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  • 10 Tips for Saner Back-to-School Shopping

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    My very precocious 1-year-old daughter finally unlocked the mystery of elastic and how to take all her clothes off! Unfortunately, it was when we were standing in the middle of the cardboard maze of school supplies at Target, vainly trying to get all the supplies on my three boys' school lists. If I had been paying more attention-not shocked by the audacity of the store to carry seventeen types of pencils and still not the one my boys' teachers wanted-I might have caught her sooner. As it happened, she got her diaper off and took off across the store in nothing but her sandals and a smile. Streaker on aisle 12?

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    Back to school shopping doesn't have to be all screaming and nudity, thankfully. Having done this for years, I have several tips to help you get your school supplies without relinquishing your sanity.

    1. Go early. You might get a better sale if you wait, but the more time goes

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  • By Barbara Corcoran, REDBOOK

    Q:"Everyone at my office gets in around 9 a.m., but because I drop my kids off at school, I usually come in at 9:30. I stay late, but I recently overheard a coworker making a nasty comment. What should I do?"

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    A: The only two people who count here are you and your boss, and if the hours you keep are all right with her, then it's nobody else's business. If your boss hasn't explicitly approved your schedule, however, make an appointment to address it with her immediately. A clear endorsement from her will make you feel more sure of your footing and less threatened by snide remarks from your coworkers.

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    As for your nasty associate, you can confront her in one of two ways. Feeling courageous? Pull her aside, nicely let her know your hours are sanctioned by your boss, and politely ask her to refrain from putting her two cents in. If the

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  • How to Maximize Family Time on the Weekends

    By REDBOOK

    As much as we look forward to the weekend, it can fly by faster than there is time to read the Sunday paper. Try these tips to make the most of days off with your family.
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    1. Don't ignore the warm body next to you.
    "The best gift you can give your kids is a strong marriage," says relationship therapist Laura Berman, Ph.D., host of the OWN show In the Bedroom With Dr. Laura Berman. "So why not set the alarm clock for 20 minutes of alone time?" If you're thinking, Um, I'd rather be sleeping, at least "cuddle in bed for five minutes before starting your day," Berman says.

    2. Put "hang out" on the calendar - in Sharpie.
    "Research links family leisure time with emotional bonding," says Eli Karam, Ph.D., president-elect of the Kentucky Association for Marriage & Family Therapy. "Blocking out three hours together even one Saturday a month can keep you in sync."

    3. Ditch the cruise-director act.
    You've had

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  • 4 Tips to Nix Negative Self Talk

    By REDBOOK

    Here are four common, self-deprecating diet phrases that weight women down, as well as four smart word swaps that help build a healthier mind-set.

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    1. Replace "I cheated" with "I chose."

    The word "cheating" implies that you're an untrustworthy person who's broken a potentially unrealistic diet rule (such as, "No dessert until I've lost 20 pounds"). Instead, take responsibility for your behavior -- say, "I chose to eat that piece of cake." Doing so puts you back in the driver's seat and empowers you to make decisions in the future based on what makes sense for you in the moment -- not on what some too-strict diet dictates.

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    2. Replace "I can't lose weight" with "I can lose 3 pounds."

    The first statement simply isn't true: Most people can lose weight. But saying you can't mentally closes the door on the possibility. Instead, set a realistic goal that you know you

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  • 3 Mom Skills to Use At Work

    By Marisa Cohen, REDBOOK

    When you're negotiating with your 3-year-old over using the potty, it may not feel like you're earning a graduate degree. But early parenting is the perfect boot camp for learning how to manage employees, says Shari Storm, author of Motherhood Is the New MBA. A financial executive and mother of three, Storm offers these examples of how your mommy skills can segue into work skills worthy of the corner office.

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    1.Reading the Situation
    As a mother, you become accustomed to reading your toddler's body language and mood to interpret what she's trying to say. In toddler-speak, "tootie peas" means "cookie, please", as opposed to similarly sounding phrases such as "I hurt my knees".

