14 hacks in April 2012

30 April 2012

Four decluttering tips from successful downsizers

In my latest post at Babble Voices, I share what I learned by watching my mother in-law -- a master declutterer -- at work.

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24 April 2012

When your "balance" looks different

When parents judge each other without the benefit of the full story.

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23 April 2012

What's happening at Parent Hacks while I'm writing a book

As most of you know, I'm in book-writing mode. The Introduction and first three chapters of Minimalist Parenting are sitting on our editor's desk. It's so exciting. Christine and I keep marveling at how smoothly the process is going. I don't mean to make it sound easy or effortless; it's...

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20 April 2012

Crunchy, craveworthy microwave potato chips

Eureka! Healthy, homemade potato chips you make in the microwave!

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16 April 2012

What will you limit to make room for something awesome?

Embracing constraints is as much about recognizing the value of your attention as it is about getting rid of stuff. My latest post at Babble Voices offers some ideas on how to get started.

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13 April 2012

12 April 2012

Dad alert! Mother's Day is coming up!

I'm not implying you're thoughtless dolts who couldn't care less about Mother's Day. It's just that no one should have to find themselves in the horrible situation of meaning to do something, but then forgetting till the last minute. Read on for gift ideas (most of which cost nothing) and more.

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10 April 2012

Kid takes swim vest off while in the pool?

What happens when you combine the stubbornness of a toddler with the increased manual dexterity of a preschooler, then add water? You have a kid who can undo the buckles on his floaty swim vest. Here's how Jennifer staved off the problem (for the next few pool visits at least).

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09 April 2012

Automating dinner while eating well

How to simplify weeknight meals during a crunch time without resorting to takeout or TV dinners.

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07 April 2012

Weekend reading

I come across so much good stuff over the course of every week -- more than I can properly cover. So, for your weekend reading pleasure...

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06 April 2012

Are you overparenting your kids?

We love our children, and we do the very best we can for them. But at what point does our well-meaning support and encouragement handicap our kids' development?

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05 April 2012

Simple tips for tax-time organization (plus giveaway)

You don't have to be perfectly organized to eliminate most of the pain of tax preparation. Here's a good-looking option from Martha Stewart Home Office (available at Staples). Hurry to enter the giveaway!

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04 April 2012

Mobile phone alerts help the Tooth Fairy do her job

Kid loses a tooth. Tooth goes under the pillow. Tooth Fairy swaps tooth for money. Everyone's happy! Until the Tooth Fairy forgets.

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03 April 2012

Back from vacation!

I'm back from Spring Break and readjusting to real life in cold, wet Portland. Can you hear the whine in my voice? ALSO: two new posts at The Accidental Expert, one of which includes pictures from our trip to Maui.

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