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  • Doctors Refuse Care to Kids Without Vaccinations

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    vaccinevaccine 'Firing' your family's pediatrician is one thing, but a new trend finds pediatricians 'firing' patients. It isn't for failing to pay their bills, being overbearing, or even tearing out recipe clips from magazines in the waiting room. These days, the Wall Street Journal reports that up to 30% of pediatricians have admitted they ask some families to leave their practice for refusing to vaccinate their children.

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    These doctors, who are greatly in demand thanks to a shortage of pediatricians, cite concerns ranging from financial pressures to no time to deal with "recalcitrant" parents. Many doctors are bringing up another concern in the latest survey: "A major factor [in asking the families to leave] was the concern that unimmunized children could pose a danger in the waiting room to infants or sick children who haven't yet been fully vaccinated."

    This is a very real fear, as my sister recently found out. Read More »from Doctors Refuse Care to Kids Without Vaccinations
  • The 7 Basic Needs of a Wife

    By Amy Shearn, REDBOOK

    The blogosphere's been buzzing lately about Michelle Duggar and her retrograde, submission-heavy "Seven Basic Needs of a Husband." I admit her advice was making me squirm, but then I started thinking: Wait, what about my basic needs? I mean, I kind of think my family's needs are pretty well-considered these days-but as the decorative potholder says, "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." Thus, I present you with the Seven Basic Needs of a Wife.

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    1. A wife needs a husband who respects her as a woman. This means never, ever saying things like "Is it PMS?," "You bought another sundress?," or "When you're done breastfeeding the baby, can I have a turn?"

    2. A wife needs a husband who believes in and respects her god-given responsibilities. After all, Mad Men is not going to pour a glass of wine and watch itself.

    3. A wife needs a husband who will continue to find her beautiful no matter how

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  • Moms Confess: I Regret My Baby's Name

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    The first time it happened, we giggled. But this weekend when yet another little girl tittered and asked my 8-year-old son Jonas if he was named after the Jonas Brothers, the only sound was my son's sigh. "Couldn't you have named me Bob?" For the record, we named our son after his dad and it also happens to be a Bible name-no boy bands were invoked in the birth of our baby. And while I still love his name, I can understand why he gets tired of the jokes. At this age the girls are mostly reverential but if Nick, Joe and That Other One I Can Never Remember stick around the scene, by high school my son might have a legitimate complaint.

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    It turns out we're not the only ones having second thoughts about a child's name. In a recent survey done by Gurgle.com, 54 percent of British parents had some regrets about their chosen moniker. Wondering if the same held true for my American friends, I did a quick

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  • 5 Ways to Make Easy Money

    By Farnoosh Torabi, REDBOOK

    Women around the country are fed up with the snail's pace of economic recovery, and they're refusing to wait politely with their hands folded, hoping that a presidential candidate or a Powerball ticket will solve their money issues. Instead, they're answering the challenge with side hustles-many of which can be done from home or on a flexible schedule. Why is the extra work worth it? The thousands in added income can make the down payment on a house possible, erase credit card debt, provide little luxuries, and, perhaps most importantly, give you back a sense of financial control.

    In the words of Hannah*, 30, a single mom of a 5-year-old who added a few waitressing shifts to her full-time job as a school psychologist: "I'm doing what I have to do to keep a roof over my son's head. It almost feels noble."

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    She's right: There is something heroic about swooping in with a talent or a former job

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  • My Coworker Won't Stop Singing

    By Karen Karbo, REDBOOK

    Q: "I work in a small, cramped office with only six people. I don't mind that; what I object to is one gal who is always singing. No one else seems to care, and I don't want to come off as a total grump, but isn't that unprofessional?" -J.C., 60, California

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    A: Singing? Like, along with the radio, or just randomly breaking into "You Give Love a Bad Name"? I can't say whether her behavior is inappropriate-one office's lack of professionalism is another office's free-spirited creative vibe-but if it's affecting your work, it's got to stop. The next time Julie Andrews starts up, take her aside and say that her habit makes it hard for you to focus. Then add that you just can't help but listen to her since she's so good. While you'd much rather hear her belt out those tunes than do the weekly report, alas, the work needs to get done. Everybody's a winner this way: You don't look like a grouch, and her

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  • 3 Misleading 'Diet' Foods

    By Jessica Girdwain, REDBOOK

    We triple-checked the calories on these diet-y foods and discovered they're no better than the "real" versions. Lesson: Go with what tastes good, in reasonable portions.

