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.

How to Stop Kids From Biting Their Nails, Sucking Their Thumbs, and More

Your kids’ little quirks make you, well, want to start biting your nails. Help them overcome unseemly behaviors with some expert advice.

How to Tell If Your Child Is Too Competitive

Not sure if your son or daughter is taking that loss a little too seriously? Here are six signs your kid might be overly competitive.

How to Have Patience Every Day

In a world of instant gratification, patience is a lost art. But can you develop a muscle for it? And is there any hope for your kids? Hold your horses—it’s all here.

Sales Tax-Free Shopping Days

Just in time for back-to-school season, local governments are offering sales tax–free shopping days. Mark your calendars!

How to Handle Embarrassment

Everyone agrees embarrassment can be excruciating. But is the emotion all bad? Discover its surprising upside—and learn how to get over it more easily—with this expert advice for kids and adults.

7 Nonfiction Books for Kids That Are Cooler Than Fiction

True story: Nonfiction books can bring history, science, and nature to life right in your child’s room. Educators share favorite books published in 2013 or 2014.

Best Apple Recipes

Celebrate fall’s bounty with mouthwatering sweet and savory dishes.


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.