By Sarah Smith, REDBOOK.
The letter started circulating widely after singing duo Lennon and Maisy tweeted about it. When it comes to choices other parents make, I like to be balanced, see the other side, and tamp down judgment. But sometimes there is no other side.
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In Newcastle, Ontario, this week, a mother sent an anonymous letter to Karla Begley, complaining (to put it mildly) about Karla's son, who is autistic. The letter is cruel. Reading is like getting a kick in the gut. The writer says astoundingly hateful things, from "he is a hindrance to everyone" to "euthanize him." What upsets me the most is that she signed the letter, "One pissed off mother." That means this woman has kids. What is she teaching them about people with disabilities or how to treat any person? We like to think that becoming a mom transforms you into a person with a second heart, full of love you never knew. But that doesn't always happen, and I've seen it myself.
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When I was growing up, a mother in our
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Now that many celebs are coming out about their infertility struggles and pushing motherhood off until their 40s, we're left wondering: What is the latest science available to women trying to conceive later in life? Dr. Shahin Ghadir, founder of the Southern California Reproductive Center-one of America's leading fertility clinics-breaks it down for us. By Meghann Foye, REDBOOK.Read More »from What Hollywood's Top Fertility Doc Wants You to Know About Making Babies Post-30
There's so much talk about what's possible in terms of extending fertility into your 40s and beyond. What are the stats?
The major issue is that more and more women are waiting until later in life to try to conceive. Biologically, this doesn't work for women. The decline of egg quality and count starts before you are even born. It happens again by the time you begin your menstrual cycle, and by 27 or 28 a regular decline in quality and quantity of your eggs begins. Women are coming into my office older and older. They learn that a 48-year-old celebrity had twins, and think, "Oh, if she can do it, then I'll
- Redbook | Beauty – Tue, Aug 20, 2013 10:08 AM EDT
The weather's changing-and so should your mane. Whether you want to go darker, warm up with a vibrant red, or keep a touch of summer in your locks, these stars lead the way with to-dye-for shades. By Jennifer Conrad, REDBOOK.
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Our favorite designers and most stylish celebs have made themselves clear: This trend is big for fall. And you can wear it too, says The Carrie Diaries' costume designer Eric Daman, who shared his inside tips for exactly how to rock the look. By Ava Feuer.
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If both of you agree that ants on a log is getting a little old, add a fun new twist to snack time with this adorable, nutritious recipe. And, yes, it's fine to take some to the office for yourself. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.Read More »from The Adorable School Snack We Wish We'd Thought Of
Sandwiches made with bread are so last year-and not just for those who have given up gluten. Add more crunch with this fruity, protein-rich snack or meal.
1 large apple
2 Tbsp peanut, tree nut, or seed butter
2 Tbsp granola
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Use an apple corer or melon baller to remove the apple's core. Cut half an inch off the top and bottom of the apple. Cut apple crosswise into four 1/2-inch-thick slices. They will look like bagels with holes in the center. Rub the cut side of the lemon over both sides of the apple slices to keep them from browning. Spread peanut butter on two of the apple slices. Sprinkle granola over the peanut butter. Top with remaining apple slices.
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- Redbook | Love + Sex – Fri, Aug 16, 2013 9:58 AM EDT
Surely you've clutched the side of your seat as he roared down the driveway. Aaron Traister explains the male need for speed. REDBOOK.Read More »from Finally, the Answer to Why Men Drive like Well, Men
Cars hold a special place in the imagination of the American man, even ones who, like me, feel like they're trying to read a book in braille when they open the hood.
I'm a laid-back guy who enjoys hunkering down with the paper on the train, but when I drive I take on a weird, type A personality. Why do men have this near-Pavlovian response when we get behind the wheel? It bewilders my wife, Karel, and you too, I figure. I'll try to explain what's going through his mind as he drives, but be forewarned: My only car is a 2003 Honda Element, so it's going to be a bumpy ride.
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"We're making great time"
These words are like a narcotic, stimulant, and aphrodisiac to a man. Once someone has uttered them, the car will begin to move faster, his focus will deepen, and the need to make even better time will set in.
- Redbook | Shine Food – Fri, Aug 16, 2013 9:57 AM EDT
A trick for not going crazy when dinnertime rolls around: Have a few tried-and-true recipes under your belt. Here, cooking pros Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion, authors of the new cookbook Keepers, share their go-to. Add a salad and bread and you're done. REDBOOK.Read More »from The Lasagna Recipe That's a Total 5 P.M. Lifesaver
Skillet lasagnaSkillet lasagna
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb sweet or hot Italian sausages, casings removed
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
Large pinch of hot red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried oregano
2 (28-oz) cans whole peeled tomatoes
1 sprig basil, plus a handful of basil leaves
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 (9-oz) package no-boil lasagna noodles
4 oz mascarpone cheese or cream cheese (½ cup)
½ lb fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced, patted dry
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We've all been told to avoid red wine, dark berries, and black coffee in our quests for pearly whites, but what about foods that actually brighten your smile? Try these natural solutions for a brilliant beam. By Julia Marino, REDBOOK.Read More »from 12 Foods that Naturally Whiten Your Teeth
They may be bright red, but malic acid, a chief component of this summery fruit, acts as a natural astringent to remove surface tooth discoloration, says Dr. Irwin Smigel, president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. Fresh, juicy strawberries taste great in any meal-salads, desserts, cereal-and are widely available at farmers markets this time of year, so getting your daily dose is both simple and delicious.
Seeds and nuts
Chewing these lightly abrasive, hard foods rubs plaque and stains off the surface of teeth, says Dr. Matthew Messina, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association. Pop a few almonds for a mid-afternoon snack-they're full of protein, healthy fats, and the crunch you need to get pearly whites.