    1. Nonfat frozen yogurt (Red Mango)

    LABEL SAYS: 80 calories, 0 g fat per serving

    THE REALITY: Fro-yo may be rich in healthy bacteria and protein, but calorie-free it ain't. Red Mango advertises calorie counts for half-cup servings-a small yogurt, however, contains 1.4 servings and 112 calories. A regular size has 2.3 servings and 184 calories. Sounds more like ice cream!

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    2. Fat-free powdered creamer (Coffee-Mate)

    LABEL SAYS: 10 calories, 0 g fat per tsp

    THE REALITY: One teaspoon would be plenty if you drank coffee out of a Dixie cup. But stir a couple of tablespoons into your mug and you're looking at 60 calories and 3 grams of saturated fat, "about what you'd get if you used half-and-half," says

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  • Settle an Argument: Should Your Partner Know Your Facebook Password?

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK

    Mariah, 30, and Greg, 28, have been dating for four years and living together for one. They leave one shared laptop in the living room, and they each have their own computers in addition to that one. Mariah always logs out of her Facebook account after using any of the three computers, which makes Greg think she may have something to hide. She says it's a force-of-habit privacy thing. Who's right?

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    He says: "We've been together for four years and now that we live together, I assumed we shared everything. When Mariah makes a point of logging out of Facebook on any of our computers, it makes me think she has something to hide. It's not like we're still in college using shared computers in the library, and someone can stir up some drama or change your profile if you leave Facebook logged in to your account. There are only two of us in our house, and all I would do if I needed to use FB after Mariah is log her

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  • Does This Count as Exercise?

    By REDBOOK

    Regular life often
    feels like a workout-but does it count toward the 30 minutes of physical activity you're supposed to get each day? Sometimes. The facts, from Robert Stoner, president of the American Health and Fitness Association:

    1. Carrying your baby: It's not exercise.

    It may leave your arms sore, but hoisting a baby or even a toddler doesn't rate as a workout in the health sense because it doesn't engage your cardiovascular system. What's more, studies show that women carrying things slow down, which prevents you from burning as many fat calories as you would walking solo or pushing a stroller briskly for 20 minutes.

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    2. Dashing up and down the stairs: It's exercise!

    Stair workouts slash more calories than walking does - up to 100 calories in 15 minutes. So making 10 trips up and down between floors of your house counts as at least part of your daily workout requirement.

    3. Shopping at the mall: It's exercise!

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  • 3 Ways You Lose Money Without Realizing It

    By Beth Kobliner, REDBOOK

    It's the little buys you barely notice that do the most damage to your bottom line. Beth zooms in on some new offenders.

    1. Shrinking groceries. Many brands, including Häagen-Dazs and Tropicana, are slashing the size of some of their products by up to 20 percent while keeping prices the same, Consumer Reports recently revealed.

    The fix:
    Compare products based on lowest unit price, not total price, to see which one really costs less.

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    2. Online gaming. Popular programs like FarmVille and Smurfs' Village are free to play, but parents are reporting that their kids have unknowingly racked up big bills on in-game accessories that can cost more than $200.

    The fix:
    Don't give your kids the password needed to make purchases.

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    3. Group deal sites . Groupon and LivingSocial should save you cash, but customers don't manage to use 10 to 20 percent of the

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  • 17 5-Minute Marriage Makeovers

    By Colleen Oakley, REDBOOK

    These quick, no-sweat strategies will smooth out the bumps, bring the sexy back, and, ultimately, make your love last. They're too easy not to do.

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    1. It's the little things.
    It turns out that love is in the details: "We know from marriage and divorce research that it's the everyday things - having fun, connecting, and showing you care - that make or break a marriage," says Debra Castaldo, Ph.D., author of Gifts of Love. We heard the same from other experts, real couples, and even one of America's greatest living poets. So we worked up this list of 17 fast little somethings that'll help you and your guy go all gaga for each other again.

    2. Have a quick bitchfest (just not about each other).
    "It's very detrimental to a relationship to pretend you're always doing great," says Brian Grossman, Ph.D., a relationship expert and author of Learning to Listen: Did You Hear What I Think I Said?

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