Seven Year-Old Dyeing Hair, Beverly Hills Reboot and Dad Admits He Can’t Hack it Over Summer – Take it or Leave it Podcast Ep 35

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In Trending News – Why Generation X needs the ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ reboot now more than ever

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Reboots, of course, are as prevalent in Hollywood as flash bulbs on a red carpet, but this one feels different, doesn’t it? Save for a “Friends” reunion, there’s probably no series that could come back that would entice, enchant and intrigue its rabid fans more. “90210” has the distinction of speaking for an entire demographic of people who came of age in the ‘90s — collectively known as Generation X — so unearthing this beloved show at a moment when its passionate fan base crosses into its 40s and 50s is a no-brainer.

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True, there is a risk that “BH90210” will fail and its plot is cloaked in secrecy — we’re told only that it will be a show where the actors play “heightened versions” of themselves (as well as portray the characters we’ve all come to know and love). That type of meta approach has worked wonders for the likes of Larry David, but it could be a way to mess with the formula we expect to see. Ian Ziering will play … Ian Ziering? That’s about as odd as the Peach Pit serving Chi Whether or not this kind of tongue-in-cheek approach works isn’t necessarily the point, though. The mere thought that the cast is getting back together on “90210” turf is a soothing thought. Even if you think the premise is foolish, you’ll tune in just to see for yourself and return, even if only for a brief time, to your ‘90s self. There’s credit to be given for at least thinking outside of the box.

There’s also the obvious: Fans are still reeling over the unexpected death of Luke Perry and the biggest question mark will be how the show will handle that. His impact on ’90s culture and Generation X cannot be underestimated. Seeing the old gang under the “90210” umbrella will be cathartic on the surface, but how will his death be addressed? Will the Dylan character or Perry himself be referenced? Will either somehow play a part in any storyline? There are lots of questions. It should be noted that this project was announced before Perry died in March; his death merely amplifies our interest.

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Parenting Crap – Jessica Simpson mom-shamed over photo of 7-year-old daughter with dyed hair

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Jessica Simpson is being criticized for allowing her 7-year-old daughter, Maxwell, to dye her hair.

When the singer-turned-fashion designer shared a photo of Maxwell sporting purple locks on Tuesday, some fans responded by mommy-shaming her.

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In her caption, the mom-of-three revealed her daughter’s eye-catching new tresses were inspired by a character in the Disney TV movie series “Descendants.” The films, the latest of which premieres on Friday, tell the story of several infamous villains as teens, with the lead character Maleficent, or “Mal,” sporting bright purple hair.

“Isn’t she too young to have her hair dyed?” one asked.

“So young it’s a shame,” wrote another.

However, others, including several moms, chimed in to say that Maxwell looked adorable.

“Beautiful! She’s being a kid! You only live once!” one shared.

“Cute. My girl just did hers like that too! She’s Descendants obsessed!” wrote another.

A few fans suggested that everyone mind their own business when it comes to how other people raise their kids.

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In Love and Marriage – Dad admits he can’t hack it over summer break in viral post

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Even for the most patient parent, summer vacation can be a trying time.

Mike Julianelle, the dad behind the popular blog and social media platforms known as “Dad and Buried,” posted to his Instagram that it took exactly 1.5 days for him to lose it.

“I don’t want to be a stay-at-home parent,” he captioned his post. “I don’t want to have to find ways to fill my kids’ days all summer. I don’t want to plan, I don’t want to pack stuff, I don’t want to herd them places, I don’t want to go places. I don’t have the temperament, I don’t have the patience, I don’t have the interest. I also don’t have a choice.”

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Julianelle told “Good Morning America” he and his wife have each taken time as the stay-at-home parent and right now, it’s his turn to stay home with their two kids, 8 and 3, in Brooklyn, New York. But with freelance writing, his blog and active social media accounts, he’s still under some degree of work stress.

On the day, he “lost it” he told “GMA” his wife was calling from work. He was dealing with the kids and simultaneously trying to get some work done. He asked his 8-year-old to go upstairs so he could talk to his wife and “though he always wants to be upstairs” his son wouldn’t go.

“I lost it,” Julianelle said. “I started yelling. My wife was frustrated because not only was I not listening to her, she could hear me yelling at our kid. Then he was yelling and my three-year-old started yelling.”

The thought that went through his head, he told “GMA” was “How am I going to survive?”

It’s a common, if not commonly shared, thought of stay-at-home moms everywhere when it comes to summer vacation. Julianelle thinks one of the reasons there’s so much engagement with his post is not only because of it’s honesty, but because it’s coming from a dad.

“We’re supposed to be ‘the fun parent.'” he said.

“There’s a lot of sentimentality about parenting,” Andrew Burmon, Editor-in-Chef of Fatherly, told “GMA.” “That’s probably for the best, but it often obscures the fact that parenting is work. Being honest about the emotional and economic challenges of raising kids in America right now is an act of bravery and selflessness.

“There needs to be a broader and more honest discussion of parents’ experiences so that the cultural, professional, and even personal expectations of parents can evolve to be more reasonable.”

Fun parent or not, filling up the hours and days is an overwhelming task for most. But Julianelle writes that he realizes it’s his responsibility to do so.

“No, we might not be able to send them to camp or take them on fancy trips, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to do. And it’s on me to do them. More than that, it’s on me to do them with a smile on my face. Or at least without constantly yelling at them.”

The good news is the summer is still young and there’s plenty of time to get back on track. Julianelle notes that “there’s nowhere to go but up.”

 

 

 

 

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