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9 Back-to-School Apps That’ll Make Your Life Easier

Heading back to school? There’s an app for that! Streamline the fall chaos with these nine lifesaver tools, all available on your smartphone.

9 Ways to Get the Kids to Bed On Time    

You’re ready to hit the hay; your child is anything but. What to do? Experts share advice on how to get your kids to sleep at night.    

5 Small Ways to Show Compassion

It’s sometimes hard to sympathize with your spouse, much less the cashier who is fumbling with your change. But that’s compassion—caring about another’s suffering and trying to help (even if that means just waiting patiently). Experts, including the vice president of a hospice organization and a prison minister, show how a little love goes a long way.

Your Ultimate Summer Reading List

If you hate to be seaside (or lakeside or poolside or anything -side) without a book in hand, you’ve landed in the right place. Here, great beach reads recommended by notable authors and experts. 

5 Lessons You Can Learn From Classic Movies

Confucius, Deepak Chopra…Ferris Bueller?!? Turns out, the gurus in John Hughes flicks can be just as influential. Real Simple asked an expert panel of cinephiles to share their favorite movie teachings—and Principal Ed Rooney plays a starring role.

What Never Fails to Make Real Simple Staffers Laugh?

Sophisticated, Noël Coward–esque humor? A witty New Yorker cartoon? A good pratfall? You’d be surprised.

5 Steps to Mastering the Coffee Interview

Whether you’re seeking advice or giving it, you’re probably no stranger to the question “Can I take you for coffee and pick your brain?” Here, some rules for handling informational one-on-ones considerately, efficiently, and with aplomb.

8 Small Steps Toward a Healthy Lifestyle

Think little alterations to your lifestyle won’t get you anywhere? Think again.

The Truth About Lying

From big whoppers to little white lies, almost everyone fibs on occasion. Here, experts reveal why.

3 Ways to Stop Robocalls

If your ears are ringing from pesky automated calls hawking everything from low-interest loans to vinyl siding, here’s how to get some peace and quiet.