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3 Genius Parent Hacks

June 1, 2016

June 1, 2016

Asha Dornfest thinks that parents are the most prolific hackers around and we agree with her. She has practical parenting hacks in her new book Parent Hacks®: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids. Here are a few that will help you with your toddler.


1461212973_one copyIf your kid does this — 





Try Parent Hack #34: Flatten the toilet paper roll to slow its rotation. Toddlers don’t have the manual dexterity to control the spin of the toilet paper roll, so squash the roll flat. The uneven skipping will slow the spin when potty training.

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1461212978_two copyOr when it’s time to cut your child’s nails, and she’s like this —










Try Parent Hack #53 and your child will stay calm and relatively immobile, plus you’ll have two hands available to snip fingernails without incident. 

Parent Hack Nails copy


1461212980_three copyAnd when putting on his shoes, he ends up looking something like this — 






Help him out by trying Parent Hack #68. Cut a sticker in half and put one-half in each shoe to help your child put his shoe on the correct foot. When it’s time to put on his shoes, ask your child to “match up the picture.”

Parent Hack Shoes copy


Comment and let us know how these Parent Hacks worked for you and if you have any great hacks of your own?





Excerpted from Parent Hacks®: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids by Asha Dornfest (Workman Publishing). Copyright © 2016. Illustrations © Craighton Berman.


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