01 November 2005

Welcome to Parent Hacks

We parents rely on each other for quick, practical advice. Books and magazines are fine, but the real-world perspective of one’s friend, sister, neighbor, or the friend of one’s sister’s neighbor, is often the most helpful.

Parent Hacks collects and publishes parents’ tips, recommendations, workarounds, and bits of wisdom – their hacks – in a single pot so we can all partake. Here’s the stuff that would have been left out of the instruction manual...if there were one. We're not experts. We’re just out there, raising our kids, finding the little tweaks that make this crazy adventure go a little more smoothly.

Wait...perhaps that's what makes us all experts.

Much of what you’ll find here will be of the “it worked for me” variety. Every kid’s different in temperament and constitution; apply the gut test to determine if a hack might work for your family.

Parent Hacks is an independent project, but was inspired by the "hacker ethic" behind the O'Reilly Hacks (TM) series of books. Most Hacks books focus on tech topics, but the same experimental, tinkerer's approach applies to parenting. O'Reilly defines a hack as "a clever solution to an interesting problem." Our goal is to give you as many clever solutions as we can.

Asha Dornfest, Founder of Parent Hacks

photo credit: Amy McMullen Photography

Asha Dornfest, Founder and Publisher
Asha Dornfest has been writing professionally for years. She's written several books about Web publishing, but her most popular book is Microsoft FrontPage For Dummies (Wiley). After her kids were born -- she has an 11 year-old son and a seven year-old daughter -- she began writing about the endlessly fascinating and confounding details of parenthood. Her work has appeared in a number of print and online publications.

Money stuff

You may have noticed ads embellishing our site and peppering our RSS feed, and affiliate links to Amazon.com sprinkled throughout. Income from these services help offset our hosting fees and our caffeine habit.

All graphical advertising is arranged through our ad partner, Federated Media.

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Parent Hacks often talks about products and services we think are exceptional, either in quality, design, or sheer problem-solving functionality. Want to pitch us? Email reviews@parenthacks.com.

We welcome pitches for reviews of products or services, but only respond to those we think would fit with the Parent Hacks vibe. Please forgive our inability to respond to every pitch -- our staff of one had to draw the line somewhere.

We never do any sort of "advertorial" or pay- or swag-for-positive reviews. When we do receive pitches and product samples from vendors, we mention it up front. We also like to give away many of the products we get for review. We sometimes write sponsored posts, but we insist on complete editorial independence and are always clear about the sponsor.

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