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Co-Parenting Over The Holidays: Lessons From Celebrity Parents

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Co-parenting over the holidays can be tough for anyone. But what happens when the kids choose one parent over the other? And how do you keep the peace?

According to Kate Gosselin, her eight kids with ex-husband Jon Gosselin - 14-year-old twins Mady and Cara and 10-year-old sextuplets Aaden, Alexis, Colin, Hannah, Joel, and Leah – chose her.

Although the brood typically spends Christmas Eve with their father who lives nearby, “They’re at the age now where we ask them,” the reality TV mom told omg!. “So they basically dictate it and they want to be home Christmas and the days surrounding it.”

Something tells me papa Jon is not pleased

And last year, shortly after their split, Seal didn’t spend the holidays with his kids.

The singer’s estranged wife, Project Runway host Heidi Klum, had custody of their four children during their first post-split Christmas.

“We’re going to stay [in LA] possibly,” the former Victoria’s Secret model said of their four children Leni, 10, Henry, 9, Johan, 8, and Lou, 5. “We’re going to get a big Christmas tree and we might go to Disneyland. We go all over the place.”

She added: “My children are everything for me. I’ve always wanted to have a big family. And I’m fortunate enough to have four.”

According to some celebrity parents, co-parenting doesn’t always have to be a struggle over the holidays.

The Office star Angela Kinsey opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about co-parenting with peace over the holidays — and throughout the entire year.

“I like my ex and consider him a good friend,” Kinsey said of ex-husband Warren Lieberstein, with whom she shares 6-year-old daughter Isabel. “We talk everyday regarding our daughter and although we have joint custody, we each visit our daughter every day even when she is at the other’s home.”

And the holidays do not cause any problems for the amicable pair.

“I don’t find it tough to co-parent through the holidays,” Kinsey continued. “We try to pick holiday traditions to do together. We often eat a meal together on Thanksgiving and we always open one gift together on Christmas eve and have breakfast or lunch on Christmas Day. Those little traditions make all the difference for our daughter.”

She added: “I think making the choice that it is about your child and not about you helps you navigate your ego and any bumps along the way.”

And the star of the classic holiday movie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Beverly D’Angelo, opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about co-parenting well with her ex, screen legend Al Pacino.

“We’re great friends,” D’Angelo said of Pacino, whom she shares 13-year-old twins Anton and Olivia. “The basis of our relationship was always a friendship and now 16 years down the line, it remains the same.”

“These children were vey much wanted and it was a purposeful journey we took together,” D’Angelo added. “We reached a point where we decided it would be better not to live together. But we co-parent well. We have a schedule that we follow when the kids are with me and another for when they’re with him. We have a lot of consistency and we’re good friends. We’ve got a 50/50 agreement and I accommodate his work schedule and vice versa.”

So what are her best tips for peaceful co-parenting?

“My best advice for parents who co-parent together, without sounding too cliché, is always acting in the best interest of the children. It’s a cliché because it’s the truth,” D’Angelo shared.

“As a co-parent, you have to remember that what you’re doing is giving your children an example of conflict resolution, and it’s a mighty gift to give to anybody,” she continued. “In this world, the ability to resolve conflicts in a loving and enlightened way is probably the greatest gift you could ever give to anybody. Not everybody sees things the way you do, and it’s important to see the other person’s point of view – to accommodate, to accept a value system that might be different than yours. All that stuff is an example that you’re giving your children.”

She added: “The absolute worst thing you could ever, ever, ever do to your children, is to involve your children with any facet of the personal relationship you may have with your ex. You have to remember that your ex is the person that your children love.”

Here’s wishing you and your families a peaceful holiday season. If you are co-parenting over the holidays, we urge you to keep your kids’ best interest at heart, regardless of the ugliness that may exist between you and your ex.

What’s your best advice for co-parenting over the holidays?

