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Hank Baskett: Alijah and Hank Make Every Day Father’s Day

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Kendra On Top star Hank Baskett has a lot to celebrate this Father’s Day.  The proud papa opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about family life with their newest addition – daughter Alijah Mary.

The former NFL star, 31, chats about how little Hank, 4, is adjusting to his baby sister, how raising a daughter will be different, and his Father’s Day plans.

CBS: You and Kendra welcomed a beautiful baby girl into your family recently, how has Alijah Mary changed your life so far? Does she have your wrapped around her little finger yet?

HB: “Alijah has been absolutely amazing. Other than the fact that early on she was more like a vampire with her sleeping habits. But seriously she has been a little angel. For the first few days in the hospital I couldn’t help but look at her and have my eyes water up. She’s papa’s lil girl and I’m already feeling that. She has me wrapped more than by her little finger. I might as well have hand cuffs on. Gonna be hard to tell her no.”

CBS: How is Kendra feeling? Is Alijah sleeping well so far?

HB: “Kendra is doing very good. The nurses at the hospital were even amazed at how fast she was up walking around. Kendra had definitely been a trooper. Until Alijah stops breastfeeding I’m basically a changing parent.

CBS: How is Hank Jr. adjusting to having a little sister? He’s been an only child for 4 years, does he like being a big brother?

HB: “Honestly Lil Hank had reacted better than Kendra and I could’ve ever imagined. He had been extremely loving and caring with Alijah. He always wants to give her a kiss in the head before she goes to sleep and before he goes to school. He’s even told us at times we couldn’t hold her because she’s his baby sister and he’s protecting her. He’s gonna be one hell of a big brother!”

CBS: How do you think raising a daughter will differ from raising a son? In what ways do you think you’ll be more strict or lenient?

HB: “There’s gonna be slight changes in raising a girl but we don’t want to change things too much. We feel like we’ve done pretty good with Hank and don’t want her treated any differently. I must admit that I’m exited to have someone on my side now. There are times Kendra and Lil Hank gang up on me.”

CBS: Father’s Day is coming up, what will make this Father’s Day special for you?

HB: “I couldn’t ask for anything more for Father’s Day than I already have. Kendra has blessed me with two of the most amazing gifts a man could ask for. Alijah and Hank make everyday Father’s Day to me. Kendra is the most amazing wife and mother I could’ve ever dreamed of. She is very adamant that I get enough rest and at times I feel guilty because she’s doing so much. Probably my favorite thing so far is seeing Alijah and Lil Hank curled up in her arms. I just sit back, take many pictures, and thank the Lord for putting Kendra in my life. So much has happened in 6 years since we met I can’t help but look forward to the many more ahead!!”

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What You Need to Know About Your Youngest Child
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Tamera Mowry-Housley: “I’ve Learned To Trust My Mother Instincts”

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Sister, Sister star Tamera Mowry-Housley attended the charitable Race to Erase MS event that helped to spread awareness of MS and raise money for the cause. The mom-of-one, to son Aden, 1, says “having fun in a selfless way” was a major highlight of the event.

Tamera chats with Celebrity Baby Scoop about her experience at Race to Erase MS, her greatest fashion icons, and how she’s “been very blessed with a happy baby.” She goes on to discuss whether there are any plans for another baby, her 80/20 rule for losing the baby weight, and how she is “really excited to do The Real” in September.

CBS: You recently attended the Race to Erase MS event. What was the event all about? What was the highlight of the event?

TMH: “Basically, it was a charity event that helped to spread awareness of MS. We’ve gone so far in finding ways to help cope with the disease. It was a huge auction to help raise money for the cause.

The highlight was being around people who love to help and take time out of their day to do something great. At the same time, you get to dress up and have fun. You’re having fun in a selfless way.”

CBS: You truly wowed the room with the cranberry Christian Dior dress and natural curls! What was the inspiration behind the look? Who are your greatest fashion icons?

TMH: “Honestly, I wanted to be comfortable. That day, I was a little bit bloated and I wanted to be in a dress that I was comfortable in. I didn’t want to be in a skin-tight outfit…I wanted to be in an outfit that I could move around in. Also, when people go to cocktail events, they always wear black, so I wanted to wear colors.

In regard to my greatest fashion icons, definitely Audrey Hepburn. I think her birthday was recently too. I absolutely love her, because all of her pieces were very classic. It didn’t matter what time or era it was– if you looked at her clothes, you would think to yourself, ‘I would wear that today.’ She was a woman who personified class—class and elegance. I also love Diane von Furstenberg and Stella McCartney. All of these women just have so much class.”

