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Julie Bowen Working Mother

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As a mom-of-three, Julie Bowen‘s got a good grip on motherhood, but that hasn’t stopped her from picking up a few parenting pointers from her Modern Family character, Claire.

“[I’ve learned] that being your kids’ best friend is not always the best parenting choice. It’s not about everybody being happy all the time,” the two-time Emmy winning actress tells Working Mother of raising her sons, Oliver, 6, and fraternal twins John and Gus, 4.

“It’s about setting limits. In my house that makes my kids very unhappy, like tantrums-on-the-ground-twice-a-day unhappy. But the limits are set.”

But while juggling three boys isn’t always easy – she likens the task to “running a small army” – Bowen, 43, admits one of her greatest challenges came after welcoming her first son.

“I think going from zero to one was hardest because of the mental difference between all of your time being your own to there being a living being you now have to consider first,” she explains.

As her kids continue to grow, Bowen has been spending less time away from home, concentrating on mandatory commitments while opting out of extra activities. “I’m discovering that my kids now notice more when I’m gone, that they want more time and attention,” she says. “So I shorten trips to a bare minimum or just don’t go at all.”

Fortunately for the family of five, when Mom is away, Dad is always up to play! “He writes software so he has an office in our house,” Bowen says of her husband Scott Phillips.

“Essentially he’s always there for the kids, even when he’s off duty and the door is closed and he’s working. He’s definitely the element of consistency our children need.”

– Anya Leon

In the August issue of Allure, Kate Moss shares the style rules she lives by. No. 1: No Sweats. “I try to be a little chic,” says the supermodel.

No. 2: No tan lines on top. “I don’t mind a bikini bottom. My husband likes lines on the bum. Men like white bums. [But] I try not to have a white boob.”

And along with her fashion and beauty musts, Moss also reveals a fun little nugget about daughter Lila. Apparently, the 10-year-old can do a mean impression of Anne Hathaway‘s character, Andy Sachs, from The Devil Wears Prada.

Kate Moss and daughter Lila Grace


Kate Moss and daughter Lila Grace

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“She’s got a desk in her room with a phone … She puts a little outfit on and picks up the phone: ‘Hello, Miranda Priestly’s office.’

I say, ‘Lila, do you know who Miranda Priestly is in real life?’ But she just doesn’t care,” says the proud mom.

“She’s like, ‘Hello, Miranda Priestly’s office. Can you hold? Patrick Demarchelier on the line!’ I died when I heard her do it. So funny. She doesn’t have a clue who she is, but it’s word for word.”

Talk about adorable! We have no doubt little Lila will be taking the fashion world by storm soon – just like her mom did years ago.

Shanelle Rein-Olowokere

Pink True Love Video Daughter Willow

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Pink was once terrified of becoming a mom – until her daughter Willow Sage, 2, was born.

In an interview for the August issue of GQ Australia, the “True Love” singer admits her rocky relationship with her own mother left her with doubts on whether she ever wanted children with husband, Carey Hart.

But the couple’s little girl has since “totally rearranged” her outlook on having a family.

“I had moments where I wanted a kid with Carey. You know – you fall in love and you’re like, ‘We should have kids,’ and then it went away,” Pink, 33, says.

“But he always wanted kids and then we did it and now it’s like, ‘F-, this is so rad.’ It’s more important than anything we’ve done.”

Pink – who’s scheduled to perform 46 shows in Australia for her The Truth About Love tour – loves to start her day with a cuddle from Willow – the “best thing in the world,” she says – and hints that her toddler is already taking after her sassy mama.

“She’s the coolest thing that has ever happened to me – she’s really f– cheeky and funny,” says the singer. “Now I have someone to sing goofy-ass songs to all day and she likes it. She’s not judging me. She’s probably the only person who doesn’t judge me.”

Despite her incredible success, Pink is quick to point out that while she’s come a long way in some aspects of her life, in others she’s still the same person she was before making it big.

“My life hasn’t changed that much. I mean, I could do without the paparazzi taking photos of my child. But I tour, I write songs, I go through the same s- as everybody else,” she explains.

“I’ve never enveloped myself in that, ‘I’m a f– rockstar, I’m important,’ thing. I don’t get it – either you’re a good person or you’re not.”

– K.C. Blumm

Lisa Loeb New Album No Fairy Tale

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It’s been almost 20 years since the release of her smash hit, but Lisa Loeb just couldn’t “stay” away from the pop rock scene any longer. The singer released her new album, No Fairy Tale, in January.

“I’d been working on a couple of grown up projects — writing songs for two different records — but the projects were going on for a long time,” Loeb, 44, tells PEOPLE.

But a phone call from New Found Glory‘s Chad Gilbert gave Loeb the push she needed to return to the recording studio and make the magic happen. “Chad was more immediate. ‘You wanna do this record? Let’s start now,’ not, ‘Let’s plan and start talking,’” she says.

