All Ages

Few parenting tips apply to every family, but these come close.

Here, you'll find useful hacks for kids and adults of all ages. Scroll down for our most recent tips.

Want more? Browse the archive that matches the age of your kid.

15 August 2014

Free screening passes: Island of Lemurs: Madagascar [Portland]

I've got a download code for free advance screening tickets for ISLAND OF LEMURS: MADAGASCAR, playing 8/16/14 in IMAX 3D, at 11am at Regal Bridgeport Village!

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14 August 2014

Teaching our kids the difference between video game combat and real war

On the ONE Campaign blog, I share my thoughts on a father's choice to teach his sons about videogame violence by taking them to Israel and Syria. While I respect his choice, it wouldn't be mine.

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06 August 2014

For #Blogust '14: What I Learned By Sending My Kids to Summer Camp

This post is my contribution to Blogust 2014—Shot@Life’s month-long campaign to provide vaccinations for kids in need around the world. My goal for this post is to unlock 500 vaccine donations: you can help by leaving a comment or clicking “Tweet” or “Like” below. (Details at the end of the post.)

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05 August 2014

This family air travel tip simplifies packing while saving $ on checked baggage fees

This simple trick will dramatically simplify packing for a family trip, save you money in checked baggage fees, and get your family through airport security in record time.

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01 August 2014

This month, your comments save lives

This year, I'm contributing to Blogust -- a month-long blog relay organized by Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation. For every comment left on a Blogust post each day of August, Walgreens will donate a vaccine to a child, up to 60,000 vaccines.

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30 July 2014

Turn a wooden magazine holder into a corner shelf or charging station

This could work well over a kid's desk to stash art or homework supplies. OR as a charging station for the family's mobile devices.

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29 July 2014

Bake cookies on your car dashboard

Consider this the silver lining on your next drive in the insane summer heat.

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25 July 2014

Turn a t-shirt into a no-sew superhero cape

This DIY project breaks Edna Mode's #1 fashion rule for superheroes, but I don't care. It's quick, easy, cute, and it involves zero sewing machines.

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24 July 2014

Easiest frozen yogurt pops: mini yogurt + Popsicle stick

Frozen yogurt on a stick! I recommend Popsicle sticks (pick them up cheap at the craft or dollar store), but you could also use takeout chopsticks (as pictured here). Great way to prolong the life of yogurt nearing its expiration date. FOREHEAD SMACK OF BRILLIANCE to my_dream_future for sharing this...

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14 July 2014

GIVEAWAY: Tickets to the Portland screening of BOYHOOD

It's one thing to make a movie. It's another to do something completely new with the medium. From the promotional material for BOYHOOD: Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named...

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02 July 2014

Should you force your kids into new activities?

When Christine and I launched Minimalist Parenting, interviewers inevitably asked us: But aren't you afraid "minimalist parenting" will lead to lazy, unmotivated kids? It's not a bad question. How can kids come to know their capabilities without a push (sometimes a firm one) out of their comfort zones? Kristen Howerton...

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30 June 2014

Use a marble jar and a timer to manage screen time

Cool Mom Tech upgrades the marble jar for use with older children just in time for summer.

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20 June 2014

Keep valuables hidden while at the beach by storing them in a rolled-up diaper "safe"

Not only is this a brilliant hack for keeping your valuables hidden, it's the funny setup for a scene in which would-be petty thieves unwrap poop-filled decoys on beaches all over the world.

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11 June 2014

Summer fitness deal: structure + flexibility + $10 discount through Friday

Summer fitness! Easier in some ways (sun, warmth) but harder in others (lack of school year routine, vacation "breaks). If you're looking for support, the next session of "Home Sweat Home" -- my friend Alisa's 8-week online strength training program -- is about to begin. Alisa is a fabulous personal...

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09 June 2014

A new and better way to share a parent hack: #parenthacks

I'm moving the Parent Hacks submission process from email to social media. Here's how to submit your hacks.

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