Brad Pitt Thinks Angelina Jolie’s Claims She Needs Child Support Are Ridiculous

Brad Pitt doesn’t want to hear anything about Angelina Jolie’s money woes. The actress recently bashed the World War Z star for not paying child support and giving her the money, she deserves. But Pitt believes the allegations are absurd given how Jolie just made millions on her latest movie, Maleficent 2.

Jolie and Pitt have been fighting a bitter custody battle ever since the actress filed for divorce in 2016. In the most recent development, Jolie accused her former spouse of skipping out on child support. Pitt fired back by revealing he loaned Jolie $ 8 million after their breakup so that she could purchase a new home.

He also dished out over $ 1.3 million in child support the past two years. Jolie countered by saying the home loan had nothing to do with child support and should not be counted towards his payments.

“What has been filed by Brad’s side today is a blatant attempt to obfuscate the truth and distract from the fact that he has not fully met his legal obligations to support the children,” Jolie’s lawyer, Bley DeJean, explained in a statement.

An inside source, meanwhile, revealed that Pitt doesn’t believe Jolie is experiencing financial problems. According to Radar Online, the source called Jolie’s claims are “crazy,” especially considering how she just made $ 20 million for starring in Maleficent 2, which hits theaters in two years.

To complicate things even further, the amount of child support Pitt legally has to pay is based on his current level of income. As of this year, Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s income is almost equal, which could lessen the amount he is required to give her.

While the divorce battle rages on, Pitt is currently busy filming a new Quentin Tarantino project with Leonardo DiCaprio. The actor was recently spotted filming a scene with DiCaprio for the movie, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

The scene took place just outside of Paramount Studios and featured Pitt picking up DiCaprio in an old Cadillac. Pitt appeared more than happy working alongside DiCaprio, despite everything going on in his personal life.

Pitt’s newest movie is based on the Charles Manson murders that took place in Hollywood in 1969. The project is slated to come out 50 years after the murders, which took the life of actress Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie). Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is scheduled to be released in theaters next year.

Brad Pitt has not officially commented on the latest developments surrounding his divorce with Jolie. It has nearly been two years since Jolie filed for divorce and it doesn’t seem like they are any closer to resolving it.

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Child Marriage Isn’t Just Happening “Over There”

The thought is heartbreaking: an 11-year old girl, forced to marry a man several years her senior who sexually abused her, drops out of school and bears five children by the time she is 17. She is a child with adult responsibilities—but a minor in the eyes of the law.

The story of this crime doesn’t take place in Afghanistan or Niger: It is set in Florida. Child marriage, where one or both parties are under the age of 18, affects 650 million women and 150 million men worldwide—including the United States and Europe. That’s one girl every 23 seconds.

This June, close to 500 advocates, activists, survivors, practitioners and donors gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the global meeting of Girls Not Brides, an international coalition dedicated to ending child marriage. We met to dissect and deliberate the root causes of and solutions to child marriage—and while, as Americans, we like to think of ourselves immune to many of the world’s most pressing concerns, what we heard about the ways in which child marriage impacts girls in other countries resonated with our work on this issue right here in the United States.

Oumou Salif of Mali marks her country of the world map in The Village on the third day at the Girls Not Brides Global Meeting 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. (Graham Crouch / Girls Not Brides)

Worldwide, UNICEF estimates that child marriage rates are going down, and that approximately 25 million child marriages were prevented in the last decade. This is incredible progress on an issue many thought both untouchable and unchangeable 10 years ago. The decline in the numbers of girls and boys getting married as children is due to the efforts of many, but global pressure must continue if we are to end this practice for good.

Child marriage is recognized as a human rights abuse, one which often violates girls’ rights to health and education, and which can trap them in a cycle of poverty and violence. It has enormous consequences for the girls themselves, but also for their communities and the economy. While both boys and girls are married as children, girls bear a greater burden: The health and well-being of girls who marry as children is worse, both in the near- and long-term, than those of their peers who are able to delay marriage until they are at least 18.

It is often difficult to be a global leader in a movement when our own domestic policies and practices do not match our foreign policy rhetoric. In the United States, efforts to reform minimum age of marriage laws have been met with mixed results. As advocates focused on child marriage at the global and national levels, our objectives going into the meeting were quite different, but we came away feeling more united than ever.

For the most part, we already know how to “solve” child marriage: Empower girls with information, skills and support networks; provide economic support and incentives to girls and their families; educate and rally parents and community members; enhance girls’ access to a high-quality education; and encourage supportive laws and policies.

If we have the solutions, why is this still an issue?

Again and again at the Global Meeting, Girls Not Brides members the world over mentioned the same impediments to progress: a lack of concerted funding to tackle child marriage, closing civil society spaces and resistance from politicians, religious and cultural leaders.

Laws, and their consistent enforcement, are a key piece of the multisector approach that is necessary to end child marriage. In almost all 50 states and the District of Columbia, child marriage is legal. The Tahirih Justice Center has been working tirelessly to encourage the adoption of minimum age of marriage laws that set the age of marriage at 18 without exceptions for both boys and girls, but despite meaningful progress in several states—Virginia, Texas, New York and Kentucky—and two new bright-line laws in Delaware and New Jersey making 18 the minimum age of marriage without exceptions, progress on state-by-state legislation has been a long and often difficult road.

Legislative progress often moves slower than advocates would hope, but we can see that change is possible. Indeed, it is happening: the number of people marrying before the age of 18 in the United States fell by about 61 percent between 2000 and 2010. Still, data collected from 41 states showed that between 2000 and 2015, well over 200,000 children under age 18 were married in America.

At the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), we recently conducted a study with the World Bank which showed that child marriage will cost the global economy trillions of dollars by 2030. For a country like Niger, where 76 percent of girls marry before they become adults—the highest rate of child marriage globally—the practice has led to a loss of $ 188 million in earnings. Were child marriage to be eliminated, the annual benefit would be equal to $ 1.7 billion.

By way of comparison, Florida, which has a population roughly equal to that of Niger, 16,486 children were married between 2000 and 2015. The majority of those married were underage girls marrying adult men. While harrowing stories like that of Sherry Johnson may be fewer in Florida, the impacts are no less damaging than they are in Niger for girls like Hamsatou.

Since 2012, 15 countries have raised the age of marriage to 18 or removed exceptions that allow minors to marry before the age of 18. The U.S. should be a leader in ending the practice of child marriage both at home and abroad.—but unfortunately, the U.S. government was not represented among major donors contributing to the newly launched Girls First Fund, nor were its officials present at the Girls Not Brides Global Meeting. The serious lack of funding for and attention to child marriage prevention domestically and overseas means that girls everywhere, from Maryland to Mali, are not receiving the protection, services and support they need to avoid or leave marriages they do not want.

Our willingness to turn a blind eye to the issue must end. The U.S. can and must address the needs of girls at home and abroad simultaneously. We can do better than this—but we need support from Congress, USAID, the State Department and state legislatures to do so.

Together, we can end child marriage wherever it occurs and empower girls to live free and full lives where they marry only whom, when and if they choose.

Rachel Clement is a Policy Advocate for ICRW and a co-chair for Girls Not Brides USA, the U.S.-based partnership to end child marriage. 

Casey Carter Swegman is the Forced Marriage Initiative Project Manager for Tahirih Justice Center and also leads the Forced Marriage Working Group, a coalition of advocates and allies from around the U.S. dedicated to creating a coordinated national response to the problem of forced marriage in the country. 

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Dealing with a screaming child on a plane, according to flight attendants

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Ahhhh, is there anything better than going on vacation? You’ve got a week off work, you have no annoying co-workers to deal with, you’ve bought a whole new closet to show off your beach body, and you are SO ready to just drink cocktails in the sun for a whole darn week. Absolute bliss. Of course, your vacation doesn’t just start when you reach your final destination. Instead, the moment you leave your house and make your way to the airport, you enter extreme vacation-mode. You treat yourself to a nice breakfast, you spend an absurd amount of money on a book you could definitely get cheaper elsewhere, and you enjoy a little drink in the bar beforehand (y’know, to settle your nerves). Yet, nothing will snap you out of your vacation-mode quicker than a screaming child…

The answer? Not a lot…

So, you may be wondering what you can do about a screaming child. The answer? Not a lot. Yep, we know this wasn’t the answer you were looking for, but it’s true. As much as it is not your place to punish a random child, it’s also not the airline’s place. In their eyes, they have no obligation or power to do anything about a screaming child. If they’re nice, they might politely ask the parents to calm down their child, but they cannot make them do anything. Luckily, you don’t just have to sit there and let this kid ruin your vacation. There are some ways to get some good out of a pretty bad situation…

They might be able to compensate you

No, they won’t give you a free seat upgrade or free flights for life, but flight attendants might be able to compensate you to make you feel more comfortable if you are sat near to the screaming child. They might offer you a free drink, or bag of chips, or even just a free pair of earplugs to make things even easier for you.

Help other parents be more prepared

If you have been on a flight with a screaming child, you’ll know that it can majorly impact your enjoyment of the flight, or even prevent you from getting some much-needed sleep. Yet, if you can help other parents be more prepared, you might be able to help future passengers and their will to live. In fact, the best way to ensure that a child is quiet for the duration of a flight is to ensure that the baby is fed and watered before the plane takes off. If they can also get the baby to sleep before you board the plane – that would be a lifesaver. If all else fails, just make sure that you have a pacifier and entertainment to keep them busy.

Keep yourselves entertained

At the end of the day, listening to a screaming child on your flight is only going to make things worse for you. Instead, you need to try and block out the noise and keep yourself entertained so that you do not hone in on the noise. By taking your book, watching a movie or simply listening to music, you will be able to find solace in the fact that you are trying everything you possibly can to block out the screaming child.

You need to patient

Also, you just need to be patient. While the noise is irritating and may ruin your vacation vibe, you also need to realize that flying in a tin can can’t be comfortable for a baby or toddler. It will scare them, it will confuse them, and it will make them feel uneasy – which means that they will probably cry. Sometimes you just need to realize that that’s life!

Having a screaming child on your flight is not something you would choose to have, but sometimes you just have to give in and let them do their thing.

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She’s here! Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo have welcomed their first child together, a girl named Felicity Nicole Vuolo, Us Weekly can exclusively confirm.

“God is so kind. Jinger gave birth to Felicity Nicole Vuolo this morning at 4:37 a.m.,” Vuolo tells Us. “Felicity weighs 8 lbs and 3 oz, and is 19.5 inches long. Both mom and baby are healthy, doing great, and resting well. We are very thankful for her safe arrival and look forward to life as parents!”

The Counting On star, 24, revealed the baby’s gender in April 2018 in a sweet statement posted on the Duggar family’s website as well as the couple’s site that read, “We could not be more excited and are eagerly anticipating meeting our little lady this Summer. We especially love thinking forward and realizing that she will have excellent role models in both of her grandmothers, who cannot wait to shower her with love – Jeremy and Jinger.”

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Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo with newborn daughter Felicity. TLC/jingerandjeremy.com

Pregnancy came with its own surprises in addition to Duggar experiencing a bout of morning sickness. The reality TV personality revealed to Us in March, “I do think probably what surprised me most is just being so tired all the time. I was never a napper, like having to take a nap, and now it’s like, ‘Ooh! I think I want to nap every day!’”

Luckily, Duggar was able to lean on her husband, 30, during the trying moments. “Jeremy also jumped in and he was there. He got me takeout food a lot because I did not want to step foot in the kitchen,” she told Us. “It made me nauseous, so he did that for that reason and that was very, very good.”

Us Weekly exclusively revealed in January that the happy couple — who married in November 2016 — were expecting. Their child will be in good company: Duggar’s sister Joy-Anna welcomed son Gideon with husband Austin Forsyth in February of this year and their sister-in-law Kendra gave birth to son Garrett David with husband Joseph Duggar on June 8.

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The Julia Child Foundation is giving a major award to female chefs — for the first time ever

The Julia Child Foundation is giving a major award to female chefs — for the first time ever


The Julia Child Foundation is giving a major award to female chefs — for the first time ever

In “news we’re ecstatic to report,’ the Julia Child Foundation has announced that it will grant the next Julia Child Award to their first female chefs ever. The organization, founded in 1995, aims to provide grants for culinary research and scholarships for those hoping to work in the food industry, and this specific award is for chefs “who have made a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats, and drinks,” according to the foundation’s website.

The New York Times reported yesterday, July 17th, that the award’s first female recipients will be chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, the duo behind the Border Grill in Los Angeles.

