15 hacks in June 2010

30 June 2010

Cover healing umbilical cord site with a cotton nursing pad

Kim calls this the "rising moon." When I saw her hack in my inbox, I thought it had something to do with Twilight mania! Then I remembered the book is called New Moon, and that I'm not as connected to pop culture as a few other people I know. (Hey,...

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30 June 2010

How to Keep Towels off the Bathroom Floor

via www.earnestparenting.com How did she do it? Amy details the long experiment in teaching her sons to hang up the bathroom towels. It's an interesting example of how design and functionality go hand-in-hand. In other words...make it easier to clean up and (most of the time) people are more likely...

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29 June 2010

Amazon deals: Harmony universal remote, Popular Science magazine

Just came across two great Amazon deals today: 60% off the Logitech Harmony 880 universal remote ($79.99, refurbished). We use another version of the Harmony, and it's the first and only universal remote that has ever worked as promised for us. 1 year of Popular Science Magazine for $5. I...

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29 June 2010

Strawberry huller cuts table food into bite-size bits for baby

Becky's hack for new eaters of "people food:" We now have an 11 month-old boy and he is learning to eat table food. To quickly cut our food into small, evenly-sized bites, I used a strawberry huller (the kind that looks like a stubby set of tweezers). It works really...

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29 June 2010

How to deal with unfriendly teasing

via leechbabe.wordpress.com Look at the "map" Marita developed to help her daughter deal with unfriendly teasing! A tool like this is invaluable for any kid who needs a boost with social skills. Click through to her blog post for more information. Thank you, Marita!

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22 June 2010

Five ways gadgets encourage school-age kids to participate in a road trip -- instead of tuning out

"When I was young, if I got bored on a road trip, I read a book." "When I was young, I had to listen to whatever music my parents played on the radio." "When I was young, we entertained ourselves on car trips by playing games, singing songs, and telling...

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20 June 2010

Happy Father's Day (and Geek Dad winners)!

Happy, happy Father's Day, all! As always, I'm grateful to all the dads who participate here at Parent Hacks. One of the many things I love about this site is that it's an ongoing conversation about parenting, not just motherhood. Here's wishing you a day of relaxation, appreciation, and fun....

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19 June 2010

Last-minute Father's Day gift: Geek Dad

We try to keep Father's Day low-key around here (relaxation, BBQ, other manly forms of non-activity), but we also know that Daddy likes to open a little present as much as the next kid. If you're still scrambling for a gift, here's the perfect solution: Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects...

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16 June 2010

MyLifeScoop: Design your dream garden online

Today's the first day of "summer" in Portland (school let out yesterday), and it's cold, drizzly, and cloudy. But the weather hasn't dampened my spirits for gardening...in fact I've got a new vegetable garden gracing my back yard. If you've got big plans (or even small hopes) for your garden,...

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15 June 2010

Ice chest as kiddie pool

Lia's spur-of-the-moment idea for keeping the kids cool: There are relatively few days to use a swimming pool here in Alaska. We hit 72 and needed to cool off desperately. I found a Rubbermaid container to use as a kiddie pool for my six month-old, but needed something a bit...

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11 June 2010

MyLifeScoop: Gather 'round the iPad for family games

I'm an electronic game grump, especially now that summer is around the corner. Turn off the screens! Get outside! Grrr! However. I will grudgingly admit that my family has been having fun playing multiplayer games on the iPad. Doing so feels less like video gaming and more like Game Nights...

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09 June 2010

DIY Clipping Toy: Road Trip Sanity with a Toddler

via quirkymomma.com Stitch this up before your next trip-with-toddlers! Rachel says: "We made this toy out of buckles after watching my daughter play more with the stroller buckles than the slide on a park play date. It was a lifesaver on our last 28-hour (one-way) road trip." Step-by-step directions and...

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08 June 2010

Geocaching: treasure hunting with your GPS

My family's split down the middle when it comes to outdoor fun. There are two people who are always looking for reasons to be/play/eat outside, and two who prefer looking at nature from behind glass, preferably while seated in a temperature-controlled environment with Wifi. As such, the answer to "what...

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02 June 2010

How to keep soapy shampoo water out of your kid's eyes

Here's how Alison got her little guy to tip his head back during shower shampoo rinses: Whenever I rinsed the shampoo out of my 4 year-old's hair he would curl his chin down to his chest making all the soapy water run down his face and into his eyes. To...

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01 June 2010

When things go wrong

I had all sorts of plans for today's hacks and practical tidbits...and then I read the news of the death of Katie Allison Granju's teenage son, Henry. I can't stop thinking about them, and about the larger issue of parenting when things go wrong. I don't know Katie personally --...

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