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How to find -- and use -- hidden storage space

In desperate need of more room to stash your stuff? Examine your home from every angle, and you are likely to find snippets of unused space, just there for the taking. More>>

Back to school laptop bag guide

Check out these five great laptop bags for students.
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A new twist on the Labor Day barbecue

Think Labor Day weekend is just another excuse for a barbecue?  Try celebrating the last days of summer in an all new way. More>>

Cheap car insurance for college students

If you're of college age – or have a college-age student in the family – you probably know it's a terrible time to buy auto insurance. More>>

What parents need to know about sports participation

Sports are an important part of school for many youngsters, and proper preparation is essential for reducing their risk of injury, an expert says. More>>

College prep 101

College can be a challenging time for young people, but there are a number of things they can do to make the most of their new life, an expert says. More>>

Keeping your PC, smartphone or tablet clean

PCs, Smartphones, and handheld tablets are essentials of daily life. However, these conveniences need some basic maintenance to stay in top working order. Learn how to clean your electronic devices in the following easy, natural ways. More>>

Air in U.S. cities getting cleaner, EPA says

The air in American cities is getting safer to breathe, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported Thursday. More>>

This app will shut down your phone until you call your mom back

Many teenagers can withstand 10 missed calls from mom without batting an eyelash, but when you take away Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and everything else, most won't last five minutes without calling dear old mom and dad to beg for their freedom back. More>>

11 unexpected perks of joining a CSA

Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program is a great way to eat fresh, cheap, and local.
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More children hit by cars in September

More children are hit by cars during September than any other month of the year, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. More>>

8 green solutions to garden bug problems

Munch! Munch! That should be the sound of you happily chowing down on organic veggies picked fresh from your home garden.  But all too often, any munching that's going on is being done by pesky insects that have gotten to your crop before you. More>>

The essential back to school supply list

Make the transition from vacation to learning a little sweeter with a full stock of new, useful supplies for your child. More>>

The best A/C temperature: Stay cool and save energy

How can you find that happy medium: an A/C temperature that will keep your home comfortably cool without turning you into an energy hog? More>>

Reduce your summer energy costs

Everyone loves to enjoy the long, warm days of summer, but along with the pool parties and sunburn comes high utility bills. More>>

'Elder abuse' often involves finances

As many as one in 20 older adults in the United States may be financially exploited, a new study suggests. More>>

Natural fixes for hardwood floors

Stuff happens. If you have beautiful wood floors, no matter how careful you try to be, they will end up with signs of wear and tear caused by kids, pets, parties, and life in general. Fortunately, you can fix minor types of hardwood damage yourself. More>>

9 steps for green back-to-school preparation

As you get ready to send your kids back to school, why not take the opportunity to educate them about safeguarding our planet's environment?
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Four back to school tips to stay organized

Getting ready for the back to school rush doesn't have to be hard. Here are some tips to get you and your kids organized. More>>

Preschoolers with special needs may gain from 'inclusion' classrooms

Preschoolers with special needs benefit from going to school with children who have strong language skills, according to a new study. More>>

Repurposed money: How to upcycle old coins

Here are some suggestions on how to repurpose old coins. More>>

Bumper crop of cucumbers? Here's what to do

Cucumbers are one of the most prolific veggies, to the point where you may feel overwhelmed thinking of ways to use them up. Here are some suggestions to help you deal with nature's bounty. More>>

Eco-friendly garden flower arrangement

Summer is peak season for gorgeous fresh flowers. Just be sure to create your displays in an eco-friendly way. More>>

12 things to do with your old shoes

Outworn, outgrown or out of style, old shoes are a fact of life.  More>>

Transform your home without buying a thing

Are you depressed by the blah look of your personal space when you come home at the end of the day? Maybe you have a stack of old clothes, unfiled paperwork and cassette tapes un-listened to since... More>>

Curb appeal: Simple fixes to boost your homes value

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Curb appeal is that essential it factor which makes your home stand out from its neighbors in a good way. If you are looking to sell your home but lack a huge amount of time or cash to invest in... More>>

Three summer braids: Paso a paso

Stay cool and sexy all summer with la trenza, this season’s hottest hair trend. Braids are easily dressed up or down and can be worn on almost any occasion. Plus, they’re great for second or third day hair. More>>

Affordable family fun

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7 inexpensive summertime activities.

