Sunday, May 3, 2015

Life imitates art: 'What to expect when expecting' actress Brooklyn Decker is pregnant


Life is imitating art. What to Expect When you're Expecting actress Brooklyn Decker is expecting her first child with her tennis star hubby, Andy Roddick. 

The striking top bikini model announced the news on her Instagram yesterday. 

"So this happened...#the3ofUs," she captioned the photo. 

Congrats!
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10 reasons why you shouldn't be mean to your children

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Developmental specialists, medical professionals and psychological researchers alike have dedicated decades of energy and resources to exploring the mechanics of parenting. Diana Blumberg Baumrind, a clinical and developmental psychologist, is one of those researchers. Her studies led her to categorize parenting into four different styles; authoritarian, permissive, authoritative and uninvolved. 

Theses have been criticized and accepted by many in the world of child psychology. An authoritative parent is firm and sets limits, but is not rigid. The authoritative parent is willing to make exceptions when appropriate, respond to certain demands of the child, but does not overindulge in them. 

Permissive parents allow their children to dominate the household, while authoritarian parents are excessively strict and rigid in their thinking and uninvolved parents are exactly how they sound – uninvolved in their children’s lives. While all different types of parenting styles may yield different outcomes, here are 10 reasons why being a mean parent doesn’t work.

  1. Fear – A driving factor of mean parenting is fear. Mean parents may use guilt-inducing strategies or physical force to instill a sense of fear in their children. A healthy dose of fear is appropriate at times and may even be necessary under certain circumstances. If your primary approach to parenting involves using fear as a tool, however, it can have a negative developmental impact.
  2. Intimidation – Using fear to control a child’s behavior or humiliation to intimidate him into good behavior may work in the short term, but can have far-reaching implications.  An intimidated child will usually embrace their role within the family as a victim and allow themselves to be victimized throughout adulthood, or rebel against it to become overly aggressive to compensate for the loss of power during their formative years.
  3. Lack of Coping Skills – Many times mean parenting tactics don’t allow for children to express less than desirable emotions. If a child is crying and the parent cannot appease them quickly, they may use a loud or aggressive voice, demanding the child to stop. Unfortunately, this way of stifling emotions teaches children it is not okay to be upset or disappointed and, in turn, they are not shown ways to care for someone else without using forceful strategies.
  4. Depression – In some cases, a mean parent might be struggling with a lack of emotional control or anger management issues. People who are incapable of handling conflict or have a constant need to control may become very emotionally and mentally distressed when they’re faced with a conflict or loss of control. Inadvertently modeling this behavior can teach your children to mimic it, affecting their own ability to handle negative emotions as they mature.
  5. Emotional Instability – Being raised in an emotionally tumultuous or explosive environment can generate a lack of emotional stability in children. Anxiety, hypersensitivity and hyperactivity are all conditions that can afflict kids who are constantly exposed to aggressive or frightening behavior from their parents.
  6. Lack of Respect – While a child may fear the wrath of an angry parent, fear and respect are not always synonymous. Children of mean parents can grow into young adults who lack respect for authority or view a lack of authority in others as a weakness. They may also lack respect for their own boundaries, thus paving the way for other destructive behavior, both physically and emotionally. This lack of respect for others and for themselves may manifest by the child engaging in harmful activities and aggressive or rebellious behavior, according to researchers at the University of New Hampshire.
  7.  Lack of Compassion – When a child is taught that crying or expressing frustration or disappointment is wrong, they are indirectly shown a lack of compassion. This will make it difficult for them to show compassion to others as well.
  8. Low Self-esteem – Fear can crush a child’s sense of security. Lack of emotional expression can suffocate her creativity. Controlling behavior can suppress his autonomy. When a child’s emotional development is arrested it restricts the love and compassion a child will have for herself. Parenting expert Dr. Laura Markham asserts that the kids of overly authoritarian parents will often use the same tactics to shame, intimidate and bully their inner being, lowering or destroying their self-esteem.
  9. Bullies or Aggressive Demeanor – Children are like sponges. They absorb everything around them, negativity included. If all they are shown is negative or mean behavior, they are likely to mirror their home life in social settings. Bullying is a way of expressing internal frustration. Kids typically don’t bully other children or exude an aggressive demeanor if they feel loved, cared for and accepted as they are.
  10. Abusive Relationships – Because being bullied or exposed to aggressive parenting styles shapes the way your child views the world, it can prompt her to seek out that same behavior in her adult relationships. When anger and fear are commonplace throughout the formative years, they become the baseline for normalcy in a child’s mind. If you want your child to be a reflection of love and kindness, take some time to evaluate your own relationship with them.