CBS: How is your son, Aden, doing? Has he reached any exciting milestones that you would like to share?

TMH: “Aden is fantastic! What he is loving now is saying ‘no.’ But he says other things too, like ‘Mama.’ He says ‘Daddy’ too, which is interesting, because he doesn’t say ‘Mommy’ or ‘Dad.’ Isn’t that interesting? If he says ‘Daddy,’ you would think that he would say ‘Mommy,’ but he calls me ‘Mama.’ He says ‘no,’ ‘go,’ and ‘yay,’ so he’s talking a lot. He’s also connecting words now. The other day, he said, ‘Let’s go, but kind of.’ So it’s not just one word; he’s trying to form sentences.

He really is the love of my life and he’s a very smart kid. He knows what he wants and when he wants it. Not only that, do you know what I really love about Aden? He loves the idea of family, because he loves being around Mommy and Daddy. If it is just me by myself, yes, he loves me and has fun. However, the moment his dad comes home and we’re together, his eyes light up. If we’re in the car and he knows mommy and daddy are in the car, he’s just the happiest baby. We’ve been very blessed with a happy baby. He’s always laughing, smiling, and giggling, which is a blessing.”

CBS: How does this second year of motherhood compare to the first year?

TMH: “I’m much more relaxed because during the first year, you’re trying to figure everything out. The second year, you’re okay and of course before you get used to one thing, they’re on to the next. You have to get used to another rhythm and another milestone. The thing is, I am a lot more confident in myself and in my mother instincts. I’ve learned to trust my mother instincts.”

CBS: Are there any plans for baby no. 2?

TMH: “Absolutely! I can’t wait. The timing has to be right, and, ultimately, I am not the one—I am but I am not—in charge of that. If I could have a baby very soon, we would be very happy.”

CBS: You recently debuted your post-baby bikini body for InTouch and looked fantastic! What are your best tips for new moms trying to lose the baby weight?  

TMH: “Honestly, if you want to lose the weight, I’ve learned that there is no easy formula. You basically have to work hard, work out, and eat right. Eating right is 80% of the battle, and that’s what I’ve learned. You could work out until you’re just exhausted, but if you’re not eating right, then the weight is not going to come off. Eating clean really did it for me. For example, if I wanted to have bread. I would eat gluten free bread. If I wanted to have a cracker, I would eat gluten free crackers. I actually love gluten free bread now. It’s also about trying to stay away from sugar and salt.

However, don’t limit yourself too much. I believe in the 80/20 rule, meaning 80% of the time, eat very clean and healthy. Twenty percent of the time, allow yourself to eat whatever you want.”

CBS: What plans do you have for the summer?

TMH: “I plan on staying up north with my family in Napa. I absolutely love it up there in the summer. I like just being in our house, by the pool, and enjoying the scenery the sun, and, of course, the wine.” [laughs]

CBS: Do you have any upcoming projects you would like to share?

TMH: “Yes! I can’t really say anything yet, because it is not 100% closed. I will be doing a couple of things, but you know how it is, you can’t really say anything until they give you the ‘okay.’ The one thing I can talk about is that I am really excited to do The Real. That will be coming up in September, and we have a start date of September 15th. I just can’t wait to sit down with my girls and have girl chat. I am really excited!”

Use our Baby Name Finder to find the perfect name for your little one, check out which celebrities are pregnant, or find baby clothes at Shop Parents.

Exercise With Baby: Building Core Strength
Exercise With Baby: Building Core Strength
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Gilles Marini: “I Want To Raise Beautiful Minds & Kind Kids”

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Switched At Birth actor Gilles Marini and his wife Carole recently did a beautiful makeover on their Idyllwild cabin with World Market.

Celebrity Baby Scoop recently caught up with Gilles to talk about his favorite things to do outside Hollywood, why being green is important, and life at the cabin with wife Carole and their two children Juliana, 7, and Georges, 15.

CBS: Tell us about your recent makeover of your Idyllwild cabin with World Market. What inspired the look?

GM: “Our global travels inspired the look and feel of our cabin. My wife and I shop at World Market regularly for everything from home décor and furniture, to foods you can’t find anywhere else — a lot of the things they carry remind us of all the wonderful countries we’ve traveled to through the years.  The store’s style matches our taste perfectly, so when we started to think about decorating our cabin house, we first looked at World Market. Luckily, we found what we wanted there– they have a lot of colorful options and the prices were great. We’re so happy with how the cabin turned out!”

CBS: Where did you find the pieces and inspiration?

