more about: kids

On Body Image

Show of hands: Who has struggled with their body image? Okay, put your hands down (I’m lowering mine). Now, who has finally grown secure in her own skin only to have her pre-teen or teenage daughter begin to question things like why she doesn’t look as thin as so-and-so and why her thighs are so “blarby”? Okay, put your hands […]

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Cute DIY Valentines

Have you seen our DIY Pixy Stix hearts? Here’s a quick refresher for you: Imagine our delight when reader Loni R. tagged us in this post on Instagram!: Have you made something or used an idea you saw in Real Simple or on realsimple.com? If so, share it on Instagram or Twitter, and be sure to tag us in it—we love sharing […]

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When Your Own Family Hates Your Cooking

There is a new, sad little pattern that happens almost nightly in my household and it goes like this: Me: “Time for dinner!” Kids thunder down the stairs. 15-year-old: “What’s for dinner?” Six-year-old: “What’s for dinner?” Me: “Blah blah*“ 15-year-old: “Ugh.” Six-yearold (whining): “I hate blah blah.“ 15-year-old: “Can I make myself an omelet?” Six-year-old: “Me too?” Me: Silent, head in […]

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Get Real on the Internet, Day 2: Kids and Pets Photos

Welcome to Day 2 of Get Real on the Internet Week! New to the campaign? Get the details here. Sure, cute pictures of your angelic kids and pets are always crowd-pleasers on social media. But today, we dared readers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram this twist on the typical posts: Day 2: Does your kid (or your pet) do anything that drives you up […]

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Don’t Throw Away Greeting Cards

If you were inundated by season’s greetings, don’t toss them. As you purge your home of all things holiday, set aside any old greeting cards to sent to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.

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Bedding for Toddlers to Teens from Remodelista.com

I’ve been on a mission to transform my son’s room in to a “big boy room” before our next child is born in late January. And, to be perfectly honest, needing the crib for baby #2 is the main impetus for this transition. I’ve really enjoyed the project because I never got around to decorating a nursery for our son. […]

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A Gift Idea for Groups

Have several members of a family on your holiday shopping list? Instead of buying individual presents for each person, consider getting the group one shareable gift. Says New York City event planer David Tutera, “A Blu-ray player or an ice cream maker is a gift that everyone can enjoy together.” Likewise, you can pack up one big basket filled with […]

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A Stress-Busting Idea for Traveling With Kids

As if travelling with children isn’t difficult enough, the people who sit next to you for long trips on trains or planes may not always treat you with holiday cheer. To get off on the right foot with your nearby passengers, Mauria Finley, CEO Citrus Lane, recommends befriending would-be Scrooges before takeoff (and temper tantrums): “I once showed up with […]

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How to Recycle Your Halloween Costume

After a long weekend of Halloween festivities, you probably have a slew of candy (er, candy wrappers) and discarded disguises on your hands. It’s easy to figure out what to do with all those sweets (hint: make some delicious desserts), but finding a place for worn costumes may present more of a challenge. Instead of tossing the get-up you spent […]

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Is Arguing With My Son About Screen Time Decreasing My Life Span?

I realized with despair over the weekend that this is how I now seem to spend my time: 30 percent: Working 20 percent: Sleeping 10 percent: Moving clutter from one room of the house to another 40 percent: Arguing with my teenage son about screen time You could make the case that working and sleeping are absolutely necessary, if I […]

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