Sneakers are tied, cowlicks are tamed, and a morning snack is tucked safely inside the backpack. Your smiling, well-scrubbed child seems happy, poised, and ready to meet his teacher. The question is, are you? Should you mention that patch of poison ivy creeping up his elbow? What about those medical forms - admit that you lost them? And what if your boss calls while you're powwowing - should you take the call? It's no wonder you're nervous: Your kid's teacher is the one person who spends almost as much time with your child as you do, so you want to make a positive connection. Apples, shmapples - there are five core values that will make or break your bond with your kid's teacher. Here's how to understand and maximize them.
It may sound obvious, but participating in your kid's education, even minimally, can do wonders. "Children whose parents are involved with their education generally tend to be less disruptive in class," says Reg Weaver, president of the National
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Sneakers are tied, cowlicks are tamed, and a morning snack is tucked safely inside the backpack. Your smiling, well-scrubbed child seems happy, poised, and ready to meet his teacher. The question is, are you? Should you mention that patch of poison ivy creeping up his elbow? What about those medical forms - admit that you lost them? And what if your boss calls while you're powwowing - should you take the call? It's no wonder you're nervous: Your kid's teacher is the one person who spends almost as much time with your child as you do, so you want to make a positive connection. Apples, shmapples - there are five core values that will make or break your bond with your kid's teacher. Here's how to understand and maximize them.Read More »from 5 Things Your Kid's Teacher Needs from You
You've got a great kid, but the bully who lives down the street doesn't agree. He's always picking on your child -- shoving him, swiping his scooter, calling him a loser -- even though your son has asked him to stop. You know you need to talk to this little stinker's mom, but you worry: What if you aren't able to speak coherently (you're that angry), or she's as unnervingly nasty as her kid? Here's how to make yourself heard.Read More »from How to Stand Up to a Bully's Mom
Step 1: Don't judge her.
Maybe you have a pet theory as to how this woman has managed to raise that big bully of hers ("I bet she's one of those really irresponsible types, and lets him watch a ton of violent TV!"). Forget all that. "If you go into the conversation with a negative opinion of her -- and the attitude that you're a better parent than she is -- she'll smell it and won't want to help you," cautions Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads: Dealing With the Difficult Parents in Your Child's Life. The truth is, you don't know a thing
Surpermodel mom Gisele Bundchen is creating buzz over controversial things she said in the UK edition of Harper's Bazaar about breastfeeding. The Brazilian mom-of-one thinks that breastfeeding should be required by law for the first six months. Disagree? You're not alone...Read More »from Is Gisele Right? Should Bottle-Feeding Be Banned?
Here's more of what she said:
"Some people here [in the U.S.] think they don't have to breastfeed, and I think, 'Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little?'" (But sometimes it's not that easy: Our mom blogger weighs in on the breastfeeding versus formula debate.) She added, "I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months." This is what other moms have to say about when it's right to stop breastfeeding.
Gisele is an outspoken advocate of natural childbirth who used meditation during her homebirth (related: follow these tips to ensure a healthy pregnancy), so her commitment to breastfeeding is no surprise. We
- Redbook | Work + Money – Wed, Aug 4, 2010 5:56 PM EDT
Devan is a beautiful, brave four-year-old boy who needs your help. At 20-months-old Devan was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. His parents Indira and Dermot were devastated that their only child was so sick, but determined to beat his cancer. After initial treatment, his cancer went into remission. However, it's back and he - and millions of other cancer patients - need your help. It's at times like this that I am fortunate to be part of an organization that reaches so many people worldwide. I hope that by spreading the word about Devan his story will touch you, and you will take action.Read More »from Would You Donate Your Baby's Umbilical Cord Blood?
What Devan needs most now is a bone marrow transplant. So far, a match has not been found. Every year 15,000 people with diseases like leukemia and lymphoma need bone marrow transplants. But like many other patients on this list, Devan is from a mixed ethnic background - his mother is half-Indian and his father is Irish - and finding a match has proved to be difficult. Now, their best hope is
These laid-back, easy, sexy beauty tips are perfect for summer (and if you get hooked on a look, we'll show you how to take it into fall).Read More »from 5 Ways to Look Sexy Without Really Trying
TRY IT NOW: Pastel makeup
"Pastels look good on everyone," says New York City-based makeup artist Sue Pike, who created the makeup looks here. "Paler skin tones can wear virtually any pastel, and darker skin tones look especially beautiful in blues." On Svenja and Jeanette [pictured], Pike applied a sheer wash of powder shadow from the lash line up into the crease, then blended it upward with her finger. For more definition, she added eyeliner in a darker version of the pastel shades and a coat of mascara (see the best ones here) on the upper lashes. Add these easy steps to get your lashes extra sexy.
