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10 Adorable Lunchboxes That Make Packing Less of a Chore

Is it that time of year already? Back-to-school for the kiddos, which means back to packing lunches for the parents. Our friends at Apartment Therapy have pulled together 10 adorable lunch boxes that (almost) make preparing lunches less of a chore. To see the full list, click here. More from RealSimple.com: Healthy After-School Snacks for Kids 21 Back-to-School Lunches How Do You […]

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The Difference Between Men and Women, a.k.a. The “Lice Epidemic”

The scene: home office in my house The characters: me, my husband Time: last night, 9:45 p.m. Husband is lying on floor of home office, “stretching his back,” which I think is 80% watching TV and 20% actual stretching. An hour earlier we returned from taking our 16-year-old middle son back to the camp where he is working as a […]

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Is a Trip to the Beach Worth a Weekend With the Flu?

What would you be willing to trade for a week of sun, sand, and no work? That’s the question Expedia.com and Northstar asked more than 11,000 people worldwide in their 2014 Expedia Flip Flop Report. The results: Turns out, what excites people the most about the idea of a beach getaway isn’t just the ocean view. When asked to rank […]

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After the World Cup: Looking for Reasons to Go On

Anyone who follows me on Twitter (and if you do: thank you! especially if we are not related) knows that I caught full-on World Cup fever. We all did. It was easy in my house, with three sons who play soccer and a husband who somehow always gets talked into coaching. But we were far from the only ones: I […]

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Here’s How Stressed Americans Really Are (and How to Manage It)

Feel like you’ve been more stressed out than ever, lately? You’re not alone: About half of Americans feel the same way. In a report titled “The Burden of Stress in America,” released this week by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health, researchers surveyed 2,505 respondents about stress. Amongst the findings? For starters: 49% […]

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The Great Smartphone Debate

My 10-year old daughter recently graduated from elementary school in Brooklyn, New York. Some scoff at the idea of graduation ceremonies for 5th graders but given the nature of the New York City public school system, it serves a great purpose. These kids who have been together since Kindergarten don’t all travel to their designated Middle School like they do […]

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7 Things Every Parent Should Know Before Sending Their Kids to Sleepaway Camp

One of our editors sent her 8-year-old daughter to sleepaway camp this weekend. As amazing as the experience can be for kids, the transition can be rough. So we asked our Facebook fans for their best advice for both mother and daughter. Here are some of our favorite answers: “Keep a journal (both of them) detailing what they did while […]

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How I Got My Kid to Eat Kale, Part 1

Every kid has one: the food or dish they’ll eat anytime, anywhere. Call it the bandwagon food—the food they’ve deemed cool or generally okay because everyone at school (or camp, or at the cool kids table) eats it. For my daughter, it’s pasta with pesto—the dish all 12 kids eagerly ate ensemble once a month when her nursery schoolteacher cooked […]

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The Secrets Of A Long, Healthy Relationship, According To Science

Did you know that happy couples have 5 positive interactions for every negative one? What about the fact that weddings only lead to a boost in happiness for 2 years (on average), and then couples’ happiness levels return to what they were prior to engagement? (Goodbye, honeymoon period!) Happify, an emotional wellbeing site, shared these—hopefully—fun facts and more in their […]

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Do This One Thing for a Better Relationship With Your Daughter-in-Law

Cue the champagne: Your son or daughter has found the one! That said, after the wedding dust has settled, you might find that you and your new daughter-in-law are living less than happily-ever-after. Of course, every MIL and DIL duo is different, and the tension between each pair will vary for any number of reasons. Still, the most frequent complaint […]

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