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My meeting Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miller and Parenting

My meeting  Dance Moms,  Abby Lee Miller and Parenting IMG_7852Abby Lee Miller, star of Dance Mom's is the ultimate tiger mom with heart and insight on how to employ tough-love to inspire children to achieve success. “If you want to help your kid reach the top, you can find no better coach than Abby Lee Miller. Some may criticize her methods,  but no one argues with her results. Her kids excel, (at what price)  her teams win and her alumni go on to Broadway careers,” reads the publisher’s description about her new book.IMG_7853

I was curious to meet Abby Lee too. After hearing the good the bad and the ugly  about Abby Lee from my daughter and her friends.  I wanted to meet AbbyLee in person, to see what she was really like. We  purchased tickets $75.00 each, which includes meet and greet, T-Shirt, introduction and photo. The pictures tell the story, but I will tell you my  personnel read on Abby LeeMiller. She looked fabulous, slimmed down, weight loss was well over 50 lbs. She was tanned and very friendly and a beautiful smile. We chatted a bit about parenting and kids. I liked her style, very direct, truthful and upfront. My daughter had her picture with Maddie Ziegler  and Mackenzie Ziegler the girls,  "put her feet together" she instructed . I think she has the knowledge, experience and the drive to push her "BRAND" to a new frontier. IMG_7851

HOWEVER as a mother I do have a problem with depersonalization of girls being depicted or treated as sexual objects. I was gobslapped watching the video of Maddie Ziegler in a cage. I know Abby Lee did not choreograph but still, uncomfortable to watch.

I am all for the arts and creativity, but  I do not like inappropriate imageries  imposed on girls through marketing or products directed at them that encourages them to act in adult sexual ways. Why, after the video "Elastic Heart" starring Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler, choreographed by Ryan Heffington. As a mother I am mad!  After the video was made & launched then everyone  saw the light and realized is was  wrong? They knew exactly what they were doing when making this video. The girls I know who love Dance Moms said this video was "uncomfortable  to watch, and who is the old guy?" The public has spoken, the kids like the dances and AbbyLee yelling at the mothers, the girls who watch do not want to see the sexualization of " Dance Moms"  girls.

 Check outs The hardcover edition of “Everything I Learned about Life, I Learned in Dance Class” is available for pre-order, retailing for $22.99 ($12.99 for eBook) on HarperCollins.com.  

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Parenting Expert Worries for Jolie & Pitt's Gender-Bender Daughter

 

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The decision by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to let their 8-year-old daughter go by the name of John and wear boys' clothes could trigger gender issues down the road, parenting expert Cherie Corso says.

 

"This child needs guidance. Maybe she sees her parents playing different roles and is dressed up and she's playing at a role, but as far as changing her name to John, it's ridiculous," Corso said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"Parents need to guide and protect their children, and Brad and Angelina should not be considered trailblazing for parenthood at all. They live in the happy forest of Hollywood, let's say."

The superstar couple supports their blonde, blue-eyed daughter Shiloh's desire to be called John and wear masculine outfits.

Shiloh recently raised eyebrows as she attended the premiere of her mother's holiday blockbuster, the PG-13 movie "Unbroken," attired in a suit and sporting a boyish haircut.
Corso said that could be harmful.

"I’m all for diversity, but Angelina is running her crew like she's running a movie set. Okay, we need someone transgender, can we pull someone in?" Corso told host Steve Malzberg.

"It's very dangerous what she's doing. I really, truly, as a mom and a parenting expert, my heart goes out to this little girl."

Corso said Jolie's own gender history might play a part.

"Sometimes you have to look back at the parent's relationship with their own mother and father — and I know that Angelina in the news has been bisexual," she said.

"She has been seen French-kissing her brother on the red carpet. I mean, you're not dealing with the traditional mother like myself, so this does cause social and gender confusion."

Yet Shiloh's role-playing may be completely innocent, Corso says.

"She does have two brothers, and maybe she just wants to be one of the guys and maybe she sees the privileges that they're getting and she just might be one of the guys," Corso said.

