Entries in Children (11)


Matthew McConaughey: What I've Learned as a Dad

Photo by Ray Tamarra/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves welcomed their third child five months ago, and on Sunday, they told ABC News that they were in the middle of the first weekend away from their kids since his birth.

“It’s very relaxing, exciting,” Alves said at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. “I got off the plane and was like, ‘No car seats! No strollers!’”

“We noticed on the plane: ‘Where is everybody?’” said McConaughey, who also told reporters that he’s gained back much of the weight he lost for Dallas Buyer’s Club. He said he’d gained the weight back by just increasing the portions of his already healthy diet.

The couple, who were there on behalf of their Just Keep Livin Foundation, a charity dedicated to empowering high school students to live active and healthy lives, were ready to kick back — but their minds were clearly with their kids, Levi, 4, Vida 3, and baby Livingston.

“Right now there’s a whole lot of signs of me in all of them,” McConaughey said. “It’s a colorful house that’s for sure! And talk about whose personalities: One thing you learn when you’re a parent that I didn’t know as much beforehand is how much DNA … as soon as they’re born they are who they are. You can shape them, but they’re very unique, different from each other immediately.”

But his little girl has her dad wrapped around her finger, he said: “That’s a constant honeymoon!”

Alves said that three kids is work, too.

“It’s not that it’s tougher — it’s just that I had my systems down with two kids and now with three I’m still learning,” she said of her little ones, who are “into everything.”

“I’m taking tips,” she said. “I’m still working on the systems that work for three, but we’ll get there!”

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Heidi Klum Pays Her Children to Eat Healthy

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Every parent knows that it’s hard to get a child to eat something if he or she doesn’t want to.

Supermodel Heidi Klum reportedly solves that problem by paying her children to entice them to eat healthy food.

In an article in the the Daily Mail, Klum, 39, said she makes fruit smoothies for her four children for breakfast.

“Some of my kids don’t love it so I decided I would pay them a dollar if they finish their drink,” the Project Runway judge said. “All of the money goes into their piggy banks, they have collected a bunch of money since January 1. What’s good for them is good for me as well.”

Paying children to eat foods they don’t want can be viewed as bribing them, but Dr. Karyn Gordon, a relationship and family expert, said that might be too strong a view.

“Bribe — I think has a lot of, it’s got a very negative connotation especially with children … If they’re picky eaters, I think it’s a great strategy to focus on the foods that they do like that are healthy for them, and at the same time making it non-negotiable that they do have to be eating other foods that are also healthy for them,” she said.

Pilar Clark says her 7-year-old son, William, will eat anything – including vegetables, but her 4-year-old daughter, Winter, is very picky. Clark, a blogger for the website Babble (which, like ABC News, is owned by The Walt Disney Co., says she has to work to entice her daughter to eat certain things.

“We don’t bribe with money,” Clark, of Lisle, Ill., said. “Fortunately she’s too young for this, but it’s mainly sprinkles. She adores sprinkles, as in sprinkles in a bowl with a spoon … And usually, iPad. ‘If you take a couple bites you can watch this on the iPad. If you take a couple bites you can have a bowl of sprinkles.’”

Sometimes Winter will take a bite but may not always swallow the food. Although things have gotten better over time, Clark said daily mealtimes are a struggle. She hopes things will change.

“I think as a parent you want to see your children eating the things that you know are good for them even if they don’t want to,” Clark said.

Gordon said parents should keep reintroducing food to children as they grow up.

“The taste buds will change, I mean certain foods that I didn’t like as a child I love now, I mean it changes,” she said.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


No Children for Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Actress Portia de Rossi says she and wife, talk-show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, have decided not to have children.

“There comes some pressure in your mid-30s and you think, ‘Am I going to have kids so I don’t miss out on something that other people really seem to love? Or is that I really genuinely want to do this with my whole heart?’ De Rossi said in an interview in the May issue of Out Magazine. I didn’t feel my response was ‘yes’ to the latter.”

She said the decision was mutual for both her and DeGeneres.

“You have to really want to have kids, and neither of us did,” De Rossi said. “So it’s just going to be me and Ellen and no babies.”

She described her relationship with DeGeneres as drama free. The couple have been married for almost five years.

“Married life is blissful, it really is. I’ve never been happier than I am right now,” De Rossi said.