GM: “I’ve been going to World Market for a long time and always liked the relaxed, peaceful look of the furniture and other unique items. The main inspiration was eco, peaceful, and woodsy.”

CBS: We hear it’s an eco-friendly cabin — even solar powered! Tell us all about the green components — and tell us why this was important to you.

GM: “It’s simple. We live in a time where the next endangered species is really us by killing off our beautiful planet. There is pollution due to our ignorance and fires and reactions from Mother Earth, such as huge nature catastrophes like hurricanes. We need to change today or else there will be no tomorrow. I have kids and what are we going to leave behind? I must be proactive and show everyone around me that we can do little things and heal this world one act at the time. It is solar-powered and I have my natural water source, a composting toilet, and every single drop of water used is sent back into the forest. We are 100% independent up there at the cabin. I am loving it.”

CBS: How often do you travel up to the cabin?

GM: “Every time I have more than 24 hours off from work.”

CBS: What do you and your family love about being up there?

GM: “Hiking, working on the house, playing by the creek, and building things out of the dead woods. We also go fishing in general and we do a lot of outdoor activities. The kids and everyone that comes absolutely love it.”

CBS: Do you ‘unplug’ from mobile devices and enjoy quality family time up there?

GM: “We have no choice, as there is no reception. But to be fair, we do have a hot spot that works great up there and we can get online access. We sometimes end up watching movies on the movie screen, streaming Netflix and such. So the kids love the nature life and can always go have a bit of their electronic life, but somehow they do not crave it as much as they do in Los Angeles. It’s funny.”

CBS: How are your two kids doing? What are they into these days?

GM: “My kids are doing great. My son Georges is doing well at Notre Dame high school. We got so lucky to be part of such an amazing school. He loves it. My daughter is in the second grade and I am gaga for her. She is such a super smart, beautiful little girl. I am so in love. She plays the piano, dances, does Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and more. She is so active and I definitely know that she can only be my daughter.” [laughs]

CBS: It looks like your son is taller than you now?

GM: “Not yet. He is about 5’9 ish, and I have a bet with him that if he gets taller than me by the time he is sixteen, then he can ask for anything. That is a mind trick, because it forces him to eat, sleep, and stretch every day. By the way–I know he won’t be as tall as me by the time he is sixteen, so it’s a calculated bet.” [laughs]

CBS: Do you feel that time flies once you’re a parent?

GM: “Life flies in general, and I think being a parent just makes it sweeter and more meaningful. Getting older is a privilege that many don’t ever experience, so I truly enjoy and cherish every moment.”

CBS: What’s your favorite way to spend Father’s Day?

GM: “With them and their friends. Life is about celebrating, teaching what you know or can teach, legacy, and what you will leave behind. I want to raise beautiful minds and kind kids, so let’s hope I am doing a good job at it.”

CBS: What projects are you working on right now? And what’s up next for you?

GM: “I wish I was allowed to answer that. I am working on Switched At Birth and something is coming up in my agenda very soon. I like to thrive in my job, to feel deeply connected with my character, and make people at home happy to have watched either the show or the movie I’m in. A lot of projects are coming up, so stay tuned for sure.”

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Kids Talk about Loving their Daddy
Kids Talk about Loving their Daddy
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Brooke Burke-Charvet: “I Try To Lead By Example”

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Brooke Burke-Charvets new line of workout apparel, Caelum, promises to help achieve fitness goals while staying stylish all for under $100.  Celebrity Baby Scoop caught up with the always on-the-go mom of four to talk about Caelum and where her inspiration came from.

CBS: Tell us about your recent photo shoot in Venice Beach for your fitness line, Caelum Campaign. Was it nerve-wracking getting in those teeny tiny outfits for the camera?

BB: “We decided to let Venice Beach be the home for the Caelum Campaign photo shoot. I absolutely love the energy in Venice Beach so we chose to use graffiti walls and have the heart of Southern California be the backdrop for the launch of the line.

The line offers styles for every type of woman and the goal is to inspire women to dress the part and live their fittest life.”

CBS: Tell us all about the brand. It looks colorful and cozy. What inspired the various designs?

BB: “My goal for Caelum is to inspire women to get fit and dress the part. I always say, if you are going to sweat to do it in style.

I created Caelum, derived from the acronym that defines the brand: ‘core, active, evolve, live, uplift and motivate,’ for women with active, on-the-go lifestyles. I also believe that fitness is fashion! This line was inspired by seasonal colors and current fashion trends so women can have fun when they are pulling their fitness wardrobe out of their closet!”

