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Have Kids? You Need This in Your First-Aid Kit

This tip comes from the smart folks over at Apartment Therapy. They recommend stocking your first aid kit with a red washcloth if you have kids. If your little one gets hurt you can use the red washcloth to stop any bleeding. And when  you pull the washcloth away they won’t freak out because it’s just a red washcloth. Be […]

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Display Your Kid’s Drawing on Your Key Ring

Whether your child is a budding Picasso or Renoir you can now keep your favorite masterpiece right on your key chain. The Etsy Shop Formia Design offers custom key chains based on the artwork you send in. Take a look at some of her creations: Visit Formia Design on Etsy to find out how you can get a key chain […]

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If My Daughter’s a Flower Girl, Do I Deserve an Invitation?

Let’s say you live in the same house as your ex-wife, but are no longer romantically involved. Should you be invited to your her friend’s wedding if your 5-year-old daughter is a flower girl? Should I repeat that one? If you had a hard time following along, maybe it’s because the situation is complicated. Here’s how a reader named MHoffman2 […]

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Your Kid Saw Porn Online. Now What?

With more kids browsing the Internet at younger ages, an article today’s New York Times warns:  “Your child is going to look at porn at some point. It’s inevitable.”  Now what? That’s the opinion of Elizabeth Schroeder, who is executive director of a sex-education organization based at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Kids have laptops, smart phones,  computers and other electronic […]

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Rude Kids: How to (Politely) Put a Stop to It

This week’s question comes from a reader named Jill, who is getting increasingly exasperated by the rude behavior of one of the children in her carpool. “Everyone always says ‘it takes a village,’ yet what do you do as a parent when someone else’s child is perpetually rude to you?” Jill wrote. By rude, Jill means: “rude at your house […]

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Give Me That Babysitter, I Saw Her First!

“Dear Michelle: I complete disagree with your column saying a friend is wrong for not sharing a babysitter. NO WAY! It’s hard enough to find a reliable available sitter,” wrote a reader named JACM1234. “Add to that friends homing in on the same sitter, and we’ve found ourselves hosed when we really needed a sitter,” JACM1234 wrote. “True friends understand […]

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Oversharing: When Couples Tweet Too Much

Singer Rosanne Cash got in trouble recently for tweeting that her husband was napping. “Don’t’ tell people I’m taking a nap!” he said, really annoyed. That story and others, reported today in the New York Times, describes a modern etiquette problem that can derail romance: oversharing. Before the days of Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr, it wasn’t so easy to blithely […]

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Struggling to Get Dinner on the Table Every Night?

In your ideal world, your family happily gathers around the dinner table every night. The kids eat your home-cooked delicious meat loaf and green beans without a fuss, everyone chats about current events and shares interesting things that happened to them that day, and your hubby helps clear the table and does the dishes. In the real world, you rush […]

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How Do You Handle a Determined Lip Kisser?

As far as I’m concerned, there are two kinds of people in life: those who kiss you on the lips, and those who kiss you on the cheek. ACCEPTABLE LIP KISSERS Your spouse/romantic partner Your toddler Your grandfather Your former boyfriend QUESTIONABLE LIP KISSERS Your teenage child Your siblings Your best friend UNACCEPTABLE LIP KISSERS Your neighbor Your coworker Anyone […]

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How to Win on National Scrabble Day

Did you know that today is National Scrabble Day? In honor of the “holiday” take a look at these 10 short words words from Mental Floss that can help you out in a pinch (and occasionally rack up some high scores). 1. Aa definition: basaltic lava having a rough surface 2.  Qat definition: a flowering plant native to East Africa […]

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