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Cast iron cookware questions and answers

There's a lot to like about cast iron, but it does come with a call for some special handling. Here are the facts you're looking for. More>>

Five essential tips for designing your kitchen

Here are some less traditional ways to think about kitchen design, whether your project is outfitting a rental kitchen in a tiny walk-up, or the kind of larger-scale remodel you dream about. More>>

Same genes may influence reading, math skills

Nearly half of the genes that affect children's reading ability also play a role in their math skills, a new study says. More>>

6 questions for your realtor

If you are like most home buyers and sellers, chances are you'll want a qualified real estate agent to help you through the process.
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The best beauty uses for baking soda

Using baking soda in place of your regular, store bought facial cleanser, scrub, body wash, shampoo and toothpaste is an easy way to cut costs, reduce exposure to chemicals and see an improvement in your hair, skin and nails. More>>

8 barbecue party tips you need to know

Whether you're a first time planner, or seasoned professional, a barbecue is one of the most fun and exciting parties you can throw. More>>

Home energy audit: DIY and save money

Lower your energy bills and keep your family more comfortable. If that sounds good to you, it may well be time to perform a home energy audit.
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Chronic migraines affect the whole family

When a spouse, partner or parent has chronic migraines, the whole family suffers, a new study found. More>>

Should you double-down on dorms?

Despite skyrocketing tuition (and student loan debt), many young adults are still enrolling in college.
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Great ways to enjoy your garden in the evening

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Summer's here, and hopefully your yard (or balcony) is abloom. Enjoy the colorful beauty of your flowers and plants in the sunshine, but don't forget that evenings in the garden have a special charm all their own. More>>

Pediatrics group wants parents to read to their children every day

All pediatricians should encourage parents to read out loud to their children every day, beginning in infancy, to promote literacy and strengthen family ties. More>>

Retirement costs: Men vs. women

As the large Baby Boomer generation moves into retirement, identifying and understanding these differences can help couples and singles of both sexes make more accurate financial plans for retirement.
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Tips for keeping that bounce house safe

Inflatable bounce houses may be fun for kids, but only if they're used correctly, experts caution. More>>

ER visits peak when kids barred from child care

Child care centers commonly bar parents from dropping off a child with a runny nose or other minor illness. And the result, a new study finds, can be needless trips to the emergency room. More>>

5 ways to get maximum student financial aid

As the price of a college education continues to soar,many American families are counting on significant outside help to foot the bill.
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10 anti-aging tips to make yourself look younger

Since you can’t wish yourself younger, you’ll just have to defy aging the old-fashioned way -- by trying these 10 anti-aging tips to make yourself look younger. More>>

4 reasons to choose carpet

Wall-to-wall carpeting, once a home decor status symbol, has been overshadowed in recent years by the popularity of hardwood flooring. However, carpet can be a comfortable, affordable, green and attractive floor covering option. More>>

Where should I retire?

While there’s no doubt that money will play a big role in determining your living arrangements in retirement, that role may involve factors you never even considered. In fact, some don’t involve money at all. More>>

Gov't sets safety standards for infant formula

A new rule that aims to ensure the safety of infant formula has been finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. More>>

Divorcing? The right way to split retirement plans

If you are going through a divorce or legal separation and you or your spouse have money in retirement plans, you will most likely be required to share these assets.
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Best apps for buying a home

If you are in the market for a new home, technology can help make your search a little easier.
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Poor sleep may lead to worse grades for college students

Instead of staying up studying all night, college students might want to try a new way to improve their grades: get a good night's sleep. More>>

