Drawing from the award-winning website ParentHacks.com, here are 134 ingenious ideas for simplifying life with kids. A parent hack can be as simple as putting the ketchup under the hot dog, minimizing the mess. Or strapping baby into a forward-facing carrier when you need to trim his fingernails—it frees your hands while controlling the squirming. Or stashing a wallet in a disposable diaper at the beach—who would ever poke through what looks like a used Pamper? On every page, discover easy-to-do, boldly illustrated, unconventional solutions, arranged by category from Pregnancy & Postpartum through Sleep, Eating, Bath Time, Travel, and more.
We're in the midst of a parenting climate that feeds on more. More expert advice, more gear, more fear about competition and safety, and more choices to make about education, nutrition, even entertainment. The result? Overwhelmed, confused parents and overscheduled, overparented kids. In MINIMALIST PARENTING, Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest offer a fresh approach to navigating all of this conflicting background "noise." They show how to tune into your family's unique values and priorities and confidently identify the activities, stuff, information, and people that truly merit space in your life. The book begins by showing the value of a minimalist approach, backed by the authors' personal experience practicing it. It then leads parents through practical strategies for managing time, decluttering the home space, simplifying mealtimes, streamlining recreation, and prioritizing self-care. Filled with parents' personal stories, readers will come away with a unique plan for a simpler life.
Author: Sara Devos
Publisher: Weldon Owen
Release Date: 2016-06-07
Genre: House & Home
Hacks are simple tips to make your life easier and more enjoyable. Too little space in your wardrobe? Hang up the tab on a can of soda to your hanger and attach to it a new coat hanger. Twice as much hanging space! No speaker at hand? Make it quickly with a toilet roll and two plastic cups. Super convenient! Did you know that you can turn a bag of chips in an instant into a bowl? Or that you can peel a mango with a glass? This is a collection of the 200 most useful life hacks for your home, garden, kids and much more. Everything is explained with clear, step-by-step pictures so you can get started right away!
Author: Jennifer Griffin
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Family & Relationships
A collection of classic nursery rhymes, contemporary songs, and finger plays aimed at helping parents interact with babies, with instructions for related movements and activities, historical information about some rhymes, and a CD containing music for thirty-five of the songs.
In a world of shoulds and shouldn'ts and "you'll break your kid if you don't do it this way," this little collection of things that are true about parenting leaves room for you and your child. Parenting is a long conversation with your child, and the 31 ideas in this book help you remember that you are doing a good job, even when you aren't having a good day. You're the best parent for your child. And you can do this, every day. Parenting is a long conversation with your child, and a chance to love someone so much that it makes you a better person. You're the Best Parent for Your Child: 31 Truths from AskMoxie.org honors how sweet and difficult this process is, how fierce and true loving your child is. Magda Pecsenye writes the parenting advice website AskMoxie.org. Her two children are old enough to sleep through the night and make their own lunches. She thinks that you're doing a good job.
Author: Catherine Newman
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release Date: 2016-04-05
Genre: Family & Relationships
A comic and heartwarming memoir about childhood's second act from Real Simple journalist Catherine Newman. Much is written about a child's infancy and toddler years, which is good since children will never remember it themselves. It is ages 4-14 that make up the second act, as Catherine Newman puts it in this delightfully candid, outlandishly funny new memoir about the years that "your children will remember as childhood." Following Newman's son and daughter as they blossom from preschoolers into teenagers, CATASTROPHIC HAPPINESS is about the bittersweet joy of raising children--and the ever-evolving landscape of issues parents traverse. In a laugh out-loud, heart-wrenching, relatable voice, Newman narrates events as momentous as grief and as quietly moving as the moonlit face of a sleeping child. From tantrums and friendship to fear and even sex, Newman's fresh take will appeal to any parent riding this same roller coaster of laughter and heartbreak.
101 Things to Do While You Poo encourages children to take however long they need to do their business--and stay entertained in the process! Continuing the humorous and interactive 101 Things series, 101 Things to Do While You Poo features brainteasers, mazes, fun facts, jokes, and crafts that can all be done while doing your "business" in the bathroom. From toilet-paper crafts and origami to irreverent jokes, brain-training games and puzzles, and wow-worthy "did you knows" and trivia, children will spend hours wiling away the time on the toilet. 101 Things to Do While You Poo encourages children to make the most of their private time by learning more than 100 bathroom-themed games, crafts, jokes, and riddles that will make even the most straight-laced parent crack a smile. Take however long you need to do your business--and stay entertained in the process!
