. A “you shall not pass” sign can also serve as a good visual aid.

Though only older kids will be able to read the words, younger ones can color it and tape it to the wall.

5. If they do end up flushing too much paper and the toilet clogs, drizzle in a bit of Dawn dish soap, then slowly pour in a bucket of hot water from waist level.

The weight of the water can often help unlodge the clog.

6. Make a progress chart of times they’re successful, and let them put a sticker up when they do it right.

When they get enough points, they can win a predetermined prize.

7. Get a potty training kit together before you start, with the sticker chart, juice boxes, some candy and small rewards that they’ll love, their big kid underwear, and a potty training movie.

Show them the underwear before they start training, and explain that it’s special and that they’ll get to wear it when they learn.

8. This ingenious time saver for bed-wetting.

Put a layer of puppy pads under their sheets, with another sheet underneath. If they have an accident, you can just peel off the soiled layer and throw it in the laundry.

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Put a layer of puppy pads under their sheets, with another sheet underneath. If they have an accident, you can just peel off the soiled layer and throw it in the laundry.

9. Set a “pee-pee timer” for every 30 minutes to help remind your little boy or girl to try to go.

Just be ready for a Pavlovian effect — they might have to pee every time they hear the microwave go off!

10. There’s no shame in resorting to bribery. When your child sits on the potty on their own, start out with big rewards, like a little toy or ice cream, and gradually decrease to small awards, like M&Ms or jelly beans.

“The key is that when she goes to sit on the potty, and her pants are dry, that’s when she gets rewarded,” one mom writes. “If you start to reward for making pee/poop, that is when it can turn into a power struggle/control issue.”

11. If you prefer not to use candy, hit up the dollar store: Try stickers, stamps, coins for their piggy bank, or a toy set with multiple pieces for the bath, and let them have one or two for every time they go one or two. Hugs and songs can work too.

Be sure to make a big show of whatever their reward is. If it’s stickers, keep the poster near the potty. When their piggy bank is full, let them trade it in for a special reward: Watching a special movie, going to the park, etc.

12. Another incentive recommended is to let them pick out a poster they like, hang it in the bathroom, then cover up the good parts with a post-it note.

When they go, their reward is to remove a post-it or two.

13. Sing “Wipe, seat down, flush, wash your hands” to any melody to help them remember all of the steps.

You can even come up with a little dance to do along with it!

14. If they have an accident, have them help with clean up.

Have them rinse out their underwear, bring it to the laundry room or hamper, and change themselves. The chore will often stick in their mind as a tedious activity they want to avoid.

15. Save yourself some back strain by letting the little one wash their hands with the bathtub faucet (just make sure it’s not too hot).

You can also buy a nifty faucet extender.

16. Pantyliners can be a cheap alternative to Pull-Ups or potty training pants if they’re still having occasional accidents, or have been potty trained but are leaking once in a while.

17. For kids who are resisting wearing underwear, they’ll be extra excited to wear a pair custom-made for them with iron-on paper.

Print out their favorite characters using iron-on transfer paper, then iron them onto plain white underwear. Ta-da! Their own personalized collection.

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Print out their favorite characters using iron-on transfer paper, then iron them onto plain white underwear. Ta-da! Their own personalized collection.

18. Stick a disposable changing pad on the car seat to avoid constant cleaning up while accidents are still happening.

Huggies makes 'em, but puppy pads work too and will often be cheaper.

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Huggies makes ’em, but puppy pads work too and will often be cheaper.

19. Like everything else with parenting, don’t stress too much about it. Just remember: You’re not going to send your kid to college in diapers.

33 Genius Hacks Guaranteed To Make A Parent’s Job Easier

Here’s some genius hacks that are guaranteed to make a parent’s job a little easier. Raising a tiny human being is one of the hardest jobs out there! 

 

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1. If your kids are always using new cups, give them their own designated cups with magnets to stick to the fridge.

Not only does this mean less dishwashing, but cups can be kept at kid-height instead of up-high cupboards.

2. Use a Play-Doh confetti maker to make your own baby puff treats.

Use a Play-Doh confetti maker to make your own baby puff treats.

You can use ingredients that are so much better than the store-bought variety. Get the directions here.

3. Cover a play table in oilcloth to create a water-resistant outdoor picnic table for the kids.

Get the directions and tons more examples here.

