83 hacks in May 2006

24 May 2006

Getting out the door with two kids in tow

Speaking of Ask Moxie, she's got a good post up today about how anyone with two or more kids manages to leave the house in a timely manner. I have a feeling Moxie's readers and parenthackers are similarly generous and will share lots of tips (I've already posted mine in...

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24 May 2006

Protecting ready-mixed glass bottles of formula

Julie has come up with an ideal use for all those baby sock singletons floating around the house: The little jars of premixed formula "nursettes" that Enfamil makes are very handy for bottle-feeding babies on-the-go. However, the jars are made of glass - not exactly what you'd want to have...

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24 May 2006

Parent Hacks admin: Search our favorite parenting sites

Have you noticed that the Parent Hacks search feature can search more than just Parent Hacks? Because Parent Hacks doesn't answer every parenting question (yet), I've put together a Rollyo "searchroll" of my favorite practical parenting sites such as Babycenter, iVillage Parenting, Berkeley Parents Network, Parentcentre.gov.uk, FamilyFun, Ask Moxie and...

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23 May 2006

Convincing kids to "just try and go potty"

Patrick has found a way to help his son recognize those oh-so-subtle "internal cues" -- Here's a trick I use occassionally with my son - 3.5 years old. He is potty trained (for the most part), but will resist if I ask him to "try to go" before we go...

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23 May 2006

What to do when your toddler repeats your curse words

Nathan has found a brilliant way to deal with the inevitable cursing slip-up: Our 21 month-old daughter likes to repeat the last word we say in a sentence, and sometimes the last phrase. Because of this we try very hard not to curse around her but on occasion a "@#$%"...

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23 May 2006

Cut your own art mats

Make: put me onto this lovely tutorial at The Small Object: how to cut your own art mats. If you're like me, you've got a stack of photos and kid art to frame, and no budget to do it (I still don't get why professional framing is so expensive). With...

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22 May 2006

Balloons in the bathtub

Here's how Rob keeps bathtime fun: A recent hack I've used to break up some of the monotony of bath time is balloons. Fill a regular (or for more fun, the thin clown balloons) about 3/4 full of water. Place in the tub before you begin to fill. While the...

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22 May 2006

Keep a mini medicine/hygiene kit in your diaper bag

Amy passed along a tip for keeping the diaper bag (relatively) organized: It seems like we can never find what we're after in our diaper bag, so we keep a small zippered case (I think ours was originally a brush/comb/nail clipper/etc. set, but any small pencil case or make up...

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21 May 2006

Create an online family hub with JotSpot Family Site

Wiki company JotSpot recently beta launched Family Site, a free service that allows you to create an online hub/meeting place for your family. I checked it out this afternoon -- very nice. A snap to set up, the features are obvious at a glance -- even the tech-challenged among your...

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21 May 2006

Convert your own digital snapshot into a valid passport photo

Have you noticed this great way to make passport photos from ePassportPhoto.com? Saved me a bit of frustration with my 2 year old. I wish I knew about this before I got both my kids passports last year. Thanks, Shelly! Tags: Family travel, Passport photos

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20 May 2006

Trampoline as outdoor movie theater

Traci has a great twist on "movie night" on warm evenings: Now that’s it’s warming up, we have been trying to come up with new outside activities. Last weekend, we decided to have “Movie Night Under the Stars”. We took blankets and pillows out to the trampoline and then strapped...

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20 May 2006

'Fast Food Nation' author comes out with new book for kids

You're convinced about the deleterious effects of fast food. But what about your kids? Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, has just come out with a new book aimed at 9- to 15-year olds. Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food takes on the...

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20 May 2006

Build your own clock

From Sara: This build-your-own clock is getting a lot of positive comments on one of my local mom's lists. Seems like the sort of thing parenthackers would like. For ages 6 and up. Tags: Parenting

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19 May 2006

June 1 is 'Blogging for LGBT Families Day'

Dana Rudolph, publisher of Mombian: Sustenance for Lesbian Moms, has declared June 1, 2006 to be Blogging For LGBT Families Day. She invites everyone, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) or straight, to participate by blogging on a relevant topic and then letting her know. Visit her site for details. Dana...

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19 May 2006

Parent Hacks admin: What are YOU listening to?

I've always got my ear to the ground (to the radio?) for good kid music, whether it's specifically geared toward kids or not. I'd love to know what your family's favorites are. Which artists or albums get you and your kids going? P. S. As you know, I highlight kid-friendly...

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