JupiterimagesMany a Lifetime movie has been made about the overbearing mom who tries to get her daughter to lose weight and ends up driving her to developing an eating disorder. With childhood obesity tripling the past 30 years according to the CDC, it's an issue many parents are grappling with right now. How do you tackle such a sensitive subject with your child without hurting his or her self-esteem?
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Earlier this week, we asked you to weigh in (pun intended) on a very touchy topic-putting an overweight child on a diet. While some moms saw nothing wrong with having their kids get more active and scale back on less-than-healthy-treats, others were adamant about not making their children body-conscious and taking the risk of them developing an unhealthy relationship with food in their later years. 34 percent of moms voted in favor of a structured diet for their children if necessary, as opposed to 53 percent of moms who offered non-diet
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JupiterimagesMany a Lifetime movie has been made about the overbearing mom who tries to get her daughter to lose weight and ends up driving her to developing an eating disorder. With childhood obesity tripling the past 30 years according to the CDC, it's an issue many parents are grappling with right now. How do you tackle such a sensitive subject with your child without hurting his or her self-esteem?Read More »from Would You Put an Overweight Child on a Diet?
by Jessica Smith, REDBOOK
The mail is supposedly delivered in all weather conditions, so what about your workouts? We asked top experts for their best tips on what to do when old man winter zaps your workout mojo:
1) Too cold? Stay home! With options such as ExerciseTV on Cable on Demand, FitnessClass for your iPad Wii Fit, and exercise DVDs, there is no need to leave the house - and no excuse for not fitting in a workout when you are snowed in. Fire up your preferred technology and you are guaranteed to find your favorite way to break a sweat.
Related: What Really Counts as Exercise?
2) Get a workout theme song. Rocky had a theme song, so why shouldn't you? It sounds corny, but playing it LOUD while you get ready for your workout (even singing and dancing along to it) can really boost your spirits when you are feeling uninspired and get you out the door and moving. (My fave? "Spaceman" by The Killers - gotta love the line "It's all in your mind").
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You vs. your children: It's the classic game of chicken, parenting style. Last person still running in circles at the end of the day wins! The problem, of course, is that the little Energizer bunnies have the advantage of both age and numbers and all you have is your caffeine buzz. So at first blush it may seem like Starbuck's new Trenta -- "30" in Italian, for the 31 ounces the drink boasts -- is a frazzled mom's dream come true. But is it? Let's break it down:
1. Caffeine. This being the obvious selling point -- if you wanted to drink 31 ounces of cream and sugar you'd just throw back a few of your kids' yogurt drinks (hush, it's ok, we've all done it) - you might want to know how much bang you're really getting for your buck. Seeing as the Starbuck's site doesn't list the nutritional info yet for the Trenta I did a little math based on the Venti size and calculated that a Trenta of their signature Pike's Place roast will zip you up to the tune of 643 mg of caffeine. Most
By Marissa Gold, REDBOOK
Every new year means hundreds of new beauty products out there to tempt us. We know how it is -- you spot them from afar in CVS or Bloomingdale's and get lured in by the cute packaging and pretty colors. But which ones are actually standouts that are worth your money? Whether you've got $5 or $75 to spend, here are some beauty buys we've tried and tested. If you've been eyeing something on this list, go ahead and get it -- it'll be worth it.
$5 and Under: Maybelline Express Finish Nail Color, $4.25: Gorgeous colors, easy-to-use brush, and super-fasy dry time. What's not to love about these polishes?
$10 and Under: Korres Lip Butter, $10: These sheer lip balms give color like a gloss but feel like the most buttery, moisturizing treatments ever.
$15 and Under: L'Oreal True Match Roller Foundation, $14.95: We were foundation snobs until we tried this product. It covers better, lasts longer, and feels silkier than more expensive brands - sold! ItRead More »from The Best Beauty Buys for Every Budget
Photo Credit: Jamie VanBuskirk/iStockDiaper changing. That's what sold me on losing my cute little Honda and officially embracing my Minivan-Mom persona. I live in Minnesota and it only takes one icy draft to your backside while you're hunched over the passenger seat doing an emergency diaper change to make you realize the value of a small house on wheels (and also of high-rise pants). Even if that "house" does come with significant downgrade to your social status and self-image.Read More »from Are Minivans Becoming Cool? Real Moms Discuss
All this is changing though - if automakers have anything to say to about it, minivans are going to be the new "It" vehicle. Or at least, your 6th grader won't be embarrassed to be seen with you because of your ride. (Don't worry, he still thinks your haircut is uncool and your clothes are weird.)
