Ingela Ratledge

Ingela Ratledge

Freelance Writer and Editor

Lifestyle/entertainment/pop culture journalist. Former staff editor for Us Weekly, Life & Style and TV Guide. Clips: Cosmopolitan, Health, More, Real Simple, Self, Square Meal, TV Guide, Woman's Day.

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7 Things Pros Wish Parents Knew About Discipline

Good cop. Bad cop. How about better cop? We asked experts: If you could change anything about the way parents approach discipline, what would it be? Here's the tough love....

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How to Have Patience Every Day

In a world of instant gratification, patience is a lost art. But can you develop a muscle for it? And is there any hope for your kids? Hold your horses—it’s all here....

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What Your Birth Order Says About Your Personality

Why do the stereotypes exist? And are you a match for yours? Here's how to find out....

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7 Stressful Family Holiday Situations, Solved

With the hassle of traveling, gift buying, and navigating in-laws (not to mention the tyranny of that dang Elf on the Shelf), the Polar Express of family harmony is heading off the rails. Want more peace on earth—or in your mom's living room? Take this advice on navigating seven sticky...

How to Plan a Fun, No-Stress Weekend Getaway With Kids

Real Simple asked experts, including travel-industry insiders and seasoned parents, for tips on executing the perfect summer weekend getaway, so you can take your show on the road more successfully....

The Best Bargains You’ve Never Heard Of

Don’t deprive yourself to stay on budget. Try these secret discounts and freebies....

Wedding Registry Do’s and Don’ts

Don’t touch that scanner gun until you’ve read this etiquette-approved plan....

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Dressing Tips for Petite, Tall, and Plus Sizes

Taking the measure of specialty sizes....

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How to Master Business Casual

Do’s and don’ts for dressing down professionally....

What to Wear to Flatter Your Figure

Learn how to create outfits guaranteed to flatter your body shape, plus see which clothing cuts you should avoid....

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Mom’s Style Do’s and Don’ts

Were Mom’s fashion rules made to be broken? A panel of style experts weighs in....

The Best Bargains You’ve Never Heard Of

You don't have to deprive yourself to improve your bottom line. These secret discounts and freebies allow you to live your life the way you like to, but less....

The 9 New Rules of Plus-Size Dressing

Convinced that you’re bound by certain style guidelines if you’re over a size 14? Get ready to change your mind....

FAQ: Sale Shopping Tips

Try these tips to score the best deals on your next shopping spree....

How to Save on Seasonal Items

Nine tips to keep your wallet (and your holidays) happy....