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Soleil Moon Frye on 'momtrepreneurs' and her new app


Punky Brewster left TV screens 25 long years ago — but her can-do spirit lives on in Soleil Moon Frye, the actress-turned-business maven who won the role of Punky when she was just seven years old.

In recent years, Frye — best known to a slightly younger generation as Roxie, Sabrina the Teenage Witch‘s cynical college roommate — has reinvented herself as a professional parent. She’s currently overseeing her DIY parenting blog Moonfrye while simultaneously serving as Target’s “Mommy Ambassador,” writing books like this fall’s Let’s Get This Party Started: DIY Celebrations for You and Your Kids to Create Together, hosting OWN’s Home Made Simple, and regularly spotlighting fellow “momtrepreneurs” on Today.

Oh, and as she just announced this morning: The mother of two is having another child.


'Sofia the First' creator talks making TV from a dad's perspective

People aren’t shocked to hear that Sofia the First creator and executive producer Craig Gerber has two young children. They are, however, “constantly surprised” to learn that those kids are sons (3 and 5 years old) rather than daughters — though to Gerber, that shouldn’t matter. Being a father has had an indelible effect on his creative process; read on to see how his experience has shaped Disney Jr.’s hit show. As for how the Gerber clan plans to celebrate this weekend’s holiday? “You’d have to ask my family,” he told EW with a laugh. “It shouldn’t surprise most dads to know that I’ll probably be the last to know what the plans are for Father’s Day.”

As told by: Craig Gerber

Disney Jr. was looking to do a show about a young princess, but they hadn’t figured out the right characters or story yet. So they approached me to see if I had any ideas. Even though I only had one son at the time, I was very interested in creating a show that I could enjoy with my children, and that would also be informative for my son. I just had to figure out a great story that girls — and boys — would enjoy watching.

Looking at my son and what he was going through at school with his friends, I noticed that both boys and girls enjoyed role playing — pretending to be other people or other creatures. I saw girls playing with pretend swords, and I saw boys dressing up like princesses in preschool. And it occurred to me that a fantasy world appeals to kids of all ages, and both genders. The secret for Sofia was to create a show that had a fantastic world with a lot of adventure and fun and friends.


Don't bring your small child to the action movie. Please. I beg you.

We’ve all been there. Opening weekend of that giant blockbuster you’ve been dying to see so much that you’ve actually braved a movie theater on its opening weekend. You even got there early, stood in line for a ticket, and wiggled your body into a prime viewing position, snacks in hand as you wait for the main attraction to begin. And then, just after you silenced your phone, in walks someone with a stroller or a tiny human who in almost any other circumstance you would have found just ah-dorable. But in this moment you simply feel a chill as fear creeps up the back of your neck. What do you fear? The strong likelihood that your night out is about to get jacked by a crying, talking, or otherwise noisy or disruptive child. READ FULL STORY

How about that 'family tattoo,' says the Prez

There are lots of ways to keep your teens and preteens in line but none are as fun as a little threat of embarrassment. That’s why what President Obama told The Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie about what would happen should Sasha or Malia ever go out and get a tattoo is sure to make many parents laugh. I know I did. READ FULL STORY

MPAA rolls out improved movie ratings descriptors for parents

MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd has unveiled an adjustment to the movie ratings system that is meant to help parents better determine whether certain content is appropriate for their child.

As part of the MPAA’s new “Check the Box” campaign, announced today at CinemaCon by Dodd and National Association of Theatre Owners president John Fithian, ratings descriptors will begin being more prominent when displayed along with movie ratings.

“Throughout its existence, the goal of the rating system has never changed: to inform parents and allow them to make their own decisions, considering their children’s sensibilities and unique sensitivities,” Dodd said. “In 1990, we took a significant step to advance that goal, introducing rating descriptors for every film that is rated PG or higher, giving parents a snapshot of the content in each movie that leads to its rating. The campaign we are announcing today focuses on these descriptors, giving parents the information they need to navigate the rating system and movies coming to their theaters.”

Other parts of the campaign will focus on reminding parents about the tools at their disposal to help them to make educated decisions. The PSA below was also released: READ FULL STORY

Are your kids ready for the evening news?

