Boy Mom Resources: Monster Spray Tutorial and Other Parenting Shortcuts

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Got monsters (or zombies)? You’ll love this Monster Spray tutorial and other parenting shortcuts that will make your life much easier.

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Becoming a parent was the most rewarding job I have ever had. I’ve loved almost every minute of it. Over the past seven years, I’ve had a lot of parenting wins, but just like the wins, I’ve also had a lot of parenting fails. One of my most famous (infamous) parenting fails was when I let my child watch zombie shows with Granny. Yes, folks, I allowed my four-year-old child to watch the popular zombie TV show with my stepmom on Sunday evenings. What? He loved it! You should have heard the two of them chatting and laughing and bonding over zombie shows every week. They loved spending the time together and they were the only ones who wanted to watch so it was their special time together.

Fast forward a couple of years and my little four-year-old brave boy grew an imagination and became a scared big boy six-year-old. He started having vivid dreams (he gets that from me) and his imagination got the best of him. He had zombie pictures in his mind from watching the show and those zombies found their way into his nightmares. Now that he is seven and super smart, he has an overactive imagination and those zombies are a real fear he has on a daily basis. He’s slept with us in the bed for many years, but even having Mommy and Daddy on both sides of him isn’t enough to keep the zombies away. We needed something a little more potent to scare away those zombies (and the occasional monster) so we decided to make some Monster Spray to spray them away.

Monster Spray is super easy to make and your child can even help decorate the bottle so it’s a fun craft as well.

supplies for Monster Spray

What you’ll need:

1 spray bottle

Scented liquid (you can buy a room deodorizer spray or make your own with water and scented oils)

Stickers, markers, paint or other craft supplies needed to decorate the bottle

making a Monster Spray bottle

What you’ll do:

It’s very important that you pour the spray in the spray bottle when your child is not around so they don’t know the special formula for Monster Spray. This is a parenting shortcut that needs to stay a special secret among us adults. However, before you pour in the spray, give the crafting supplies to your child to decorate the bottle however they wish.

Benjamin chose this puffy paint and letter stickers for his bottle and he wanted it to look “boy-like” because he’s a big boy now. I let him decorate it however he wanted and he was so proud of his creation that he couldn’t wait until it was bedtime so we could try out the Monster Spray. I used a light scented room deodorizing spray because we all have allergies and I also watered it down so we would have plenty of spray to last in case we needed extra for all the monsters and zombies that have been living in our bedroom.

Monster Spray

Two nights ago was the first time we used our Monster Spray and Benjamin reports no nightmares yet! Our bedroom smells a little nicer and our nights have been a little calmer.

Other Parenting Shortcuts:

We’ve all licked our thumbs and wiped off a smudge on a child’s face before, but some of these parenting shortcuts are much more creative than this. I searched the internet to provide you with a few suggestions and can’t wait to read more about your parenting shortcuts as well.

  • Get up and get organized – I know that when I’m feeling stressed, the whole family is feeling stressed. One of the things that stresses me out most is when we are frantically trying to get organized in the morning. I find that if I get up 15 to 20 minutes before the rest of the family and organize, then things run a lot smoother. I get my “me time” to gather my thoughts and they get a happy mommy and an organized life.
  • Meal planning – I’m the world’s worst at this, but it actually works. Do your shopping for the week and plan out all the meals for the week. Make ahead as many meals as you can and freeze them for even more convenience. This way instead of grabbing a pizza or burgers after soccer practice, you can come home to a home-cooked meal in minutes. While you’re meal planning, be sure to plan for snack time as well. Consider picking up Mott’s® Snack & Go for an easy and nutritious snack for after school. I’ll be talking more about these snacks in the coming weeks, but for now, just know that they are a hit in my household and I’m sure they will be in yours as well.

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  • Serve your child an ice cold drink at school – Have you ever wondered what your child’s lunch tastes like after 3-4 hours of sitting in his lunchbox in the classroom? You could at least serve him an ice cold drink with his lunch by freezing his juice box or water bottle overnight and it will thaw while he’s doing his morning work.
  • Make laundry a game – Nobody really likes to do laundry and I’m not going to suggest that my seven-year-old needs to wash the laundry, but he can help pick it up and put it in the hamper, at least. Make picking up laundry (or toys, actually) fun by installing a plastic basketball hoop over a basket. For multiple children, make this a scored game and the high scorer can win a prize!
  • Make the bathtub your friend – Okay, I have two shortcuts for the bathtub. For your toddler, put him in the tub with a diaper only and some paint and paper and let him go to town. Once he’s done, just remove the papers and diaper and bath time begins. Second, save time on cleaning up bath toys by bathing your child in a laundry basket inside the tub. Once he’s done playing, remove the laundry basket and pour out any excess water, then set it out to dry those toys.

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Mott’s® Snack & Go wants to know what are your parenting shortcuts for making life a little easier. Be honest. Parenting is not always easy, but if we share our tips and tricks, we can all get through this challenge together. Check out this video for more on the Mott’s Good & Honest campaign:

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Comments

  1. nicole says:

    What a really cute idea.
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  2. clarissa says:

    omg, how cute! lol my kids still sleep in our room because they think there are monsters! lol i need to try this.