CBS: We hear the line will be available in Nordstrom. Congrats, and tell us more!

BB: “Thank you! I am very excited that a two year dream is becoming a reality and Nordstrom is the perfect home to launch my brand. Right now, the line is available at Nordstrom.com and within the next week, will be available in Nordstrom stores across the country.”

CBS: How do you stay in check re. body image and staying healthy? How do you bring a healthy message home to your daughters? To your son?

BB: “It is very tricky. Right now, my older girls are totally into fitness, which I think is great. I try to never use words like ‘fat’ or ‘skinny’ and instead I talk about being healthy, strong and getting fit. I try to lead by example, because working out is so much more than just the body. It is about mind, body and souls as well as the benefits of choosing to be active go so much deeper than the surface.”

CBS: Shall we watch for a fitness DVD to follow? Maybe you’ll be helping moms to get back into shape post-baby?

BB: “I currently have a DVD with Sony and have already produced four titles and plan on producing four more in the next year. For these DVDs’ I did not just lend my name, but instead I developed workouts such as Sexy Abs, 30 Day Slim Down, Tone and Tighten and Strength & Condition that individuals at a variety of different fitness levels can use and truly work!”

CBS: What’s with Hollywood’s obsession to lose the baby weight fast? What’s your best advice to new moms in the postpartum period?

BB: “I totally believe in belly binding! I wrapped my post pregnancy belly in a belly binding sleeve I developed, Tauts, for forty days and forty nights. This totally helped support the baggy baby skin and forced me to keep my core engaged. I really truly believe this is the best natural approach to getting back in shape.

I will say it takes a miracle to make and grow a baby. All women need to embrace the time and anything that happens to their bodies is so worth it, but it should not be used as an excuse. Stay healthy, stay strong and be positive… remember the pregnancy belly does not have to be forever.”

CBS: Tell us your best tips for moms wanting to get started in a regular fitness routine. What’s the key to success?

BB: “I firmly believe you have to be stronger than your excuses. There are a lot of tips and tricks, but no real secrets.

Making a commitment with a friend, signing up for a gym membership, purchasing a DVD, signing up for a workout class are all really helping and keep you honest. I also think women need to mix up their workouts, set reasonable goals and make the commitment to start.

If you are not sweating, you are not working out hard enough. So push yourself to your limits, write it down and make a schedule that allows you to be as equally important as everyone else is in your life. Make fitness a priority.”

CBS: How are your kids doing? Do they enjoy working out with you? Or are they into sports? Maybe they like both?

BB: “My kids are doing awesome! They love to workout with me. I really enjoy family fitness and sometimes will bring my son to a class and I love bringing my older girls to my Booty Burn class. It is a fun, rhythmic and free space for everyone to have a blast.”

Offering the perfect balance of performance and style, Caelum’s design aesthetic is luxe, modern minimalism using soft, stylish and functional fabrics. Providing maximum performance and comfort for a better fit and a better workout at an affordable price, Caelum apparel will help achieve fitness goals while staying stylish all for under $100. Caelum will be available at Nordstrom stores nationwide in early May.

Use our Baby Name Finder to find the perfect name for your little one, check out which celebrities are pregnant, or find family fitness gear at Shop Parents.

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Exercise With Baby: Lower Abs and Obliques
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5 Celebrity Moms With a Brood of Boys

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Let’s hear it for the boys!

With the recent arrival of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale third son – Apollo Bowie Flynn –  let’s take a look at 4 more Hollywood moms whom have all boys in their brood.

Gwen Stefani:

Rocker couple Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale welcomed their third son –  Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale – on February 28, 2014.

In January, the Cool singer – already mom to sons Kingston, 7, and Zuma, 5 – revealed that she was expecting another boy. Wearing a blue shirt and crown, Gwen captioned an Instagram photo: “I was ready to hand over the crown. But I guess I am still queen of the house. #itsaboy #surroundedbyboys.”

In 2010, the No Doubt frontwoman admitted that her brood of boys is a bit “weird.”

“I mean, it does seem weird that I don’t have a girl, but I feel like I’m running out of time,” Gwen shared. “I also don’t want to spread myself so thin that I can’t even be good for them… Poor Zuma, he’d be the middle guy. I’m not focusing on it right now, but it’s not up to me anyway, you know? These things are miracles, so we’ll see. Otherwise, the clothes are probably going to go to some girlfriend of Kingston’s!”

Melissa Joan Hart:

Sabrina, The Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart and husband, musician Mark Wilkerson, are parents to three boys: Mason, 8, Brady, 6, and Tucker, 18 months.

