92 hacks in November 2007

26 November 2007

Meet your new assistant, Sandy

Update: Sadly, Sandy is no more. While she was one heck of an assistant, she decided to change careers and move on to new things.

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26 November 2007

Bar cookies save trips to the oven (and burned cookies)

Jill from Atlanta shares the practical realities of baking cookies with little kids in the house.

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25 November 2007

Parent Hacks admin: Welcome back! (And a request for your holiday hacks.)

I'm happy to report that Parent Hacks site traffic over the weekend was abysmal. Exactly as it should be! More family, less computer! I hope those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful time. We spent Thanksgiving in the Bay Area visiting my family, basking in the California sun...

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25 November 2007

A phone call from a favorite character encourages bathtime cooperation

From Rachel: My daughter hated, HATED to have her hair washed. For about two years washing her hair was one of my least favorite chores. She'd kick and scream so loudly that I would honestly worry the neighbors would call the police. [Haven't we all wondered about that at one...

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24 November 2007

Uses for old mustard and ketchup bottles

Ashley rescued the mustard and ketchup bottles from the recycling bin: If you wash them really well, empty mustard and ketchup bottles make great bathtub squirt toys. If you use powdered tempera paint, they also make great dispensers! Related: Don't throw away that perineum bottle!

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24 November 2007

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Teaching Kids Charity and Clarity with Pre-Christmas Cleaning - lifehack.org Yes, yes, YES.

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23 November 2007

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20 Fun Things You Can Do with Family on Thanksgiving - Dumb Little Man Great reminders here. Baby Toolkit: Crafting with Crayons So pretty.

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23 November 2007

"Bachelor chow" egg muffin makes a fine daddy breakfast

Surprise a tired-out Thanksgiving hostess or host with breakfast, "bachelor style." From the very clever Steve: Want an Egg McMuffin without the greasy overpriced “Mc” part? Here’s my method - bachelor style. 1 english Muffin or Bagel 1 egg 1-2 slices of lunch meat (your favorite) 1 slice of cheese...

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22 November 2007

Parent Hacks admin: Giving thanks

Hopefully those of you who are celebrating Thanksgiving aren't reading this -- you're getting settled into the festivities with your families. But I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything your contribute to Parent Hacks. The hacks (of course), the comments, the pointers to interesting spots...

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21 November 2007

Boost your kid's vocabulary by "narrating" drive time

Keep talking to those babies! From Sara: One of those inadvertent hacks is how we've taught Miss J. her over/under/though prepositions. Our daily and weekly drives include a number of highway flyovers that just fascinated her, so we started saying "going under", "going over", "we're through" etc. as we drove...

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21 November 2007

How to get a jacket on a squirmy toddler

Damselfly's got a few tricks for getting a jacket onto her toddler: I'm not sure if this is a bona-fide hack, but it works for us. My 14-month-old boy fights me every time he has to get dressed or undressed. And when it's rainy or cool, I put him in...

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21 November 2007

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Encouraging flexibility | Gather My second article for Gather.com, in which I find that by encouraging flexibility in my children, I must make a few stretches myself. I invite you to drop by and leave a comment!

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20 November 2007

Parent Hacks admin: BabyCenter Parenting Federation

So it all comes full circle! In 1999, when I was newly pregnant with my first child and busily devouring all the expert advice I could in order to "prepare myself" (quote marks = irony), more often than not I found myself at BabyCenter. BabyCenter's encyclopedic coverage of just about...

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20 November 2007

Use wallet-sized photos as gift tags

Gwen's hack is one of those gems that solves a problem AND reduces clutter at the same time. Think about this for holiday gifts as well: When my children bring a party gift to a child who can't read yet, we don't attach a gift card to the bag. Instead,...

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20 November 2007

Helping an anxious child get to sleep

Rachel has a lovely, gentle way to help her anxious daughter prepare for sleep: My first grade daughter has recently begun having anxieties about bedtime. She lays down and remembers all sorts of bad thoughts about the day, which tend to increase her anxiety and make her scared to be...

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