more about: family

National Day of Unplugging: Turn Off Your Gadgets for 24 Hours

Back in January, Kathleen posted about a family who lives completely tech-free. Now, given the fact that my job is almost exclusively based on the internet (and I like Twitter and Instagram quite a lot), I could never go tech-free full time. Instead, I try to unplug from time to time. The last time I did so, was the weekend […]

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Easy Activity to Entertain Kids in Waiting Rooms

I love this idea from Tot Treasures for these easy-t0-make activity sticks that will keep your kids busy while waiting for a table at a restaurant or in the waiting room at a doctor’s office. And all it takes to make them is a trip to the office supply store. You’ll need: – a pencil case or pouch – an […]

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Watching the Red Carpet with Kids via Entertainment Weekly

One of our colleagues over at Entertainment Weekly’s blog the Family Room, Christina Kelly, recently posted a piece about watching the Oscars red carpet coverage with her kids and the challenge of “behaving” when it comes to remarks about celebrity appearences. Because, as Kelly explains, eventually everything is repeated. To read the full article, click here. Great advice for all parents to keep in mind! More on […]

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MAKERS Documentary: 177 Inspiring Women

Last night, I did something I rarely do—I sat down and watched three full hours of television. I tuned in to the first airing of MAKERS a documentary about the “women who make America,” a joint production between PBS and AOL. It was so fascinating to me to see stories about so many firsts for women: the first woman to […]

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My Husband, the Cat Whisperer

Cats love my husband. I really have no idea why. But if he finds himself in a cat household, sitting in one place for any length of time, invariably a cat will leap into his lap. Last week we had dinner with friends who have two cats; let’s call them Ray and Petey.  After dinner we repaired to the living […]

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Worth Watching: How to Be Vulnerable

In our soon-to-be-released April issue, we’ll be sharing some sage advice from Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and the author of Daring Greatly. A couple of years ago, she gave a TEDx Talk on vulnerability, and we think it’s still worth watching. What do you think of her advice? Tell us in […]

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What a Mother Who Lost Her Son to Gun Violence Wants to Change

As Kristin announced earlier this week, Real Simple launched a powerful online forum with All You, Health, and Essence magazines that simply asks: What 1 simple change would you make to help keep our kids safe in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. We want to hear from you (submit your #1simplechange)! We also reached out to incredible voices in the […]

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How to Revive a Worn Out Stuffed Animal

Thanks to the frigid cold weather, your kids have been cooped up indoors day and night, and their toys are getting more use than usual. If your son or daughter has been toting around a teddy bear or stuffed elephant that was once white and fluffy, and is now brown, matted, and torn, here’s how to bring it back to […]

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Help Me Help All of Us

Has it really been two months since the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut? Why does it still feel like it happened yesterday? Maybe because—and this is a good thing—the debate about what to do to prevent gun violence has taken, if not center stage, at least a place somewhere on stage. Finally. If you visit realsimple.com or read Real Simple magazine, […]

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Smart Product: Dual Beam Flashlight

How genius is this? Whenever I’ve had to deal with power outages (or the two times in my life that I’ve gone camping) and actually use a flashlight, I usually end up stubbing my toe or running into something because I’ve focused the beam on things at eye-level, not the ground. The Nightlighter Flashlight solves this problem by having two […]

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