Why One LA Mom Is Embracing 'Hypno-Parenting'

Lisa Machenberg says her teens are well-behaved and self-motivated, thanks to a technique she uses called “hypno-parenting.”
Machenberg is a licensed hypnotherapist in Los Angeles. “My children are able to use logic and reason,” she told ABC News. “They have a form of diligence or perseverance that you don’t see in other children.”
Machenberg’s 17-year-old daughter, Rayna, said her mom’s mind control methods have never been a secret, and they’ve had a positive effect on her own life.
“Being able to push back on stress and think about it deeply and do self-reflecting was a skill that I’m really grateful that my mom taught me,” she told ABC News. “I think it still influences me a lot today and helped me develop into the person I am right now.”

WATCH: Hypno-parenting? Is the new tool of hypnotizing your kids a good tool for parents? https://t.co/6mBN8k0QHp— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 25, 2016

Machenberg’s son, Jake, admits he hasn’t always enjoyed Mom’s mind games.
“It could get a little crazy when she tries to kind of hypnotize us at every single possible situation that she can. It could get a little overbearing ― she gets in your head,” he told Barcroft TV. “But as far as things like getting into college, I think it was an advantage. … I think it’s helped me, you know it’s helped me have control over my own mind.”
Machenberg is now charging $125 for hypno-parenting classes, but some experts are skeptical about whether it’s appropriate for kids.
ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser told Good Morning America that while hypnosis can work for shaping behavior, there isn’t enough evidence on whether it’s good for children.
“The evidence on the clinical use is really, really strong. I haven’t seen that kind of evidence for parenting and that bothers me a little bit,” said Besser, whose parents were both clinical hypnotherapists. 
Besser stressed that hypnotism should only be performed by trained professionals and suggested parents stick to other strategies such as praising good behavior, and staying consistent on discipline and expectations.  — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Even As A Teenager, Obama Knew People Like Trump Were Foolish

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President Barack Obama has had a hard time hiding his disdain for Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, this election season.
In a remarkable speech at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, Obama questioned Trump’s ability to lead the free world, saying the candidate has spent “70 years on this earth showing no regard for working people.” Obama also emphatically stated that “homegrown demagogues” would never succeed in the United States.
Obama’s contempt for people like Trump may be rooted in the values he learned as a teenager in Hawaii. It’s hard not to think of Trump when reading Obama’s 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father, in which he writes about the lessons he learned from older men on the basketball courts.
 Obama writes (emphasis added):

By the time I reached high school, I was playing on Punahou’s teams, and could take my game to the university courts, where a handful of black men, mostly gym rats and has-beens, would teach me an attitude that didn’t just have to do with the sport. ​That respect came from what you did and not who your daddy was. That you could talk stuff to rattle an opponent, but that you should shut the hell up if you couldn’t back it up. That you didn’t let anyone sneak up behind you to see emotions ― like hurt or fear ― you didn’t want them to see.

Trump has built an entire career and presidential campaign around claims he can’t support. He has insisted that he is fabulously wealthy, but has had an astounding number of business flops and won’t release his tax returns. He has insisted that Mexico is sending rapists to the U.S., as well as that Obama was born in Africa and is secretly a Muslim. He claims to have seen thousands of Muslims cheering as the World Trade Center fell on 9/11 ― another lie.
He insists he is a self-made man, but his father’s wealth helped him significantly.
As Trump’s popularity has risen, Obama has continued to allude to the lessons he learned on the basketball court. 
 “We can’t meet the world with a sense of entitlement,” Obama said in his commencement address at Howard University in May.
“That’s a pet peeve of mine, people who’ve been successful and don’t realize they’ve been lucky, that God may have blessed them,” he added. “It wasn’t nothing you did, so don’t have an attitude.”
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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How To Raise Kids With An Ex Like Donald Trump

Parenting after divorce is challenging enough as it is― but it’s especially difficult if your ex acts and thinks like Donald Trump. 
By his own admission, the 70-year-old Republican presidential nominee isn’t the kind of father who changes diapers ― or volunteers to do any heavy lifting as a parent, really, besides providing financial support.
“I like kids. I mean, I won’t do anything to take care of them,” the thrice-married real estate mogul told Howard Stern in 2005, adding, “I’ll supply funds and she’ll take care of the kids.” 
His kids, too, have spoken of his hands-off style of parenting. 
In a CNN interview earlier this month, eldest daughter Ivanka Trump had this to say of her dad’s parenting efforts: “You know, he wasn’t always physically present, but he was always available.”

