48 hacks in November 2008

13 November 2008

Cookie decorating with kids? Talk amongst yourselves.

I am, and always have been, cookie decorating impaired. Perhaps it's because holiday cookie decorating was never a family tradition. Whatever, I just don't have the knack but I'm willing to practice. I'm sure there are so many ways to simplify cookie decorating with kids while ending up with good-looking...

Read more

13 November 2008

Helping young kids get involved in writing thank you notes

I love how Rabia got her daughter involved with thank you notes, even though she's just learning to write: My daughter just turned five and I wanted her to be very involved with writing the thank you notes for all her birthday presents. I took a sheet of computer paper...

Read more

13 November 2008

links for 2008-11-13

Parenting starts with you. We can help. | Tumblon Interesting new service that lets you track milestones, journal, get parenting tips, and share. Baby Toolkit: Our Secret Project: Meet Our New Intern Please join me in congratulating Adrienne and Jim on their new addition! Entertainment Software Rating Board Before you...

Read more

12 November 2008

links for 2008-11-12

Scootababy carrier giveaway! — Rookie Moms More great stuff to win! Visit the Rookie Moms and get in the running.

Read more

12 November 2008

Electric toothbrush distracts kids from hair combing

Cathy's curly hair tip: My 2 ½ year old daughter has very curly hair which gets unbelievably snarled when she’s in bed at night. Before I discovered this hack, we did the tug-n-cry every morning in front of the mirror. One morning, I discovered that if I let her brush...

Read more

12 November 2008

Use the Robeez package as a carrying case for markers and crafts

Speaking of Robeez...Betty has a fantastic use for the plastic zipper bags they come packaged in: I just discovered a use for my leftover Robeez brand shoes that come in a small, thick, plastic bag with a zipper...holding markers and other crafts. The bag has a small rope handle and...

Read more

11 November 2008

Attach return addresses to your baby's shoes

I always feel a tinge of maternal protectiveness when I see a lost baby shoe (or a lost mitten). I can't help but think about the kid somewhere with one cold foot or hand. Rachele's clever hack gives those lost shoes a way to get back home: After losing a...

Read more

11 November 2008

The Momspeak: Curbing sugar overload during the holidays

The holiday sugar parade has begun. Between Halloween and New Year's Eve, kids (all of us!) are bombarded with sweets. How do you help them resist without ruining the fun? My next post on The MomSpeak starts off the conversation: Curbing sugar overload during the holidays What do you think?...

Read more

11 November 2008

Nighttime breathing treatments may be administered to sleeping kids

Janette reminds us we may not need to wake a sleeping child to give medicine: This hack was obvious to me and my husband, but when my friend just sent me an email and said her four year-old had to go on breathing treatments every 4 hours and that waking...

Read more

10 November 2008

links for 2008-11-10

The Mom Crowd » 7 Simple Parent Hacks Great tips, Amanda! I especially love the hair clip hack. The Obamas face the ultimate work-family balance Fascinating to contemplate. DeliciousBaby Journal: Giveaway - Sit 'n' Stroll Convertible Stroller from tots on-the-go ($250 Value) Traveling families love the Sit n' Stroll. Land...

Read more

10 November 2008

Momversation: Do you use food as a reward with your kids?

My next appearance in Momversation: Do you use food as a reward for your kids? Mindy of The Mommy Blog kicks off the conversation, and we pick it up from there. Highlights from my answer: Jolly Ranchers and Fudgcicles. With me: Nataly Kogan of Work It, Mom! Daphne Brogdon of...

Read more

10 November 2008

10 November 2008

Label disposable cameras that still have a few shots left

From Russ and Becky: I don't know how many people still use disposable cameras, but I hope this helps the few that do! I was always hanging on to cameras with a few shots left hoping to use them up later. But when I needed another one I couldn't find...

Read more

08 November 2008

links for 2008-11-08

Amazon: Four-day Baby super sale Big discounts on selected baby items every weekend in November. Smule: Ocarina Turn your iPhone into a musical instrument! Available for $.99 at the iPhone App store, then check out free "sheet music" on the Ocarina website. Lessons, CNN and The Electoral Map Here's how...

Read more

07 November 2008

Momversation: My first appearance! Are your Internet friends as important as your "real" friends?

I get to kick off the Episode 2 of Momversation: Are your Internet friends as important as your "real" friends? The motivation for this question was twofold: first, I wanted to explore how friendship can change (drastically, in my case) after you have kids, and second, how making friends on...

Read more

BACK | MORE hacks in November 2008

GO to Parent Hacks Home Page

Email updates

  • Never miss a hack -- the next one might change your life.

 

Asha's Book

  • At Amazon: Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less

    Find out why doing less is the key to resourceful, thriving kids, and a calmer, happier YOU.

    Minimalist Parenting is an encouraging roadmap for decluttering your schedule, your home, and your vision for family life. Reviewers call it "a much welcome alternative to the usual parenting advice."

    Learn More at Amazon

    Also available at Barnes & Noble or your favorite local bookstore.

Start Amazon shopping here