4. A Capri Sun in the freezer becomes a fun and easy slushy.

A Capri Sun in the freezer becomes a fun and easy slushy.

Just freeze for six hours, cut the top open, and scoop out with a spoon!

5. Put a sticker that has been cut in half on shoes’ inner soles to show your child the correct foot for their shoes.

Put a sticker that has been cut in half on shoes' inner soles to show your child the correct foot for their shoes.

If your child is already able to put on their shoes but still gets a little confused between right and left, this little sticker trick will help you get out the door faster.

6. Keep pacifiers clean in your bag with sauce-to-go containers.

Keep pacifiers clean in your bag with sauce-to-go containers.

7. Dawn, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda will get set-in baby food stains out of a onesie.

Get the recipe for this magical solution here.

8. Repurpose a large pump dispenser to fill water balloons.

Repurpose a large pump dispenser to fill water balloons.

9. Liquid Bandage will seal in a temporary safety tattoo on your child.

Liquid Bandage will seal in a temporary safety tattoo on your child.

If your child gets lost at the amusement park, your phone number is emblazoned right there on their arm. Get the directions here.

10. The “You Shall Not Pass” sign provides a visual limit to how much toilet paper your child can take.

The "You Shall Not Pass" sign provides a visual limit to how much toilet paper your child can take.

11. Easily make a Girl Scout cookie carrier out of a Tupperware tray and some duct tape.

Easily make a Girl Scout cookie carrier out of a Tupperware tray and some duct tape.

It’ll make going door to door so much easier. Get the directions here.

12. A rubber band will help kids grip pencils better.

A rubber band will help kids grip pencils better.

13. Helichrysum is the essential oil you need for accident-prone kids.

Helichrysum is the essential oil you need for accident-prone kids.

It’s used by dentists to stop bleeding instantly. Read more about it here.

14. Gluing pennies is a way to improvise tap dancing shoes.

Gluing pennies is a way to improvise tap dancing shoes.

In case your child is hoping to make it to Broadway someday.

15. Put a “safety spot” sticker on your car to ensure an older child doesn’t wander off while you load or unload the car.

Put a "safety spot" sticker on your car to ensure an older child doesn't wander off while you load or unload the car.

You can improvise your own with a large, round sticker, or purchase the Parking Pal magnet here.

16. A plastic cup will keep little hands safe when handling sparklers on the Fourth of July.

A plastic cup will keep little hands safe when handling sparklers on the Fourth of July.

17. An inflatable pool makes a great safe play area for babies and toddlers.

An inflatable pool makes a great safe play area for babies and toddlers.

18. A small spray bottle with 2 tablespoons of fabric softener and water = “Doll Hairspray.”

A small spray bottle with 2 tablespoons of fabric softener and water = "Doll Hairspray."

19. Another use for your glue gun: Plug up those holes in your bath toys so they don’t get all moldy.

Another use for your glue gun: Plug up those holes in your bath toys so they don't get all moldy.

20. Make sidewalk chalk in deodorant dispensers for mess-free drawing.

Make sidewalk chalk in deodorant dispensers for mess-free drawing.

Get the recipe here.

21. Dollar store shower caddies are great to have around for eating in the car.

Dollar store shower caddies are great to have around for eating in the car.

22. Cut up pieces of fleece to create a teething guard for your baby’s crib.

Cut up pieces of fleece to create a teething guard for your baby's crib.

Get the full tutorial here.

23. A crib sheet will keep an outdoor baby from getting bitten up by mosquitoes.

A crib sheet will keep an outdoor baby from getting bitten up by mosquitoes.

Sometimes you want to keep baby outside with you while working in the yard. A crib sheet provides shade and protection from bugs.

24. Use an egg carton for card games.

Use an egg carton for card games.

25. Use a glue gun to prevent shoes from slipping.

Use a glue gun to prevent shoes from slipping.

26. Catch kids trying to sneak out with this clever little hack.

Catch kids trying to sneak out with this clever little hack.

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27. Have more than one child? Use the dot method to separate their clothing.

Have more than one child? Use the dot method to separate their clothing.

In this household, the oldest child gets one dot while the younger one gets two.

28. Make a “busy wallet” with drawing paper, fun stickers, and a pen to occupy kids while they wait for their food.

Make a "busy wallet" with drawing paper, fun stickers, and a pen to occupy kids while they wait for their food.

