83 hacks in February 2007

22 February 2007

Reusable reward systems

AJ of Thingamababy reminds us that toddler rewards (for potty sitting, toothbrushing, etc.) can be as simple as drawing an "X" on a calendar. The trick is finding out what motivates your kid, and then letting the reward do its job -- don't oversell it. Jill's potty training reward system...

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22 February 2007

Old tube socks protect exposed wrists from snow

I wish I had heard CJ's snow-play hack about six years ago: Even in the heart of winter, we spend a lot of time outside, following my mother's wisdom that "there is no bad weather, just bad clothing." One problem that arises when the snow piles up is the issue...

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21 February 2007

Win a YoonKid from Cool Mom Picks

Discovered today at the lovely and talented Cool Mom Picks: YoonKids -- adorable, customized wall art depicting girls in all sorts of cool roles such as astronomer, reader, and and guitarist. Get over there today for a chance to win the Scientist print! (I've already entered...my daughter needs a little...

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21 February 2007

Bottle nipple as medicine dispenser

Cathy came up with an ingenious medication dosage hack: So they sell those nifty baby medication pacifiers where you crack the thing opened, put in the medicine, and in somebody’s dream world, the baby peacefully sucks the medicine down no problem. Actually, I shouldn’t harsh on it so much. My...

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21 February 2007

Clean your wood floor with disposable diapers

Here's how Farah of shopping site SheFindsMom used up extra disposables: I have a great way to clean up wooden floors. I use diapers--clean ones, of course. (I still get a bunch in the mail from Huggies for some reason and they're always the wrong size). The diaper curves over...

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21 February 2007

"Scrub" toothbrushes and toys with denture cleanser tablets

Soni ("A devoted, albeit child-free, reader") offers this cleaning advice: To clean toothbrushes, I put them in a clean pasta sauce jar or some other container where I can cover them with hot water, drop in a denture cleaning tablet and leave overnight. By morning, I've got sparkly clean and...

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20 February 2007

Parent Hacks Community: 2/20/07

Our new community "features" are taking off nicely! Folks are starting to tag their relevant blog posts, del.icio.us links, and Flickr photos with parenthacks. (Many thanks to Jim for the incredible tutorial on how tagging and Technorati work.) Here's a glimpse at what's appearing: Clearview continues the discussion about quality...

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20 February 2007

What are your "secret ingredients" for a quick, home-cooked dinner? Talk amongst yourselves.

Sara's meat soup recipe caused her to wonder what other people's "secret ingredients" are. Hers are: Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes, bagged fresh spinach, frozen half-baked bread (La Brea makes some, but I've started seeing generic brands in the grocery store), frozen shrimp with sauce, couscous, mushroom broth (as good...

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19 February 2007

Turn leftover meat and pantry items into an easy, hearty soup

Sara's soup recipe takes minutes to throw together, is made up of pantry items, and can cook all day in a slow cooker. Mmmm. One of my default ways to use leftovers is to turn it into soup. Here's my basic soup recipe; there are a million variations, and it...

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19 February 2007

Lead in vinyl lunchboxes: A bigger problem than we first thought

Some time ago, we talked about the presence of lead in some soft vinyl lunchboxes. The topic came up again for me based on this GNM Parents post -- apparently the Consumer Product Safety Commission statement I cited in my original post that essentially said "no big deal" may have...

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19 February 2007

Trying new foods often begins at the grocery store

Andrea's daughters are more open to trying foods they get to choose at the grocery store: I'm sure the majority of parents out there have trouble getting their kids to try new foods. I've discovered that "trying" often begins at the grocery store. My daughters are 5 and 7. The...

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18 February 2007

Bath time as grownup "talk time"

When you have little kids, "quiet time to talk to your spouse" seems as quaint and fantastical as "Sunday breakfast in bed." Sara and her husband found the best time to talk is during bath time.

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17 February 2007

Clock radio hack encourages kids to sleep later

Here's how Susanne conditioned her early-riser to stay in bed a little longer: This worked wonders with our early-rising son, though your mileage may vary. When our son was two or three, he had the maddening habit of awakening between 5 and 5:30 in the morning. We knew he was...

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17 February 2007

Parent Hacks admin: Google subscribers, where have you been all my life?

I almost spat my orange juice onto my keyboard this morning. I knew I was in for a little treat at FeedBurner. I check there every day or two to keep track of how many folks subscribe to Parent Hacks updates, either by RSS or email. Now that Google has...

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17 February 2007

Getting kids cooking

We've got the kids' cookbooks covered...what next? Dori Young of Kids Cooking offers this advice if you're not sure where to begin: I feel that your kitchen is the ideal setting to teach and learn. Kids respond to learning through cooking because they can take an active role in the...

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