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Parents September 2018

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the lotions that make up a life

ONE OF MY earliest “beauty” memories is lying in my grandmother’s bed as she rubbed Nivea on her arms, face, and neck. I can smell it as I write these words and remember how comforted I felt. That blue jar was a fixture on her nightstand until she died decades later.Growing up, I was drawn to products that felt light and smelled fresh. I stuck with what worked for me—like the Oil of Olay Beauty Fluid I used as a teen. (I graduated to Olay’s Total Effects. Antiaging, you know.)I wasn’t much more adventurous with makeup. In high school, college, and beyond, I wore an intense shade of purple eyeshadow on my entire lid—up to the eyebrow! I’m still so skeptical about my ability to make a smart shadow decision…

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behind the scenes at our beauty testing

850 new products nominated75 moms tested hair and skin products at home50 women tested makeup at our offices20 Parents editors on hand12 bottles of champagne servedShots from my Insta story that night!FLIP TO PAGE 111 FOR THE RESULTS!LIZ: ARI MICHELSON. WARDROBE STYLING BY JEN SMITH FOR ELYSE CONNOLLY INC. HAIRSTYLING BY RHEANNA WHITE FOR TRACEY MATTINGLY. MAKEUP BY LINDSEY WILLIAMS FOR KATE RYAN INC. PROP STYLING BY JOJO LI FOR HELLO ARTISTS. EYESHADOW: POWEROFFOREVER/GETTY. ■…

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you’re welcome

7. This Face!You see the wee wings and toothy grin, and then it hits you. This lunch box is … a hanging bat. Dying! $15; skiphop.comCased-in point: One of these keeps the backpack from getting smudged by lead, and your kid from having to hunt around.8. Cactus LoveWe’re prickly about being force-fed trends, but we’re stuck on succulents. This pencil case from buy-one-give-one Yoobi is the best. $6; target.com9. JanSport for SmallsJanSport’s SuperBreak is mini and ultralight, but the design of the universe feels big. $48; kohls.com10. Stitch Fix Kids!Order a box of eight to 12 pieces from brands like Hanna Andersson and Nike to come to your door. Keep what you like ($10 to $35 per item), and return the rest. Sizes 2T to 14. stitchfix.com11. Hued GlueIt’s a…

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how back-to-school photos became a social-media holiday

(BACK-TO-SCHOOL PHOTO: ERIN ZAMMETT RUDDY. PHONE: PETER ARDITO.)ONE OF my favorite childhood photos shows my older sister and me getting onto the school bus. I’m wearing a sundress, knee socks, and jelly shoes (the ’80s, baby). Melissa’s got a too-cool-for-school smirk. Scrawled on the back, in my mother’s cursive: “First day of school, 1986, 5th and 3rd.”Everyone has these pictures, right? But instead of living in a dusty photo album, these milestones are now set free on Facebook and Instagram for anyone to thumbs-up and heart.Ask anybody with a school-age kid what their feed looks like at this time of year, and they’ll tell you it’s a steady stream of adorable kids with oversize backpacks and brand-new, fully laced sneakers. “The first day of school is my favorite day on…

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the letter that lifted my spirits

A year ago, my family had to adjust to a significant schedule shift, which meant that our kids, for the first time in their lives, had to stay at an after-school program. The second day of our new routine, I was stuck for an hour on a broken subway crammed full of angry New Yorkers (which should be one of Dante’s Circles of Hell). I was extremely late to pickup, and my 6-year-old son was furious.Our evening proceeded to go further downhill. The kids gagged at what I’d made for dinner and fought at the slightest provocation, and at bathtime, my son proclaimed, “You are the worst mom ever.”As a writer, I’m used to being told I’m terrible, but how could my own son be so awful to me? I…

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if babies were the villains in fairy tales

•The baby cast a spell on the beautiful princess that made her fall into a deep sleep. One day a prince came to awaken Sleeping Beauty with a kiss. “Five more minutes,” she murmured.•When the baby was born, Rapunzel nursed all day and night inside her tower. Her flaxen hair grew long, for she could not leave to get a haircut. It also grew oily, for she had no time to shower. One day a prince appeared below her window and called out, “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!” But she answered, “This messy bun is the only thing working for me right now, ugh!”•Little Red Riding Hood arrived at her grandmother’s house. “Grandma!” she told the baby in disguise. “What tiny but weirdly sharp teeth and nails you have!”•Cinderella…