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Laila Ali: Be The Best You Can Be And Then Teach Your Kids Those Habits

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

On Monday, Parents joined the United States Tennis Association and boxer turned TV host Laila Ali to kick off National Obesity Awareness Month at the U.S. Open Championships. As an athlete and mom of Curtis, 6, and Sydney, 3, Ali is passionate about getting kids active from a young age. She shares her best advice for getting your kids up off the couch.

P: We’re here today to kick off National Obesity Awareness Month. How important is this cause to you as a mom and an athlete?

LA: It’s so important because it’s an epidemic here in the Untied States. Whenever children are involved they can’t be to blame. I’m always trying to spread awareness and inspire people to be the best that they can be, first, and then of course teach their kids those habits.

P: How do you get your kids to stay active and healthy?

LA: First and foremost, my kids see their parents being active. We live an active lifestyle so they get included. They’re introduced at a young age to different sports and they realize they like it. I think the key is getting them started young, giving them options and taking them outside.

P: What do you say to a parent whose child doesn’t want to get up off the couch?

LA: I think you definitely have to get involved as a family. Parents can’t be like, “Get up and go outside.” Sometimes you have to go outside with your kids, sometimes you have to go to the park, you have to go skating, you have to go to the beach and go biking. There are so many things that you can do just to get active. Also set parameters. “No you can’t watch TV right now, figure something out,” like they used to say back in the day. You’re going to find something to do because you’re going to be bored. It takes work and it takes consistency.

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P: With your son just turning 6 and a 3-year-old girl, do they often have sibling squabbles? How do you deal with them?

LA: It’s a constant struggle in my life: these two fussing and arguing and my daughter coming in and wrecking whatever her brother built. He gets upset and I say “I understand you’re upset, but you can’t fight.” There are a lot of time outs in my house. They get tired of sitting out and they learn how to play.

It Worked For Me: Genius Discipline Tricks
It Worked For Me: Genius Discipline Tricks
It Worked For Me: Genius Discipline Tricks

P: What are you most looking forward to as your kids get older?

LA: I’m looking forward to getting them involved in sports because that’s a regret that I have—that I didn’t get involved in sports at a young age. I’m definitely getting one of those nets and racquets and setting it up in my driveway. I can get out there and play with them. I’m really excited about that and learning as I go.

Photograph: Courtesy of USTA

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Celebs’ Childhood Summertime Memories

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.

With the warm months upon us, CelebrityBabyScoop asked some of our favorite celebrity moms to share their childhood summertime memories.

From Tori Spelling‘s family vacations in Las Vegas, to Jewel‘s horse riding adventures in Alaska, to Denise Richards’ family fun with their furry friends, read through our list of unforgettable family memories.

Jewel:

Soulful singer Jewel welcomed her first child, son Kase, in July 2011 with rodeo star hubby Ty Murray. The new mom opened up about her carefree childhood summertime memories in the great outdoors up in Alaska.

“They’re all outdoors,” she said. “I grew up in Alaska and the outdoors are so beautiful. I don’t think I spent any time inside except to sleep. My memories were horse riding and getting outside.”

Tori Spelling:

Actress-author Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott are parents to three children – son Liam, 5, and daughters Stella, 4, and Hattie, 8 months – with baby No. 4 on the way this September. The “Beverly Hills, 90210″ star opened up about her childhood summer vacations with her family, including her late father, acclaimed TV producer Aaron Spelling, mother Candy Spelling and brother Randy.

“Everyone always asks me if I flew all over the world as a child,” Tori said. “But the truth is, my dad was afraid to fly. So we drove to Vegas for a month every summer! And this was before Vegas was kid-friendly. I really have to hand it to my mom for always finding fun things for us to do in Vegas.”

Sarah Wayne Callies:

Actress Sarah Wayne Callies, spokesperson for the International Rescue Committee‘s Wake Up Campaign, is mom to 5-year-old daughter Keala. The “The Walking Dead” star opened up about her idyllic childhood growing up in Hawaii.

“I lived in Hawaii, so it would have to be the beach,” she said. “We had a fun tradition where we would try to watch the sun rise over the water and then drive to the other side of the island and watch the sun set. My hair was constantly a mess of salt, seaweed, and sand. Gosh, I loved summers and lived for them as a kid. My parents were professors at a university, so they had summers off too. We were constantly outside; I think we went inside just to sleep and to raid the fridge for food to take outside. We would do a lot of kayaking and other fun summer activities. I have a lot of memories of kayaking with my dad and seeing sea turtles all around. Just incredible.”

