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Zoe Saldana And Her Husband Are Creating The Most Beautiful, Gender Fluid Atmospheres For Their Kids

Zoe Saldana-Perego, born Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario, is the Dominicana we’ve loved to love since her film debut in “Center Stage” (2000), where she played a Latinx ballet dancer, whose culture defied that of the fictional American Ballet Academy. Since then she’s gone one to star in “Star Trek,” “Avatar,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “Colombiana.”

One of her most stunningly beautiful personal accomplishments is how she chooses to raise her kids–without gender norms. Meet Bowie, Cy and Zen.

1. Saldana is married to Italian artist Marco Perego.

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Perego is also a rugby player whose nickname is The Pirate because of his long locks, and some interesting art pieces. He actually created a massive gum ball sculpture where instead of gum balls, there were human skulls inside.

2. They secretly got married in June 2013 in London.

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Going against traditions, Perego took Saldana’s last name, making him Marco Perego-Saldana, and her Zoe Saldana-Perego. Their kids’ names will be Perego-Saldana.

3. All their kids are bilingual in Spanish and English.

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Hubby learned to speak Spanish so that they, as a family, can all speak the language together. Good husband. ????

Caption: “Seeds of our Great Tree. Mi manchi tanto ???? @finnjk”

4. Bowie and Cy are twins.

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They were both (obviously) born in 2014. The Perego-Saldanas are a private family, that’s for sure, and Zoe kept her first pregnancy under wraps for the first three months. We’re glad we get to see her beautiful family grow via Instagram.

5. Basically, Zoe is the only woman in the house.

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She is surrounded by dudes of all shapes and ages. In an interview with US Magazine, Zoe confessed, “I’m learning a lot about male biology. Boys are insane…but they’re sensitive, too.”

6. There is no male or female role in the house.

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Zoe does a lot of the repair work, like setting up the TV, and Marco does some household chores, making for a gender-fluid environment. We could all use a lot more of that.

7. “We’re so of a very gender fluid household. I think it’s important to raise boys in that environment and girls as well.”

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Amen, mami. I love that these niños are bringing their wisdom to their schools, and growing up to be people who respect women just as equally as men. We imagine that they’re probably also getting every opportunity to define their own gender since there is no prescription.

8. The only thing prescribed in their household? Fun.

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Zoe says her kids have taught her a lot, too. “We’re caught raising and teaching and disciplining and cooking and cleaning and not enough time to play. I think that my kids always remind me when I’m being too boring. They go, ‘Mama, be nice, sit down and play with me.’ That’s what they’re teaching me.”

9. Being a mom can be hella sucio though.

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When asked what her grossest moment was Zoe responded, “Oh, you know, when you’re talking to a total stranger and you smell something and look down and are covered in sh*t.”

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10. And a working mom is a whole other ballgame.

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Caption: “You do what you have to do to be there…. Haces lo que tienes que hacer para estar ahí. #workingmom#madresquetrabajan”

11. With artists for parents, these kids are already getting down to business.

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The Latino household I grew up in was all about following the rules, cleaning up after yourself, and never doing anything that might make the floors dirty, including walking on them on Saturdays.

12. La Cultura is very alive in these ones.

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We have a feeling that Bowie and Cy didn’t color these Día de los Muertos masks in, but they’re definitely confused about where their mom went. Same. #BringBackZoe

13. And la abuelita is always your #wcw.

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For Zoe at least. Si tengo un elote por cada vez Zoe se pone una #wcw de su mami, I’d be fat af.

14. Oh, and the Saldana-Perego’s also work to end child poverty.

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Caption: “We’ve got our #NosesOn… help end child poverty for @RedNoseDayUSA by visiting RedNoseDay.org to learn more + find out how you can help. You can also snag your own Red Nose shirt designed by @victoriabeckham! ????????????”

15. What is an ideal day in the life of Zoe Saldana-Perego?

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She told US Magazine, “An ideal day is when the kids wake up happy, they eat all their breakfast, take a nap, everybody poops and pees, they drink water and they go to sleep on time so I can at least have an evening with my husband.”

