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Your Picky Eating Questions, Answered

A while ago we asked you on Facebook for your biggest challenges when it comes to having a picky eater in the house. We called in Elizabeth Pantley, best-selling author of The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution to help solve your problems. We’ll be sharing them over the next few weeks. I have a 7 year old daughter who only eats […]

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Are You Running a Bed-and-Breakfast Without Knowing It?

On Saturday morning I went to the gym and, while I was there, it started to rain. The rain was quite dramatic, coming down in sheets. Pouring, I guess you would say. Anyway, when I got home I saw that both of our Saturday papers were on the front walk, exactly where they were when I left for the gym […]

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Back-to-School Time! Little Backpacks, Big Problems

If aliens landed on earth today, they’d surely know it was back-to-school time as soon as they logged into Facebook and saw the images appearing on many moms’ Timelines this week. (Yes, there are about a million things wrong with that scenario…for one thing, perhaps our far-out friends are still hooked on Friendster…) Anyways, the point is—while you’re loading up […]

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Show Us Your Family Photos!

Hi everyone! In case you haven’t seen it, our annual issue of Real Simple Family is out on newsstands (and available for download). And we want your help illustrating one of the stories on RealSimple.com. For our story on tips for taking a better family photo, we want to showcase family photos from our readers that exemplify those tricks. To […]

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Get Your Kids to Open Up About Their Days

If your child is notoriously tight-lipped about his or her day (please an adjective other than “fine”), use this game to get them to share a little insight in to what they did while you were at work. Two Truths and a Lie As the parent, start out by telling your child two things that were true about your day, […]

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6 Important Life Lessons it Really is Possible to Forget to Teach Your Children

1) You must always carry money in your wallet. Especially if you are driving 20 miles away to your ultimate frisbee league game and the car’s computer tells you you have 15 miles to go until you run out of gas. And it’s nighttime, Dad is working late, and Mom is at home with your sleeping 5-year-old brother. 2) If […]

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Your Cousin’s Grandchildren are Beautiful. Period.

This week’s question comes from KidSundance, who is worried about what to say at an upcoming family reunion if shown a photo of a cousin’s grandchildren: “I am white. I am not a racist, and am very open-minded about race, race relations, etc. “So, please understand that this is a question about etiquette in which, as always, my concern is for […]

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Regarding Women and “Having It All”: What Exactly is “It All?”

Every once in a while I meet a stranger who will breathlessly ask me “How do you do it all?” I always respond in the same way: first I stare at them dumbly, then I ask “What is ‘it all,’ exactly?” From what I can gather after years of unscientific research, “doing it all” is simultaneously balancing a job and […]

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Hitting Up People for Money? Bad Idea.

“My parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary,” a reader named Deanna wrote. “Their dream vacation is to go to Hawaii.  My sister, brother, and I would like to help, but don’t have all the funds necessary.” Deanna asked, “Would it be tacky to solicit contributions to such a trip from their friends? We don’t see how else they could […]

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Stay Out of My Love Life, Mom

Today’s question comes from a reader named Anne, who wrote: “My mom is always offering relationship advice, which I appreciate, but since her two marriages failed, her advice can often be pessimistic or insulting to my fiance.” Anne wondered, “How do I tell her to gently back off without insulting her?” This is tricky, Anne, because your mother has your […]

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