Save your grass and put the kiddie pool on the patio


Sam’s tip for giving your lawn a fighting chance against the kiddie pool this summer: One of the annoying things about the inflatable swimming pools is that they kill the grass, but if you combine them with foam letters you get a great way to put the pool on the patio. Keeps the pool water […]

Parent Hacks admin: Back from vacation


We just got in from almost two weeks of vacation in Northern California. There was hiking, a ropes course, parasailing, eating, visiting friends and family, exploring caverns, swimming, conversation, going to the playground, and a two-day drive from and to Portland. I discovered a few things while away: My son, who’s historically afraid of heights, […]

links for 2008-06-29

Kids Meal Crowd: Corral the Crayons A crayon coinpurse! Thanks, Danielle. Flying with a toddler « PsychMamma One mama’s collection of tips. Thanks, Dawn! Netflix Community Blog: Profiles feature going away If you use Netflix Profiles to keep track of your kids’ DVD wants, note that the feature is ending Septermber 1. Thanks for the […]

links for 2008-06-27

Perfectly Normal: We Do Normal… Perfectly!: WFMW: Cradle Cap Solution T/Gel shampoo + oil. Check it out. (I just found some cradle cap on my daughter’s head last night…she’s almost 5. ???)

links for 2008-06-26

38 Tips to Keep Your Kids Entertained and Stress Free When Seeing a Doctor Common sense tips for medical appointments. penny carnival: My baby does housework A pan full of water in the middle of the kitchen floor = 20 minutes of happy toddler entertainment. Thanks, Megan! Vicky and Jen “What Really Matters”: 100th Blog […]

Sprinkler hose may be a better solution for toddler lawn water play

Here’s how Tracy tweaks backyard sprinkler play: The comment about the slide in the kiddie pool (which we also do!) reminded me of the a hack I’ve been using for years. My kids don’t like to play in the standard oscillating lawn sprinkler that goes back and forth up in the air. I’ve found what […]

links for 2008-06-24

Students Plant the Seed This group is working toward “greening” the college admission process — saving tons of paper. Tips for backpacking with a baby – And I thought car camping was brave. Family Focused Fun: Tent Camping More camping-with-kids tips! Thanks, Jamie!

Road trip car games to pass the time on long drives


Car games! A long-standing road trip tradition. If you’ve already exhausted your family’s tolerance for I Spy and license plate sighting, Jennifer has a couple more road trip games to add to the arsenal: Game #1: Think of an animal. Have the kids take turns asking questions to try and guess which animal you’re thinking […]