Classic hack: Reverse psychology and the toddler

Duane’s hack uses his toddler’s natural propensity for saying “no”: One for the “don’t forget the obvious” file: Reverse psychology, particularly for the 2yr olds, often works like a dream. My son is particularly vulnerable to it. Not a night goes by without this discussion: “Can you eat one more bite?” “NO!” “Ok, no more […]

Bath toys gain new life as pool toys


There’s still time and heat for the kiddie pool! Jenna’s good-sense hack: So, for all those late summer afternoons when the thrill of the kiddie pool itself has worn off…we just figured out that bath toys, especially the ones that have been forgotten INSIDE, make perfect pool toys outside. Our daughter thought they were the […]

Parent Hacks admin: Summer (mental) vacation


Hello, dear Parenthackers! It has been a long time since we checked in. I hope that you and your families are enjoying the end of summer, bittersweet as it is. Many of you are already deep in back-to-school, and many more have years before school is on the horizon. We are heading into our last […]

Record yourself telling stories to calm bedtime fears


We've published a variant of this hack before, but I thought Sara's take was worth sharing as it has helped her calm her daughter's bedtime fears: I know I was one of the lucky ones. After a colicky start, I was blessed with an easy-to-put-to-bed toddler; however, inexplicably at 20 months or so she started […]

Clean summer toenails with a toothbrush


Susan’s colorful story about how to clean those summertime toes illustrates the importance of “The Spin” with reluctant kids: My 3-year-old daughter inherited my family’s World Famous Wonky Toenails, which means that even diligent clipping doesn’t eliminate all those deep deep little crooks and crannies where summertime dirt holes up against the evils of soap […]

Amazon Family DVD sale: tons of good stuff


We’re movie people. As a matter of fact, my kids are watching Star Wars as I write this, and I feel perfectly happy about the good-and-evil lessons they’re learning (while I ogle Han Solo). If you’re a movie person, too, you’ll appreciate the range of titles Amazon is featuring in its huge Family Fun DVD […]

Pack ‘n Play doubles as a play fort

Ah, the simple satisfaction of stumbling onto a parent hack. From Molly: I just turned our Pack ‘n Play on its side, threw a large thin blanket over it and voila — instant fort. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner. My babes are crawling in and out of it screeching and screaming […]