Parenting is no easy feat. It’s extremely difficult to take care of a small human with bad coordination, a limited understanding of the world, and a tendency to make a mess wherever they go.
Some parents, however, seem to be far ahead of the curve. These are some moms and dads who are clearly winning at this whole parenting thing.
Get The Kids To Clean Up After Themselves
This is a total win-win situation for the mom. If her kids pick up after themselves, then she doesn’t have to deal with the mess. If they don’t, she gets to makes sure other chores get done.
No More Delays While Shopping
Since his kids always wanted to stop and play on the toy rides at the mall and other stores while out shopping, this man started carrying an out of order sign in his waller that he could put on any ride before his kids noticed the ride.
Once A Parent, Always A Parent
This guy might be 40 years old now, but his mom still knits him hats like she did when he was a child, proving that moms will always see their kids as their babies.
His Daughters Opened A Hair Salon
When his daughters decided to create their own hair salon during playtime, this dad was more than willing to be their first customer. In my opinion, there’s nothing prettier than a parent going along with their child’s imagination.
Oh No, Not The Vacuum!
I have to give it to this mom: she’s an absolute genius. That daughter probably feels so proud of herself, thinking that she’s being spiteful to her mom, while her mom is grinning in another room.
Sneak Oatmeal Into Your Kid’s Diet
You know how you can try to hide pills in treats to trick your dog into taking it? The same works with children! This mom has been sneaking oatmeal into her kid’s diet by adding little clumps of it onto a banana between each bite.
Kill Two Birds With One Stone
This ingenious dad found a way to keep his daughters entertained for quite some time while also getting a back massage. I’d classify this as an enormous win on his part.
She Wanted To Practice On Dad’s Feet
The truth is that no small child has ever been good—or even satisfactory—when it comes to painting nails, so allowing them to do yours is basically signing up to have goopy feet, and this dad did it anyway.
Dobby Is A College Student!
Since their son was a huge Harry Potter fan all throughout his childhood, his parents gifted him this sock with a note right before he left home for college. Congrats dude, you’re a free elf!
Sharing Is Caring!
As a parent who had to watch Frozen 2 multiple times a day for almost a month, I wish I had thought of this hack. These parents are brilliant thinkers.
These Parents Are Absolute Savages
Imagine being a teenager working your first job. You’ve just been promoted from host to server, so your parents come to dine in your section to celebrate it, and they don’t even tip you.
These days, you have to do anything you can as a parent to keep your kids on their toes, even if it involves them taking a big bite of paper in the process.
How To Keep A Kid Quiet On A Flight
No one wants to be the parents with a loud child on a flight. This mom realized that bringing window stickers on a flight was a cheap, easy way to keep her daughter preoccupied and quiet while in the air.
These Parents Went Above And Beyond For Halloween
This set of parents wanted to make sure their son with a disability felt just as happy and confident on Halloween as any other kid, so they worked hard to make him a cool construction costume.
The McDonald’s Experience Without The McDonald’s Price
This mom’s kids love to get Happy Meals, but frequent trips to McDonald’s can get a little pricey, so she instead just kept and cleaned the packaging. Now makes her own “Happy Meals” at home for her kids. They can’t tell the difference.
How To Get Your Kid To Take Medicine
Kids might hate medicine, but they love the opportunity to have a sip of pop, so all you need to do is trick them into thinking they’re having some Pepsi.
Even Overseas, She Shows Him She Loves Him
While away on deployment, this son received a birthday surprise from his mom back home in America. Just goes to show that moms still will do the most to make their kids feel special.
How To Peacefully Sleep In
As a parent with younger kids, the times you get to sleep in on a weekend are few and far between, so you really have to cherish them. This parent has got it down to an art.
They Reenacted Their Wedding For Him
While going through their storage together, this boy came across his mother’s wedding dress and was extremely sad he wasn’t around to see it. His parents decided to recreate their wedding and let him be the minister. This was his reaction after the vows.
