It's hard being a parent. That's why we've collected a list of some of the best parenting hacks out there straight from the experts: real-life mothers and fathers themselves. We are certain their infinite wisdom will render you speechless ... probably because you won't be able to stop laughing:
1. What To Do When They Won't Finish Their Food:
It's the bane of every parent's existence. You've made something healthy, but your children absolutely refuse to eat or drink it. What, then, is a parent to do?
Twitter user @adamed says he has the answer: don't even ask them to eat the food.
"Just put out a plate of vegetables and kids will eat them," he tweets. "Ask them to eat the vegetables and they will scream bloody murder."
Failing that, you can also just do what this mother does:
"When your kids don't finish their lemonade, make margaritas," tweeted @UnfilteredMama.
2. How To Teach Punctuality:
Having difficulty getting your kids to school on time? One father recommends "turning everything into a race."
"My 4 yos both just got dressed in under 50 seconds," @FatherWithTwins adds.
As @one_busy_mama notes, this trick also works when you want your children to clean.
3. How To Get Your Kids To Vacuum:
One mother successfully used a bit of reverse psychology to get her child to 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," tweeted @AnnieMcCarren.
4. How To Get Some Alone Time:
Just demand your kids do something they hate, and you'll have some peace and quiet in no time.
"I highly suggest you tell your kids to help clean up," tweets @Jenn_H_Scott. "They won't do it, but they will disappear and leave you the h*ll alone for a few."
If that doesn't work, @FatherWithTwins again has some wise words:
"Weekend parenting hack 1) Tell your kids to stay in bed until a certain time 2) Set their clock back an hour 3) Enjoy an extra hour of sleep."
5. How To Get Them To Spend Time With You:
But what about those times when you miss them and want to have some quality time? Just do what @jessnjulio0405 does:
"If you can't find your kids at home, turn off the Wi-Fi," she tweets. "It won't take em long 2 find you. You're welcome!"