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It's not just a tool; it's a parenting tool.
by Veronique Autphenne
Sometimes the simplest things can save a parenting “situation.” It’s about finding new uses for everyday items and finding solutions for common childhood problems, using what we already have creatively and efficiently.
That’s a parenting life hack. The flashlight is a prime example. Invented at the end of the 19th century, it continues to light our way out of some of our darker parenting moments. Here are 10 uses for one of our most essential parenting tools.
Keeping your mellow during middle-of-the-night feedings.
Finding your magazine/e-reader in your sleeping baby’s room.
So you’ve finally gotten the baby to sleep and are ready for a little “me time” with some easy reading. Problem is, you left the e-reader in the baby’s room—again. Your choices are to either stumble around in the dark and risk setting off the booby trap of noisemaking toys surrounding the crib, or turn on the lights and jar your baby awake with harsh light. Both may set you back an hour or so if the baby wakes up—unless you have a flashlight, that is. Then you can sneak in like a cat burglar in the thick of night, avoid the booby traps, and read away.
Scaring away the monsters.
Hotel survival tool.
Best party favor ever!
Getting the winter wiggles out.
Capture the flag.
A nighttime game of capture the flag is one of the least expensive and most memorable birthday parties for tweens and teens. It gets them outside (and out of your house), uses up plenty of energy, and is a great alternative to dancing and spin-the-bottle for co-ed parties. Just give everyone a flashlight and send them on their way.
So next time you’re trying to decide whether to buy your friend or sister-in-law a Diaper Genie or a swaddling blanket for her baby shower, do neither. Head instead to your local hardware store and get a flashlight … with plenty of batteries.