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  • 8 Perfect Holiday Dresses for Any Occasion

    By Julia Malacoff, REDBOOK

    From office parties to Christmas to New Year's Eve, we have a chic, budget-friendly dress for every holiday occasion. What to wear to that festive office party? How to dress for Thanksgiving? We have it covered.

    1. Sparkly Dress

    This sparkly, slinky dress looks like it was made for a New Years Eve party.

    Jones New York, $179; Jones New York Women's Swirl Sequin Sheath, amazon.com.

    2. One-Shoulder Dress

    A one-shoulder dress is a great way to show a little skin over the holidays without revealing too much.

    BCBGeneration, $108; One Shoulder Dress by BCBGeneration, piperlime.com.

    3. Sheath Dress

    The sheath dress is a classic shape that will never go out of style. If you're looking to splurge on a party dress to last you through New Years, this style is your best bet.

    French Connection, $168; Angela Lace Dress, frenchconnection.com.

    4. Fit N' Flare Dress

    The fit n' flare is one of the most universally

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  • Settle an Argument: How Should This Married Couple Resolve Driving Drama?

    By Perri O. Blumberg, REDBOOK

    Michael, 28, and Alison, 32, have been married for two years and are planning to visit Michael's family in Indiana for Thanksgiving. It's a four-hour car trip from their home in Kentucky and usually they split the driving time, but Michael has a habit of calling Alison out on every move she makes on the road. That's why she's asked him to drive the whole way this year. Michael, however, thinks it's only fair that they each drive halfway so he can get a break. Who's right?

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    She says:"Michael and I always wind up getting into these huge (and hugely dumb!) fights whenever we go on road trips together because he doesn't like my driving style. Instead of having the pointless arguments, I think he should just do the driving this year. It'll avoid unnecessary drama and make the trip a lot more enjoyable."

    He says: "I know I get frustrated when Alison drives, but I don't think I should be the one at the

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  • Duggars Announce 20th Baby: What People Are Saying

    DuggarsBy Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    Michelle Duggar announced this week that she is pregnant with the family's 20th child (and I do mean "family's child" because raising a kid is definitely something done by the whole tribe in their household). Wow. So what do you say to someone who has just explained they will soon have more kids than Lindsay Lohan has second chances? I'd start with "Congratulations." They're happy, the baby is wanted and they have the means to care for their newest little J(ehosaphat? Please??) so however the rest of us may feel about having a "quiverfull" of kids, this is really the only appropriate response. Besides I'm not even half the mom Michelle Duggar is (technically, by the numbers I'm 1/4 of the mom she is) so I'm certainly not in a position to offer advice.

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    This hasn't stopped the experts from weighing in with their opinions on the latest news from the famously large brood.

    On the issue of Bob and

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  • The Great Mom Debate: Will Your Family Get a Flu Shot This Year?


    Every year my family and I perform a strange ritual. I blame my mother. Growing up with a nurse/public health educator meant two things in our household: 1) Under no circumstances would I get pregnant as a teenager (you should have seen the level of detail in the pamphlets my parents handed out over dinner!) and 2) If there was an immunization, I would get it. The Flu Shot Ritual was more indicative of the beginning of fall to me than the leaves changing colors.

    Not every family was like mine, however. I have quite a few friends who look horror-stricken every time I tell them about getting me and the kiddies shot up on a regular basis. And sometimes I wonder if they're right. After all, why else did God give us an immune system if he didn't mean for us to use it? And while serious side effects are rare, the flu vaccine is optional so why get more stuff stuck in your body than you have to?

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    But what does the science say?

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  • Calling All Moms: What Do You Feel Most Judged About?

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
    My baby was a week old the first time it happened. I was walking (read: hobbling) through the grocery store with my newborn when an elderly woman next to me gasped loudly. "Where are that baby's socks?!" she shrieked as if I had done her personal harm. "What kind of mom are you? She's going to get sick!" I was so surprised I didn't correct her to say that my baby was a boy (Note to self: There are no gender neutral colors. Blue is for boys and everything else is for girls.) Nor did I point out that it was 95 degrees out and both my baby and I were sporting an attractive sweaty sheen.

