6+ Years

Your baby's growing up! As the school years get underway, your kids enter a new phase of independence and learning.

Here, you'll find hacks relevant to your older child, including:

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

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

20 August 2014

04 August 2014

07 July 2014

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

27 March 2014

Dip Easter Eggs Into Dye Using a Whisk

Wedge blown eggs into a wisk for effortless dip-dyeing! *forehead smack of brilliance*

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07 March 2014

When your kids go to school for the first time: how do you handle it?

I was a guest on the One Bad Mother podcast, on which I offered hosts Biz and Theresa what I hope is encouraging Minimalist Parenting-inspired advice about sending kids to school for the first time.

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05 February 2014

Make this classroom Valentine box! NOM NOM NOM

This hilarious photo-enhanced shoebox makes classroom Valentines even more fun to collect!

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04 February 2014

29 January 2014

How to avoid getting sucked into your kid's drama? Talk amongst yourselves.

If your kid has a flair for the dramatic, read on. Tempting as it is to roll your eyes and dismiss your kid's colorful style of expression, in the long run you're better served to find a way to work with it. (Can you tell I've had experience with drama?)

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04 December 2013

New book gently makes the "farm to fork" connection for kids [author interview + giveaway]

Farm animals in children's books aren't anything new. But this just-released book leaves the bucolic imagery behind and provides kids (and parents) something different: a humorous, balanced -- but clear -- connection between farm animals and the food we eat.

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08 November 2013

The unexpected upside to "too much screen time" (sponsored)

My 14 year-old kid spends too much time in front of a screen, and yet we're choosing not to clamp down too hard with limits. Here's why.

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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

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