Kids' obesity risk rises with parents' divorce

Kids face many challenges when their parents divorce, and their struggles often include excessive weight gain, new research suggests. More>>

Scents may sway your sense of beauty

Women may be seen as more attractive if they use scented products or perfumes, a small new study suggests. More>>

Natural blondes may have 1 gene to thank

Blondes may or may not have more fun, but one thing's now clear: They do have something special in their genes. More>>

Levar Burton Reading Rainbow Web app raises $1 million-plus on Kickstarter in one day

Building off the success of the Reading Rainbow iPad application that launched two years ago, Levar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier today that will bring the application to the Web as well.
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Dad's brain becomes more 'maternal' when he's primary caregiver

Fathers who spend more time taking care of their newborn child undergo changes in brain activity that make them more apt to fret about their baby's safety, a new study shows. More>>

Jump in, just don't swallow the water

Taking a dip in the water can help refresh you on a hot day, but you need to protect yourself and your family from bacteria and parasites that can lurk in water, an infectious disease expert says. More>>

Vertical gardens offer more than just space saving

Gardens that grow vertically rather than spreading across the landscape are all the rage these days.
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Good grades = bigger bucks

Good grades really do pay off, a new study suggests. More>>

Foreclosures tied to higher suicide risk in study

Losing a home to foreclosure may boost a person's suicide risk, according to a new study that looked at pre- and post-"Great Recession" data. More>>

Single moms' job loss may have long term impact on kids

Children of single mothers who lose their jobs can suffer significant long-term problems, a new study finds. More>>

Essential spring cleaning checklist for every home

Spring is here once again and you know what that means – it’s time for spring cleaning.
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Time outdoors may help kids connect with nature

Spending a lot of time outdoors boosts children's spiritual connection with the Earth and the sense that they need to protect it, researchers report. More>>

Why curb appeal matters

Curb appeal is a hot topic for anyone who is hoping to sell a property.
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Frequent arguments might be the death of you

Arguing and worrying over family problems may lead to an increased risk of dying in middle age, Danish researchers report. More>>

Quotes that inspire tributes to Mom

Looking for a simple way to honor your mom this Mother's Day? Check out this list of great sayings, quotes and memories about mom.
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Girls have been better students than boys for decades

Girls have earned better school grades than boys for nearly a century, according to a new study. And that includes math and science, even though it's long been believed that boys do better in those subjects. More>>

'In sickness and in health' isn't in the cards for many women

The marital vows to stay true "in sickness and in health" seem to apply more to wives than husbands when one of the spouses becomes seriously ill, according to novel new research.
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Violent older siblings set bad example

When older siblings commit violent crimes, their younger siblings are more likely to do the same, a new study suggests. More>>

Spanking may be more common than parents admit

Ask any busy parent of preschool children: Early evening can be a stressful time. Now a small new study that audiotaped families soon after they returned home from work and day care suggests that spanking is surprisingly... More>>

By 9 months, baby's visual learning kicks in

By the time they're 9 months old, babies can use pictures to learn about an object and later recognize the real thing, researchers say.
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Single motherhood doesn't seem to hinder happiness

Single mothers face many challenges but they tend to be happy, a new study suggests. More>>

Kids' happiness doesn't depend on 2 natural parents

Children who live with a stepparent or a single parent are just as happy as kids in homes with two biological parents, a new British study finds.
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10 healthy Mother's Day gift ideas

Giving Mom a great gift that's good for her isn't difficult. Remember, Mom does almost everything for everyone else; doesn't she deserve good health and a happy heart too? More>>

Fear won't boost exam scores: study

Students can't be scared into doing well on final exams, a new study shows. More>>

1 in 13 U.S. schoolkids takes psych meds

More than 7 percent of American schoolchildren are taking at least one medication for emotional or behavioral difficulties, a new government report shows. More>>

Adjusting your thermostat might improve your thinking

You think best when the air temperature is at a level that makes you feel the most comfortable, new research suggests. More>>

