The Want Not Review: Parent Hacks

By Mir
April 12, 2016

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!


  1. woo hoo! Early worm gets the book?!

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

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

  4. This sounds great!

  5. I could use all the tips I can get!

  6. This sounds AWESOME!

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

  8. yes please!

  9. Three girls under six! Pick me!!!

  10. Would love to read this!

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

  12. would love a copy!

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

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

  15. 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!

  16. Sounds awesome!

  17. Thanks, Mir.

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

  19. Yes, please!

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

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

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

  23. Yes please!!!!!

  24. Would love some hacks to help with this parenting thing!

  25. I love Parent Hacks!

  26. This looks great!

  27. Sounds great

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

  29. I could definitely use all the help I can get!

  30. yay!

  31. Perfect timing – baby shower to attend in one month!

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

  33. I need all the help I can get! Thanks!

  34. Great contest!

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

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

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

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

  39. Parents need all the help they can get

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

  41. Love it! I need a copy!

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

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