91 hacks in October 2006

25 October 2006

MeFi on fatherhood

Rebel Dad comments on two Ask MetaFilter threads on fatherhood: one practical, one poignant (and practical). An aside: consider subscribing to the RSS feed for MeFi posts tagged as "kids" or "parenting" (or other topics you're interested in). I'm late to the MeFi game...can't believe I didn't do this before.

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25 October 2006

Social networking site for parents: Maya's Mom launches today

What sets Maya's Mom apart from other social networking sites for parents is the focus on kids' activities.

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24 October 2006

Geocaching: treasure hunting with your GPS

Jay, of The Zero Boss and Parents Behaving Badly, passed along this Silicon Valley Moms Blog post about geocaching...basically GPS-powered treasure hunting. I've never done it myself, but I've known people who've become absolutely addicted, both at home and while on vacation. Nice way for you and your kids to...

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24 October 2006

24 October 2006

23 October 2006

Sharpcast Photos takes the pain out of uploading digital photos

I'm in a bit of trouble with my family as I've fallen off the digital photo uploading wagon. I ran into a Flickr problem months ago and just haven't taken the time to figure it out. In the meantime, my family goes photo-less, which is cruel punishment for far-off, loving...

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23 October 2006

Turn Build-a-Bear Workshop outfits into baby Halloween costumes

If you're still recovering from the sticker shock at Build-A-Bear Workshop, follow Ken's suggestion: reuse the bear's outfit as a Halloween costume for your baby. (Check out those cute pix!) Warning: unless dressing the baby for a quick photo-op, make sure the outfit has no chokable items sewn on. More:...

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23 October 2006

Can we call it "regoodie-ing"?

Here's how Jill redirects the flow of junky toys back out of the house: Too many trinkets from birthday party goodie bags? We now have a box of them, plus the "treasure chest" rewards from the dentist and the teacher and the July 4th parade, and everyone else.... I keep...

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23 October 2006

Baby gear deals at Returnsforsale.com

Stollers! Getcher strollers here! (Among other things.) [Via daddytypes] Tags: Baby gear, Parenting, Returnsforsale.com, Strollers

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22 October 2006

More on chores, allowance, and independence

Leslie Morgan Steiner, author of the Washington Post blog On Balance, has kicked off a great discussion on teaching kids independence -- a topic close to our heart. Tags: Parenting

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22 October 2006

Parent Hacks admin: All is well

Ha! I have triumphed over the all-consuming inbox! If you've been holding off writing to me out of pity, pity no longer! All is well in the land of Parent Hacks. Thanks for your patience and offers of help. You are such a smart, generous bunch.

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22 October 2006

Make healthy snacks easiest to grab

I'm attempting to make the healthy stuff easiest and most visible in our kitchen. This way, even the youngest can grab and go.

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21 October 2006

Wading pool keeps "scissor practice" paper scraps contained

So simple, so smart, from Jill: The toddler (2's) teacher at my son's PMO (Parent's morning out) has a wading pool in the classroom filled with old magazines and catalogs. What's it for? Scissors practice! Sit and Chop is one of the "centers" the children can choose at playtime. I...

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20 October 2006

A trick for figuring out which plate and glass are yours at a crowded table

From Sara: Politeness and good manners are highly valued in our house; I've been known to dance across the kitchen when my 15 month old uses both "please" and "thank you" in a transaction without a prompt. [15 months and saying please and thank you? Wow. I'd dance around, too!...

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20 October 2006

A trick for figuring out which plate and glass are yours at a crowded table

From Sara: Politeness and good manners are highly valued in our house; I've been known to dance across the kitchen when my 15 month old uses both "please" and "thank you" in a transaction without a prompt. [15 months and saying please and thank you? Wow. I'd dance around, too!...

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