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Kelly Clarkson: Why Date Nights Are ‘Important’ for Parents

04/02/2015 at 03:30 PM ET

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Finding alone time can be hard for new parents — just ask Kelly Clarkson.

“Us moms can get stuck in our houses with the kids,” the singer, 32, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Sometimes it’s really nice to just get outside [and] get your own identity back.”

Clarkson — who gave birth to daughter River Rose last June and is stepmother to her husband Brandon Blackstock‘s children Savannah and Seth — says she enjoys sneaking in “girlie days,” but she loves date night with Blackstock even more.

“As a couple, we think that date nights are important,” the American Idol alum and guest mentor says. “We are both from broken homes and as a result you may not take time for yourselves as a couple. So we love our date nights.”

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Giuliana Rancic on Fertility Struggle: We Lost Our Last Embryo

04/01/2015 at 10:00 AM ET

Giuliana Rancic Fertility Struggle: We Lost Our Last Embryo
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Giuliana Rancic finally speaks out about her Fashion Police controversy, the health problems she’s kept secret, and why she’s become shockingly thin. Subscribe now for instant access to the exclusive interview, only in PEOPLE.

Her struggle with infertility was chronicled on Giuliana Rancic‘s reality show, and now, the E! News host is sharing another devastating personal blow.

Giuliana and her husband Bill, who welcomed son Duke via surrogate in 2012, learned on New Year’s Eve that their surrogate — who was pregnant with their third and last remaining embryo — had miscarried.

“It was painful,” Giuliana, 40, tells PEOPLE. “We were so optimistic with this last embryo. We thought, ‘This is definitely going to work. This is our last shot.’ ”

After Duke, now 2½, was born, the Rancics had three remaining embryos. Two were successfully implanted in their surrogate in 2014; she miscarried weeks later. The latest loss, however, “was the toughest blow,” Giuliana says. “It was a really hard time.”
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Ashley Williams’s Blog: Why I Decided to Have a Home Birth

03/30/2015 at 05:30 PM ET

The path to parenthood was full of decisions for actress Ashley Williams, like whether to deliver at the hospital or have a home birth.

And as she considered her options for welcoming her son into the world, Williams, a certified doula, knew there was one place she wanted to give birth: at home with husband Neal Dodson and a trusted birthing team by her side.

On Oct. 5, the couple became parents to baby boy Gus, who was born at home on the living room floor, surrounded by Williams’ strong support system.

Following the release of a recent study on home births, the new mom and star of the upcoming Jim Gaffigan Show, 36, is sharing six questions other parents should consider when putting together their own birthing plans.

She can be found on Twitter at @imthesmash.

Ashley Williams Dodson pregnant Neal and Ashley Williams Dodson – Courtesy photo

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Britney Spears Is Taking Math Classes to Help Sons with ‘Hard’ Homework

03/27/2015 at 02:45 PM ET

Britney Spears opens up about raising sons, date nights with her new man, and whether she’ll marry again. Subscribe now for an inside look at the popstar’s life now, plus exclusive at-home photos, only in PEOPLE.

Sooner or later, most parents find themselves stumped by their child’s math homework. For Britney Spears, a hands-on mom to sons Sean Preston, 9, and Jayden James, 8, the moment has arrived.

“They go to a really hard school, and this week we had three hours of homework [a night],” the popstar tells PEOPLE in this week’s at-home cover story. “Some of it is hard for me. Next year when [Preston’s] in fifth grade, he’s going to be doing pre-algebra, and I’m taking classes so I know how to do it!”

As Mom brushes up on math, the kids have their own incentive to do well. “Homework is a priority, and we have a reward system that helps motivate them,” she says. “If they get so many A’s, they get one toy a month.”

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Jordana Brewster on Son Julian: ‘I’m in Awe Every Day’

03/25/2015 at 11:00 AM ET

When it comes to mothering her 18-month-old son Julian, actress Jordana Brewster has learned it’s important not to take things too seriously.

“I think often times people don’t talk about the fact that it’s really, really hard to juggle and you don’t really feel like you’re doing things 100 percent correct,” Brewster, 34, tells PEOPLE. “But I’m constantly reminding myself to cut myself some slack.”

Though the Furious 7 star doesn’t have much time to worry about that.

“What’s so wonderful about motherhood is that you’re constantly busy,” she says. “There’s so much to do and I don’t miss idle time at all.”

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At Home with Britney Spears and Her Boys

03/25/2015 at 08:00 AM ET

Britney Spears opens up about raising sons, date nights with her new man, and whether she’ll marry again. Subscribe now for an inside look at the popstar’s life now, plus exclusive at-home photos, only in PEOPLE.

A hit Las Vegas show. Two happy, rambunctious boys. A hot new boyfriend who adores her. In short: life for Britney Spears has never been better.

“I’m the happiest I’ve ever been,” Spears, 33, tells PEOPLE in this week’s exclusive at-home cover story.

While her long-running Planet Hollywood residency is a big hit — the show has grossed nearly $50 million in ticket sales in a little more than a year — the superstar’s true passion is being a mother to Sean Preston, 9, and Jayden James, 8. “My kids come first in my life, bottom line,” says Spears, who shares parenting duties with her ex-husband, Kevin Federline.

As a hands-on mom, Spears has a lengthy to-do list: play dates, soccer games, gymnastics lessons and up to three hours of homework a night. “Homework is a priority,” she says. “We have a reward system that helps motivate them: if they get so many As, they get one toy a month.”

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Melissa Joan Hart: I Let My Sons Embrace Their Own Clothing Styles

03/24/2015 at 10:00 AM ET

Last August, we got a sneak peek at Melissa Joan Hart‘s new project: her cool clothing collection for boys.

Now the mom of three has officially launched her line, King of Harts, just in time for the warmer weather — and we couldn’t be more excited.

The actress, 38, has made her designing debut in the kiddie market with a sea of surfer-inspired duds — including chic button-downs, cargo shorts and fun graphic tees — that have already received the seal of approval from Hart and husband Mark Wilkerson‘s three boys, Tucker, 2½, Brady, 7, and Mason, 9.

After the launch, the mom of three caught up with PEOPLE to discuss everything from the adorable collection and her boys’ favorite pieces to clothing wars and her sons’ recent milestones.

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