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.

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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14 August 2013

"Help! My kid has a smart mouth!" Talk amongst yourselves.

How do you handle verbal disrespect in your child? Here are my thoughts (and a book recommendation). How about you?

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16 July 2013

DIY window clings with fabric paint

Fun, quick diversion for summer and for Christmas or Halloween window decor.

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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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12 June 2013

Summer project: homemade merit badges

You know you want one. I do. I'm gonna suggest this Etsy tutorial to my almost 10 year-old daughter as a summertime project.

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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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03 June 2013

This awkward conversation might save your son's life

Testicular cancer is the #1 cancer in young men, but is highly survivable when detected early.

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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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15 April 2013

Wrap homemade burritos in foil to make them easier for little kids to eat

Carrie's solution for little kids + burritos has been in use at taquerias forever, but at home it changed everything.

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10 April 2013

Motivate struggling readers with joke books, comics and other "junky" reads

Dana's simple hack of using humor to dial down reading anxiety for her son Wenxin could apply to any struggling reader.

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01 April 2013

A simple hack for forgetful Tooth Fairies

Does the Tooth Fairy sometimes forget about your kids' lost teeth? Yeah, same here. Well, Meagan Francis of The Happiest Mom and The Kitchen Hour podcast has come up with a solution.

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21 March 2013

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