Parenting Book Review: ‘Parent Hacks’

Parent Hacks by Asha Dornfest - book cover imageIf you’ve ever waded through an ocean of toys, discovered a toddler covered in paint (or worse), or spent half your unborn child’s college fund on baby items you didn’t know you wouldn’t need, then you’ll appreciate this.

Expecting and new parents, congrats! Your timing couldn’t be better. If you’re like me, however, and found out you could have avoided all of the above if Asha Dornfest had written Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids when your kids were younger, then we have a lot of teeth sucking to catch up on; for it is ideal for parents of little ones.

Having said that, when Asha sent me a copy of her new book, and after my initial reaction of if only I had known, something happened that surprised me. My seven-year-old asked to “see it” and politely refused to give it back. I have to wait for her to go to school to take back my own book. Truly, she’s quite gaga over it, reading it all over the place: in the car, in the line at the post office, and at home; sharing parenting tips with me. Don’t tell her, but I love it! I have to credit the engaging illustrations by Craighton Berman for catching her eye, then the easy-to-follow parenting tips — so easy a kid could do it, in fact.

Just yesterday, she was excited about Parent Hack #17: “Create a Toy Library.” And this is what she did.

Tuned In Parents - Parent Hacks Book Review - toy organization hack

You know when you organize your child’s toys like this, you blink, and it looks like the city dump again? That’s a little prank she’s been playing on me for the last six years. So, for her to take the initiative to do this is HUGE. Thanks, Asha!

Not all 134 parenting tips will change your life — like #88, which suggests you tape an empty tissue box to a clean one to use as a tissue trash can; someone like me would eventually reach into the dirty tissue box and, well, you can imagine how gross that can get if you’re not paying attention. However, out of 134 parenting tips, you’re bound to make good use of at least 100. Take a look at all the uses for baby wipe tubs below:

Convenient and great for the environment!

Convenient and great for the environment!

Other than getting grade-school kids to read and do chores (big bonus), this is a fun collection of Parent Hacks™ that would make a great gift for pregnant women, new parents, and those caring for sticky, squirrely, wildly confounding and amusing little humans we call babies and toddlers.

About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children’s book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and “make it workology,” she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

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