So how do you co-parent with someone like The Donald? As Trump’s second wife Marla Maples has suggested, you don’t. 
After her 1999 divorce, Maples left New York City and moved to Calabasas, California, with their daughter Tiffany. 
“Her daddy is a good provider with education and such, but as far as time, it was just me,” Maples, 52, told People magazine of raising Tiffany, now 22, essentially as a single parent. “Her father wasn’t able to be there with day-to-day skills as a parent. He loves his kids. There’s no doubt. But everything was a bit of a negotiation.”
“Negotiating” with a mostly absentee parent, though, is not easy, especially if your ex is as drawn to conflict as Trump. 
As a helpful guide to others struggling to co-parent with an ex who acts like Trump, we asked parenting experts to weigh in with some advice. See what they had to say below. 
1. Shrug it off when your ex tries to buy your kids’ love. 
Uninvolved parents often try to buy their kids’ affection through extravagant gifts and costly trips, said Kate Scharff, a psychotherapist and divorce mediator in Washington, D.C. That may infuriate you if you’re the primary parent and money is tight on your end, but remember: money can’t buy love. 
“Many AWOL parents try to compensate with splashy gifts, but that’s not a substitute for loving attention,” Scharff said. “Swallow your disdain, let your kids enjoy the gesture and understand that they’ll need you to be there when the excitement fades and the sadness sets in.” 
2. Remind your ex that the kids need them.

Parents like Trump tend to underestimate the importance of daily interaction with their kids. In an interview with New York magazine in December 2004, Trump admitted that “finding time” for his children was the hardest part of parenting ― though he still raved about his parenting skills. 
“I know friends who leave their business so they can spend more time with their children, and I say, ‘Gimme a break!’ My children could not love me more if I spent fifteen times more time with them,” he told the mag.
The truth is, fifteen minutes at the park or attending an after-school basketball game means everything to a kid, said Randall Kessler, a divorce attorney in Atlanta, Georgia,
“Certainly for people like Trump, working hard has provided amazing opportunities for their children, but there is no way to put a dollar value on quality time spent with your kids.” 
3. Adopt a business-like style of communicating with your ex.  

Communicating with an ex who’s prone to conflict is no easy feat: If a discussion about who’s paying for summer camp results in your ex hurling insults and belittling you, don’t allow yourself to engage, said Morghan Richardson, a divorce attorney based in Astoria, New York. 
“In the words of First Lady Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention, ‘when they go low, we go high,’’’ Richardson advised. “Set firm boundaries about communications and expectations. Always limit communications to text or email and then do not engage in fighting.”
When your ex tries to push your buttons, don’t take the bait. 
“Keep your responses to nasty comments on topic (for instance, say, ‘Let’s keep these texts to issues about visitation’),” she said. “Being the better person is hard but at the end of the parenting road, it will pay off.”
4. Allow other family members to step in and help raise the kids. 

According to Vanity Fair, Ivanka, Donald Trump Jr., and Eric were often cared for by their maternal grandparents before their parents decided to send them to boarding school. In an interview with New York magazine in 2004, Donald Jr. opened up about his grandfather stepping up to the plate.

“My father is a very hardworking guy, and that’s his focus in life, so I got a lot of the paternal attention that a boy wants and needs from my grandfather,” he said.
If your ex is similarly out of the picture, remind yourself that a surrogate dad or mom is better than no one, said Lisa Helfend Meyer, a divorce attorney in Los Angeles, California 
“If one or both parents are busy working, sometimes it does take a village,” she told HuffPost. “There’s value in long-term nannies or grandparents.”

5. Don’t badmouth your ex. 
Sure, it drives you up the wall when your ex prioritizes an out-of-town golf junket over their custodial weekend, but avoid making your feelings known to your kids, said Scharff.
“Being critical of your ex puts your kids in the middle (they need permission to love both of you) and suggests you’ve forgotten who really loses out in this scenario — them.”
6. Be thankful your ex is a little hands off.

If your ex is prone to name calling and creating conflict whenever they come around, their distance may be for the best, said Alison Patton, a lawyer and mediator who wrote a blog about parenting with a high-conflict ex inspired by Trump. 
“I’m not exaggerating when I say that co-parenting with a high-conflict or narcisstic ex can be a living hell,” she said. “Having a combatitve ex step out of the parenting arena, the way Trump did (while still providing financial support), would be a huge relief to parents I know who share custody with a narcissistic ex!” 
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Dad Hilariously Channels Expecting Fiancée In Pregnancy Photo Shoot

During a pregnancy photo shoot, one dad decided to (temporarily) steal the show in a hilarious way. 
Brandon Moreland of Bran85 Photography in Florida took photos of Jessica Velez and Lewis Mohorn for a pregnancy shoot. During the shoot, which had the theme “#Blessed,” Mohorn proved that Velez didn’t have the only bump that deserved some time in the spotlight.