Spring cleaning safety tips

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While doing their spring cleaning, families will use a wide range of products that can cause accidental poisonings, an expert says. More>>

Campfire precautions can protect kids from burns

Campfires are exciting for kids but they also can be dangerous without supervision and simple precautions, an expert warns. More>>

Crankier babies may get more TV time

Fussy and demanding babies are likely to spend slightly more time plopped in front of a TV or computer screen when they're toddlers than are "easier" babies, new research finds. More>>

Embrace procrastination, and thrive on it

 Whether you’re working a desk job from 9 to 5, returning to college to get a degree or painting for a living, procrastination can deliver gold to you. More>>

Does housework count as exercise?

Most household chores can count toward your physical activity quota, but to really stay fit, you need to make sure you're getting your heart rate up. More>>

Kids' concussions defined by where they live

City kids are more likely to suffer concussions playing sports while children in rural areas tend to sustain these head injuries while using dirt bikes and other motorized vehicles, a new Canadian study finds. More>>

Having kids walk to school comes with risks, benefits

Many parents are understandably worried about letting their kids walk or bike to school. More>>

Teens' screen time may affect their bone health

Spending too much time sitting in front of screens may be linked to poorer bone health in teens, according to a new study from Norway. More>>

The best flowers to plant in spring

Spring is a favorite time of year for many people. The weather is warming up after the cold winter, trees are beginning to bud and spring plants are blooming with vibrant flowers. More>>

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. seniors have living wills

A record number of elderly Americans have living wills that explain their wishes for end-of-life medical care or appoint a surrogate medical decision maker, a new study finds. More>>

For greater happiness, spend your money on 'life experiences'

Buying so-called "life experiences" makes Americans happier than material goods such as cars, but they tend to favor the latter in the mistaken belief that they provide better value, according to a new study. More>>

Parental messages that stress no alcohol do get through

Making it clear to your teen that underage drinking is unacceptable is a highly effective way to reduce the risk that he or she will use alcohol, a new survey shows. More>>

6 nifty ways to organize your laundry room

Is it time for a laundry room overhaul? To become an organization pro, here is some advice that works like magic. More>>

Toddlers who sleep less may eat more

Toddlers who get too little sleep tend to eat more and are at increased risk for obesity, a new study indicates. More>>

Spanking triggers vicious cycle

Parents who spank unruly children may not know it, but they are participating in a vicious cycle that will lead to both more spankings and more misbehavior in coming years, a new study suggests. More>>

College women: Have a healthy spring break

Spring break offers college women -- and men -- a welcome respite from the pressures of school, but they need to make sure they protect their health while having fun. More>>

How you parent is partly genetic

Genes may play a major role in parenting styles, according to a new study. More>>

ADHD drugs linked to later weight gain in kids

Children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to gain more weight than their peers as they enter their teen years, a new study finds. More>>

Mental illness to blame for 10 percent of kids' hospitalizations

Nearly 10 percent of children hospitalized in America are there because of a mental health problem, a new study finds. More>>

Do you have a case of the motherhood blues?

Motherhood is supposed to be a joy-filled journey -- or so the ads and Facebook memes tell us. So why does it seem as though our days are largely about nagging, supervising homework, changing diapers and shuttling kids to and from their activities? More>>

Preschoolers beat college kids at figuring out gadgets

When faced with a strange, new gizmo, preschoolers figured out how it worked more quickly than college students did, a new study shows. More>>

For young couples, violence can harm both sides

Teens and young adults involved in relationship violence are more likely to suffer depression, a new study indicates. More>>

Rising e-cigarette use tied to more smoking in teens

Teens who have tried electronic cigarettes may be more likely to smoke regular cigarettes, according to the authors of a new study. More>>

September peak month for kids' asthma flares

Many parents know that allergies are seasonal, but fewer may realize that the same is true of asthma: A new study suggests the riskiest time for children with asthma is September, as they head back to school. More>>

