Oscars was Constance "Connie" Leto, Jared's mother.In his now famous acceptance speech, the actor paid homage to his mom, 58, putting her squarely on our radar. Here are 8 things we've learned about Connie in the past 24 hours.
She struggled to make life better for her two kids: In Jared Leto’s Oscar acceptance speech, he expressed gratitude for his mother who helped paved the way for his success. “In 1971, Bossier City, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard and to do something special. That girl is my mother and she’s here tonight. And I just want to say, I love you, Mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream."
She encouraged creativity in her
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Mar 3, 2014 11:57 AM EST
Oscars was Constance "Connie" Leto, Jared's mother.In his now famous acceptance speech, the actor paid homage to his mom, 58, putting her squarely on our radar. Here are 8 things we've learned about Connie in the past 24 hours.Although Jared Leto won an Academy Award on Sunday for "Best Supporting Actor" in the film Dallas Buyer's Club, the real star of the Read More »from All Hail Jared Leto's Mom: 8 Facts About the Gorgeous Constance Leto
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Mon, Mar 3, 2014 11:52 AM EST
Robert Lopez hit the ball out of the park with his Oscar win for "Let it Go" from the movie "Frozen" when he became the youngest member of the very exclusive club. EGOT stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony—the biggest awards in the entertainment industry. "Frozen" also happened to nab a golden statuette for Best Animated Feature.The elusive EGOT — it's the grand slam of showbiz, and composer
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The stupendously talented Lopez, who just turned 39 a week ago, co-wrote the song with his wife, lyricist Kristen Anderson-Lopez. In their charming and well-rehearsed tag-team acceptance speech (guess they weren't all that surprised, given the phenomenal success of "Let It Go"), the couple ended by saying thanks to, "our girls, Katie and Annie" and added: This song is inspired by our love for you and the hope that you never let fear or shame keep you for celebrating the unique people that you are." Pass the tissues, please.
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- Esquire.com | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 9:05 PM EST
Helpful advice from the comedy legend and creator of the new web series, Fatherhood.
By Chris Wright
Long before he became a father, Hank Azaria was badgering his friends with questions about fatherhood. Not that he loved kids, or even particularly liked being around them. He was just obsessed with what it was like to have them. "I was driving everybody crazy," he says. "They'd be like, 'What's wrong with you?'"
He started filming his interrogations, with friends like Mike Myers, Bryan Cranston, and Kevin Bacon, with an eye toward making a documentary. But then, midway through, Azaria-best known for voicing Chief Wiggum, Moe, Apu, and other Simpsons characters-got some news. His girlfriend (now wife) announced she was pregnant. "So it went from 'Should I have kids?' to 'Now what do I do?'" he says.
The result-besides Azaria's son, Hal-is the new web series, Fatherhood. It's a great show, though maybe not for the reasons Azaria, had hoped. The main thing we learn is that celebrities are terrible at giving meaningfulRead More »from 5 Things You Must Know About Being a Father (Featuring Hank Azaria)
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 5:14 PM ESTDad Custody "The courts, they just award custody to the mother because they don't think dads can handle the kids on their own." As a practicing attorney, I have heard that complaint more often than not. I've even heard that comment from my own mother while she struggled to understand what was going on with my sister's recent divorce and custody dispute. Each time I hear that comment I cringe ... because it's not true. At least it hasn't been true for a very long time, but that hasn't stopped the National Parents Organization, more specifically Ned Holstein, from claiming it to be true. The National Parents Organization, which used to go by the name Fathers and Families, believes that the courts are giving custody to too many mothers as opposed to fathers, and the people in that organization want to stop the trend by changing the custody laws.
Questioning the integrity of the court system, instead of examining the details in custody disputes, is a mistake. Believe it or not, the courts aren't
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 3:54 PM ESTHappy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! 7 Fascinating Facts About the Beloved Children's Author"From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere."
So go, in my opinion, the best lines from the Dr. Seuss classic, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
Like countless other people, I consider Dr. Seuss to be my absolute favorite children's author. His stories were different, fun and, yes, funny. Re-reading the same books over and over to your child can quickly become a tedious activity, but for me, that's not true of Dr. Seuss books. His rhymes are a pleasure to read aloud - and the whimsical, other-worldly illustrations that accompany them never get old.
