Ways to get better at being a parent, without hardly trying.
I’m no super mum, and when someone tells me I’m a great mother, my instinct is usually to explain all the ways in which I am deficient.
I know, I know. I really should give myself a break. We should all give ourselves a break when it comes to this whole parenting game.
Because every day, and every child, is different. Some days we know what to do. Other days we just don’t.
For those days that you don’t know what to do? I’ve put together a list of my top six Mummy Hacks to help you out.
Mummy Hack 1: How to fool fussy eaters. Every time.
Hiding veggies in dishes has become second nature to me.
The book Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld will get you started on the whole hiding veggies lark, and some of my mum friends also have some great advice:
“Take your child fruit and vegetable shopping with you. Let them choose anything they like and then they are more likely to try them later.” – Donna
“My daughter never ate vegetables at all but instead of giving in, I kept putting them on her plate. I’d encourage her to try them but not pressure her. One day she started eating them. I was so happy with the progress.” – Michele
Mummy Hack 2: How to beat your kids’ technology addiction.
These days, kids all seem to be addicted to technology. But there are ways to limit that addiction:
“I used to not let my kids use any technology during the week and then they’d binge on it all over the weekend. Now we concentrate on integrating it into our lives each day, but not too much.” Mel
“Kids don’t need every device on the market. My kids have iPods and a computer only and that’s plenty. We discuss developing a healthy relationship with them but it’s not a big deal. The more I fight it the more the love it.” Sam
Mummy Hack 3: How to stop the constant bickering.
Kids bicker and argue and tussle and fight. It’s only natural. It’s still incredibly unpleasant to listen to: