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  • 10 Ways to Bond Better with Your Kids

    Over the decades, Good Housekeeping has shared tips on everything from teething to taming the teen spirit. We dug into our archives to uncover some of our best tips and learned that good parenting advice never goes out of style.

    1. GH wisdom from 1900: "Among the pleasantest memories of many a childhood are the recollections of those rare and eventful days when work was suspended for the time and Father and Mother went with the children for an outing."
    Related: Great Trips to Take as a Family

    2. Talk during chores. Prepping dinner, shoveling snow, or painting the basement are perfect times to get your teen to open up.
    Related: How to Raise Respectful Children (Hint: Chores Are Important!)

    3. Chat in the car. Sitting shoulder-to-shoulder rather than eye-to-eye makes kids feel less defensive; perfect for getting into a real conversation.
    Related: Talking Sex, Drugs, and Money with Your Teen

    4. Share your passions. Introducing him to your hobbies offers him a new perspective on you as

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  • Real Relief for Your Allergies

    If your cold has been lasting for weeks (and you've tried these remedies that really work), it may not be a cold after all. It's that time of year again when it seems everyone is suffering from some level of allergies. If you've been fighting that annoying sneezing and drippy nose, and even had trouble sleeping, don't despair. If you reduce your exposure to offending allergens and find the right allergy medication. you should be able to get your symptoms in check. How to do that? We're glad you asked!

    Find the Right Fix
    Allergy products can take up whole aisles in the drugstore. This Q&A will help you find ones that target your symptoms.

    Are You Sneezing? Do You Have a Runny Nose?
    Don't dawdle: Take an over-the-counter nonsedating oral antihistamine, such as Claritin, Alavert, or Zyrtec. These work best if they're in your bloodstream before symptoms are up and running. Find out what makes you sneeze.

    Is Your Nose Stuffy, Too?
    If your clogging is only occasional, try a nasal

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  • How to REALLY Cure Your Cold: Common Misconceptions Cleared Up

    None of us likes being sick, so it's no wonder we cling to age-old advice on how to fight the sniffles. But are those cure-all myths true? Find out.

    True or false? Zinc shortens the duration of colds and alleviates cold symptoms.
    True. Zinc seems to be effective when given within 24 hours of the onset of cold symptoms; zinc in the form of a nasal gel is particularly promising in reducing the duration and severity of cold symptoms.

    Related: Stop a Cold in Just 12 Hours

    True or false? Echinacea prevents colds or shortens their duration.
    False. Though some studies show that echinacea alleviates cold symptoms and prevents cold viruses, many studies show no benefit. If you are allergic to ragweed, use caution when taking echinacea.

    Related: Should You Call in Sick or Go to Work?

    True or false? You shouldn't drink anything while you have the stomach flu - it will prolong your illness.
    False. If you don't drink anything, you can easily become dehydrated. Ignore this advice, and ignore these

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  • 4 Tricky Tailgating Stains and How to Remove Them

    Throwing a parking lot picnic before the big game is a fun fall ritual, but it can leave you looking messy. Here's how to get sausage grease and other dribbles out of your team tee before it's time to hit the stadium.

    1. Bratwurst
    : If a bit of grease squirted from a brat onto your jersey, blot the stain with a small piece of the bun. When you get home, rub the stain with a grease-cutting liquid dishwashing soap, like Dawn, and launder in the warmest water possible.

    Related: Super Bowl Party Menu

    2. Salsa: Place a layer of paper towels over the stain. Working from the inside of the fabric, flush the area with cold water to transfer some of the salsa to the towel. Once you're home, pretreat with a liquid laundry detergent to break up the stain. Let it sit for several minutes, then rinse well. Sponge the stain with white vinegar and rinse. Pretreat again and wash. The same technique works for ketchup smears.

    Related: The Party's Over Stain Guide

    3. Beer: If you wind up with beer on your

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  • 5 Best Anti-Aging Products

    In our 2010 Anti-Aging Awards - a new annual feature - the Good Housekeeping Research Institute tested 90 products on 820 volunteers, conducted more than 3,000 lab tests, and tallied 1,800+ questionnaires to find the 26 best anti-aging beauty products. Find out how we tested anti-aging skin products during 18 months of research and see how the testing equipment works. Also, meet the anti-aging experts behind this massive undertaking. And last, be sure to share your favorite stay-young secrets on Facebook with us.

    Best Night Cream: The Winners
    It's a tie! When lab and consumer results were tallied, L'Oréal Paris Advanced RevitaLift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair Night Creme ($20, drugstores) and Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Night ($42, CVS) shared the top spot for products that beautify overnight.