Nicole Sullivan:

Actress and Jenny Brand Ambassador Nicole Sullivan is mom to sons Dash, 5, and Beckett, 2 1/2 with husband, fellow actor Jason Packham. The ”MADtv” alum opened up about her childhood memories of camping in the summertime.

“Some of my favorite memories growing up are camping with my family and our dog,” Nicole said. “And I still love it!”

Laila Ali:

Former boxer Laila Ali and her husband, football star Curtis Conway, are parents to son C.J., nearly 4, and daughter Sydney, 13 months. The ”Dancing with the Stars” alum said that growing up in a divorced and blended family with boxing legend father, Muhammed Ali, provided endless hours of fun in the sun with her stepsisters.

“As a child, we didn’t go on summer vacations,” Laila shared. “I just remember that my stepsisters would come over and everyone would be there. It was great to have everyone come to the house to go swimming together and pile up in the car together. It was a lot of fun…summers were always family time.”

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Celeb Moms Share Their Summer Plans

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Summer PlansThis post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.

Grab your flip flops and sunscreen, it’s time for some fun in the sun!

With summer upon us, we asked a few of our favorite celebrity moms about their fun family plans. Laila Ali and her kids will hit the beach, Shannon Miller is gearing up for the Summer Olympic Games in London and Kimora Lee Simmons and her three kids have poolside plans. Read on…

 Laila Ali:

Former boxer Laila Ali and husband, NFL star Curtis Conway, are parents to two kids: son C.J.who turns 4 in August, and 1-year-old daughter Sydney. The Dancing with the Stars alum opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about their upcoming summer plans.

“I plan to do a lot of swimming and I want to enroll my son in official swimming lessons and get Sydney in the water,” Laila said. “I want to do a lot of outdoor activities, like take them to the beach. We haven’t really done that, because I wanted to wait until my son was old enough. You have to be careful with the kids and sand; I don’t want that situation where my daughter gets sand in her eyes. I want to take my son to the beach and do a lot of swimming, and maybe get him on the back of a bike. A lot of outdoor activities.”

Kimora Lee Simmons:

Kimora Lee Simmons is accustomed to life in the fab lane! The model-entrepreneur is mom to daughters Ming Lee, 12, and Aoki Lee, nearly 10, with ex-husband Russell Simmons. The reality TV star is also mom to son Kenzo, 3, with husband, actor and model Djimon Hounsou. The mom-of-three opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about their upcoming summer plans.

“This summer, everyone is working,” Kimora said. “I’m launching Shinto Clinical all over the world, Djimon is on-set filming, the girls have summer activities, Kenzo has a little camp he’s going to – but i know we’ll have fun. I honestly wouldn’t mind spending more time around the pool. Maybe grill out…that sounds fab to me!”

Nicole Sullivan:

$#*! My Dad Says star and Jenny Brand Ambassador Nicole Sullivan and her husband, actor Jason Packham, are proud parents to sons Dash, 5, and Beckett, 2 1/2. The actress opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about their summer plans.

We went camping with my older son’s preschool class this past weekend,” Nicole said. “Imagine 50 kids under 6. Oooof! We are also going to Connecticut to visit my cousins and their kids. We do it every year and it’s always so fun. We get to say things like, ‘Kids go outside and play.’ “

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Laila Ali: “We Are A Kissing Family”

Monday, June 11th, 2012

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The post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.

Former boxer and Dancing with the Stars contestant, Laila Ali, is teaming up with Everyday Health TV in Around the Clock, a new daily discussion show alongside fellow celebrity moms such as Jillian Michaels, Kendra Wilkinson and Ali Landry to share “personal opinions” and health tips.

The mom-of-two opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her kids – son C.J. who turns 4 in August, and 13-month-old daughter Sydney - their upcoming summer plans, and growing up with boxing legend father Muhammad Ali.

CBS: Tell us about Everyday Health TV’s Around the Clock YouTube show. What is it all about, and how are you involved?