“It’s an obvious time to recognize women,” Eric Spivey, the chairman of the foundation, told the Times. “Susan and Mary Sue have empowered women during their careers.”

Milliken and Feniger have worked together for 35 years, according to the Julia Child Award’s website. The two met when Milliken was serving as the first female chef at Le Perroquet in Chicago, and they went on to found the Border Grill. Today, their restaurant has three locations throughout L.A. and one at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. In addition to being the first female recipients, Feniger and Milliken are the first team to win the award.

Milliken told the Los Angeles Times that she had always admired Julia Child, saying “I remember feeling like she was such a professional and somebody I would love to emulate.” She added that she was “blown away” that she and Feniger are the first female recipients.

“Maybe we’ve reached a time where people are actually being a little more cognizant of how embedded the whole boys club is in the culinary world and how it needs to get shaken up,” she told the Times. 

Feniger and Milliken will be honored on November 1st during the Food History Gala at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. In addition to receiving an award with their names engraved on it, the honorees will be able to choose a food-related charity to which the foundation will donate $ 50,000.

We’re stoked to see female chefs getting the recognition they deserve. Hopefully this is a sign that the “boys club” of the culinary world is coming to an end. Congratulations to Milliken and Feniger!

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Winnie Harlow: I was a confident child growing up, but that changed for a time when I was bullied at school

OHMYGOSSIP — Winnie Harlow thinks her bullies’ opinions are “irrelevant”. The 23-year-old model – who suffers from vitiligo, which causes the loss skin pigment – lost her confidence because of cruel taunting she experienced at school, but she eventually learned not to care about what other people think of her, FemaleFirst.co.uk mediates.

She said: “I was a confident child growing up, but that changed for a time when I was bullied at school. As an adult, I gained my confidence back by asking myself, ‘Why do I care what other people think?’ And now I don’t. If I were to come face-to-face with those bullies today, I wouldn’t say a word. Their thoughts are irrelevant.”

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Winnie believes the key to not getting upset by bullies is for a person to figure out their own reasons why they doubt themselves. She said: “If I was advising my best friend on bullies, first I would ask them, ‘Why are you doubting yourself?’ Once you get to the core reason [for self doubt], you can start to work on making it over those barriers that are holding you back.”

The former ‘America’s Next Top Model’ contestant thinks social media can be a great “tool” – but also “dangerous” as it gives everyone a platform.

She told Grazia magazine: “Social media is a powerful outlet for anything you want to voice. This can be both a positive and a dangerous thing, depending on whose hands it’s in.”

Winnie feels very “lucky” that she adores her job as a model because not everyone enjoys their work. She said: “My grandfather often told my mom, do what you love because you’ll be doing it for the rest of your life. I’m lucky that I really love what I do.”

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Cynthia Nixon Reveals A Surprising Fact About Her Oldest Child

Cynthia Nixon, who’s running for the governorship of New York, shared a photo of her oldest child, Samuel, who is now, transgender. Nixon shared the news in celebration of Trans Day of Action in the midst of his graduation earlier in the month from the University of Chicago.

She wrote on Instagram that she was “so proud” of her son, Samuel Joseph Mozes, or Seph, who completed his college education earlier in the month. As you may know, Nixon shares 21-year-old Samuel with her ex, Danny Mozes.

Cynthia is also the mother of her 15-year-old son, Charles Ezekiel Mozes. Back in March of this year, the Sex And The City star revealed that she was running for governor of New York, in competition with the current democrat, Andrew Cuomo.

Cynthia said that “we want our government work again,” regarding incarceration, their subway system, and healthcare issues. Previously, Nixon’s former co-stars endorsed her running for the governorship, with the exception of Kim Cattrall.

Kim didn’t say anything bad about Cynthia, she merely gave a blanket statement stating that she was in favor of her co-stars doing whatever they wanted with their career.

As Sex and The City fans know, Kim and the rest of the crew don’t get along anymore, with Kim even outright saying that she’s not friends with any of them. It was one of the primary reasons for the halt of production of future Sex And The City movies.

In other news, Nixon took shots at the Immigration And Customs Enforcement Agency as well as Donald Trump, in the middle of the child migrant crisis.

Cynthia said ICE was a “terrorist organization,” and that Donald Trump was “egomaniacal.” Her comments regarding the president come after Trump signed an executive order to stop the separation of children from their parents at the border.

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Melania Trump Wears Jacket Saying ‘I Really Don’t Care’ During Child Detention Center Trip

First Lady Melania Trump visited a Texas detention center Thursday to check in on immigrant children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

After the White House announced its “zero-tolerance” policy in April, over 2,000 children have been separated from their parents. Trump decided to make the trip a day after the president signed an executive order to stop the separation of families, but it’s not her timing people are questioning–it’s her fashion choice.

When boarding the plane in Maryland, Trump was spotted wearing a khaki green jacket with the words “I really don’t care, do you?” scrawled in white graffiti-style writing on the back. Trump removed the jacket before deplaning, but the internet had already latched onto this paradoxical clothing choice, some finding it hard to believe.

Others compared the event to the 2014 incident when then-President Barack Obama was bashed for wearing a tan suit, or the time in 2009 when conservatives criticized Michelle Obama for wearing a dress than exposed her bare arms.

“It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message,” said Melania Trump’s publicist, insisting reporters instead focus on the First Lady’s detention center visit.

Trump toured the facilities of the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center in McAllen, Tex. and participated in a roundtable discussion with staff members. She inquired about the children’s physical and mental care. When she asked how often children are allowed to speak to their families, she was told children with verified families get a 10-minute phone conversation twice a week.

“We all know they are here without their families and I want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion, and your kindness you are giving to them in these difficult times,” Trump told the staff members.

This visit was an attempt to lend support to those caring for the immigrant children, although Trump did not make a public statement about the plight of separated families until this past Sunday. While the visit shows Trump is making an effort to be involved with the care of the children, her jacket choice sent a confusing message.

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Jesse Williams Ordered To Pay 100K In Spousal, Child Support

Lord have mercy! It really is cheaper to keep her. After a nasty custody battle, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams has been hit with huge child support payment.

The actor and activist has been ordered to shell out $ 50,629 a month in child support to ex Aryn Drake-Lee for their three-year-old son Maceo and four-year-old daughter Sadie, according to court documents.

He had previously been ordered to pay over $ 50k a month in spousal support that was upped from $ 33k, TMZ reports. Williams must also pay his estranged wife’s legal fees, totaling $ 270,000.

According to court docs, Jesse pulls in $ 521,000 a month.

Williams fought against the support payments, saying he would instead like to take care of the needs of his children, but the court wasn’t having it.

“The reasonable needs of the children can be met by (Williams) directly paying school tuition, uninsured medical and certain other expenses totaling $ 7,465 a month,” the actor argued in the papers.

In the end, Drake-Lee was awarded the sum so the children could “share in a lifestyle and condition consistent with their parents’ current station in life,” the court ruling states.

The couple finalized the end of their five-year marriage nearly a year after he filed for divorce. They were granted joint physical custody of their kids.

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Why You Need Life Insurance for Your Child

Far too many people around the world today are talking and thinking about the nightmare of young people and children dying too soon. The passing of the late Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, is but one example and it weighs on the hearts and minds of millions.

As a parent, I can tell you it’s almost impossible to let your mind ‘go there’ and even think about the possibility of losing a child. It’s unthinkable, unnatural, and unbelievable.  Needless to say, it is very difficult to talk to people about getting life insurance for their children  I’m going to have to challenge you, however, to sit with those feelings and quiet your mind so that you can really listen to the reasons why you need life insurance for your child:

  1. The money you build up in the policy can be used for education costs
  2. Your child will have life insurance in the event he/she ever becomes ill and uninsurable
  3. You’re helping your child protect his family and have money for life events like buying a home

Black Enterprise  had a conversation with Christopher Gatty, a financial adviser for Reby Advisors, about this. Gatty explained why it’s important to keep an open mind about insuring your children as part of your effort to create financial stability for your family, for generations to come.

The concept of life insurance for a child is such a difficult topic to bring up when it comes to financial planning. What are some of the things parents should consider?

Gatty: There’s no question the concept of insuring children is morbid, but death is not really the primary purpose for this. Yes, you would get a death benefit to help cover things like funeral costs in the event of your child’s death, but there is so much more that can be done in terms of financial planning for things like education costs. It can allow you to fund future expenses that can otherwise be a shock to your or your child’s overall financial plan.

 Can you elaborate on how a life insurance policy can be used for education costs?

A good option here is a variable universal life policy (VUL). With a VUL, you’re building a cash value.That cash can be invested in different accounts and deliver the returns possible from investing in the financial markets.  If you can, you should invest the maximum allowed by the IRS. As this money grows, it is not taxed as income. Saving for college this way can also allow you much more flexibility than, say, a 529 college savings plan. That money can only be used for qualified education expenses – like tuition, books, and room and board. You also pay taxes when you withdraw money from a 529 plan. The funds you build in your VUL are not taxed.  Another important consideration when you save for college is that, in most cases, the value of the VUL is not considered an asset and does not have an impact on financial aid eligibility.

 In addition to education, you’ve said that a life insurance policy can help children pay for big ‘life’ expenses when they’re older.

Gatty: I’ve done this for my own child. He’s 10-years-old. I’m paying about $ 1,600 a year on a $ 350,000 policy. By the time he is 50, he can cash out the policy and will have enough to buy a house or provide financial security for his own family. It’s important to get over the shock value of thinking of life insurance for a child and think about the benefits it can provide to so many aspects of their lives.

No one likes to think about the possibility that their child will become ill when they’re older, but something could happen that could make them uninsurable. Can you discuss the ways in which taking out a policy when they’re young can protect them if they do become ill.

Gatty: It could be one of the best things you do for your child.  We don’t like to think about the fact that our children could develop disease or illness while they’re young or when they’re adults. The reality is, however, if that happens, they won’t be able to get life insurance for their loved ones and dependents. Think about what that would be like for them and realize how big this insurance can be in their lives.

Gatty adds that when it comes to this kind of financial planning for your children, you’re primarily looking at variable universal life or whole life insurance policies. To understand and maximize the benefits these can offer, it’s important to talk to a financial professional to see how they fit within your overall budget and goals.

-Editor’s Note: This article was originally published July 2015 

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Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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Jimmy Kimmel Exposes Trump For Lying About His Cruel Child Separation Border Policy

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The first thing many Americans woke up to this morning was—surprise!—a ridiculous tweet from President Donald Trump:

Yes, the president gave an “unannounced” interview to his favorite television program, Fox & Friends, which these days is tantamount to State TV. (Also, while it may be one of the highest-rated cable morning shows, its ratings don’t come close to the popular morning shows on ABC, NBC and CBS).

And, as host Jimmy Kimmel noted on his late-night program, “Donald Trump had a lot of praise for himself in this interview—and Kim Jong Un.”

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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3 Situations to Use a Child Travel Consent Form

School’s out soon and it’s time to think about activities for your children in the coming months. While you are ironing out the final details of your summer plans, consider that if your minor child is traveling alone or with another family member, they might need a Child Travel Consent form.

Making sure your child is carrying the proper consent document helps give authorities the information they need to understand your child’s travel arrangements, enabling a smooth trip.

This post looks at 3 common situations where a Child Travel Consent form should be used.

Children Traveling with One Parent

If your child is traveling with only one parent, that parent will need a Child Travel Consent letter that has the other, non-traveling parent’s name, signature, and a short statement authorizing the travel arrangements.

A common scenario for a child traveling with one parent is when the parents are separated or divorced. Custody arrangements can be complex and modify the rules for travel in different ways, but in general it’s important that the child has a travel consent form signed by the non-traveling parent.

With separated parents, it’s also recommended that the parent traveling with the child carry extra documents that demonstrate proof of guardianship, like custody papers, adoption papers, and the child’s birth certificate,

Similar rules apply for a child traveling with adult relatives, like a brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or grandparents, but in this case the travel consent letter must contain the name and signature of both parents instead of just one.

For international travel, some countries may require specific or additional documentation. You can check requirements with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or the embassy of the country your child is traveling to for more information.

Children Traveling with a Group

Along with other documents a child would need to travel, like a passport or birth certificate, the CBP recommends that children traveling with a group or organization, like a school group, religious group, sports team, or cultural organization should have a Child Travel Consent form signed by both parents to keep with them.

