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Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest from Entertainment Weekly

Our colleagues at Entertainment Weekly recently blogged about an upcoming PBS Kids special featuring our favorite mischievous monkey, Curious George, in a spooky (family-friendly, of course) Halloween broadcast. Curious George is a household name around my house so we’ll surely be tuning in for it. To read more (and see a musical clip) about Curious George’s Halloween Boo Fest, click […]

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How Do You Find Balance in a Wired World?

Is your smartphone basically a family member? Do you tweet before you get out of bed? Be honest: At some point while reading this very post, did you stop to check your email? Real Simple and The Huffington Post have teamed up to learn how women balance (or not balance, as the case may be) their lives in our digital […]

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Halloween Scares Me

[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the October 2013 issue of Real Simple.] Halloween scares me. It’s not the teenagers roaming local streets wearing Scream masks, although that’s pretty creepy. It’s not the fact that complete strangers are ringing my doorbell from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., although that’s pretty unnerving. It’s not even the presence of […]

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Wednesday Trivia: Happy 63rd Birthday, Charlie Brown!

Here’s a little hump day pick-me-up: Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip. It debuted in seven newspapers on October 2, 1950. By 1952, it was appearing in over 40 papers across the country, and in 2000, just after creator Charles Schulz passed away, the strip was being printed in 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries and in 21 […]

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A Son Has Gone to College, Leaving His Adoring Mother Behind…Wait, Did I Have Three Kids?

In March of this year, I had to get a root canal. I’d never had a root canal before and, in preparation, I interviewed every acquaintance I could get my hands on to figure out how awful it was going to be. I came to the following conclusion, expressed by many: “It’s not that bad.” Right. It wasn’t that bad—it […]

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Is Your Child Safety Seat Safe?

To culminate National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21), stop by a National Seat Check Saturday event in your area on September 21.

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Anything is Possible With…

Yesterday I was walking to a meeting and wondering—as I often do at 3:00 p.m.—how I was going to get through it. Not that I don’t completely love my job every waking minute of the day. But there is that midafternoon exhaustion that always seems to hit me like a wave. Weirdly, chanting “IlovemyjobIlovemyjob” does not make it go away. […]

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A Trick to Get the Kids to School On Time

Getting the kids up and at ‘em is no small feat in most households. Instead of nagging your child to get dressed for the umpteenth time, try turning the morning suit-up into a game.

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How to Keep Track of Your Kids’ Activities

Between play dates, soccer practice, and the math tutor, you might just forget that Junior had a piano lesson scheduled for this afternoon. Who can blame you? Ensure you don’t miss a beat by trading your traditional calendar (complete with those tiny, over-filled boxes) for a dry-erase board in your entryway.

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A Son Leaves for College, and Mom’s Life Miraculously Goes On

My oldest child, my firstborn son, went to college on Saturday. I say “went,” although my husband and I (and my two other sons, and my father-in-law-with-the-mini-fridge) dropped him off. I say “dropped him off,” although it was actually a slow separation, like a boat going down a ramp into the water and then gradually disappearing into the distance. And […]

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