Your kids (still!) love baby wipes, but your septic tank or town sewer hates them (the dreaded fatbergs!) So get your babies the Fohm touchless cleanser dispenser. It squirts out a gentle foam that turns plain old TP into truly, genuinely biodegradable flushable wipes. Fohm.com, $49 for a starter pack.


Everyone in your house knows the importance of wearing a helmet. But it isn’t a once-in-a-lifetime purchase, so make sure that:

It fits well. “A loose-fitting helmet is almost worst than no helmet at all,” Alexander A. Khaleesi, MD, chair of neurosurgery at UC San Diego Health. That’s because if you fall, not only are you hitting the ground, but the helmet can also shift and hit your head, for two impacts instead of one.

You have the correct helmet for the activity you’re doing. About a quarter of all head injuries also affect the neck, Khalessi says – and this is especially common for skateboarders, who can hit the back of the head when they fall. If your kids skateboard, their helmets should cover the base of their skull.

It’s comfortable. Besides providing comfort, a helmet’s padding helps absorb energy in the event of a fall. “When you hit your head and go from motion to a sudden stop, the brain can keep moving and hit the front of the skull,” says Khalessi. “The helmet’s cushioning assists in the deceleration and helps prevent that.”

It hasn’t been damaged. If the hard shell of a helmet is cracked, its stint protecting your skull is over and it’s time to get a new one.

Menstrual Cups 101

They might seem like new additions to the fem-hy aisle, but period cups have been around for decades (just ask your most hippiesh friends!). Besides being more cost effective and eco-friendly than pads and tampons, they can better prevent leaks at night and are often more comfortable, says Sherry A. Ross, MD, women’s health expert and author of She-ology. It all sounds too good to be true…until you contemplate emptying one in a public restroom. But it’s not too tricky: Simply remove the cup, empty it into the toilet, wipe it out with TP or menstrual cup wipes and reinsert. At night, wash it with mild soap and water . You can wear one while sleeping, swimming, running and even doing round-off back handprings. That last one is for your daughter, who can use a cup too. “We see high schoolers who are passionate about diverting waste, who are excited to tell their friends about the cup and want to use it so they can save money,” says Amber Fawson, cofounder of the menstrual cup brand Saalt.



Your kids can now focus on style-forward and way-affordable glasses, thanks to Jonas Paul Eyewear’s new teen line. Tearing a page from the Warby Parker Playbook, the company will mail your kid seven pairs to try on (for just a dollar!)-rhen charge $79+ for the prescription version of their faves. Get 20% off with code FAMILYCIRLCE20 at jonaspauleyeyewear.com


More than 30 million Americans have eczema, and it doesn’t always begin in childhood. One in four of the 18 million adults with the condition didn’t get it until they were over the age of 18, according to a recent study.


Across all diseases, women are diagnosed later in life than men, according to a new Danish study. That’s one more reason to prioritize your own checkups just as you prioritize your kids’. (Would you ever reschedule…and eventually blow off the annual physical your son needs to play football this season? No way!)

Stop the Scare Tactics

Of course you don’t want your kids smoking pot or drinking, but be careful how you communicate that to them. Being alarmist (“You’ll end up wrapped around a telephone pole!”) or threatening to punish them likely won’t work-and may drive them away, new research found. “When adults use scare tactics to talk about alcohol or drugs but teens see their peers use them without harm, it creates a divide between generations and indicates that adults can’t be trusted,” says study senior author Emily Jenkins, a University of British Columbia professor of nursing. But, on the other hand, being too lenient may imply you don’t care. Instead, have frequent conversations around appropriate use (“If there’s drinking at the party, how will you get home safely?”) which is more likely to get your kids to listen.

Why do I keep seeing “flouride-free” touted on toothpaste tubes?

In the past few years, dental products labeled “fluoride-free” have increased in popularity, but the FDA-approved ingredient is actually not something to fear, says Brittany Seymour DDS, assistant professor of Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Studies have investigated the link between fluoride and certain cancers-but they focused on the fluoride in water, not toothpaste, and have not found a strong association, according to the American Cancer Society. As long as you’re not swallowing the paste, it’s safe to use, says Seymour. And when you’re shopping the toothpaste aisle, look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal, which Seymour says means all the claims that the tube makes have been vetted.

Tame Your Wild Email Inbox

The math doesn’t add up. You have one home, a few kids, a dog…and 46,358 emails in your inbox. Here’s how to get it down to zero.

Do I even need an inbox at zero?

