94 hacks in April 2008

25 April 2008

Ultra-sensitive preschooler who fears change? Talk amongst yourselves.

Christy, contributor of many hacks, needs our help. Read on: I have an ultra-sensitive type-A 3 year old who's about to be 4 and a 1 going on 2 year old. We live in a semi-rural community, with a Walmart and a McDonalds, and both the Walmart and McD's are...

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24 April 2008

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 I've tried to stop apologizing about my queue of unpublished hacks (because enough already, I know) but it's still here, waiting to see the light of...

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24 April 2008

links for 2008-04-24

Neatorama » The Milk Trick For the potion-makers and the experimenters. Cool! Thanks, Nicole!

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24 April 2008

Apply antibiotic ointment while the kid's asleep

When you can't win the game, change the rules. (In a good way.) From Jeff: Our 4 year old son was diagnosed with impetigo (also known as infantago, among other things). His doctor prescribed an antibiotic ointment for him, which he did not like AT ALL. He would cry and...

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24 April 2008

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...

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23 April 2008

Pry Legos apart with a manicure tool

From Amy: My son Henry is 4.5 and is in love with LEGOs. He is a little too old for Duplo, but a little too young for regular sized LEGO, mostly because he can't figure out how the heck to pry them apart once they've been stuck together. I was...

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23 April 2008

PC.com: When your kids know more about your computer than you do

Before kids, I was a writer of computer books of the how-to variety . How does a relatively non-tech person qualify as technical book author? By sending a proposal for a "teach yourself HTML" book to publishers in 1996, back when Yahoo! was a page full of text links and...

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23 April 2008

Keep that bib on with a clothespin

From Melody: My 12-month-old is becoming an expert at ripping off her bib about 3 seconds after we put it on at the beginning of a meal. Yesterday I used a clothespin to clip the bib together, and she couldn't get if off, despite much concerted effort. Take that, baby!...

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22 April 2008

links for 2008-04-22

Idle parenting means happy children - Telegraph Note the dry British humor (humour!) with the liberal helping of reasonable advice. Great pointer, Ellen, thanks! 50 Ways to Help the Planet Lovely list from Wire & Twine. #4: Do not preheat the oven.

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22 April 2008

Keep track of medicine dosage by writing on the foil pack

We've had so many good suggestions for how to keep track of medicine dosages. Here's Stacy's, specific to pills that come in little foil packs: I can never remember whether pills that need to be taken daily (antibiotics, etc) have actually been ingested, and I have to wrack my brain...

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22 April 2008

Four Parent Hacks for a nag-less morning routine

Have you met Vanessa Van Petten? Talk about "most likely to succeed!" She's an incredibly motivated blogger about the teen perspective and the author of the parenting book “You’re Grounded!” I first came across her writing in a guest post at Zen Habits and have been following her ever since....

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21 April 2008

Turnoff Week starts, uh, today! Some thoughts and resources.

How did I let Turnoff Week sneak up on me like this? And does anyone else find it funny (in a sad way) that it's no longer called "TV Turnoff Week" because there are so many more things to turn off? I fully support the idea of Turnoff Week, and...

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21 April 2008

Amazon Home & Garden one-day sale today

FYI, Amazon's having a one-day Home & Garden sale today, and I see several slow cookers represented (but alas, not that All-Clad one Hedra recommended).

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21 April 2008

When they're little, sing 'em what you like, with a little backup

Brian's baby is getting better musical exposure than mine ever did: For an infant that you're trying to sing to sleep it really doesn't matter what you sing them, just that you're singing. My wife and I both sing songs that we know all the words to - mostly punk,...

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21 April 2008

Quiet loud toys with caulk

Dawn's a smart mom: I don't know about you, but I've found that most children's toys that 'talk' are way too loud - - too loud for me, and I'm sure for the tiny little ears that are even closer to the toy. So, I finally figured out a way...

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