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Larry King: “You Don’t Divorce Your Children”

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

We all know Larry King as the world-renowned TV anchor who kept Americans in-the-know on global happenings for 25 years via his CNN show, Larry King Live.

My Life As A Dad, the popular web series that delves into the lives of celebrity fathers, recently chatted with Larry King about his experience in being a dad to five children, two of which were born almost four decades after his first children.

Larry King’s son Larry, Jr., adopted son Andy, and daughter Chaia were born in the 60′s, a hectic time when his promising and long-withstanding broadcast journalism career took off. In the interview, Larry shares how he thinks his earlier children might view how he fathers his sons Chance (b. 1999) and Cannon (b. 2000) differently now.

“I don’t know if they are hurt by it…they don’t say it,” Larry says. “They all pretty much handle it very well and they love their younger brothers. But I imagine that there is a little resentment. That would be normal, you know, why he wasn’t there for me all the time. It’s the kind of life I led and if I could do a do-over again, I would have spent more time.”

The reputable TV anchor goes on to share his greatest piece of advice for parents and discloses one of his biggest regrets. His advice for parents: “The advice I would give is ‘you can’t get it back.’ The day you didn’t go to the game, you can’t get that back. You didn’t go. The hotel room that goes unsold will never be sold. The day you didn’t spend, you didn’t spend. That is a big regret of mine; that I didn’t do more.”

He also discusses how many men don’t understand real love until they have a child.

“It’s the first time in your life,” he shares. “You don’t have to love your wife–that’s why there is divorce. You don’t divorce your children. There are things about your children that will annoy you, but the love is spectacular.”

He also shares a special moment he had at one of his son’s baseball games: “Yesterday, my son pitched three scoreless innings for Notre Dame’s scrimmage game. I was sitting in the stands at the beautiful field at Notre Dame. He was pitching and standing on the mound with that regal look…I just looked at him and could almost cry. I flashed back to the day he was born and the day I took him to his first game. And there he is, standing with that regal look. He struck out a guy…that jolt just goes through your heart. He asked me, ‘Do you root for me more than you root for the Dodgers?’ and I said, ‘Of course!’”

And does he have any thoughts about the fatherhood experience?

“Fatherhood is fantastic, fantastic.,” Larry states. “Whatever is second best is a distant second.”

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of Savings.com

We love the summer for a lot of reasons. (Sleeping out under the stars, watching movies all day as a family when it gets too hot to play outside and running through sprinklers in the backyard are just a few of them.) And while every year we look forward to these traditions, there’s one other tradition that sits high on top of that list of things we love during the time of year: summer sales.

Check out this week’s deals for a plethora of sales on everything you need for the kids from Leapfrog games and entertainment to clothes and accessories from Babies ‘R’ Us and sports apparel from Champs, plus much more!

  1. LeapfrogBuy 2 apps, get the 3rd free (No code needed). Expires 7/21/2014.
  2. Babies R UsAdditional 40% off clearance for baby clothes, accessories and more (No code needed). Expires7/12/2014.
  3. Bargain Catalog Outlet$5 off orders $10 or more (Coupon code: BCJULYBDAY). Expires 7/31/2014.
  4. Champs Sports15% off orders $75 or more (Coupon code: LKS14L4S). Expires 7/31/2014.
  5. Gap. Summer Sale: Save up to 60% off (No code needed). Expires 7/13/2014.

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Dad Brings Two Kids On Plane, Gets V.I.P. Treatment

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Our writer Sarah Schmelling offers a funny perspective in her Parents magazine column, ”Just Kidding! 

ALEXANDRA, VA - Todd Briscoe, 37, unexpectedly received royal treatment when he brought his two sons on a cross-country flight last week.

“They were adorable!” gushed flight attendant Courtney Flann. “They sat on either side of him, slamming their tray tables open and closed while he sang a song about space zombies. It was sweet!”

Flann said she and her colleagues made sure Briscoe and his boys, ages 4 and 5, could watch nonstop movies and have free first-class dinners, despite the fact the rest of the passengers could only buy BBQ chips and a Lettuce Wrap for $11. “We know that it’s hard to bring kids on a five-hour flight,” she explained. “We wanted him to have the best experience possible.”

