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Laila Ali DesignCare

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She went her entire boxing career undefeated, winning 21 of her matches by knockout, but it looks like Laila Ali has finally met her match.

In this corner, at two years old, undisputed diaper belt champ of the world, Sydney J.

“Sydney is paying me back for all the hard times that I gave my mother, trust me,” Ali, 35, tells PEOPLE, while attending this weekend’s 15th Annual DesignCare benefiting The HollyRod Foundation.

“She is paying me back, and everyone says, ‘Hey, that was you!’ because I treated my mom bad in my teens, but Sydney just has a lot of energy. She has her own mind and she is going to do whatever she wants to do.”

And as far as Sydney is concerned, doing what she wants to do rarely blends with what her mother wants her to do.

“She’s like, ‘No!!’ Everything is, ‘No!!'” Ali says. “She just pushes me to the limit, where I am always trying to find new ways to discipline [her] so that she can understand that she can’t do certain things.”

Every parent knows the difficulty attached to navigating through those terrible twos, but as far as Ali is concerned, her daughter has taken being a toddler tyrant to a new level, one that amuses even while it exasperates, but invariably leaves the busy mama searching for answers.

“Am I going to count her down?! Am I going to give her a time out?! Am I going to take her bunny?!” Ali says to PEOPLE while letting out a bewildered laugh before asking, “What am I going to do? Because with her, everything stops working.”

Well, almost everything.

“I give her M&Ms,” admits the stunning Ali. “That’s a pay-off. I will say, ‘Sydney, I will give you a piece of chocolate.’ And that is bad! I love the girl to death, don’t get me wrong, but she tries me!”

– Reagan Alexander

Pink: My Daughter Is 'Fierce,' but Don't Call Them the Terrible Twos

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When you’re Pink‘s daughter, you’re not going to be a shrinking violet.

And indeed, the singer says her little girl Willow already has a strong personality – and that’s just fine with mom.

“She’s fierce. We need our girls to be fiery,” Pink, 34, said Monday at the Los Angeles premiere of Thanks for Sharing, in which Pink – credited as Alecia Moore, her real name – makes her movie-acting debut.

Willow turned 2 in June. So, would these be the terrible twos?

“Oh, I don’t call them terrible. I think she’s tender,” says Pink. “She has opinions. And my challenge right now is, ‘Don’t laugh,’ because she gets pissed when I laugh. She means it, and I’m laughing. I’m, like, downplaying her emotions. She’s so cute! ‘Don’t look at me, mama! Don’t talk to me, mama!’ Okay!”

Willow isn’t quite old enough to appreciate her mom’s music, but she’s getting there.

“She likes ‘Try’ and ‘Just Give Me a Reason.’ The rest, take it or leave it, she doesn’t care,” Pink reveals.

Meanwhile, the pop star is still pinching herself that she got a role in Thanks for Sharing. “Tim Robbins and Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow and Josh Gad, Joely Richardson. I’m like, okay, why me?” she says. “You want me to do the soundtrack?”

– Gabrielle Olya and Tim Nudd

Melissa Joan Hart: I Want Another Baby

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Melissa Joan Hart says that maintaining her post-baby weight loss is “a struggle” – but not necessarily one she wants to get involved in.

The mother of three boys admits that following the birth of her youngest son Tucker in September, she felt the need to drop the dress sizes.

“Immediately after having babies everyone is talking about how quickly they can lose the weight. Really, who cares?” she told PEOPLE at last Wednesday’s Operation Shower event, sponsored by Carousel Designs and held in New Jersey.

Hart, who hosted the event which gifts military moms-to-be with baby shower essentials, feels the pressure growing as her son gets older, adding that “as he reaches a year I have less and less excuses to not maintain myself.”

Instead of stressing out in the quest to stay svelte, the actress, 37, who achieved her goal with the help of NutriSystem, urges new moms to “celebrate and enjoy that time in your life, but try to be healthy for the children.”

That goes for other celebrity moms too. When Kate Middleton stepped out to debut baby George with her mommy tummy in full view, Hart’s immediate reaction was one of gratitude.

“Thank God! That’s what it’s supposed to be! You still look pregnant for about six weeks, maybe longer. My boys were asking me if I was having another baby a few months after!” she shares.

The level-headed mom will also soon be able to share her motherly wisdom with good friend Soleil Moon Frye, who recently announced she is expecting her third child.

Hart says Frye, who costarred with her on the hit series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, had tried to share her exciting news in person. “I was on vacation and she was trying to get me to fly back home so she could tell me. I figured it would happen soon. She’s a baby-lover, like me,” she explains.

The star of ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey wouldn’t rule out having another baby, but not for the reason most people would presume.

“I would like a fourth – but it’s not because I want a girl,” she says of the public’s desire to see her have a daughter.

Although her sons – Mason, 7 , and Brady, 5 – wouldn’t mind a little sister. “Mason, my eldest, is like, ‘We have to have a girl, we need things to soften up around here.'”

Hart, however, has her own methods for making sure her little boys are in touch with their feminine side. “I’ve been making them watch My Little Pony, so it’s all good,” she jokes.

– Susannah Guthrie

Vanessa Lachey Jokes: Nick Would Be Willing to Nurse

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She’s got a new job on the sitcom Dads, but Vanessa Lachey is also busy planning not one but two birthday parties – for her son, Camden John, and husband, Nick.

