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  • Dear Whys Guy: "How Do I Tell My Boyfriend His Psoriasis Bothers Me?"

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK


    I have a very sweet and caring boyfriend. I love him dearly, and he is wonderful, except one problem: He has psoriasis. Really bad psoriasis. He leaves dime-size skin flakes in the bed, so I have to change the sheets every day. Luckily it's only on his feet and ankles, but still... He responds very well to his prescription steroid cream and has no side effects. Within a few weeks of treatment, the psoriasis is almost gone! But he says he doesn't need the treatment and that it bothers him. I've tried telling him how much it bothers and disgusts me, but I'm not phrasing it in such a way that he can really understand. Please help!

    Related: 7 Things Men Secretly Don't Want in Bed


    If he's not taking his meds because it bothers him, that's his deal; you're not the one using the steroid cream, so you don't really know how it makes him feel. That being said, if he's decided not to follow his course of treatment and the result

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  • Dear Whys Guy: "Help! I'm an iPad Widow!"

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK


    Help! I am an iPad widow! How do I get my husband to put the damn thing down and have a conversation with me?

    Related: 7 Things Men Secretly Don't Want in Bed


    I recently mentioned in a column that I'm struggling with my own computer issues right now. I don't think I have a problem, but I'm on the damn thing much more than I want to be. The thing about the computer is that it provides the illusion of constructive productivity, or that you're learning or doing something. But it's not, and you're not. It's just the modern equivalent of channel surfing and vegging-out in front of the TV for hours. The only difference is that 24 hours after watching a Facts of Life marathon, I still remember the episodes I watched, whereas I can't tell you what I read or saw on the internet last night.

    Related: 30 Days to a Better Husband

    So maybe ask him the next morning what he learned or was reading about during the previous evening's

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  • The Great Mom Debate: Do You Tell Your Daughter She's Pretty?

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    After losing a daughter to a genetic disorder that only affects girls and then having three boys, to say having our baby girl was a seminal moment in my life would be an understatement. She was the girl we thought we could never have. She was our miracle. And what was the first thing I said after she was born? "Oh, she is so beautiful!!" (Lie: that was the second thing. The first thing I said was "I am NEVER doing that again; that hurt so bad that not only will I not forget it; I will likely have PTSD from it.") No one could fault me for finding her absolutely gorgeous-not to get all proud mom up in here but is she ever!-but I had a slight twinge of guilt when I said it. Not even two minutes old and already we were into mother guilt.

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    20 months later and I'm still having little guilt spasms every time I tell her she's pretty-something I do about 100 times a day. While I also tell her she's

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  • 6 Back-to-School Kid-Friendly Dinners


    1. No-Bake Macaroni and Cheese:
    Though our No-Bake Macaroni and Cheese boasts a full, rich flavor, this dish is as simple to prepare as boiling water. Get the recipe!

    Related: Get Back-to-School Ready

    2. Baked Ziti with Meatballs: A fresh and superfast dinner, this recipe still manages to combine ziti, meatballs, marinara sauce and juicy mozzarella in just under 25 minutes! Get the recipe!

    Related: The 10 Cutest Lunchboxes for Back-to-School

    3. Pigs in Blankets: Is there a better dinner than pigs in blankets? We use frozen pastry dough and all-beef hot dogs for these kid-pleasing bites. Get the recipe!

    Related: 8 Healthy Snacks for Kids

    4. Crispy Oven Chicken Fingers: We've cut the fat from these irresistibly crispy chicken fingers by baking them in the oven instead of deep frying. Get the recipe!

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    5. Sloppy Joes: Sure, you can buy canned sauce, but homemade sloppy joes are so easy and much tastier. Get the recipe!

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  • Free Career Advice: "I Hate My Boss"

    By Barbara Cocoran, REDBOOK

    "My boss just left and her replacement is terrible-she gives me impossible deadlines, flips out a lot, and, all in all, doesn't make work very much fun. Is there anything I can do to let her know this isn't the way things have been done in the past?"

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    A: I've worked for good bosses and bad bosses, and I've learned that the person you work for has more to do with your happiness than the work you actually do. Try this to improve your satisfaction on the job:

    1. Forget about how things used to be done. The past is past, and your new boss decides how things are run.

    Related: The 18 Most Annoying Male Habits, Explained!

    2. Give your boss a chance. Everyone's nervous when they start a new job, and it takes a few months to settle into a new position. Let her get her feet on the ground now, and she may welcome your suggestions later.

