Creative parenting ideas?? I’m all ears! Anyone that has been a parent knows that parenting isn’t easy. Every child is born with their own personality and has their own unique needs. When people say to me, as a mother of 7, “Oh, after 3 or 4 kids, it’s all the same right?!” I’m like, “a big, fat NO.” How could it all be the same?? Every additional child is an additional personality with their own needs (not to mention their own schedule… sports, doctor appointments, lessons, birthday parties, etc.) But I will say, that whether you have one child OR seven (or, more!)… it is the same in that it requires a lot of YOU. That’s why I love when parents reach out and help each other, and have compassion on other parents. It’s a big job. It’s the most important job.
With today’s post, I wanted to share with you a round-up of some of my most favorite parenting hacks, tips and tricks. With several ideas in nearly all of these posts, you’ll find over 150 creative parenting ideas to save your sanity. Enjoy!
Over 150 Creative Parenting Ideas to Save Your Sanity
Trick for Getting Kids to Stay on Their Bed at Night
I’ve noticed that my 7 children have always responded well to reward charts. This is such a fun way to solve a common problem… getting kids to stay on their bed! And with kids helping to pick their reward, it makes it even more likely to work!
Simple Ways to Make Chores Fun for Kids
Ah, chores. They’re definitely important, but I totally get the thought that sometimes they’re more trouble than they’re worth. Don’t cave to that thought! Check out some of these creative parenting ideas to make chores a little more fun. They’ll make life so much easier!
Grocery Store Game ~ Alphabet Scavenger Hunt
Okay, have you ever been to the grocery store with your kids and they’re driving you bonkers? I’m not talking babies and toddlers, but just a little bit older. This awesome parenting printable is such a cool way to keep kids occupied as the store, so you can focus on what you need!
How to Connect with Your Teenager
As a mother of 7, I feel like I’m often getting asked for parenting advice on raising teenagers. I still have a few teenagers to raise and I’m still in the midst of it all, but I definitely have a few things to share that have helped me tremendously to connect and have a good relationship with my teenagers.
After School Snacks ~ Meal Prep for Kids
This is such a cool parenting hack! Not only does it make life easier when it comes to feeding kids healthy snacks, but it can also be used for YOU too!
Blended Family Advice ~ From a Mother of 9!
Veronica is one of my most favorite moms. She is so inspiring and always has awesome ideas for raising a family. She is a mother of 9 and her blended family is thriving!
Outdoor A to Z Photo Scavenger Hunt
If you have a phone and a kid… that’s all you need to pull off this simple scavenger hunt. Super creative parenting idea for anyone with a bored kid. This doesn’t even have to be done outside. You can do it in the mall, in the house, anywhere that you need to keep your kid occupied, or do it with them… it sounds super fun!
13 Creative Activities for Bored Kids
I’ve definitely had my fair share of bored kids around the house. These creative activity ideas are some of my go-to’s for kids that need something easy and fun to do!
What I Wish I Knew With Baby #1 ~ Parenting Tips
After 7 kids, you would think that I might have some suggestions on things that work for raising kiddos and things that don’t work. This is my best effort to share some of those parenting tips and tricks with you, when it comes to raising babies!
Six Lessons to Help You Stop Yelling & Start Loving
This is a beautiful post, written by Dan Jacobs. He always has the neatest ways of thinking about things and practical advice. This is a super important skill to acquire as a parent too!
Grocery Store Game ~ Adjectives Scavenger Hunt
I have a feeling you’re going to love the Grocery Store Games. The previous one was a little easier, with finding items in the store for each letter of the alphabet. This one gets a little trickier, as kids look for items to fit the adjectives!
3 Laundry Hacks That Make Life Easier
Laundry. Can I get a collective GROAN?!? Ugh… But, we can be thankful that we have clothes to wear and a simple way to get them clean, right? I tell myself that all the time, while I stare at the mountains of laundry in my home. Be sure to check out these laundry hacks that can help save your sanity.
