links for 2008-04-28

Half Full Blogversations: Science for Raising Happy Kids » Raising Optimistic Kids I am known as a relentless optimist, and this post struck a chord. I have much more to say on this topic, and would love to talk to y’all about it. Stay tuned. (PS. I graduated from Berkeley with a BA in Sociology, […]

“Colorful” milk rewards kids for pre-mealtime cleanup

Mari’s colorful solution for getting the kids to the table: My daughter’s preschool teacher came up with a fun way to encourage the children to clean up promptly for lunch. It made such an impression on our 3-year-old that we have started incorporating it into our dinner routine: If the children clean up their playthings […]

Amazon Friday sale 4/25/08: Fitness ball, swim diapers, Victorinox

Parenthacker-friendly picks in today’s packed Amazon Friday sale: More Huggies Little Swimmers disposable swim diapers (size Small, 16-24 lbs, two 12-count packages) for $14.99 (25% off). Lots of Parenthackers have talked about how versatile a fitness ball can be — for exercise, playtime, and bouncing restless babies. Natural Fitness, the company that makes this particular […]

Parent Hacks admin: Tending the pipeline


I’m at work on the back end of Parent Hacks, trying to build a more efficient system for responding to and pipelining your hacks. I’ve tried to stop apologizing about my queue of unpublished hacks (because enough already, I know) but it’s still here, waiting to see the light of day. You are incredibly patient, […]

Ketchup bottle as hair washer

Here’s how Michelle of CoolMomsCare reuses empty squeeze bottles: I have always struggled in rinsing my little girl’s hair in the bathtub without getting soap in her eyes or in her ears. Her hair is really long, so one or two rinses do not work. I decided to rinse one of our old ketchup bottle […]