“The same year I’m planning my son’s first birthday, I’m also planning my husband’s 40th birthday [in November], so it’s been quite an interesting process [with] different scales of things,” the actress, 32, told PEOPLE at the TCAs.

“I’m planning over here what kind of wine we’re gonna have and the liquor, and over here I’m like, streamers and beach balls!”

Sitting with her castmates, Tonito Castro and Brenda Song, from the Seth McFarlane sitcom (which premieres on Fox on Sept. 17), Lachey says that her life as a working mom is a dream come true.

“I had one of those Oprah aha moments. Literally when I started at MTV and someone said, ‘Ten years from now, where do you see yourself?'” she recalls.

“I remember vividly saying these three things: I see myself married to a great guy. Check – thank goodness! With at least two or three kids – one is good for now, as I’m learning I’ll take that slowly. And to have a multicam sitcom, because I think there’s something beautiful about being able to come into people’s homes and entertain them once a week.”

But in the Lachey home, it’s little Camden – who turns one on Thursday – who’s the entertainer.

“He loves to dance, he loves music,” Lachey says. “He loves the water – the pool, swimming, the beach – to the point that when we give him water and try to sign ‘Drink, drink,’ he literally puts his face in the cup and starts [acting] like he wants to go swimming.”

She adds, “But I won’t do a pool party for his first birthday ’cause I feel like we have the rest of his life to do pool parties. He’s 1, this one’s for Mom and Dad.”

– K.C. Blumm with reporting by Michele Stueven

Ali Larter Health Magazine cover

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When Ali Larter was pregnant with her son Theodore Hayes back in 2010, the Obsessed actress gained 45 pounds – and unlike many Hollywood starlets, Larter says the post-pregnancy pounds didn’t drop off easily.

“A lot of women say that they breastfeed and the pounds come right off,” Larter, 37, says in the September issue of Health.

“For women who gain 25 pounds, that’s probably true … I gained 45 pounds. Mine came off at about five months, after working out a lot and doing a food delivery service,” she says.

The actress, whose cookbook Kitchen Revelry is due out next month, also tells the magazine that postpartum weightloss and toning is a whole different ballgame.

“It’s hard to impress me with a body that hasn’t had a baby. Have a baby and then let’s talk,” she jokes.

Still, Larter says there are few things she enjoys more than a good get-together – especially one she’s hosting!

“I can’t go a month without throwing a dinner party,” she says. “For me, entertaining has become a metaphor for life. If you mess up, laugh at it and order pizza. What’s important is putting yourself out there.”

And she’s also not too hard on herself when she gives into temptation and has some dessert.

“Like most women, I can’t eat half a brownie. It’s just not who I am,” she confesses. “I go for it, and then I try to be better. You have to enjoy life, right?”

– Lee Hernandez

Jimmy Fallon Today Show

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What’s in a name? A whole lot if you’re Jimmy Fallon.

Fallon says his 3-week-old daughter Winnie Rose was named in part after the lake where he and his wife, Nancy Juvonen Fallon, vacationed together every summer and were engaged: New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee.

“We were talking about different names. You over-think names – you don’t want a name that’s been done, but then you don’t want something so weird people are like, ‘What?!’ Winnipesaukee’s a little long,” the Late Night host, 38, joked on TODAY Tuesday. “Also she’s a ‘win’ for us.”

He added that the correlation with the character from The Wonder Years isn’t so bad either.

“Winnie from The Wonder Years is the coolest girl on TV ever,” he said.

The couple welcomed their daughter via surrogate last month after struggling with fertility.

“We tried for a long time – five years. I know people have tried much longer but if anyone out there is trying and losing hope, just hang in there. Try every avenue, try anything you can do. You’ll get there. You’ll end up with a family. It is the most worth it thing. I’m just so happy right now, I’m freaking out.”

Glowing like a proud parent, he added: “I just love her. She’s a little angel. She’s so cute and so fun. Little girls especially unlock something in your heart.”

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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

Claire Danes Homeland

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Claire Danes may spend her days crying on the Homeland set, but the Emmy-winning actress has no problems leaving her character’s problems behind thanks to her son Cyrus Michael Christopher.

“The material is very dark and it is so nice to come home and be jarred out of that state by this buoyant butterball – this bundle of love,” Danes, 34, told reporters Monday at Showtime’s Summer Television Critics Association tour in Beverly Hills.

“I have this beautiful little boy to just kind of go ‘bing’ and just erase it all very quickly.”

Danes and husband Hugh Dancy welcomed baby Cyrus in December. And despite telling Elle she “would make a lousy stay-at-home mom,” the actress now confesses she was nervous to return to work earlier this year for her hit show’s third season.

“I was anxious about returning. I was so in my cozy mommy bubble and I had all sorts of exaggerated fears,” she says. “But it has been great.”

After she wraps the current season of Homeland, Danes says she will join her husband in Toronto where he is filming his NBC drama Hannibal.

“It will be my turn to be holding down the domestic fort,” Danes explains. “We feel so fortunate that we get to work in tandem like this. There is, like, a month overlap but basically it is ‘his turn, my turn.'”

For now, Danes is enjoying bringing her son with her to set. “[Our director Lesli Linka Glatter] will hold him and direct,” she says. “She’s literally bobbing him [in her arms] and says, ‘Action.’ It’s very cool. It’s very sweet.”

– Patrick Gomez

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

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