Clever Ways to Get Your Kids to Talk
Getting kids to say anything besides, “fine,” when you ask them about their day can sometimes be considered a miracle. In this post, Becky shares her best tips on getting more than one word answers from your kids!
How to Save a Ton of Money on Back-to-School Clothes
If shopping for school clothes is a financial burden or annoyance, you may want to check out these awesome tips on saving money school shopping.
Printable Summer Bucket List ~ Paper or Magnets!
How cute is this?! Kids love bucket lists and a summer bucket list is even more fun! I love the idea of printing it onto printable magnet paper and putting it on the fridge. I also think this could make a cute gift for friends with kids.
Helping Kids Understand the Blessing of Education
Do your kids complain about going to school? Sit down with them and watch this. It’s so inspiring and captivating! Following each of these kids, in different parts of the world, on their way to school will open your eyes and make you appreciate the blessing it is to have our schools so accessible. This would make a great family night (with treats, of course!)
Rainy Day Activities for Kids
When the kids are stuck in the house because of the rain, you may find yourself longing for some creative activity ideas for kids. Never fear. Check out these boredom-busting rainy day activities!
5 Diaper Changing Hacks Every Mother Should Know
With the thousands of diapers you’ll be changing, as a mother, you might as well know some diaper changing tricks to make the whole process easier. I love the tips that Rebecca shares in this post!
Grocery Store Games ~ Color Scavenger Hunt
This is the easiest Grocery Store Game that I have, with kids trying to find items in the store for each of the colors. This one is easy enough for an older toddler to do by themselves!
Learning to Love My Son ~ Parenting a Strong Willed Child
Parenting can be tricky. Just because you know how to parent one kid doesn’t mean the next child will be the same. And despite the fact that you may be doing everything right, our children are born with their own personalities. One parenting method doesn’t fit all! This is an awesome and super honest post by Dan Jacobs, Learning to Love My Son.
Disney ‘Would You Rather’ Printable Game
Kids love playing ‘Would You Rather’ and these games are perfect for playing on road trips, while waiting at the doctor’s office, a restaurant, or just for making conversation at the dinner table. This version is Disney focused and ready to download and print, for free! You can also find our Marvel version, scripture version, Harry Potter version, and Pixar themed.
15 Tricks for Picky Eaters
Dealing with picky eaters is the story of my life. Here’s 15 tricks I’ve found or made up to help me out, when it comes to motivating picky eaters to try new foods.
8 Awesome Ideas for Entertaining Kids Without Electronics
Electronics are such a blessing and a curse, all at the same time! But for all of the good things available to us through them, sometimes it’s wise to take a break. I love these * actually * awesome ideas for entertaining kids without electronics! It’s always good to help them remember that they can have fun without staring at a screen.
Fun Ways to Keep the Kids Happy in the Car
Is this really possible?? Keeping kids happy in the car?? I would say, “yes.” BUT… you have to be prepared. Come at it with a battle plan! This post is full of fun ways to entertain kids in the car.
Creative Games to Motivate Kids to Clean
I’m definitely no stranger to messes or asking kids over and over again to get them taken care of. These are some of the clever parenting tricks I have up my sleeve for motivating kids to clean, without having it be a big fight.
Catch Some Kindness Jars
This is another one of the clever parenting tricks from Veronica, that I love. Trying to get your kids to be kind to each other can be completely draining. I love her simple little method for encouraging kindness in her family.
Trick for Taking Away the Pacifier
Yes, my friends… there is an easy way to take away the pacifier. I have used this parenting tip over and over again… 7 times, with all of my 7 children, and EVERY time, it worked like a charm. Taking away the binky doesn’t need to be a stressful thing! Also, if you need some ideas for stopping thumb sucking in older kids, this post has some great tips on that too.
Hope that helps give you lots of ideas to make parenting a little easier!
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