Long ago, in the digital dark ages when the word internet still demanded an uppercase I and blogs, or web logs, were still kind of a fringe thing, back in a time before the FTC required disclosure of affiliate links such as the ones I’m warning you are included in this post, a woman named Asha Dornfest started Parent Hacks. It was a site that shared simple tips to make the challenging or mundane tasks of parenting just a bit easier.
The Parent Hacks site grew into a community and now it’s a book, Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids. In addition to helpful tips, the book includes delightful illustrations from Chicagoan Craighton Berman.
I received a review copy thanks to Asha. I wasn’t expecting too much of the content to be relevant to me as a parent of teens. True, the book provides the biggest value for parents of young ‘uns, but I still picked up some useful pointers. With Asha’s fondness for painter’s tape and sticky notes, 3M should be sponsoring her book tour. You might be surprised how often these just-sticky-enough items come in handy. Listen to Asha’s interview on NPR’s All Things Considered to learn more.
Asha Dornfest is coming to Chicago this week
Asha will be at the Little Beans Cafe on 1809 W Webster this Thursday, May 12. Go meet her in person! I can tell you from experience that she’s smart, kind and engaging. Asha’s spring tour is wrapping up soon, but she’ll be headed around the country again in the fall. Click to see if she’s coming to a city near you.
If someone you know has a new baby, Parent Hacks makes a great gift for the parents.