16. But fame doesn’t make you immune to blowouts.

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“Blowouts always happen in the most inconvenient time. I’ve had all of those. I’ve checked every box. Airport, public places, in the car, sitting and talking to people that you barely know.” 

17. Her proudest moment as a mother is when her kids’ first communicated.

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Whether that was with a word, or baby sign language, the moment she was able to communicate with each of her sons was a treasure moment of many to come.

18. All we know, is that these babies are growing up in a mystical new cultura.

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And we’re here for it.

Caption: “I thought the earth remembered me, / She took me back so tenderly / Arranging her skirts / Her pockets full of lichens and seeds. / I slept as never before / A stone on the riverbed, / Nothing between me and the white fire of the stars, / But my thoughts. / And they floated light as moths / Among the branches of the perfect trees. / All night I heard the small kingdoms / Breathing around me. / The insects and the birds / Who do their work in darkness. / All night I rose and fell, / As if water, grappling with luminous doom. / By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times / Into something better. / SLEEPING IN THE FOREST By Mary Oliver”


READ: Leave It To Zoe Saldana To Take Something As Dark As Her Character’s Baggage And Turn It Into A Message Of Strength And Redemption

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This Poor Mom Had To Spend 20 Hours Detangling Her Daughter’s Hair To Free It Of 150 Velcro-Toys

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This Poor Mom Had To Spend 20 Hours Detangling Her Daughter’s Hair To Free It Of 150 Velcro-Toys

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I think it’s safe to say that during this strange time of quarantine, that we can definitely count parents among the heroes.

Stay at home orders and efforts to keep children at home, have caused parents to have to reevaluate their daily schedules. Now, so many parents are working double time to give their students the attention and education that they truly need.

A Pennsylvania mom recently highlighted the chaos of this new reality after showing what happened when she let her children play with toys after they’d finished their school work.

In a post shared on her Facebook Lisa Hoelzle shared a nightmarish experience of having to detangle her daughter Abigail’s hair after her son Noah dumped her into a hairy situation.

I post the good …. well here is some of the bad ☹️☹️☹️ Friday at 4pm until Saturday at 10pm was my worst Mom…

Publicado por Lisa Tschirlig Hoelzle en Domingo, 10 de enero de 2021

Hoelzle’s children are both 6 years old and like most kids in the United States right now, staying at home and doing virtual school. After finishing their school day, Noah and Abigail headed down to their basement to play with Bunchems, a toy that includes tiny Velcro-like balls that stick together.

It didn’t take long for sweet Noah, who Hoelzle describes in her post as a “jokester,” to dump a full container of the Bunchems on his sister’s head. Little did he know he’d just launched his sister into a mother’s “worst Mom nightmare.”

“I think I had an out-of-body experience,” Hoelzle wrote of the moment she saw her daughter’s hair. “She had about 150 of these things layered and matted in her hair. They made it worse trying to remove them themselves because they connect together kinda like Velcro.”

Bunchems hair
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Speaking about her initial plan of action Hoelzle, said that it took around three hours to remove fifteen of the Bunchems. When her husband, Dan, arrived home the two Google their next approach and only then realized “the severity of what we were up against. It suggested using conditioner and vegetable oil to loosen it but that made it worse and so messy. He got out about 10 more Before you knew, it was 1 am and Abigail could not keep her eyes open I slept with her head on me so they wouldn’t get more tangled. Not that I really could sleep.”

When it came to cutting her losses and, cutting her daughter’s hair Hoelzle said she just couldn’t do it. “If we cut them out because of how deep they were she would have winded up with a short pixie cut,” she explained. “It crushed my heart and I just couldn’t in my heart give up without trying my best to get them out. I am that Mom that has a bow to match each outfit! Haha”

The next day, Lisa went back to work, this time armed with mineral oil and a detangling comb.

