88 hacks in February 2006

28 February 2006

Simple time management tips

From "Simple Ways to Save Hours of Your Time" at MSN: To get your kids to help keep the house neat, [author Laura] Stack suggests a system she calls Jail n' Bail. "If they don't put their stuff away, it goes in the jail box, and they have to pay...

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28 February 2006

Minimize juice pouch explosions

What genius decided it would be a good idea to package sugary juice inside a pillow-shaped, squeezable pouch? Sandy has an answer: For the toddlers that insist on holding onto their own juice pouch/bag, it takes about 2 seconds before juice spouts out and gets everywhere. Instead of...

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28 February 2006

TV not so bad after all?

As reported in yesterday's New York Times, a new study by two University of Chicago economists finds TV-watching to have little or no effect on kids' future academic test scores. The study says nothing about TV's effects on their behavior, attention or lack of physical activity, but academics doesn't seem...

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27 February 2006

Talking to your kids about puberty

Books are a good way to open up the conversation about body issues, sex, and the changes that come with puberty...sooner than you might expect). Here's a place to start.

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27 February 2006

Make your own diaper caddy

Amie put the big bulk diaper carton to good use: I buy diapers and wipes in bulk at Sam's Club. If you cut the top flaps off of the wipes box, you can fill it with about one bag's worth of diapers in three stacks across. Add your bag or...

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26 February 2006

Star Wars disco

Rollin' along in the car yesterday, we heard an old music favorite on XM Kids: Meco's disco-fied Star Wars medley. It's like a cheesy cross between the Star Wars soundtrack, the Queen soundtrack from Flash Gordon, and the theme from CHiPS. We bought it on iTunes after we got home,...

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26 February 2006

Tote-a-Tot: savior or silly?

While getting ready for a solo plane trip with her two little ones, Olivia discovered the Tote-a-Tot, a harness that straps a baby's car seat (with the baby in it) to rolling luggage, freeing up at least one hand. As she writes in her post on urbanMamas, she wasn't sure...

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26 February 2006

Pizza scissors

Matthew in Seattle simplifies family pizza outings this way: My two-year-old daughter Iris loves pizza, and we often take her out to the local pizza place, but until recently she wasn't adept enough with her teeth to eat bites off a slice. She preferred her slice cut into little bites....

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26 February 2006

Redundant Array of Inexpensive Kittens

Charles discovers the beauty of multiples when it comes to his daughters' favorite toys.

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25 February 2006

Toddlers and cyborgs: eerie similarities?

John Tolva, who will forever be remembered as the first person to call Parent Hacks "Lifehacker for those who no longer have lives," finds odd similarities between parenting toddlers and surviving a cyborg invasion. Technorati Tags: Parenting

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25 February 2006

Parenting tips down under

Australian mom Christine Tse hosts Parentingideas.org, a blog "to inspire with ideas and practical tips on parenting." Technorati Tags: Parenting

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24 February 2006

Net-savvy Sweethearts

My son was finishing the last of his Valentine's stash after school today, when he asked me to read the message on one of his Necco Sweethearts (those little heart-shaped, toilet-cleaner flavored candies). I'm thinking it's going to say "I love you" or "Kiss me" or even "Be mine," but...

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24 February 2006

Trinkets distract wigglers during diaper changes

Here's how Michelle in Asheville, North Carolina distracts her squiggly baby during diaper changes: Changing an active baby is the WORST!!! I have found that those little hands love to have something in them. So to keep them from trying to roll over or scoot out of reach I keep...

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24 February 2006

Trinkets distract wigglers during diaper changes

Here's how Michelle in Asheville, North Carolina distracts her squiggly baby during diaper changes: Changing an active baby is the WORST!!! I have found that those little hands love to have something in them. So to keep them from trying to roll over or scoot out of reach I keep...

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24 February 2006

More tips for picky eaters

Irene in Houston has tips for parents of picky eaters: I've been "blessed" with two picky eaters and I'm always looking for ways to get the veggies down. My 4- and 2 year-old love Campbell's Alphabet Soup. My 4 year-old won't touch a carrot except when it's in a soup....

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