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Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids Paperback – April 5, 2016
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“Just…genius.” – Buzzfeed
"Parent Hacks is the book that will literally change parents’ lives." – Cool Mom Picks
“Frugal, real advice—and often hilarious.” – MommyPoppins
“This is the perfect kind of parenting book: one you don’t need to read from cover-to-cover while you’re juggling your kid(s), but which you can turn to whenever you’re in need.” – BoingBoing.com
“You’ll definitely have some ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ moments as you read this book.” – GeekDad.com
“A clever assortment of time-saving shortcuts and creative tricks.” –New York Journal of Books
“Genius parenting hacks.” – CupofJo.com
"…a hilarious (and handy!) collection of illustrated tips that literally any parent can use.” – The Stir.com
“Parent Hacks is so good that I may even have a few more kids.” – Dave Pell, Nextdraft.com
“Parent Hacks is the book we all need to be given the moment we see two blue lines, a plus or whatever positive sign your pregnancy test of choice indicates.” – Austin American Statesman
"This book is short and sweet but infinitely useful. Highly recommended. I also pledged to make the handy, adorably illustrated little volume my next go-to baby shower gift, because I found myself wishing I’d had it when my kids were little. " – Wichita Eagle
From the Back Cover
Here’s an indispensable collection of 134 simple, unexpected solutions to kid-related problems. Drawn from a community of real-life MacGyvers—fellow parents who share their flashes of problem-solving genius—these inspired hacks cover all phases of life with kids, including Pregnancy, Sleep, Eating, Bath Time, Travel, and more.
4 Great Hacks to Know When You’re On the Go:
- #116 Write your phone number on your kid’s belly. Page 234
- #113 Strap ankle weights to a light weight stroller to keep it from tipping. Page 228
- #110 Line your car’s cup holders with cupcake liners. Page 224
- #118 Use adhesive bandages to baby-proof hotel room outlets. Page 238
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I've been a Parent Hacks fan since before my son was born in 2006, back when the blog was the place to go for tips and advice. He was raised on Parent Hacks and I've even submitted my own, though none of them made the book (I checked, LOL!)
My all-time favorite hack and the one I got the most mileage from is #43 "Bedsheet Lasagna". It involves alternating fitted waterproof mattress covers with crib sheets. I always did three layers. This will save your bacon when your child pukes in the bed at 3am. I graduated this to the big kid bed for the same reason and it became even more useful when he occasionally wet the bed.
This book is full of tips like the one above that will save you time, money, and sanity. New parents will especially find the section called "10 Baby Gear Items You Don't Need" helpful.
Highly recommend this to all parents!
The layout is really fun and lighthearted. It's really easy to read, even for people who don't like really like to read. Not because it's too simplistic, but because it's written in a style that's to the point. As a sleepy parent, you'll probably appreciate that.
The art is cheerful and of the same type as you see on the cover. It goes well with the overall tone of the book.
The reason I only gave it four stars is because many of the "hacks" really have nothing to do with being a parent. Because of this I was on the fence between three and four stars. There are quite a few pregnancy hacks and life hacks blended in (I'd say at least 1/2 of the book). While they are good tips, they aren't really what I expected because this is supposed to be a parent hack book.
It is super cutesy and you will find at least a handful of tips that you'd use in it. Yes, most of these could be found somewhere else on the web for free, but why would you waste the time doing that? Your time is worth something. Most of the good tips are here.
In case my review sounds too good to be true, I bought the softcopy with my own money, no discount, and plan on getting this in hardcopy as a visual reminder that parenting can be fun.
A blog is almost like one of those tear away calendars - if you check out a given day as it passes, you get a story or bit of information and then move on. A book based on a blog runs the risk of stitching those pages together as a mere repackage. That is not the case with Parent Hacks. You can read it all the way through, pick it up here and there, and the major surprise is that it is great for kids and adults. My 5 and 7 year old love flipping through and are engaged by the illustrations as well as the ideas. In full disclosure, a few of the ideas are ones I submitted as a member of the Parent Hacks community via twitter, blog comments, and other social media platforms.
Another layer here is that Asha Dornfest has managed to be incredibly gracious and give so much credit to her illustrator and the contributors. Even the inside of the cover includes names of people who submitted hacks or supported the community. She is your curator for these suggestions and that shouldn't be downplayed because she has always embraced, both online and in this book, a spirit of inclusive parenting that is the antithesis of "the mommy wars." Put another way, there are lifestyle and other blogs (not knocking them, they have lovely pictures or suggestions, etc.) that have this tone of prescribing takes on parenting but Parent Hacks is about not only making do with what you have but multitasking your way to easier approaches.
Parent Hacks as a concept also puts creativity front and center - something you may have just done instinctively can be shared with someone else who leverages the approach into simplifying their own life. Back to the book itself, it really is best suited for a hard copy to allow for sharing and casual perusal. Every time I've picked the book up in the last few weeks another idea draws my eye or I can skip to categories of tips as needed. I know some may hesitate at all the baby shower gift suggestions (in that they may think the book is geared to tips regarding newborns and babies) but I think there is a lot for anyone who is involved in feeding, dressing, and taking children anywhere. That said, I could totally see a sequel geared to teaching tips or ways to help kids learn concepts within the hack theme.
This book transcends gender which deserves a nod as well. I purchased a copy of the book from Amazon but I did receive a review copy as well. The purchased copy funnily enough reached me first but I did want to offer my disclosure to assist anyone shopping around.