Moreland told The Huffington Post that he and Mohorn grew up together in Pompano Beach and that Mohorn has always been a “funny guy.” When he started to take his shirt off during the shoot, the photographer said he immediately started laughing.
“I encouraged him to take the shot holding his belly next to his fiancée, and he embraced it,” he said. “Most guys with a beer belly wouldn’t be so comfortable, but he is comfortable in his own skin.”

The funny photo made its way to Twitter on Monday, getting more than 31,000 retweets as of Thursday. Moreland told HuffPost he was “honored” to take the couple’s now viral pregnancy photos, and aside from photographing the Miami Heat basketball team, snapping these photos of the couple has been his favorite photo shoot so far. 
“I’m so grateful for people like Lewis Mohorn and Jessica Velez,” he said. “They make being a photographer so fun for me.”
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Sly Guy Secretly Swaps His Family Photos For Steve Buscemi Pics

It took a while for this mom to get the picture.
Kevin Manion, 21, of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin decided to play a hilarious trick on his parents by secretly switching framed family photos around his parents’ home for pictures of actor Steve Buscemi.

And his parents didn’t notice right away, either.
His sister Clare,19, tells The Huffington Post that her brother started the prank on July 20, and swapped one photo a day for five days. On day two, his father figured it out, but it took her mom a whole five days to discover that something fishy was going on.

“She saw [Kevin’s] senior picture from far away and was so confused because his head was too big and the colors were wrong,” Manion told HuffPost. “So she walked over and saw it was Steve.”

Manion said her mom thought it was hilarious, and apparently so did Manion.
She posted photos of her brother’s gag to Twitter, where it has received over 50,000 likes and over 30,000 retweets.

My brother has been replacing family photos with pics of Steve Buscemi and my mom hasn't noticed pic.twitter.com/d533C4yEZW— Clare Manion (@claremaura) July 24, 2016

But why Buscemi? Manion had a very simple response:
“My brother thought Buscemi was the best face to have around the house.” — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Why I Bought Boys' Underwear For My Daughter

My husband is a huge fan of Star Wars, and when our daughter was born, he was so excited to share his love of it with her that he talked to her about it all the time. And now, I can honestly say that my 2-year-old daughter has become a Star Wars fan in her own right. Ask her about any of the movies, and she’ll be able to tell you who all of the characters are — from Darth Vader to Yoda to BB8 to Rey to Boba Fett. She can tell you what the Death Star is, and identify all of the ships (Millennium Falcon vs. X-Wing vs. Tie-Fighter anyone?) on her own. She even knows the tagline “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” by heart.

And actually, after seeing the newest movie and reading my daughter the books about the original movies, I have to say I’m a pretty big Star Wars fan myself.

We’re a Star Wars family.

So when my daughter started becoming interested in going pee on the potty, we immediately thought of getting her Star Wars themed underwear – since we figured the reminder “Keep Yoda Dry” would help motivate her to go on the toilet instead of in her diaper.

I thought that would be easy to accomplish through a simple search on Amazon, right?


Do a search for “Star Wars Toddler Underwear” on Amazon, and all you get are boys underwear.

Do a search for “Star Wars Girls Toddler Underwear” on Amazon, and you get no results.

Do a search for “Star Wars Girls Toddler Underwear” on GOOGLE, and across all merchants there is just one option for older girls (not toddlers) where the primary colors are pink and purple. So basically, when clothing manufacturers finally provided a Star Wars underwear option for girls, they made Star Wars pink and purple because, of course, girls will only like light sabers and Darth Vader if they are pink.

I was shocked that clothing manufacturers somehow decided that only boys would enjoy having their favorite Star Wars characters on their underwear. That only boys would be interested in sci-fi and space. That only boys would like underwear that’s multicolored instead of primarily blue (vs. girls, who of course would only prefer underwear that’s pink and purple). That only boys should have access to the identities and themes in Star Wars: that of intelligence, engineering, problem solving, space exploration, adventure, strength.

And then again, I shouldn’t have been too surprised because of the recent #wheresrey debacle – where toy manufacturers failed to create a Rey doll for Star Wars, despite the fact that she’s the HERO and the MAIN CHARACTER.

