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Asha Dornfest
Portland, OR // Twitter: @parenthacks Facebook: facebook.com/parenthacks
Founder of Parent Hacks, a site devoted to sharing parents' forehead-smackingly smart tips, workarounds, and wisdom.
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Please take a minute to help Shot@Life unlock the last 10,000 vaccine donations on the way to the campaign goal of 60K. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Parent Hacks
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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Tiny Beautiful Things is an incredible read for parents, but not because it’s about parenthood. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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I've got a download code for free advance screening tickets for ISLAND OF LEMURS: MADAGASCAR, playing 8/16/14 in IMAX 3D, at 11am at Regal Bridgeport Village! Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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On the ONE Campaign blog, I share my thoughts on a father's choice to teach his sons about videogame violence by taking them to Israel and Syria. While I respect his choice, it wouldn't be mine. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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This post is my contribution to Blogust 2014—Shot@Life’s month-long campaign to provide vaccinations for kids in need around the world. My goal for this post is to unlock 500 vaccine donations: you can help by leaving a comment or clicking “Tweet” or “Like” below. (Details at the end of the post.) Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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This simple trick will dramatically simplify packing for a family trip, save you money in checked baggage fees, and get your family through airport security in record time. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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Imagine this as the lock screen on your kid's iPod this summer. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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This year, I'm contributing to Blogust -- a month-long blog relay organized by Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation. For every comment left on a Blogust post each day of August, Walgreens will donate a vaccine to a child, up to 60,000 vaccines. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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This could work well over a kid's desk to stash art or homework supplies. OR as a charging station for the family's mobile devices. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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Consider this the silver lining on your next drive in the insane summer heat. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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A smart drinking straw trick from Sarah, via my spiffy new hack submission form on Tumblr. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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This DIY project breaks Edna Mode's #1 fashion rule for superheroes, but I don't care. It's quick, easy, cute, and it involves zero sewing machines. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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Frozen yogurt on a stick! I recommend Popsicle sticks (pick them up cheap at the craft or dollar store), but you could also use takeout chopsticks (as pictured here). Great way to prolong the life of yogurt nearing its expiration date. FOREHEAD SMACK OF BRILLIANCE to my_dream_future for sharing this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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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. Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum Online Collection I'm doing research into how folks... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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Bart King is on my mind for five reasons. I saved the best for last. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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Jen of Mama Papa Bubba turned a binder and a set of pencil pouches into a sweet portable activity kit for little travelers. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Here's how one dad styles his daughter's hair. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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When Christine and I launched 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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Parent Hacks
If you've ever witnessed the single-minded furvor with which some toddlers play with their Thomas the Tank Engine train sets, this hack merits a spot in your regular rotation. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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Cool Mom Tech upgrades the marble jar for use with older children just in time for summer. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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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. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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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... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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I'm moving the Parent Hacks submission process from email to social media. Here's how to submit your hacks. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Parent Hacks