Author: Dan Marshall
Release Date: 2015-05-19
Genre: House & Home
Ever accidentally used your thumb as a hammer cushion while partaking in a spot of DIY? Do you become enraged at the uncontrollable bobbing of the straw in your aluminum can? Are you yearning to find a way to make your toilet paper roll tube enhance your music listening experience? These and dozens of other everyday dilemmas are solved with Life Hacks, your handy guide to tackling little annoyances before they turn into big problems. This fully illustrated manual covers everything from nifty cable management to ingenious cooking methods, and much, much more. Remember: If life throws you a curveball—hack it!
Now that I’m a mom, I know the most painful part isn’t getting something giant through your hooha. It’s having a real live child. If you are the kind of mom who shapes your kiddo’s organic quinoa into reproductions of the Mona Lisa, do not read this book. If you stayed up past midnight to create posters for your PTO presidential campaign, do not read this book. If you look down your nose at parents who have Domino’s pizza on speed dial, do not read this book. But if you are the kind of parent who accidentally goes ballistic on your rugrats every morning because they won’t put their shoes on and then you feel super guilty about it all day so you take them to McDonald’s for a special treat but really it’s because you opened up your freezer and panicked because you forgot to buy more frozen pizzas, then absolutely read this book. I Want My Epidural Back is a celebration of mediocre parents and how awesome they are and how their kids love them just as much as children with perfect parents. Karen Alpert’s honest but hilarious observations, stories, quips and pictures will have you nodding your head and peeing in your pants. Or on the toilet if you’re smart and read it there.
Teenagers are tough and anyone who has their own needs help. Witty, enjoyable and genuinely insightful, Get Out of My Life is now updated with how to deal with everything from social media to online threats and porn, as well as looking at all the difficult issues of bringing up teenagers, school, sex, drugs and more. But it's the title of the second chapter, 'What They Do and Why' that best captures the book's spirit and technique, explaining how to translate teenage behaviour into its true, often less complicated meaning. One key mistake, for instance, is getting in no-win conflicts instead of having the wisdom to shut up when shutting up would be the most effective, albeit least satisfying, thing to do. Another is taking offence when the teenager views you, the adult, as idiotic. And there's advice on what to do when this happens. The message is clear: parenting adolescents is inherently difficult. Don't judge yourself too harshly!
Author: Steve Caplin
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Family & Relationships
A hilarious guide to fatherhood presents a series of slapstick routines, entertaining trivia, brainteasers, jokes, quizzes, stories, and practical advice that ranges from instruction in how to teach a child how to skip stones or ride a bike to tips on how to entertain large groups of kids or answer such baffling questions as "Why is the sky blue?" Original. 25,000 first printing.
The monumental bestseller Quiet has been recast in a new edition that empowers introverted kids and teens Susan Cain sparked a worldwide conversation when she published Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. With her inspiring book, she permanently changed the way we see introverts and the way introverts see themselves. The original book focused on the workplace, and Susan realized that a version for and about kids was also badly needed. This book is all about kids' world—school, extracurriculars, family life, and friendship. You’ll read about actual kids who have tackled the challenges of not being extroverted and who have made a mark in their own quiet way. You’ll hear Susan Cain’s own story, and you’ll be able to make use of the tips at the end of each chapter. There’s even a guide at the end of the book for parents and teachers. This insightful, accessible, and empowering book, illustrated with amusing comic-style art, will be eye-opening to extroverts and introverts alike.
Author: Biz Ellis
Publisher: The Countryman Press
Release Date: 2017-04-18
Genre: Family & Relationships
Stop feeling like sh*t for being a mom—laugh-out-loud affirmations for every parent Guess what? This “parenting book” is not designed to make new parents feel bad. Authors and co-hosts of the popular comedy podcast One Bad Mother, Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn, know firsthand that raising kids is tough. They also know that, most likely, parents are winning more than they’re failing. This book reminds parents that it’s okay to have a low bar. Celebrate what did happen, not what didn’t, including gems such as: Did you get up this morning? Great! You’re doing an awesome job! Your kid fell asleep? Even if it was just for two hours, that’s amazing. Good job! Has your kid eaten? That’s probably your doing, so yeah, you’re a winner! The perfect gift for the growing family, You Are Doing a Great Job! is the much-needed reminder to screw all expectations and advice. It belongs on the shelf next to Go the Fu*k to Sleep and Let’s Panic About Babies. Or better yet, tear out the pages and hang them up.