One of the great things about being a parent is sharing the best of the massive pop-culture universe with our own children, vicariously re-experiencing the likes of Dorothy, Harry Potter, or Luke Skywalker through the wide eyes of a child, basking in their first belly-laugh at a Saturday Night Live sketch on Hulu, and looking the other way so they can stay up late one Monday night to watch a little of the NCAA basketball final. But part of parenting is also the constant internal debate about the appropriate time and age to introduce such touchstones: Will Betsy be inconsolable after the opening moments of Finding Nemo? Is Johnny going to have nightmares when the faces melt at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark? Is Scotty going to be confused and then traumatized when Brian Williams discusses the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal?

See, it’s not just PG-13 movies and provocative pop lyrics — to say nothing of the vast untamed Internet — that present a daily parental dilemma. Sometimes, it’s something as seemingly benign as Brian Williams or one of the other evening-news anchors reporting the news. On one hand, it’s important to me that my 7-year-old be introduced and begin to understand the world he will inherit. On the other, those 22 minutes of reality at 6:30 p.m. every day are a two-way highway that transports a severe world with no absolutes into the protective cocoon of our family room. A parent spends every waking hour trying to shield his children from the ugliness of the outside world — for as long as you possible can — but the evening news can be as unsettling to a child as anything they might consume in popular culture. READ FULL STORY

Kids' Choice Awards host Josh Duhamel on pre-show nerves and becoming a dad

Josh Duhamel is not taking his Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards hosting duties lightly — it’s not all fun and slime.

“I’ve never done anything like this before, so I’m a little nervous. I’m trying not to think about the fact that I’m going to be compared to Jack Black and Will Smith and all these guys who I’ve always admired,” Duhamel told EW. “But then again, they hired me for me, so I’m just going to be me.”

The 26th Annual Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards will air  Saturday at 8 p.m. ET, and promises to be another fun romp with celebrity guests including Steve Carell, Kristin Wiig, Amanda Seyfried, Chris Pine, Sandra Bullock, and Neil Patrick Harris, and performances by Christina Aguilera, Ke$ha, and Pitbull. Over 326 million votes have been cast to date. Josh Duhamel sat down with EW to talk about the show, who he’s most excited to meet, and his plans for fatherhood.


Would you go to sleep already so I can watch (insert: inappropriate show)?

Jessica Miglio

There are many ways in which one’s style is cramped when one is a parent. One, for example, should not stomp around cursing whenever one feels like it. One should ideally model good eating and grooming habits, as well as proper manners and values. In short, one should make all “good choices” in the vain hopes that one’s children will do the same.

These standards, unfortunately, also apply to one’s entertainment. Only “appropriate” television and movies should be on the small screen while one’s children are within earshot. When my kids were small, this was not a problem. We would put them to bed at 8, and then my husband could Spartacus it up and I could take in any number of  BBC America shows, from Skins to Gavin & Stacey. These days my 10-year-old daughter is still in bed by 8:15, but now that my son is 12, he has informed us that we need to get a grip. He won’t go to sleep until 9:30! This is a problem since I can’t stay awake past 10. So Mama doesn’t have enough time to watch her shows!!


Bravo to highlight tiger moms and helicopter dads in 'Extreme Guide to Parenting'

Bravo-TVGet ready to meet some real housewives — and househusbands — who march to the beat of their own kooky, neurotic drummers.

Bravo announced today that it has greenlit Extreme Guide to Parenting, a reality series that invites audiences to gape at parents who practice “unique styles of raising their children.”

Sounds a little more TLC than Bravo — though the network’s vice president of development makes a convincing argument for why Parenting should share a home with the Housewives. “Whether you have kids or you’re stuck next to the screaming child on a plane, judging other people’s parenting is a guilty pleasure.  We all love to do it,” he said in a statement. “The series explores all manners of eccentric ways parents raise their kids, and we’ll let the viewer be the judge of how they’re doing.”


Television: A working-mom danger zone?

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

I am a huge fan of Parenthood. I think the show almost always gets the stresses and joys of parenting right. On last week’s episode,  Julia Braverman, Erika Christensen’s high-powered lawyer/working mom, suddenly quit her job.  She had screwed up big-time, missed a dance recital, and then broke down in her kitchen after burning the kids’ breakfast. Oh, how I related. When I was working as editor-in-chief of ELLEgirl, I had one such morning on the train into the city. I happened to be seated with an important media reporter, who watched as I tried to use an expired commuter pass, then had to borrow money for my fare; received a phone call informing me that I had forgotten about picture day at the preschool, and generally appeared to be in over my head. I did not quit my job that day — because it was too good a gig — but I sure felt like it. READ FULL STORY

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