85 hacks in January 2006

26 January 2006

Stories on CD

This from veteran traveler-with-kid Tiffany: For long car trips, stories on CD (or tape) can be a lifesaver. One of the best children's storytellers is Jim Weiss (www.greathall.com). He expertly adapts stories for children, keeping the excitement high and the conflict appropriate for young ears. His one-hour CDs are either...

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25 January 2006

Parent Hacks admin: Full feeds coming soon!

[Feed subscribers: please click through to Parent Hacks for important info in the rest of this post.] Good news for the RSS and email subscribers among you: in a few days, the Parent Hacks feed will contain full-text posts. Several of you have requested full feeds and we're happy to...

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25 January 2006

Why geeks make good fathers

Just had to share this with y'all: Top ten reasons geeks make good fathers. Geek mamas: we need our own top ten list! [Thank you! -- Ed.] Technorati Tags: Fatherhood, Geeks, Parenting

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25 January 2006

Laundry basket baby bath

So elegant and obvious -- why didn't we think of this?

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25 January 2006

Make your own snow globe

Inhabitot shows you how to make a snow globe out of an old baby food jar.

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25 January 2006

One fish, two fish, red fish, online activities

Mike's two year-old son, Collin, loves to play Web-based Flash games. He was nice enough to take a break from the gaming long enough to write about his favorites on his dad's blog. I'd love to hear others' suggestions for good computer games, either online or software, for all age...

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24 January 2006

I heart Dr. Parker

I'm enjoying reading Dr. Steven Parker's Healthy Children blog at WebMD. This man comes across as a real mensch -- he obviously loves and respects children, and he appreciates the importance, difficulty, and joy of parenting. He pulls no punches. Here's an example of his honest writing: Does having kids...

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24 January 2006

Forget the burp cloths: Use cloth diapers

Chad shares money-saving advice on his blog: that cloth diapers are the best, cheapest burp cloths around. One of my kids was a major spitter-upper, and we had cloth diapers stashed all over the house. I'd swear I had one permanently attached to my shoulder for a while there. Spit-up...

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24 January 2006

Look it up!

Here's how Stu helps his kids find their own answers: When my kids ask, "How do you spell...?" I reply, to whatever word they ask, "d-i-c-t-i-o-n-a-r-y"... Pretty mean, right? [No, pretty smart. If you use Firefox you can add a Websters.com widget to your Firefox Search. -- Ed.] Also, if...

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24 January 2006

Look it up!

Here's how Stu helps his kids find their own answers: When my kids ask, "How do you spell...?" I reply, to whatever word they ask, "d-i-c-t-i-o-n-a-r-y"... Pretty mean, right? [No, pretty smart. If you use Firefox you can add a Websters.com widget to your Firefox Search. -- Ed.] Also, if...

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23 January 2006

gDiapers: The Missing Link?

Cloth or disposables? Now there's a third choice: gDiapers. Cute reusable "little g" velcro pants with flushable inner liners. Nothing in the landfill or the diaper pail. Nicely designed Web site. I can't believe I just spent 15 minutes clicking every last link wanting to learn more about these diapers....

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23 January 2006

Homework first thing in the morning

Jill in Grand Rapids, MI has a suggestion regarding the evening homework time crunch: For parents who work full time, one gem of scheduling genius we found has been to have our second grader do some of her homework in the morning before school, at the sitter's house. We drop...

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23 January 2006

Pocketmod for printable, portable entertainment

Karina shared an excellent find: Pocketmod is a portable organizer you can customize for everyday use, print it on a single page and fold it so that it becomes a tiny booklet you can put in your pocket or purse. There are several pages to choose from, and I made...

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22 January 2006

Sake cup or shotglass for beginner cup-drinkers

Sara in Austin, TX came across a good tip in the premiere issue of Cookie magazine: Use little sake cups to help your child learn to drink from a cup. I've been looking for some plastic or melamine sake cups ever since reading that, but haven't found any. (Help locating...

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22 January 2006

Go Go Babyz wheelie cart for Britax car seats

Recently seen at the Burbank, CA airport: a trim little wheelie cart for a Britax car seat. Manufacturer: Go Go Babyz (why the z?) Cost: under $100 Not having to drag your car seat thru the airport: priceless Technorati Tags: Britax, Family travel, Go Go Babyz

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