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  • 9 Little Gestures He Wishes You'd Do

    Between soccer practices and school plays, it's easy to put romance on the back burner. Show some appreciation for your man with these tips straight from real guys yearning for a little TLC. By Alexa Tucker, REDBOOK.

    CoupleParticipate in his hobbies
    Couples who play together stay together. Next time your hubby goes for a bike ride, strap on a helmet and join him, or grab the second controller and have him teach you how to improve your ranking in Assassin's Creed. Tariq K., 30, says, "Participate in my hobbies. I think it would be constructive if my significant other were into doing what I like to do."

    Bring him dessert from your girls dinner

    Yes, you would like to see the dessert menu, thank you. "I'd like it if she'd bring me dessert from her girls dinner out because I have a sweet tooth, and I'd like an extra dessert every now and then," says Peter M., 36. Next time he's home babysitting while you're munching on lettuce wraps at P.F. Chang's with the girls, remember to bring home a

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  • How Olympic Moms Make it Work

    When they aren't winning medals for team U.S.A., these amazing women experience the same motherhood successes and struggles that we non-Olympic athletes do. Find out how they balance their family life and training schedule with strength and agility. REDBOOK.

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  • 5 Before-Bed Habits that Are Killing Your Sex Life

    Wondering why things aren't quite what they used to be before kids and a mortgage came along? One of these all-too-easy to make mistakes could be to blame. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    CoupleSocial media makes you antisocial
    If you're on Facebook checking out photos of the mean girl from your high school, or reading through a celebrity's Twitter feed, it's easy to forget about the person lying next to you. "It feels like you aren't prioritizing your relationship," says Dr. Logan Levkoff, a sexologist and host of Café Mom's Mom Ed: In the Bedroom. He may feel like you're too preoccupied to be receptive to his advances - so save that Pinterest recipe browsing for the morning.

    You're always "on-call"
    We get it. Between your e-mail, texts, and phone, you're constantly accessible. But, unless you're a doctor who's actually on-call, chances are, your office, fellow PTA-member and sister can all catch you tomorrow. Bank on the old saying, "out of sight, out of mind," and charge your laptop, iPhone and

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  • 9 Easy Ways to Lose Weight and Keep it Off

    Here's why one personal trainer purposefully packed on 90 pounds, how he got his lean body back, and his simple diet-and-eating plan to help transform your body. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

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    Man on a mission

    Trainer Paul "PJ" James was counseling overweight clients on how to slim down, but at 176 pounds of lean muscle, he had no idea how it felt to carry extra weight. With two-thirds of Americans now overweight or obese, he wanted to understand firsthand the struggled of someone trying to lose weight. To do this, he intentionally gained 90 pounds in order to take them back off. James hit 264 pounds before returning to his healthy weight, and shares his journey in his new book, Take It Off, Keep It Off. Try James' real-world tips to shed points -- and keep them off for food.

    Get moving in the a.m.
    "Start every day with 15 minutes of cardio intervals -- such as brisk walking outside or on the elliptical -- before breakfast," says James. "Doing cardio on an empty stomach isRead More »from 9 Easy Ways to Lose Weight and Keep it Off
  • 10 After-School Conversations to Have

    "How was school?" "Fine." How many times have you had this weary exchange with your children? Parenting author Sarah MacLaughlin shares her best tips for expanding the after-school chat. By Alexa Tucker, REDBOOK.

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    One look says it all

    To build a platform for a meaningful post-class conversation, MacLaughlin says, "Connect with your child nonverbally. Look her in the eye. Smile. Wink. Beam her with love. This warms up your relationship with your child without putting any demands on her." This will also let her know you're ready to give her your full attention.

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    Remind them of your affection

    It's no secret how important it is for kids to feel cared about. Before diving into conversation, MacLaughlin suggests, "Express your love and gratitude. Tell him, 'I love you!' This fortifies your connection with him further." Give him a genuine compliment, or give his hand a squeeze. Not every talking point in your chat has to be a

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  • 10 Beauty Mistakes You're Probably Making

    Industry insiders share the most surprising beauty blunders - and how to fix them. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

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  • 10 Tips for Getting the Best Photos of Your Kids

    With summer comes vacations, trips, and relaxed time in the backyard, all of which I'd like to capture on film - hopefully with my kids' eyes open. Here are ten pro tips to help capture your favorite moments. By Joslyn Gray, REDBOOK

    picturepictureWork on their schedule and turf. Schedule your photos around the time that is best for your kids, be sure they are fed and rested, and find a place where they feel comfortable, like their favorite playground or a familiar beach, says Sherry Sutton, who photographs clients in the greater New York City area. Don't rule out taking photos at home; this photo was taken in the family's own backyard.

    Get down on their level.
    Too often we take the picture from our height and only see their little heads, photographer Karen Cooley says. Get on your knees or lie down on your stomach if you have to, then start snapping away.

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    Hold the cheese, please.
    Let your kids be themselves, says Sherry, and forget about telling them to

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  • 10 Romantic Date Ideas for Unromantic Guys

    Want to make your husband 10 times more excited about a romantic evening than poker night with the guys? Check out one (or more!) of these manly rendezvous that are tailored to his personality. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

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  • 6 Ways to Have Fifty Shades of Grey Sex Tonight

    Wishing your sex life was a little more exciting? Follow these moves inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey to add some oomph to your orgasm. By Cari Wira Dineen, REDBOOK.

    Getty ImagesFifty Shades of Grey has women talking-and thinking-a lot more about sex. But, it also has many of us feeling inferior. A recent Goodinbed.com poll found that 50 percent of people are bored in their relationships, and crave more sexual adventure. So how can you turn your love life into the stuff of fantasy literature, even if your idea of a "playroom" houses your kids' toys? Read on for 10 moves you'll want to try ASAP. Feel free to forward them to your guy to get his wheels spinning...

    The best place to start: with Christian and Ana themselves. Ian Kerner, founder of Good in Bed and author of the new book, The Big Book of Sex, suggests reading your partner a passage of Fifty Shades of Grey, or another piece of erotic literature that turns you on. Although going beyond missionary position might push you both out of your

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  • Does Being Afraid of Labor Make it Last Longer?

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK.

    Getty ImagesBad news, pregnant ladies: All that obsessive reading of the "The Complicated Pregnancy" chapter of What to Expect When You're Expecting may be doing worse things to you than just giving you nightmares. A Norwegian study recently found that women who are afraid of childbirth end up with longer labors. Women who were reported "greatly afraid" of labor and delivery ended up, on average, with an extra hour and half of labor compared to less-afraid moms.

    There are some research studies that have me scratching my head, but I have to say this one makes perfect sense to me. Having gone through labor and delivery five times - two with an epidural, two without any meds, and one half-and-half - I can tell you from experience that being afraid of the pain can actually create more of it. It's that half-and-half delivery that really convinced me.

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    My first two deliveries were relatively short

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