In addition, the CBP recommends that the group leader, supervisor, or representative have a letter printed using the organization’s letterhead containing the following information:

  • The name, date of birth, primary address, and phone number of each child, as well as contact information for at least one parent or legal guardian for each child
  • The full name of the group as well as the names of the group leaders, representatives, or supervisors that will be present on the trip
  • A written, signed, and notarized statement by the supervising adult(s) that indicates they have legal guardianship consent for each child

Children Traveling Alone

If your child is traveling alone, the requirements for travel documents will be similar to when your child is traveling with a group. They will need a notarized consent letter that is signed by both parents. If the child is traveling internationally, they may need additional documentation.

You can contact the embassy for the country your child is traveling to in order to check entry requirements.

Consent to Travel

When your child is traveling without you, it’s important to make sure they have the correct documentation so that it’s easier for authorities to understand the nature of your child’s trip.

Having a consent form can also help your child avoid unnecessary or stressful delays during their travel time and ensure that they reach their destination with as little turbulence as possible.

 

Do you know of other situations where a Child Travel Consent form could be used? Let us know in the comments!

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How do you travel with a child but without a car seat?

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Maggie Downs

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Years ago I went on a year-long backpacking trip that took me through Southeast Asia, where I fell in love with golden temples, kind people, night markets, scooters, khao soi soup, elephants, monkeys, and what humidity does to my hair.

At the time, I was childless, but I wondered what the trip would be like if I had a child with me. I wondered about my interactions with people, what foods my child would like, how my child might make friends with other little kids.

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Now this summer, my dream trip is becoming a reality. My son will be turning 4 years old, I saved up a little bit of money, and I think/hope we are ready to endure 20 hours of travel to get to our first destination, Chiang Mai, Thailand. (Fingers crossed, toes crossed, everything is crossed.)

Along the way we will also visit a friend in Siem Reap, Cambodia, before we explore Indonesia, a country that will be as new to me as it is to my son.

The world's cutest toddler rolls a leopard-print suitcase in front of a White House with a pink door

We’ll be traveling in multiple planes, taxis, buses, rickshaws, boats, and possibly scooters, which begs the question: How can I keep my son safe in so many modes of transportation?

I quizzed several travel writers about this topic, and they gave me some advice based on their previous trips. However, most of these writers are experienced in traveling to international locales with similar car seat regulations as the United States. The question becomes stickier in places where seatbelts themselves are a suggestion, not a rule.

Seriously cute little girl in Cambodia standing up on a bus seat

Here are my options, as I see it:

* Bring a traditional car seat along. This is impractical, as we will be using several modes of transportation without safety belts, so there’s no way to secure the seat.

* Bring nothing. This is probably the easiest, but the worst for my anxiety. If you are traveling without a car seat this summer (not recommended!), the Car Seat Lady has several suggestions for making it as safe as possible.

* Purchase a special travel seat to make do. Options here include the inflatable BubbleBum seat and the MiFold, which folds up into an unbelievably tiny package. Like, wallet-sized.

It’s true that we won’t always be traveling in vehicles with seatbelts during this trip. But when we are, I want the peace of mind that comes from having a booster seat. I still haven’t decided which seat we will take along — the BubbleBum or the MiFold — but I’ll definitely be bringing something to keep our dream going while staying as safe as possible.

Have you traveled internationally with your child? What did you use for a car seat?

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Welcome Their Second Child

It’s official, Luna is a big sister! Chrissy Teigen and John Legend welcomed their new bundle of joy, a baby boy, on Wednesday, May 16.

“Somebody’s herrrrrrre!” Teigen tweeted on Wednesday along with baby bottle emojis.

Her husband retweeted the post and Brielle Biermann was among the first to congratulate the couple, replying, “OMFGGGG!!!!!! Taurus baby!! Congratulations.”

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend attend the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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As previously reported, the 32-year-old Lip Sync Battle host enlisted their daughter’s help for the big social media reveal of baby No. 2 in November 2017. In the sweet Instagram video, Teigen asks the tot, “Luna, what’s in here?” as she points to her belly, to which Luna squealed, “BB!” She hilariously captioned the clip: “it’s john’s!”

The Cravings author later revealed that she and the “All of Me” singer, 39, were expecting a boy. Us Weekly caught up with Teigen in March, when she opened up about the possibility of more children — and how she’s in no rush to get her post-baby body back. “I think I do want to have another baby after this and then get hot,” she told Us at the time,” noting that her doting husband loves her pregnancy body.

“I have a husband who truly loves the whole experience,” she gushed to Us. “He holds my belly at night, sings to it, wants to be there for me. I’m really lucky because some men start to look at you like a tool, I’ve heard, so I’ve been scared and don’t let that happen to me! But it hasn’t and it’s really good.”

Teigen and Legend tied the knot in a gorgeous September 2013 wedding in Lake Como, Italy. They welcomed their first child, the aforementioned Luna, in April 2016.

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When is Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard’s baby due? Birth date and latest on the couple’s first child revealed

IT HAS been a huge year for Christine and it’s going to get even bigger as the Loose Women star is expecting a new baby.

Frank Lampard couldn’t contain his excitement as he revealed the news on Instagram – but when is the baby due? Here’s what we know so far.

Christine and Frank haven't yet revealed the due date for their first child together
Christine and Frank haven’t yet revealed the due date for their first child together
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When is Christine and Frank’s baby due?

Frank Lampard revealed that Christine was pregnant on May 16 on Instagram.

He said: “We have some exciting news we wanted to share with you. The Lampard family is growing!😀 My gorgeous wife @christinelampard is pregnant and we all couldn’t be happier!!!”

A family source said: “The family are very excited about this news.”

There is much speculation about the due date but nothing has been revealed as of yet.

Back in February 2018 that Christine spoke about the prospect of having a baby.

At the time Christine said: “If it happens, of course it will be wonderful. If not we have the two girls – and one is about to embark on her teenage years, so that is a whole other chapter about to happen.

“That is honestly where our heads are at, and we just enjoy life as best we can in between.”

"We have some exciting news we wanted to share with you."
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How long have Frank and Christine been married?

Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley got married on 20 December 2015.

The couple tied the knot in Knightsbridge, after meeting at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2009.

Christine, who took Frank’s surname, is now stepmum to Frank’s two daughter’s from his previous marriage.


Will it be a girl or a boy?

Frank and Christine have not confirmed any further details as of yet.

Usually, it is around the 20-week mark when doctors can tell the sex of a baby.

This probably means the couple have a little while longer until the gender of their tot can be revealed.

 

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That’s one way to celebrate Mother’s Day! Grey’s Anatomy star Kevin McKidd announced on Sunday, May 13, that his wife, Arielle Goldrath, had given birth to their first child together, a boy.

“On this beautiful Mother’s Day evening… Welcome- little Aiden to our family and to the World!” McKidd captioned a sweet black-and-white Instagram pic that showed his wife snuggling with their newborn, who was wearing a beanie and swaddled in a baby blanket. “Arielle, you’re the most amazing mother and I love you both so much! #happymothersday #forever #weeAiden #Arielle #newlife.”

The baby has already been visited by at least one of McKidd’s cast mates. Sarah Drew, who plays April Kepner and is leaving the show this season, wrote a sweet comment on McKidd’s photo: “I can’t wait to snuggle him again!!! He’s so beautiful!!”

McKidd, 44, and his wife announced they were expecting their first child in March, at the same time that they revealed they’d tied the knot.

In a post on his website, the Scottish actor, who plays Owen Hunt on the ABC medical drama, shared a photo with his bride and wrote, “Arielle and I are so happy to announce our marriage and new baby, who is soon to join our growing family. Close friends and family came together with my Grey’s family to share in our celebration day – an intimate, low key gathering culminating in a Scottish Ceilidh dance.”

The Trainspotting star shares two children, Joseph and Iona, with ex-wife Jane McKidd. They announced their separation in 2016 after 17 years of marriage.

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Apps for children should emphasize parent and child choice, researchers say

Parents don’t need to fear their children playing with iPads and other devices, researchers say. Mindful play with an adult, combined with thoughtful design features, can prove beneficial to young developing minds. New research shows that thoughtfully designed content that intentionally supports parent-child interactions facilitated the same kind of play and development as analog toys.
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A gang threatened her child, so she joined the ‘migrant caravan’ traveling 3,000 miles toward the US. This is her story.

Gabriela Hernandez and her two boys joined the “migrant caravan” of travelers across Mexico toward the United States, some hoping to cross the border. This is her story of the journey, compiled from multiple visits and interviews.


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Destiny’s Child Reunites In West Hollywood For Designer’s Pop Up Shop

When it rains, it pours for fans of Destiny’s Child.

On the heels of their rare reunion at Coachella earlier this month, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams were under the same roof again this week to support designer Peter Dundas at the debut of his traveling pop-up shop in West Hollywood.

Sporting a little black dress, Bey joined former band mates Kelly, wearing a sequined silver jumpsuit and white blazer, and Michelle, in an all-black ensemble with sparkly heels, for the special night out.

Watch below and at right:

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Via The Hollywood Reporter:

Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio and Charlotte McKinney were also in the crowd, which sipped Casamigos cocktails as a DJ mixed the beats at the new Dundas outpost, open through May 5 at 8382 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood before it travels to New York, Miami and beyond.

The store is stocked with the designer’s second collection, which dropped in December (luxe boho dresses and caftans in tiered prints, billowy one-shoulder blouses, and sequined gowns and jumpsuits aplenty) along with new Dundas logo T-shirts ($ 210) and sweatshirts ($ 460) decorated with a black panther icon that the designer often uses to replicate a tattoo on his arm — notably also the symbol of black pride used by Beyoncé in her Beychella wardrobe and concert merch.

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The Magic Begins! HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD Officially Opens on Broadway Tonight

A play in two parts, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child officially opens on Broadway tonight, April 22 at the Lyric Theatre 214 West 43rd Street, New York, NY. Be sure to check back tonight, as BroadwayWorld will be bringing you a roundup of all of the reviews as they come in
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Most Black Parents Begin Saving for College Before Their Child Is 10 Years Old

Saving for college is kind of like dieting—it’s something you should do, but it’s oh, so hard. Like many difficult tasks, saving for college may be best done with the advice of an expert.

Northwestern Mutual, the life insurance company, recently conducted a study of African American parents to learn how they save for college. The insurer learned that African American parents do the following:

  • Work side jobs to earn money that is earmarked for saving
  • Start relatively early—before their child is 10
  • Solicit savings help from grandparents and others

Unfortunately, fully 35% of black parents plan to rely on loans to fund some portion of their child’s college education costs.

I spoke with Francisca Brown, Northwestern Mutual director of African American market strategy, to learn more.

“Sixteen percent of African American parents were saving for college using a 529 plan,” Brown told me. “But, 13% were using money market accounts or certificates of deposit.”

Brown suggests that African American parents come out ahead if they work with a financial planner who can guide them to the best vehicles for saving.

“African American families don’t talk about money,” Brown says, echoing a sentiment I’ve heard before. So how can black parents effectively save when money is a taboo subject?

“You can do it right, structure a plan,” Brown says, by working with a financial planner. Northwestern Mutual financial planners do not charge a fee; they earn money by their commissions on the financial products they sell you.

But doesn’t that incentivize them to sell products that the client doesn’t need? Brown says no.

“It has to be about the client and the client’s needs.” Northwestern Mutual is a major life insurance company that would discipline advisers who didn’t act in the client’s best interests.

Some Northwestern Mutual financial advisers offer services in churches or through Jack and Jill, an African American family and social organization.

“We want to help African Americans learn about financial tools, the basics of saving, financial institutions and banking, and life insurance policies,” Brown says. “Our advisers meet the client where they are and grow with the client.”

Some steps advisers use to work with clients:

  1. Asking questions to see where clients are financially
  2. Helping them with legacy planning
  3. Developing a unique plan that suits the client’s needs
  4. Informing clients of their options
  5. Making sure clients are protected

“With the right plan in place,” Brown says, “it is possible to save for college and still meet other financial goals.”

To learn more about Northwestern Mutual, visit its website.

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Beyoncé Performs Black National Anthem, Reunites Destiny’s Child & More At Coachella

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Beyoncé just may be the greatest entertainer all time. After performing the Black National Anthem, reuniting Destiny’s, having Jay-Z come through and much more during her show-stopping Coachella set last night (April 14), that’s becoming less debatable. 

Bey’s performance was unapologetically Black, and it was glorious. She didn’t have to come out to “Life Every Voice and Sing” or dish out the HBCU vibes, but she damn sure did.

To say that Bey’s performance was Internet breaking is an understatement.

If you weren’t there, or couldn’t get to a livestream, Twitter had you covered. See the reactions and clips below and on the flip.

