Parents: You’re going to want to have these tools by your side. Always.
Here is a taste of a few things I’ve dealt with this morning.
1) Two sets of wet sheets 2) Vomit 3) Weet-bix smeared on a wall 4) Five tantrums 5) Two pairs of lost shoes 6) And a last-minute reminder that it was show-and-tell day at school and the required item was a hand-drawn map of the family tree.
And that was all before 8.30am.
Yep – this parenting gig can be tough at times – so you need all the backup you can get.
There are a few essential items that I turn to daily to get me through…(coffee being number one). Parents? I’m sure you’ll relate to these.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this is an advertorial for Volvo.
All those questions. Why does dew form? Where does the cow get her milk? How does a baby bird learn how to fly?
I don’t know how parents used to answer them before Google. I think that’s what encyclopaedias were for.
2. A good babysitter.
This is a must – someone who doesn’t charge too much, and someone you can trust, rely on and always know that your kids are safe when they are in their care.
3. A smart car.
Just think about what the family car really is for busy parents: it’s a mode of transportation, sure, but also a mediator, a storage facility, a jukebox…
Have you seen the Volvo XC60? I am not sure you can get a more family-friendly car. This vehicle has in-built two stage booster cushions that allow you to switch configurations to stop the kids bickering about where they want to sit, a rear parking camera, an automatic tailgate in the boot (which is a lifesaver when you have seven bags of shopping in one hand and a wayward toddler in another) and City Safety auto emergency braking to keep everybody extra safe. It’s perfect for those long car trips – and every parent needs a car like this to see them through.
4. An odds and ends drawer.
It’s that drawer that you once thought was full of junk – you know, the one that every so often you would vow to clean out. Until you have kids, and then it becomes a godsend.