There are some things that you can do that are just going to make your life easier. Let’s face it – parenting is hard, and if you can get a few of these things out of the way first-thing, as-soon-as-you-can, you’re going to make it easier for yourself.
To Shower (and wash their hair)
We’ve been lucky in the fact that both of our kids want to spend excessive amounts of time in the shower. They love the water, and have from infancy, as we found it quicker to grab a shower, bring them in with us from newborns and wash them off that way. Bath time takes a lot of effort – and we’re lazy parents. Just teach your kids to shower, it’s much easier.
How to do it: start early, don’t be shy about getting water in their face, make the bathroom warm and inviting
To Swallow Pills (Just in case)
This one took a little while, and one kid got it easier than the younger one – but it’s the easier choice when you’re faced with medicine that doesn’t go down so easy (or the pinworm medicine that doesn’t seem to come in liquid form). Oversight a bit? I still have flashbacks of the disgusting banana medicine of my childhood – and the last round of antibiotics we got for Violet came in the liquid flavour of peppermint (Does the pharmacist hate me?) – so swallowing pills? Yes please.
How to do it: practice with candy, boom.
To get their own Snacks
I don’t know about you – but my kids are hungry 23 hours of the day. They are constantly snacking. Having healthy snack options, like fruit at their level, or nuts that they can grab to snack on during the day, makes life easier. We fill water bottles in the morning or dilute juice that they can grab for themselves, at at three, Violet can pour better than most grade school kids. Sure, she spills, but the independence being created is brilliant.
How to do it: practice pouring while you’re playing in the bath tub, keep healthy snacks at accessible reaching levels, explain and demonstrate making healthy choices
To wash their Hands
Supervising hand washing is something that I gave up a long time ago. Using a hand washing song to ensure that they’re washing their hands for long enough, and teaching them the why of hand washing helps to ensure that they’re going to get their hands clean, without you hovering or nagging them to do it thirty times a day.
How to do it: demonstrate hand washing, have a timer or sing a song that’s long enough for them to wash the germs from their hands, have back-up hand sanitizer.
What are some of the things that you’ve taught young kids that make your life easier?