“I was actually relieved it was a boy,” Melissa told Celebrity Baby Scoop.

She added: “It makes life a little easier. I wasn’t prepared for the ‘girly’ toys and accessories. I couldn’t be more happy with the family I have surrounding me but I’m not ready to say I’m done having kids just yet.”

Cate Blanchett:

Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett and husband, screenwriter Andrew Upton, have three sons: Dashiell, 12, Roman nearly 10, and Ignatius, nearly 6.

“Having boys is great,” the Elizabeth star said. “It’s a neat position to be in and I love the high energy that comes along in raising boys. It’s fun.”

Julie Bowen:

Modern Family star Julie Bowen and husband Scott Phillips are proud parents to three sons: Oliver, nearly 7, and 4 1/2-year-old twins John and Gus.

What’s life like in her all-boy household?

“I have three boys, so my house is … rowdy!” she joked with Celebrity Baby Scoop.

She added: “They are close in age, so they really do like playing with one another, and so far, get along very well. I hope that continues.”

Britney Spears:

While she loves her boys, pop superstar Britney Spears says she’d love to give her sons — Sean Preston, 8, and Jayden James, 7 — a baby sister.

“I would like to be busy the first couple of years, but then I would really like to have another baby, a girl,” Britney admitted.

She added: “I think she would be like a mini-me. I think it’s going to be crazy. I’m not going to feel as alone in the world anymore. I’m going to feel like I have a second person, like, that’s me.”

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For When Your Kids Are Sick

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

sick kidEach month in Parents, we print the 27 funniest, truest words about parenting from our favorite bloggers. Our March issue features a quote from mom-of-two Julie Brasington at Happy Home Fairy. Read her full blog post below. 

It seems that I have children who are sick 96% of the time.

Am I not cleaning my house enough? Is it because it’s the Happy Baby’s first year in Day Care? Should I be washing their hands more? Is it because I don’t give them tablespoons of honey and fresh squeezed orange juice every morning?

Maybe.

Or maybe they’re just kids.

But let me tell you. Each time one of my kids get sick, I come at it with clenched teeth and (not going to lie) feeling a little bit ticked off.

I mean, I knew that being a mom was no easy gig, but I sincerely never thought that the Nose Frida was going to end up being “the greatest” gift I ever received from our baby registry.

These days I find myself wanting to tell all the starry-eyed moms-to-be to take a good long look at their piles of super cute new baby outfits and adorable matchy matchy crib linens and just imagine everything covered in diarrhea.

BAM. Expectations adjusted.

But whenever I finally realize the negative behaviors in myself that need to be pruned out (ie. getting ticked off and sulky with God when the stomach bug moves in for 2 long, messy weeks), I take some time to ask the Lord for His opinion on the matter.

Check this out …

The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life — the life God is sending one day by day.” – C.S. Lewis (quote found in this encouraging post)

Do I believe that God authors every aspect of my life?

Absolutely.

Then instead of constantly fighting God on the unpleasant aspects of mothering (say, fevers and barfs), I would like to learn to quietly accept them, trusting that He knows what He is doing. He is sending them and bringing them for my good.

For my sanctification, even.

So, as we enter flu season, here are some of the “good” things (and a few hopefully helpful tips) He is showing me in between the interruptions Kleenex boxes.

Sick Bear

Just after Valentine’s Day this year, the Happy Buddy got strep throat. I needed to get some medicine for him, so I ran to the drugstore. I happened to hit their after-holiday sale just right and found a huge stuffed bear for only a couple of bucks. I knew that having to give the Happy Buddy 10 days of meds was going to be  A-W-F-U-L so I thought bringing him a little comfort might help. I snatched the bear up and on the way home decided to name him Sick Bear.  He loved it so much that now, whenever anyone gets sick, he comes out of his home in the closet for snuggles and intense strangling while medication is being administered hugs until they get better. Then Sick Bear gets a superior deep cleaning and goes back in the closet (I think the longest Sick Bear has ever stayed in his closet has been about 12 days).

Make a Couch Bed

When I was a little girl and got sick, my mom would transform the couch into a bed. She’d take fresh, crisp sheets and tuck them in nice and tight. We’d bring down my bed pillows and stuffed animals and I’d curl up on the couch to watch as much Saved By the Bell, Full House, and Mickey Mouse Club TV as I could possibly handle. She’d make me toast cut in triangles and serve it to me on a TV tray. I felt like a queen! I now do this for the Happy Buddy and he is more than thrilled at the chance to take up residence in front of the tube. Who knew that endless episodes of Pocoyo could be so therapeutic?

