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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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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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