Parent Hacks Weekend Catchup: highlights from the week of 2/28/11
Reduce hair combing drama with distraction: Strategies for keeping your kid's mind busy during the daily brushing.
Reading is fun (and crunchy!) with letter-shaped cookies: How Amy turned snack time into learning time.
Review and giveaway: Curly Girl: The Handbook: I loved this care-for-your-curls handbook and was excited to give three copies away on Friday. 175 people (!) left their #1 curly haircare tips in the comments; I'll round them up so they're easier to read.
Safely trim your toddler's bangs with nose hair scissors: Home haircuts without fear of bloodshed.
Stop fighting long hair battles with your kids: cut it: Long live the bob...as long as it works for the haircut-ee. Appreciate the comments recalling childhood hair trauma at the hands of well-meaning parents.
Contain hair styling supplies in a tackle box: This hack started as a comment but was so good I had to "promote" to the front page.
Homemade "sock keeper" holds stray socks while they wait for their mates: Cute, quick, problem-solving DIY project. Lots more ideas in the comments including "who cares if their socks don't match?"
Review and giveaway: Let's Panic About Babies!: Another fantastic giveaway, and this one's still going on! You have till Monday to enter for a chance at a copy of Let's Panic or a most-excellent gift basket. But you still might run out and buy the book this weekend (it's that funny).
Simple budgeting: tips and tools: The suggestion to dramatically pare down spending categories struck a chord with me, making the whole project feel so much more doable.
How do you teach helpfulness while promoting responsibility? Talk amongst yourselves: In which I highjack Parent Hacks to get a conversation going about my own parenting dilemma. (From the sounds of it, I'm not alone on this one.) I'd LOVE to hear your comments!
Twitter and Facebook highlights:
Interesting thread on Facebook, kicked off by the nose hair trimmer hack, suggesting letting little kids cut their own hair. Really? Hm.
I pointed to Love That Max's campaign to engage Twitterers about their casual but hurtful use of the word "retard."
Fun social media moment in which a reply to a tweet led me to a blog which led me to another blog which inspired me to rethink our family budget process (see Simple budgeting: tips and tools).
Thanks for another lively week at Parent Hacks. Have a great weekend!
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