De Rossi is now working on her return as Lindsay Bluth Funke to Arrested Development for its fourth season. The show premieres on NetFlix on May 26.

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Jennifer Lopez Says Having More Kids ‘Would Be a Blessing’

Theo Wargo/WireImage for Tommy Hilfiger(NEW YORK) -- Although Jennifer Lopez admits having more kids “would be a blessing” she told People magazine she’s “got [her] hands full” already with a career firing on all cylinders and 4-year-old twins Max and Emma.  Speaking about her kids to People, J-Lo said, “Every day … they just bring so much joy and happiness to your life, [and] they just bring you right back down the earth.”

As for being a single mom balancing her duties on American Idol, her show Q’Viva! The Chosen, and her upcoming film, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Lopez said, “There’s the guilt that comes along with it. You leave and they go, ‘Don’t go to work, Mommy!”

Lopez, 42, said no matter how busy she gets, she’ll always put her kids first. “That’s my philosophy,” she said. “So as long as that’s … working in the right way, then I can dedicate whatever time I need to dedicate to my career … You just do the best you can, and say no when you have to say no.”

Of course, Lopez doesn’t do it all alone.  “I have a lot of great people in my life who help … at work and at home,” she said.  “I have a great family -- so all together -- we do it. It takes a village.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Daniel Baldwin’s Kids Removed From Estranged Wife’s Home

Daniel and Joanne Baldwin in 2009. Michael Kovac/FilmMagic(SALEM, Ore.) -- Just one week after Daniel Baldwin‘s estranged wife Joanne filed for divorce and sought sole custody of the couple’s two daughters, the state of Oregon’s Department of Human Services took action Wednesday night and removed the kids from their mother’s care, E!Online reports.

Daniel Baldwin called the development ”sad,” and said his kids are with a family friend until he returns from shooting a film to take charge of them.   “Sadly I must report that my daughters, Avis and Finley, have been removed from their mother’s home by the Department of Human Services…,” the actor stated through a rep, adding, “DHS is sighting multiple potential improprieties and the children’s welfare as reasons for this action.”

Baldwin added, “I love my beautiful babies and will continue to be the caring protective parent I have always been.”

The actor had dropped his divorce petition two months ago but his wife filed last Thursday. In addition to sole custody, she’s demanding $4,000 a month in child support from the actor as well as a million dollar life insurance policy for the benefit of the children.

After his initial divorce filing, Baldwin obtained a restraining order against Joanne, claiming she had threatened to slit his throat. Joanne Baldwin has served 10 days in jail for drinking while on probation for a prior DUI. The couple wed in July 2007. It’s his third marriage.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Michael Jackson's Children Watched Conrad Murray Try to Revive Him

AL SEIB/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson's children cried as they watched Dr. Conrad Murray attempt to revive the King of Pop's lifeless body in the bedroom of Jackson's rented mansion, the head of Jackson's security team testified Wednesday at Murray's manslaughter trial.

Faheem Muhammad, a security guard and driver for Jackson, described to jurors the chain of events on the day Jackson died from a drug overdose June 25, 2009.

Muhammad said that when he reached the Jackson home, he found a sweaty Murray in Jackson's bedroom hovering over Jackson, who was lying on the floor.

"He appeared to be administering CPR. He appeared very nervous," Muhammad said.

Jackson's "eyes were open and his mouth was slightly open," Muhammad said, adding that he appeared to be dead.

Muhammad asked if 911 had been called and was told that they were on their way.

"Immediately, I was shocked just seeing him. Shortly after that, I realized that his children were standing outside of his room...the two older ones," Muhammad said.

"Paris was on the ground balled up crying and Prince...was standing there...and he just had a real shocked, just slowly crying-type of look on his face," he said.

Muhammad said he grabbed the children and called for their nanny and moved them to a place where they couldn't see Jackson.

Murray showed little emotion in the courtroom as Muhammad recounted the frantic effort to save Jackson's life. Murray could face four years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the overdosing death of Jackson.

Muhammad's testimony followed that of Jackson's personal assistant, Michael Amir Williams. Williams told jurors that soon after Jackson's death, Murray requested to return to the Jackson home because "there's some cream in Michael's room in the house that he wouldn't want the world to know about."

