24 hacks in June 2011

30 June 2011

Organize crayons and markers by color family

Melissa's art supply organization tip seems magical to me. I'm not sure why this hack works, but anything that helps kids clean up after themselves is worth investigating.

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30 June 2011

An educational bath toy that costs pennies to make: homemade siphon

There's nothing better than a dead-simple toy that invites hands-on (or mouth-on!) experimentation. Especially when said "toy" can be purchased at the hardware store for practically nothing.

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29 June 2011

Watching parades with kids: a survival guide

Your guide to maximizing fun (and minimizing hassle) when taking your kids to see a street parade.

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28 June 2011

Quickly cool hot oatmeal with crushed ice

Some of us eat oatmeal for breakfast every day, no matter what the weather. Here's Jill's time- and tongue-saving cool-down tip.

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28 June 2011

Homemade fruit "creamsicles"

A sweet and easy way to cool down on a summer afternoon.

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27 June 2011

Make absorbent ice packs out of disposable diapers

A clever first-aid hack straight from the maternity ward nurses.

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27 June 2011

21 June 2011

Notes of grace

Designer and blogger Christine Koh is donating 50% of the proceeds (which translates to almost all of the profit) from the sale of these cards to ovarian cancer research.

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15 June 2011

Summer fun: Best of Parent Hacks

A growing collection of our best summertime tips.

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14 June 2011

Cool Summer fun: Draw on the driveway with ice

Suzy's tip has all the elements of a great summertime hack: it's cool, it's wet, it's environmentally responsible, it's easy, it's fun and it's free.

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13 June 2011

Favorite teacher gifts: parents and teachers share ideas

We've discussed teacher gifts quite a bit over the years. Here are a few links to inspire, plus more ideas in the comments. Click through and add yours!

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11 June 2011

Weekend Catchup: highlights from the week of 6/6/11

UGH. I'm in the second 12 hours of what I hope is a 24-hour flu. SELF-PITY! But enough about me! Let's have a look at the last week at Parent Hacks: How to make sure nothing gets left behind after vacation stays A simple, effective system for packing up at...

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09 June 2011

Amazon deal: Chan rubber teether (by the maker of the famous Sophie the Giraffe) 20% off

Sophie the Giraffe came along after my kids were past teething age, so while I haven't experienced the phenomenon myself, I've spoken to parents who have. They lovingly liken Sophie -- a soft, natural rubber teething toy --- to "baby crack." Comments such as NOTHING SOOTHES MY BABY LIKE SOPHIE...

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08 June 2011

How to combat summertime "brain drain?" Talk amongst yourselves (and possibly end up on TV)

Summer vacation: does it fry our kids' brains? That's the worry behind summertime "brain drain," or the loss of academic skills while school's out. Kids spend months lolling around in the pool or in front of the TV, while the previous year's education seeps out of their ears. Tomorrow, I'm...

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08 June 2011

Amazon today only: Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series (DVD or Blu-Ray) 62% off

I know about a thousand fathers who'd love this for Father's Day. My favorite TV series in recent years, Battlestar Galactica, is in Amazon's Gold Box for over 60% off the list price. If you're a Netflixer, you've already got the entire series on streaming. But if you're not, or...

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