14 hacks in August 2011

26 August 2011

Save time while folding laundry: fold it inside-out

For years, I have asked my kids to turn thier clothing right-side-out before throwing it in the hamper. Doing it myself was adding a lot of time to the already dreaded chore of laundry. But my pleas fell on deaf ears...

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25 August 2011

Makeshift corn cob holder: two forks

Not only will this hack protect tender fingers from steaming corn, it will keep most of the butter off of kids' hands.

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25 August 2011

Bumpy play ball = Mama's foot massager

When a brilliant one-liner hack comes through, writing a headline sort of ruins the surprise. So I offer extra applause to Kathy for this quick self-care tip: The balls with bumps that all the kids have make great foot massagers. I'm thinking a little foot massage while you're kid's playing...

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23 August 2011

Spell out school year expectations with a "back to school contract"

Over at San Diego Momfia, Ooph shares her template for the "back to school contract" she and her kids sign each year outlining expectations and rules about homework, chores and free time. LOVE.

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22 August 2011

Five lessons learned from 18 years of marriage

Giving marriage advice is as risky as giving parenting advice. No two couples or families are the same, so generalities should be approached with caution and a grain of salt. But that didn't stop me.

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18 August 2011

Babble Voices: The Accidental Expert

From the beginning, Parent Hacks has been tangentially about me, my parenting, and my kids. My take on things sets the tone, kicks off the discussion, and sometimes hogs the spotlight, but, generally, Parent Hacks is about the hacks, the conversation and about us. Those of you who have spent...

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18 August 2011

Table manners come more easily when practicing them becomes a game

What a fun (and powerful) way for kids to learn and practice table manners!

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17 August 2011

Mitten clips protect "lovies" from loss

If you've ever experienced the disaster that is losing your kid's blankie/stuffed animal/lovey while away from home, you will appreciate Amanda's hack.

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15 August 2011

Amazon deal: Roasted seaweed snacks for about 71 cents each

Roasted seaweed "crisps" are one of those unlikely snacks many kids (including mine) LOVE. As in "gobble them up and beg for more." A fun and healthy lunchbox alternative to chips.

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15 August 2011

Glow stick bracelets light the way to the hotel bathroom

Donna's trick for helping kids navigate hotel rooms after dark: Recently on vacation, my kids had a hard time finding the hotel room bathroom in the middle of the night. I used those cheap bracelet glow sticks and wrapped around the door knob of the hotel bathroom to allow them...

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11 August 2011

Parent Hacks admin: Crying uncle

Clearly, this week, my good intentions are outstripping my ability to juggle my priorities. I'm busy working on a couple exciting developments I will be revealing here in the next week or two. That, plus housepainters, plus summertime kid fun and an impromptu family trip, has eaten into my time...

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05 August 2011

Hairspray removes temporary tattoos

Our kids love to wear temporary tattoos -- those colorful decals that go on with a bit of water. I don't mind them wearing the tattoos, but I don't like trying to remove them...

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03 August 2011

Stop severe nosebleeds with tampons

Hey, blood flow is blood flow. This hack may not fly in the school office, but it certainly works at home.

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02 August 2011

Organizing product manuals: download and store PDFs in your e-book reader

Never sort through a box of old product manuals again (although paper still has merit; read the full post for details).

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