The Magic of the Cool Washcloth

Best thing ever when I was younger and had fevers. I still remember the smell of the clean wash towel and the feel of it on my head when my mom would rest it there. I loved flipping it over in 5 minute intervals to feel the coolness of the new side. My boys love it, too.

Medicine

I wish I was that person that brewed homemade herbal teas to bring down fevers and strained garlic or whatever to heal ear infections. But I am just not there yet – although I am open to learning. I definitely don’t want to be unwisely pumping meds into my kid every time they get a runny nose, but sometimes medicine is the answer. You have to do antibiotics? No sweat. Pick up a probiotic along with it and call it a day (or 10 days). Plus, I think that giving our kids medicine can be a great way for us to learn more about God. I don’t know about you, but my highly sensory child is incredibly disgusted by the taste of most medicines. If we can’t find it in a bland form or mix it with something he does like, then often we must do whatever means we can think of to get him what his body needs. Even if that means we have to gently pin his poor, sweet arms down and shoot it in with a syringe. Sometimes we don’t like the taste of something God has brought our way, but He, as a loving Father, gives it because He knows it will bring about our ultimate healing …

“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison…” 2 Corinthians 4:17

Bring Comfort to Another

Because we do sick so much over here, I have grown quite attentive to the needs of my friends when their children are sick. I once brought a simple meal to one of my BFFs who had 2 sick babies AND she, herself, was sick. We’re talking rotisserie chicken, frozen sweet potato fries and a bag of organic microwaveable broccoli kind of meal. It wasn’t much, but she had been so busy wiping noses that she had not made it to the store for food in days, so to her, it was practically manna from heaven. You could also Ding-Dong-Ditch a basket containing a new DVD, some popsicles, hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, tissues, etc. to bring a much-needed spot of hope to a friend with sick kids.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Snuggle Time

We know the Happy Buddy is getting sick when his normally strong-willed, busy self becomes a little sweeter, a bit less active, and a lot more attached. I get the chance to actually hold my “baby” for longer than a millisecond and bring him the kind of comfort only I, as his mama, can bring. Isn’t it funny how, for many of us, we want our mommies when we get sick? Even though I know the Happy Hubby loves me so much and would do almost anything for me, he will not stand at the toilet holding my hair back and stroking my head gently while I puke like my mom used to do. Instead, if he hears me hurling, he will toss a hair tie into the bathroom before fleeing the scene like an escaped prisoner! So, cherish those extra sick hugs, sweet mommies. Try not to rush off too quickly to get back to Clorox-ing absolutely everything in the house because when he’s away at college and catches the flu, you’re going to be the one he speed dials at 2 am simply because he wants to hear your voice.

“The person who rests in the shadow of the Most High God will be kept safe by the Mighty One, I will say about the Lord, “He is my place of safety… I trust in Him…” Psalm 91:1-2

Share Jesus with the Doctor’s Office

The Happy Baby had the stomach flu last month and it got really bad on a Saturday (of course). Fortunately our doctor’s office is open on the weekend, but unfortunately everyone else in the county had also come down with the stomach flu. We ended up having to wait for almost 2 hours! The people around us were cranky and complaining and putting pressure on the nurses to speed things up. These are perfect opportunities to be the LIGHT in the room, my friends. Extend grace and kindness and patience to the hard working men and women behind the counter. If you can, think in advance and bring them a little treat. We once brought Hershey’s Kisses to all the nurses (wrapped in 3 germ-free layers of plastic wrap and Ziploc bag). It got our minds off our physical problems and gave us a chance to have a little fun and also be a blessing.

“A joyful heart is good medicine …” Proverbs 17:22

Step Up the Prayers

When things are easy, we can easily fall into the trap of not recognizing our need for God and therefore not spend as much time in His presence. When my kids are sick, though, I find myself pressing in deeper, memorizing Scripture verses, reading the Word, and praying A LOT. I’ll hold my babies and whisper words of comfort in their ears. Prayers for healing.  Prayers that speak of the unchanging attributes of our Lord.  Prayers offering the hope of a place where we will be one day that does not have the Chicken Pox or Rotavirus. And as I practice this, I realize that it ends up being more for me than for my children because I am drawn closer to my Savior. I am reminded of His goodness, the greater purpose, the taste of His strength (as opposed to my own), and His presence in the midst of darkness.