Tricia Finewood, 41, a mom traveling with three kids and sitting two rows behind Briscoe, said she saw people fawning over someone but assumed it was a celebrity. “I was dealing with the woman in front of me talking loudly about how ‘parents these days have no control over their kids’ while my daughters read quietly,” she said. “Also, I got hit by a suitcase while getting our bags in the overhead bin by myself.”

When told that the fuss was over a dad traveling with kids, Finewood said, “I get it. Dads with kids are cute. Me? I just dream of a day when I can fly with my children and get past the beverage cart to go to the bathroom.”

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of Savings.com

Hot and hazy summer days coupled with cooler summer nights call for a myriad of different clothing options for kids. They need swimsuits and shorts, tanks and tees and sweaters for sleeping under the stars. This week we have discounts from around the web for any and everything apparel related for your kids this season. From Carter’s and GUESS to Tommy Hilfiger, Sierra Trading Post and Kohls … we’ve got you covered.

  1. Carter’s20% off orders $40 or more (Coupon code: SH2Q114C). Expires 8/24/2014.
  2. GUESS Kids10% off regular-priced items (Coupon code: TENPNTS). Expires 9/30/2014.
  3. Tommy HilfigerExtra 30% off sale and clearance items. (Coupon code: TBD). Expires 7/14/2014.
  4. Sierra Trading Post20% off all orders (Coupon code: ALSWIM4). Expires 7/10/2014.
  5. Kohls20% off all orders (Coupon code: PICNIC). Expires 7/7/2014. 

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Top 10 Reasons Why I Hate My Son*

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Each month in Parents, we print the 27 truest words about parenting from our favorite bloggers. Our August issue features a quote from Mike Julianelle at Dad and Buried. Read his full blog post below.

Having kids is not all it’s cracked up to be.

For one thing, you have a tiny human being in your house. This is almost as bizarre as having an animal in your house, but at least animals have fur. All my son has is tons and tons of drool.

For the most part it’s fun to have him around, except of course for the drain on my finances, the stress on my marriage, the elimination of my social life, the inability to sleep, the constant threat of fecal explosion, etc. It’s actually very much like running a farm; at the beginning there was even milking.

I know this is old news; everyone already knows that kids are a drag. But not all kids are a drag in the same ways.

Here then, is a list of things I hate about my son, and my son only.

1 – He makes everything more important.
Work, money, food, health, free time. Everything means more now. I need to work harder to make more money to buy more food. More expensive, healthy food that won’t make him get fat and get diabetes. I have to eat healthier too, and I have to exercise so I don’t get fat and have a heart attack. Free time is no longer free, it’s time to spend with him, and I need more of it because he needs more of me, and I can’t go to the movies or to the bar because he can’t come and I can’t watch the stuff I want to watch when he’s around because it might make him kill people so I have to make sure he watches the proper stuff which just gives me a headache and I can’t let him watch too much because he has to go outside and oh my god there’s just so much to think about get out of my HEAD SCHWARTZ!

2 – He’s better looking than I am.
Which is funny, because everyone tells me how much we look alike. But it’s clear he blows me away, just by virtue of being younger and not having bags under his eyes or a scowl on his face. I’ve never in my life gotten as many compliments as this kid. I mean, the dude’s a chick magnet, and it’s a lot of fun to get all this attention from the ladies, but not that fun since I’m married and he’s a long way from puberty. It’s like having a superpower you can’t use. I feel like Mr. Incredible, except when he’s fat and hates his life.

3 – My wife likes him more than she likes me.
Every husband knows this is true. Ask Oedipus.

4 – He reminds me of my mortality.
Everyone tells you that having a kid around teaches you to see old things as new again; reinvigorates your perspective on life; let’s you experience things through a child’s eyes. All it has taught me is that I’ve wasted my life and I’m 35 going on 60 and apparently that’s gonna happen in the blink of an eye since having kids somehow accelerates time, according to every single parent I’ve ever met. Great. So I’m old, and I’m getting older, and he’s in my face with his wasted, idiotic youth all the time, AND soon he’ll be 25 and I’ll be dead. Parenting!