He Insisted On Helping
When this little boy walked into the kitchen and saw his grandfather trying to fix the dishwasher, he was adamant that he had to help. Even though it definitely slowed down the process, the boy was so proud when the dishwasher worked again.
No More Fingers Getting Crushed In Springs!
Jumping on the trampoline is one of the most fun activities as a kid, but the device has some dangerous parts, including springs that can catch your fingers. These smart parents found a way to negate that hazard.
This man’s daughter wanted to help him look like some of the other dads of kids at her school, so she DIY-ed a tattoo sleeve for him using her stash of temporary tattoos.
The Cutest Dynamic Duo
A superhero duo pairing has never been this cute! This dad, who is a comic book fan, just wanted to have his daughter share some of his joy for the medium. Her mom thinks he’s turning her into a nerd.
You’ve Got To Keep The Toddler Busy Somehow
The parents of this young boy had a lot of yard work to complete one day, but their son, who wanted to be helpful, was getting in the way. To fix this, they tasked him to “paint” the fence with water.
I Am The Captain Of This Ship!
With electronics and social media being so common amongst kids and teens, it can feel like they’re glued to their screens. Here’s an easy way to make sure they spend time doing other things as well.
They’re Such A Lucky Pair
This daughter, when she saved up enough money from her allowance, asked her father if she could take him out for coffee. Honestly, any daughter and father who have a bond like that are winning at life.
Reward Kids Who Love To Read
At this school, teachers and parents came together to form a “Millionaire Bash” event to celebrate young students who read over a million words during the school year. I would definitely have read this much back in the day if I could flex like this at school.
No More Hitting Their Heads On The Floor
I’ll admit I was the type of kid who frequently fell off my bed as a child, and my parents did nothing to stop it from happening. This pool noodle hack would have saved me a few bruises.
Duct Tape Can Fix Anything
When this girl’s favorite pair of jeans ripped, she immediately went to ask a parent for help. Since her mom was out at the time, her dad came to the rescue with a roll of duct tape.
He’s Just So Happy To Have Her
The real way to win at parenting is to make sure you share moments of joy with your children and express your love for them. Just look at how happy these two are!
How To Get Kids To Behave
It can be hard to get your kids to be good and not leave their beds multiple times after you’ve put them to sleep, so a little trickery is necessary.
A Little Safety Tip
As much as you might try to get your kids to remember your phone numbers, they might not be able to remember those digits, so this hack is an easy way to help them stay safe.
This is the most intricate and neat set of armor I have ever seen made for a kid—including the store-bought stuff. The parents who carefully cut and crafted this cardboard are geniuses.
A True Punishment For A Teenager
This dad came up with this parenting punishment hack: instead of just taking the kid’s phone away, he puts their SIM card into an old Blackberry. That way, he can still call them in an emergency, but they can’t use social media.
Always Blame The Kid
When you’re strung out from trying to balance work, home responsibilities, and raising a tiny human who likes to make messes, you’re bound to make mistakes. Don’t worry, it’s okay to blame it on the kid.
I Mean, It’s Not Wrong
When you’re a parent, you only have so much time to joke about your kid before they’re old enough to remember it, so you might as well have your fun while they’re still infants.
What They Don’t See Can’t Hurt Them
As a parent, it’s important to teach your children values around eating a healthy, balanced diet that provides them with energy for the whole day. So what if you don’t exactly follow those rules?
These Parents Created Mini-Mes
The first photo is of the two parents who were in the same preschool class at 3 years old in 1994, and the right photo is of their kids on the first day of school in 2019 at 3 and 6 years old, respectively.
Kids Are Dumb
When a kid gets it into their head that they don’t like a specific food, they will do anything to revolt against eating it. Luckily, they can’t really tell the difference between pork and chicken.
The Best Parents Help When It Isn’t Even Their Kid
While taking the subway, this young mom saw a boy struggling over and over to try to tie his tie. She took it upon herself to give him a helping hand.