Sharon’s (dad’s) hack is convenient, saves money, and minimizes paper waste: This is a hack I’m borrowing from my dad, a 70’s single parent. Before the advent of disposable wipes, he would carry with him a damp washcloth in a plastic bag for wiping food off of faces, cleaning up sticky hands, random spills on […]
I generally avoid the mall, but during the back-to-school shopping season I seem to find myself there at least once or twice. In fact, it’s not a bad place to hang out when the kids are antsy and the weather’s bad. Kristin offers some great tips for keeping everyone happy (and I like the way […]
James has yet another brilliant use for the versatile pizza cutter: My toddler daughter enjoys having a toasted waffle for breakfast, but she’s not skilled enough to cut up the waffles herself. For a while, I cut them up using a fork, but that wasn’t very efficient. Then I had a brainwave: Use a pizza […]
Let’s start with Duane’s example: This hardly counts as a hack but I thought you’d find it cute. We’re trying to get better at enforcing the "nobody gets down from the dinner table, nobody has dessert until everybody is finished with their dinner" rule in the house, which means attention must be paid to the […]
I invite you to hop on over to The MomSpeak to read my most recent posts: Values await inside the dollar store: I’ve managed to strike a quality/value balance at the dollar store. Here’s what I consider to be the best buys. Why I stopped reading parenting books (and then started again): A look at […]
Here’s how Whitney (one of the Rookie Moms) makes milk more palatable for her non-milk-drinking daughter: My 14-month old daughter does not like to drink milk. My pediatrician suggested offering chocolate milk and then to slowly reduce the amount of chocolate I add. Somehow, I just can’t get comfortable giving my baby chocolate milk. (Plus […]
Monique no longer has to re-roll the toilet paper several times per day: I taught my 18 month-old to use the potty pretty successfully. I used the three-day method and it only took two weeks! But what I’ve never seen addressed is how to teach them about toilet paper. I tried and tried but whenever […]
The beauty of this hack is that it encourages healthy snacking while not filling up the kids before dinner.