"But again, I have to stress that this child needs to explore her own identity . . . in a private way."

In a 2010 interview with Vanity Fair, Jolie said of Shiloh's tomboy style: “She likes tracksuits, she likes [regular] suits. So, it’s a suit with a tie and a jacket and slacks, or a tracksuit. She likes to dress like a boy.

"She wants to be a boy, so, we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys’ everything. She thinks she’s one of the brothers.”

In a 2010 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Pitt explained: "She only wants to be called John. John or Peter. So, it's a Peter Pan thing. So, we've got to call her John. 'Shi, do you want . . .' — 'John. I'm John.' And then I'll say, 'John, would you like some orange juice?' And she goes, 'No!' "

Jolie, who has been married three times, is well known for her own gender bending on and off the screen.

She played a bisexual fashion model in the 1998 HBO movie "Gia." She was once hot and heavy with model Jenny Shimizu, saying in a 1997 interview with Girlfriends magazine: "I fell in love with her the first second I saw her."

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Jolie, Pitt Allow Daughter to Dress Like a Boy, Call Her ‘John’

Jolie, Pitt Allow Daughter to Dress Like a Boy, Call Her 'John'

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have made headlines in recent days after their 8-year-old daughter appeared on the red carpet wearing a suit. 

The couple have said in recent years that their daughter, Shiloh, only wants to dress like a boy and insists on being called "John."

Jolie downplayed the issue in 2010, saying, “Some kids wear capes and want to be Superman and she wants to be like her brothers. It’s who she is. It’s been a surprise to us and it’s really interesting, but she’s so much more than that – she’s funny and sweet and pretty.”

On "Fox and Friends" today, we heard a spirited debate about whether a child should be choosing their gender identity at such a young age. 

Lyss Stern, CEO of Divamoms.com, said Jolie and Pitt are doing the right thing by letting Shiloh express herself. She said all parents should make their child "feel comfortable in their own skin."

Anna Kooiman asked how this is any different from a girl playing with toy guns instead of dolls.

Parenting expert Cherie Corso said those are examples of healthy role-playing, but criticized Jolie and Pitt for exposing their daughter to possible "ridicule." 

Stern countered that it's just about "letting a child be a child" at this point.

Corso said the celebrity couple should not be "trailblazers" for parenting, pointing out that they home-school their kids and do not live a traditional lifestyle. 

Watch the debate above. 

During my debate I also quoted our Pope Francis "who are we to judge" I was praised and slammed on  social media because I made reference to my region. To my pleasure, reading the New York Post today I saw this picture of Angelina Jolie meeting with our Pope. AMEN!10931380_10203070194385705_733705813985290750_n awww this Catholic girl is happy! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Give Your Kid a credit Debit card see how quickly they learn about MONEY!

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Mom's, listen up, the best thing I ever did was give my kid a debit card!  Your child will learn more from this then you can even imagine. Some kids just see us pull out our credit cards and wala instant merchandise. I wanted to show the process, as a entrepreneur I encouraged my daughter to "take the challenge" and  start a "FUN" business over  the summer. I took it a step further and gave her a debit card to buy whatever she wanted as long as she was accountable for the money in the account.  The debit card  was in my name, her possession, kept tight in in her  little cupcake wallet in her bag.

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The way you eat your pizza can reveal what type of “lover”or Mayor (Bill de Blasio) you are! By Cherie Corso

The way you eat your pizza can tell what type of "lover" or Mayor (Bill de Blasio) you are! By Cherie Corso


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.. — Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking a beating for using utensils to eat his Goodfella's Pizza during a visit to the Staten Island restaurant Friday afternoon. This cracked me up because I have a whole theory on how to tell what type of lover  a person is by how they eat their pizza.102759067-mayor-bill

I like to think NYC is the pizza capital of the USA,  I see it all in the melting pot of NYC, when it comes to pizza eating. 

1".The FOLDER" taking a slice and bending it: Type of love: not afraid to to take charge and and cover all the bases. I think the "folder" would run the city very well! I hear our former Mayor Bloomberg  only folded his pizza. www.mikebloomberg.com

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