5 – My parents like him more than me.
He’s their only grandson and they don’t remember what he was like as a teenager because he’s only two. I, on the other hand, revert to being a teenager with every visit home. Advantage: grandson.

6 – He gets terrible music stuck in my head.
I defy you to not be humming this song all day long:

And then there’s “Yo Gabba Gabba!” At first you’re like, oh, a hipster show for kids, maybe the music will be tolerable! And then you can’t stop singing “Try it! You’ll like it! TRY IT AND YOU’LL LIKE IT!” to yourself over and over and over and over. I don’t blame the shows themselves; they are what they are. I blame my son. He did this to me. Thankfully I got a little payback – he’s been humming “Call Me Maybe” for weeks. REVENGE.

7 – Everyone likes him more than me.
Honestly, this kid is a charmer. It’s gross. He has more social skills than I’ve ever had. I can barely go two minutes without insulting someone, this kid has gang members blowing kisses on the F train. The last time I blew a kiss at a gang member, well…let’s just say I’m lucky I was still able to have a kid.

8 – He makes drinking/being hungover/going to the movies/going to dinner/sleeping everything harder.
He makes every adult-based and/or private and/or quiet activity harder. I can’t get drunk when he’s around, and even when he’s not around, he will be the next morning, when the cure for a hangover is NOT his Elmo guitar in my face. I can’t sleep late when he’s around alive. I can’t go to the movies or dinner with him, which means I need a babysitter, and last week we scared off our best one when we came home drunk. He just makes life harder. More rewarding? More meaningful? Sure, whatever. I just want to get drunk in peace. Is that a crime?

9 – I like him more than me.
He’s a better person. It’s just a fact. Even though he’s still stained with Original Sin! BETTER PERSON THAN ME.

10 – He makes everything less important.
Who gives a shit about going to the movies or watching Breaking Bad? I could sit and stare at my son all night long and that would be entertainment enough. I mean, ALL HE DOES is fall on his face. It’s hilarious. He has 100% ruined my life, yes, but that was my old life and this is my new one (a fact that is both pathetic and, frankly, kind of necessary). He is my new one. I honestly couldn’t care less about myself anymore. Like I said above, he’s Me 2.0 and he’s better in every. single. way. Which makes me have to try and be better too.

Which, in all honesty, is a major pain in the ass.

*Fine. Maybe it should be “Top 10 Reasons Why I “Hate” My Son”

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5 Over-The-Top Celebrity Kid Birthday Bashes

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

In Hollywood, celebrity parents shell out unbelievable amounts of money to throw big birthday parties for their babies. Let’s look at five celebrity tots whose birthday bashes rank among the most lavish seen in the last few years.

North West

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West went all out for North’s first birthday party, which was branded by the couple as “Kidchella.” The mini music festival in Calabasas, California, boasted a karaoke stage, Ferris wheel and entertainment for guests of all ages. Nori wore a flower-power inspired dress and enjoyed a three-tier tie-dyed cake.

Blue Ivy

Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z spared no expense to celebrate their daughter’s first birthday. Clocking in at a rumored $200,000, Blue Ivy’s party featured a princess theme and was replete with pink and white roses. Costumes, jewelry and gifts were provided for all of Blue Ivy’s friends and their parents. In addition to the party and an extravagant cake, Blue Ivy received a diamond-encrusted Barbie from her parents valued at $80,000.

Suri Cruise

For her fifth birthdaySuri’s parents – Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes threw her a circus-themed party complete with live elephants and giraffes. Thanks to the little girl’s love for Alice in Wonderland, the party was attended by professional actors dressed in full costume and guests dressed in fanciful attire inspired by Alice. The party reportedly cost some $20,000 and was thrown at the private residence shared by Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes at the time.