But if Dr. Seuss were alive today, he would be old - very old. March 2 is his birthday, and this year he would have turned 110. There is no shortage of celebrations being held for the The Cat in the Hat creator: PBS KIDS has introduced an online game allowing kids to build "Seussian" roller coasters and will air a one-hour special of its animated series, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!Read More »from Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! 7 Fascinating Facts About the Beloved Children’s Author
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 3:44 PM ESTThe Powerful Lesson at the Heart of Every Dr. Seuss Book No matter how many times I read "King Looie Katz" in Dr. Seuss's I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today - and for awhile there my son Felix asked that I read it at least once a day, if not more - by the time I came to the part where the tails get slammed on the ground, I always wished the short story went longer. If you're not familiar with this one, the tale tells of how King Looie, the feline king of Katzen-stein (and The Cat in the Hat's great great great great grandpa), doesn't want his tail to drag on the ground and so has one of his subjects hold it up, who then gets someone to hold his up, who gets someone to hold his up, and on and on till the last cat in Katzen-stein has no one to hold her tail up and so says, "I quit!"
"Then Prooie Katz slammed Blooie's tail
And Blooie Katz slammed Hooie's
And Hooie Katz slammed Chooie's tail
And Chooie Katz slammed Kooie's.
All tails in Katzen-stein were slammed
Including proud King Louie's."
I love how fun it is to say all theRead More »from The Powerful Lesson at the Heart of Every Dr. Seuss Book
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 3:40 PM EST
Unless you've been living under a social media rock for the past 24 hours, chances are that you've seen the absolutely adorable "Mayhem" and her paper dresses. After watching her daughter play dress-up with everything possible, Angie (Mayhem's mother) suggested that they use paper, finding materials and items around the house. For the past year, the mom and daughter duo have copied celebrity dresses, Disney princesses, even iconic gowns - all made with paper. Thanks to a feature on Mommy Shorts blog, Angie & "Mayhem" have catapulted in popularity from 1200 Instagram followers to over 123,000 in just 24 hours. Mayhem is adorable, but more important, I am floored with the creativity and time taken each day to create these outfits. Angie claims she's not fashionable, but she definitely has a way with manipulating materials. I try to imagine myself sitting in my living room with my destruction-craving 4-year-old boy, and I just laugh. NO WAY would this happen in our house, but gosh, I amRead More »from Mom Posts Adorable Photos of Daughter Playing Dress-Up — Internet Goes Crazy
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 3:12 PM ESTWhat Alec Baldwin and My Kids Have in CommonHave you heard the news? Alec Baldwin is retiring from public life. He's been burned by the paparazzi too often, he says, and it's not worth it for him to engage anymore.
In a very long interview with Joe Hagan, Baldwin summarizes and defends the unfair portrayal of himself in the press as homophobic. Baldwin admits that he is not perfect -- the publicized phone call of him yelling at his daughter stands as a painful reminder of his temper -- but he's had enough. He is considering moving away from New York and has abandoned plans to one day run for public office.
Baldwin believes public life has changed. Fans are more demanding, carrying phones with them at all times to capture and record everything he does. And photographers have gotten more aggressive. The last straw for Baldwin was when photographers got dangerously close to his wife and new baby.
He says: "Now, everyone has a camera in their pocket. Add to that predatory photographers and predatory videographers who want toRead More »from Alec Baldwin "Retires" from Public Life: What We Can Learn from This Move
Why Renting with Kids is Our New American DreamFour years ago, we owned a home. It was our first, built from the ground up to our liking and with our specifications. We were over-the-moon in love with it. It was the home we first brought our daughter Bella into, and it was near our families -- so perfect for the three of us.
When we sold it and moved to an apartment in a larger city, I missed my house dreadfully at first. All I wanted was to be back in a home of our own. After all, no one I knew was renting with kids.
Then my husband rejoined the military. Bella grew up -- her little messes becoming bigger messes. We adopted pets. We rented a home, and inside I wondered if we would ever buy again.
At one point, I flew to New Jersey to a town I'd moved from 20 years before, and had never been back to since. Turning the corner to see my old house sitting there brought back a flood of emotions I didn't even know I still felt. I bawled. It was the first home I truly remembered as a child; I loved it so much that it had haunted myRead More »from Why Renting with Kids is Our New American Dream
- Erin Zammett Ruddy | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 2:53 PM EST
three kids with me?), it’s more like parenting in a warmer climate. But I will take it. Normally I live in New York, where, like most of the country, we are in the midst of the never-ending, blizzard-a-week polar vortex. The snow stopped being fun about five storms ago. I am not a weather complainer but it officially got to me and I had to get out of dodge. My kids did, too. I’m incredibly lucky that my parents have a place in Florida and were happy to host my brood and airline tickets were dirt cheap (my husband is away on business, which was another reason to bolt). I'm also a freelance writer which means I can work from anywhere. The only problem: My oldest is in first-grade and I had to pull him out of school. Right after he was off for an entire week for winter break. (It didn’t work out for us to be away then, plus airline tickets during schoolI’m writing this post from sunny Florida, where I escaped to with my three kids. It isn’t so much a vacation (did I mention I have Read More »from I Pulled My Kids Out of School for Vacation. So What?
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