A deadbeat dad rolls into town on last night's Parenthood! When Amber and Drew's pop shows up to play some gigs, Sarah has a bit of a breakdown when she finds out her son has been hanging out with his father. While the mom of two has good reason — namely because her ex is an addict — is it ever fair to keep a kid (who wants a relationship) away from his or her parent?
It's tough for parents to switch into couple mode, but since Cupid will be hovering in a few days — it's time! We've covered the ways a mom can channel her inner wife so I asked Michael Johnson of Playgrounddad to give share advice on how fathers can put on their husband hats. Check out what the dad of four said.
Need help making Valentine's Day plans? @lilsugar and @playgrounddad are hosting a Twitter party this Thursday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. PST, and you're invited! The hashtag is #datenight.
Barbara Bush, the daughter of former president George W. Bush, is advocating gay marriage in a recent PSA filmed by The Human Rights Campaign. It's a very public way for the 29-year-old to disagree with the ban that her father tried to put in place while in office. But perhaps her political views are more in line with her mother Laura's. The former first lady said she disagreed with her husband's opinions on gay marriage and choice in an interview with Larry King last year.
Jersey Shore is many a mom's guilty pleasure! Though the women who are raising America's next generation hate to admit it, there's something endearing about Snooki, Ronnie, Pauly, JWoww, Sammi, Vinny, and Mike — after you get past the brawling, bad language, and shacking up. The fist-pumping party-goers hook up so much each season that there's always that scary prospect of someone becoming pregnant. Since a crib in the shore house would really crimp the cast's style, let's hope they don't embark on parenthood for a long time. But, in watching the latest episode of the reality show, Snooki's familial instincts were hilariously apparent.
- Snooki eats more pickles than a pregnant woman! And she's also got the ice cream thing going on since she used to scoop gelato in Miami.
- "The worst thing a parent can say to their child is I'm not mad at you, I'm not upset with you, but I'm disappointed in you." — Snooki on parenting after she got reamed out by her father for getting arrested.
- "I think Jenni and Roger as a couple would be amazing. It's your typical gorilla guidette couple. And, they would have the most amazingly cute babies ever." — Snooki on family planning.
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It was parents interrupted last night on Modern Family when the Dunphey kids make breakfast in bed for Phil and Claire and walk in on them having sex. While the situation isn't uncommon (especially when people don't lock their doors), it startles everyone involved and makes for an awkward situation. Haley, Alex, and Luke flee while a mortified Claire hides in her room trying to figure out how she will broach the subject and has flashbacks of the time she interrupted her own parents. Meanwhile, Phil plays it cool eating his bacon and eggs and of course, hilarity ensues. Have your kids ever walked in on you?
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Upon accepting awards, many of Hollywood's most talented artists thank God or their family members. Tonight was no different with recipients acknowledging everyone from their nephews to grandparents. Here are the three mentions that I thought were the most memorable!
- "I want to thank all the female nominees tonight for helping me demonstrate to my young daughter that elite is not a bad word, it's an aspirational one. Honey, look around — smart girls have more fun and you're one of them. I love you!"— Aaron Sorkin, winner best screenplay for The Social Network.
- "You do the best you can with your children. You do the best you can making movies. At a certain point you just have to let both of them go and hope for the best...And for the children, you just hope the movies do well enough so you can keep them in private schools." — Robert De Niro, Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.
- "I also want to thank you for the opportunity to say hi to my grandma Bernice in Cincinnati who's watching at home. I hope you're having a drink, Grandma, and enjoying this!" — Natalie Portman, winner best dramatic actress for Black Swan.
"The Kids Are All Right" won Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes tonight! Here are 5 reasons why the film deserved the award.
You know those "mom" moments when you step back from your own life and see your spouse, your children, and all the chaos unfold as if you're watching a movie? Well, The Kids Are All Right is exactly that . . . only the parents are lesbian couple, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), and their kids Joni and Laser (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) are coming of age and want to meet their biological father, sperm donor Paul (Mark Ruffalo). Without giving too much away, here are five situations that all moms can relate to in the movie. Hire a babysitter and go see this brilliant film before it's nominated for Oscars.
It doesn't look like Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe will be rekindling their past romance. In an exclusive statement to the New York Daily News, the actor wished his ex-wife and her fiancé well on their recent engagement. He said, "I'm very happy for both Reese and Jim. I wish nothing but the best for the mother of my children." Despite the demise of their marriage, many former couples are able to achieve amicable relationships for the sake of their kids. And that's important since coparenting ultimately involves both parties and additional partners if mom and dad remarry. All things considered, would you walk down the aisle again if your ex didn't approve?
It's been said that "army brats" know how to pack their bags and bid their goodbyes, but what happens when it's time for the kids to see their own parents off? While it's one thing when a husband or wife makes the conscious choice to marry a spouse who's in the military and bear the brunt of that decision, it's quite another for children of single parents to uproot their lives (yet again) to stay with relatives when mom or dad is deployed. A touching New York Times report examined the physical and emotional effects of such circumstances. It said:
And a paper published in the journal Pediatrics in late 2009 found that children in military families were more likely to report anxiety than children in civilian families. The longer a parent had been deployed in the previous three years, the researchers found, the more likely their children were to have had difficulties in school and at home.
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Is it about the evolution of the law or the evolution of marriage? A Michigan man faces up to five years in prison for hacking into his wife's Gmail account to confirm his suspicions that the woman was having an affair. Leon Walker logged into Clara's email account using the password she kept next to their computer. Since many spouses share a laptop, iPad, or iPhone, it's not uncommon that both parties have access to each other's social networking accounts. Do you peek on your partner out of curiosity?