Real Parenting Hacks

It’s no secret that parenting is hard, and most moms and dads will do anything they can to get their kids to do what they want. In fact, many will resort to all types of trickery, and creativity to get their kids to comply, and a new survey reveals some of the more popular parenting hacks out there. 

A survey of 2,000 American parents finds that the average parent will rely on seven parenting hacks every day, which is understandable considering they say they spend an average of five hours a week trying to get their kids to do something they don’t love to do, like go to bed or do their chores. 

One of the biggest ways to get kids to do something they don’t want to do is to bribe them, with 82% of parents saying they’ve offered an incentive like money or candy to get their kids to do something. As for the why parents use such parenting hacks, getting their kid to eat healthy is one of the biggest reasons (64%), followed by getting them to behave (52%), trying to save time (48%) and getting time for themselves (43%). 

And parents really do get creative when it comes to those parenting hacks. Some of the more unique hacks they use include:

  • Blend up broccoli into ketchup and call it “Special Ketchup”
  • Putting fiber in their chocolate milk to keep them regular
  • Put food coloring into food to make meals more fun
  • Add marshmallows to vegetables/ Add sprinkles to vegetables
  • Set their alarm to be music from their favorite video game
  • Play the quiet game at bedtime; first one to talk loses
  • Blend cauliflower into mac and cheese
  • Calling all meats “chicken”
  • Keep the iPad only 35% charged so they don’t spend too much time on it

Source: SWNS Digital

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