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.

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12 February 2014

Week 1: Building the Habit of Fitness [Fitness Challenge]

The big lesson I learned in Week 1 boils down to this: successful habit change requires small steps, consistently taken.

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11 February 2014

And Now We Pause For Station Identification

I'm feeling particularly grateful for you today for no particular reason. Sometimes I just have to shout that to the world. Your being here -- on the blog, via email, via Twitter or Facebook -- means so much to me. Having this diffuse group of generous, intelligent, thoughtful people to...

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06 February 2014

In Praise of Store-Bought Valentines

A friendly reminder for those of you who just don't feel like making Valentines this year but are feeling slightly guilty about it.

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27 January 2014

Will you be my workout buddy? [Fitness Challenge]

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23 January 2014

Rebooting the bedtime routine after a long stay with the grandparents? Talk amongst yourselves.

The broken bedtime routine. It's so maddening because you can remember when it used to work. Especially difficult because life doesn't magically pause while you try to manage your child's sleep problem...which has quickly become the entire family's sleep problem. From Santiaga: I have two children: a 3 YO son...

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13 January 2014

It's time to plan an international family vacation

Happy New Year, friends! I'm back online after a big, fat Internet break. In fact, it was more than a break. It was the longest family trip I've ever taken -- three weeks in India with my husband, kids, and parents. 12th century carving at Kopeshwar Temple, Khidrapur My dad's...

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16 December 2013

Want to join me on an Internet sabbatical?

Things have been quiet around here for good reason. I'm taking a big, fat Internet sabbatical for the holidays. There's a family adventure going down which I'll tell you about when I get back online after the New Year. It feels good to step away from the Internet to focus...

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13 December 2013

Stocking alternatives, hacks for working parents, experiential gift guide, and more

My favorite gift guides (in addition to my Very Small Gift Guide!): a list of experiential gifts from Unclutterer, Christine Koh's ideas for no-clutter gifts, and Kristen Howerton's Fair Trade Handmade Christmas Gift linkup (beautiful and brilliant). Gabrielle Blair used rain boots as stand-up alternatives for Christmas stockings. Great hack...

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11 December 2013

The Very Small Parent Hacks Holiday Gift Guide

I'm the last one who should be putting together a gift guide. I'm not a tastemaker nor a trend watcher. I'm not even much of a shopper, and I'm a general proponent of less stuff. But I do love to give and receive gifts. I love finding an interesting or...

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06 December 2013

Best of Parent Hacks: Christmas

Not all of us celebrate Christmas, those who do can always use a season-simplifying tip. For you, I've collected the best Christmas hacks in one place. Here!

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01 December 2013

29 November 2013

Additional 30% off all books at Amazon through Dec 1. Here are my holiday gift picks for middle grade readers.

I'm not a Black Friday shopper, nor am I an indiscriminate gift-buyer, but I do love books and I love a good deal. Through midnight December 1, Amazon is taking an additional 30% off any single book. Enter the code BOOKDEAL at checkout. There are restrictions (of course), but they're...

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25 November 2013

23 November 2013

Printable Thanksgiving place cards, a new holiday email series, and more

It's fun to watch the signups roll in for our new Minimalist Holidays email series! Are you signed up yet? I hope so (first email goes out on Monday). I think of it as a friendly -- but firm -- pushback against an increasingly frenzied holiday season. Time to reclaim...

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21 November 2013

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