The best panacea for kids who get fidgety at restaurants.

29. Add Jell-O to your popsicles so they don’t melt into a drippy mess.

Add Jell-O to your popsicles so they don't melt into a drippy mess.

Get the recipe for this slow-melt popsicle recipe here.

30. Bringing a baby bath to the beach means a baby doesn’t have to miss out on splashing fun.

Bringing a baby bath to the beach means a baby doesn't have to miss out on splashing fun.

Just fill the tub up with beach water.


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31. A $3 thrift store camera bag makes the best diaper bag ever.

A $3 thrift store camera bag makes the best diaper bag ever.

SO MANY COMPARTMENTS.

32. Put a padlock on your plugs to keep your kids from plugging in electrical appliances.

Put a padlock on your plugs to keep your kids from plugging in electrical appliances.

33. And finally… this solution will SAVE YOUR LIFE (and your beds) during the potty-training phase.

And finally... this solution will SAVE YOUR LIFE (and your beds) during the potty-training phase.

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Heather Spohr from The Spohrs Are Multiplying placed wee wee pads underneath her child’s fitted sheet to protect the mattress from accidents. She actually double layers them — one layer of wee wee pads, one fitted sheet, one layer of wee wee pads, another fitted sheet — so that she could remove the top layer after bed-wetting without having to re-fit the bed. A serious time and sleep saver during a challenging time.

Get even more brilliant parenting hacks here.

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Guy Takes Matters Into His Own Hands After Hearing Kids Abusive Remarks To His Mother

This guy may or may not have taught the abusive little brat anything but I bet it was an experience he won’t soon forget!  LMAO

 

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Parenthood Hilariously Portrayed By These 12 Comics

Parenthood definitely has its ups and downs and these comics nailed it right on the head! LOL

 

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An Italian Mama

No sense trying to fool an Italian Mama, or any Mama for that matter!  😉

 

Mrs. Ravioli comes to visit her son Anthony for dinner.  He lives with a female roommate, Maria.

During the course of the meal, his mother couldn’t help but notice how pretty Anthony’s roommate is.

Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between Anthony and his roommate than met the eye.

Reading his mom’s thoughts, Anthony volunteered, “I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you, Maria and I are just roommates.”

About a week later, Maria came to Anthony saying, “Ever since your mother came to dinner, I’ve been unable to find the silver sugar bowl.

You don’t suppose she took it, do you?”

“Well, I doubt it, but I’ll email her, just to be sure.”

So he sat down and wrote an email:

 

Dear MaMa,

I’m not saying that you “did” take the sugar bowl from my house ; I’m not saying that you “did not” take it.  But the fact remains that it has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.

Your Loving Son

Anthony

Several days later, Anthony received a response email from his MaMa which read:

Dear son,

I’m not saying that you “do” sleep with Maria, and I’m not saying that you “do not” sleep with her.  But the fact remains that if she was sleeping in her OWN bed, she would have found the sugar bowl by now.

Your Loving MaMa

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The Mean Things My Mother Did

The best kind of Mother to have!  😉

 

I had the meanest mother in the whole world. While other kids ate candy for breakfast, I had to have cereal, eggs or toast. When others had cokes and candy for lunch, I had to eat a sandwich. As you can guess, my supper was different than the other kids’ also.

But at least, I wasn’t alone in my sufferings. My sister and two brothers had the same mean mother as I did.

My mother insisted upon knowing where we were at all times. You’d think we were on a chain gang. She had to know who our friends were and where we were going. She insisted if we said we’d be gone an hour, that we be gone one hour or less–not one hour and one minute. Now you can begin to see how mean she really was.

We had to wear clean clothes and take a bath. The other kids always wore their clothes for days. We reached the height of insults because she made our clothes herself, just to save money. Why, oh why, did we have to have a mother who made us feel different from our friends?

The worst is yet to come. We had to be in bed by nine each night and up at eight the next morning. We couldn’t sleep till noon like our friends. So while they slept-my mother actually had the nerve to break the child-labor law. She made us work. We had to wash dishes, make beds, and learn to cook and all sorts of cruel things. I believe she laid awake at night thinking up mean things to do to us.

She always insisted upon us telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, even if it killed us- and it nearly did.

