Friday, November 2nd, 2012
Dancing With the Stars host and mother of four, Brooke Burke, shares her tips for raising health-conscious kids:
1. Be a Role Model
“The best thing I can do for my children is to lead by example,” says Brooke. Carve out time each week to be active and opt for nutritious choices when planning meals. Doing so will show your kids that health is a priority.
2. Get Everyone Involved
Share the task of creating a healthy home by getting your youngsters involved. For big kids, ask for help with the grocery shopping or meal prep each week. For younger ones, try Brooke’s tip: “My children use a Brita for Kids Water Bottle that has a built-in filter. I make it their responsibility to refill their bottles throughout the day to stay hydrated.”
3. Stock Up
Provide your kids with the right choices by having a kitchen filled with wholesome foods. “I keep a snack bag handy filled with popcorn, dried seaweed, and nuts,” says Brooke.”Plus, I make sure to have a pitcher of water on the table at all times so my children aren’t tempted to reach for sugary substitutes when thirsty,” says Brooke.
Photo Credit: Brooke Burke-Charvet teamed up with Brita and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to encourage kids at a Pasadena elementary school to drink more water and fewer sugary drinks on October 17, 2012.
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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
Dan Bucatinsky bears all in his new book, Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?, which hit bookstores today. With hilarious quotes, like “Daddy, smell my fingers,” this soul-bearing memoir recounts his journey through parenthood with his partner, Don, and their two children, Eliza and Jonah. We talked to Dan to get his perspective on the ever-evolving image of the “modern family.”
Q: The modern day family comes in so many different forms. How has the perception of family changed in recent years?
Images in the media, art, literature, and pop culture (especially in shows like “Modern Family”) resonate with everyone and bring us all closer. It takes knowing a different kind of family to be able to love a different kind of family. The media has helped people get to know us in a way we weren’t known before – and help teach that family is family no matter what form it comes in.
Q: What is your parenting approach when raising your two kids?
I fight the impulse to make it about me. I try to let them be their own individuals because I really want them to know I’m proud of who they ARE rather than what they DO (which isn’t to say I don’t cry every time I see that proud little smile on their faces when they feel accomplishment). And I don’t let them eat in the car. That one is about me. I’m tired of scraping squished raisins off leather.
Q: Why was it important to you to write a book about your experience as a gay parent?
I wanted to put something out there we would’ve found useful when Don and I started our parenthood journey — something honest and personal and funny.
Q: In what ways do your children benefit from being raised in an unconventional family setting?
Two gay men to dress you in the morning? That’s a guarantee you’re always going to match! Kidding aside, the terrifying act of speaking the words, “I’m gay,” forever changes a person. I can only imagine the value that adds to children raised by parents who have experienced that level of courage and honesty.
Q: What are the biggest misconceptions individuals have of raising a child with two fathers or two mothers?
That one parent is always the ‘mommy’ and one is the ‘daddy.’ I find that while we gravitate to certain roles and strengths as parents, each of us take on both roles at different times.
Q: Have you and your children discussed the best ways to handle criticism from their peers? What go-to responses or approaches do you recommend?
We have been fortunate to live in Los Angeles, a city where we aren’t made to feel out of the ordinary. On the rare occasion when the kids are asked where their mommy is, they have always been encouraged to take a matter-of-fact approach: “I have two parents. Mine are both dads.”
Q: And we must know, what has been your most embarrassing parenting moment to date?
I did a pretty awesome shake-your-bootie dance for the kids over breakfast one morning, and then they told their teachers about it. What happened to the rule, “What happens at the breakfast table STAYS at the breakfast table?!” When I saw the teachers in the schoolyard, they made me do it for them. I didn’t have a choice so I did the dance. Mortifying.
And now… some fill in the blank fun:
The parenthood moment you’re dreading the most is dealing with my kids’ heartache of any kind, the cruelty of other kids towards them, bailing them out of jail, or explaining why they can’t get a tattoo. I guess I’m dreading a lot.
The most original punishment I’ve used before is once they weren’t behaving in the car because they wanted me to turn on the radio. Rather than turn on the radio, I forced them to listen to me sing “Tomorrow” from Annie over and over again. It worked like a charm.
Once I let the kids drink Diet Coke. Big mistake. Now they want it all the time. I say ‘no,’ but my husband allows a sip here and there. It’s a constant battle.
I hate to admit it, but I know every word to the opening theme of “The Backyardigans” and “Little Einsteins.” My favorite tune to hum is the theme music to “Charlie & Lola.”
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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
The popular mom blogger Jenny Lawson, self-dubbed “The Bloggess” (more on that later), released her first book yesterday, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. The novel shares hilarious, “mostly true” anecdotes from her, er, unusual upbringing. We talked to Jenny about being a mother, a blogger, and surviving her weird childhood.
Let’s start at the beginning. What was your childhood like?
My childhood was “violently unorthodox,” as I like to call it. My dad was a taxidermist, so I had some interesting childhood “pets” growing up. From the outside looking in, people might think it was a struggle. We were quite poor, and my family was odd, but overall I’d say it was great. Despite the quirks, I was loved and accepted for who I was.
How does that lesson translate in your book?
I’ve embraced my weirdness, and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened shares stories about my life in an informal, fun, and irreverent manner. After all, diversity is what makes the world go around and that includes the need for a lot of bafflingly strange people in the world. I’m happy to be one of those people.
When using your own life as the fodder for your first novel, did you worry what family or friends might think?
My friends and family aren’t easily thrown. My parents enjoyed the book, and all my close relatives and in-laws have either read it or have vowed not to read it to preserve their idea of me. I have a strong family who supports one another no matter what. That’s sort of the main theme of the book, and it’s one that stands true in my life, as well.
