:@iati0iiTips BY DENNIE HUGHES I'm a stay-at-home mother of a 3-year-old. Now that he's old enough to sit at the table, I'd like to Implement the "family dinner" routine I grew up with. But my husband says that he doesn't want to eat as early as the baby — he eats late at the office — and that he needs time at home to take care of personal stuff (exercising, paying bills). How can I change his mind? G.W., Florida It's time to let your husband in on the fact that having a baby means becoming a little less self-involved. Most likely he's spoiled because till now you've felt guilty about asking him to be more hands-on after his "hard day at the office." Though many stay-at- home spouses feel that way, they shouldn't — they work just as hard as their paycheck- providing partners, after all, and often without a break! Talk to your husband again, and make sure he imderstands why it's important for you to have the family sit down together at dinner. It's possible he didn't grow up the vray you did and may not imderstand how wonderful it is to have a time when family members can come together and talk about their day. Then, in the spirit of compromise, tell him you're more than willing to start off with just two or three family dinner nights a week, to help ease him into the new routine. Be patient, especially if this is the first time you've really asked him to put aside personal time for family time. Hell get the hang of it, and when he does, you might want to consider working something else into his busy schedule: a date night just for the two of you. ca Write te RelaiionTips, USA WEEKEND, 1275 First Ave., Box 265, New York, N. Y. 10021. Or send e-mail to: relationtips @usaweekend.com. Please include your name and daytime telephone number. How can I get my husband to leave work in time to eat with our toddler? Synvisc (pronounced "sin-visk") can relieve arthritis (osteoarthritis, or OA) knee pain with just one short course of therapy! Synvisc therapy is administered into the knee in just 3 doctor visits over 15 days! Synvisc is not a drug—it is used to treat the knee and only the knee! Synvisc therapy is like lubrication for your knee and also acts as a kind of "shock absorber" that cushions the joint. Synvisc can help improve your mobility and allow you to return to a more vibrant, active lifestyle! Learn more about Synvisc! Call 1 -800-803-5757 for a free video, a booidet, and a list of Synvisc* providers near you. www.synvisc.com Synvisc is generally well tolerated; however, it may not work for everyone. The most commonly reported side effects are temporary pain, swelling, and/or fluid accumulation in the injected knee (about 2% of injections). If fluid accumulation is large or painful, call your doctor. Other side effects, such as rash, have been reported rarely. Advise your doctor if you are allergic to chicken products or your leg is swollen or infected. The results of repeat use have not beon established. Synvisc therapy is usually covered by most medical plans, including Medicare. If you have questions about insurance coverage, please see additional information on the next page. *Your doctor may ask you to temporarily avoid strenuous activity after treatment. SYNVISC HYLAN G-F 20 USA WEEKEND • April 13-15,2001 9 nease see additional important patient Information on tiie next page.
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