18 hacks in December 2012

24 December 2012

Thank you for another wonderful year (and a sneak peek at what's next)

There's so much in store for 2013 here at Parent Hacks, much of it inspired by Minimalist Parenting. I can't wait to share it with you. Till then, have a wonderful, restful holiday. I'm so happy to have spent another year with you.

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21 December 2012

Adjusting room temperatures in a centrally-heated home

It's cold. You turn up the thermostat. One room in your house feels nice and warm, but another never heats up (or gets too hot). What do you do?

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20 December 2012

My Minimalist Parenting appearance on AM Northwest [video]

On Monday, I was invited to talk about Minimalist Parenting (specifically, our holiday approach) on Portland's local morning show, AM Northwest. The host, Dave, is a lovely guy...so easy to talk to. And the studio is a five-minute drive from my house, so the whole experience felt rather neighborly. It's...

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19 December 2012

Kid-friendly baking hack: Mix cookie dough in a handled pot instead of a mixing bowl

Cookie-makers rejoice! Tracy's hack is about to make your baking life a lot easier.

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18 December 2012

Even minimalists love their stuff

Just because we're striving for Minimalist Holidays (or minimalist parenting in general) doesn't mean we must foresake our love of stuff.

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17 December 2012

I'm talking about Minimalist Holidays on AM Northwest this morning

Good morning, friends. I'm off to the studios of KATU (our local ABC affiliate) to talk about Minimalist Holidays on the morning show AM Northwest.

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14 December 2012

Fear is my companion

News of the tragic school shooting in Connecticut has brought back the feeling I think we all share: our awareness of our extreme vulnerability as parents.

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14 December 2012

13 December 2012

What my kids cherish most about holiday rituals

In my next post in the Minimalist Holidays series, I've identified the two things that make our holiday traditions special, and they're surprisingly simple and affordable (often, free).

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12 December 2012

A beautiful way to visually connect chores to allowance

We all know this: what works for one family doesn't work for another. Such is the case with motivation systems, star charts, and other ways of tracking and rewarding chores.

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11 December 2012

Do your kids need religion?

My new Accidental Expert post strays from the usual practical topics into something I rarely talk about: religion.

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10 December 2012

Turn leftover stew and pasta odds and ends into family-friendly comfort food

I'm having fun with Picmonkey.com. A photo with text on top! I'm a graphic genius! Repurposing leftovers is as good a dinner hack as there is. This trick solves two puzzles at once: how to freshen the presentation of leftover stew and how to use up all those almost-empty bags...

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07 December 2012

How to shorten the holiday to-do list without losing the magic

For so many, holiday cheer inevitably gets clouded by anxiety. But how do you choose what to cut? What if you lower your expectations to the point where the holidays no longer feel special?

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06 December 2012

Do-good gift: FashionABLE scarves exclusively available at ONE

These gorgeous FashionABLE scarves are available exclusively in the ONE shop, ready for gifting. 100% of the purchase price supports the Ethiopian women who made them.

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05 December 2012

The honor of being useful: a love letter to Parenthackers

Thank you, Babble, for honoring the generosity of all the people who have taken the time to submit hacks, leave comments, tweet smart ideas, pass along hack-worthy links, and share Parent Hacks with friends. Most of all, thank you, Parenthackers, for doing this with me.

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