Through a series of savvy ad campaigns, writes The New York Times, "Minivan makers are trying to recast the much-ridiculed mom-mobile as something that parents can be proud - or at least unashamed - of driving." Remember the Toyota Sienna's hilarious
by Jessica Smith, REDBOOKRead More »from The Surprising Way to Stop Sugar Cravings
Sugar and salt, like yin and yang, they are seemingly opposite tastes, but did you know that too much salt could be causing your sugar cravings?
Too much salt creates an imbalance in your body, which may in turn lead you to crave salt's yin cousin, sugar.
"Sodium acts as a buffer, raising PH as it draws water into the body,
sugary foods have an acidic-affect (PH-lowering) on the body",
says Registered Dietician Lauren O'Connor. "Though the body has set mechanisms in place to maintain a proper PH-balance, the sugar (yin) salt (yang) connection may be a way the body responds to a temporary shift in balance."
Not only may it make you crave sweets, but it could also be halting your weight loss efforts, too. "When we consume too much sodium, it upsets our electrolyte balance," says O'Connor. "This affects our metabolism -- throwing our bodies off kilter. When we feel a little off, we may crave sugars because they stimulate pleasure and give us a quick burst of
Lisa Spindler Photography Inc./Getty ImagesA new baby can not only bring tremendous joy into a family, it can cause a considerable amount of strife. Older siblings may have a tougher time adjusting than mom and dad. We asked REDBOOK readers to share their best tips on how to ease the transition. Here's what they had to say:Read More »from How to Help Your Child Adjust to a New Sibling
"My daughter, Brenna, now 7, was 5 when I gave birth to Scott. Instead of pushing her to take on her big-sister role, we focused on keeping her individual life as routine as possible: She kept up her schedule of playdates and activities, and we let her dictate when and how much she wanted to be involved with Scott. At first Brenna didn't acknowledge her new brother very much, but when she realized that the structure of her life didn't have to change, she warmed up to him and began asking to hold him or feed him a bottle, and now she loves Scott very much. I think our approach helped mitigate some of the competition for attention that's common when a new sibling arrives."
--Ellen Bremen, 40, Seattle
Photo Credit: AsiaPix/Getty ImagesDo you have a secret money stash? You need and deserve one - so start now.Read More »from 3 Steps That Will Save You $1000 This Year
I'm pretty sure you have $3 in your wallet - or a jeans pocket, or your glove compartment, or balled up between the couch cushions. Here's what I want you to do with it: Get rid of will-I-wind-up-a-bag-lady anxiety forever. Many women I speak to say they're terrified of not having enough money put aside to take care of themselves when they're old. And they have reason to be worried: Twice as many women as men are poor in old age, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and females have 40 percent less saved in retirement accounts than male officemates. Plus, women in the United States live an average of five years longer than men. You're nowhere near old age, but it's time to save some money for you and you alone. With my plan, you won't even miss it.
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STEP 1: Starting this week, put aside $3 a day (weekends too!) for the entire year. You can slip three bucks into an
- Redbook | Parenting – Tue, Jan 18, 2011 5:59 PM EST
Photo credit: Denis Felix/CorbisIs your child biting, throwing tantrums, teasing his sister, or giving you attitude? Hang in there - there are solutions. Here, experts share what to do about 8 real-kid behavior problems.Read More »from Kids Gone Wild: 8 Real-Kid Behavior Problems and How to Fix â€˜Em
1. Teasing Siblings
"My 8-year-old son teases his 3-year-old sister. He'll bug her and touch her until she goes nuts, or he takes away her favorite toys." - Jill Bigelow, 38, Brooklyn
Most teasing is simply part of the way brothers and sisters engage with each other, says Alec L. Miller, Psy.D., chief of child and adolescent psychology at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. Siblings tease because they're comfortable enough with each other to say and do things they'd never try out on a friend. That said, a constant refrain of "Mom! She's breathing on me!" is never pleasant. Focus first on the tease-ee, says Miller. Empathize with her, then tell her that the two of you will just ignore the teaser. As for the teaser, try some behavior-modification techniques: He
An astounding seven out of 10 children aren't getting enough z's. Here, five top children's sleep-stealers, plus smart strategies that ensure sound slumber for them - and for you.Read More »from 5 Things Ruining Your Childâ€™s Sleep Habits
Nearly 70 percent of kids under age 10 experience some type of sleep problem, according to the National Sleep Foundation. And although sleep needs naturally decrease by about 15 minutes on average every year (1-year-olds require almost 14 hours daily, while a 17-year-old needs at least 8.25 hours), a startling 80 percent of kids ages 11 to 17 get less than the recommended amount!
Unfortunately, lost sleep can do more than just leave kids groggy and grumpy. Studies show that children who are sleep-deprived are more likely to be depressed, to catch colds and flu, and to suffer accidents on the playground. Just one hour less of sleep a night causes measurable memory and concentration problems. Behavioral problems, such as whining and short tempers, also shoot up. In fact, the frenzied energy and lack of focus