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    When I tell my friends this story, most of them tell me I was lucky to have a whole week of bliss before my first Public Judging. "For me, it was just minutes after my baby was born. When I told the nurse that I didn't even want to try breastfeeding because we were planning on using formula you would have thought

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  • 6 Ways to Help Everyone Receive Clean Water

    By Alison Storm, REDBOOK

    Each day, 4,000 children all over the world die from drinking contaminated water. Do just one thing on this list to fight the crisis.

    1. Gather up your spare change and you could bring clean water to conflict-affected villages in Uganda. That's what elementary school students at St. Rita School in Hamden, CT, did recently, and they raised more than $5,000 for the ClearWater Initiative-enough to drill a well that will supply hundreds of people with water. The initiative was founded by Ben Sklaver in 2007, after he witnessed the appalling health effects of drinking dirty water while stationed in Uganda with the U.S. Army. Tragically, he was killed by a suicide bomber two years ago while serving in Afghanistan; since his death, his mother, Laura, has carried on his dream as the nonprofit's president. "Ben met children in Uganda who weren't able to go to school because they had to spend most days traveling miles to get water with their family. Now

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  • 5 Business Strategies That Can Strengthen Your Marriage

    By Jenna McCarthy, REDBOOK

    My husband, Joe, loves business books. They line our bookshelves and sit in stacks on his nightstand, some with violent-sounding names (e.g., Guerilla Marketing, Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive, and Rules for Revolutionaries) that make me really glad I work for myself, at home, where it's safe.

    I've never cracked a single one of them. But recently, when Joe was talking my ear off about the ideas in Daniel H. Pink's Drive, it occurred to me that running a company is a lot like managing a marriage. You have to budget, delegate, motivate, and reward. You have to stock the supply room (with everything from beer and good coffee to nice sheets and sexy lingerie) and deal with the depreciation of, um, assets. You must coordinate vacation schedules, allocate resources, outline the division of labor, and agree on whether to fire insubordinate underlings. (Just joking about that last one, kids!)

    I decided to test my theory, so I asked a

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  • It's Complicated: My Parents Depend on Me Too Much

    By Karen Karbo, REDBOOK

    Q: Ever since my family moved from Hong Kong when I was 14, my parents couldn't and wouldn't handle the tasks that require English. And now, they've started to rely on me for things they're completely capable of doing themselves: My dad calls me for directions to the grocery store, and my mom refuses to drive. What can I do to make them more independent? -A.L., 26, Pennsylvania

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    A:: Part of your parents' behavior probably stems from their sadness that you're grown up now and moving into a more deeply American life. Nonetheless, it's important to have a sit-down with them and fix this. Lay out specifically what you will do and what you want them to do for themselves. Stress that it's good for everyone, your parents included, for them to be more independent. But be prepared to negotiate: Driving your mom everywhere is one thing; giving her occasional directions-just to help out a little

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  • 10 Superpowers Kids Have (And Adults Wish We Had)

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    Ever looked at your child bouncing around the room and sighed, "I wish I had that kind of energy!" Well, boundless energy isn't the only enviable super power that kids are born with.

    1. The power to sleep anywhere anytime. Not only can my toddler fall asleep sitting up in her car seat surrounded by her screaming brothers, I've found my boys asleep inside a laundry basket, upright at the dinner table with a chicken leg clenched in his teeth and, most memorably, with his legs on his bookshelf and his head on his bed. Yes, that means his body was hanging in midair.

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    2. Sturdy bones. I shudder remembering all the times I've seen one of my children trip, fall, tip over or roll down a flight of stairs. Thankfully they nearly always bounce right back up as if nothing happened. The one time my son needed stitches it was from standing next to the corner of a stair rail and bonking

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  • Dear Whys Guy: "Why Does He Prefer Porn Over Me?"

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK

    DEAR WHYS GUY:
    "I have been with my husband for 22 years. Lately I've noticed that he would much rather watch porn on his phone than have sex with me. Please tell me: Does he watch it so that he can fantasize about being with someone else?"

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    DEAR REDBOOK READER:

    There is a very sad little space reserved at the bottom wrung of the porn addict ladder for guys who are addicted to porn on their phones. At least he could watch the porn on the computer-because he's going to ruin his eyes watching it on his phone. Anyway, I can't tell you why he's watching the tiny phone porn, and frankly, it doesn't much matter; it matters that he's choosing it over actual physical encounters with you. Porn should be a tool of last resort for guys, or used as an enhancement for some couples. It is not a good sign when it is the first choice for a guy. All signs suggest that your sex life is in some

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