Kids who repeat a grade can become discipline problems

Students who have to repeat a grade can cause discipline problems among their classmates, a new study indicates. More>>

When smartphone is near, parenting may falter

Mealtime is supposed to be family time, but a new study suggests that ever-present smartphones are impeding parent-child communication at the table. More>>

Shared family activities may boost preschoolers' emotional health

Taking part in family activities on a regular basis benefits the social and emotional health of young children, a new study finds. More>>

Despite media companies' claims, your baby can't learn to read

Read to your baby, sing and play games. But don't waste money on programs that claim to teach infants to read, a new study suggests. More>>

Does your child's car seat weigh too much for LATCH?

Car seats are heavier than ever--and some parents aren't including that weight when they fit their kids and car seats to LATCH systems. More>>

Treatment costs vary for U.S. children born with heart defects

The cost of treatment for children born with heart defects varies widely across the United States, according to new research. And higher costs may not mean better care. More>>

Food allergies have nearly doubled among black children

Over the past two decades, reports of food allergies have nearly doubled among black children, a new study reveals. More>>

Schools add more fruits, veggies to the '3 Rs'

Under new U.S. guidelines on school lunches, low-income students are eating more fruits and vegetables, according to a new study. More>>

Kids' body image shaped by parents

Parents play a crucial role in helping children develop a positive body image and healthy eating habits, an expert says. More>>

Students' health habits tied to school success

Eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and being physically fit are important for students' success in school, a new study suggests. More>>

Frequent school moves may harm kids' mental health

Preteens who changed schools frequently when they were children are at increased risk of developing psychotic symptoms, a new study suggests. More>>

Mother's voice on special pacifier helps preemies learn to eat

Premature babies often struggle to learn to eat. Now, a special pacifier that plays prerecorded songs seems to help speed the process along, researchers say. More>>

Old wood stoves a costly way to keep warm

Although many people use indoor and outdoor wood heaters to save money on fuel costs, burning wood to stay warm during the cold winter months might not be cost-efficient, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More>>

Infants at highest risk for childhood burns

One-year-old infants are 10 times more likely to suffer burns and scalds than older children, and the main causes of these injuries are hot drinks and hair irons, a new British study finds. More>>

Study ties home births to higher infant death rates

The number of pregnant women who elect to deliver their baby at home is increasing, but home delivery can lead to problems, researchers say. More>>

Are you addicted to being too busy?

These days, having a crammed work, kids and activities schedule has almost become a status symbol. But being super-busy isn’t always a sign of a fulfilling life More>>

College students should get a flu shot

It's the peak of flu season, and not being vaccinated can be risky for college students, a doctor warns. More>>

'Sensitive' older sibling may help boost preschoolers' language skills

Preschoolers from big families tended to score a bit lower on one vocabulary test. However, in cases where those kids had a sensitive big brother or sister, the vocabulary disadvantage disappeared. More>>

First trimester appears crucial for baby's heart health

Children who were small during the early stages of fetal development may be at increased risk for heart problems, a new study indicates. More>>

Keep lice off your child's head

It's that time of year when your children are back in school -- and you need to be on the lookout for head lice, an expert says. More>>

Five big myths about green cars and gas mileage, debunked

In the interests of helping you actually save money by using less gasoline, here are five favorite myths about green vehicles. More>>

5 naturally soothing scents

While we can’t always crawl into bed at any given hour in the day, we can surround ourselves with calming aromas at anytime. Here are five scents that have been proven to naturally soothe.
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Shopping carts can pose big danger to little kids

Be careful when you plunk your youngster into a shopping cart on your next trip to the grocery store. More>>

Could turning down the thermostat help you lose weight?