“Email is like laundry, and your dryer is your inbox,” says Laura Mae Martin, executive productivity coach at Google. “You need to pull it all out, sort it into piles. You don’t hang one thing, fold one thing, bring a sock upstairs to your drawer.” When you empty the inbox, you want to immediately sort email into what you need to do next, in files labeled “to read” or “to answer.” Sorting, reading, and answering should all be separate activities. People lose a lot of energy in email when they mix them up.” Re-reading email is also a time-suck: “Read it once and deal with it,” says Lisa Hendrickson, owner of Call That Girl Tech Support in Pensacola, FL, and an Outlook and email expert. “Don’t read it 70 times at the soccer game, not knowing what to do with it.” Most important, get in the habit of sorting emails into act-on/answer when you’re on your phone.

My inbox got so big because I’m worried I’ll need to find some random message in the future. Can I really just get rid of everything?

If you’ve archived an email or placed it in the “old inbox” folder, it’s simply out of your face-not gone completely. Use the search tool to find the old email you need. Martin points out that you can fine-tune your search with headings like “older_than” or “has:attachment.” If you have a very clear memory of reading an email, but you’ve searched and searched and still can’t find it in any file…check your texts. “It happens all the time-a conversation will continue on three or four different forms of communication,” says Adam Alter, associate professor at Stern School of Business at New York University and author of Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked. “It’s the perfect recipe for dropping the ball.”

But my inbox really does have 71,563 emails. I’ll be an old woman by the time I sort them one by one?

It’s time for a bulk move, baby. Hendrickson suggests creating a subfolders called “old inbox.” (In Outlook, hit shift-control-A to grab everything you mouse over, she says.) Turn on a movie, or pour a glass of wine and do it half-mindlessly. “It takes just a couple hours to get your inbox body back for summer,” she jokes. You can also just archive older emails. “Archive is probably the best-paid least understood-feature of Gmail.” Martin says (use the select-all and move-to options). “An email doesn’t have to stay in the inbox or be deleted or get filled. It can be archived and exist in a bucket accessible by search.”

Now that my inbox is clean, how do I keep it that way-and keep all the info I need easy to find?

A tidy inbox makes you more motivated to swiftly delete any new nonsense. Do you really think you’ll need to revisit that, “tx, ttyl” message from your sister? Or the 36-message thread scheduling a dinner party? But if you’re going change the subject of an email-say, you switch from broader conversation about that dinner party to a side correspondence with a neighbor about dance camp pickup and drop-off-actually click into the email heading and change the subject, so that if you need to find it again, you don’t have to shift through all the unrelated messages. Even within a conversation chain, flag or star the messages with the most pertinent info, like the brick-and-mortar address of that dinner, where you’ll actually be able to talk to people in (gasp!) person.

Buy It vs Make It

Time is money, especially when you’re hungry. You can either pay more for grab-and-go convenience-or pay less and do the prepping, chopping, sorting and packing yourself. We did the math; now you figure out what you value more.

Save Time: $2.59 Sabra Snackers Hummus with Pretzels

Save Money: $1.41 Buy a family-size container of hummus and a bag of pretzel chips, and portion out 1/3 cup of each.

Snack Wraps

Save Time: $1.67 Hormel Natural Choice Turkey and White Cheddar Wraps

Save Money: .94 Stack thinly sliced deli turkey, thinly sliced white cheddar and a thin layer of honey mustard on a multigrain tortilla

Hard-boiled Eggs

Save Time: $1.50 Eggland’s Best 2-pack

Save Money: .53 In 20 minutes, you can boil and peel 2 eggs.

100-Calorie Nut Packs

Save Time: .57 per pack Blue Diamond Almonds On-The-Go

Save Money: .34 Buy a large bag of lightly salted nuts and pre-sort portions of 14 almonds.

Peanut Butter Packs

Save Time: .40 per pack Jif To Go or Skippy Singles individual cups

Save Money: .20 Spoon 3 tbsp PB into a reusable cup

More Homemade Pack-and-Go Snacks

Pack 12 baby carrots with 2 tbsp ranch dressing .49 cents

Peel and dice a pineapple and pack in 1-cup portions .63 cents

Spoon 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt into a lidded cup and pack 3 tbsp granola in a small zip-top bag. .60 cents

Make your own trail mix: combine 2 tbsp each of chocolate chips, peanuts, raisins and pumpkin seeds. .85 cents

3 Reusable Snack Containers We Love

1. Stashed Snack Bag, $10. Reusable silicone bag with an airtight seal.

2. OXO Smart Seal Container, $3. Plastic container with a locking lid to prevent leaks and spills.

3. Ziploc Containers. Extra Small Square, $3 for an 8-pack. Use one for your yogurt and one for granola.