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Here’s How Stressed Americans Really Are (and How to Manage It)

Feel like you’ve been more stressed out than ever, lately? You’re not alone: About half of Americans feel the same way. In a report titled “The Burden of Stress in America,” released this week by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health, researchers surveyed 2,505 respondents about stress. Amongst the findings? For starters: 49% […]

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The Great Smartphone Debate

My 10-year old daughter recently graduated from elementary school in Brooklyn, New York. Some scoff at the idea of graduation ceremonies for 5th graders but given the nature of the New York City public school system, it serves a great purpose. These kids who have been together since Kindergarten don’t all travel to their designated Middle School like they do […]

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7 Things Every Parent Should Know Before Sending Their Kids to Sleepaway Camp

One of our editors sent her 8-year-old daughter to sleepaway camp this weekend. As amazing as the experience can be for kids, the transition can be rough. So we asked our Facebook fans for their best advice for both mother and daughter. Here are some of our favorite answers: “Keep a journal (both of them) detailing what they did while […]

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The Secrets Of A Long, Healthy Relationship, According To Science

Did you know that happy couples have 5 positive interactions for every negative one? What about the fact that weddings only lead to a boost in happiness for 2 years (on average), and then couples’ happiness levels return to what they were prior to engagement? (Goodbye, honeymoon period!) Happify, an emotional wellbeing site, shared these—hopefully—fun facts and more in their […]

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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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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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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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