Did you always hope to be a published author?
Growing up, I wanted to be a cowgirl ballerina. Or a writer. But I wasn’t thin enough to be a cowgirl ballerina, so I started writing instead.
Your blog, The Bloggess, is wildly popular. How did you come up with that name?
“Blogess” is just the feminine of “blogger.” Think about it: Actor/actress, mister/mistress, blogger/bloggess, jogger/joggess. Although, those last two never quite caught on…
What does your daughter, Hailey, think about your blog?
Hailey is not allowed to read my blog because it’s a bit too cursey for a seven-year-old, but she desperately wants a blog of her own–she even makes these long video blogs that she wants to post on the Internet.
So then is Hailey the next “Bloggess” to be?
I’ve told her that she needs to wait until she’s at least sixteen before posting her video blogs to make sure that’s what she really wants. Kids today live in a tech-savvy world we could never imagine, and I’d hate for those to haunt her when she’s a teenager. Kids can be cruel, and stuff on the Internet never goes away.
Has your own childhood influenced the choices you’ve made in raising your daughter?
My family chose their own road with no regard to what others thought, and I think that made my life incredibly special. I’m trying to do the same thing for my daughter. Hopefully, she’ll appreciate it one day the way I appreciate it now. Or we’ll spend a lot of time together in therapy. Either way, the key here is that it’ll be time spent together.
What do you two do to spend time together now?
We play a lot of Monster High–it’s like Barbies, except with zombies. We also have a lot of “girl talk.” That was Hailey’s idea when she was little, and it’s now one of the best parts of my day.
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Thursday, December 1st, 2011
Picture this: A relaxing start to the holidays with you and the kiddies curled up on the couch with cups of hot cocoa watching…. Hmm…. Not that again!
Keep the kids entertained and beat winter break boredom with a new selection from Netflix called “Just for Kids.” The channel offers family-friendly viewing of kid’s content geared for ages 12 and under. The section is organized by category—superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs, and more—or you can search by clicking on your favorite character, like Elmo or Dora, to find a selection of TV shows and movies featuring that character.
“Just for Kids” is currently available on PC, Mac, and Wii and will be coming soon to other platforms. With unlimited streaming memberships starting at $8 a month, a Netflix subscription may just be the perfect stocking stuffer for your kid.
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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
“Between The Lions”, a literacy show for youngsters hosted by PBS, announces their first ever iPad app in partnership with Kideo—The Three Little Pigs. Intended for ages 3 to 7, this enhanced ebook allows young readers to follow along with the story using a “Read” mode that highlights each word as it is being narrated. Plus, budding readers can record their voice as they read the classic tale aloud. Play the role of the Big Bad Wolf in an interactive game called “Blow the House Down”, where kids can blow down the house using their breath and tilting capabilities. Let the fun continue with five other educational games, including a matching game, puzzles, and a construction game. Available on iTunes for $8, be on the lookout for other stories coming out soon!
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Friday, November 18th, 2011
Radio Disney is celebrating its 15th anniversary today, and you are cordially invited to join in on the fun with the kid-friendly radio station. And what better way to mark the occasion than by sharing amazing giveaways with fans as part of Radio Disney’s 15th Birthday Blowout!
Today only, lucky listeners can win iPads, $500 gift cards, Xbox 360 with Kinect, and CDs and guitars signed by artists including Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, and Cody Simpson. …And did we mention there’s cake?
Check out these pics of some of your favorite Radio Disney stars as they celebrate Radio Disney’s 15th!
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Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
For this week’s selection of toys, eBeanstalk is giving your kids a creative outlet. Fun and educational, these crafty kits will engage your little artist year-round:
Marlon Creations’ lets your big kid display her masterpiece for years to come with this kit. She gets to paint the vases, let them dry, and then (with your help) bake them in the oven for a unique arts-and-crafts activity. (8 years+, $20; click here to buy)
Book Best Bet:
My First Art Book by Alex is an activity kit and a how-to book all in one! It comes with crayons, markers, paint, and brushes to keep your kid busy for hours. (2 years+, $16; click here to buy)
Your child will dig making her own crayon-rubbings art with this nifty set from Creativity for Kids; you’ll love the storage and coloring tray that cuts down on the mess. (3 years+, $20; click here to buy)
A craft your kid can wear, Bead Bazaar’s kit includes more than 200 beads that she can turn into bracelets, necklaces, and other accessories. Plus, she can tote them around in a keepsake tin box. (5 years+, $23.50; click here to buy)
For more plaything picks, come back next week–and visit our new Parents Toy Store!
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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
It’s that time of year again when your kid comes home talking about the dreaded F-word… FUNDRAISING. But raising money to support your child’s school shouldn’t be a chore. And thanks to a new initiative by Microsoft called Deals for Schools, it doesn’t have to be. You can save money on your shopping–and your school will receive a portion of your purchases. How? An outgrowth of Bing Deals, which is a shopping site that aggregates the best deals for products and services available in your area, Deals for Schools works in much the same way. The difference is that Deals for Schools allows non-profit school groups and organizations, like your child’s Glee Club or Math League, to earn a commission off of deals bought through the site.
Two ways to earn money for your school:
- Recruit new vendors for the site and earn a commission off of every deal they sell.
- Post a link to Deals for Schools on your social media accounts and websites and earn your organization money every time a consumer purchases a deal through your link.
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Why not become the most popular parent at your next PTA meeting and suggest a fundraising campaign that everyone can be happy with. Sign up
your child’s school group and say bye-bye to door-to-door wrapping paper and chocolate sales.
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