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7 tips for FaceTiming with a child who would rather watch TV

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Maggie Downs

posted in Life

I just spent a little over a week away from home for a professional development conference, which meant I was forced to communicate with my 3-year-old son by FaceTime.

The expectation is always that FaceTime (or your video chat service of choice) will go very, very well. It will be a tender moment of connection between mother and child. It will be a meaningful exchange in which distance is transcended in mere seconds. It will be the best part of the day.

The reality, however, is that FaceTime with a toddler is a digital hellscape.

A small boy sits at a table touching a tablet, like an iPad

 

There is no good way to FaceTime with a toddler because:

1. He expects Paw Patrol when he looks at a screen.

2. I am not Paw Patrol.

Whenever this realization hits my child, he looks at me with the same expression I reserve for the DMV when I’ve made an appointment and still end up #87 in line. The only difference is that I’ve learned to stifle my screams. Beyond that, there’s a performative aspect to FaceTime that makes these conversations feel phony.

I was ready to call it quits after a night of him running circles around the iPad, ignoring me in favor of his toys, then a meltdown when I said I was going to hang up. Yet I missed my child. I still wanted to connect with that stinky little muffin of mine, so I tried and tried again until we made it work.

During that time away, I picked up a couple of tricks for making FaceTime chats as painless as possible for kids of any age. Maybe some of them will work for you and yours:

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• Have good lighting. Sometimes this can mean doing FaceTime in the bathroom. (Really, some hotels rooms have perfect selfie light, which also means it’s perfect for a video chat.) As long as you’re not pooping, you’re all good.

• Don’t FaceTime in a busy place. Don’t set up for a chat in the hotel lobby or a coffee shop, if you can help it. The noise and people are too distracting for both you and your child.

• Make eye contact. It can be pretty tempting to look at your own little video square to keep tabs on how hot you are, but stay focused on the kid.

• Bring a book. And by that, I mean a book to read to your child. I like to tuck a few slim Golden Books into my luggage and continue our bedtime story routine, even when I’m away. I hold the pages up as I’m reading, LeVar Burton-style.

• Share a meal. Sometimes conversations with my son feel stilted, as though he has to perform for me. Having a snack or a meal together can take some of that pressure away — even if the bulk of time is spent with him shoveling oatmeal into his mouth.

Be active. Turn up some music and have a dance party. Sing some songs together. Play peek-a-boo.

• Whatever you do, don’t toss a hotel robe over your head and say, “Uh-oh. Mommy disappeared and is never coming home” — no matter how tempted you are to stay in the land of room service.

How do you chat with your child when you’re away?

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Britney Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline is prepared to take his request for more child support money to court, Us Weekly can exclusively confirm.

A source close to the insider tells Us: “Kevin truly wanted to try and settle the child support payment increase without getting the courts involved out of respect for Britney, and of course, their two sons.” The insider adds this likely won’t be “resolved without a court intervention.”

K-Fed’s request comes after Spears’ Las Vegas residency, Britney: Piece of Me, became extremely successful and grossed more than $ 137 million during the show’s four-year run, according to Billboard.

“Meeting with Jamie Spears, along with his lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, Kevin laid out the reasons why he was requesting the increase for child support payments,” the source says.

Meanwhile, a source close to the 36-year-old pop superstar tells Us: “This is causing Britney a tremendous amount of stress [because] Kevin does indeed have full physical and legal custody of the boys. She just wants this resolved as quickly as possible.” But she’s not ready to give in due to worry that this could be a revolving door situation. The insider added, “The cause for concern is that Kevin is given an increase this time, what is going to stop him from coming back the next time Britney signs another big deal, wanting a piece of that?”

As previously reported, the 39-year-old former backup dancer’s attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan sent a letter to his ex-wife’s team that outlined why Federline should receive more than the $ 20,000 monthly payment he gets now. The monetary compensation would be to “recognize the sacrifices he has made because he has gone above and beyond what most people would do in this situation,” a source told Us Weekly in February.

The couple — who wed in 2004 and divorced in 2007 — are parents of sons Preston, 12, and Jayden, 11. The “Toxic” singer lost sole physical and legal custody the boys in 2008 after a much-publicized breakdown, which left her placed under the care of her father, Jamie, as conservator.

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“Britney has emphasized to her father she wants this settled,” says the insider. “She doesn’t want it lingering because it only creates stress.”

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Federline, 40, who has full custody of the boys, and his powerhouse celebrity divorce attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan met with Jamie March 9, endeavoring to “mutually” arrive at an increase since Britney’s fortune is growing. (She’s raked in more than $ 137 million during Las Vegas residency).

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“All Kevin wants to be able to do is provide the same standard of living the boys have when they with Britney,” the source continues. “Sean and Jayden’s needs are of course changing since they are getting older, which is a major factor in the decision to seek the increase.

As previously reported, Federline is requesting an increase to his monthly $ 20,000 in child support, now that Spears’ fortune has grown from 2007. When the original payment was ordered (after her highly publicized breakdown), Britney was making significantly less money. But now she’s “making 20 times more than she did,” notes the source, adding, “It’s Kevin’s right under family law to seek an increase based on that.” A source previously told Us that the singer is “angry” about the situation.

But despite the ongoing drama, things may be settled very soon: ”Both sides came away hopeful and optimistic that an agreement can be reached out of court,” the first source says.

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Why you should never, ever, swing a child by the arms

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My family learned the hard way just how easy it is for a little kid’s arm to pop out of place and end up with nursemaid’s elbow.

Also known as radial head dislocation or a pulled elbow, nursemaid’s elbow happens when the radius slips out of its normal place at the elbow joint. This typically affects children younger than 4, and it happens when the child is pulled up too hard by the wrist or hand — like swinging him by the arms or lifting him by the hand to help him up a big step. It’s common. And it’s painful.

We were at my nephew’s birthday party last year when it happened. Our then 2-old-daughter was facing my husband and holding his hands while shifting her entire body weight backward. My husband kept pulling her back up to a standing position, sometimes lifting her feet gently off the ground in the process. She thought it was great. Until it wasn’t.

We had no idea what had happened when she started crying. Hard.

It was past nap time, so we figured she was overly tired — or just mad it was time to stop using Daddy as a jungle gym. I held her in my arms until she eventually calmed down and fell asleep. (I guess she just needed a nap, right? Or maybe she was coming down with something?) But then she woke up, still whining. It wasn’t until after we drove home from the party that we noticed she wasn’t using her one arm normally. And she started crying again when I asked her to try to bend it. That’s when I remembered the arm swinging — and nagging my husband to be careful at the time — and knew something was seriously wrong.

Since it was Sunday evening, we ended up taking H to the emergency room. The ER doctor suspected she had a pulled elbow right away. She put one hand in the crease of her elbow and then did some weird maneuver to pop it back into place. H immediately stopped whimpering and had full use of her arm again. I’m so glad we took her in because as it turns out, trying to pop the arm back into place on your own could cause further harm.

My husband felt so bad for unintentionally causing our daughter pain. She hasn’t had any issues since this incident, but still. Lesson learned. Don’t make our mistake!

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Want your child to help with the chores? Call Batman

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Having trouble getting your child to perform even the simplest chores or tasks? Send out the Bat Signal.

Seriously, get Batman involved.

New research has found that kids between the ages of 4 and 6 perform better during boring tasks when dressed as Batman, according to this Quartz article.

Building upon past studies, six researchers created an experiment to test how to keep kids on task when faced with the temptation of an iPad (a very real temptation in my own household). The test involved giving 4- and 6-year olds a boring computer task and asking them to do it for 10 minutes. If the kids got bored, they were told they could play a game on the iPad in the next room.

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Here’s the twist: The children were split into groups, assigned to one of three conditions. The control group was asked to be mindful of their feelings as they went through the boring task and ask themselves, “Am I working hard?” The second group was asked to access themselves from a third-person perspective, like, “Is Henry working hard?”

But the third group was asked to think about a superhero or well-known character — like Batman, Bob the Builder, Dora the Explorer — dress up like the character they selected, and ask themselves, “Is Batman working hard?”

For the next 10 minutes, the children could move between the boring task and the iPad, but they were all reminded of the importance of the activity and told that it would be helpful to work hard as long as they could. Time spent on the work was measured as perseverance.

In general, the children spent 37-percent of their time on the work, and 63-percent on the iPad. (Zero surprise for any mom.) Also the six-year-olds worked about twice as long as the four-year-olds.

Here’s the interesting part: The kids in the first group, who thought of themselves as just “me,” worked the least. The kids who thought of themselves in the third person — “Henry is working hard” — worked more. And the kids who pretended to be superheroes were the hardest workers of all.

A toddler boy, my child who happens to be the cutest boy alive, stands with Captain America outside on a sunny spring day

 

In character, the kids were displaying what psychologists call “self-distancing.”

“One reason the kids engaged in imaginary play had better focus might be that pretending to be another person allowed the greatest separation from the temptation,” writes Jenny Anderson in the Quartz article. “A second potential explanation is that the kids in costume identified with the powerful character traits of the superhero and wanted to imitate them. Whatever the cause, the superheroes showed more grit.”

My son’s hero of choice is Spider-Man. He often dons his Spider-Man cape and mask to run around the house, but this article also made me realize how often my son reaches for those duds when we have boring errands to run.

Spider-Man has accompanied me to the post office, Costco, and the grocery store, flinging webs at unsuspecting shoppers.

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I let him do it, because why not? (Also, I’m still resentful of all the times my mom made me take off my Wonder Woman Underoos in favor of something she deemed more respectable.)

I had no idea that in addition to making the everyday more fun, I was also helping my son learn to concentrate. And that’s super.

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Joe Jackson’s Secret Daughter Steps Out To Promote Memoir ‘Bastard Child’

The half-sister of Michael Jackson has a new tell-all book in which she details years of being treated coldly by the Jackson family, snubbed directly by the King of Pop and bullied at school because of her family ties.

Joh’Vonnie Jackson, born the day after Michael Jackson’s 16th birthday, is the product of a 25-year affair Joe Jackson had with her mom Cheryle Terrell, according to the Daily Mail.

“I was very aware that I was in the Jackson family growing up, I saw them on TV, I listened to their music,” she explains. “But I was hidden away, kept secret for years, not able to become part of that family. It was hurtful.”

Eventually Joe Jackson’s secret daughter was revealed to the rest of the family, but the Jacksons wouldn’t accept her, Joh’Vonnie claims. Now 43, Joh’Vonnie is still close to her father and to his credit he tried to integrate her into Jackson family life. But despite his best efforts she faced years of rejection by those she longed to be near.

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“I have met every single last one of them, but for some reason there has always been something stopping them from accepting me, from being close to me,” she says. “Of course when I was around them there was a show of love, but once I was gone there was no phone calls asking how I’m doing or how is my daughter doing, it’s upsetting, real hurtful and I still feel rejected.

“Even when my mother died in 2014 the first person who called me was their mother Katherine, the only sibling to call was Rebbie, she’s the only one who really cares,” she said. “I later said to my brother Jermaine, ‘my mother died.’ He started stuttering and said, ‘I was gonna call.’ It was a wake up call, it let me know my position in the family. As far as I’m concerned they can all kiss my ass.”

Joh’Vonnie recalls meeting her older brother Michael at his Neverland Ranch in 2003, when she was 29. The entire Jackson family was there for a family reunion.

“It was a big moment for me,” Joh’Vonnie recalls, “but Michael was looking at me and seemed cold and standoffish, he just said hi and then he saw my daughter Yasmine, and he was just fascinated with her, in awe. He said ‘Hi Jasmine’ and I said, ‘No, Michael, her name is Yasmine with a Y,’ I had to correct him. He said ‘Okay, Yasmine with a Y,’ and then that was it. He never acknowledged that I was his sister, there was no hug or kiss, not even a hand shake, no physical contact at all. I wanted to embrace him, I thought that he would wanna go some place quiet and sit and talk with me and ask me about my life and get to know me a little better. It was very hurtful, he wasn’t interested at all.”

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Joh’Vonnie’s heartache was compounded by Michael’s continued interest in his then eight-year-old niece: “With my daughter he was totally different, she got hugs and kisses, everything I didn’t get, I’m woman enough to admit I was jealous. We met outside by the movie theater, there was a bunch of people there. I never did get a chance to speak to Michael properly. At the time it was very hurtful, again there was this theme that I felt shut out.”

Joh’Vonnie stayed with her cousin at a hotel in Santa Barbara, California that night rather than on the sprawling 2,700 acre ranch. She returned to Neverland the next day with a renewed hope of achieving a break-through with her older brother.

