Parent Hacks Weekend Catchup: highlights from the week of 3/28/11

Weekend Ketchup! We were emerging from our Spring Break in Disneyland this week. Back to school, back to work, back to reality! The escape was lovely, and as always I'm happy to be back at Parent Hacks. Highlights from last week (plus two posts from the previous quiet week while I was out of town):

Four strategies for helping your child adjust to a new sibling: A link to my guest post at Boston Mamas…part of Christine Koh's "Four Favorites" series that's running while she enjoys the first few weeks with her new baby, Violet.

Wet hair, cold head? Wear a hat to bed! How to keep your kid warm at night, post-bath. Many commenters blow-dry, but I never have the patience for that.

Reclining high chair makes for hands-free snot sucking and medicine-giving: ADORABLE PICTURE, great hack. PHer love for the Nosefrida in resulting Twitter conversation.

My kid and I yell at each other when we're mad. How do we stop? Talk amongst yourselves. I love the honesty of this conversation — thank you, Nina, for starting it. Click through to the comments for wisdom, strategies and validation that we all go there at some point.

Streamline grocery shopping and meal planning with a pre-printed list (download): My new-and-improved grocery shopping strategy! Download the shopping list/meal planning template, customize and share as you like. Many more good ideas in the comments, including several votes for the iPhone app Grocery IQ.

Tether the hairbrush to the towel bar! Solution to the Problem of the Lost Hairbrush, from Marita.

Let Amazon help you better navigate your local library: One of the best hacks that has come out of homeschooling my son. Turns out I'm not the only one who does this! Folks in the comments expanded upon this strategy, from using wishlists to using Netflix for the same purpose (for DVDs instead of books).

Baking soda paste as no-tear shampoo: Yet another use for this miracle substance!

Twitter and Facebook highlights:

More great tips from Margaret on Facebook: Vicks Vaporub as bee sting salve and stuffing slightly-too-big shoes with cotton balls.

A brilliant April Fool's "prank lunch" from Kara (and my admission that I hide out on April 1 for fear of getting punk'd).

A flood of clever responses to my query about what would go into a basic Parenthacker's Toolkit. So many, in fact, I'm compiling it into a post for next week. If you'd like to jump in, tweet me (@parenthacks) or leave your comment on Facebook.

Important, unsettling conversation starter by Dana, a longtime Parenthacker, about how to balance "free range" childhood with the realization that kids don't communicate their struggles as much as we'd hope. I intend to expand on this conversation…I've pondered this a lot in recent months.

Plus plenty of general chatter. I love how Twitter and Facebook open the conversation to any direction or topic.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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