Zac of Baby Roadies on the benefits of Nature's Laxative: When our newborn son Hank was having difficulties keeping everything moving downstairs (if you know what I mean) [oh, we KNOW what you mean, Zac. — Ed.], our doctor recommended an ounce of prune juice mixed in with his formula once a day. Since then, […]
Archives for March 2007
Bill passed along some good news for the little sports fans: A "Healthy Living" article in the March/April 2007 issue of Midwest Living cites a 2006 study from Indiana University that found chocolate milk equal to or better than sports drinks at supplying energy and "refueling" muscles after exercise. It's also cheaper, has more nutrients […]
Irene's come up with a way to diffuse the daily arguments between her kids: I have a 5 year old boy and a 3 year old girl who have become very competitive with each other. They argue about who gets in the car first, who gets in the house first, who gets dressed first etc. […]
Here's how Cathy (Mayberry Mom) and her daughter hacked Uno: My daughter (age 4) and I figured out a new way to use Uno cards. She loves Uno, but wanted to try something different, so we played War. We decided that the skip, reverse and wild cards (the ones with no numbers) always lose to […]
Who says every hack must solve a problem?
Suzanne's eminently practical use for old socks: Before you throw out your kids' old, dingy socks, let them use them one more time — in those indoor, McDonald's-type playland places. I keep a bag of old socks in my trunk specifically for this purpose. If we're at a play place and my kids don't have […]
I'm heading (mostly) offline to spend a (relatively) work-free week with my family for Spring Break. If you've emailed me recently (and even not-so-recently, ugh), I'm reading everything but may not respond as quickly as usual. Happy Spring, everyone!
Christine, co-founder of HomeAndTell, wrote to me in response to Megan's and Leah's wonderful habitat hacks. I like the site because it extends the same "real world" approach we celebrate on Parent Hacks to home decorating. Who hasn't flipped through a home design magazine or a Pottery Barn Kids catalog and walked away feeling like […]
Michelle at Scribbit describes how her family uses the ever-popular Star Chart. I love how the rewards take into account each child's particular interests and values. In an effort to reward our children's good behavior but not promote materialism and multiply the already overwhelming pile of useless toys my children accumulate I came up an […]
Parent Hacks: The Dad Labs Review I had a planets-and-stars-aligning moment while I was in Austin, TX attending SXSW. I met Troy Lanier, Clay Nichols and Brad Powell of Dadlabs.com. These talented, savvy, accomplished men are producing some of the funniest, best-quality parenting video around, and I had the pleasure of catching up with them […]