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Band-Aid spokesperson Tamera Mowry- Housley dishes on her pregnancy while promoting brand (VIDEO)


Second time mom-to-be Tamera Mowry-Housley has been making the rounds promoting Band Aid as spokesperson for the brand and she stopped by Access Hollywood and FOX and Friends recently. 

During the Access Hollywood interview, the co-host of FOX's daytime talk show The Real said she popped a lot faster for her second pregnancy compared to the last one.


"I was trying to hide it and you know the traditional way is to not tell people that you are pregnant until your 12th week and I looked like I was 6 months pregnant already,"  she joked.

The Sister, Sister alum also talked about being more exhausted being pregnant while having a toddler at home.

"No one told me about this, being pregnant and having a toddler is a whole other thing," she shared but also expressed excitement about having to fill her heart with love for a new baby. "I loved him so much so how do you find enough love to love the other one?"


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Mowry-Housley, who recently starred in a reality TV show, Tia and Tamera, with her sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict on the now defunct Style Network,  says  she does have a plan to deal with sibling jealousy. She intends to give her son Aden John Tanner with hubby FOX news correspondent Adam Housley a gift from his baby sister. That gesture, she hopes, will help him better adjust to having a new baby in the house. 

Smart!








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Saturday, May 2, 2015

What to wear to a cocktail party (A PHOTO PRIMER)


I am helping my husband plan his 11th annual reunion weekend events for the high school he attended at his native Trinidad and Tobago. It's two week aways and in addition to hustling with last minute preparations, I am also scrambling to decide what to wear.

We've gotten a few requests from those attending who are from abroad and are not familiar with what cocktail attire entails in the States. 


Generally, cocktail parties are classified as semi-formal evening or late afternoon events. During them, guests enjoy cocktail beverages, wine, beer and soft drinks and nosh on appetizers. Some include light to lavish buffets or food stations. 

Cocktail parties are also great for socializing and networking. Music, if played, is usually kept down and in the background so guests can hear each other speaking. 

Since you never get another chance to make a first impression, you will want to dress dress to impress. 


Women can experiment with different styles, colors and lengths of dresses. Since it's usually attended by the professional crowd, it's a good idea to not show too much skin. 


Make up can be glam but not over the top and the same with the hair. Heels are preferable and a clutch and nice jewelry or other accessories will top off the look.



A popular color is black. It is slimming and safe and there is a variety of the LBD (little black dress) that can accommodate all body types and shapes. 


For men, their clothing should be kept simple, but sharp looking. Fellahs,  you will want to turn heads as you walk in the room so looking polished helps. 

A crisp white dress shirt or other light trendy color with or without a tie in a up-to-date pattern or material works. A dressy sports coat will be in order, especially if you opt against wearing a tie. 




Trousers or even khakis will do.  Shoes should be lace-up or loafer style but polished and worn with dark socks to match...unless you are especially fashionable and trendy and can pull off other sock colors. 


It can be a tricky thing determining what to wear for a cocktail party but it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed.

I think Co Co Chanel said that but if she didn't she should have! ha!

Can't wait!

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Study: Daily TV watching contributes to obesity in kindergarteners


Even a little bit of television viewing goes a long way to potentially hurt a child's health, according to new research.

Kindergartners and first-graders who watched even an hour of television a day were more likely to be overweight or obese, according to new research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in San Diego.

The research builds on existing studies that have shown a direct link between sedentary behavior and obesity for children and adults. 

Earlier studies have shown the more TV that people watch, the more likely they are to gain weight. 

Children who have televisions in their room are also more likely to be overweight or obese, research suggests. TV habits made early on can lead to a lifetime of weight problems.

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Kate Middleton gives birth to a Girl!


It's a girl!!

Duchess Catherine and Prince William welcomed their second child this morning at Saint Mary's Hospital, a bouncing baby girl, Kensington Palace announced. 


Now Royal Baby number 2 watchers can catch some sleep after waiting on baited breathe to discover whether the royal couple's 21-month old son, Prince George would be a big brother to a girl or boy. 

