3-5 Years

The preschool years are full of discovery and delight as kids continue to grow and explore their world.

Here, you'll find hacks relevant to these years, including:

...and more! Scroll down for our most recent tips.

Don't forget to check the All Ages archive for more great hacks.

06 November 2013

Classroom birthday treats that include students with dietary restrictions? Talk amongst yourselves.

Most of us with school-aged kids have faced this dilemma in one form or another. Classroom birthdays, school holiday parties...when food is involved, things get complicated. What to do?

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04 November 2013

29 October 2013

Self-serve Halloween candy for trick-or-treaters: yes or no?

How do you "treat" trick-or-treaters when nobody's home to hand out candy? Self-serve or lights out?

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28 October 2013

"Are outdoor trampolines really that unsafe?" Talk amongst yourselves.

Is getting an outdoor trampoline is a brilliant idea...or a disastrous one? Let's help Ann figure it out.

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16 October 2013

Calm out of control tantrums with the "cross-body pat"

The word "tantrum" is misleading, because it brings up images of a foot-stamping Veruca Salt when she doesn't get her way. But we're talking about when something triggers a kid's fight-or-flight response. At these times, there literally is no thinking, just reaction, and it's intense.

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18 September 2013

Opening birthday presents after the party? Capture the moment for the thank you note.

Best of both worlds: kid opens present after the party, and giver gets the pleasure of seeing the response.

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16 September 2013

How to open gifts at a birthday party without making guests feel awkward

Ellen's simple, thoughtful solution for opening birthday gifts at a party is mindful of everyone involved: the honoree, the guests, and their parents.

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13 September 2013

Free email workshop "Beyond Baby" launches this weekend

Meagan Francis, creator of one of my favorite sites, The Happiest Home, is launching a free 20-week email workshop this weekend, and now's your chance to be a part of the inaugural group. Beyond Baby is for moms who are moving out of the baby phase and are looking for...

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02 July 2013

26 June 2013

13 June 2013

One mom's DIY approach to summer: "structure, not scheduling"

The summer plan is structured, not scheduled. Sounds lovely, but what does it really look like, day to day?

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07 June 2013

Separate eggs with an empty plastic water bottle

Photo credit: Ippinka.com That's right, you can separate eggs by slurping the yolk into a clean, empty water bottle. It may not be easier than separating eggs the old fashioned way, but it will certainly keep the kids entertained in the kitchen. → Read the full post (and watch a...

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04 June 2013

29 May 2013

Add water flavoring to medicine to make it more palatable for kids

Meagan's found a way to make the medicine go down a little easier for her kids.

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13 May 2013

Managing kids' computer use using built-in parental controls

I appreciate this hack from Melissa -- simply, how her family uses the parental controls built into her computer's operating system to manage her kids' computer use. It's easy to overlook the tools we already have right at our fingertips.

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