    At Work:

    Interpret your boss's body language to figure out exactly what she needs. For example, if she crosses her arms and gets distracted when you ask if she's read your report, she's saying "I'm not happy with this

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  • 3 Lousy Ways to Apologize for a Mistake

    By Ellen Welty, REDBOOK

    We hear apologies every day, whether they come from ourselves or others. How many of these apologies are actually sincere, and how can we tell?

    Ever receive an apology from someone yet feel that they weren't sorry? You were probably right, says Jodi R.R. Smith, author of From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Woman. "People will make obligatory apologies in which they don't take responsibility for their actions," she explains. "But if you say, 'It doesn't sound like you're sorry at all,' your relationship will be strained - it may even end," Smith says. "Is calling them on their lousy apology worth that?" Instead, if you receive one of the following apology impostors, reply, "Thank you for saying something" or "I forgive you."

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    1. "I'm sorry if I upset you."
    Translation: I'm not really sorry for what I did. In fact, I don't see any reason I shouldn't do it again. I'm just apologizing

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  • 5 Most Popular Celebrity Hairstyles

    By Devin Toth, REDBOOK

    It's very important for a hairdresser and his or her client to have clear communication. In a consultation, it's easy for misunderstandings to develop during the dialogue. That's probably the number one reason people go home while unhappy with their hair! One way to ensure you and your stylist are on the same page is to use a celebrity picture as a reference. Here are the most in-demand cuts right now.

    Jennifer Aniston Hairstyle

    Jennifer Aniston's fresh, mid-length haircut. It's a lob, also known as a long bob, that's slightly longer in the front and has almost no layers. This would normally be a very heavy, blunt style, but her haircut has jagged edges that leave the style softened and balanced.

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    Kim Kardashian Hairstyle

    Someone shows me a picture of Kim Kardashian's beautiful long locks during a consult at least once a day! She has long, well-defined layers that are always set in a clean wave made by using a large curling iron. Also, her

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  • 3 Ways to Enjoy Summer Before It Ends

    By Nicole Yorio, REDBOOK

    Are you looking for ways to spend more time with your kids before summer ends? Here are some fun, easy ideas to promote family bonding before everyone goes back to school.

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    1. Be like the Backyardigans.
    Instead of standing at the kitchen counter returning emails and opening bills, move your activities outside to your deck or patio. While you tackle busy-work, the kids can run around on the lawn. This will help you be more productive as well: studies show that 20 minutes in the summer breeze is enough to boost energy levels.

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    2. Guarantee sweet dreams.

    Want to motivate your children to play as a family? Teach your kids blackjack or poker using Skittles or M&Ms instead of money. If they're too young to be card sharks, why not bust out the ice cream? You can set up an outdoor make-your-own sundae station, complete with crazy toppings,

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  • By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    Ah, reading: one of the seminal achievements of early childhood. The time when your little bean suddenly-and I mean suddenly-goes from singing the alphabet song ("A, B, C, D, elmoopee… Z!") to reading all the naughty bumper stickers on cars at the red lights. True story: My son recently asked me, out of the blue, "Mom, what does 'Girls are just boobs with legs' mean?" If my beleaguered minivan had more energy, I'd have rear-ended the stupid truck with that bumper sticker.

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    Reading also happens to be the crowning achievement in the Great "Mompetition" Wars. "My little Atticus was reading by two! We tried to hold him back so he'd fit in with the other kids, but genius just can't be contained, I suppose!"

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    Like most developmental milestones, when and how a child learns to read can be greatly variable, and there's a wide range of normal

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  • Free Career Advice: "Can I Be Friends With My Boss?"

    By Barbara Corcoran, REDBOOK

    Q:"My supervisor and I have become really close friends - so much so that it hurts when she gives me criticism on the job. How do I separate my work life from my social life?"

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    A: My friend Susan quit six months after I hired her because of this exact same problem. She was great at her job, and I thought I was a super supervisor. But I found out the hard way that you can't be both a friend and a boss. Why? Friendships are based on equality, while a boss is always your superior. But there are some ways to strike a balance between these two relationships.

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    First of all, you should have a heart-to-heart talk with your boss. Tell her how important both the friendship and a good working relationship are to you, and what aspects of your relationship make you feel uncomfortable and less productive. Chances are, she feels awkward too and will

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