The new baby bounces ahead in line in succession to the throne ahead of her uncle Prince Harry! She follows her grandfather Prince Charles, dad and brother.

The former Kate Middleton reportedly wil be taking a longer maternity leave from her Royal duties to be with both babies. William will take two weeks leave from his job as a military emergency helicopter pilot. 

Congrats!
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15 Prom hairstyles for your teen daughter to consider

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Prom night is the most awaited event in a young girl's life. Hairstyles play an important role in enhancing a woman beauty. When we talk about prom night every thing must be special from prom dress to prom hairstyles. A prom bun hairstyle can create a charisma but so can wispy locks falling loosely on the side of the face. 

Whether you have a teen in your life, a daughter or sister or niece here are some ideas for updoes and messy buns to consider and help them steal the show. 













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Friday, May 1, 2015

Alfonso Ribeiro and wife welcome second child, son Anders


Actor, Producer and Dancing With the Stars champ Alfonso Ribeiro and his wife Angela welcomed their second child, a son, on April, 30.

The couple named the new arrival Anders Reyn

“Momma and baby are doing great,”  Ribeiro tweeted.  “The family thanks each of you for your warm wishes on this special day,”

Anders joins Alfonso Jr., and Sienna, Ribeiro's daughter from a previous relationship.

Congrats!!
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Rosie O'Donnell & Ex exchange ugly jabs over daughter's custody


Rosie O'Donnell and her eatranged wife since 2012 Michelle Rounds are engaged in an ugly battle over the custody of their 2-year old daughter Dakota.

Rounds says she wants their child to lead a "normal life."

But O’Donnell’s rep told PEOPLE magazine that Rounds wanted sole custody as a "desperate attempt to use a child for her own gain.”

O'Donnell even threw shade at Rounds and brought their daughter in the mix by Instagramming a photo of Dakota with a message, "Excuse me – do i get a vote?,”


Not true says Rounds. 

Right now she has 24/7 nannies over there at Rosie’s house,” Rounds told Entertainment Tonight. “I don’t want my child to have a nanny. I want her to be outside playing, I want to be with her. I want to go to all the parent conferences … and that’s just not what it’s about over there.”

Rounds says she is a better parent. 

I’m at my daughter’s every beck and call,” Rounds said. “I give her mild discipline instead of like carte blanche, do whatever you want, which is more or less how Rosie likes to do things.”

She also refuted suggestions that she is after Rosie's money.

“I made my first million before the age of 39, that was before I met Rosie,” she said. “I don’t need Rosie’s money, I don’t want Rosie’s money. … The prenup money means nothing to me. I will walk away from the prenup if Rosie will give me full custody.”

On Tuesday, O’Donnell  

The View alum has four other kids with former partner Kelli Carpenter.



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Thursday, April 30, 2015

VIRAL: After 5 years of infertility, Hubby's reaction to surprise (VIDEO)


Get ready for some serious tears!

Doug Price's wife set him up to take a video to enter a trip to Aruba and got a big surprise when she told him that she was finally pregnant after 5 years of struggling with infertility!

"My wife says that she can never surprise me" reads the YouTube video caption "Well she got me pretty good with this one. We were entering a contest to win a trip to Aruba when she decided to tell me the good news, unfortunately we did not win the trip but I still think we got the better end of the deal!

*Sniff* So sweet! Congrats!


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Royal Baby #2 Frenzy & Watch is on!


The Duchess of Cambridge is currently a few days overdue to deliver her second child with her husband Prince William.

There is rumor out that she will be induced this week or next.  In the meantime, Royal Baby #2 watchers are worked up in a frenzy in anticipation and (some in hopes) that the next baby is a girl.

Who wouldn't want it to be a princess? This is the case because the couple have suggested plans to name her after Will's late mom, Princess Diana if it is a girl.

Kate Middleton and William celebrated their 4th wedding anniversary this week. It would have been cool if the baby arrived that day but no such luck!

Check out the assortment of social media images of people expressing their excitement over at E! Online!

who is currently pregnant with her second child, is overdue, according to multiple reports, and per the U.K's Telegraph, the 33-year-old royal may be induced this week.

Back in March, Prince George's mama revealed that her due date is "mid to end" of April and we're now just two days away from May, so understandably, eager royal admirers are feeling a little restless.


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