    3. Focus on doing a great job. Keep a list of what you're doing right. It'll help you stay

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  • 10 Easy and Healthy Kid's Packed Lunches

    By Kayla Miller, REDBOOK

    Are you always packing your kid's lunchbox with the same old boring foods? Branch out with new ingredients found in these vegetarian menu ideas that incorporate leftovers and finger foods. Amy Hemmert, co-founder of Laptop Lunches, lets us in on quick and easy packed lunches for kids that are still healthy and nutritious. These recipes are so yummy that you'll be tempted to pack an extra for yourself to take to the office!

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    1. Arugula and Walnut Salad

    "The end of tomato season is always a bit hard to stomach, but it does mean that apples are ready for picking, providing a good excuse to pack apples and apple treats-like apple strudel. For a less caloric strudel, add extra apples and reduce the amount of phyllo dough and butter. And be sure to pack a healthy portion of greens for your main course," says Amy.

    - Baby arugula
    - Sliced radishes
    - Walnut halves
    - Garlic
    - Lemon juice
    - Olive oil

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  • Settle an Argument: Who Should Control Our Joint Bank Account?

    By Kayla Miller, REDBOOK

    Mike, 50, and Kim, 46, have been married for 26 years and have two kids. Kim is in control of the couple's finances. Mike wants to spend their money on sports events and memorabilia, but Kim wants to save their hard-earned cash for necessities such as bills and groceries. How much influence should Mike get to have on their financial life? Who's right in this situation?

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    She says: We're on a tight budget right now anyway, especially with one kid in college, so we need to save as much money as we can for the things we actually need. We can't blow everything on unnecessary items. I am more responsible with our money, so shouldn't I stay in charge?

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    He says: Since we both add income to our bank account, I feel like I should get to buy things that I like. Why do I need to ask for permission when I make my own money?

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  • Argument Settled: Who Should Pay for Dinner?

    By Kayla Miller, REDBOOK

    In today's modern times, it's becoming more common for couples to go Dutch treat on dates rather than the guy paying for everything. However, some still think the chivalrous gentleman should exist and pick up the dinner tab every time. Engaged couple Kyle and Courtney had the same argument: Courtney wanted to go out to dinner while Kyle preferred to save money by staying in. Even though Kyle finally gave in and agreed to go out, Courtney still thought he should foot the bill. Kyle was willing to split it 50/50, but Courtney was already under the assumption that his money was her money so it didn't matter. So we asked, who's right in this situation?

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    64 percent of you sided with Kyle. After all, it's not as if he asked her to pay for the entire meal. On the other hand, 35 percent took Courtney's side. Since the couple has already been engaged for six months, it's time they start combining their funds.

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  • 9 Reasons to Let Your Kids Play Video Games

    By Meryl Davids Landau, REDBOOK

    For many parents, the mere mention of video games conjures visions of kids' little brains turning to mush from staring at a screen all day. Just ask Claire Teller, a Boca Raton, FL, mom, about her 9-year-old son, Eric. "No matter how much he plays, it's never enough," she says. "Every day, Eric begs for more computer time."

    With studies showing that kids spend more time on the computer than ever before-and that violent games can indeed lead kids to think and act aggressively-parents' worries are understandable. But not all video games are harmful. Although you should mix your child's computer time with other activities, "many positive developments occur when kids play high-quality games," says Marc Prensky, author of the recently published Don't Bother Me Mom-I'm Learning! Here's an age-by-age look at the various skills children can build from playing these games, as well as expert picks for the best ones.

    Related: 10 Tips to Get Kids Reading

    AGES 3-5

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  • 8 Healthy Snacks for Kids


    These healthy snack recipes are so delicious and deceivingly wholesome, you'll feel great about feeding them to your kids!

    1. Oatmeal-Cranberry Cookies:
    These cookies are the perfect healthy snack to have waiting on the counter after school. Get the recipe!

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    2. Red Applesauce: Applesauce doesn't have to come out of a jar. This homemade version is a natural and tasty snack for kids. Get the recipe!

    3. Homemade Granola Bars: This snack is a healthy, portable option that's fun to make for kids on the go. Get the recipe!

    Related: Get Back-to-School Ready

    4. Tangerine-Mango Smoothie: If your kids are always asking for ice cream as a snack, this smoothie is a healthier alternative. Get the recipe!

    Related: 5 Things Your Child's Teacher Needs From You

    5. Sweet and Spicy Jicama Sticks: These sticks are so delicious, we promise your kids won't even realize they're eating a vegetable! Get the recipe!

    6. Chocolate-Dipped Fruit Snack: Help your

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