Cheaper nursing pads that actually stay put: cut a pantiliner in half

Nursing moms: this hack is a thing of beauty. From Ashley: I'm breastfeeding my three month-old and quickly got sick of buying nursing pads. Not only are they expensive and wasteful but they are large (I don't leak THAT much) and bulky. I tried the reusable ones but they were completely obvious though my shirt. […]

Manage bulk purchases by numbering multiple packages of the same item

Given how much interest there is around knowing each others' bulk buying habits, R's multi-pack-management hack seems well-timed: I shop every week at a warehouse club and frequently stock up on multi-packs of items I will use over several months, such as three large bottles of catsup or three boxes of coffee filters. Many times, […]

How to encourage both helpfulness and responsibility, continued

I recently shared a dilemma I'm having in my family: the subtle-but-disturbing tension between teaching kids to be helpful with teaching them responsibility. I've eagerly watched the comments, wondering if you feel that same tension, and what (if anything) you've done about it. As I knew would happen, several thoughtful responses have come in. Margaret […]

Let’s Panic winners!

161 people entered the Let's Panic About Babies! giveaway, and there were almost as many parenting books mentioned, both good and bad. Surprisingly, most people find the right parenting books helpful. The trick, of course, is figuring out which book is "right." Which you won't know till you've read it and tried a few of […]

Amazon this weekend only: Great $5 magazine subscriptions

I'm always watching Amazon for good deals, and $5 magazine subscriptions are one of my favorites. Five to ten minutes with a good mag perks me up on days when I don't have a longer snatch of time to relax. Today and tomorrow, Amazon's put a bunch of good ones on sale, including Popular Science, […]

Parent Hacks Weekend Catchup: highlights from the week of 2/28/11

A look back at the last week at Parent Hacks: 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 […]