That's what SHE said: Luvvie on Beyoncés Lemonade, 49 phrases to calm an anxious child, tips to boost your marriage and lay off your kids' "success," a judge defines empathy with a US vet, a bride's photography PSA, why you can't throw away your clutter and more...







In case you missed it, Awesomely Luvvie breaks it all down..."Because what Beyoncé did here was break out of whatever artistic chains she had herself in before. She even threw in a country song "Daddy’s Issues." More importantly, she is breaking the wall she’s built between her, THE FLAWLESS BRAND and the people who consume her music. Bey is at her most vulnerable and transparent ever, to even do this project. She is pulling back the curtains from what has been a relatively controlled persona. She has been the untouchable, and people lust after her life. We all know nothing is perfect but few things have led us to think that about Bey’s personal life. Now, she is not only opening the door, she’s basically having a townhall meeting about her marriage, even if it’s in hypotheticals."

KIDS' REACTIONS TO MUSEUMS | howtobeadad.com

The funny, the inspiring, the delicious, the inappropriate.

SEVEN PARENTING BEHAVIORS THAT STOP CHILDREN FROM BEING SUCCESSFUL | brightside.me

Let them take risks and don't rush into rescue them. Mind your exaggerations and turn off your own need for self-validation..."4.We let guilt get in the way of leading well ...Your child does not have to love you every minute. Your kids will get over the disappointment, but they won’t get over the effects of being spoiled. So tell them «no» or «not now,» and let them fight for what they really value and need . As parents, we tend to give them what they want when rewarding our children, especially with multiple kids. When one does well in something, we feel it’s unfair to praise and reward that one and not the other. This is unrealistic and misses an opportunity to enforce the point to our kids that success is dependent upon our own actions and good deeds. Be careful not to teach them a good grade is rewarded by a trip to the mall. If your relationship is based on material rewards, kids will experience neither intrinsic motivation nor unconditional love."


49 PHRASES TO CALM AN ANXIOUS CHILD | psychcentral.com

...or any mom... "3. “Let’s pretend we’re blowing up a giant balloon. We’ll take a deep breath and blow it up to the count of 5." If you tell a child to take a deep breath in the middle of a panic attack, chances are you’ll hear, “I CAN’T!” Instead, make it a game. Pretend to blow up a balloon, making funny noises in the process. Taking three deep breaths and blowing them out will actually reverse the stress response in the body and may even get you a few giggles in the process."

HOW DO YOU KEEP UP YOUR RELATIONSHIP AFTER KIDS | cupofjo.com

Love some of these fresh tips from Joanna Goddard..."Go on date nights with friends. Whenever we’re out with other people, I see Alex with fresh eyes. He’ll tell an anecdote with a new twist, or he’ll talk about sports with such authority, or he’ll order everyone a round of drinks. It makes me feel buzzy to look across the table and see him in action, and I’m always so glad I get to take him home with me."

SOME SUNDAY ZEN |  CURIOSITY CLOUD | DESIGN DUO MISCHER'TRAXLER'


COMPASSIONATE JUDGE SENTENCES A VETERAN TO 24 HOURS IN JAIL, THEN JOINS HIM BEHIND BARS | washingtonpost.com

After surviving four combat tours in Afghanistan including three close calls with death, a veteran back home struggles to stay sober while dealing with severe post-traumatic stress disorder. After appearing before a judge 25 times, the judge sentences him to time in jail and decides to spend the time with the young Sergeant..."A Gulf War veteran himself, Olivera was concerned that leaving Serna in isolation for a night would trigger his PTSD. The two passed the time trading stories of their experiences in the military. Serna told WRAL:“It was more of a father-son conversation. It was personal.”“They have worn the uniform and we know they can be contributing members of society,” Olivera said. “We just want to get them back there.”

BRIDE SHARES HILARIOUSLY TERRIBLE WEDDING PHOTOS AS A PSA TO OTHER COUPLES | scarymommy.com

How to make lemonade out of lemons..."Nothing says “love” like a close up of a woman literally jamming a wedding ring on her man’s finger."

SCIENCE EXPLAINS WHY IT'S SO HARD TO GET RID OF CLUTTER | psychologytoday.com

When you have a closet full of  me instead of mine..."The objects you struggle to get rid of are likely tied to your self-worth, according to a 2011 study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Rather than viewing those objects as "mine," you may think of them as "me. The study found that people struggle the most to part with possessions that lack monetary or functional value. That's why people who lose their possessions to burglaries or fires report the psychological damage is far worse than the financial loss. According to researchers, the items you hang onto are likely to be linked directly to your self-worth. And people measure their self-worth in different areas. While one person may link their worth to their physical appearance, someone else may think their value stems from other people's approval. Whatever objects you cling to the most are likely the ones that fuel your self-worth."  

For the die-hard GOT fans...Happy Sunday.



THINGS TO DO & THEATRE TO SEE

LA families looking for last minute Mother's Day Gift ideas and activities, check out the Echo Park Craft Fair May 7 & 8 (Mother's Day weekend).  For Mother's Day gift ideas in general, check out RATM's 2016 Mother's Day Gift Guide.

With this year marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, be sure to catch plenty of Shakespeare starting with Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum lineup Also for LA theatre, check out Gruesome Playground Injuries  at the Hudson Backstage in Hollywood, "pitch-black" comedy Dinner At Home Between Deaths at the Odyssey and be on the lookout for Eugene O'Neill's Hairy Ape opening May 14 at the Odyssey and not to be missed, Lee Blessing's A Walk In The Woods at International City Theatre. Interested in dance? Watch for New York-based Bryn Cohn + Artists Dance Company making their Los Angeles debut May 6 & 7 and Royal Swedish Ballet's return to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with the West Coast Premiere of Mats Ek's Juliet and Romeo June 10 -12.

New York cinephiles - it's not too late to catch the last films of the NYC Independent Film Festival, closing today or for a sunny day, enjoy the Upper Westside's beloved Hippo Playground and their Spring Fair Sunday, May 1. NYC theatre-lovers be on the look out for Fountain Theatre's Citizen: An American Lyric to get its off-Broadway production at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Catch some fun musicals like crowd favorite  Disaster!iconic classic Fiddler on the Roof , or a 95 year-old musical's triumphant return: Shuffle Along.   



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