12 Parenting Hacks That’ll Make Your Life Easier

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Being a parent isn’t easy. It’s your job to take a small, confused primate that was born expecting to live in the jungle, and teach it how to communicate using words, make things with its hands, navigate roads, and someday get a job so that it can care for itself. Children are messy, loud, difficult, and generally inconsiderate, which is just the way they need to be, and just how nature made them! So unlike a difficult career, school subject, or task, you can’t just find a cheat code that lets you do whatever you want. For long periods of your life, everything will revolve around them. But these twelve hacks might just make things a bit easier.

12: Gossip.

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We’ve come to think of gossip as a bad thing, but really it’s the context that makes or breaks it. We all get angry when we hear someone say behind our backs that our new t-shirt looks dumb. But when they say it looks amazing, that makes us feel great. Why? Because when someone says something behind our backs we assume they’re being really honest. And kids understand that too! So try and get your kids to catch you “gossiping” about the things they do well, and they are more likely to repeat the behaviour. For younger kids you may get away with talking to a toy, but for older kids consider “accidentally” leaving a message open on your phone that praises them.

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