Green shades to try: Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin eye shadow duo in Green Eyes Organics, $8, plus Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight waterproof liner in Caribbean Sea, $15. The blues: Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Super Shimmer
Q. I've always thought my husband's best friend was a nice guy, and we've enjoyed hanging out with him and his girlfriend. But recently, they started having troubles. At a party we were hosting with them, his girlfriend got really intoxicated and was very flirty toward everyone, including my husband (but excluding her boyfriend). Later in the night, the best friend came and sat with me, and I wanted to flirt with him in the same way. I don't know if I was hoping to give his girlfriend some of her own medicine or what. Two weeks later, the couple broke up. Now that he's single, I can't stop thinking about him. Last weekend at another party, I almost told him I wanted to kiss him. I don't want to ruin his friendship with my husband over a crush, and I certainly don't want to ruin my marriage over it. So what do I do to make my feelings go away? -E.J., 31, Clearfield, UTRead More »from Help, I'm Falling for My Husband's Best Friend!
Related: More Tough Relationship Questions - "My Cousin Slept with My Husband", "Is My Marriage Beyond Repair?", "
REDBOOK dating blogger, "Alice," contemplates how Facebook has changed the dating game.Read More »from How Far Is Too Far on Facebook?
I just read a story on Huffington Post about a British man in his 60s who's been kicked off the social network for continually trying to meet women to sleep with. Related: Why One Night Stands May Not Be So Bad
In a word - gross! And also, really? Personally, I've never seen Facebook as an online meet market (ha!) which is why my only friends are people I know in real life. But occasionally, I do get the creepster who tries to Friend me - like a dude who read an article I wrote about dating and decided we'd be a perfect match (don't think so!). Related: How to Romance a Dude
But what about the other part of social networking? When someone you do know in person - especially in a formerly romantic capacity - gets especially amorous? For example, I just had to de-friend a guy who I'd been on a few dates with because he was commenting on EVERY SINGLE ONE of my status updates (are you revealing too
It's Saturday night, and you slip on your sexiest pair of jeans. One problem: Your stomach's so swollen that those jeans barely zip shut. Sound familiar? Bloating's a common but annoying symptom with many causes, says Patricia Raymond, M.D., a gastroenterologist in Chesapeake, VA. "You could be retaining fluids - especially right before that time of the month - or have excess gas because of something you ate, or you could be constipated," Raymond notes. Luckily, there are just as many ways to banish bloat. Try one of these tricks to keep your denim looking slimming.Read More »from 6 Simple Ways to Banish Bloat
Pick Potassium-Rich Foods
This mineral helps regulate the fluid balance in your body, keeping bloat at bay. High-potassium foods include bananas, cantaloupe, mangoes, spinach, tomatoes, nuts, and asparagus - which contains an amino acid called asparagine that (bonus!) acts as a diuretic to flush excess liquid out of your system.
Related: Healthy Foods for Under $1
Prep for PMS
If you tend to swell up before (or during)
Working at a women's magazine, you tend to pick up all kinds of useful information. Some of it is style advice, some of it is of the sexy variety (which, let us say, the men in our lives have benefited from), and some of it is just plain old practical.Read More »from Baking Soda and Vinegar Can Do THAT?
We've heard that cleaning windows with newspaper gives them a streak-free shine, and that you can de-fuzz a sweater with a disposable razor, and that vinegar will attack the mildew smell on musty towels. In fact, we thought we'd heard all the household hints there were, until we saw the 6 Minute Solution in our June issue:
Drain all stopped up and no chemical clog-remover on hand? Save yourself a trip to the supermarket with this at-home recipe, which will dissolve most organic material that's stuck in your sink.
1. Pour 1/4 cup baking soda into clogged drain.
2. Top it off with 1 cup vinegar.
3. Let it bubble and fizz for five minutes.
4. Pour boiling water down the drain.
Whoa. we had no idea you could do that with baking soda
We talked to a few sexy celebs and got the dish on bad behaviors they left behind and the sun-care brands they love now.Read More »from Sun-Care Secrets from Celebrities
"I grew up in South Carolina, where we sunbathed all summer long. So I've done a lot of damage to my skin in the past, which makes me appreciate a great sunscreen now. I always have my Ahava SPF 50 sunscreen with me, which protects me from UVA and UVB rays. I love it!"
-Kristin Davis, spokesperson for Ahava
What does SPF really mean?
"I was one of those women who believed 'black don't crack'...until I fell asleep in the sun and got a sunburn. I took an aloe vera plant and cut it open and put it all over my body. Now I wear sunscreen every day, even if it's hazy."
Dark skin isn't cancer-proof.
"During summer break from college, I would lie out all day with baby oil on my skin and compete with my friends about who could get darkest! But now I know that skin cancer is a serious health concern. I personally love