77 hacks in February 2008

25 February 2008

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....

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24 February 2008

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...

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23 February 2008

links for 2008-02-23

Organizing With Kids: Time Management | GNMParents Some nice ideas here.

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23 February 2008

Toothbrush holder keeps used spoons contained in the diaper bag

Megan's answer to sticky spoons: This may be obvious but I have found it the most brilliant of any of my parenting ideas! Whenever we feed the little man when we are out and about, I find myself grossed out at putting the used spoon back in my diaper bag....

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22 February 2008

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...

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22 February 2008

links for 2008-02-22

The castle of my 4-year-old One dad goes nuts with cardboard boxes. (Hey, James, how 'bout a picture?) Broomhuggers » Never say “Go clean your room” Age-appropriate guidelines for cleaning your room. Thanks for the link, dampscribbler!

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22 February 2008

Amazon Friday Sale: Brita Filters, Pull-Ups

Another Friday, another Friday Sale ! I found a couple deals Parenthackers might appreciate: Brita Pitcher Replacement Filters: Oh, how I love my Brita. I have found that keeping a full pitcher of water on the counter makes it so much more likely for the kids to grab a glass...

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22 February 2008

Diapers fit nicely in the plastic wipes box

Lisa V.'s diapers-to-go hack: If you have a child in diapers, use the refillable wipes packs (the smaller travel size in the soft package). Put the package of wipes into the original box (the regular full-size box). Then add a few diapers (they fit nicely!) Now you have a pack...

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21 February 2008

Play "Marco Polo" in public to keep track of out-of-sight kids

Remember "Marco Polo," that classic call-and-respond swimming pool game? Mari and her husband use it as a way to keep tabs on their kids in public places: Okay, I know it sounds crazy. We always call out 'Marco' when we're in the store and encourage our son to respond. At...

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21 February 2008

Ten ways to find time for your family -- no matter how busy you are

I'm excited to share a guest post by Leo Babauta, father of six and author of the inspiring productivity blog, Zen Habits. His simple-yet-powerful tips always remind me that slowing down -- not cramming more in -- is a busy parent's best shot at balance. Leo doesn't "do" productivity so...

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21 February 2008

White noise between radio stations helps kids nap in the car

Here's how Mama D gracefully handled an awkward snatch of time that was too big for an activity, but too small for a nap: This hack had a 50% success rate on its maiden voyage, enough to make me think it may work for half the world's children. Between my...

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21 February 2008

links for 2008-02-21

12 Hours to Better Time Management - Lifehack.org Automate, automate, automate.

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20 February 2008

Park your car near the grocery shopping cart return area

Lydia thought to write in with a hack that I only discovered after my second child was almost too big to ride in the cart: When going shopping various places with the little one, I always park next to a shopping cart return area so I can put her and...

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20 February 2008

Ice cube tray as kids' paint palette

Red Lotus Mama's smart art hack makes it possible for her toddler to paint without making to big of a mess.

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19 February 2008

Use the coffeemaker to heat water for quick oats

Stephanie's found a safer way for her son to cook his own breakfast: My 9 1/2 year-old son loves oatmeal for breakfast every morning. He's old enough to want to do things on his own but not old enough to use the stove alone, so he has to wait for...

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