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Soleil Moon Frye Agrees It Takes a Village to Raise Children: By My Third Baby I Was ‘Throwing Him into People’s Arms’

09/22/2016 at 01:00 PM ET

As a mom, it can be hard to relinquish control when it comes to raising kids — but even the stars have learned that sometimes it’s okay to accept help.

Garcelle Beauvais, Soleil Moon Frye, Molly Sims and Haylie Duff got together for PEOPLE’s Mom Talk video series, which is now live on PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network, to discuss when they do — and don’t — take advice from other moms.

“I believe in it takes a village,” Beauvais, 48, admits, “so I love when I get help from my friends, strangers.”

It’s a sentiment Frye — mom to daughters Poet Sienna Rose, 11, and Jagger Joseph Blue, 8½, and sons Lyric Sonny Roads, 2½, and Story, 4 months — definitely echoes.

“I’ll take all the help I can get. The first time, I held on to the baby and wouldn’t let anybody else hold her,” she says, laughing. “Now I’m like, ‘Please take him.’ My third child, I’m throwing him into people’s arms.”

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Molly Sims Admits She Gained 85 Lbs. During First Pregnancy: I ‘Had a Bad Thyroid Problem’

09/20/2016 at 08:00 AM ET

Molly Sims admits she struggled with weight gain during her pregnancy, as well as thyroid issues that went undiagnosed.

“No one tells you what’s going to happen,” Sims says to a group of celebrity moms, including Haylie Duff, Garcelle Beauvais and  Soleil Moon Frye, who got together for PEOPLE’s Mom Talk video series, which is now live on PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network.

“With my first pregnancy, I ended up gaining 85 lbs. and had a bad thyroid problem that no one diagnosed throughout the whole pregnancy until four months later,” Sims, who is pregnant with her third child, adds.
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How Lindsay Davenport’s Mom Handled Her Wanting to Quit Tennis: I Just Wanted to Be ‘with My Friends’

08/18/2016 at 02:00 PM ET

Lindsay Davenport isn’t known for being a quitter. If she was, she sure wouldn’t have won gold at the 1996 Summer Olympics  in Atlanta.

But on the newest episode of PEOPLE’s Mom Talk, she admits that she wasn’t always so dedicated.

“I remember my mom, one time … I said I wanted to quit,” says the former tennis superstar, now 40. “I was 14, probably top three or four in the nation. And [my mom was] like, ‘Okay, well then, tomorrow we’re going to water polo or basketball or [something else]. You’ve gotta do a sport.’

“I was like, ‘Well, no, no, I just want to stay home!’ ” Davenport adds. ” ‘I just want to [be] with my friends!’ ”

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Lindsay Davenport Says You Have to ‘Get Creative’ When Kids Want to Quit a Sport

08/18/2016 at 01:50 PM ET

On the latest episode of PEOPLE’s Mom Talk, 1996 Atlanta Games tennis champ Lindsay Davenport admits her parents had to start her early to make the sport a foundation of her life.

“Here I was, at 6 … to get me out of the house, my mom put me at a local club to start playing tennis, and I loved it so much,” says Davenport, who’s now 40 and a mother of four. “I would go and play and I’d come home and hit against the garage and they’d yell at me to stop [because] it was too loud. Then my sisters would yell at me.

“I always feel so lucky because [being in tennis] just came by chance, and I got to find my true passion in life,” she adds.

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Olympian Ashleigh Johnson’s Mom Says Her Kids Are Grateful She Insisted on Swim Lessons: ‘Every Day It Was a New Excuse’

08/12/2016 at 02:30 PM ET

For 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Water Polo Team goalie Ashleigh Johnson, there’s always been one person in her life who wasn’t going to let her lose her passion for something she loved.

“Now that [my kids] are older, they say, ‘Mommy, we’re really glad you insisted that we swam,’ ” Ashleigh’s mom Donna Johnson tells two other mothers of Olympians (and one former Olympian, Lindsay Davenport) on PEOPLE’s Mom Talk.

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Lindsay Davenport: My 9-Year-Old ‘Plays Tennis Every Day for Many Hours’

08/12/2016 at 10:00 AM ET

Lindsay Davenport has a longtime love — and obvious talent for — tennis.

But when it comes to her four children, finding the balance between exposing them to different activities and wanting to encourage them toward their sport of choice is difficult.

“My 9-year-old plays tennis every day for many hours, but each season I make him do one team sport,” the 1996 Summer Olympics gold medalist shares on PEOPLE’s Mom Talk. “But he fights me on it. He doesn’t want to do it — he just wants to play tennis.

“But I’m not giving in yet,” she adds with a laugh.

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Rita Wieber Wonders at What Age Children Should Specialize in a Sport: Jordyn ‘Had to Settle into Just Gymnastics’ Early

08/12/2016 at 09:45 AM ET

The women on the latest edition of PEOPLE’s Mom Talk discuss that when their kids were very young, they wanted to make sure they were well-rounded in the world of athletics.

But at some point, they realized that to be top in one sport, they would have to steer them in that direction. The trouble, though, was figuring out when that should happen.

“When my kids were little, it seemed like we’d let them get involved in a number of different sports,” says Rita Wieber, whose daughter Jordyn Wieber is a former Olympian who helped her team win gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

“And then Jordyn had to settle into just gymnastics at a certain point,” Rita continues of her daughter, who recently turned 21. “Because if you want to go to a higher level, you can’t really do a lot of different things.”

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