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What to Do With Your Old Cell Phones

If you’ve purchased a new phone and are wondering what to do with your old one, turn it into an “emergencies only” cell phone. Even though there’s no subscription plan associated with the phone, because of government mandates, wireless carries are still required to transmit emergency calls made to 911. Just one important note: In the event that you do […]

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A Surefire Way to Stay Accountable

You *know* you ought to take the stairs instead of the elevator and floss every night… and yet, sometimes not doing those good-for-you extra steps is all the more tempting. If you’re a parent and trying to hold yourself accountable to small goals, try this tip from reader Rachel R.S.: Enlist your kids. When we asked our Facebook fans for […]

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Women Who Love Their Gardens Too Much

I am beginning to think that I have an unhealthy relationship with my garden. That is, I love it obsessively; I toss and turn in bed thinking about it; I spend many minutes when I should be doing things like watching my kids play sports or helping with homework instead daydreaming about my garden. And I’m not sure my garden […]

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An Easy Way to Keep Track of Medical Records

Kids often need to show proof of immunizations for school, camp, and after-school activities. Unfortunately, keeping an accurate and up-to-date log of your family’s immunization records tends to be more difficult than it sounds.

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I Could Have Been Kerry Kennedy

Not because my dad ever ran for president or, thank God, died when I was young. (My own father is very much alive and well and trying to boss me around every chance he gets. For which I am grateful. After all, consider the alternative.) Or because I had 38 siblings, which would have been fun. Or was married to […]

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A Trick for Staying Optimistic

Did you know that most people prefer Fridays to Sundays? The research behind it is that the promise of the upcoming weekend is more delightful than a day of often-wistful rest—clearly, anticipation in a powerful thing. To harbor that positive thinking, Christine Carter, Ph.D., a sociologist at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and the […]

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You Can’t (and Shouldn’t) Hurry Love

[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the February 2014 issue of Real Simple.] I started working in magazines in the 1990s as a freelance writer, and one of my first stories was about a relatively new Christian teen abstinence campaign called True Love Waits. I was in my 20s, a.k.a. the Decade of Darkness. I had a […]

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When Your Own Family Hates Your Cooking

There is a new, sad little pattern that happens almost nightly in my household and it goes like this: Me: “Time for dinner!” Kids thunder down the stairs. 15-year-old: “What’s for dinner?” Six-year-old: “What’s for dinner?” Me: “Blah blah*“ 15-year-old: “Ugh.” Six-yearold (whining): “I hate blah blah.“ 15-year-old: “Can I make myself an omelet?” Six-year-old: “Me too?” Me: Silent, head in […]

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Get Real on the Internet, Day 5: Life’s Imperfect Moments

Welcome to Day 5 of Get Real on the Internet Week! New to the campaign? Get the details here. Today, Get Real on the Internet Week comes to close. To top off the week, we asked our readers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share their imperfect moments and favorite outtakes—not surprisingly, many hilarious photos came in the form of rejected […]

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Get Real on the Internet, Day 2: Kids and Pets Photos

Welcome to Day 2 of Get Real on the Internet Week! New to the campaign? Get the details here. Sure, cute pictures of your angelic kids and pets are always crowd-pleasers on social media. But today, we dared readers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram this twist on the typical posts: Day 2: Does your kid (or your pet) do anything that drives you up […]

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