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.

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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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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