90 hacks in March 2007

27 March 2007

Choice Day helps reduce bickering between competitive siblings

Irene's come up with a way to diffuse the daily arguments between her kids: I have a 5 year old boy and a 3 year old girl who have become very competitive with each other. They argue about who gets in the car first, who gets in the house first,...

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26 March 2007

Making up new rules for card- and board games

Here's how Cathy (Mayberry Mom) and her daughter hacked Uno: My daughter (age 4) and I figured out a new way to use Uno cards. She loves Uno, but wanted to try something different, so we played War. We decided that the skip, reverse and wild cards (the ones with...

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26 March 2007

25 March 2007

links for 2007-03-25

Best All-Time Children’s Books | zen habits Leo's got another great list! Check it out -- it will bring back happy memories of sunny afternoons spent lost in a book. (tags: parenthacks kids) Baby Cheapskate: Where Have All the Formula Deals Gone? Angie's back, this time for money-saving tips for...

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25 March 2007

Save grungy socks for indoor playgrounds

Suzanne's eminently practical use for old socks: Before you throw out your kids' old, dingy socks, let them use them one more time -- in those indoor, McDonald's-type playland places. I keep a bag of old socks in my trunk specifically for this purpose. If we're at a play place...

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24 March 2007

Parent Hacks admin: Spring Break

I'm heading (mostly) offline to spend a (relatively) work-free week with my family for Spring Break. If you've emailed me recently (and even not-so-recently, ugh), I'm reading everything but may not respond as quickly as usual. Happy Spring, everyone!

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24 March 2007

Home decorating for real people: HomeAndTell

Christine, co-founder of HomeAndTell, wrote to me in response to Megan's and Leah's wonderful habitat hacks. I like the site because it extends the same "real world" approach we celebrate on Parent Hacks to home decorating. Who hasn't flipped through a home design magazine or a Pottery Barn Kids catalog...

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24 March 2007

links for 2007-03-24

Find your lost child with a USB drive - Lifehacker Awesome use of tech. Truly incredible story. Thanks for pointing it out, Steve. (tags: parenthacks travel) Mind Flush: More tape-in-hotel-room tricks Yet another reason to to always travel with a roll of painter's tape. (tags: parenthacks travel)

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24 March 2007

How to use a star chart to encourage good behavior

Michelle at Scribbit describes how her family uses the ever-popular Star Chart. I love how the rewards take into account each child's particular interests and values. In an effort to reward our children's good behavior but not promote materialism and multiply the already overwhelming pile of useless toys my children...

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23 March 2007

Where no woman has gone before: the Dadlabs.com interview

Parent Hacks: The Dad Labs Review I had a planets-and-stars-aligning moment while I was in Austin, TX attending SXSW. I met Troy Lanier, Clay Nichols and Brad Powell of Dadlabs.com. These talented, savvy, accomplished men are producing some of the funniest, best-quality parenting video around, and I had the pleasure...

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23 March 2007

How to prevent the bath towel edges from getting wet

No more wet towel corners! Thanks, Deb: This hack will prevent your child's bath towel from getting wet before your little one gets out of the tub. Every time I wash my son's hair, I towel dry it because who knows how long the little noodle will want to stay...

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23 March 2007

links for 2007-03-23

Dad Daily Finally, a social networking site for dads! [Via RebelDad] (tags: parenthacks fatherhood dad) Dadstayshome.com Digg for dads. [Also via Rebeldad!] (tags: parenthacks dad digg) DIY Cardboard Kids Furniture -- Daddy Types (tags: parenthacks) Teach Your Kids To Work, Part II | GNMParents Subtitle: Get Rid of The Crap....

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23 March 2007

Formula dispenser simplifies feeding baby on the road

Randa found a way to take some of the guesswork out of formula feeding: There are times when you are out and about, or have your baby with a sitter that you just never know how much formula you're going to need to make. This also comes into play when...

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22 March 2007

Vinyl placemat as sticker repository

From my SXSW buddy Sara (such luck that she lives in Austin!): So my husband Ben and I are prolific ParentHackers, but it seems our daughter J. (almost 2) has also inherited the gene. Unprompted by either of us she came up with this one: Stickers go everywhere -- on...

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22 March 2007

DIY cookbook for families with food allergies

Here's how Amber's keeping track of the recipes that fit her family's dietary needs: My family has a lot of food sensitivities, so I work really hard at trying to find as many varied (but not too strange) recipes that we can all enjoy. I have never been much of...

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