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.

06 February 2013

When kids won't eat what's for dinner...but are old enough to cook?

What do you do when your finicky kids don't like (read: CAN'T STAND) what's being served for dinner and ask if they can instead prepare something else for themselves?

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29 January 2013

For your Valentine's lunchbox: a heart-shaped egg

Think: Valentine's Day breakfast or lunchbox surprise. With thanks to Anna the Red's Bento & Plush Factory for the inspiring tutorial.

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28 January 2013

15 January 2013

Optical Illusion Lollipop Valentine! Easy!

LOOK, MOM! HE'S HOLDING A LOLLIPOP! That was my kids' response to Betsy's clever photo Valentine.

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14 January 2013

"Organize" school flyers by storing them as pictures on your phone

Katie's smart strategy for handling the influx of school notices, permission slips, and flyers

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19 December 2012

Kid-friendly baking hack: Mix cookie dough in a handled pot instead of a mixing bowl

Cookie-makers rejoice! Tracy's hack is about to make your baking life a lot easier.

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12 December 2012

A beautiful way to visually connect chores to allowance

We all know this: what works for one family doesn't work for another. Such is the case with motivation systems, star charts, and other ways of tracking and rewarding chores.

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06 November 2012

How to keep a 7 year-old in bed after bedtime? Talk amongst yourselves.

Gina from Canada needs our help motivating her daughter to stay in bed so she can have the evening "off-duty" she needs.

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20 September 2012

Your school could win a $50K grant through Clorox's "Power A Bright Future"

This post is brought to you by Clorox®. Helping you power a bright future for your school. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. From an educational perspective, the transition back to school is rather jarring for my daughter. Learning goes from being a kinetic, free-form, exploratory process...

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03 August 2012

Evergreen "answers" to your kids' questions

For my kids' good and mine, I'm delegating the job of thinking to them. Here are six "answers" to kids' questions that will remind them that the best answer is theirs to find.

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21 June 2012

Six life skills your kids can learn this summer

It's summer, and the livin' may be easy, but that doesn't mean it has to be lazy.

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18 June 2012

Press’n Seal Art Bib

I love it when Parenthackers pass along great hacks posted elsewhere on the Web!

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04 June 2012

25 May 2012

Removing clothing size labels makes a small kid feel bigger

Here's how Nicole dialed down the get-dressed standoffs with her preschooler.

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24 May 2012

Green food taste test makes trying new vegies fun

So many times, the bigger hurdle isn't the food itself, but the trying of something new.

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