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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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: […]
Happy New Year, friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. We did, for the most part. A couple holiday parties, a great visit with my parents and one of my oldest friends, my son’s first solo travel as a full-fledged GUY (not an “unaccompanied minor”), a New Year’s Day board game extravaganza, and a […]
So! The holidays are upon us. Hopefully this collection of hacks will help you streamline so you can relax and enjoy the holidays a little quicker (which means enjoying them a lot more). Getting organized for the holidays Let your calendar remind you to try new seasonal activities Let Santa take away the old toys, […]
If holiday shopping is already feeling like too much, there are some simple ways to streamline your gift list without stifling your desire to give.