See what was in this special issue of Real Simple.

By Real Simple
Updated August 13, 2010
Real Simple Family cover
“Whatever you would have your children become, strive to exhibit in your own lives and conversation.”
| Credit: Katherine Wolkoff

Thoughts, p. 2

Editor’s Note, p. 13

Your Words

  • Little White Lies, Revealed, p. 15 Moms and kids fess up when it comes to fibbing


  • New Uses for Old Things, p. 18 Creative ways to repurpose household items, from cupcake liners to kazoos (yes, kazoos)
  • Problem Solvers, p. 20 The latest products, websites, and apps for busy moms
  • Ask Real Simple, p. 22 How to address a kid’s gross habit
  • Party Trick, p. 24 Crowd-pleasing favors for the next birthday bash
  • Start With: Frozen Waffles, p. 26 Three ideas for the breakfast staple that don’t involve Aunt Jemima

The Guide

  • You Did What?”, p. 29 Your cheat sheet for minor emergencies, whether your child stuck a pea up his nose or chopped her own bangs
  • Rooms Infused With Fun, p. 33 Spirited decorating ideas for your home, starting at $16
  • Teachers Know Best, p. 40 How to get kids to behave, clean up, calm down, and more, from the pros
  • 10 Ideas for Cupcakes, p. 42 Delightful twists on one delicious treat
  • Technically Speaking, p. 44 Modern-day tech support for parents who don’t know a Tweet from a poke
  • Speed Cleaning: The Playroom, p. 49 Twenty minutes to spick-and-span
  • Old Wives’ Tales, Retold, p. 50 Does mother really know best? Find out here
  • All Sorted Out, p. 54 A laundry-room makeover full of ideas as fresh as the towels
  • Know Your Limits, p. 58 How to make sure you find the middle ground when it matters
  • Slooow-Cooker Suppers, p. 63 Satisfying, family-friendly suppers that are ready when you are
  • Report Card, p. 67 The most stylish and flattering jeans for you, as well as the best macaroni-and-cheese mixes, board games, and no-VOC paints for the whole gang


  • For Keeps, p. 76 From a stuffed elephant to birthday candles, writers and photographers reveal the items they treasure most
  • What Does It Cost to Raise Your Family?, p. 86 Three households provide a candid look at their finances—so you can better manage yours
  • Toys You Can Make, p. 90 Perfect for a rainy day: five crafty creations using items you may already have around the house
  • Age-by-Age Organizing, p. 96 Setup strategies based on your child’s age
  • My Dinner Doula, p. 106 One willing mom coaches another through the dinner-prep process with the aid of five doable, delicious recipes

Also In This Issue

  • Credits, p. 118 Where to buy the products featured in these pages
  • Discounts & Deals, p. 122 Stock up on these teachers’ gifts as the school year begins
  • Clip & Save, p. 124 Flash cards for busy moms