Happy Halloween, Parenthackers!

Your kids will have just as much fun without animatronic zombies in the front yard and Broadway show-worthy costumes. Whether they love the silly spookiness of it all, or they prefer handing out candy with you…enjoy it with them.

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Books For Treats Give books instead of candy! Just read about this in one of my favorite newspaper comic strips, Luann.

Draw jack-o’-lantern face with dry erase marker

Yet another pumpkin carving discovery! If you draw the jack-o’-lantern face onto the pumpkin with dry erase marker, you’ve got clear lines to cut AND you can wipe off the marks with a towel when you’re finished! More: Easy Halloween tips

In the Parent Toolbox: Henry’s Alien Attack Slideshow (a PowerPoint Storybook)

I admit I'm a PowerPoint shunner. Having been exposed to one too many boring slideshows, I find I've blamed the messenger. But this addition to the Parent Toolbox (especially after Kristen's amazing slideshow illustrating her husband's deployment for her kids) may have turned it around. Kid's Storybook in Powerpoint by Finslippy View more presentations from […]

No need to thoroughly wash the pumpkin seeds

The most time-consuming part of roasting pumpkin seeds is separating them from the stringy pumpkin innards  — a slimy job, to be sure. But here's one occasion where laziness pays off: I roasted our seeds last night after a cursory rinse, leaving most of the pumpkin strings attached. Tossed with oil and salt, roasted at […]

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Fix Me A Snack: healthy family-friendly snacks You can never have enough… Clear-lidded spice container makes a good die roller! How smart! Keep the dice on the table by containing them in a little clear-lidded tin! Spray paint your pumpkin I like the reverse orange/black look! Smart-Bottom Enterprises: Tissue Ghosts Halloween decor even little ones […]

Silicone baking mat as playdough work surface


Natalie's quick thinking saved her plenty of cleanup time: Just this weekend I was looking for a surface on which my three year old could go to town with some new playdough and silly putty. Her art table is from IKEA, the small wooden square table variety with a cloth on top of it.  Well […]

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method: Pumpkin Stencils! And here I was thinking about carving my Jo'L in the shape of a soap bottle! Cute, and a great jumping-off point for creativity.