My name is Asha Dornfest. I’ve been a writer for over 20 years, and a blogger for over 10. I live in Portland, Oregon with my husband, Rael, our two kids “Luke,” 17, and “Mimi,” 13, and our dog, Teddy. (“Luke” and “Mimi” are my kids’ Internet names. When future employers and love interests Google them, I want the results to be stuff they’ve created.)
I launched the Parent Hacks blog in 2005 to share parents’ tips, workarounds, and bits of wisdom – our hacks – so we could all benefit. At the time my kids were six and two, and I felt like I could barely keep up.
Today, my oldest is in high school. The challenges that loomed during early parenthood are behind us. (Mostly.) I feel more confident and relaxed now, and I trust that I’ll figure things out. (Eventually.)
Do I ever feel completely sure of myself? No. I’m still making it up as I go along. But I’m doing the best I can.
And I know you are, too.
My most recent book, PARENT HACKS, is an illustrated collection of genius shortcuts inspired by this blog. I’m immensely proud of this book because it invites a new generation of parents to share the kinds of smart, encouraging ideas readers here have been sharing for years. The next time you discover a parent hack, post a picture on Instagram with #parenthacks. I’ll repost my favorites with credit, and you’ll get the high-five you deserve for the scrappy problem-solving you do every day.
My previous book, MINIMALIST PARENTING, with co-author and dear friend Christine Koh, details the “keep it simple” philosophy of parenting and life we’ve both come to in our very different ways. It offers lots of practical advice about how to clear space for what’s most important in your home, schedule and mind.
Christine and I also co-host the weekly podcast Edit Your Life about simplifying, decluttering and making room for the awesome in your life.
Thanks for dropping by! I hope you enjoy the rest of your day. You deserve it.
Photo credit: Karen Walrond