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

Another Opportunity to Surrender

Does anyone else struggle to remember on a daily basis that our kids are not our own? They belong to God. Period. So when they get sick we cannot react by tightening our grip and stressing out. Sickness is beyond our control. Instead, it is a chance to hold our babies out before the Lord – like Abraham did with Isaac, like Moses’ mom did before she put him in the basket, like Hannah did when she brought freshly weaned Samuel to the temple, like Mary did with Jesus – and receive His peace for their future and for ours.

“And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39

Your Child Gets to See What a Servant Looks Like

Mommies, our homes are places where our children get to experience Jesus, firsthand. There is no better time to share the tender and unfailing and perfect example of Christ then when you have a little one in need. I used to walk around all tangled up in a ball of anxiety and frustration when my kids got sick. I was tense and fearful and in a hurry to see them get better. I’d grumble and complain about everything that got barf or poo on it and I’d fuss about having to miss church or work or the ruining of a “fun” family vacation. And God forbid one child get the other child sick too!

After the 157th illness, however, I feel like I am finally learning to let go. I am finally learning what it means to truly serve – as Jesus did. Instead of staring at them with a giant burden in my spirit, I am starting to joyfully ask my sick babies, “What can I do for you?” and “Is there anything you need, my darling?” because I believe this is what our Savior humbly modeled for us. He knelt on hands and knees to wash the dirty, nasty feet of his beloved friends. He laid gentle hands on ill children. He had compassion on the great crowds and healed their sick.

But more important, He died on the cross to cure the most awful, wide-spread, debilitating sickness of all …

Our sin.

So, the next time you hear that first sniffle or get the middle of the night vomit-covered-bedroom call, we, as moms, can find purpose, joy, and strength in our hands and knees scrubbing of snot and yak, knowing that, in a way, He did it too.

“But He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed…” Isaiah 53:5

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Spyware Gadgets for Parents

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

spyHigh-tech kid-monitoring gadgets like these take helicopter parenting to an NSA-worthy level.

Mini Hidden Alarm Clock
Little does your tot know, this device comes equipped with a motion-activated video recorder, so you can catch him the moment he starts shoving jelly beans up his nose. Plus, a rechargeable battery with 10 hours of recording power means you can creep on your little angel. All. Day. Long. $129; brickhousesecurity.com

BeLuvv Guardian
Rambunctious preschoolers may be difficult to wrangle, but this stylish Bluetooth-enabled device can be worn by your child as a bracelet or a necklace. An app monitors the distance between you and your kiddo, and alerts you if he moves outside of a range you set, between 0 and 230 feet. $30; beluvv.com

MamaBear App
This nifty app helps you GPS-track your kid’s location, monitor social media accounts, create account restrictions, and will even alert you if he’s traveling in a car that’s going over a speed limit you select. Plus, the easy-to-use child’s version of the app lets him check in to let you know his location, ask to be picked up,or send an “SOS” if he’s in trouble. App and basic service, free; mamabearapp.com

—Sabrina James

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Kym Whitley: “My Parenting Style Is Ever-Evolving”

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Actress and comedienne Kym Whitley, known for her larger than life personality and hilarious roles in movies and film alike, is back with all-new episodes of her hit docu-series, Raising Whitley on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The episodes premiered January 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.

Kym opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the upcoming episodes of Raising Whitley that she says “dive into my life as a mom.” She goes on to talk about her 3-year-old son Joshua and the “village” it takes to raise him. Continue reading about her upcoming projects and New Year’s resolution.

CBS: All-new episodes of Raising Whitley premiered on January 4th. What can fans expect to see in the upcoming episodes?

KW: They are going to see more fun, of course, as well as more motherhood. We’ve expanded the episodes from 30 minutes to an hour. Before the show played like a sitcom, because the 30 minutes were mostly all fun, and now we have the chance to really dive into my life as a mom. It’s an expansion of that.

CBS: Could you tell us about The Village in the series?

KW: The Village consists of a group of my friends that have been around for years, some of them not necessarily on a day-to-day basis. My ‘village’ and I work together, and baby Joshua is the glue that keeps us all together. I don’t think a lot of us would hang out as much as we do if there wasn’t Joshua.

All of the ‘villagers’ came in when Joshua became a part of my life. I had made a call crying out for help in raising the child and they all agreed. They all split up the responsibilities and everyone has their own certain specialty. Some of them are good at education and handle that and some are good at nutrition so they talk about that. What I like to say about The Village is that they are all the parent. Instead of just trying to do everything myself, they are the other parent that helps.

CBS: Why do you think viewers are so drawn to your hit docu-series?