Propofol, the powerful anesthetic found in Jackson's system at the time of his death, has a white, creamy appearance and is called "milk" by addicts.

The testimony followed a morning of witnesses' describing how Murray came to be Jackson's physician. Murray was hired to be Jackson's doctor as the singer prepared to embark on a 50-night comeback tour dubbed This Is It.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Hugh Jackman Opens Up About His Difficult Path to Parenthood

Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- He reportedly earned $20 million for his role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, so it would be easy to think that Hugh Jackman has a blessed life.  But in an interview with Australia's Herald Sun, the actor reveals that becoming a father was one of the most stressful times in his life.

Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, found out they could not have children naturally, and after a stressful time trying in vitro fertilization, decided to adopt instead.  The couple is now blessed with two children, a son Oscar, 11, and daughter Ava, six, and involved in charity projects and awareness campaigns, including Worldwide Orphans Foundation and National Adoption Week.  Jackman says they are happy the stigma of adoption is fading.

As for the future, the idea of enlarging their current family comes up occasionally but Jackman says his busy film schedule has put further adoption plans on the backburner, adding, “We thought we’d have a number of kids, but traveling and being hands-on parents, which is what we try to be, isn’t easy.”

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What's New on 'Sesame Street'? Math and Science

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- This season of Sesame Street, which premiered Monday, has added a few new things to its usual mix of song, dance and educational lessons.

In its 42nd season, the preschool educational series is tackling math, science, technology and engineering -- all problem areas for America's students -- in hopes of helping kids measure up.

Carol-Lynn Parente, the show's executive producer, said that 2-year-olds were more than ready for engineering experiments.

"It really boils down to a curriculum of asking questions, observing ... making a hypothesis and testing it out," she told ABC News Monday.

This season, Sesame Street will include age-appropriate experimentation -- even the orange monster Murray will conduct science experiments in a recurring feature.

The show's producers say they are responding to an urgent need.

According to the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment, among 65 industrialized nations, 15-year-olds in the United States placed 23rd in science and 30th in math.

For 30 years, researchers have studied what has been coined the "Sesame effect," in which they found that exposure to the program as a preschooler equaled higher achievement in high school.

Frequent viewers even earned better grades in English, math and science and had a higher grade point average than non-viewers.

"Children are learning the prerequisites so when they begin school, they're ready for school," said Sandra Calvert, a professor of psychology at Georgetown University and director of the Children's Digital Media Center. Calvert worked with scientists involved with the "Sesame effect" and conducted her own studies on Sesame Street character Elmo.

"They [children] know numbers, letters, pre-literacy skills," she said. "So when they walk in the door, they are really ready [and] wired to learn."

Experts say that the show's curriculum is designed for children 2 and older and that children learn best when parents watch with them and ask questions during the program.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Angelina Jolie, Kids Staying Safe in London During Ongoing Riots

ABC News Radio(LONDON) -- With the current unrest occurring in central London, Angelina Jolie and her six children are playing it safe, staying in their rented home in London’s Richmond neighborhood.

A member of Jolie’s security team told Us magazine, "[Tuesday] morning, [Angelina] was really scared and worried about the safety of the kids.  But, as the day has gone by, we've been able to get a clear picture on what's going on.”

The staffer added, “She felt safe enough to take the children out.  Of course, we are not going anywhere near central London."

Jolie ended up bringing her kids to Pottery Café, where they decorated pottery.  Her partner, Brad Pitt, is currently five hours away in Falmouth filming World War Z, but an insider told the magazine that he calls Jolie regularly from the set to check up on her and the kids.

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Report: Brad and Angelina Spend More than $9 Million a Year on Their Six Kids

Ernesto Ruscio/FilmMagic(LONDON) -- Raising six children is an expensive proposition, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie obviously have no problem shelling out big bucks for their big brood.  Britain’s Sun newspaper reports Brad and Angelina spend more than $9 million annually on nine-year-old Maddox, seven-year-old Pax, six-year-old Zahara, four-year-old Shiloh and two-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

The report says the couple spends $900,000 dollars a year on nannies for the six kids, and close to one million dollars annually for tutors.  Other alleged annual costs include $366,000 for food, $966,000 on clothes, $1.5 million on “activities” and some $632,000 on birthday parties.

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