“As soon as he could, we got together and going through some of my songs I’d written recently and writing [our own].”

Loeb’s long absence, however, has been filled with plenty of chart-topping moments in her personal life, including her marriage to Roey Hershkovitz and the births of the couple’s two children, Lyla Rose, 3, and Emet Kuli, 8 months.

Paired with the launch of her eyewear collection and her decision to branch out into the children’s market — she’s written a kids book and recorded two kiddie albums — Loeb has been busy keeping up with it all, but still manages to find time to tune into the music industry.

“He works in music on Conan. He has a lot of access to seeing all the new bands, so sometimes I’ll pop over there and see something going on,” she explains. “But when you wake up at six in the morning with a baby, the idea of staying out until 2 a.m. is not really practical.”

Fortunately, her toddler‘s taste in music is yet another opportunity for Loeb to reconnect with the rocker realm. “My daughter’s favorite bands are the Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin,” the mom-of-two says, adding that Lyla “listens to what we listen to” — under one condition.

“Some songs that are sad, she gets really emotional. She may ask us to change the song because it’s too sad,” Loeb shares. “We listen to all kinds of stuff … a lot of alternative and classic rock.”

Luckily for Loeb, her role in motherhood has given her a glimpse into what music kids can relate to — and which songs have adults running for the hills.

“I think the most important thing to do is to tell stories that are very specific and allow yourself to be imaginative, but the lyrics are very visual and specific,” she explains. “It should sound like a well-produced record – it should never talk down to kids because that’ll drive parents crazy.”

– Anya Leon with reporting by Carlos Greer

Nick Lachey Camden Pre Grammy Party

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Nick Lachey‘s son Camden John is about to have a major break through: his first tooth!

“Literally today we found a little bit of blood on the towel he was chewing on, so I think we’re about to see his first tooth,” the singer, 39, told PEOPLE at Friday’s 16th annual Friends ‘N’ Family Pre-Grammy party in Los Angeles, Calif

“He’s been teething for awhile, but we haven’t seen a tooth. That’s pretty exciting.”

But soon the Lachey family will be seeing a lot more than baby boy’s first set of chompers; The 5-month-old will become quite the traveling tot when his father’s band, 98 Degrees, reunites in May for their first tour in over a decade.

“Camden will be on tour for sure. I’m not going to spend 2 months away from my son. That would be tragic,” Lachey, whose new solo album Father’s Lullaby – which was inspired by Camden – will be available in March, says.

Before the gang gears up for life on the road, Lachey and his wife Vanessa are looking forward to connecting with couple time this Valentine’s Day, a priority on the new dad’s agenda.

“You obviously have to kind of rethink plans with the little one at home,” he explains. “You still got to celebrate. You still got to take that moment to recognize each other. It all started with that — you don’t want to lose sight of it.”

– Anya Leon

Giada De Laurentiis Jade Still Believes in Santa

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The tree’s done. The stockings are hung. Giada De Laurentiis and her family — husband Todd Thompson and their daughter Jade Marie — are officially ready to host the holidays.

“Christmas Eve is the big tradition in an Italian family. It’s when my entire family gets together,” the newest face of Clairol tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“This year, for the first time, it will be held at my house … so Jade and I and my husband are very excited.”

On the menu for the family festivities is “a big fish dinner,” one that no doubt Jade will help her mother to prepare. After all, adds the celebrity chef, she is the unofficial taste tester.

“My daughter loves to cook. We have a lot of laughs together. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and she loves hanging out with me,” De Laurentiis, 42, shares. “The reason she loves it so much is because she can stick her finger in everything and taste it as she goes along.”

Once the big dinner is done with, and the evening starts to wind down, De Laurentiis and Jade will start to prepare for the night’s biggest guest to arrive: Santa Claus. At 4 -years-old, her little girl is still a strong believer in the magic of it all, notes her proud mama.

“She leaves him little treats — for the reindeer and for him too — and she’s very much a believer in Santa,” De Laurentiis says. “I hope she’ll be a believer for a long time, I think it’s really fun for kids to be able to do that.”

Recently, the pair sat down to write out Jade’s wish list, but after much pleading on Jade’s part over the past few weeks, it’s no surprise as to what she hopes to find under the tree this year.

“The one thing she keeps asking me for over and over again is clip-on earrings. She must have seen them on somebody else, but she has asked me for clip-on earrings for the past month,” De Laurentiis notes. “I am on a mission to find clip-on earrings for her because I don’t think she’ll ever forgive me if I don’t.”

But based on her newly transformed play space, the “girly girl’s” specific accessory request should come as no surprise.

