6+ Years

I’ve had a lightbulb moment about my kids’ picky eating

Fork!

I’ve been frustrated by my kids’ picky eating for years. But I think I’ve had an epiphany. I just remembered how my appetite changed while I was pregnant. I, who had never been picky, suddenly became intensely opinionated about my food. I craved certain foods while others were downright repugnant, and I had a dramatic, […]

My five favorite hacks for Easter

Dye Easter eggs in a muffin tin. #parenthacks #Easter

While I’m away on Spring Break with my family, I thought I’d leave you with something fun for the leadup to Easter: my five favorite Easter hacks. I gave these archive gems a little 2015 makeover. 1. Dye Easter eggs in a muffin tin Leah’s Easter egg-dyeing hack continues to be one of the most popular tips on Parent […]

Chores for Older Kids: Hold Them Accountable

Chores = move-out skills #parenthacks #kids #parenting #chores

We’ve had a breakthrough with my kids’ chores. Not because we discovered a magical new chore system for older kids — but because we finally held our kids accountable to the chore system we’re already using. Chores for Older Kids: Expect More As They Get Older When my kids were little, the daily chore list was simple: hang […]

Does your kid’s Thermos-packed lunch taste soapy?

Dishwashing detergent bubbles in the sink

No mind-blowing parent hack here — just one of those mundane problems that, when solved, made a big difference. — Asha “I liked the pasta, but it tasted a bit…soapy.” That’s the last thing I expected to hear about my daughter’s school lunch. I pack her lunch in an insulated container almost every day. After years of failed attempts […]

5 easy craft ideas for kids who can’t bear to throw away their valentines

DIY-valentine-treasure-trunk

What to do with all of those classroom valentines? If your kid’s sentimental, tossing them may be tricky. Some kids are born “savers.” They resist decluttering because they’re attached to the feelings or memories associated with the item in question. My daughter is a saver…she doesn’t even like it when I weed through her outgrown clothes. But […]

Valentine hack: Heart-shaped cookie cutters are useful for more than cookies

At Amazon: Wilton Nesting Cookie Cutter Set (affiliate link)

This hack first appeared here in 2008, and it epitomizes the forehead-smack quality of the obvious tip that wasn’t obvious to me till someone said it out loud. Zed’s hack might inspire you to dig out those heart-shaped cutters (or buy a set for a few bucks). — Asha Zed shares the versatility of the humble cookie cutter: […]