KW: I believe that it is a good escape. It is a docu-series that is fun and funny, and you can learn something. If I can get you to laugh and you walk away learning something, then I’ve done my job. I believe that people just want to laugh and have a good time. I am a different kind of celebrity; I don’t have the big, giant house, the fancy cars, and all the designer stuff. I am just a girl from Cleveland. I believe in letting people see the real. For example, I have a microwave in my house that has a turn dial [laughs].

CBS: The upcoming episodes will also give viewers an inside look at your quest to raise awareness of childhood allergies. Could you tell us about your “Don’t Feed Me” allergy awareness T-Shirts and care packs?

KW: Absolutely. I didn’t know that my son had allergies until he spit up eggs one day and one day he had a little peanut butter and his face swelled up. I took him to get tested and found out that he is allergic to everything. I had to figure out a way to make sure my son was always safe while he was in the care of others like the ‘villagers.’

I made a T-shirt that features the child’s name and checks off all of the allergies he or she may have, and you can also write them in. That gave me peace of mind when I sent my son to baby daycare or when he went out with friends to a birthday party. I also made a medicine bag where you can check off the child’s name and check off what he is allergic to, so that the caretaker always knows what he is allergic to and has the necessary medicine.

CBS: How old is Joshua now? What is he like personality-wise?

KW: Joshua is such a joy! He will be 3 years old this month. Ever since he was born, he has been a very special soul. He is extremely smart and knows every little thing. He catches on to everything! He also loves music – he plays the drums and the piano and he’s only three. He loves music and is an amazing little boy.

CBS: What are the greatest rewards of being a mother? Are there any major challenges?

KW: One of the rewards is the discovery. My life is different now and I have a different path of discovery. I would have never had that if I hadn’t become a mother. It has made me look at life differently. The reward is that instead of a barometer, I now have a meter of what is important in life, because I put him first before I make a decision.

There are definitely challenges. For example, trying to work creates challenges and you wonder about a lot of things. Where does he go to school when you’ve never been a parent? I probably wouldn’t get him into kindergarten until he is nine if I didn’t have the help, because I have no idea [laughs].

I am actually working on a book right now, because I thought to myself, ‘If I am a mother and I don’t know what is going on, I am going to write a funny book to help moms. It makes no sense. Do you put them in daycare then preschool, then do they go to kindergarten?’ Those are some of the challenges I highlight in the book.

I am working on the book as we speak. It is a funny take on motherhood. I think I have a different perspective than a lot of mothers. I am open and honest, and sometimes things are ridiculous. I want the book to be where the readers can see themselves and not be so serious about it. I wanted to do a funny take on that and show mothers how to get that fifteen minute nap. For example, inviting your girlfriends over and telling them you have a new recipe you want to show them, then you lock the door of your bedroom and go to sleep [laughs].

CBS: What kind of mom are you? What is your parenting style?

KW: My parenting style is probably like that of my parents, because you do how you learn. My mother was very nurturing and loving, but very stern. She was a disciplinary. My dad was also very loving. I would say that I am funny and I give a lot of ‘time-outs,’ but they work.

My parenting style is ever-evolving, and the first thing I learned is patience. The biggest lesson I have also learned is that a child needs a nap. When you think your child has lost his or her mind, and there is nothing that Superman or anyone can do, you just stop and think, ‘Oh! He needs a nap!’ Hands down, it works every time.

CBS: Do you think that women can really “have it all?” Why or why not?

KW: We work very hard and the biggest job is being a mother, then you put a career and being a wife on top of that. It’s almost impossible. You only have 24 hours in a day and you have to sleep, eat, and some of us have to work. I believe that women must know that they need to pace themselves and ask for help, then they can have it all.

CBS: With the New Year here, do you have any special resolutions?

KW: This year when I meet women on the street, I want to be forward with compliments and encouragement. Sometimes women ultimately judge and look down on one another and will say something, but we very seldom say something nice to a stranger. ‘Beautiful dress! Love your hair!’ That is what I want to do this year.

CBS: What else is up next for you?

KW: I have a show that just got picked up on ABC Family called Young & Hungry. It is a very funny show about a chef named Gabi who tries to find a job with a young, hot millionaire. I play his maid. I also have a movie with Marlon Wayans called A Haunted House 2 that is also coming out. My cartoon Black Dynamite is also coming back for a second season, and I also did a family movie on the Hallmark Channel called Anything Is Possible, which is about a boy who starts playing the piano at three years old and now he is eleven. It’s an incredible film!

Please follow me on Twitter at @kymwhitley.

To catch Kym on Raising Whitley, tune into OWN on Saturdays at 9:00PM ET/PT.

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