Back-to-School Survival Guide

What you need to know for a successful year, from when to buy supplies to how to throw the best bake sale.

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How to Handle Changes in Your Child’s Behavior

Has your child gone off the rails? Experts explain how to get him back on track.

A Parents’ Guide to Food Allergies at School

More kids than ever have food allergies, it seems. Here’s what you need to know if your child’s classmate is one of them.

40 Classic Children’s Books Even Adults Love

The most formative books may be those of your childhood: Dozens of Real Simple readers remember beloved children’s books that turned them on to reading. They reveal why in their own words.


Tips From Teachers

Bake Sale Basics

With the following strategies, raising money for a good cause is a piece of (cup)cake.

Bake Sale Time Line and Recipes

Everything you need to plan the next bake sale for your child’s school or organization.

5 Irresistibly Delicious (and Surprisingly Wholesome) Baked Treats

Sweet-tooths, take heart. There’s never been a better time to explore the world of low-sugar baking and natural sweeteners. Maple, molasses, honey and more are not only more wholesome alternatives to processed white sugar, but they can also add new dimensions of flavor to cookies, cakes, and other treats. But don’t just take our word for it. Two beautiful and informative new cookbooks by baking pros Joanne Chang (of the beloved Boston bakery Flour) and Shauna Sever (of the popular blog Piece of Cake) demonstrate how cutting back on refined sugar can be an act not of deprivation, but pure deliciousness. Still skeptical? Here are five recipes to prove it.