By the time we were teenagers, she was much wiser, and our life became even more unbearable. None of this tooting the horn of a car for us to come running. She embarrassed us to no end by making our dates and friends come to the door to get us. If I spent the night with a girlfriend, can you imagine she checked on me to see if I were really there? I never had the chance to elope to Mexico. That is if I’d had a boyfriend to elope with. I forgot to mention, while my friends were dating at the mature age of 12 and 13, my old fashioned mother refused to let me date until the age of 15 and 16. Fifteen, that is, if you dated only to go to a school function. And that was maybe twice a year.

Through the years, things didn’t improve a bit. We could not lie in bed, “sick” like our friends did, and miss school. If our friends had a toe ache, a hang nail or serious ailment, they could stay home from school. Our marks in school had to be up to par. Our friends’ report cards had beautiful colors on them, black for passing, red for failing. My mother being as different as she was, would settle for nothing less than ugly black marks.

As the years rolled by, first one and then the other of us was put to shame. We were graduated from high school. With our mother behind us, talking, hitting and demanding respect, none of us was allowed the pleasure of being a drop-out.

My mother was a complete failure as a mother. Out of four children, a couple of us attained some higher education. None of us have ever been arrested, divorced or beaten his mate. Each of my brothers served his time in the service of this country. And whom do we have to blame for the terrible way we turned out? You’re right, our mean mother. Look at the things we missed. We never got to march in a protest parade, nor to take part in a riot, burn draft cards, and a million and one other things that our friends did.

She forced us to grow up into educated, honest adults. Using this as a background, I am trying to raise my three children. I stand a little taller and I am filled with pride when my children call me mean.

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Swearing Rules Guideline For My Children

If you are a parent that uses profanity, chances are your children will too.  Here is a swearing rules guideline that would work well in my house!  😉

 

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1. First and foremost, learn what the swear words actually mean. Look them up in the dictionary or ask me. Each one is an alternative word for something else. Knowing the definition of every curse word is the only way to …

2. Use profanity correctly and in the proper context. You need to learn when and how to use the right words so you don’t look like an ass. Did you stub your toe? A boisterous “FUCK!” is appropriate, while “Oh dick!” sounds wrong. By the way, it should go without saying …

3. Never swear at school. NEVER. EVER. Or in front of people you don’t know. Or in front of your grandparents. Except your great-grandmother — she’ll probably laugh and teach you some new expletives. Which leads me to my next point …

4. Know your audience. Don’t be an asshole and curse intentionally to piss somebody off or to get attention. It’s not nice. Understand that some people get their panties in a bunch if you swear in front of them. When in doubt, keep your damn trap shut. And to become a skilled practitioner …

5. Appreciate the nuances of the language. There are subtleties worth noting. For example, the meaning of “fuck” changes depending upon what word you use after it: “me,” “you,” “off,” or “it.” These are important distinctions, and you need to master that shit. But please …

6. Don’t overdo it. A sundae is not delicious if you put too many sprinkles on it. Treat obscenities like sprinkles. They should enhance, not detract from, the message you are sending. Use the words for emphasis. And only occasionally. That way, when you do use them, people know you’re not fucking around. Oh, and, by the way …

7. Don’t let anyone tell you profanity is for the uneducated. You don’t have to put up with that shit. James Joyce sure didn’t, and neither do I. Sure, I could say, “Please refrain from exhibiting selfish and aggressive behavior in my presence.” But this college-educated woman knows the power and efficiency of saying, “Don’t be a dick.” That being said …

8. There are some words that are so offensive that you ought not utter them. For instance, let’s try not to piss off any higher power, OK? And C U Next Tuesday? NOT OKAY IN MY HOUSE. That goes for derogatory terms for any race, religion, or sexual orientation as well.  For those words, you will be digitally grounded. Like, no phone or Internet for an obscene amount of time. And, Sweetie, even without these words …

9. Don’t be surprised when people are offended by your choice of language. Hey, you decided to use the words, now you have to stand by that decision. Not everyone is going to like it, but you can shrug off that shit. Some people just don’t have a fucking sense of humor.

 

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The Most Hillariously Awkward Baby Photos

This collection of hillariously awkward baby photos is one of the best I have seen.  As a parent, we all probably have an awkward baby photo or two kicking around….

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VASELINE

A man doing market research for the Vaseline Company knocked at the door and was greeted by a young woman with three small children running around at her feet. “I’m doing some research for Vaseline. Have you ever used the product?”

