more about: family

The Best Ice Cream, Ever

Homemade ice cream is magical. Once a summer, at my grandma and granddad’s house in Missouri, where there were enough cousins to take turn churning the old hand crank, we made the world’s most perfectly creamy vanilla ice cream. Weeks later, following our return home to Illinois, nostalgia would set in, and my dad would haul out our own hand-crank […]

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Can’t Afford a Vacation? Think Again!

Ah, summer vacation! When school breaks, the days are long, and the weather is balmy, it’s tempting to plan a family getaway. And, according to the American Express Spending and Savings Tracker, 75 percent of Americans will do just that despite rising costs.

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How to Raise Safe, Self-Confident Kids

Any parent will tell you that the safety of their children is always a top priority—hence the collection of knee pads, shin guards, and helmets littering closet and garage floors. But is there such a thing as too much safety? There is and, contradictory as it sounds, it can even be dangerous. Child psychologist Lawrence Cohen, Ph.D., author of The […]

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How Emma Watson Has Changed My Life

So I was intrigued by the photo I saw online of actress Emma Watson at her Brown University graduation this past weekend. Seated next to Watson was an older woman wearing a cap and gown, who later turned out to have been packing heat, as they say in ‘70s action movies. The whole thing is so confusing and intriguing to […]

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How to Cut Your Kid’s Bangs

I once colored my son’s hair green and my daughter’s hair blue. They wanted “fun streaks,” and I thought the color was more temporary than it was. (My son was 3 at the time and my daughter was 8; I’m not vying for mother of the year anytime soon.) Oddly, when it comes to haircuts, I’m not so free wheeling. So I […]

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When Your Kid’s Life Is So Much Better Than Yours

This morning I walked from the train to work with my friend Martha, whose son just finished his first year of college. She picked him up over the weekend, and he left the following day for Martha’s Vineyard. When her son returns from Martha’s Vineyard, he will be home for two days, then he’s going scuba diving in Bonaire with his father. Then—ok, then he has a summer job.

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Ode to the Mother-In-Law

[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the May 2014 issue of Real Simple.] We’ve decided in the May issue of Real Simple to celebrate the unsung hero (or antihero, depending on whom you ask) in our domestic lives: The mother-in-law. Along with our in-book story “Mother-in-Law & Order,” we asked on Facebook: “What’s the nicest thing your […]

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Wednesday Trivia: New-Baby Smell

It’s not the powder or the laundry detergent. New-baby smell is real—and it’s irresistible. In a recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology, researchers monitored the brain activity of 30 women who were asked to sniff pajamas worn by newborns. Half the women were new moms and half hadn’t had children, but in every case the brain’s reward center lit […]

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We Are All Ordinary, and We Are All Superheroes

This post is part of the Global Moms Relay. Every time you share this post, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per action), up to $275,000, to the Global Moms Relay, to help improve the health and well-being of moms and kids worldwide in support of MAMA, Shot@Life, and Girl Up. Scroll to the bottom to find out more. Like most women worldwide, I have a […]

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Trivia: Firstborn is Number One

Good news for all of the eldest children out there: A new study reported by The Guardian appears to show that if you’re the firstborn child in your family and female, you are statistically more likely to be the most ambitious and well-qualified of your whole clan. As for the magic number between ages for kids, the study found that […]

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