People Who Are Clearly Winning At Parenting

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

rubbermaid container with writing on it: Toy Jail. You left it out and I picked it up. I've got your stuff. You're out of luck. To get it back, please do a chore, then it's yours just like before
Photo Credit: Instagram / @m0m.ish
Photo Credit: Instagram / @m0m.ish

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

mall toy ride thomas the tank engine has
Photo Credit: Twitter / @ShootTheSound
Photo Credit: Twitter / @ShootTheSound

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

man wearing bright blue knitted hat
Photo Credit: Reddit / ainsma
Photo Credit: Reddit / ainsma

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

dad with bows and hair clips in hair and beard sitting with two daughters
Photo Credit: Reddit / Piratey_Pirate
Photo Credit: Reddit / Piratey_Pirate

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've convinced our 8-yo that I hate the sound of the vacuum so now she vacuums whenever she's mad at me. #ParentingHack
Photo Credit: Twitter / @AnnieMcCarren
Photo Credit: Twitter / @AnnieMcCarren

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

clump of oatmeal on the tip of a bitten banana
Photo Credit: Instagram / @ariannagingras
Photo Credit: Instagram / @ariannagingras

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

girls play with cars on track drawn on back of dad's shirt
Photo Credit: Reddit / Piratey_Pirate
Photo Credit: Reddit / Piratey_Pirate

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

poorly applied nail polish on a man's foot
Photo Credit: Reddit / benny_blackbird
Photo Credit: Reddit / benny_blackbird

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!

sock with note that says
Photo Credit: Imgur / sprodeboy
Photo Credit: Imgur / sprodeboy

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!

Best #ParentingHack ? We tell our daughter we have to share YouTube videos with other kids...so we don't have to watch them over and over...
Photo Credit: Twitter / @RyanBender2
Photo Credit: Twitter / @RyanBender2

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

tip line on restaurant bill has
Photo Credit: Imgur
Photo Credit: Imgur

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.

Sike!

Photo Credit: Reddit / Michellehas2ls
Photo Credit: Reddit / Michellehas2ls

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

gel stickers on airplane window
Photo Credit: Instagram / @teachermama1138
Photo Credit: Instagram / @teachermama1138

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

boy's wheelchair dressed up like construction digging machine
Photo Credit: Reddit / therichhotdog
Photo Credit: Reddit / therichhotdog

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

three happy meal boxes with food laid out in front
Photo Credit: Reddit / bigmama3az
Photo Credit: Reddit / bigmama3az

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

woman holds pepsi with straw behind it in medicine up for son who's drinking it
Photo Credit: Reddit / th1td00d
Photo Credit: Reddit / th1td00d

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

two cupcakes with note: Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, Happy birthday my Marine, Happy birthday 2 u! Love, Mom
Photo Credit: Reddit / LCPLscmuckatelli
Photo Credit: Reddit / LCPLscmuckatelli

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

Ensure your kids won't bother you by telling them to wake you up in an hour so we can start cleaning the house - they will do anything to avoid waking you
Story Credit: Reddit / devlspawn
Story Credit: Reddit / devlspawn

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

boy hugging woman in wedding dress
Photo Credit: Imgur
Photo Credit: Imgur

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

little boy
Photo Credit: Reddit / Shadrach451
Photo Credit: Reddit / Shadrach451

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!

trampoline with springs covered in segments of foam pool noodles
Photo Credit: Reddit / BobbyDOL
Photo Credit: Reddit / BobbyDOL

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.

Nice Tats!

man's arm covered with children's temporary tattoos
Photo Credit: Reddit / DrChurch2018
Photo Credit: Reddit / DrChurch2018

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

dad dressed as batman and daughter dressed as robin
Photo Credit: Reddit / SirDrew007
Photo Credit: Reddit / SirDrew007

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

small boy
Photo Credit: Reddit / Gameprince999
Photo Credit: Reddit / Gameprince999

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!

life hack for parents with children with iPhones/iPads. Minimize their screen time! Go to Settings - Screen Time - Down Time- Set Time and enter a passcode that only you know. Feel free to share!
Photo Credit: Twitter / @staceyLcannon
Photo Credit: Twitter / @staceyLcannon

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

teen girl drinking coffee
Photo Credit: Reddit / UnofficialDad
Photo Credit: Reddit / UnofficialDad

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

young student walking on red carpet and
Photo Credit: Twitter / @heatnbuckeyes
Photo Credit: Twitter / @heatnbuckeyes

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

hack: if your kids fall out of bed, put a pool noodle on the edge of the bed under the fitted sheet
Photo Credit: Reddit / randomusefulbits
Photo Credit: Reddit / randomusefulbits

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

jeans with strip of duct tape on it
Photo Credit: Twitter / @alanzchoy
Photo Credit: Twitter / @alanzchoy

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

dad takes mirror selfie while holding baby daughter
Photo Credit: Reddit / lexluger420
Photo Credit: Reddit / lexluger420

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

Me: goodnight kids 
Kids: goodnight dad

Me: goodnight monster that eats children who are bad

Wife: [through radio under the bed] GOODNIGHT
Photo Credit: Twitter / @thenatewolf
Photo Credit: Twitter / @thenatewolf

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

children's bracelet with beads that spell out parent phone number
Photo Credit: Imgur / katrinanichols
Photo Credit: Imgur / katrinanichols

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.

Sir Cardboardsalot

kid wearing armor made of cardboard in house
Photo Credit: Reddit / Proteon
Photo Credit: Reddit / Proteon

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

an iphone, a sim card, and a blackberry old model
Photo Credit: Reddit / streetuner
Photo Credit: Reddit / streetuner

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

Daycare lady: *notices 3-year-old's shirt is on backward* It's cute how you let her dress herself. 
Me: Yes. She did that.
Photo Credit: Twitter / @XplodingUnicorn
Photo Credit: Twitter / @XplodingUnicorn

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

sticker on back of car: huge financial burden on board (picture of baby)
Photo Credit: Reddit / pettie1012
Photo Credit: Reddit / pettie1012

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

Parenthood is: 
Telling your kids they can't eat brownies for breakfast, then eating brownies for breakfast after they leave for school.
Photo Credit: Twitter / @MidgardMomma
Photo Credit: Twitter / @MidgardMomma

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

two nearly identical photos of two kids
Photo Credit: Reddit / eb_lavender
Photo Credit: Reddit / eb_lavender

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

Me: I made pork. 3yo: I don't like pork. Me: It's chicken. 3yo: Oh, yeah, I like that kind of chicken.
Photo Credit: Twitter / @AmateurIdiot
Photo Credit: Twitter / @AmateurIdiot

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

woman ties boy's tie on public transit
Photo Credit: Reddit / Loozar
Photo Credit: Reddit / Loozar

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.