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Asha Dornfest
Portland, OR // Twitter: @parenthacks Facebook:
Founder of Parent Hacks, a site devoted to sharing parents' forehead-smackingly smart tips, workarounds, and wisdom.
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No more April anxiety! Let's get our taxes organized NOW while the work is fresh in our minds. What's your best tip for organizing your tax paperwork? Please leave your tips + links in a comment here or share on Twitter (I'm @parenthacks) or Facebook. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Parent Hacks
Does your kid like to pull all the tissues out of the box? Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Parent Hacks
This post is sponsored by Goodwill. "I might need it someday." That, friends, is why decluttering is a constant challenge even though I wrote a book that celebrates decluttering. Calling it an excuse might be a bit harsh. It's a reason, and it seems like a good one. After all,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Parent Hacks
This is a hard post to write. Eight weeks ago I invited you to join me for a fitness challenge. Despite my loving the workouts and the entire experience, I didn't follow through as well as I had intended. I didn't do every workout, and I didn't write. I bungled... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Parent Hacks
FOREHEAD SMACK! A brilliant Easter egg hack from Adrienne. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Wedge blown eggs into a wisk for effortless dip-dyeing! *forehead smack of brilliance* Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Parent Hacks
I've come up with what I think is the best recipe for granola. At least it's the one my family, including my granola-hating husband, loves. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Parent Hacks
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. -- Bertrand Russell Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Join me on tomorrow's "Thursdays with ThirdPath" call (actually a webinar but it's meant to be a conversation, not a lecture). Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Parent Hacks
I was a guest on the One Bad Mother podcast, on which I offered hosts Biz and Theresa what I hope is encouraging Minimalist Parenting-inspired advice about sending kids to school for the first time. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Nancy needs help handling the Stuffed Animal Invasion. DON'T WE ALL. I share a few ideas, and I'd love to hear yours. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Through tomorrow, Mabel's Labels is taking 40% off the price of some of its most popular products. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Parent Hacks
The big lesson I learned in Week 1 boils down to this: successful habit change requires small steps, consistently taken. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Parent Hacks
I'm feeling particularly grateful for you today for no particular reason. Sometimes I just have to shout that to the world. Your being here -- on the blog, via email, via Twitter or Facebook -- means so much to me. Having this diffuse group of generous, intelligent, thoughtful people to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Parent Hacks
A friendly reminder for those of you who just don't feel like making Valentines this year but are feeling slightly guilty about it. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Parent Hacks
I can't stop thinking about Phillip Seymour Hoffman's sudden death. I admired the man as an actor, but it's not like I'm his biggest fan. Until last night, I didn't know he was the father of three young children with his partner, Mimi O'Donnell. Or that he and his family... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Parent Hacks
If your kid has a flair for the dramatic, read on. Tempting as it is to roll your eyes and dismiss your kid's colorful style of expression, in the long run you're better served to find a way to work with it. (Can you tell I've had experience with drama?) Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Join me for free 8-week fitness challenge! Click through for details. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Parent Hacks
The broken bedtime routine. It's so maddening because you can remember when it used to work. Especially difficult because life doesn't magically pause while you try to manage your child's sleep problem...which has quickly become the entire family's sleep problem. From Santiaga: I have two children: a 3 YO son... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Happy New Year, friends! I'm back online after a big, fat Internet break. In fact, it was more than a break. It was the longest family trip I've ever taken -- three weeks in India with my husband, kids, and parents. 12th century carving at Kopeshwar Temple, Khidrapur My dad's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Things have been quiet around here for good reason. I'm taking a big, fat Internet sabbatical for the holidays. There's a family adventure going down which I'll tell you about when I get back online after the New Year. It feels good to step away from the Internet to focus... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Parent Hacks
My favorite gift guides (in addition to my Very Small Gift Guide!): a list of experiential gifts from Unclutterer, Christine Koh's ideas for no-clutter gifts, and Kristen Howerton's Fair Trade Handmade Christmas Gift linkup (beautiful and brilliant). Gabrielle Blair used rain boots as stand-up alternatives for Christmas stockings. Great hack... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at Parent Hacks
I'm the last one who should be putting together a gift guide. I'm not a tastemaker nor a trend watcher. I'm not even much of a shopper, and I'm a general proponent of less stuff. But I do love to give and receive gifts. I love finding an interesting or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Parent Hacks
Not all of us celebrate Christmas, those who do can always use a season-simplifying tip. For you, I've collected the best Christmas hacks in one place. Here! Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Parent Hacks
Farm animals in children's books aren't anything new. But this just-released book leaves the bucolic imagery behind and provides kids (and parents) something different: a humorous, balanced -- but clear -- connection between farm animals and the food we eat. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Parent Hacks