The Want Not Review: Parent Hacks

Are you a parent? Do you follow Parent Hacks? Pretty much everything Asha Dornfest does is brilliant, and I am forever wishing her site had been around when my kids were tiny, because every tip she offers is both simple and genius. I mean… turn the bread the other way ’round to disguise the fact that you’re making a sandwich with the loaf heels and not have your kid complain? Okay, fine, maybe that’ll work on my teenagers, too.

parent-hacksNow Asha’s taken the best tips from the last 10+ years and put them into a best-selling book, perfect for your own use or as the newest parenting bible to give to new parents. She covers everything from MacGyver-esque baby-proofing to how to get the gunk out of the corners of the cupholders in your van. And yes, you will be shaking your head and saying Why didn’t I think of that?? as you read. At the same time, the quick-tip format and fun illustrations make this perfect for a busy parent to read on the go or in-between toddler tantrums.

When I was pregnant (you know, back in the Stone Age), we had What to Expect When You’re Expecting (which pretty much convinced me—mid hormonal-craziness—that eating anything other than organic whole grains and vegetables was tantamount to poisoning my baby outright) and The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood (which was funny, but hard to read with an infant screaming at me 24/7). Parent Hacks is the book I wish I’d had, back then.

I have a copy of Parent Hacks to give away to a Want Not reader! Get it for yourself, get it for your favorite expectant or new parent, win this one and buy six copies for your friends, whatever. If you want to win it, first go review the contest rules and regulations, then come on back here and leave a comment on this post by 8:00 am Eastern (that’s 5:00 am Pacific) on Friday, April 15th, 2016. The winner will be selected via my WordPress random-winner-picker-plugin-thingie (technical term).

Ready? Go!

42 Responses to “The Want Not Review: Parent Hacks”

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    Lexi Logan April 12, 2016 at 9:31 am #

    woo hoo! Early worm gets the book?!

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    Andrea April 12, 2016 at 9:36 am #

    Both of my second cousins just gave birth so I’d love to gift this! Thanks for the chance

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    Melissa April 12, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    Thank you! My cousins are welcoming a boy in May, and something to read during endless nursing will be fun!

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    Becky April 12, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    This sounds great!

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    Lainie April 12, 2016 at 10:14 am #

    I could use all the tips I can get!

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    Rachel April 12, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    This sounds AWESOME!

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    alexa April 12, 2016 at 10:23 am #

    I could use something…anything to make my life with the wee ones easier.

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    Eva April 12, 2016 at 10:45 am #

    yes please!

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    Melissa April 12, 2016 at 10:51 am #

    Three girls under six! Pick me!!!

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    Michele R. April 12, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    Would love to read this!

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    Elizabeth April 12, 2016 at 11:15 am #

    I have a toddler with plenty of tantrums to read between. Count me in!

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    valerie April 12, 2016 at 11:19 am #

    would love a copy!

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    Dianna April 12, 2016 at 11:48 am #

    I have a friend who just became a Grandma for the first time. This would be a great gift for the new parents!

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    Dawna April 12, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

    It’ll be tough deciding which of our kids gets it first!

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    Shawnee April 12, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    I have 24-month-old twin boys. I have baby proofed everything in my house. The boys have circumnavigated every device and method I have used. They are already smarter than I am, but maybe not smarter than Asha! Thank you for the tip on her website too . . . heading there now!

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    Elizabeth April 12, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    Sounds awesome!

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    Donna April 12, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

    Thanks, Mir.

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    Nancy April 12, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    I’ve been reading Want Not and Parent Hacks for about the same amount of time… both are brilliant!

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    Theresa April 12, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    Yes, please!

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    Nancy S April 12, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

    This would make a great gift for a new parent! Thanks, Mir!

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    Chris April 12, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    Would love the chance to win this. Thank you Mir!

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    Tina April 12, 2016 at 6:01 pm #

    I have 4 boys, I’d love some short cuts!!! 🙂

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    Anna April 12, 2016 at 6:31 pm #

    Yes please!!!!!

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    Elizabeth April 12, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

    Would love some hacks to help with this parenting thing!

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    Alison April 12, 2016 at 6:57 pm #

    I love Parent Hacks!

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    Kate April 12, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

    This looks great!

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    Robin April 12, 2016 at 10:12 pm #

    Sounds great

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    Cheryl S. April 13, 2016 at 5:58 am #

    I need every bit of help I can get! I love getting little tips and tricks.

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    Dana April 13, 2016 at 6:00 am #

    I could definitely use all the help I can get!

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    Jess April 13, 2016 at 7:08 am #

    yay!

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    Christine April 13, 2016 at 7:42 am #

    Perfect timing – baby shower to attend in one month!

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    Laura April 13, 2016 at 8:16 am #

    Awesome!! Finally, an instruction manual for parents! Thanks for the chance to win 😉

  33. 33
    Amy April 13, 2016 at 11:59 am #

    I need all the help I can get! Thanks!

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    Erin April 13, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

    Great contest!

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    KG April 13, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

    Can always use more life hacks! Thanks for introducing us to her, great stuff!

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    MsMarm April 13, 2016 at 6:50 pm #

    My 5’1″ DIL just delivered a 21-1/2″ 10lb 2 oz boy –
    she NEEDS this book!

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    Karen. April 14, 2016 at 9:36 am #

    Uh, how have I never heard of Parent Hacks? I may need a crane to remove the rock I’ve been living under.

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    Kris April 14, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    Yes. Please. (off to see if I can find the cup holder thing on her website)

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    Mar H April 14, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

    Parents need all the help they can get

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    marilyn April 14, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    I have the perfect person to gift this, after I take a glance first, of course.

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    Helen April 14, 2016 at 4:41 pm #

    Love it! I need a copy!

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    Lenetta April 14, 2016 at 9:59 pm #

    I very briefly wondered tonight if I could just walk away and let them tear the house down… Maybe this might help? 😉