Is it possible for parents' lives to not be consumed by their children? Last night on Parenthood, Joel has a hard time seeing beyond his life as a stay-at-home dad when it is time to showcase a hobby at Sydney's school. While he frets over something to wow the crowd, Kristina worries that she and Adam are losing their relationship to the stresses of their daily commitments. Do you find yourself in a similar situation?
A miscarriage affects more than the mother. In last night's "With You I'm Born Again" season opener of Grey's Anatomy, the staff of Seattle Grace copes with the physical and emotional effects of the hospital's mass murder. While Derek opts for living hard, Meredith keeps a secret. She has yet to tell her husband that she had a miscarriage or that she was pregnant. Does a woman mourning a miscarriage have the right to keep it to herself or does the would-have-been father deserve to know?
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Cameron reads tabloids to Lily in a soft tone on Modern Family. Babies rock out to Katy Perry's "California Gurls" and songs with profane lyrics. If a tot is too young to talk, does the content of the texts read to them or the music played in their presence matter? What's your opinion?Photos copyright 2010 ABC Inc.
All kids are different, but when a child has a disability should they be told? Last night on Parenthood, Max is enthused about getting the entire family —Team Braverman — together to participate in an Autism Speaks walk. Though the boy is extremely passionate about helping kids with autism, he has yet to realize that he is on the spectrum. Wondering whether they should tell Max that he has Asperger's syndrome, Adam and Kristina consult their son's doctor. He doesn't give them a direct answer, instead he says that the 8 year old will clue them in when it's time. Do you agree that children will figure it out themselves or give their parents a cue for delivering such news, or should parents be upfront at the time of diagnosis?
Mother's Day isn't all macaroni art and roses! On last night's hilarious episode of The Middle, Frankie compares her holiday to that of her husband Mike's. She concludes that Father's Day is ultimately a success because mothers run it. And acknowledges the day after Mother's Day as the real treat — when a mom isn't put on the spot or responsible for making everyone else happy. What do you think?
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Moms hold the power when it comes to family purchases. Women are responsible for buying about 80 percent of all household goods and companies vie for their attention because of this power. But, does seeing her favorite television characters using those items cause a lady to loosen the purse strings? The subtle product placement that once seemed to be reserved for cable channels has become incredibly obvious on major television networks.
An entire Modern Family show centered around Phil getting an iPad. On a recent episode of Brothers and Sisters, Trader Joe's cereal and lasagna noodles were front and center in two scenes. And on this week's The Good Wife, the Buick logo was zoomed in on. Corporate giants P&G and Walmart have partnered to make family friendly movies that air on NBC, which enables them to incorporate their goods in the films. The first Friday night flick aired in April and got good ratings. Do you notice product placement and are you influenced by it?
A mom's life may play out like a sitcom, but no woman ever expects to actually watch hers on the small screen. This is exactly what happened to Mary Pols, author of Accidentally on Purpose the brilliant memoir of a 39 year old who had a one-night stand and ended up pregnant. I recently had a chance to chat with Mary about how her book became a CBS show starring Jenna Elfman. The second part of the season finale airs tonight. If you missed the first portion of the interview, check it out!
LilSugar: This one is for the wishful readers who rooted for the relationship, are you and Matt together now?
Mary Pols: We're not together. No traditional happy ending, just like the book. But being co-parents who are completely united in raising a child is a happier ending than a lot of people get, you know? I can live with that. Both of us could have had easier paths, but this little boy we share is just gloriously fun and sweet and charming and because of him, I wouldn't choose another life for anything. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think, this is hard, and then, "I am so lucky." Which is really the sum of parenting, isn't it? If you feel blessed, it's all the same, whether you're married, single, straight, gay, adoptive, transgender but miraculously reproducing or what have you. Damn, this is hard. Damn, I'm lucky.
LilSugar: Dolan is now six, does he know his life story has gone to Hollywood? Or does he live like a normal kindergartner?
Mary Pols: Dolan knows I wrote a book about him but is blissfully ignorant of the whole Hollywood angle. Unless I was the inspiration for "Glee" or the "Berenstain Bears" I don't think he'd care much if he did know. Someday when he's older, I'll tell him. But for now we're just glad his rapidly advancing spelling skills don't yet extend to S-I-T-C-O-M.
LilSugar: Where will you watch the season finale?
Mary Pols: I'll probably have to watch the season finale on my laptop via CBS.com, late next Wednesday night, because I am so often at a movie screening on the nights when the show airs. But I saw a lot of it being taped, so I already know a few secrets. Like the baby's name, which is not Dolan but is a name I am very fond of and does appear in my book!
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A mom's life may play out like a sitcom, but no woman ever expects to actually watch hers on the small screen. This is exactly what happened to Mary Pols, author of Accidentally on Purpose the brilliant memoir of a 39 year old who had a one-night stand and ended up pregnant. I recently had a chance to chat with Mary about how her book became a CBS show starring Jenna Elfman. The first part of the season finale airs tonight.
LilSugar: It’s one thing to write a memoir that people can purchase and read, it’s another to have your life (or a show based on your life) broadcast on national television, how did you deal with everyone knowing your business?
Mary Pols: The thing about the show is, it's so different from my actual life — which sadly, does not include having shirtless Jon Foster to make out with on a regular basis — that it now feels like it's its own entity. Billie's got the same profession I have, although a different employer (I no longer write for a Bay Area newspaper, I review movies for Time and write a parent-oriented entertainment column for MSN), and she got pregnant on a one-night stand with a much younger man, but after that, our paths really diverge. She's less controlling, freaked out by her situation and just generally nicer than me.
LilSugar: In More magazine you wrote that Accidentally on Purpose was something you ”slaved and wept over" and were really proud of and that you hoped that the CBS show would get the memoir into more hands. Has it?
Mary Pols: I think the memoir has reached a few more hands, definitely. Perhaps mostly the writers and actors on the show, who seem to have diligently done their homework even though the story is so different. I got the loveliest email from Lennon Parham, the very funny actress who plays Billie's sister, after she read the book, which was so kind it made me cry! And I was really touched when Nicolas Wright, who plays slacker stoner Davis, told me during a set visit that he'd read Accidentally on Purpose and loved it. And I think some strangers are finding it too, just based on the emails I get. Although I think people expecting a light and frothy, sitcom-style story would be surprised. There's a lot of sadness in my book, a lot of trying to come to terms with things that don't work out in a happy, easy way. You know, like life.
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It's hard to keep track of the TV lineup much less get the chance to actually sit down and watch your picks once you are a mother. But, lately there are so many good shows on the tube with strong, relatable women characters that it's time to put your DVR to use! This allows a mama to watch the shows once her kids have been tucked into bed and skip the commercials which saves time. Here are six prime time series that are too good to miss. Check out why these shows and their maternal characters are a must-see!
We've been anticipating the premiere of Parenthood, and it was well worth the wait! Though the first episode packed quite a punch covering everything from frozen sperm, biological clocks, and quasi-engagements to divorce and dating as a newly single parent, it was a scene about Asperger's syndrome that left me with a lump in my throat. Both the words "Asperger's" and "autism" have become so viral in recent years that many people have become almost immune to their impact. But Ron Howard and Brain Grazer's new series doesn't talk about the developmental disorder so much as it shows its effects in a single compelling scene between three generations of Braverman men — Craig T. Nelson (Zeek), Peter Krause (Adam), and Max Burkholder (Max) — when Adam tells his father that there is "something wrong with his son" outside a school event when the child is puddle jumping. Perhaps the scene seems so authentic because it's been reported that writer/executive producer Jason Katims has a son with Asperger's. What did you think of the way it was portrayed?