Call me a professional hypocrite: I write about how to raise kids for magazines like Parents, American Baby,Parenting, and other publications, but rarely follow my own mothering advice. Yeah, my kids watch TV and play in a rock band instead of on a soccer team but you know what? They're cool. (Can you tell I was raised by hippies?) Follow me on Twitter!
Coffee if it's a weekday; margaritas if it's a mom's night out.
You know what's so great about True Blood? Besides Alexander Skarsgard's naked torso? True Blood isn't just entertaining, it's educational. Educational television. And if you don't believe me, just consider the many, many things we've learned from the show: Faeries are like vampire potato chips -- no vamp can eat just one. Witches are the most boring "supe" on the block. Were-panthers are a thing. And now, thanks to a new poster for season 6, we've learned that "No One Lives Forever." (OMG, the Fame theme song was a lie!)
The question, of course, is which character is gonna stop living forever this season?!
The thought of a child being given only weeks to live is absolutely heartbreaking. The thought of that same child being denied his dying wish is heartbreaking beyond words. Sadly, that's what nearly happened to 10-year-old Oliver Burton of Leicester, UK. Diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 3, Oliver, who also has Down syndrome, recently had a severe relapse -- an untreatable relapse, according to his doctors. Devastated but determined to make their son's final days the best of his short life, Oliver's parents vowed to spend the rest of his time checking off items on his "wish list."
Having a bad week at work? Having a bad month at work? Is your favorite song "Take This Job and Shove It"? Just remember, it could always be worse: You could be Lindsay Lohan's personal assistant. (As in, Lindsay Lohan could be your boss.) Just ask Gavin Doyle, who had the questionable fortune of being LiLo's right-hand man during the lowest phases of her protracted downward spiral. Somehow the dude escaped with his sanity and is now writing a tell-all book about his experience (come on, wouldn't you?!), and WHOA, get ready to appreciate whatever it is you do for a living.
My great-grandmother used to have a saying: "Every baby is beautiful, so where do all the ugly people come from?" Okay, she was a bit senile, but she had a point. Which is: All babies are beautiful. So for a grown man to call an 18-month-old baby girl "ugly" is both insensitive AND inaccurate. But that's exactly what a panelist on Australian rugby sportscast The Footy Show did -- and what's worse, he didn't even have permission to use the baby's photo on TV!
Get ready to kiss your fond memories of Johnny Bravo goodbye: Three original cast members of The Brady Bunch -- Barry Williams (Greg), Christopher Knight (Peter), and Susan Olsen (Cindy) -- reunited at Kings Island amusement park in Ohio to commemorate a Brady Bunch episode filmed there 40 years ago, "The Cincinnati Kids." You remember, the one where Mike has to present his blueprints to the directors of the amusement park so the whole family goes and then hijinks ensue involving Greg going after some groovy chic and Bobby and Cindy going on a junk food binge and Jan nearly ruining everybody's lives? (Pretty much the plot of every episode, come to think of it.)