Video game addiction. Talk amongst yourselves.

We are the happy owners of a Nintendo Wii. We fit the demographic to a T; the kids play a bit in the afternoon, and then Rael and I fire up Guitar Hero after hours. (I made a full confession on mywiistory.com.) All in good fun, right? The dark side of electronic entertainment, in our […]

Parent Hacks: The Zen Habits Collection

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As part of our guest post swap, Leo Babauta asked me to choose twenty of my favorite tips and write them up as a post for Zen Habits. "Favorite" is impossible to capture because there's more wisdom and good will on this site than any list could cover, but it sure was fun going back […]

Rain pants work for cool-weather beach visits

Debbie's got a great tip for off-season beach visits (a wonderful time to go): We sometimes head to the beach when it's too cold for swimsuit (or when we're headed off somewhere else after). I pull the kids' rain pants over their clothes. The pants keep them warm and dry while they're playing in the […]

Pencil cup as toothbrush holder

The Hengsts have a solution for those fat, character toothbrush handles that don't fit into the holes of a regular countertop toothbrush holder: We have the problem in our house that kids' toothbrushes don't fit in the traditional toothbrush holders because of all the character handles, music playing handles, etc. So we improvised and use […]

Britax sale at Amazon – one week only

Just got a note from the Amazon folks: turns out a week-long Britax sale is underway — up to 20% off "rarely discounted" car seats and strollers. I've been a Britax user of convertible car seats for years and love them, and I did a little checking — the prices look good. (Graco was my […]

Pets as social skills “teachers”

I've got so much to say about this hack (sent in anonymously), but I'll save my comments till after you've read it: I'm a single (widowed) mom to one daughter. We live in a very rural area so my daughter's interaction with other children was very limited until she attended Head Start. It also limited […]