Could your warm and cozy home be hindering your weight-loss efforts? More>>

Why parents mix up their kids' names

Parents are more likely to confuse their children's names when they sound alike, a new study reveals. More>>

Genes may be to blame for hard-to-handle toddlers

DNA might be a key factor in excessive physical aggression in toddlers, a new Canadian study suggests. More>>

Your guide to keeping kids healthy

Your kids may come home from school this winter with something more worrisome than homework -- sniffles, tummy bugs and even (ick!) lice. More>>

Stocking epinephrine in schools might save lives

As a pediatrician at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Sarah Denny has seen her share of the life-threatening reactions that can happen with food allergies. More>>

Formal Valentine's Day decoration ideas for the dining room

Whether it will be a romantic meal for two, or a festive holiday banquet for a large group, Valentine's Day décor will enhance your dining room's holiday atmosphere. More>>

When a common cold becomes more dangerous for kids

Frequent colds are a normal part of young children's lives, but sometimes a stuffy nose becomes a more severe lung infection. Now, a new study clarifies some of the factors that put certain kids at greater risk. More>>

Ways you can beat household odors

A busy home with sealed-up windows can lead to stale, unpleasant odors. And the last thing that any host wants to hear is, "What's that smell?" More>>

Get your kids cooking with you

Is your dinner table a battlefield? You aren't alone. But your child isn't doomed to a diet of white bread and chicken nuggets -- there's hope. Kids are more likely to try foods that they had a hand in cooking.
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Books reflect the economic tone of their times

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," Dickens wrote in 1859. More>>

Weight fluctuations: Why does the scale say that?

Most women play some version of the scale game whenever they weigh themselves, but the truth is there are at least eight reasons why the numbers can fluctuate so much. More>>

Winter chores made easier - and safer

Cold weather sure does make household tasks pile up. Before you tackle your to-do list, chill out with these tips from injury-prevention experts. More>>

Fido really can recognize your face

Dogs can recognize the faces of familiar people and canine pals, a new study finds. More>>

5 inspiring new year's resolutions you can keep

If the new year’s resolutions you’ve made already sound unrealistic, here are some new ones that you’ll actually be inspired to keep. More>>

How can you recycle your Christmas tree?

Before you settle for a Christmas tree collection service, consider one of these ways to repurpose and recycle your tree. More>>

Keep a germ-free home for the holidays

The holidays are all about opening your doors and welcoming friends and family. But along with hostess gifts, your guests may also bring sniffle-causing viruses and colds.
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1 in 6 fathers doesn't live with his kids

Almost one in six fathers doesn't live with his children, according to new research that looked at how involved dads are in their children's lives. More>>

Snow-shoveling health tips as winter looms

Shoveling snow can increase your risk of heart attack, and you should take precautions to protect yourself, an expert says. More>>

Gov't wants tighter rules on antibacterial soaps, body washes

The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it wants makers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to prove their products are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than regular soaps. More>>

Start your own Christmas morning traditions

Here are seven holiday activities to slow down and make the morning more magical and memorable for both you and your children.
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Avid cellphone use by college kids tied to anxiety, lower grades

Ever feel a little addicted to your cellphone? More>>

Rise in U.S. high chair injuries stuns experts

Young children are falling out of high chairs at alarming rates, according to a new safety study that found high chair accidents increased 22 percent between 2003 and 2010. More>>

How to decorate your home like a winter wonderland

Creating a white winter wonderland in your home to celebrate the holiday season can add a sparkle to this festive time of year. More>>

Get your kitchen holiday party-ready

The most important prep step? Plan ahead.
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Prevent home heating from becoming a safety hazard

Following home-heating safety measures will help keep you and your family safe this winter, experts say. More>>

Streamline your holiday schedule

When it comes to staying organized over the holidays, being realistic instead of holding yourself to some fictional standard goes a long way toward staying sane during December. More>>

Etiquette tips for surviving social awkwardness

Whether you’re attending a holiday party, wedding, business event or other celebration, you can sometimes find yourself in an awkward situation and wishing Miss Manners were by your side. More>>

Thanksgiving craft ideas for keeping kids busy

Sure, some tots will play a board game quietly in the corner, but if you’ve got a crew with a bit more energy, read on for Thanksgiving craft ideas to keep them occupied this holiday season.
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Working moms spend more time parenting than dads

