Life hacks – we can’t get enough of them, can we? We’re all addicted to those astonishingly genius little hints and tips that make us go “oooh!” and wonder why we never knew it before.
And the Internet is a brilliant place for sharing them – and finding them!
My recent favourites are wetting your finger to retrieve a little dropped egg shell – instead of chasing it around the bowl through the slippy egg white, it just sticks to your finger tip instantly. Honestly – it works every time. How have I never known this before??
Parenting Hacks are the refined next step – small things that just make our frazzled parent brains a little smoother and calmer. And it’s funny how often you don’t realise you’re using one yourself until a fellow parent watches you with astonishment and says “THAT is genius!”. Quite simply a parenting hack is a cost effective, safe strategy or technique designed to help manage, and save ones time or make parenting simpler or easier.
For instance it wasn’t until child no.3 that I saw a solution for the shoes-on-the-wrong-feet issue that made me burst into song (almost. in my head at least.). Draw a smiley face on the insole in permanent marker – one half in each foot. SO simple and yet such a brilliant solution. They line the shoes up easily to make that smiley face, and instantly know which foot goes in which shoe!
Make sure you do the daps (plimsolls), trainers & school shoes – it’s often particularly tricky when you’re changing in a busy classroom. The number of times they came home from school with their feet on the wrong way round…
Simple, cheap and really effective. The very definition of a parenting hack.
So – how d’you fancy sharing your Parenting Hacks – and being in with a chance to win a Sudocrem Goody Bag?
After all – what parent doesn’t keep a tub of Sudocrem in the house? My first aid kits hasn’t been without one since my now-16-yr-old was born. We bought it for the nappy rash treatment (and it totally saved No.2’s skin – literally – during a severe tummy upset while he was in nappies. There’s another top tip for you from my awesome Health Visitor; if your baby or toddler has an upset stomach and the diarrhoea is causing nappy rash and/or burning, then smear a thick layer of Sudocrem on the skin and leave it sitting messily white and thick when you put the nappy back on – it acts as a brilliant barrier and allows the skin to heal underneath while protecting it from more burning. Just replenish at every nappy change, it completely works).
But now we use it on teen spots, small burns, cuts and grazes, sunburnt noses, summer-chafed skin… we couldn’t be without it!
So – share your Parenting Hacks with us, and your tips will be entered into a national competition to finds Sudocrem’s favourite parenting hacks – and win £100 voucher!
It ‘s dead easy to enter – we’ll pick our own three favourite hacks to each win a goody bag which includes:
- 1 Red/Pink/Blue Sudocrem hat (Colour chosen at random)
- 1 Sudocrem T-Shirt
- 1 Sudocrem Care & Protect
- 1 Tube of Sudocrem Skin Care Cream
- 1 Sudocrem Pen
- 1 Sudocrem car bumper slogan
- 1 pair of Sudocrem sunglasses
Our three winners will have their hacks put forward to Sudocrem’s national competition – and three of the best parenting hacks from the national search (as decided by Sudocrem), will be chosen to receive a £100 prize voucher too!