Friday, October 24, 2008

Jada Pinkett Smith's Golden Rules of Parenting

In the November issue of Cookie magazine, Jada Pinkett Smith opens up about everything from her marriage to Will Smith to raising their kids together. I especially like her "Golden Rules of Parenting." They include the following:

1. Eat as a family. "There’s flexibility about when they eat breakfast and lunch, but dinner together is sacred."

2. Enlist help. "I’m lucky to have a lot of people in my world who help me. My mother travels with me all the time, and when I travel and the kids aren’t with me, she stays with them."

3. Drink water. "I tell them, 'You have three bottles of water a day, then drink what you want. I’m always like, 'Listen, we’ve got to keep our bodies strong — we got too much stuff to do!'"

4. Respect their boundaries. "Staying out of kids' space can teach them to be responsible for their own decisions and mistakes. Is it their room, or are they borrowing the space while they’re living in your house? If it's theirs, then they should be able to do whatever they want with it. If it's their clothes, they have the right to do whatever they want with those clothes. We have to give them some freedom to be who they are."

5. Choose your battles. "Who is it going to hurt, really, if she has orange balloon pants on the red carpet? I try to stay outside my ego and what I want and to respect them as I expect them to respect me."

6. Expose and educate. "We go to church as a family on Sunday, but we study world religion during the week as well. We read excerpts from the Bible, from Hindu texts, Kabbalah, Judaism..."

For more of Jada's interview, check out Cookie online.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Alyson Hannigan is Pregnant

Actress Alyson Hannigan is pregnant, her rep Megan Moss told People magazine exclusively.

The How I Met Your Mother star, 34, and her husband, actor Alexis Denisof, 42, will welcome their first child this spring.

The couple met on the set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer during the 1999-2000 season and were married at the Two Bunch Palms resort near Palm Springs, Calif., on Oct. 11, 2003.

On the big screen, Hannigan is famous for her role as band geek Michelle opposite Jason Biggs in the American Pie trilogy.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

7 Secrets to Raising a Happy Child

We all want the same things for our kids. We want them to grow up to love and be loved, to follow their dreams, to find success. Mostly, though, we want them to be happy.

But just how much control do we have over our children's happiness? My son, Jake, now 7, has been a rather somber child since birth, while my 5-year-old, Sophie, is perennially sunny. Jake wakes up grumpy. Always has. Sophie, on the other hand, greets every day with a smile.

Evident from infancy, their temperaments come, at least in part, from their genes. But that doesn't mean their ultimate happiness is predetermined, assures Bob Murray, PhD, author of Raising an Optimistic Child: A Proven Plan for Depression-Proofing Young Children -- for Life (McGraw-Hill).

"There may be a genetic propensity for depression, but our genes are malleable and can be switched on or off depending on the environment," he says. "The research clearly shows that happy, optimistic children are the product of happy, optimistic homes, regardless of genetic makeup." What can you do to create a home where your child's happiness will flourish?

Check out this article for seven strategies that will strengthen your child's capacity to experience joy.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Gillian Anderson welcomes son #2

X-Files star Gillian Anderson and boyfriend Mark Griffiths are parents of a baby boy, the actress's rep tells People magazine.

Felix Griffiths, weighing 6 lbs., 15 oz., was born Oct. 15 in London. He is the second child for Anderson, 40, with Griffiths, joining their 1-year-old son Oscar. Anderson also has a 14-year-old daughter, Piper, from a previous marriage.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Anesthesia during childbirth seen very safe

The odds of a woman dying from the anesthesia she may be given during childbirth have fallen to about one in a million, according to a study described at the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

The new finding "should be very reassuring for women," Dr. Joy L. Hawkins, professor of anesthesiology at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, who led the study, told Reuters Health.

Read the full story here.