18 hacks in November 2010

23 November 2010

Thank you

Just wanted to pop on and wish you safe travels, good eating, and whatever else makes yours a wonderful Thanksgiving. I've got a lot to be thankful for, including another year spent in your company. Thank you for helping me be a better, smarter parent, and for making this such...

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19 November 2010

Turn your old shirt into a laptop sleeve

via www.coolmomtech.com Cool Mom Tech uncovered a fabulous gift idea: Hello Rewind will turn an old t-shirt into a laptop sleeve and donate money to a good cause at the same time. Read the full post at CMT for details.

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19 November 2010

Preparing your kids for a TSA airline security patdown

via www.deliciousbaby.com As usual, Debbie of the fantastic travel-with-kids site Delicious Baby is on top of the latest news. This post gives advice about how to talk to your kids about TSA airport security checks. More: Family travel tips

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19 November 2010

Vomit hack: Keep the training potty nearby

Vomit is an inevitable topic around here. Reading about kid puke may be gross, but it beats cleaning carpet and changing sheets in the middle of the night, right? Thank you for this, Shimona! I don’t know about anyone else’s kids, but for mine, it’s not very comfortable to lean...

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18 November 2010

Cold and flu season tips: Best of Parent Hacks

Your kid has a cold or flu. Ugh. These tips should help smooth the bumpy (snotty! itchy! whiny!) cold-and-flu season road a bit. Colds and congestion Use a vegetable steamer or a crock pot as a stand-in for a humidifier Lip balm protects tissue-irritated skin Baby wipes are good for...

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18 November 2010

Stash quick-prep meal ingredients in the freezer before you travel

L just solved a problem I seem to face after every family trip: the post-trip meal. I hate coming home from a trip and having nothing in the fridge for dinner that night. The kids are cranky from traveling all day, we need to unpack, and often get ready for...

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18 November 2010

What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Talk amongst yourselves.

My kids are counting down the days till we visit our extended family for Thanksgiving. It got me to thinking (especially after Halloween craziness) how much I appreciate the simplicity of this holiday. How do you celebrate?

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17 November 2010

Best of Parent Hacks: Thanksgiving

We've got Thanksgiving on the brain! Whether you're traveling or hosting, I'm sure you do, too. We got a bunch of fantastic Thanksgiving tips and ideas in this Best of Parent Hacks roundup: Best of Parent Hacks: Thanksgiving Got something to add? Tell me about it! Email me at hacks@parenthacks.com...

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17 November 2010

Speed up after-meal cleanup with wipe-down placemats

In a previous post, I listed delegation as one of my three essential tools for clearing mental clutter. Turns out our cloth placemats are a stumbling block in the process of delegating the task of after-dinner table clearing to my kids. Inevitably the questions would grind the process to a...

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15 November 2010

Three essential tools for clearing mental clutter

The chronic distraction and forgetfulness often pegged as "mommy brain" isn't just a consequence of sleep deprivation. For me, it's what happens when one mind is responsible for handling the details of three lives: mine and my kids'. These three tools have helped me get ahead of it all.

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12 November 2010

Parent Hacks admin: Apologies for repeated posts

I am trying to get the problem of multiple, repeating "links" posts resolved both through TypePad (my blog host) and Delicious (the engine behind the links). At the moment, I'm deleting the posts manually. Hopefully I can get this dealt with quickly. In the meantime, I'm very sorry about your...

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10 November 2010

links for 2010-11-10

When the Flames Go Up: A blog about co-parenting after divorce Two of my favorite parenting bloggers, Ask Moxie and Laid-Off Dad, were married for several years. Now divorced, they co-parent their children with love, wisdom and honesty. And they're brave enough to write about it. They started this blog...

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10 November 2010

Best teacher gift ever: Homemade chai concentrate

Who doesn't love chai? NOONE. That's who. Chai is the humble-but-sublime mixture of strong black tea, milk, sugar and spices. You may have already drunk something approximating chai at your local coffeehouse, but, let me assure you, freshly-made chai is so much better. And don't even get me started on...

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09 November 2010

Babble names Parent Hacks "Most Useful"

For the second year in a row, Parent Hacks has earned the distinction of being named the "Most Useful" of Babble's Top 50 Mom Blogs. A thrill, because that's what I've always wanted Parent Hacks to be. Useful. Something that makes your life a little easier, saves you a little...

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08 November 2010

Thanksgiving: Best of Parent Hacks

Thanksgiving brings to mind delicious food and relaxed family time. Unless you're the host or the parent of little kids. You need ideas for simplifying holiday travel, streamlining meal preparation and table setting, getting the kids involved and keeping them entertained while they wait for the turkey and pie. Not...

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