Although today's fathers pitch in with routine child care more than dads did a few decades ago, a new study finds that mothers are still doing more. Even when both parents work outside the home. More>>

Teens who are night owls may struggle in school

Teens who stay up late are more likely to have lower grades and more emotional problems, a new study suggests. More>>

Best road trips, coast to coast

Pack up and take your pick of these primo family-friendly routes.
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Smarten up your dumb house with Z-Wave Automation

If you're even moderately interested in DIY home automation, you've likely run across the name "Z-Wave" at some point.
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55 percent of boomers worry about parents' driving, only 23 percent are talking about it

As baby boomers reach retirement age, many are faced with a difficult conundrum: balancing the challenges of their own golden years with the demands of elderly family members. More>>

Too much texting may leave college kids sleepy

College students in search of a good night's sleep may want to put some distance between their pillow and their cell phone, new research suggests. More>>

Fall home makeover tips

Check out these predictions on the hottest house accessories for the season.

 
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Family-friendly historical trips

Looking to plan a family vacation that is both entertaining and educational? Go historical.
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Irregular bedtimes lead to behavior problems in kids

A regular bedtime might guarantee more than a good night's sleep for both kids and their parents -- it turns out that a regular bedtime can make for a better-behaved child, new research suggests. More>>

Surviving a power outage with kids

Tech-loving kids can make a blackout feel like an eternity -- if you don’t have a plan in place. Turn this surprise into a period of family bonding and fun with the following ideas.
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7 ways you haven't hurricane-proofed your home yet

Do these seven things now to protect your home and family.

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BeLuvv Guardian is a LoJack-like system for tracking small kids

The Guardian is a small, tracking device to be worn by a child as a bracelet or necklace. When combined with a mobile application, the radio chip communicates with the parent's mobile device and can send an alert when the child has traveled too far away.
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How to raise cultured kids

Do you long for your child to choose the symphony over SpongeBob and couscous over mac ’n’ cheese? Raising a cultured kid can be easier than you think.
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Halloween decoration ideas for the office

If you find yourself spending more time at your desk than on your couch, there's no reason you can't celebrate the Halloween season in your office, and use these fun and festive décor ideas to liven up your work space. More>>

Whooping cough outbreaks tied to parents shunning vaccines

New research confirms what experts have suspected: The decision not to vaccinate children for nonmedical reasons can have far-reaching effects, including raising the risk of infections for other children and their families. More>>

The smart mom's kitchen

Cooking at home is more cost-effective than ordering in, better for your family’s health, and if you do it right, quicker, too. Check out this list of items you should always have in stock for delicious, kid-friendly 30-minute meals.
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Make a small room seem bigger

Here are a few tricks that can make a small room seem more spacious More>>

5 digital ways to stay close to grandparents

These days, extended families are more likely to be spread out. The good news is, today's grandparents are more tech-savvy than they were even five years ago.
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The biggest car seat mistakes parents make

With the kids back at school and parents' schedules more hectic, mid-September is a good time for a reminder of proper car-seat safety. Sept. 15 to Sept. 21 is also Child Passenger Safety Week. More>>

Commercial baby foods fall short for nutrition

Commercial baby foods don't meet infants' dietary needs when they are weaning, according to a new study. More>>

Bedbugs' genes may protect them from insecticides

Bedbugs -- tiny, flat parasites that hide where people sleep -- are notoriously tough to kill, but scientists say they think they've uncovered new clues about why these bloodsuckers are so hardy. More>>

Is social media making your kids less smart?

Will the amount of time your child spends tweeting and sharing online affect their grades?
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7 laundry time savers

A national survey revealed that laundry ranks among our top three least favorite chores.
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Screaming, cursing at your misbehaving teen may backfire

Parents who discipline their teenagers with a hostile brew of screaming, cursing and name-calling may ultimately be doing far more harm than good, a new study reveals. More>>

How to throw the perfect Labor Day party

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