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.

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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04 June 2014

Why Blogging Isn't Dead for Me: Parent Hacks Then, Now, & Ahead

This is a continuation of my attempt to tell you what's next for Parent Hacks. Thank you for indulging my need to talk things out in order to get them clear in my head. If backstory's not your thing, feel free to skip to the "What's Ahead" section. But if...

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20 May 2014

Useful or not: touchless flush for home toilets

I just received a product pitch as a potential hack: a kit that adds a touchless flush sensor to home toilets. You wave your hand in front of the sensor and the toilet flushes. No touching handles. Part of me thinks this could be a fine hack, but another part...

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16 May 2014

The prologue to the introduction to the next chapter

I spent last week writing a post about what's next for Parent Hacks. The post is crap. Seriously, it sucks. Be glad I didn't publish it. I then went offline for three days to chaperone my daughter's camp field trip in the Oregon desert. It was an amazing experience: high...

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11 May 2014

Happy Mother's Day, friends

I hope you've got special plans today. Maybe your family has planned something...or not. Maybe they're scrambling because they forgot. Maybe none of you are the planning types. It doesn't matter. Take a deep breath and embrace this day as yours. Listen to something uplifting or funny. If you're lucky...

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06 May 2014

Minimalist Parenting Giveaway

Sometimes the world lines things up in such a way that you feel the need to shout THANK YOU. Now is one of those times. Minimalist Parenting was nominated for two Iris Awards: Game Changer and Philanthropic Work (for our #HelpWomenAtRisk project with the ONE Campaign). To be recognized by...

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16 April 2014

April 16 is the best day to set up a tax organizing system! Let's talk.

No more April anxiety! Let's get our taxes organized NOW while the work is fresh in our minds. What's your best tip for organizing your tax paperwork? Please leave your tips + links in a comment here or share on Twitter (I'm @parenthacks) or Facebook.

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01 April 2014

My #1 decluttering excuse, and why it's not good enough (sponsored)

This post is sponsored by Goodwill. "I might need it someday." That, friends, is why decluttering is a constant challenge even though I wrote a book that celebrates decluttering. Calling it an excuse might be a bit harsh. It's a reason, and it seems like a good one. After all,...

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31 March 2014

A discovery, an apology, and an offer [Fitness challenge]

This is a hard post to write. Eight weeks ago I invited you to join me for a fitness challenge. Despite my loving the workouts and the entire experience, I didn't follow through as well as I had intended. I didn't do every workout, and I didn't write. I bungled...

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28 March 2014

26 March 2014

Best granola you will ever eat [Recipe]

I've come up with what I think is the best recipe for granola. At least it's the one my family, including my granola-hating husband, loves.

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25 March 2014

Do you ever feel unsure as a parent?

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. -- Bertrand Russell

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12 March 2014

FREE EVENT: How to make room for fun

Join me on tomorrow's "Thursdays with ThirdPath" call (actually a webinar but it's meant to be a conversation, not a lecture).

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06 March 2014

Stuffed animal storage ideas? Talk amongst yourselves.

Nancy needs help handling the Stuffed Animal Invasion. DON'T WE ALL. I share a few ideas, and I'd love to hear yours.

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03 March 2014

40% off selected Mabel's Labels; sale ends 3/4/14

Through tomorrow, Mabel's Labels is taking 40% off the price of some of its most popular products.

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