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Giveaway: Sticky Bellies Prize Pack ($64)

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We are giving away the following prize pack from Sticky Bellies (total value: $64):

The Birthday Poster™ from Sticky Bellies is a stylish, customizable birthday keepsake for children of all ages that allows parents to capture an entire year in a single photo. The 24” x 36” poster includes spaces to jot down your little one’s favorite books, songs, foods, and more! The poster is a wonderful photography prop that makes it easy for parents to cherish their child’s memories for years to come.

The Limited Edition by Aloetree™ collection from Sticky Bellies includes 13 stickers (newborn-12 months) that feature adorable animals like owls, penguins, and walruses that add pizazz to any little one’s monthly photos. A portion of the line goes to Chab Dai, an organization that works to end child trafficking.

The Little Trooper collection from Sticky Bellies includes 13 stickers (newborn-12 months) adorned with planes, trucks, and wings that make it easy and fun for parents to record baby’s special first moments.

The Garden Party collection from Sticky Bellies comes in 13 different patterns that include floral prints with adorable mint and coral accents.

Would you love to win this giveaway? Here’s one easy way to enter:

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This contest ends Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 12 am EST. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

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Fashion Blogger Asks 21 Photoshop Experts to Make Her Beautiful

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How does the world measure beauty?

Fashion blogger Marie Southard Ospina set out to discover how different countries define outer beauty.

According to her personal blog Miss Mag, Ospina is all about promoting self-love at any size.

“I try to combine my love of reporting, fashion, feature writing and body positivity into one outlet for women interested in not just plus-size fashion, but self-love, health at every size, self-esteem and size acceptance as a whole,” she writes.

The blogger went on to ask 21 photoshop experts from 18 countries around the world to take a basic, makeup-free image of her in a towel and “make it beautiful.” As you might imagine, the results were very different.

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Dapper or Darling? What Do You Think About Shiloh Jolie-Pitt’s Red Carpet Look?

(L-R) Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, Brad Pitt, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Jane Pitt at The premiere of the Universal Studios film Unbroken at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. December 15, 2014.
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What do you think about Shiloh Jolie-Pitt‘s recent look? Too dapper? Or simply darling?

I’ve been blogging about Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and their six kids -Maddox, 13, Pax, 11, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 8, and 6-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne – for the past six years. And trust me, I’m a huge fan of Brangelina’s brood!

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New Study Says Most Women Don’t Lose Pregnancy Pounds

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The urgency to lose baby weight in Hollywood is almost as serious as an Oscar win.

Who dropped the postpartum pounds the fastest? Who debuted their post-baby body on a magazine cover? How much did she gain during her pregnancy?

MORE: Fat-Shaming Post-Baby Bodies is “An Interesting Statement About Where We Are Socially”

Society seems salacious for this topic, and now, a new study from the University of Chicago supports evidence that pregnancy can be a risk factor for obesity. The study found nearly 75 percent of women weighed more a year after giving birth than they did prior to pregnancy, and many of them became obese. Among women in a normal weight range pre-pregnancy, nearly half kept on more than 10 pounds a year later, while 25 percent retained 20 pounds or more.

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Fashtique: The Latest Online Destination For Fashionistas

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Meet the lovely ladies behind Fashtique, the new online destination for all you fashionistas out there!

Bessma Loussia, a proud mama to 1-year-old son Luca (and currently expecting her second child), and her BFF Sylvia Toma have combined their passion for fashion to create Fashtique.

Fashtique is an online destination, offering the latest fashion trends, expertise, tips and looks where you can shop the stylish fashions from the comfort of your own home.

In addition to being a shopping destination for the most up to date looks for any event, Fashtique offers an exclusive shopping concierge service, to accommodate clients’ needs, and provide them with recommendations, for their ideal wardrobe.

After a personalized wardrobe review, clients will have all access to their contemporary designer pieces. Whether they are shopping for a special occasion, or just want trendy inspirations – they will tailor each outfit for your needs.

Bessma, 28, and Sylvia, 32, exclusively open up to HerScoop about Fashtique and their style evolution since childhood. Continue reading about their passion to help women with fashion…

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