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May 15th, 2013
12:19 PM ET

Wealthy New York City Parents hire disabled tour guides in Disney World: Author Wednesday Martin wrote in her new book

Wednesday Martin is a social researcher that has a new book that explores some of the more outrageous secrets of privileged New York City parents.

One of these scandals is the claim that some parents have hired disabled tour guides to get through Disney World. By doing this parents grant their children access to cut to the front of all lines at Disney World. One mother claims that she used Dream Tours Florida to use a disabled tour guide in Disney World.

Dream Tours Florida released a statement "Due to inaccurate press and slander, Dream Tours is not offering VIP tours at this time. Our focus has primarily always been providing magical vacations for adults with special needs and helping their dreams to come true." Disney has not weighed in on this disturbing trend.

Martin describes the privileged and powerful parents of New York City as an 'exotic tribe.'

As a social researcher Martin believes this is an example of 'tribal behavior.' Parents are engaging in these behaviors to prove that they belong to a certain group, or in this case the 1 percent echelon of New York City parents.

Wednesday Martin is the Author of "Primates of Park Avenue" that will be released in 2014.

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March 15th, 2013
09:50 AM ET

Food bloggers Vani Hari & Lisa Leake take on Kraft to remove yellow color dye from its Mac and Cheese

A health story of growing interest this week has moms on alert for a staple food in the diets of thousands of children. Two women are taking on Kraft, asking them to change their Macaroni and Cheese. Vani Hari and Lisa Leake are food bloggers leading a campaign and petition on to get Kraft to remove two color dye ingredients from their beloved Macaroni and Cheese.

Their online petition states: "We recently discovered that several American products are using harmful additives that are not used—and in some cases banned—in other countries. [...] Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in the US contains the artificial food dyes Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. These unnecessary—yet potentially harmful—dyes are not in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in other countries, including the UK, because they were removed due to consumer outcry."

Lisa Leake, a mom and blogger, and Vani Hari, an aunt and blogger, both share the reasons for their campaign on “Starting Point” this morning.

The bloggers say their aim was not to target Kraft alone. “These are American companies using ingredients in our food that are not used, and in some cases banned elsewhere. And we decided we needed to do something about it,” Lisa Leake says. “We strategically picked Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, an iconic food product, trying to get our message across.” That message is that these unnecessary artificial food dyes are being used for cosmetic reasons only and pose health risks. “And we'd like to get them to get them out of our food.”

Hari says they picked Kraft to send that message more effectively. "We didn't just pick Kraft for no reason. They are the largest food company headquartered in the United States," Hari explains. "They have the largest footprint to actually be the leader here."

December 4th, 2012
09:06 AM ET

Fact or fiction? Jeopardy Champ Ken Jennings busts popular myths parents tell their children in his new book: “Because I Said So!”

Jeopardy champion and author Ken Jennings comes to “Starting Point” this morning with the facts behind his new book, "Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids". In "Because I Said So!", Jennings humorously confirms or debunks common myths parents tell their kids to get them to behave. Jennings shares some of these on set. 

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September 6th, 2012
10:30 AM ET

NBA superstar Dwyane Wade on being a dad: ‘Always tell your kids how much you love them’

NBA superstar Dwyane Wade is not just a former MVP on the basketball court; he’s currently the MVP in the lives of his two sons, 5-year-old Zion and 10-year-old Zaire. Wade talks to Soledad O’Brien on “Starting Point” this morning about the meaning of fatherhood and his new book “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball.”

“I just feel that being a father, being a parent, in itself, is the greatest gift that we’re given,” he says. Wade says he has wanted to be a great dad since his childhood. “It was kind of like I was molded my whole life to be a great dad.” The Miami Heat point guard says being the role model for his sons and his nephew, Dada, is “an unbelievable challenge, but it’s so rewarding, it’s so filling. Nothing feels better.”

His advice for parents, though he says he’s no expert, is that, “just as much as our kids learn from us, we learn from them.”

Wade says he follows his mother’s advice most. “What my mother always told me is, ‘No matter what, always tell your kids how much you love them. Always tell your kids how great they are. You don’t want them hearing it from or searching for it from somewhere else.’” He says he’s excited to have that opportunity to tell his sons that now. “The little things is what really matters,” he says.

Facing and winning a very personal and bitter custody battle for his sons in the public eye was very tough for Wade. "Having to deal with the public perception of what’s real and what’s not, but at the end of the day, I kept my focus on my kids,” he says. “I didn’t make myself the most important person involved in the whole divorce and the custody battle.” He says it was unfortunate his marriage didn’t work out, “But what was important for me is that we still became, that we still were, great parents to our kids, and they shouldn’t suffer because of our relationship failures,” Wade says. “So that’s what I try to continue to do.”

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June 13th, 2012
10:47 AM ET

Musician Nas talks about celebrating fatherhood in his new album 'Life Is Good'

"Life is good." That's according to rapper Nas and it also happens to be the name of his new album. He's celebrating fatherhood and reflecting on it with his latest single, "Daughters."

Nas talks with Soledad this morning on "Starting Point" and explains the challenges of raising a young girl.

See the transcript of the interview after the jump.


Filed under: Fatherhood • Parenting
May 11th, 2012
12:31 PM ET

NBA Etan Thomas talks about his new book, shares challenges of fatherhood

Etan Thomas, author of "Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge," shares his perspective on raising kids.

Filed under: Parenting
May 1st, 2012
11:59 AM ET

Michael Jordan's mom Deloris asks kids to 'Dream Big'

Deloris Jordan, mother of basketball legend Michael Jordan, on her book "Dream Big" and helping children reach goals.

Filed under: Basketball • Inspiration • Parenting