“I didn’t see Michael all day, he was in the main house,” she said. “Yasmine and Paris [Michael’s daughter] were off playing for hours, she was playing with her little cousin, Paris is such a sweet girl. I sat with the rest of the family. Jermaine and Rebbie talked with me for a while. None of my other siblings acknowledged me much though.”

Joh’Vonnie said that she was constantly taunted in school because she was Michael Jackson’s sister.

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“I got beat up every single day because I was Joh’Vonnie Jackson.”

Joh’Vonnie and her mother lived just five miles from the Jackson home and Joe would visit most days, lavishing Joh’Vonnie with gifts. This was made worse when Michael’s parents ended up living separate lives and Joh’Vonnie, then in her early 20s, moved in with Joe in Las Vegas and worked as a baggage handler at the airport.

Unusually Joh’Vonnie is no stranger to the Jackson family home in Encino, having been there with Joe several times. She is also on surprisingly friendly terms with Jackson matriarch Katherine and even calls her ‘mother’ like her siblings.

Katherine knew of Joe’s affair which began in the early-1970s but her devotion to the Jehovah’s Witness faith led her to forgive him and accept Joh’Vonnie.

But for her siblings, acceptance didn’t come so easy.

‘I would be shopping in an apartment store and would see LaToya, but I couldn’t go to talk with her because I didn’t feel she wanted to talk to me.

In LaToya’s book, ‘Growing Up in the Jackson Family’, the singer wrote that her mother Katherine had referred to Joh’Vonnie as a ‘bastard child’ – now the title of Joh’Vonnie’s own book.

She explained: ‘That’s just how LaToya is, she just likes to create drama, she was setting me up for failure, she wanted ultimately for me not to like her mother and for there to be issues. I hung on to that and then I met Katherine and I couldn’t even see her saying anything like that about me. She was really nice to me, I think she was very hurt at the time of the affair, that’s totally understandable. No woman likes for her husband to go cheating on her and produce a child, it was probably heart-breaking. But you know she had come out of that, she let me live in her home, me and my daughter, we didn’t have to pay any rent. I worked to support my daughter and I took care of her home when she was not there. We have cooked together with have had good conversations.”

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For Joh’Vonnie, she wishes the rest of the family could take a leaf out of ‘Mother’s’ book. Other than Rebbie and Tito, she doesn’t feel comfortable in any of her other sibling’s presence.

“I’m not interested in having any of them over for Christmas dinner, in cooking anymore German chocolate cakes for anybody, or any peach cobbler, Jermaine likes for me to make those for him, I’m just not even… no I’m good.”

Joh’Vonnie works in the timeshare industry and lives in Las Vegas with her 23-year-old daughter Yasmine who is studying to be a nurse. She lives just a few miles from dad Joe, 89, and sees him at least once a week.

Joh’Vonnie’s book ‘Bastard Child’ is available for order from Amazon.

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Child health groups urge Facebook to kill the Messenger Kids app

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Not too long ago, Facebook launched a standalone Messenger app for children that would allow kids to chat with friends and family under tight supervision from parents.

However, a child health advocacy group backed up by several other similar organizations and individuals believe that the Messenger Kids app isn’t good for children, urging the social network to kill it with fire. Well, I’m paraphrasing, as the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood-led (CCFC) group made their case concisely, citing plenty of relevant research, but also recent Facebook problems.

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James Corden Fires Back at Donald Trump Jr.’s Grammys Tweet: You’re the ‘Second Favorite Child’

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A still-hungover James Corden returned from hosting the Grammy Awards in New York on Sunday to tape a new episode of his Late Late Show Monday night. And he had a message for those who didn’t appreciate his Fire and Fury sketch.

When Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance to read an excerpt from Michael Wolff’s book, Corden said she “got the biggest cheer of the night in Madison Square Garden.” But, he added, “some people in Trump’s administration took issue with it,” including U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr.

“Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it,” Haley tweeted, to which Corden replied, “You can tell your boss, some of us like politics without the Twitter meltdowns thrown in.”

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A still-hungover James Corden returned from hosting the Grammy Awards in New York on Sunday to tape a new episode of his Late Late Show Monday night. And he had a message for those who didn’t appreciate his Fire and Fury sketch.

When Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance to read an excerpt from Michael Wolff’s book, Corden said she “got the biggest cheer of the night in Madison Square Garden.” But, he added, “some people in Trump’s administration took issue with it,” including U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr.

“Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it,” Haley tweeted, to which Corden replied, “You can tell your boss, some of us like politics without the Twitter meltdowns thrown in.”

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Christina Perri welcomes first child

OHMYGOSSIP — Christina Perri has given birth.
The ‘A Thousand Years’ hitmaker and her husband Paul Costabile have welcomed their daughter Carmella into the world and couldn’t be more thrilled by their new arrival.
Captioning a sweet family photo, Paul wrote on his Instagram account: “The greatest gift we’ve ever known !!! Welcome to the world Carmella Stanley Costabile born today. Mom and our little principessa are doing great. Dad can’t stop crying! (sic)”
Paul had previously revealed that the couple wanted to keep the sex of their baby a surprise.
Paul said at the time: “We are [keeping the sex a secret], but it’s also a secret from us. Very much the people I am and Christina is that we’re old souls and old school. In a world of so much technology, we kind of decided to just wait and see what happens because we’d rather be surprised the day of. It’s been an exciting waiting time.”
And the pair had planned to make sure to honour their shared Italian heritage when it comes to choosing a moniker for their little girl.
He added: “We both speak Italian, we both love being Italian. Both our families are from Italy so it’s definitely a big part of us and our family regardless.No matter what the name, we’ll be saying bambino and bravo at our dinner table no matter what.”
Christina and Paul also got married recently and announced the news on Instagram with an adorable snap of the pair dancing together.
He wrote: “4 years ago today I met my dream girl in this room. 4 years later today I married my dream girl and best friend. Pretty sure I’m the proudest I’ve EVER been to be able to call the most bellissima person + woman I’ve ever known now my wife!!! Whoa. I thank God for the gift of her, our relationship, our bambino on the way, our family’s love and support and this unforgettable year. And for friends and fam wondering… invites to an official shindig coming soon…now I’m going to go scream this news on rooftops across this town because I AM that guy. (sic)”

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Confession: I hate playing with my child

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I am sitting criss-cross applesauce on the floor with my 3-year-old son.

Joining us are two stuffed animals — one a seal that my son named ContaDontaSaurus, the other a cat named Pineapple. There are also three robot magnets. Their names are Dinglebutt, Quincy, and Not Yet. Scattered about are enough mini trains to populate the island of Sodor several times over and gazillions of Legos.

“Let’s play!” my son says, and it’s a sentence that strikes fear in my heart.

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I love my son. I cherish our time together. I hate playing with him.

My son holds Pineapple up, and we make some small talk with Not Yet. It’s worse than the conversation I have with the dentist when she asks, “So how are things going?” as she jams cold metal instruments into my mouth. It’s excruciating, and I wish I didn’t have to play along.

I mean, what does a cat have to say to a robot anyway? (If you’re curious: Pizza. They talk about pizza.)

We carry on for a few minutes like that until I make some excuse and scurry off to the kitchen to start dinner. I’m relieved, but I also feel guilty about that relief.

To be clear, I don’t hate all types of play with my child.

My son and I go adventuring, take scent walks to smell the flowers in our neighborhood, make road trips to the beach, and toss sand dollars into the ocean. We run around the park, spend hours at the library, visit the art museum and talk about what we see. We’ve never met a trail we didn’t want to explore, and I would happily hike with him to the ends of the earth. Plus we have the best playdates with other little friends.

A boy emerges from the ocean with water in his face

But ask me to squat on the floor and vroom cars around, and I’m out. I just can’t do that kind of pretend play. After five minutes of constructing Lincoln Log forts, I’m ready to send the pioneers packing. Ten minutes of Legos are my longest year.

I think the reason why I don’t enjoy playing with my son is this: When I sit on the floor and play pretend, I bring with me all the constraints and barriers of the adult world. No, cars don’t move like that. Cats don’t fly invisible helicopters. A house has four walls and a roof, not three walls, two propellers, and a napkin. I’ve lost much of the magic and whimsy that exists naturally at childhood, and though I struggle to recapture it, I just can’t.

My son lives in a world where a half-bitten pancake is a ship, sailing an ocean that only he can see. His best friend is the wish-granting, albeit unfortunately named, stuffed turtle that he calls CockSofa. Give my son tissues, pipe cleaners, and some construction paper, and he’ll make you a fairy kingdom.

So that’s why I often shoo away my precious muffin to play by himself. Because my play places limits where there shouldn’t be any.

Do you enjoy pretend play with your child?

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I’m watching The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds on Holiday (Channel 4) with a five year old and a three year old. Then tomorrow we’re going on holiday. Perfect, maybe we’ll get some tips.

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A brawl broke out at a Florida mall on Sunday involving men, women — and a child in a stroller.

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In a Facebook video that has since been taken down, a group of shoppers was shown kicking and punching one another outside a JCPenney store at the Edison Mall in Fort Myers. At one point in the clip, a woman pushing a stroller with a child in it, kicks another woman in the head who is lying on the ground. The Fort Myers Police Department told NBC 2 News that officers received a call about a disturbance of the peace at the mall at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday. When police arrived, the fight had already broken up, but they were called back to the mall two hours later when injuries from the brawl were reported.

No arrests have been made just yet, but police are investigating the incident.

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We need to talk about guns before my child stays in your home

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“Happy Holidays! Thank you for opening your home to my family. Before we can take you up on your generous offer to stay with you — for free — I first have a few questions. I need to know if you have guns in the house. And if so, are they unloaded and locked up?”

That’s just a snippet from the awkward conversation I’ve been preparing in my head. An awkward yet incredibly important conversation. One that concerns the safety of my child.

So why does it feel so weird and pushy?

I have to be honest, it wasn’t even a conversation I’d thought about. Yet I ensure my son’s food is cut into small pieces to prevent choking. I hold his hand when we walk near cars. And I slather him in sunscreen before we go outside.

Mom and child sit with Santa as she contemplates asking holiday hosts about guns in the home

Why then, did I not think to ask about guns in the home of our holiday hosts?

It started over breakfast. My husband and I were talking about fishing, or maybe he was talking. I was somewhat listening. He said his friend Ken goes camping and fishing, sometimes by himself. And in the middle of nowhere.

I commented how it sounded dangerous. My husband told me that he brings a small handgun along for safety.

“Wait, what?” I screeched in horror, suddenly paying the utmost attention to his words. And looking up from my phone for the first time. “Ken, as in your friend Ken who we’re staying with in two weeks? He has a gun?”

“Yes,” my husband replied. Suddenly the dots connected and the planets aligned. His face registered recognition, then his eyes grew wide with concern. “Yes!”

We have a very curious 14-month-old son. He listens as well as most toddlers his age, take that as you will. My husband and I are very much on top of him, especially when we are in someone else’s home. We don’t expect others to parent for us, or babyproof their home when we come over.

Except for guns. Guns are different.

Even with all eyes on him, my son is quick. He’s thrown things in the toilet. We’ve been missing a remote control for a week. These aren’t real issues for us. My husband got a new toothbrush after his swam in the toilet. We can buy a new remote.

A gun encounter is a real issue. A really huge issue. 

Given the severity, why does it feel so awkward to have the conversation? Perhaps because I’m asking someone questions about how they live. Putting demands on what goes on inside their own home. Delivering an ultimatum to a person kind enough to invite me and my family to stay.

It’s a no-brainer for me and my husband. We have questions that will need to be answered before we can stay. And let me make this perfectly clear: This is not a gun issue. This is a safety issue. I’m not saying Ken should or shouldn’t be allowed to own a gun. I just want it far away from my child.

Given my propensity to make a verbal leap from quiet conversation to audible hurricane in under 5 seconds, my husband and I agreed he’d be the one to speak with Ken. When I think of my child’s safety possibly being jeopardized, my mama bear claws come out. My husband will handle it calmly yet effectively.

Family sits with Santa Claus

And we’ll stay with Ken. Or in a hotel. But we’ll be doing so with all the information needed to make that decision.

Which brings me back to my self-loathing for not asking in the first place. We’ve only ever stayed in my parents’ house and I know they don’t own guns. It was never in my realm of consciousness.

I can’t go back, but as I move forward things will be different. We can’t expect friends and family to offer us an itemized list of the items in the home. We’ll ask. We must ask for our son’s sake.

It might offend some people, no matter how gently we try to phrase our queries. There could be awkwardness. But my son’s safety matters most.

