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Boys Are Wild Animals, and 10 Other Truths the Parenting Books Won’t Tell You

Random observations from a mother of three boys who grew up with two sisters, and so was wholly unprepared. 1. Boys are wild animals. Just watch any nature documentary footage of lion cubs wrestling, and imagine human bodies instead of cat bodies. Really, there’s very little difference. 2. They never get tired of having their hands down their pants; they just eventually grow […]

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Someone Sends You Food in the Mail. You Don’t Know Who it’s From. To Eat or Not to Eat?

Last Friday night I was in New York with three friends, getting punched in the stomach for 3 hours straight (a.k.a. attending the excellent production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? currently playing at the Booth Theater). Right before the play started, I got a text from my husband with a photo of a box of Goo Goo Clusters in UPS […]

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3 Things to Clean After Your Child’s Been Sick

Tis the season for sniffly noses and sore throats. To keep your family healthy and prevent one cold from being passed around all season, pay special attention to cleaning these three areas of your home after you or your child has been sick. 1. Bath towels Give the patient their own hand towel for the bathroom and kitchen while they are […]

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Stuck Inside During Hurricane Sandy? Stay Busy With These Three Ideas

If you’re holed up in the house due to Hurricane Sandy, I hope you’re drinking hot chocolate, watching movies, snuggling in bed with the kids—and enjoying the quiet. But as the hours wear on, you and your little ones may start to get restless. So here are three ideas to add a little activity to the day: 1. Have an […]

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Best News of the Day: Parents Get Fewer Colds

You may think that sending Junior into the den of germs known as third grade makes you more likely to get sick. But according to new research led by Carnegie Mellon University, adults who have children are 52 percent less likely to catch colds than are adults without children. Scientists exposed 795 healthy people between the ages of 18 and […]

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Save the Date: National Costume Swap Day

So let’s say that your daughter went as “raining cats and dogs” for Halloween last year. Chances are she won’t want to repeat the same thing this year (if the costume even still fits!). So, save the date for this Saturday, October 13th because it’s National Costume Swap Day! There are already swaps scheduled in 37 states and in 3 […]

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Five expert tips for better bedtime storytelling

In our annual Family issue, we gave you all the ingredients for a perfect bedtime story, from heroes and settings to plot twists and happy endings. The only thing we didn’t teach you: How to deliver the story in an engrossing manner. So I reached out to a handful of professional storytellers for advice on giving a great performance. These […]

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How to Avoid Colds and Flu This Fall (Really!)

Welcome Fall! Ochre leaves crunching underfoot, sweet mulled cider, crisp apple picking…and…ahhh-choo! The return of cold and flu season. Ugh. To try to isolate the best, most proven tips for staying well, I recently did a Q & A with Elizabeth Lyster, MD, a board-certified ob/gyn with Holtorf Medical Group in Foster City, California, who had some surprising tips and […]

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Putting Loved Ones First

I’m very close to my family and my group of friends. It has always been this way. When I was younger it was quite easy to give both sets of people the attention they deserved. Although, I have to admit that during my pre-teen and teenage years my I fought tooth and nail to give my friends more attention than […]

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