Crack open the vodka

Who knew it re­moved stains or a rub­ber band solved so much?

Central and North Burnett Times - - HOME - with Jody Allen Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: stay­ath­ome­mum.com.au

PAR­ENT­ING is hard, but here are some hacks to make the process just a lit­tle bit eas­ier. Sure, it might not solve the big prob­lems, but it will cer­tainly clear away some of the lit­tle ones.

Keep kids from lock­ing them­selves in the bath­room, and cre­at­ing a crazy amount of panic on both sides, by twist­ing a large rub­ber band over both the door knobs. This five-sec­ond trick means that the door won’t even fully close, which will stop lit­tle kids from be­ing able to trap them­selves.

Kids have trou­ble get­ting their shoes on the right feet? Take a sticker, prefer­ably a rec­tan­gle or cir­cu­lar one, cut it in half and then stick it to the bot­tom of your child’s shoes. That way your child can look in the bot­tom of the shoe, and see which foot needs to go where.

If you have prob­lems with stains, pop open the vodka right now. Put some vodka on a white towel, dab it into the stain and, like magic, the stain will clear up. Just make sure you wash it af­ter, so your kid’s soc­cer uni­form doesn’t smell like a pub.

You know you can limit the amount of soap that comes out of the dis­penser by twist­ing a rub­ber band around the pump? It only takes a few min­utes but it means that small hands won’t use up all your liq­uid soap.

Hate hold­ing your strug­gling child while you dig a painful splin­ter from their foot or hand? Try this in­stead: Put a paste made from bak­ing soda and a small amount of wa­ter on to the splin­ter and leave it for a few min­utes. The bak­ing soda will push out the splin­ter, mean­ing no painful dig­ging with the tweez­ers.

If your kids are still lit­tle and your house hap­pens to have taps that don’t stick out very far, take an old plas­tic bot­tle, like a sham­poo bot­tle or sim­i­lar, and cut it to fit on the end of your cur­rent tap. A long bot­tle can eas­ily ex­tend the tap 10-15cm, mak­ing it much eas­ier to reach.

Putting Vicks VapoRub on your child’s feet is just as ef­fec­tive as slather­ing it on their chest. We know that the soles of the feet can ab­sorb oils, but doc­tors still aren’t sure why this works. If your lit­tle one has a cough, give the bot­toms of their feet a good rub with Vicks, pop some socks on, and let them go to sleep.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

These par­ent­ing tips will help with the lit­tle prob­lems around the house.

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