I’m writing the “Preparing for Baby” chapter in the forthcoming Parent Hacks book (did I mention I’m writing a book?) and it occured to me that some of my future readers may read it while on bed rest. I’m doing research into how folks handle bed rest, but (not surprisingly) I think you have the […]
It’s one thing to make a movie. It’s another to do something completely new with the medium. From the promotional material for BOYHOOD: Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), […]
When Christine and I launched our book Minimalist Parenting, interviewers inevitably asked us: But aren’t you afraid “minimalist parenting” will lead to lazy, unmotivated kids? It’s not a bad question. How can kids come to know their capabilities without a push (sometimes a firm one) out of their comfort zones? Kristen Howerton wrote a fantastic piece about […]
Cool Mom Tech upgrades the marble jar for use with older children just in time for summer.
Not only is this a brilliant hack for keeping your valuables hidden, it’s the funny setup for a scene in which would-be petty thieves unwrap poop-filled decoys on beaches all over the world.
Summer fitness! Easier in some ways (sun, warmth) but harder in others (lack of school year routine, vacation "breaks). If you're looking for support, the next session of "Home Sweat Home" — my friend Alisa's 8-week online strength training program — is about to begin. Alisa is a fabulous personal trainer and motivator extraordinaire, and […]
I’m moving the Parent Hacks submission process from email to social media. Here’s how to submit your hacks.
This is a continuation of my attempt to tell you what's next for Parent Hacks. Thank you for indulging my need to talk things out in order to get them clear in my head. If backstory's not your thing, feel free to skip to the "What's Ahead" section. But if you're interested in one writer's changing […]
I spent last week writing a post about what's next for Parent Hacks. The post is crap. Seriously, it sucks. Be glad I didn't publish it. I then went offline for three days to chaperone my daughter's camp field trip in the Oregon desert. It was an amazing experience: high desert ecology, 5th grade social […]
I hope you've got special plans today. Maybe your family has planned something…or not. Maybe they're scrambling because they forgot. Maybe none of you are the planning types. It doesn't matter. Take a deep breath and embrace this day as yours. Listen to something uplifting or funny. If you're lucky enough to be in one of […]