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 November 2013

12 November 2013

Dry wet shoes in front of the refrigerator vent

WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT? Oh yeah, that's what's so great about Parent Hacks...someone else already did!

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05 November 2013

A foolproof system for sending birthday cards on time every year (sponsored)

I forget to send birthday cards. I could go the way of guilt and self-recrimination or I could take the brighter route and come up with a way to help myself remember. I choose the more productive path.

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01 November 2013

31 October 2013

A comforting Halloween reminder for exhausted parents

I'm hearing some angst from parents who are feeling like Halloween losers. They didn't carve pumpkins, they procrastinated on costumes, they can't find the decorations, and/or they're just not into it. They want their kids to have a fabulous Halloween but just aren't up to the holiday frenzy that seems...

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26 October 2013

Parent Hacks Spotlight: Non-candy Halloween treats, board gaming benefit for sick kids, geek girls and more

If you feel like a break from your Halloween prep, here's some stuff I've enjoyed reading this week.

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23 October 2013

3 days only: FashionABLE scarves and leather goods 30% off

For the next three days, fashionABLE is putting its entire selection of handmade scarves and leather goods on sale at 30% off.

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18 October 2013

17 October 2013

Remove clothing tags with a seam ripper

Hannah's thoughtful hack for those of us who aren't familiar with sewing paraphernalia.

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14 October 2013

Bang for your buck: small purchases that have a big impact

You're busy, time is at a premium, someone's tugging at the hem of your shirt...and sometimes throwing money at a nagging problem is the best way to solve it.

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09 October 2013

Is an average childhood the secret to happiness?

Is "average" what we should aspire to for our kids? Is that what we should encourage them to believe about themselves? In my opinion, yes and no.

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01 October 2013

Minimalist Parenting benefit for women in Ethiopia: #HelpWomenAtRisk

A year ago, my co-author Christine Koh and I traveled to Ethiopia with the ONE Campaign. The trip came just a few weeks after we turned in the manuscript for Minimalist Parenting. The timing coupled with the intensity of co-authoring a book linked the experiences for us in a powerful...

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24 September 2013

Trusting change will happen

If you're navigating your own dark tunnel right now, I hope this post will remind you that there is something different up ahead.

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13 September 2013

02 September 2013

The perfect omen for a new school year

I am transfixed by Diana Nyad's massive accomplishment: swimming from Cuba to Florida. In her 60s. After four other attempts, all of which were unsuccessful (by some measure; to me even ATTEMPTING such a feat is a success). There will be a documentary about her journey (The Other Shore, available...

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