Gardening hack: Pay kids a penny per weed
Future Parenthacker Adam (that's how he signed the email!) brought back childhood memories of hot afternoons spent weeding:
We don't have kids yet, but my wife and I both experienced this hack as children and intend to use it ourselves when the time comes. When the dandelions first start to bloom, offer your kids a penny apiece (or whatever they may be interested in - extra time with Elmo?) for every dandelion they turn in. It helps you eliminate weeds from the yard before they seed, keeps the kids busy, and rewards them for their effort.
If they're old enough, be sure to teach them about taproots! Dandelions will resprout within days if only the leaves get plucked.