For more of my mom journey follow me on Instagram at Witty Otter.

Have you stayed with someone who keeps a gun in their home? How did you address the situation?

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Dakota Fanning talks child stardom, sparring with sister Elle and the wildest thing she’s ever done

From Hollywood child star to modern ingenue, Dakota Fanning’s rise to success has been seamless and without scandal. She tells Martha Hayes where it all went right.

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Dakota Fanning has an eye roll is so spectacular, it deserves its own meme.

Becoming famous at the age of seven, followed by 16 years of being asked the same questions repeatedly, has given her ample practice.

The worst offenders allude to how much she’s ‘grown up’ since making her Hollywood debut in I Am Sam (2001) (becoming the youngest actress in history 
to be nominated, at eight, for a Screen Actors Guild Award); what it was like ‘working with Tom Cruise’ 
in War Of The Worlds (2005) 12 years ago; and finally, isn’t it a miracle that she didn’t ‘go off the rails’ like so many other child stars. Ugh.

And so it becomes my mission when meeting the now 23-year-old in London for our cover shoot to not give 
her any opportunity to roll her eyes.

Settled on a big 
sofa in the middle of a bustling studio on a balmy Sunday afternoon, I tell her I’m assuming she probably has gone off the rails in secret and ask her what’s the wildest thing she’s ever done. ‘It would absolutely not be printable,’ she says laughing, clapping her hands. Definitely no eye roll here.

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Dakota Fanning

‘It always cracks me up when people talk about how I haven’t gone off the rails − which I have not, by any means − but you know, I’m a normal person. I love a party and I love having people over for any occasion since I’ve had my own apartment in New York. I’m always like, “You can stay with me!” I don’t cook, but I make cocktails. I make a good margarita.’

Comfily dressed in a navy ribbed sweater and slouchy navy sweatpants, Dakota Fanning has just flown in from Budapest, where’s she’s spent the last six months filming psychological period drama series The Alienist. Described by Netflix as ‘a headstrong secretary determined to become the first female police detective [in 1870s New York],’ Sarah Howard sounds like a dream of a role for Fanning’s first foray into the golden era of television.

Her commitment and attachment not only to the part but to the cast (including Luke Evans and Daniel Brühl) and crew, makes me warm to her quickly. Not just because, on a superficial level, she sounds really fun (‘On one of the first nights they threw an event and
 I stole all the actors and took them back to my apartment. That was my first party…’) but because she talks with an honesty and sincerity when she could so easily be more jaded.

She is a stickler for routine, and while signing up for a six-month TV show could be daunting, she admits she found it comforting. ‘I like knowing where I’m going to be and making myself at home. [I] work so hard to get comfortable and get to know people. I love the life I’ve had in Budapest.’

As a result, she found reaching the end of the project quite emotional. ‘When you wrap your scenes, the producer or director might say a little something about you. And when they did, I just burst into tears and sat there crying in front of the entire cast and crew.’

Dakota Fanning on growing up as a child star

Dakota Fanning

Always the ingénue and constantly defined by her childhood roles, which also include Charlotte’s Web (2006), or her teen roles in Twilight (2009, 2010, 2012) or The Runaways (2010), I tell Fanning it was refreshing to see her in Ewan McGregor’s American Pastoral last year playing a political terrorist (and with a convincing stutter to boot). ‘But you know what would crack me up? People would say that was my “grown-up” role. I was playing
a 16-year-old. That was my grown-up role!’

Around the time of making American Pastoral, Fanning pushed herself out of her comfort zone further by playing a mute wife and mother in western thriller Brimstone alongside Guy Pearce and Kit Harington. She is keen to direct, and will produce as well as play the protagonist in the much-anticipated big-screen adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, directed by her friend Kirsten Dunst.

‘I am definitely ambitious,’ explains Fanning, who is also enrolled on a women’s studies course at NYU, with a focus on the portrayal of women in film and culture. ‘I’ve never been the kind of person who has been  
like, “I want to do this, this and this, and then I’ll be happy.” Professionally, I am very ambitious but those ambitions reveal themselves, subconsciously, as the challenges come along.’

She’s aware that she is lucky her love of the profession has ‘never wavered’ when a lot of her friends are still figuring their lives out. But in an Insta generation where most actors have a fashion line or a lifestyle platform, does she feel a pressure to do something on the side?

‘I do have moments where 
I feel like nowadays being just an actor isn’t enough. I was listening to Anna Faris Is Unqualified, which I love, and I was like, [in a paranoid whisper] “She’s 
an actor. Now she has a podcast… am I supposed 
to get a podcast?!”

‘It used to be that if you were an actor and you did certain things, it was cheesy, but things are changing so much. I like that the lines are blurred and you’re allowed to do those things. I just don’t know if I have anything 
I would feel authentic doing yet, because we can tell when it’s not real, right? When somebody doesn’t actually believe in what they’re doing?’

Dakota Fanning on the simple life lesson her mother taught her

For someone so accustomed to Hollywood, Fanning lacks any sense of entitlement and is unfailingly polite. Everything I’d read before meeting her suggested this was going to be the case, but while that’s preferable to a monster ego, I worried it could make her a bit robotic or sedate. I’ve come to the conclusion she’s just incredibly well adjusted and at ease with herself.

She arrives at the cover shoot on her own (which is unusual) and talks to everybody – from the photographer to the stylist’s assistant – in the same, chatty tone. Her body language during the interview 
also speaks volumes; bare feet up on the sofa, leaning forward when she laughs.

It’s no surprise, then, when she tells me the biggest lesson her mother instilled in her growing up was treating other people well. ‘There are so many things that are out of your control in life and what you can control is how you treat other people,’ she explains. ‘My mom is very selfless. She’s done everything for me and my sister 
and thought about us a thousand times before she has ever thought about something for herself. I hope to be that way,’ she adds with a giggle. ‘I try.’

Originally from a town east of Atlanta, in Georgia, on the surface it could be assumed her mother – a retired tennis player – and salesman father were pushy stage parents for uprooting the family to La La Land, but it was only ever intended to be temporary.

An enthusiastic performer from the age of five, Fanning was encouraged by a drama teacher to sign up with a local agent and maybe do a couple of commercials. When her mother took her to visit her aunt in LA that summer, she attended some auditions – and kept getting work. Eventually Fanning’s father, sister and grandmother moved out to join them. And she credits that strong female household for keeping her grounded.

‘Seeing my mom be a stay-at-home mom, I saw the 
strength in that; in choosing to dedicate her life to being the best mom,’ she recalls. ‘I remember promoting The Runaways, [about the first all-girl rock band, co-staring Kristen Stewart] and being asked, “Have you ever been told you couldn’t do something because you were a girl?” And I was like, “No,
I haven’t”, and I realised that in growing up with very strong women, I [always had] the feeling there was nothing I couldn’t do.’

They are a close-knit, sporty family. ‘I would be disowned if I said I didn’t like sport. My mom would 
be like, “How could you say something like that?!” It’s true, I do like it, I just can’t play because I don’t have the drive or passion to be a professional athlete. Or the talent… let’s be honest.’

Dakota Fanning’s relationship with her sister Elle Fanning

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Does that make Elle, her younger sister also in the industry, her sparring partner? They certainly know how to wind each other up. ‘She thinks I’m turning into our mom, which I guess is inevitable for everybody, I don’t know. She’s like [puts on moany voice], “You and Mom – you’re like two moms!” Our mom is a constant reminder of “don’t forget to do this, and don’t forget to do that” and I am turning into a reminder. I can’t help it.’

Jokes aside, despite being in the same competitive industry, Fanning and her famous sister have a great relationship, largely because of how organically both their careers developed. ‘All of a sudden, it kind of happened and we kept going because we enjoyed it,’ she says. ‘But we don’t talk about it that much. We have our own separate relationship with what we do. We’ve never felt the need to get into it.’

The four-year age gap hasn’t always been easy. ‘There are a few years where you’re both experiencing such different things; age nine and 13 – nothing in common; 12 and 16 – we didn’t know what to do with each other. Now as she’s getting older and I’m getting older we’re getting closer… and that’s really lovely.’

As separate as they view their careers, isn’t it likely they’ll both go up for the same role one day? ‘We’ve had scenarios where we’ve gone to meet the same person and it’s totally fine. To us, we’re so different.’

In the time I’ve spent with Fanning, I’ve discovered she is fun-loving, loyal, ambitious and passionate about 
New York, where she’s lived since she was 18 – not bad going considering she once said, ‘If I can achieve it, I don’t want anyone to know anything about me.’

‘I know, I don’t really say anything!’ She’s reluctant to talk about relationships, money or politics. ‘I do still feel that way. I think there’s something cool about being a little mysterious, which is hard to do nowadays.’

Dakota Fanning

She initially resisted joining Instagram (she now has 1.8m followers), ‘but I would get frustrated with people talking about my “grown-up” roles’ and she wanted the right to reply. ‘I thought, I’m not making that big of an effort to show people who I actually am.’

Hers is an unselfconscious and casually curated feed of ‘little flashes of my sense of humour or things I care about.’ I couldn’t help noticing her love of Whispering Angel rosé wine. ‘Oh my god, it’s the best,’ she cries. 
I had been tempted to bring her a bottle as a gift, 
but I didn’t want her to take it the wrong way. ‘I would have welcomed it with open arms,’ she reassures me. ‘And we would be drinking it right now!’

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How climate change is creating more child brides

In Malawi and Mozambique, girls as young as thirteen are being forced to become child brides as a result of climate change

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Everyone thinks they know what climate change looks like. It is that polar bear adrift on its ice floe. It is melting glaciers and rising sea levels. It is an apocalyptic future of cities disappearing beneath the waves. The story of climate change tends to be one of a coming catastrophe, of signs of trouble further down the track.

But what if the human disaster is already happening, hidden in full view? What if it is the young girl sitting in the doorway of her mud hut in in a small African village, nursing her first baby as she watches her friends trot off to school? What if climate change is already creating a generation of child brides?

The Brides Of The Sun reporting project travelled to Malawi and Mozambique to investigate and found widespread evidence of child marriage a result of the changing weather. Due to rising temperatures hitting families in Africa hard and crops failing amid more frequent droughts and flooding, millions of girls are reported to be forced to become child brides.

The investigation, funded by the European Journalism Centre, found many parents who relied on farming or fishing could no longer afford to feed and educate their daughters and instead were marrying them off early to young men better placed to support them.

In 2015, Unicef warned  that the total number of child brides across Africa as a whole could more than double to 310 million by 2050 if current trends continue, and the problem is of course not limited to one continent alone.

The team at Brides Of The Sun gave some of the child brides video cameras, so that they could record a 360 video selfie of what climate change has done to the land around them and how it has affected their lives.

The girls also shared their individual stories with the Brides of the Sun team.

The reporters behind Brides Of The Sun are Gethin Chamberlain, Maria Udrescu and Miriam Beller

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3 practical moves to make when your child is diagnosed with T1D

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Sabrina Garibian

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If your child was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes you have to become accustomed to daily monitoring and care as well as to worrying about your child’s sugar levels on an hourly basis — even during the night. As you help your child face this difficult and scary new world, you may be looking for support too.

I’ve learned a lot about Type 1 diabetes (T1D), as my niece was just recently diagnosed , and one of the first things I’ve learned is how hard the disease can be on loved ones.

 

So with that in mind:

3 practical things to try when your child has Type 1 diabetes

1. Act early. 

One of the most important pieces of the puzzle for Type 1 diabetes is recognizing the symptoms. Extreme thirst or hunger, peeing through diapers or using the bathroom a lot, crankiness, and weight loss can all be symptoms of T1D. Being educated about Type 1 diabetes and getting treatment early are important keys in managing it.

2. Look into clinical trials.

Medicine and research for T1D have progressed, but there’s no cure yet. Clinical trials can help researchers understand if an medicine being investigated works, is safe, and can improve the quality of life for a patient. Looking for potential clinical trials is one way you can help the cause. If you want to know more, BabyCenter has information on clinical trials for children and families.

3. Find support. 

The moms on the BabyCenter community group Children with T1 Diabetes can be so helpful if you need information, or just a shoulder to cry on. While many doctors provide a nurse line for questions regarding T1D, sometimes you just need to talk to another parent who can relate or might be able to help when you’re having a problem. You can meet other parents coping with T1D and share what works for you, whether it’s keeping a list of carb counts for favorite restaurants so you don’t have to scramble at the last minute, or using a permanent marker to label snacks with grams/serving and carb count/serving so you don’t have to search through the nutrition facts every time.

Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong battle, but that doesn’t mean your family has to go through it alone. Seek support: from fellow T1D families, from your doctor, and from friends who can relate. Act early, be sure to get the proper treatment for your child, and communicate with your doctor about any changes. And look into clinical trials, because without them we will not be able to advance research in finding better, more effective medicines for treating Type 1 diabetes.

Where do you look for support when dealing with your child’s Type 1 diabetes?

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OHMYGOSSIP — Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are expecting their second child.
The ‘Sports Illustrated’ star and the ‘All Of Me’ hitmaker have taken to Instagram to reveal they are adding to their family.
In a video posted to Instagram, Chrissy points at her stomach and asks her daughter: “Luna, what’s in here?” to which the little girl replies, “Baby!”
The couple – who already have daughter 19-month-old daughter Luna – have made no secret of the fact they want more kids.
Chrissy had previously revealed she would love to be “pregnant for the rest of her life”.
She shared: “I feel good, I feel good, we’re still trying … I’m going for I mean hopefully in the next few years because for me I really want to just knock ’em out. That’s my dream, I want to just be pregnant kind of for the rest of my life. Not for the rest of my life, but the rest of my fertile life. So we’ll see.”
Whilst John added: “We want more, we’ll hopefully have another one in the near future. We’re working on it.”
And Chrissy “cannot wait” to have a bigger family as she loves being a mother to Luna.
She shared: “I probably think about it more than anybody. I cannot wait to have the biggest family. Everybody is curious. They’re like, ‘When are you going to do it? When are you going to do it? When’s the process going to start?’
“It’s so fun absorbing baby Luna right now. I think I’m enjoying my time absorbing and seeing everything – all her new little steps and new moments – and being there for them …
“Every day it’s something new with her. More than anything, I love seeing her little palette. She will eat anything and everything. I just think it’s so fascinating. You give her the whisk and she knows exactly what to do the second you teach her. It’s really cute.”

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And baby makes six! Bachelorette alum Emily Maynard has welcomed her fourth child, her third with husband Tyler JenningsUs Weekly can confirm.

The excited dad posted a funny video on his Instagram Story on Sunday, November 12, as he accompanied his wife to the hospital. “Baby four, let’s get it,” he said as they walked into the hospital foyer. Can’t wait to meet you. We love you.”

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Jennings later posted pics of Maynard in her hospital bed holding her newborn and the baby meeting her big sister, Ricki.

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Maynard, who is already mom to daughter Ricki, 12, from a previous relationship, shares sons Jennings Tyler, 2, and Gibson Kyle, 1, with Jennings. The couple revealed they were expecting their third bundle of joy together via Instagram in August.

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Emily Maynard seen on the streets of Manhattan on March 1, 2016 in New York City. James Devaney/GC Images

In the adorable clip, the blonde beauty flaunted her pregnancy belly in a stylish blue maternity dress while holding hands with her little boy as the twosome enjoyed ice cream.

“Way too many tacos at lunch,” she joked of her pregnancy in the post. “Seriously though, as scared as I am to have 3 under 3, I’m so grateful God picked me to be the mommy to my kids and we can’t wait for number 4 to get here!”

The 31-year-old reality personality went on to reveal she had a medical emergency only weeks before her due date. “This pregnancy has been filled with lots of hot wings, ranch dressing, an emergency appendix surgery at 6 months, and swollen ankles all day every day but I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

The ABC star concluded the intimate announcement by sharing her children’s excitement for their family’s newest addition: “My little tribe can’t wait to meet their new brother or sister (it’s a surprise!) in the next couple of weeks!”

Prior to sharing their exciting news, the I Said Yes author posted several adorable pictures of her family on Instagram. In June, the happy couple shared a snap from their Miami getaway.

“Went to Miami last week and this is the only pic we took. This is why all the pics I have framed in my house are from 5 years ago or taken by @allisonkuhnphotography,” she wrote of the moment.

And in August, Maynard posted an adorable pic of herself taking a walk with her little ones.

“When lunch is so good at you have to go buy new shirts after,” she joked at the time.

Maynard, who appeared on season 8 of The Bachelorette, got engaged to the automotive management consultant in 2013. The twosome tied the knot in June 2014 at Johnson’s family farm. Maynard was previously engaged to Nascar driver Ricky Hendrick who was killed in a plane crash in 2004. The star was also engaged to season 15 Bachelor star Brad Womack and season 8 Bachelorette winner Jeff Holm.

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Surprise! Tyrese is Expecting a Child Amidst His Custody Battle (VIDEO)

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Good news for Tyrese after a bad week (or two).

According to sources, Tyrese and his second wife are expecting this first child.

Via TSR, recently Tyrese posted a message on Facebook asking his famous female friends, from Oprah to Jada Pinkett Smith, to support his “PREGNANT” wife’s foundation.

“Powerful women of God, cause you guys seem to show UP for each of us this is your moment. I’ve always showed up for you. Your events your moments. I am simply asking that you show up for my wife…SO that I can stay married… my WIFE, who is now pregnant, is the new President of The Love Circle Foundation could really use some help…”

TSR STAFF: Kyle Anfernee! @kyle.Anfernee It's no secret that Tyrese has been going through it these past couple of weeks. Through every storm there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. _____________________________________ Last week Tyrese posted an emotional video on Instagram about his daughter Shayla, but he also dropped a jewel that I don't think many of us caught. _____________________________________ In the video Tyrese says, "I have another one on the way but he's not here yet." _____________________________________ Fast forward to today, Tyrese posted a message on Facebook asking his famous female friends, from Oprah to Jada Pinkett Smith, to support his "PREGNANT" wife's foundation. _____________________________________ "Powerful women of God, cause you guys seem to show UP for each of us this is your moment. I've always showed up for you. Your events your moments. I am simply asking that you show up for my wife…SO that I can stay married… my WIFE, who is now pregnant, is the new President of The Love Circle Foundation could really use some help…" _____________________________________ Congrats Tyrese!

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Looks like it’s a boy! Congrats to Tyrese!

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Let’s talk about Tyrese. The singer-songwriter turned blockbuster star has been a tabloid mainstay since around September, when a bitter custody battle and child abuse allegations elevated the Fast & Furious actor’s family troubles to TMZ status.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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Nicki Minaj’s Brother Found Guilty In Child Rape Case — Facing 25 Years To Life In Prison

The verdict is in: Jelani Maraj, the brother of Nicki Minaj, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting his former stepdaughter. For the hideous crime of raping an 11-year-old girl, he now faces life in prison.


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‘Stranger Things’ Creators Pressured Child Actress into an Unscripted Kiss

The inevitable Stranger Things 2 backlash is a cautionary tale for anyone trying to salvage a scrap of joy out of this unbelievably terrible year. The Netflix phenomenon began as a pure pop-culture confection; a thrilling piece of pastiche that starred some cute kids and Winona Ryder. Now, over a year later, Stranger Things fans are learning the hard way that nothing good can ever stay. Stranger Things 2 has arrived and so has the end of our communal innocence, between Charlie Heaton’s cocaine bust and the first wave of tepid reviews. The Daily Beast’s Kevin Fallon acknowledged that the second season of the Netflix original was faced with “monstrously high expectations,” and concluded that the latest Duffer brothers offering “doesn’t live up to the hype.”

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If your child has ADHD, these 4 tips could save your mornings

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Navigating the morning rush with young children can be incredibly stressful. Getting everyone dressed, eating breakfast, making sure lunches are packed and backpacks are ready to go, putting on shoes and jackets, and finally loading up everyone in the car is no easy feat. And when your child has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Well, it can add a whole other layer of stress to an already time-crunched routine.

“Children with ADD typically have a hard time waking up, staying on task and navigating the complicated rituals that families go through in the morning,” Dr. Ed Carlton, founder of the Carlton Neurofeedback Center and author of the book The Answer, said in a news release. “It’s a recipe for stress and conflict, but it doesn’t have to be that way.”

My 6-year-old son was diagnosed with ADHD in January. Although he does take medication to help manage his symptoms, the following four tips offered by Carlton have definitely helped our mornings run more smoothly:

1) Establish a routine. Sitting down with your child and talking about expectations for a morning routine can go a long way. (And using a chart or a checklist can serve as valuable visual reminders.) Simply giving your child more time to get ready in the morning is never a bad idea, either, Carlton explained. “You can account for difficulty waking up and trouble focusing by setting earlier bedtimes or waking up earlier,” he said. Reducing morning distractions —  like TV or video games — can help your child stick to this routine.

Before school started this fall, we talked with our first-grader about what we expect of him in the mornings. If he wakes up and it’s after 7 a.m., he’s allowed to go downstairs, use the bathroom, get dressed and grab something to eat. (He has an alarm clock in his room.) But if it’s before 7 a.m., he needs to try to go back to sleep or lie in his bed quietly. Establishing these parameters has helped him know what needs to be done and when.

2) Prepare as much as possible the night before. “Reduce fights about what to wear and what to eat in the morning by deciding the night before,” Carlton said. “School lunches, snacks and water bottles can be packed in the evening and backpacks can be ready to go.”

This is a big one for my family. Each morning, there’s already a snack ready to grab for my toddler, my pre-schooler’s and first-grader’s backpacks are ready, and my first-grader’s lunch is packed — plus all of their clothes are set out. Doing the prep work the night before eliminates so many steps in the morning, when my son has a more difficult time staying on task. Plus, it’s less rushed and less stressful for everyone.

3) Make breakfast count (bonus points if it’s portable.) Keeping a selection grab-and-go foods that are also good sources of protein can be a life-saver. Things like yogurt, boiled eggs, protein bars, oatmeal and cheese sticks are all winners. “The goal is to get some nutrition in your child’s tummy before they head off to school, so get creative if it helps,” Carlton said, in the news release.

We’ve found out the hard way what a breakfast of sugary cereal does to my son. Not. Fun. For anyone. Oatmeal, a microwave breakfast sandwich or yogurt are all much better breakfast options for him.

4) Set aside time for an energy release. “They can go for a swing, dance in the living room, play with the dog, whatever is fun for them,” Carlton said.

I’ve found that setting aside a little time before school to release energy helps my 6-year-old with ADHD. (It can also be used as an incentive if morning tasks are done on time.) My son loves watching videos on GoNoodle, or really, dancing along to any fun song for kids on YouTube.

It’s worth noting that (at least in my experience) there will be good days and bad days when it comes to morning routines with kids with ADHD — even if you follow all of these tips. Still, this advice can serve as an excellent starting point for children who are newly diagnosed. It’s done wonders for us.

If you have a child with ADD or ADHD, what’s worked for you?

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The arrest appears to be unrelated to the Las Vegas investigation.
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The Mother Of Chris Brown’s Child Nia Guzman Settles Legal Dispute With Shakur Sozahdah

The mother of Chris Brown’s child, Nia Guzman, has been embroiled in a legal dispute with the former babysitter, Shakur Sozadah after Nia allegedly made death threats against her. However, after the pair made restraining orders against one another at […]
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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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Not So Fast! Nicki Minaj Will NOT Take the Witness Stand in Brother Jelani’s Child Rape Trial, His Legal Team Lied

Nicki Minaj will NOT be testifying as a witness in her brother Jelani’s child rape trial, despite what his legal team may have said.

via TMZ:

Sources close to Nicki tell TMZ … she won’t be involved in any way in Jelani Maraj‘s Long Island court case, where he stands accused of raping an 11-year-old girl — his stepdaughter at the time.

We’re told Minaj never planned to take the stand, and her bro’s legal team telling news outlets she was on their witness list was simply false. There were reports Nicki would testify the alleged victim’s mom tried to extort her for millions.

Jelani’s trial started last week, but the bottom line here is Nicki won’t be anywhere near the proceedings.

We reached out to Jelani’s attorney who told us, “I have no idea, we’ll see.”

It’s best for Nicki to stay as far away from this as she can.

