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How Alicia Silverstone Started Potty Training Her 6-Month-Old Son

04/19/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

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Most mothers greatly anticipate—and then struggle with—getting their toddlers out of diapers. But for Alicia Silverstone and her son Bear, almost 3, the process was a much happier one.

The actress and author, whose second book, The Kind Mama, chronicles her pre and postnatal methods for raising healthy babies, utilized elimination communication: a technique in which parents, using cues from babies as young as newborns, help their children use the toilet from the start.

“Just like your baby tells you it needs to eat or it’s tired, they tell you when they need to go to the bathroom,” Silverstone tells PEOPLE. She started using the method with Bear when he was six months old.
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Alicia Silverstone: I’m Raising My Son to Be as Healthy as Possible

04/16/2014 at 10:35 PM ET

In a world of over-sugared, over-stimulated toddlers, Alicia Silverstone says that when it comes to raising her son Bear Blu, 3 next month, she values going back to basics.

Eschewing plastic toys for vintage gardening buckets and sugary snacks for salt-free rice cakes, Silverstone, a vegan for 16 years, says Bear is thriving and has never been sick.

“He loves the food I give him,” Silverstone, 37, tells PEOPLE. Her second book, The Kind Mama, explains her pre and postnatal methods for staying healthy and happy. “He’s not being deprived of anything. For him, having amazing fruit is like candy!”

Conceding that there could potentially be a time that Bear samples some unhealthy (or non-vegan) treats, Silverstone says, “I wouldn’t freak out. It’s all going to be available, I just want him to be the healthiest he can be for as long as possible.”

Alicia Silverstone Bear The Kind Mama
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Ivanka Trump’s Daughter Has Mastered Downward Dog

04/16/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

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Just like mom, Ivanka Trump‘s 2-year-old daughter Arabella loves being active.

Even at her young age, Trump’s elder child (son Joseph was born last October) enjoys partaking in exercise – yoga is apparently her strong suit.

“She’ll grab a mat, lay it down next to mine, and show me her poses,” Trump, 32, tells SHAPE in their May issue. “You should see her downward dog; it’s so sweet.”

Next up for the little one? Golfing this summer.

“It will probably end up with her just picking up the golf ball and throwing it down the fairway, but that’s cool,” Trump says. “In fact, that’s perfect!”
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Jaime King: ‘I Don’t Believe’ in Dieting

04/11/2014 at 07:15 PM ET

Jaime King Body After Baby Diet Donato Sardella/WireImage

It’s only been six months since Jaime King and husband Kyle Newman welcomed their son James Knight and while she’s already returned to her former svelte self, life in general is a lot more family oriented for the star.

“I go hiking with my husband and my son,” the Hart of Dixie actress tells PEOPLE of her desired workout regime. “I just like the bonding time that we have when we do that.”

But just because she is with her family doesn’t mean that she’s not focused on her body.

“I apply all the tricks I learn from Mary Helen Bower‘s Ballet Beautiful DVDs, which I also do,” King says. “When I am pushing the stroller and going on walks it’s like doing Pilates at the same time because you are really using your core and your arms. I just try and be focused when I am doing it.”
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Jamie-Lynn Sigler: Motherhood Is a ‘Test on Every Level’

04/10/2014 at 01:00 PM ET

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Jamie-Lynn Sigler is learning just how hard motherhood is. The new mom calls parenthood “the most rewarding job,” but admits it’s not the easiest.

“It’s really hard — it’s a test on every level. The amount of love is incredible, but it’s difficult,” Sigler, 32, told PEOPLE on Wednesday at the mobile launch of Farm Heroes Saga in New York City.

“You don’t get a lot of sleep, it’s exhausting, you have to be on 24/7, [and] you’ve got to breathe through. It’s amazing that a little thing can cause that much frustration sometimes.”

The Dads guest star spends her time with her 7-month-old son, Beau Kyle, and has been able to witness all his major milestones. Read More

Rob Lowe Has the Secret to Raising Down-to-Earth Kids

04/10/2014 at 11:00 AM ET

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Rob Lowe is more than just an award-winning actor — he’s also a super devoted dad.

The former Parks and Recreation star’s two sons John Owen, 18, and Matthew, 20, are happy, down-to-earth young adults. But how is that possible if they grew up with a Hollywood star for a dad?

“You have to be willing to make some sacrifices,” Lowe said at a Mamarazzi event, hosted by The MOMS of SiriusXM, on Tuesday.

“I moved my kids out of Los Angeles, immediately. I’ve lived in Santa Barbara for 20 years almost. I’ve had my picture taken there three times.”

The move meant making a two-hour commute twice a day to film Parks. Despite the distance, he made a serious effort to be a normal dad, even coaching his sons’ sports teams.

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Jennifer Garner: Ben Affleck Taught Our Son About His ‘Bits’

04/10/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

For Ben Affleck, having a son meant he could impart some special fatherly wisdom at last.

His wife, Jennifer Garner, stopped by the Tonight Show to promote her new movie Draft Day and talk about their kids: Violet, 8, Seraphina, 5, and Samuel, 2. But things got a little more than G-rated when discussing what Affleck, 41, has taught his youngest child.

“He’s so psyched to finally have a boy. He loves his girls, but he’s serious about his son right now,” Garner, 41, told Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday’s episode. “So he taught him about his bits. He taught him about his P and two N’s.”

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