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Wait, I Gotta Cook Too? A Mother’s Struggle

April 4th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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I have very few regrets in life.  One is not telling that cute guy in college, who tried to talk to me, that I liked him too.  Another is self-dying my normally brown hair black, and being called Elvira in high school for a few months.  My last regret is never being in the kitchen when my mother cooked as I grew up.

In the morning, my mother would make homemade biscuits, eggs, grits, and anything else a southern girl would love.  On the weekend our plates would be filled with things like baked chicken, brown rice, greens, and a whole lot of other stuff that I never paid attention to.  My other sisters were in the kitchen with her, but I think that my propensity to ask too many questions tended to get on my mother’s nerves and she would usually ask me to go watch TV.

I probably should have started to ask questions when the first time I made soup for a presentation in high school and it ended up the consistency of paste (but it was delicious though!).  Assistance was needed when the first time I tried to cook Thanksgiving dinner for my daughter and I after we became free agents, burned it, and ended up cooking (burnt) pancakes… so sad.

I realized that I never really had to know how to cook because other people just took the reigns.  My mother cooked while I was growing up, I either ate in a cafeteria or ordered out when I was in college and my husband cooked when we were married.  The only thing I knew how to do in a kitchen was wash dishes, and that skill wasn’t feeding my child when she moved from canned baby food and was expecting a feast each day.

I started out fixing her things that I liked.  I realized later that the reason why I liked some of the crap that I ate was because it was easy to fix.  A few minutes in the microwave, toaster, oven, or a quick call for takeout solved most of my hunger problems, as they did hers, for the moment.  But,I began to feel very guilty about it.  I knew that my diet wasn’t the healthiest, and I didn’t want to pass that habit on to her.  So, I started doing something that I only did after a “Top Chef” marathon, I ventured into the kitchen and started trying to actually cook.

Some of the results… well, a lot of the results in the beginning, were horrible.  I either had the heat too high, caused a fire, or didn’t realize that the top wasn’t fully on the Lawry’s as it spilled all over what I was cooking.  However, I knew that one day I wanted to have a moment of my daughter coming to me (preferably in her hoover craft, one can dream) and asking me how to cook some type of great recipe.  I wanted her to be healthy, and I knew that the only way that I could ensure that would be if I knew exactly what was going in her food.  I also realized that if I wanted to live long enough to get a hoover craft myself, I had to stop being lazy and venture outside of my comfort zone.

I don’t think that I’ll be on Top Chef anytime soon, but it has been a step away from the Drive-thru, and I think that’s pretty good progress.

Spend Time With Your Man: Laila Ali’s Date Night Secrets

December 19th, 2013 - By jade
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ABOUT THIS EPISODE 

In the last episode of Mommy in Chief, Laila Ali and her friends gave busy moms advice on how to take time to pamper yourself. In this episode, she’s going to show you how to make time for your significant other since he is just as important as your kids.

Want More Mommy In Chief? Watch these episodes:

Season 4

 Season 3

Season 2

Season 1

 

Me-Time: How to Pamper Yourself As a Mom

December 17th, 2013 - By jade
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ABOUT THIS EPISODE 

In this episode of Mommy in Chief, Laila Ali reminds all of you busy moms that you need to take time out for yourself. She also invited some of her celebrity friends to share their secrets on how they make time for themselves.

Instagram handles are below:

Amber Noble Garland @ambernoblegarland

Holly Robinson Peete @hollyrpeete

Shanice @shaniceonline

Lail Ali @thereallailaali

 

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Learn How To Make Laila Ali’s Famous Oven Fried Chicken

December 10th, 2013 - By jade
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ABOUT THIS EPISODE 

The holidays are here and if you’re a busy mom it means your time is limited! In this episode of Mommy in Chief, we are showing you to make Laila Ali’s Famous Oven Fried Chicken.

The full recipe can be found here.

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Sponsored Content: Pay, Print & Ship™ Your Holiday Packages With USPS® This Season

December 10th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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If you’re like most shoppers across the U.S., finding the perfect gift for your friends, family, and loved ones is just one aspect of the Holiday shuffle. You also have to get those presents to the intended recipients.

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New Host! New Topics! Mommy in Chief is Back!

December 6th, 2013 - By jade
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Mommy in Chief is back for Season 4 and this time it is brought to you by USPS®. Our new host is the beautiful and talented Laila Ali and on this season she will go over topics that range from preparing the perfect Holiday Care Package with her famous Oven Fried Chicken ingredients to inviting some of her celebrity friends to share advice on how to find me-time for yourself.

Make sure you watch the first episode airing on December 10th where she will be making her famous oven fried chicken, just in time for the holidays!

 

Laila

 

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Season 2

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Highlights & Bloopers | The Best Moments of Mommy in Chief Season 3

June 24th, 2013 - By jade
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For the final episode of this season of Mommy in Chief, we wanted to put together the best bloopers on set and highlight the best moments from the season. Special thanks to our host Karyn Parsons for giving us another great season of Mommy in Chief! If you missed any of the full episodes feel free to click on the links below and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

 

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Season 2

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Building Your Child’s Self Esteem | Mommy in Chief

June 17th, 2013 - By jade
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ABOUT THIS EPISODE

In this episode of Mommy in Chief, we are discussing how to build your child’s self esteem. It is very important as a mother to build your child’s self esteem from birth. We also have a special treat for you at the end of the segment. You don’t want to miss the cutest little kids expressing how confident and beautiful they are!

FEATURED GUEST 

Iris L. Johnson, LCSW, PC, is a graduate of Hunter College School of Social Work, Ackerman Institute Externship and Hunter College’s Adoption Therapy Programs. Ms. Johnson has served in leadership positions at several New York City social service agencies and has extensive experience working with young children, adolescents, and families who have experienced trauma and socioeconomic oppression. She has presented nationally on issues that impact women and children, especially families of African descent.

She is a mother of two-one biological and one foster care/adoption.

Ms. Johnson maintains a private practice in New York City and Brooklyn, working with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

 

Want More Mommy In Chief? Watch these episodes:

 Season 3

Season 2

Season 1

 

Ask a Black Father Pt. 2 | Mommy in Chief Bonus Clip

June 10th, 2013 - By jade
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About This Episode

In this bonus clip of Mommy In Chief, these fathers finish the interesting discussion from the first segment of Ask a Black Father. We posed all of our questions about parenthood to real dads. We’ve welcomed three spirited fathers to share their joys and pains of fatherhood with us. The following questions are addressed in this segment:

1. What are some challenges that you want to talk about that you face when you raise your kids?

2. How is it that some fathers can go through life ignoring their kids as if they don’t exist?

3. What would you like to differently than your father?

Ladies, you definitely don’t want to miss this. When do we ever see great fathers giving us the honest truth about fatherhood?

Want More Mommy In Chief? Watch these episodes:

 

Season 3

Season 2

Season 1

 

Ask A Black Father | Mommy In Chief Father’s Day Special

June 3rd, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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About This Episode

In this special episode of Mommy In Chief, we’re posing all our questions about parenthood to real dads. We’ve welcomed three spirited fathers to share their joys and pains of fatherhood with us. Moms you don’t want to miss this because it’s one fiery discussion once the dads loosen up.

 

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Season 3

Season 2

Season 1

 

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