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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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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 7 days ago 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
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... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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I just received a product pitch as a potential hack: a kit that adds a touchless flush sensor to home toilets. You wave your hand in front of the sensor and the toilet flushes. No touching handles. Part of me thinks this could be a fine hack, but another part... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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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... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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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... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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Sometimes the world lines things up in such a way that you feel the need to shout THANK YOU. Now is one of those times. Minimalist Parenting was nominated for two Iris Awards: Game Changer and Philanthropic Work (for our #HelpWomenAtRisk project with the ONE Campaign). To be recognized by... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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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 Apr 16, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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Does your kid like to pull all the tissues out of the box? Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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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
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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
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FOREHEAD SMACK! A brilliant Easter egg hack from Adrienne. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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Wedge blown eggs into a wisk for effortless dip-dyeing! *forehead smack of brilliance* Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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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
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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
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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