59 hacks in June 2007

23 June 2007

Keep important medical and legal documents handy on a keychain USB drive

Kate came up with a smart "paperwork" hack: Because we both take medications, and both have living wills and powers of attorney on each other, we decided to get keychain USB drives to keep them handy. We're going to be taking in foster children soon, and it will be good...

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22 June 2007

Use a dimmer switch in the nursery

Rachel shares her love of light dimmers (a love I share): In our attempt to decorate the nursery on a budget, I kept fussing over the lamp decision. No lamp under $40 looked appropriate for a nursery. Finally, my father-in-law suggested we add a dimmer switch to our overhead light....

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22 June 2007

links for 2007-06-22

The Buck Stops Here: Pill Bottle Tip Smart way to keep track of how much medication SHOULD be in the bottle. Thanks, Stuart. (tags: parenthacks safety health kids) Teach your kids to clean their own rooms » Curbly Great how-to from badbadivy. (tags: parenthacks kids cleaning)

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22 June 2007

Reuse infant incline pillow when your toddler has a stuffy nose

Kris found a good use for her baby's old crib wedge: When my son was an infant he had a major spitup problem, so we bought one of those foam incline pillows for the crib (they go under the sheet), which seemed to help. He's now 13 months and outgrew...

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21 June 2007

Styrofoam castle hack in this month's Parents Magazine

My styrofoam castle hack appears in a blurb in this month's Parents magazine! (That's a package insert, toothpicks, and some Post-It notes, by the way.)

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21 June 2007

Underwear packaging makes ideal flash card storage

So many products come with promising outer packaging -- I'm thinking sheets and larger bed linens. Sharon came up with a good use for the thick plastic packaging in which underwear is sold: I love to find new uses for old packaging - REUSE!! I recently potty trained two little...

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21 June 2007

Removing a reward instead of threatening a consequence

Interesting twist on behavior modification, from Jill: I read this on another blog in the comments, so it isn't my idea BUT I plan to use it quite soon! Removing the carrot instead of threatening the stick... To successfully grocery shop with children, first put into the cart something they...

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20 June 2007

Make your own spill-proof cup

Jessica's quick thinking probably saved her serious car and clothing cleanup.

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20 June 2007

links for 2007-06-20

Unclutterer: Establishing household routines This post makes keeping house sound so easy. Via Lifehack.org. (tags: organization housekeeping) MacGyver Tip: Dry out your soaked gadgets in rice - Lifehacker Yes! There's also a Parent Hack for drying out a drooled-on cell phone. (tags: electronics parenthacks) Z Recommends: Homemade Toddler Game: Bunny...

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20 June 2007

Parent Hacks admin: Summer Internet vacation

Summer has officially begun around here. No more school, sunshine, a relaxed schedule. It's as if my family is exhaling for the first time in weeks. What a relief. All is (mostly) well on my computer post-email crash as well. While I've not gotten everything filed away properly, at least...

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20 June 2007

Play "Memory" with loose change while waiting in line

From Tom ("devoted Parenthacker and Jersey exile"): While standing in line at the grocery store the other day I stumbled upon a Parent Hack I'm rather proud of. My daughter is almost 4 and very fond of playing Memory, so when we got stuck on a fairly busy Sunday line...

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19 June 2007

Maxi pad as disposable diaper "extender"

Brilliant. From Shauna: My son wakes up soaked - jammies, sheets and all - EVERY morning. We've tried all sorts of ideas, but nothing worked. Finally, I lined his diaper with a heavy absorbency maxi-pad - and it works! I think this would also work for traveling. :)

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19 June 2007

links for 2007-06-19

Quick Gadget Hack - Make Your Cutting Board Non-Slip I've also used a damp kitchen towel for this purpose. (tags: parenthacks cooking)

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19 June 2007

Confirm they heard you with "Got it" instead of "OK"

Mary pointed out a semantic trap I've fallen into several times, even with older kids: When explaining things to my two year-old, I often find myself wanting to say, "OK?" at the end, so he can respond. That way I know he's listening and he agrees to it. The problem...

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18 June 2007

Happy Father's Day!

We were so busy yesterday putting Dad on a pedestal around here that I forgot to wish all of you Parenthacker Dads a happy Father's Day! I hope you got the doting and exultation you deserve -- I certainly appreciate all that you do to make the conversation at Parent...

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