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Dean McDermott not paying child support, ex claims

OHMYGOSSIP — Dean McDermott’s ex-wife says he has stopped paying child support for their 18-year-old son.
The 50-year-old actor’s former spouse Mary Jo Eustace has claimed that he has ceased payment to her for their son Jack but continues to flaunt his luxurious lifestyle on social media.
In court papers filed last week, she wrote: “Dean has stopped paying again. In the last six weeks he has been on two luxurious vacations, Iceland & the four seasons in Punta Mita. He resides in a $ 2 million estate paid by his mother-in-law, Candy Spelling, and has no impetus to work. He owes over $ 100,000 moving forward, and I believe he has no intention of paying. He bounces my son’s university rent/tuition and is delinquent in paying therapist bills, while he shops visibly and throws lavish parties for his other five children.”
Dean was married to Jo between 1993 and 2006 before tying the knot with ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ actress Tori Spelling later that year.
McDermott and Eustace had been in court as recently as March 2017, when Eustace filed a contempt of court charge against him after claiming she owes him $ 100,000 in child support.
She said at the time: “[He owes me] over $ 100,000. He just stopped paying two years ago for our original support, and he didn’t pay child support.”
It comes after Tori revealed she and Dean felt like their relationship was reborn when they became parents to their fifth child.
She shared: “We worked on everything. The relationship as we knew it died. We had to bury that and start new.
“Rebuilding our marriage took time. And now, having a new baby, it makes sense. It’s like a new baby in a new relationship.”
Dean is also a father to Liam, 10, Stella, nine, Hattie, six, Finn, five, and seven-month-old Beau, who he has with his wife Tori.

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Another One?! Kourtney Kardashian Is Reportedly Pregnant and Expecting with a Child with Boyfriend Younes Bendjima

It looks like Kourtney Kardashian has joined sisters Kylie Jenner, Khloé Kardashian, and Kim Kardashian in the expectant mothers club.

Life and Style is reporting that Kourtney is expecting her fourth child — but not with Scott Disick. The father of Kourtney’s alleged baby is current boyfriend, 24-year-old Younes Bendjima.

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“She was thrilled to learn she was expecting,” a source told Life & Style exclusively. However, for now, Kourtney and her boyfriend of one year Younes Bendjima are only telling close family and friends. “She loves being part of a large family and having so many siblings,” the insider adds, “and she wants the same for Penelope, Mason, and Reign.”

Kourtney, 38, has made it very clear she wanted more kids — even after her split from longtime boyfriend Scott Disick. “I would have more. I could see myself with six kids,” Kourtney told Cosmopolitan magazine. “I just don’t know what’s in God’s plan.” She does know that Younes, 24, is the perfect dad-to-be.

“She needs a man who will be both present and sober,” the source explained. “With his charming personality and intelligence, Younes will make the perfect father.” However, it doesn’t look like Scott, 34, is happy about her new relationship. Life & Style previously reported that Scott was trying to ruin Kourt’s relationship with the young model.

“Scott will do anything to sabotage Kourtney’s relationship, including showing up wherever Kourtney and Younes are hanging out together,” the source said. “He’s also been asking around, trying to get some dirt on Younes so he can bring it back to Kourt and persuade her to dump him.” It doesn’t seem Kourtney is too concerned about her ex after she recently made her romance with Younes Instagram official on a couple’s vacation to Paris. 

If true, then we’ve officially reached a point where keeping up with the Kardashians is proving too much!

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4 How-To Tips to Get Your Child Into Modeling

After our story a couple of years ago on 50 Cent’s two-year-old landing a $ 700,000 modeling campaign, many of you shared adorable photos of your little ones on our Facebook  page and asked for child modeling advice.

We did a little research over the weekend and found some valuable insight into the industry. Keep in mind that making $ 700,000 is very rare, even for adult models, and probably won’t be the case for your child.

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Before investing the time into finding your child an agency and going on castings, first make sure that modeling is something that he is genuinely excited about. Your kid should never feel pressured to model or feel like you will be mad if he decides it’s not something he wants to do. Once you’re certain that your little one is really on board, take note of the tips below.

Take Clear and Clean Photos

When taking snapshots of your kid, note that less is more. As adorable as the photo of him with cake and sprinkles all of over his face may be, that typically isn’t the photo that agencies want to see. Instead, he should be facing the camera; no hat, sunglasses or makeup. “You can easily take this kind of picture at home with a digital camera,” according to BabyCenter.com. “Make sure the pictures show your child’s features and take a variety of poses, including head shots and full-body shots.” The photos should be in color.

Once you’ve taken several quality photos, send two to three by mail to reputable agencies “with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a short letter stating your interest,” Charles Ramsey, owner of Product Model Management in New York City, tells Parents.com.

 

Don’t Spend a Fortune on Photos

You don’t have to spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on professional photos. Some agencies may try to convince you that this is necessary, but it is not and agencies that say otherwise are probably running a scam. Margaret Pelino of Ford Models tells Parents.com, “But why would you spend a fortune taking pictures of, say, a 3-year-old? He’s not going to look the way he does for very long.” Simple at-home snapshots are actually preferred among many top agencies. An agency may ask if you have a composite card (a card with several small photos of your child) which shouldn’t cost much more than $ 200.

Never Pay Money Upfront

One of the biggest signs that an agency is conning you is if they ask you for money upfront. Most reputable agencies will not start taking money until your child has been signed and companies are booking him for work. Parents.com says that once the model is signed, the agencies “usually take a cut of about 20 percent from you for setting up each modeling job and the same sum from the company that hires your child.” If an agency is trying to persuade you to pay any initial fees, especially if they’re costly, decline their offer and continue your search for representation elsewhere.

Go With a Reputable and Registered Agency

Doing your research on agencies is critical so that your child is protected and has a good experience. Pick an agency that is registered with the Better Business Bureau and one that has an impressive portfolio to reflect their credibility. You representation should have some proof, whether a page on their website or via their social media, of campaigns that they’ve booked for their clients. For example, Future Faces’ official Facebook page has multiple photos of their clients in ads for top brands like Ruum and H&M.

For safety purposes, never leave your child alone with an agent or photographer. Be with him at all times, even if the agency is reputable, to ensure that his physical and emotional safety are protected.

 

 

 

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Mario Winans Arrested For Failure To Pay Child Support

Former Bad Boy singer/producer Mario Winans, featured on Diddy’s hit “I Need a Girl Part 2,” was arrested on Wednesday for owing over a hundred thousand dollars in back child support for his 12-year-old son.

According to TMZ, the artist owes a total of $ 178,000 after he failed for years to pay his court-ordered $ 3,500 per month.

In court documents, Mario claims to earn about $ 3,000 per month off his songwriting. He told the court he could secure a loan to immediately pay $ 10,000 off the debt. That satisfied the judge enough that Winans was released, but with a GPS ankle monitor, TMZ reported.

Mario has yet to address the reports, but he shared the below photo via Instagram on Thursday alongside his wife and son. “Smiling Winans!!!!! Enjoy life to the fullest!!!! #LivingWinans “he wrote.

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OHMYGOSSIP — Aaron Paul is to become a father for the first time.
The ‘Breaking Bad’ star and his wife Lauren Parsekian took to Instagram to announce they are expecting their first child together.
Alongside a photo of Lauren holding her burgeoning baby bump, he wrote: “Hey everyone. Look what I did. Words can’t express how excited I am that this little one has entered our lives. Just thought it was time I would share this beautiful news with all of you.”
Meanwhile, Aaron previously revealed he considers being at home to be like a vacation and gushed about he and his wife’s mutual appreciation of music, which helped bring them together.
He shared: “Any chance I have to be at my house, I take it. I’m never at home, I’m always travelling. I never work in Los Angeles. Being at home really is a vacation for me and my wife.
“Music is our obsession. I fell in love with my wife at a music festival. We have concerts inside our living room. Whenever we’re in town, we track down artists playing in Los Angeles and just reach out to their tour manager and see if they’d like to play our living room.”
It comes after Aaron admitted the pair weren’t in a rush to start a family.
He said at the time: “To be honest, we haven’t really thought about it. There’s no rush into anything. So if it happens, it happens.”

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Serena Williams is officially a mom! The pro athlete gave birth to a beautiful baby on Sept. 1, and we can only imagine how thrilled she & her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, must be. Find out everything we know about their newborn here!


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Reid Scott and Wife Elspeth Keller Expecting Second Child: ‘We’re Having Another Little Boy!’

Reid Scott is going to be a father again!

While walking the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of his upcoming film, Home Again, on Tuesday, the actor, 39, and his pregnant wife Elspeth Keller announced their baby news.

“We’re very excited,” Scott told PEOPLE exclusively. “She’s about halfway, so I guess we’re about almost five months pregnant. We’re having another little boy.”

The couple is already parents to 2-year-old son Conrad.

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“We’re excited to make a little brother for our son,” Scott shared of Conrad, whom the proud father affectionately calls a “little chubby teddy bear.”

“He’s a chubby little guy so he keeps seeing mommy’s belly, and then he looks at his own belly and says, ‘I have a baby too,’ “the former Veep star said. “He’s going to be a great big brother. If he doesn’t kill his little brother within the first six weeks, then we’re going to be great.”

Scott wed his longtime love during an intimate ceremony at downtown Los Angeles’s Maguire Gardens in June 2014 before spending their honeymoon in Fiji.

In May, Scott told PEOPLE that he and his wife “definitely” wanted to expand their family.

“We definitely want more , so should we be so lucky, yeah. I hope so,” he said, adding that Conrad is “going to be hard to top.”

He joked, “No. 2 is going to have some big, little shoes to fill!”


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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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The-Dream, Wife Lalonne Welcome His Eighth Child, Say Baby Is “Living Proof IUDs Might Not Work”

In July we told you that popular singer and songwriter Terius “The-Dream” Nash and wife Lalonne were expecting their third child together. The new addition would be the eighth child for the “Shawty Is a 10” crooner. Martinez announced the news when she was already 35 weeks: Fast forward a few weeks and the baby […]

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Is Your Child Transgender? Experts Explain How To Know For Sure

EL CERRITO, Calif. (AP) — How can a parent know if their child is transgender? What separates a young boy who might be transgender from one with a vivid imagination who likes to dress up in his sister’s dresses? What do you do if your daughter tells you she’s a boy?

The Associated Press spoke to gender experts to answer some of parents’ most commonly asked questions.

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MY SON LIKES TO WEAR DRESSES. IS THIS A PHASE OR SOMETHING MORE?

“My answer is, we don’t know,” says Diane Ehrensaft, a developmental and clinical psychologist, director of mental health at the University of California, San Francisco’s Child and Adolescent Gender Center and author of “The Gender Creative Child.”

“What we know is, you have a son who likes princess dresses. I would say get him the dresses. Have your child feel free to choose. Maybe they’ll stop wearing dresses. Maybe they’ll grow up to be gay.”

Transgender children will be insistent, consistent and persistent about their gender dysphoria, she says.

“It’s not something the child says one time and it goes away.”

For critics who question whether preschool-age kids should be allowed to “socially transition,” Ehrensaft says: “We expect a 2-year-old to know ‘I am boy. I am girl.’ So why can’t that also apply to transgender children?”

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DISTRESS VS. HAPPINESS

“If I’m a kid who occasionally wants to put on my mom’s high-heeled shoes or wear my mom’s princess dress, I’m not the kid who wants to live as a girl. I’m the boy who occasionally wants to wear girl’s clothes,” says Johanna Olson-Kennedy, medical director of The Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.

The important thing to ask is whether your child is in distress.

“Are you having daily battles about clothing before school?” Olson-Kennedy says. “There are some things that are pretty universal. Is this the kid that everyone is trying to give Mutant Ninja Turtles to, and what they really want is the gifts their sisters are getting?”

Using a child’s happiness and health as a guide is critical, she says.

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GO AWAY FOR A WEEKEND

It can also help for parents to get away somewhere with their child and allow the child to call the shots in terms of their gender, such as letting them use a different pronoun or wear a dress or other clothing of their choice, Olson-Kennedy says.

“Do it somewhere where you’re not going to see people you know, if that’s an issue for you,” she says. “Do a weekend as a different gender, and see what you learn.

“People have said this over and over again: ‘Oh, my God. I saw a side of my child I had never seen before.’”

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HOW CAN YOU TELL?

Though there are no set rules, Ehrensaft says some early signals can provide information about whether a child is transgender. They include:

— Certain actions at a very young age, such as toddlers pulling barrettes from their hair, grabbing for their sister’s dress and dolls, or throwing away their trucks.

— The use of verbs regarding gender. Instead of “I wish I was a girl,” a transgender child will say, “I am a girl.”

— Frustration over their genitals. By around age 3, children understand “penis equals boy, and vagina equals girl,” Ehrensaft said. “Often those are the kids who cry out, ‘Why did God get it wrong? Mommy, can you put me back inside so I can come out like my sister?’”

— Taking “gender expansion play” seriously. Many young boys like to play dress-up in their sisters’ princess costumes, twirling around and then moving on to other toys, Ehrensaft said.

A transgender child “also wants to get into his sister’s closet, but he’s not going to go for the princess dress — he’s going to go for her school uniform,” she says. “He’s going to put on her everyday clothes because he wants to be a regular girl, not a pretend princess.”

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