    • janet says:

      Clarissa, you should try it! It works wonders for my son and he now sleeps in his own room after 5 years in our room!

  3. lexie says:

    what a cute idea! My husband also thought it would be ok if our little watch glimpses of his zombie shows and games and than she started having bad dreams right away too so that ended fast!! lol
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  4. Jeremy says:

    Wow you let your 4 year old watch Zombies? That is crazy… I can’t even get my 9 or 12 year olds to watch zombies with me lol
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  5. Kiana says:

    These shortcut tips are great! And the Monster Spray is such a cute and clever idea.
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  6. As mom of 4 boys, I can relate, great idea!! Such great tips too!
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  7. CourtneyLynne says:

    Hahaha monster spray!!!! I love it! I don’t have little boys, I have a girl, but I bet she would get a kick out of this as well!

  8. Tami says:

    My little one would enjoy decorating the bottle as much as spraying the contents all over the place. This would be much friendlier than the cleaners he tries to help with.

  9. Michele D says:

    Love this idea! I need a few of these bottles in my household. I love how easy it is to make them too! Such a clever idea to keep those monsters away.

  10. Ave says:

    LOL! Love the video! I try to prepare as much as possible the night before, so the mornings are not so busy. My daughter has been watching kids Halloween videos lately, and now she is telling me that she is scared of the Halloween creatures. Have to give the monster spray a try!
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  11. I’m totally in love with this cute idea! I’m sure my son would love this.
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  12. Ahhh, what a great idea! I’ll have to keep this mind for my lil ones 🙂 Love it.

  13. tiaras and tantrums says:

    I love this idea! Please tell me this prompted your kiddos to help out a bit more cleaning up their messes??☺ I need to have my girls make these – messes tend to follow them from from to room these days

  14. Meagan says:

    This is such an adorable and creative idea. I think kids would love decorating the bottle and would get totally into it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  15. This is such a cute idea! I love that something so simple can be super helpful to kids, and they get to enjoy decorating as well!
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  16. What a cute idea for a monster spray! I love that you got the kids involved in making the spray.
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  17. Rosey says:

    If you have monsters, you have to have a special spray. 🙂 And that’s smart thinking on the paint/tub time.

  18. Rosey says:

    If you have monsters, you have to have a special spray. 🙂 And that’s smart thinking on the paint/tub time.

  19. Camile says:

    The monster spray is a great idea! I made the mistake of letting my 4 year old watch Thriller and now he doesn’t want to be alone in the dark bc he sees Michael Jackson! Lol I wonder if monster spray will help.
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    • janet says:

      You would be amazed how much it helps. We only have to spray about once a month now!

  20. Alli says:

    I wish my mom would have had a bottle of Monster Spray when I was a little girl. I was terrified of monsters under the bed. It’s such a great idea and a cute craft for kids to help with.
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  21. Bonnie @wemake7 says:

    Monster Spray, what a cool idea! I also like that tub idea as well with the painting, very clever.

  22. I think that there is definitely a place for the Monster Spray. What scares young children most is the sense of the unknown and not having any control over what’s going on in their world. This gives them a sense of empowerment and helps them rest easier – no issue with that.

  23. A monster spray or in our case, a witch’s spray sounds like a great idea. The twins are terrified of witches, they will love this shortcut.
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  24. This is a great idea! My kids would love to help me make a monster spray! They would have so much fun decorating the bottle and then spraying it all over the house lol!
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  25. Rebecca Swenor says:

    These are great parenting shortcuts for parents. I love the monster spray which is very creative and a brilliant idea to keep the bad things away. My sister and nieces are going to love these shortcuts for sure.

  26. Claire says:

    I love the idea of a monster spray, it’s really clever. I’m sending this link to my sisters x
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  27. Keri says:

    As a mommy of 3 yr old twin girls I’m pretty sure I’m going to be using this monster spray rather soon. Thanks for such a cute idea!
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  28. So many great ideas! I love the monster spray idea! My son is 3 and not scared of anything, but if one day he startd having problems with monsters in his dreams then I have to try that spray 🙂
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  29. This craft is so hilarious! I think it is such a fun idea! Very cool!

  30. The monster spray is such a brilliant idea! By four year old isnt scared of anything, she actually LIKES zombies. By my neices definitely could use some monster spray.

    • janet says:

      My 4 year old liked zombies, too…until he turned 6… haha!

  31. I haven’t tried the monster spray, but I think it’s a pretty genius idea. I can see how that would work!
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  32. Debra says:

    This is so much fun! I absolutely love it!
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  33. This is such a cute idea Janet I really love it. I love tha they can decorate it too.
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  34. Jenn says:

    This is such a cute idea, wish I thought of it last year. My son gave me a run for my money with bedtime last year.
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  35. That Monster Spray is actually a very good idea!! (as long as your child is still young enough not to realize what it actually is). I have no kids but even I buy Motts single serve apple sauce (in the little cups)-it is the perfect serving size!
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  36. Zulema says:

    I have made this before but I always put it in a regular spray bottle and the kids tell me that its just room spray. I love this idea of adding decorations, maybe they will take me more seriously now.
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  37. Good gravy that is a hoot. I wish that was around when my kids were small.
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  38. Robin (Massrhole Mommy) says:

    That is such a cute idea. My kids would have loved decorating the bottle, too!

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