LA: “Around the Clock is a new show on YouTube’s Emmy-nominated Everyday Health channel that focuses on certain health topics and how we feel about them. Sometimes the topics are funny and sometimes they are more serious. It is a quick daily topic talk show for moms.

I am one of the moms on the show, along with Kendra Wilkinson, Camila Alves, Heather Armstrong, and Ali Landry. We all talk about the topic of the day and give our personal opinions.

The viewers can also leave comments and request questions that they would like us to tackle. That’s what will happen as the show grows; we will look at the topics that are the most popular and talk about them on the show.”

CBS: How are your kids Sydney and C.J.? Do they get along well? What are they into these days?

LA: “Sydney is 13 months and C.J. is 3, getting ready to turn 4-years-old in August. They are growing so quickly! C.J. is in Pre-K and loves his sister. Of course there are struggles, like when C.J. is playing with his toys and Sydney comes over and knocks down something he built [laughs]. He will want to knock her over and I’ll be like, ‘Don’t do that! Be careful with your sister!’

A lot of times he wants to hug her and pick her up, but he can’t [laughs]. For the most part they get along really well, and it is funny how they have this little relationship of their own. Even though she can’t talk, she gets so excited when he comes home from school, and she also gets mad when he leaves and she can’t go. They also give each other hugs, which makes me as happy as I can be!

In regard to what they are into now, Sydney loves music. Whenever she hears music, she starts dancing. Her favorite thing to do is try to open up my kitchen cabinets and take everything out [laughs]. She also loves to open up my kitchen drawers and cabinets and take out my kitchen towels, put them on her head, and try to walk into things. So I really have to watch her when she tries to ‘help’ me in the kitchen [laughs].

C.J. is really into trains and cars, and every night he has three things that he has to take to bed with him. Every night it is something different, and he won’t go to bed unless he has them. He will ask, ‘Where’s my car?’ ‘Where’s my dog?’ He wants to take any little random thing to bed with him [laughs].

CBS: What aspects of motherhood do you love the most?

LA: “Watching my kids grow, form their personalities, and come into their own independence are aspects that I love. They are little people, and I get to help shape the way they look at the world and the way they think of themselves, and I get to guide them along. They are going to be who they are, but my job is to help them with their foundations and make them strong, which makes me feel confident as a mom that they will make the right decisions in life.”

CBS: Do you have any special motherhood moments to share?

LA: “With my son, the moments that I love with him, now that he can actually talk and have a conversation, are when he says, ‘I love you mommy  every night and gives me kisses. I say, ‘Give me my kisses and hugs!’ It makes me so happy and I always think to myself, ‘O god, there is going to be a time when he doesn’t want kisses or hugs anymore!’ [laughs] I have to cherish these moments now.

My daughter is the same; she will actually grab me by the back of my neck with both of her arms and pull my face to hers for a kiss. I love that, because I grew up with my father and my father loved kids and kisses. Not all people love that…oh, and I am not talking about on the mouth! [laughs] I would be like, ‘Daddy! Daddy! Muah, Muah, Muah!’ and kiss all over his face. My kids are the same way. It is funny how it runs in our bloodline—we are a kissing family [laughs].”

CBS: What are your favorite childhood memories of summer vacation? What do you plan to do with your family this summer?

LA: “As a child, we didn’t go on summer vacations. I just remember that my stepsisters would come over and everyone would be there. It was great to have everyone come to the house to go swimming together and pile up in the car together. It was a lot of fun…summers were always family time.

In regard to my plans for this summer, I plan to do a lot of swimming and I want to enroll my son in official swimming lessons and get Sydney in the water. I want to do a lot of outdoor activities, like take them to the beach. We haven’t really done that, because I wanted to wait until my son was old enough. You have to be careful with the kids and sand; I don’t want that situation where my daughter gets sand in her eyes. I want to take my son to the beach and do a lot of swimming, and maybe get him on the back of a bike. A lot of outdoor activities.”

CBS: How do you balance work and family life?

LA: “Family comes first and is my priority. I know how to say ‘no’ to things, like I don’t do a lot of traveling. It is a matter of looking at what’s on the schedule and making sure I always have enough time to be home with my kids. It is very important to me that I am available to cook them dinner and be there before they go to sleep. I want to make sure I am there. I had a lot of nannies around, because my parents were traveling a lot and couldn’t always be there, and I just don’t want that for my kids.”

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