She said, “Yes. My husband and I use it all the time.”

 “If you don’t mind my asking,” he said, “what do you use it for?” “We use it for sex,” she said.

The researcher was a little taken aback. “Usually people lie to me and say they use it on a child’s bicycle chain or to help with a gate hinge. But, in fact, I know that most people do use it for sex. I admire you for your honesty. Since you’ve been so frank so far, can you tell me exactly HOW you use it for sex?”

The woman said, “I don’t mind telling you at all. My husband and I put it on the doorknob and it keeps the kids out.”

What were you thinking ……..

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Dear Dad;

OMG!!  Could you imagine getting a Dear Dad letter like this?

 

A father passing by his son’s bedroom was astonished to see that his bed was nicely made and everything was picked up.

Then he saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow that was addressed to ‘Dad.’

With the worst premonition he opened the envelope with trembling hands and read the letter.

Dear Dad:

It is with great regret and sorrow that I’m writing you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with Mom and you. I have been finding real passion with Stacy and she is so nice.

But I knew you would not approve of her because of all her piercings, tattoos, tight motorcycle clothes and the fact that she is much older than I am.

But it’s not only the passion…Dad she’s pregnant.

Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a trailer in the woods and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. We share a dream of having many more children.

Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn’t really hurt anyone.. We’ll be growing it for ourselves and trading it with the other people that live nearby for cocaine and ecstasy.

In the meantime we will pray that science will find a cure for AIDS so Stacy can get better.

She deserves it.

Don’t worry Dad. I’m 15 and I know how to take care of myself. Someday I’m sure that we will be back to visit so that you can get to know your grandchildren.

Love, Your Son Cody,

P.S.. Dad, none of the above is true. I’m over at Tommy’s house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than the report card that’s in my center desk drawer.

I love you. Call me when it’s safe to come home.

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24 People Who Are Really Nailing This Parenting Thing

With parenting skills like this, something tells me that the children of all these parents are going to grow up to be just fine!

1. The mom who came up with the “get along shirt.”

The mom who came up with the "get along shirt."

2. These parents who know how to travel with kids.

These parents who know how to travel with kids.

3. Any parent that uses the same tactics on their kids and their cats.

Any parent that uses the same tactics on their kids and their cats.

4. These parents who are planning for the future.

These parents who are planning for the future.

5. The masterminds who came up with this trick.

The masterminds who came up with this trick.

6. The parent who wakes up their kids like this.

The parent who wakes up their kids like this.

7. This dad who finally got his baby to fall asleep.

This dad who finally got his baby to fall asleep.

8. This dad who taught his son the classics.

This dad who taught his son the classics.

9. The parent who taught their daughter to have a healthy perspective on gender roles.

The parent who taught their daughter to have a healthy perspective on gender roles.

10. This thoughtful father who planned ahead on Halloween.

This thoughtful father who planned ahead on Halloween.

11. This dad who has a surprise planned for his kids.

This dad who has a surprise planned for his kids.

12. This parent who teamed up with the tooth fairy to get what they wanted.

This parent who teamed up with the tooth fairy to get what they wanted.

13. Any parent who names their kid “Tahra Dactyl.”

Any parent who names their kid "Tahra Dactyl."

14. The parent who brought blanket forts to a whole new level.

The parent who brought blanket forts to a whole new level.

15. This dad who came up with the greatest father/baby costume ever.

This dad who came up with the greatest father/baby costume ever.

16. This mom who is teaching her kids to use social media responsibly.

This mom who is teaching her kids to use social media responsibly.

17. This dad who introduced his son to his hobbies.

This dad who introduced his son to his hobbies.

18. This dad who just wants his kid to appreciate the great outdoors.

This dad who just wants his kid to appreciate the great outdoors.

19. This dad who lets his kid go out dressed as Batman.

This dad who lets his kid go out dressed as Batman.

20. This dad who discovered a lifehack that makes everyone happy.

This dad who discovered a lifehack that makes everyone happy.

21. This dad who is equal parts embarrassing and awesome.

This dad who is equal parts embarrassing and awesome.

22. This mom who still knows how to have fun.

This mom who still knows how to have fun.

23. This dad who taught his son to not waste food.

This dad who taught his son to not waste food.

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24. This dad who punished his daughter by making her wear his face to school.

This dad who punished his daughter by making her wear his face to school.