Homework tips? Talk amongst yourselves.

Amazon: Board Dudes Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar w/ Cork Strip

Jill from Atlanta had a wonderful idea: while I get back on my feet posting-wise, how about a little open discussion about homework tips? Most of us are likely in the grace period before the big-time assignments, so let's talk about ideas for getting off to a good start. Some ice-breakers: Where and when does […]

Parent Hacks admin: The Fall

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Fall approaches, and, here in Portland, the school doors open next week. For many of you, the school year is already underway — a reluctant transition for some, a relief for others. I know for me "back to school" brings recollections of my own childhood mixed with the practical realities of getting two kids ready […]

Serve food to new self-feeders in a measuring cup

Liz said, "I am not sure if this is a hack or just a lightbulb moment…" Isn't it funny how some Parent Hacks come on like a flash, and others are just the unconventional way we've always done things? My 19 month old son really wants to feed himself. I usually give in, except for […]

Put a bell on toddlers’ belts to more easily locate them

From Will, Hedra’s husband! When your toddlers start to walk around, it can be tiring to track their presence at all times, especially in crowded areas, or in the outdoors. When we had this situation while on vacation in Vermont, we bought a souvenir cowbell for Brendan that he loved to wear, and that let […]

links for 2007-08-23

Make your own Chinese finger trap (tags: kids toys) Unclutterer: Grandparents, consider the fold away crib What a great idea. (tags: kids babies)

Toys to Iraq: Still accepting toys and stuffed animals!

Edmay Mayers is coming home after a long tour in Iraq with the US Army Corps of Engineers. But two of her comrades have agreed to take over her "duties" as volunteer distributors of toys to Iraqi children there. Michael is a geologist from Buffalo, NY and a 20 year veteran of the Corps. Natalie […]

links for 2007-08-22

Techmamas: Gadgets That Keep Young Boys Entertained On Airplanes My favorite: the Cheerio necklace. (tags: parenthacks kids travel gadgets) Easy homemade baby butt paste – DIY Life Secret ingredient: Maalox. (tags: parenting baby diapers)

links for 2007-08-22

Techmamas: Gadgets That Keep Young Boys Entertained On Airplanes My favorite: the Cheerio necklace. (tags: parenthacks kids travel gadgets) Easy homemade baby butt paste – DIY Life Secret ingredient: Maalox. (tags: parenting baby diapers)

Non-slip shelf liner keeps tablecloth from slipping

Leah's hack would simplify craft time at our house considerably: Oilcloth tablecloths are excellent – they're durable, bright and wipe clean when the kids inevitably spill on them – but they slide around a lot.  I put rubberized non-slip shelf liner on the table underneath ours, and it works great – there's just enough catch […]