LOS ANGELES - At 5 years old, Tyler Perry knew that he wanted to be so successful when he grew up that he could take care of his mother. His determination never wavered and he's now one of the most prolific writer / director / actors working, with multiple TV series on the air and his latest movie, "The Single Moms Club," opening today in theaters.
It's understandable why director / writer / actor Tyler Perry has continually gone back to his female comedy persona of Madea. Put that loud and brash character in a film and it makes big money.
If you have daughters, nieces, or, gasp, sons or nephews who like playing with dolls (and no, there's nothing wrong with boys who play with dolls), then there's a very good chance that you have dolls on the brain. And the floor, the furniture, your car, and everywhere else. While the choices in dolls may seem as endless as that hour between dinner and bedtime, there are some fun, new twists on the basic baby doll that have recently come out, and your little doll is sure to love 'em.
Juliet Sykes watched teary-eyed as glass workers began to shape a small white heart.
Michelle Matthews has never met any of the hundreds of parents here and around the country for whom she has sewn and donated baby gowns.
Dear Mr. Dad, I have a real problem with my 10-year-old daughter: Just about everything she says is a lie. If she tells me she's texting a girl friend from school, it's probably a boy. If I ask whether she's cleaned her room, she'll look me straight in the eye and tell me "Yes," even though I know (and she knows I know) that she didn't lift a finger. If I were to ask her if grass is green, she'd probably tell me it isn't. Why is she doing this and how can we get her to stop?
Someday, I swear, I am going to quit. Next month, maybe. Or next year. I've done it most of my life and it's getting old.
Calm and clear communication is so important. To get my daughter's full attention, I dress up like a giant Starbucks cup. Her eyes light up as if she's spotted Jesus.
Add this to the ever-expanding list of ludicrous decisions, ridiculous incidents and moments that defy the most basic elements of common sense.
Being the parent of a 20-something means skulking around the sidelines while your child weathers enough major events for a lifetime of "Friends" episodes.
Q: My 6-year-old son is a bright and friendly kindergartner. Each day a color coded chart is sent home about his behavior. This year he's gone through several spells during which he will have a "bad color" for several days in a row. Each time this occurs we punish him by not allowing him to play soccer, sending him to bed early, confining him to his room for the evening, or taking away TV, but none of this is having any long-term effect. The misbehavior - talking out of turn and not keeping his hands to himself - will happen for a few days, then stop for a week or two, then start happening again, and so on. Your advice?
Your 7th grader has a girlfriend. You, a late bloomer, are tongue-tied. What to say?
We study each other, Will and I, across the arc of four generations. Seventy-six years at my end and not yet a week at his.
Tom Prudden jotted the name in his notebook almost as an afterthought. "Uncle Tony." The odds weren't good, but maybe. Maybe this was the relative who would step up and take Charlie, almost 16 and so lost and vulnerable, into his home, ending years in foster care. Though the goal in Charlie's case always was adoption, his chances were slipping away. Many kids who linger in the foster system into their teens "age out" without ever being adopted. When they turn 18, they find themselves on their own without family or much support. If they have developmental delays and disabilities, they can land in group homes.
Q: My new boyfriend wants to go to my son's baseball games with me, but he and my ex-husband have never met and I'm worried there may be a scene. How do you think I should handle this?
The first gender reveal party I attended was in our front hallway. It was what you would call low-key. Our expectant daughter-in-law arrived with a box of homemade cookies. She's not a baker, so my antennae were up.
Getting that perfect emerald shade of frosting for the annual St. Patrick's Day party just got easier. McCormick's "Shamrockin' Treats" food color guide tells you exactly how much of their colors to mix together for the ideal shade of green, whether it's for frosting or tinted cake mix.
Nesting is a word predominately used to describe female behavior prior to giving birth. It can be defined by behaviors such as: getting the house in order, setting up the nursery and creating an ambience in the household to prepare for the arrival of the new baby. But what does nesting mean to me, the dad? And how can it be defined by men?
As a working mom, dinner is always the vexing question: What am I making tonight, and how quickly can I get it on the table? I'm not talking fancy or elaborate - just meals that don't take a lot of time and that my finicky guys (husband and son!) will appreciate.
CHICAGO - Sue Johnson is launching a marriage revolution.
Our lives feel busier than ever - cellphones, tablets and laptops can certainly help us be more efficient, but they also can make us feel like we need to be accessible to everyone all the time. Kids are introduced to technology at a younger age than ever before. Is technology a good thing or a bad thing when it comes to raising our kids? Here are some tips to help parents find balance and set some boundaries around screen time.
The vast majority of pregnancies go problem-free, but for these moms, delivering a healthy baby was a matter of life and death.
Skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace has a lot to be happy about. She recently won her first Olympic silver medal at Sochi. The mother of two was sponsored by AT&T and was involved in their national ad campaign in support of Team USA. Noelle and her family appeared in one commercial for the company, titled "Hours," and she also was in another video for the company discussing her training.
The New York Times reports a new study shows that Hollywood relationship movies can actually help strengthen relationships in the real world. That a "Love Story" intervention is as effective as therapy.
Daylight saving time is here and no doubt you have had trouble with your little one adjusting to the new schedule. Getting them to sleep an hour earlier can be tricky and often in our busy lives we have not had time to do it progressively during the week before. Here are some tips to help get your little one to sleep - even if it is an hour earlier.
Tracy Broshar knew that something was amiss by the fall of 2012. Her longtime partner, Jennifer Small, was only 49 then, but increasingly she was losing track of the details she used to be so good at handling.
If you're looking for a really unusual name, you might not have to look any further than your nearest library.
Everyone likes a fun and healthy dining companion, so this week, invite some mushrooms to dinner. They're fungi! Mushrooms are rich in the mineral selenium, vitamin D and B vitamins riboflavin and niacin. From button to shiitake, all the way to meaty portobellos, mushrooms are fungi that will help you celebrate National Nutrition Month and "enjoy the taste of eating right."
When I meet parents, the first question they ask me is what language their child should learn. I make a rule of not answering that question because I believe language learning is personal. But today I have decided to break my rule because there is one language that all children would benefit from learning, and that language is coding. As technology grows and touches all aspects of our lives, I can see that in the future most students who are going to be successful should have at least a basic understanding of how coding works.