    Visia analysis showed that Vichy was best at evening out skin tone and addressing fine lines and wrinkles around two other age-sensitive areas - the mouth and nose. Both treatments received

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  • 7 Time-Saving Laundry Tricks

    Avoid spending countless hours in the laundry room and put these 7 helpful tricks to work.

    1. Maximize spin
    Once your top load washing machine has finished, run another spin cycle. This will extract even more water so your dryer won't have to work as long. If you have a front loader, send the clothes through the drain and spin cycle on the highest setting.
    Laundry Tip: How Much Detergent Is Too Much?

    2. Don't forget to vent
    In addition to the lint filter, be sure your exhaust vent is clean. If your dryer isn't adequately vented, it has to work harder and longer. Plus, a clogged vent can cause lint and dust to catch fire.
    Laundry Tip:
    Will the Dryer Shrink Your Sweater? How to Decode Clothing Care Symbols

    3. Follow the rule of succession
    Toss loads in back to back to capitalize on residual heat.
    Laundry Tip: 6 Clothing Care Dilemmas Solved

    4. Load size matters
    Stuffing the dryer to capacity doesn't allow the wet load to tumble so the hot air can do its job. On the other hand,

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  • What's Making You Sneeze

    You may think you have the cold that just won't quit (if so try these remedies that really work). But if you've been rubbing your eyes or suffering from congestion for more than two weeks, it's time to consider a different diagnosis: allergies. A survey of more than 10,000 households found they seem to be on the rise, and not just among kids - you can develop a nasal allergy for the first time as a grown-up. In fact, adults between the ages of 35 and 49 are the group most likely to suffer, according to the survey. Beyond the annoying sneezing and drippy nose, people with allergies often have trouble sleeping. Worse, an out-of-control allergy ups the chances you'll develop asthma - an inflammatory disease of the lower airways.

    The only surefire way to protect yourself is to try to avoid the offending allergens. Reducing your exposure to them "can make your symptoms milder - and make it easier for you to get good relief from allergy medicines, at lower doses," says Beth Corn, M.D.,

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  • Shocking News About Your Child's School Lunch

    We discovered some startling news this school year: Of the 43 lunchboxes we evaluated for our "Back to School Guide," not one kept food safely chilled until the time a child eats lunch...

    From the time your child leaves the house the temperature of his or her lunch begins to rise. Once perishable foods reach temperatures of 40°F or above, they should be eaten within 2 hours to minimize the risk of food-borne illness. While it may not be an issue if your child eats an early lunch or leaves the house late, kids who leave at 7 a.m. may eat a lunch that's been out of refrigeration 5 or 6 hours. Here are three strategies for ensuring that your child eats a safe lunch every day.

    1. Freeze the sandwich: In our tests, a sandwich pulled straight from the fridge didn't stay safely chilled for two hours, even when packed with an ice pack. By freezing the sandwich the night before, including an ice pack, and refrigerating everything else (like fruit or juice boxes) we found a sandwich can

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  • Easy Ideas to Make Your Home Chic on the Cheap

    A dollar-stretching mother and daughter design duo show how to create rooms that are as stylish as they are cost-savvy. Clutter-free but never cold, these rooms have longevity and livability. Plus, see these great decorating ideas under $125!

    For proof that the decorating gene can be inherited, just step into the front hall of this colonial in Rye, NY. Like all the effortlessly elegant rooms in the 1920s home, the robin's-egg blue entryway is a cross-generational collaboration between Suzanne Grua McGrath, an interior designer, and her 25-year-old daughter, Lauren, a blogger for the pair's style site,

    Related: Decorate Your Rooms with Color


    To mimic pricey original trim, the McGraths added squares of pre-mitered molding to the wood paneling, painting it to match. See more foyer ideas.

    Related: DIY Decorating Ideas

    Dining Room
    Use greenery as inexpensive decoration: This space-filling fern invigorates a quiet corner.
    On the $300 set of dining

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  • 6 Essentials for Your Labor Day Road Trip

    Summer is not over yet! And there's no better way to spend the long weekend than with a classic American road trip. Get the car trip-ready, pack the kids up, and hit the road. Need destination ideas? We've got some great ones!

    Before you go, though, there are certain essentials that will help along the way, or at least make the trip a lot more fun...

    GPS Navigator
    Preventing frayed nerves and avoiding getting lost aren't the only benefits of having a Global Positioning System when you travel. Many of the newest models also make life easier with features like traffic, weather, and gas station info. We tested 12 units under $400 for ease of use and their ability to direct us: Check out our faves!


    Save money (and calories) on fast food joints by packing some yummy road-trip snacks. We tested 27 hard- and soft-sided coolers to see which stayed below 40 degrees longest; how easy they were to pack and load, carry, and clean; and how well they handled wear and tear. We like to

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