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.

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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15 May 2012

Offer your kid a 'personal day' off after-school activities to prevent foot-dragging

I so admire Natalie's willingness to respect her daughters' feelings while still holding the line about followthrough.

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14 May 2012

"Upgrade" your marble jar with rocks

A marble jar is sort of like a tactile star chart. Dana's hack gives the marble jar even more motivational power.

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09 May 2012

Cell phone alarm keeps the family "launch" on time

I have experimented with timers, alarm clocks, and various tones of voice (most of them frustrated) and nothing seems easier or more logical than this.

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04 April 2012

Mobile phone alerts help the Tooth Fairy do her job

Kid loses a tooth. Tooth goes under the pillow. Tooth Fairy swaps tooth for money. Everyone's happy! Until the Tooth Fairy forgets.

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15 March 2012

How do you advocate to change a school's recess policy? Talk amongst yourselves.

Sarah's kids' school tries to address academic problems by taking away free time at recess. She'd like to advocate for change. Where and how to begin?

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