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Dads, These Ingenious Parenting Hacks Will Rock Your World

From how to open plastic toy packaging to how to "push" kids on the swings remotely, these dad hacks from the moms of What's Up Moms are #genius.

Calling all you ponytail-making-challenged fathers out there! Just in time for Father's Day, popular YouTube channel WhatsUpMoms has put together a new video called "Dad Hacks." If you've ever wondered how to enjoy a calming back massage during playtime or how to save date night when you've run out of matches to light candles, this is the video for you.

From how to use a pipe cleaner to make a pony tail to how to create a floating beer cooler, spending just two minutes to watch "Dad Hacks" is sure to save every father in at least one sticky situation with little ones.

Ideas for dad hacks from WhatsUpMoms on YouTube. WhatsUpMoms/YouTube

You'll discover pretty much the most creative way yet to pick up the millions of tiny Legos and other toys that can quickly take over dad's path from the couch to the fridge.

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Plus, how about this genius way to cut through frustrating plastic packaging on kid's toys?

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And every dad on earth will appreciate how an extension cord can extend their reach so they can both relax with a beer and push kids on the swings.

dad hacks pushing on the swings WhatsUpMoms/YouTube

Um, dads, hope you don't mind if we moms steal some of these ideas, too! In fact, I've learned a few shortcuts from my hubby over the years. He'll have the kids get in bathing suits and "play with the hose," a.k.a. wash his car. He sets up "breakfast stations" which basically consist of two cups and a bowl per kid. One cup is filled with milk, the other with cereal. Our daughters love this self-serve way to enjoy the first meal of the day, while daddy sleeps in. Another awesome idea from dad: Put on a song on iTunes and tell the kids it's a game to see who can pick up the most toys by the time the tune is over. 

Oh, and if you're still wondering about that playtime massage? You'll just have to watch the video to get that secret (trust us: It's amazing!).

What is your favorite dad hack?

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.