Parent Hacks

People with kids need shortcuts, but who has time to figure out how to make life easier? Parents pool their resources at Parent Hacks, which posts tips and tricks on everything from kid-friendly camping gear to tricking the flush sensor on those automatic-flushing toilets so they don’t scare the sense out of your little darling. OK, some of the ideas are a little Hints from Heloise (getting blueberry stains out of clothes, say), but many are genuinely creative (entertaining your toddler by “painting” the house—with water) or useful (employ a CD rack to shelve pesky board books). And some—like bringing chocolate-covered espresso beans on road trips so you can keep awake without stopping for coffee (or to pee) and waking up the precious bundle snoozing in the car seat—are just sweet.