“She’s opened up her own little salon in her playroom. She gives free makeovers, she curls people’s hair and gives them little manicures as well,” De Laurentiis says. “I’ve always been a girly girl my whole life — maybe she will, maybe she won’t — but it’s a lot of fun to play with her right now.”

– Anya Leon with reporting by Kate Hogan

Jenna Bush Hager Expecting First Child

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When it came to welcoming her first child, Megan Fox was prepared for the delivery to be a labor of love.

But one contraction later, and the actress’s dreams of being drug-free went out the window.

“It hurts so bad. It was so intense,” Fox, 26, told Access Hollywood during a press junket for her new movie, This Is 40.

“And I thought I was gonna be really tough and make it, I was going to labor to eight centimeters … but the first contraction I got was horrific!”

And with the pain level shooting sky-high from the start, Fox wasn’t shy about voicing her demands for medication to husband Brian Austin Green.

“I was screaming for an epidural when [Brian] was driving me to the hospital because my water broke on its own and immediately — it was level orange pain alert,” she recalls.

But, despite the unbearable pain, the first-time mom wanted to feel (and look!) her best for her baby boy’s big arrival.

“I was trying to blow dry my hair before I went to the hospital because I didn’t want to go to the hospital with wet hair,” she explains with a laugh.

Fortunately, all the pain — and primping! — paid off in a big way when the couple welcomed now 10-week-old Noah Shannon.

“It’s exhausting, but it’s amazing and you can’t — until you have kids — imagine how much you could possibly love a human being,” she shares of her “super cute” son.

“It’s really intense and really overwhelming and amazing.”

– Anya Leon

Josh Lucas: Sleep Training Was 'Incredibly Difficult'

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No amount of tears, tantrums or extreme tiredness can deter new dad Josh Lucas from reveling in his most important role.

“Everyone says it’s the greatest adventure you’ll ever have and I’m amazed at how much I’m loving it,” the actor told PEOPLE during MoMA‘s benefit honoring Quentin Tarantino on Monday in New York City.

Recently, Lucas and his wife Jessica Henriquez set out to sleep train 5-month-old Noah Rev — and not even a week of wailing could affect his mood.

“It was incredibly difficult. The child is enraged and hates you,” the first-time father admits. “And yet you’re totally sleep-deprived and amazed by the experience — even when he’s screaming — of what you’re going through.”

Calling fatherhood a “beautiful thing,” Lucas has been busy bonding with his baby boy, including taking his son to see Wreck-It Ralph, Noah’s first movie theater experience.

“I took him to a Tiny Tots screening, which is where you’re allowed to bring your baby,” Lucas, 41, shares.

“He sat there with his mouth wide open. He literally watched 15 minutes with his mouth agape and then passed out like he’d been shot.”

– Anya Leon with reporting by Michelle Ward

Adriana Lima Pregnant In Pirelli Calendar

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Whether daughter Willow is whipping it back and forth or cutting it all off, Jada Pinkett Smith is committed to allowing her daughter wear her hair any way she chooses.

The actress and mom of two took to her Facebook page to address critics of her parenting style, particularly those who questioned why she “let” her 12-year-old chop off her locks and sport a super-short style a few months ago.

“This is a world where women, girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination,” she writes.

Pinkett Smith, also mother to Jaden, 14, continues: “Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair.”

She also added that “even little girls have the RIGHT to own themselves and should not be a slave to even their mother’s deepest insecurities, hopes and desires.”

And it sounds like she has husband Will Smith‘s full support. “When you have a little girl, it’s like how can you teach her that you’re in control of her body?” the actor told Parade earlier this year.

“If I teach her that I’m in charge of whether or not she can touch her hair, she’s going to replace me with some other man when she goes out in the world.”

Shakthi Jothianandan

Larry Birkhead: Why I Let Dannielynn Model

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With his daughter’s modeling debut for GUESS Kids drawing a variety of reactions, Larry Birkhead is setting the record straight.

According to the 6-year-old‘s dad, his decision to allow Dannielynn Hope to be involved in the campaign was motivated by the opportunity to let his little girl bond with her late mother — and iconic GUESS model — Anna Nicole Smith.

“Dannielynn has always looked up to her mom’s image and said that her mom’s an angel,” Birkhead told Good Morning America on Tuesday.

“I think that this is kind of Dannielynn’s way of paying tribute to her mom in her own special way.”

And now that she has seemingly spent time following in her famous mama’s footsteps, Dannielynn — who was only five months old when her mother passed away — is soaking up the sweet experience.

“To see her mom’s picture next to hers as a GUESS girl and say, ‘Hey, I was a GUESS Kids girl and my mommy was a Guess girl,’ that might be her only connection with her mom,” Birkhead explains.

But, despite dipping her toes in the fashion industry, Dannielynn will not be making a career out of modeling — at least not for now.

“My goal for her is for her to be a child and just do what all kids do,” he says.

– Anya Leon

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