Thank you Asha Dornfest for sending me a copy of Parent Hacks.
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We all have them… those little parent hacks that get us through those times when the kids are full of meltdown energy and we’ve just about reached our boiling point. When they complain about the crayons rolling off the table at the restaurant… and the clothes they insist on wearing are too big (or too small)… and the soap from shampooing their hair is getting in their eyes. Luckily, Asha Dornfest, in her new book, Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for LIFE with Kids, has gathered all those crazy, easy, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that ideas for us.
My kids are teens and I STILL love to learn about new parent hacks that will make my life easier. This book is going on my list of must-haves for every new parent. Some of these hacks I was able to figure out on my own as my girls were growing up… many more I really wish I had known about. Yep… would have been life-changing and saved me a lot of struggles.
So the idea is that there are 134 parent hacks in the book… but don’t let that fool you. There are actually a ton more if you count all the information Asha gives you at the start of each new chapter.
Some of my all-time favorite parent hacks:
Put the ketchup under the hot dog.
I always did this with my kids because as soon as they take one bite, the ketchup (or mustard) would inevitably drip down their chin and plot onto their shirt. Then they’d have a fit and end up not eating the hot dog at all. Sheesh!
Buy replacement loveys and rotate them every couple of weeks.
Brilliant idea. There is nothing worse than a toddler who has lost his lovey. This way, if you are rotating a few of them, they will always have the same feel and smell and you will avoid the falling-to-the-floor-in-the-middle-of-the-store meltdown. Come on… you know what I mean!
Contain dirty tissues with a tissue box trash can.
We are all sick in our house this week and this is one of those ideas I wish I had known about years ago. The dirty tissues around the house is out of control. This makes SO much sense. Take a clean one, deposit a dirty one. And that way, the dog won’t find the tissues all over the floor and decide to make them an afternoon snack.
Whether you are on the verge of parenthood, in the thick of it, or even if your kids are grown and flown, you will relish the ideas in Parent Hacks as much as I did… and you might still even pick up a few tips that you’ll want to use on your own.