16 July 2014

Ever been on pregnancy bed rest? Please share your #parenthacks!

I'm writing the "Preparing for Baby" chapter in the forthcoming Parent Hacks book (did I mention I'm writing a book?) and it occured to me that some of my future readers may read it while on bed rest.

Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum Online Collection
Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum Online Collection

I'm doing research into how folks handle bed rest, but (not surprisingly) I think you have the smartest and most creative suggestions.

Would you like to help me with this part of the chapter?

If you've experienced pregnancy bed rest, I'd love to hear your best tips for how to cope.

  • How did you use your time?
  • How did you handle frustration and boredom?
  • How did you work with your family and friends for support?
  • Any other tips you'd offer other moms on bed rest? 

Please leave a comment, and be sure to include your name so I can credit you in the book.

Thank you, dear Parenthackers!

14 July 2014

GIVEAWAY: Tickets to the Portland screening of BOYHOOD


It's one thing to make a movie. It's another to do something completely new with the medium.

From the promotional material for BOYHOOD:

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible not to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.

I can't comment on the movie as I haven't seen it yet, but the NY Times review is fascinating and Rebecca's review at Girl's Gone Child blows me away. Watch the trailer and tell me you don't feel a major tug.

(Update: I just found out that for a few of you the trailer's not appearing on this page. Click here to watch it on YouTube.)

As the mother of a teenage boy the concept hits me right in the gut. I'm feeling it even more so now because my son is away at his first sleepaway camp. He's been gone for three weeks so far with another to go, and it has been a hugely eye-opening time of growth for all of us.

The PR folks for BOYHOOD have offered me 20 screening invitations to give away to 10 readers + their guests. Which means we could have a movie date together! Rael and I will be at the screening, and it would be so fun to see you there.

Here are the details:

1. The screening is on Monday, July 21 at 7pm in the Portland, OR area.

2. Therefore, only Portland-area readers are eligible to enter. Please only enter if you can commit to attending the screening! (It would be sad if the giveaway winners ended up not coming.) The movie is rated R, so your guest needs to be old enough to watch it. Teen-to-adult is my guess.

3. If more than 10 people enter the giveaway, winners will be chosen randomly.

4. The PR company is running the giveaway via email. They will notify the winners via email on Thursday, July 17. 

I hope to see you there!

To enter, send email to PORTLAND@43KIX.COM with the subject line ‘BOYHOOD – PARENT HACKS’ and your name in the body of the message.

07 July 2014

AMAZON DEAL: Big Book of Boy Stuff for Kindle only $1.99

The Big Book of Boy Stuff by Bart KingBart King is on my mind for five reasons. I saved the best for last.

1. He's the author of two of my kids' favorite books.

He's written many books, but two of my kids' longtime favorites are The Big Book of Boy Stuff and The Big Book of Gross Stuff.

2. He's a local author, like really local.

I think we might live within walking distance of each other.

3. We finally met in person. 

My kids were a little starstruck when I told them Bart and I were at an author event together. He's interesting, generous, and full of good humor about the book business.

4. He has a new book out.

It's called The Big Book of Superheroes and a review will appear here shortly.

5. The Kindle edition of The Big Book of Boy Stuff is on killer sale right now.

At Amazon, the paperback is over $14, but right now (not sure for how long) the Kindle edition is $1.99.


(Sadly, the Kindle edition of The Big Book of Girl Stuff doesn't have the same discount, but it's still pretty inexpensive at under $7.50.)

If the days of summer are starting to feel pretty long, this might be a fun diversion.

Buy now at Amazon: The Big Book of Boy Stuff (Kindle edition), $1.99

Amazon deals change quickly, so if you're interested, don't wait long.

07 July 2014

Let Amazon help you better navigate your local library

I've already discovered the best reading hack of all -- our local library. The trick is to find a quick source of new material and recommendations...

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04 July 2014

Turn a binder + pencil pouches into a portable travel play kit

Jen of Mama Papa Bubba turned a binder and a set of pencil pouches into a sweet portable activity kit for little travelers.

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03 July 2014

02 July 2014

Should you force your kids into new activities?

When Christine and I launched Minimalist Parenting, interviewers inevitably asked us: But aren't you afraid "minimalist parenting" will lead to lazy, unmotivated kids? It's not a bad question. How can kids come to know their capabilities without a push (sometimes a firm one) out of their comfort zones? Kristen Howerton...

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01 July 2014

Kill viruses on wooden toys by freezing them

If you've ever witnessed the single-minded furvor with which some toddlers play with their Thomas the Tank Engine train sets, this hack merits a spot in your regular rotation.

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30 June 2014

Use a marble jar and a timer to manage screen time

Cool Mom Tech upgrades the marble jar for use with older children just in time for summer.

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20 June 2014

Keep valuables hidden while at the beach by storing them in a rolled-up diaper "safe"

Not only is this a brilliant hack for keeping your valuables hidden, it's the funny setup for a scene in which would-be petty thieves unwrap poop-filled decoys on beaches all over the world.

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