“There was also a lot of tears (mine)” Hoelzle joked. “Abigail consoled me and Noah because he felt awful what he did. Abigail was surprisingly amazing about it !! She is usually the child that acts like you are killing her when I brush her hair! When she started to wine about it my Mom brought in a Lollipop and stuck it in her mouth! Lol. Hey, you got to do what you got to do! It was such a long day. I never watched so much kids U tube to entertain her but after 20 hours total after pulling and working them out of her head and lots of hair loss I got them all out. Followed by an hour or more in the bath tub with conditioner and combing out the knots.”

“I feel like we had a miracle with all of our prayers,” Hoelzl added. “We saved her hair and although it is thinner it wasn’t as damaged and ruined as I thought so Thank you God!!!” she wrote.

While Hoelzle says her fingers are “literally swollen” from the experience she is thankful to be done with the “awful situation.”

Bunchems hair
LISA TSCHIRLIG HOELZLE/ Facebook

She is now set on getting the word out about Bunchems and the severe consequences the toys can have.

“This will be something we will never forget very traumatic experience in the Hoelzle household this weekend,” she said before asking her friends to spread the word. “Trash you Bunchems if you have them or if you love them where a shower caps when playing with a sibling! Lol. This will be something we will never forget very traumatic experience in the Hoelzle household this weekend. I kept trying to think we have our health it [could] be worse but boy oh boy what a sickening feeling!”

Bunchems are still available to purchase but they were discontinued last year, likely for this reason.

According to New York Post, spokesperson for Spin Master, the company behind Bunchems said that they “quickly developed instructional videos for our YouTube channel and websites as a way to proactively educate people on how to play with the product and how to remove Bunchems from hair if they do get tangled.”

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Parents Are Applauding A Meteorologist After Her Baby Adorably Crashed Her Weather Report

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Parents Are Applauding A Meteorologist After Her Baby Adorably Crashed Her Weather Report

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COVID-19 has completely changed practically everyone’s way of living. But post-pandemic life has become especially challenging for parents, who are now forced to be stuck inside with their children for hours on end.

Between assisting your kids with distance learning and struggling to find your own “me time”, many parents feel as if their world has been turned upside down.

Recently, news watchers in Southern California caught a glimpse into the new era of COVID parenting when meteorologist Lisa Lopez’s toddler interrupted her live broadcast.

Los Angeles-based KABC meteorologist Leslie Lopez was reporting the weather as usual when she was visited by an unexpected guest. As she spoke about an incoming storm, her 9-month-old son, Nolan, entered the frame.

Slightly startled, Lopez giggled for a moment and said, “Looks like there’s a baby down below,” before bending over and picking him up. Then, like the rockstar that she is, she continued her report.

“He walks now, guys, so I’ve lost all control,” she quipped before ending the segment.

The public’s reaction to the adorable interruption was incredibly positive.

No one was annoyed that their weather report was interrupted. On the contrary, so many people felt like the clip made them feel less alone.

“Agree that this is always fun to see—we are all dealing with this and it makes one feel good—it’s real,” said one woman on Twitter. “It’s awesome. Never feel bad because we all inside are feeling joy as we can relate.”

Others commented on how the video perfectly illustrated how modern women have become adept at multitasking. “It was not just a moment of heartwarming love, but a moment of the strength of women!” said another Twitter user. “It just shows how easily women can be full of love and do their job at the same time!”

Later, KABC did a special report on the happy mistake to see what Lopez herself thought of the surprising public reaction.

“We received so many comments from viewers thanking her for showing what the reality is right now for so many people working with kids at home,” said fellow reporter Jovana Lara. “It is not easy.”

As for Lopez, she revealed that viewers are hungry for a different kind of weather report: “I’ve been getting comments, ‘More baby in weather, please.'” Yes, please!

Headlines: Meteorologist Leslie Lopez Is Interrupted on Air By Her Toddler and the Video is Adorable

Parents Are Applauding Meteorologist Leslie Lopez for How She Handled Her Baby’s Adorable Interruption

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