Kingston Rossdale

Kingston is the apple of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s eyes, and that was clear at his fourth birthday party. His famous parents spent a whopping $15,000 on their firstborn son’s birthday!  The relaxed Los Angeles bash featured a variety of snack foods, a lemonade stand, cotton candy machine and big birthday cake. Kingston’s parents kept the party kid focused with entertainment including super hero characters, bouncy houses, live birds, balloon artists and face painters.

Zahara Jolie-Pitt

Notoriously private, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt didn’t publicize the details of daughter Zahara’s seventh birthday party. Nonetheless, Angelina was spotted out in Sherman Oaks buying a new wardrobe for Z, and celebrity bloggers speculated that the family threw a fun party with an African-inspired theme in their home.

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of Savings.com

Saving a little money here and there with coupons and discount codes is great, but wouldn’t it be nice to get something for free? Some time? Maybe just once?

This week’s deals are just that – offers for free items from places we especially love in the summer, like Carvel, Hardees and Carl’s Jr. So ahead … get something for free for once in your life!

  1. Carvel. Buy 1 Get 1 Free sundaes every Wednesday all summer long (Print coupon). Expires 09/30/2014.
  2. HardeesBuy 1 Get 1 Free Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich on Mondays (Click on coupon to print). Expires 6/30/2014.
  3. Carl’s JrBuy 1 Get 1 Free Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich on Mondays (Click on coupon to print). Expires 6/30/2014.
  4. BrueggersFree Snapple Iced Tea with breakfast or lunch sandwich (Print coupon). Expires 6/30/2014.
  5. Arm & Hammer. Free Arm & Hammer 14lb Clump & Seal Cat Litter with Rebate (Click through and fill out rebate form to make item free). Expires 11/30/2014.

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Eli Manning: “I Try To Enjoy Every Moment I Have With My Family”

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

This Father’s Day, Oral-B honored dads with the help of Eli Manning, New York Giants quarterback and proud dad, and March of Dimes, an organization that celebrates mothers and fathers every day.

Manning, 33, has had great success on the field. But his most cherished memories have nothing to do with roaring crowds, smart plays or perfect passes.  Celebrity Baby Scoop Scoop spoke with Eli about spending time with his family, his father, football great Archie Manning, and his two young daughters – Ava, 3 , and Lucy, 1.

CBS: Tell us about your partnership with Oral B and the March of Dimes. How did you get involved? What inspired you to participate in this Father’s Day celebration?

EM: “I’m thrilled to partner with Oral-B and March of Dimes this Father’s Day because being a dad is my most important responsibility. As a young boy, I can remember throwing around the football with my dad in the front yard and now, I get to make my own special memories with my daughters. I’m proud to partner with Oral-B and March of Dimes to celebrate those little moments between fathers and children, no matter where they live or what they do.”

CBS: How does your family celebrate Father’s Day? What traditions mean the most to you?

EM: “My family and I spend the holiday outside; playing games and running around. As a boy, my favorite Father’s Day memory was playing with my dad and brothers in the backyard. We were always very active.”

CBS: How influential has your Dad been in your parenting style? What do you admire most about your Dad?

EM: “My dad has been extremely influential in my parenting style. I admire that my dad always set a good example about being a good sport. After a game, my dad didn’t care about winning or losing. He would give us a hug and remind us not take it too seriously. My dad also never tried to live his athletic career or aspirations through me and my brothers – if we wanted help with a play or throw, he would of course help us but we’d have to ask.”

CBS: What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing as a family?

EM: “As a family, we enjoy being outside as much as possible and playing games together. We have a lot of energy and lots of activities to keep us busy.”

CBS: You keep a busy travel schedule during football season, how do you find balance between football and family?

EM: “When I come home after a game, I try to leave the game behind me and really focus on my family and being a good dad. Time goes by quickly, so I try to enjoy every moment I have with my family.”

CBS: The 2014 football season looks to be a good one, which matchups are you most looking forward to?

EM: “As a team, we’re feeling very good about the upcoming season and confident in our new offensive system. Each week is going to be a good challenge for us.”

Please visit Powerofdad.com for a cute video that touches on those special little moments with dad in celebration of Father’s Day.

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