My daughter is a girl who loves Star Wars. We talk about space at home. She enjoys learning about planets, pretending she’s an astronaut, and pretending to “fly” around our house. She likes all colors, not just the color pink. She also enjoys skirts and dresses, and especially enjoys wearing those skirts over her favorite blue Star Wars pajamas.

My daughter can’t be put into a “girl” box, just because she happens to be a girl.

So, when we started potty training and my daughter asked for Star Wars underwear, we ended up just buying her boys underwear. Because 1) who cares about that little flap in the front, she won’t know the difference and 2) she deserves to have access to the same interests and identities that boys her age do.

Clothing manufacturers, get on board. Girls like Star Wars too.

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I'm The Facebook Mom Everyone Loves To Hate

I’m the mom on Facebook everyone loves to hate. I’m an over-sharer, and that’s landed me in some pretty hot water.

I’m the mom who supports fellow breastfeeding moms when they reach out for help.

I’m the mom who has both kids wearing cloth diapers.

I’m the mom who cosleeps with her children.

I’m the mom who grows her own organic vegetables to feed her toddler and to make her baby homemade baby food.

I’m the mom walking through the grocery store with a baby in an ergonomic baby carrier.

I’m the mom pushing the grocery cart loaded full of organics and healthy snacks for her kids.

I’m the mom who shared her story of her natural birth and quick labor on Facebook.

I’m the mom who loses nearly all her baby weight within weeks of delivery and has no stretch marks on her belly.

I’m the mom who constantly shares pictures of me working out with my babies.

I’m the mom who openly thanks God for various blessings in my life, especially my family.

I am apparently the hippie-crunchy-granola mom who has been accusing of shaming other moms simple because of my lifestyle. Yes, I am the mom everyone loves to hate. You cringe at my posts on social media. You judge me when I walk by. You complain to your other mom friends about me. You even post passive aggressive Facebook statuses about me. I see them; I’m not blind or ignorant.

Here’s the thing, while you are busy judging my lifestyle, you are forgetting that you too are a mother who has to make difficult decisions in order to raise your family in a way that meets your needs. You’re forgetting that people are probably judging you too.

If only you could explain yourself… Luckily, I can.

Now that I finally have a baby who breastfeeds well, I support other moms who need help with breastfeeding. I’m not a formula shamer, not in the slightest. My son was supplemented with formula since birth and after I threw in the towel as an exclusive pumper at six months, my son was fully on formula until his first birthday. We couldn’t get the breastfeeding thing down so I did what worked for us: formula feeding. My daughter happens to be completely opposite of her brother and breastfeeds like a champ, but it hasn’t been without struggle. We’ve had issues with mastitis and thrush, but I pushed through this time around. Not because I proclaim that breast is best but because I simply cannot afford formula with two babies so close together in age. It’s NOT in the budget, and it’s not for many other moms as well, so I help them when they ask.

I have two kids in cloth diapers because, well, let’s cut to the chase. Have you paid my bill at Target for a months worth of diapers for TWO kids? No? Ok. Now you know why I use cloth diapers.

Cosleeping. Whatever the research says, I frankly don’t care. We didn’t set out to cosleep; the cribs, bassinets and toddler beds in my house are evidence of that. But when you go back to work just six weeks after your first child is born, who is also a terrible sleeper and only sleeps well when in your bed, you do what you have to do for your sanity. You can judge me all you want, but my children have never been rolled on or suffocated in blankets. We all sleep pretty well too on most nights.

I grow my own food, because I have the land to do it, it’s cheap and it’s convenient. I can run outside and grab a tomato to slice up for sandwiches or make an entire salad from my backyard. It cuts down the grocery bill enormously and I can preserve food for the winter. I like knowing there are no chemicals in my food either. That’s right, I get scoffed at because I have a freaking garden with food in it.

Yes, I baby wear and I use a ridiculously expensive ergonomic carrier. Why? Because it’s comfy (I’ve tried the cheaper carriers and the personally hurt my back) and it helps when juggling two children under two. It’s not because of bonding or whatever else baby wearing is acclaimed to do. It’s just a way for me to keep my kids in tow while out shopping.

That being said, while at the grocery store, yes, you will see a ton of healthy food in my cart. I’m simply trying to prevent disease in my family as best as possible. Heart disease, diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis–you name it, I’ve watch loved ones suffer from it. Trying to prevent it is nothing to feel sorry for. And on that note, my family’s diet isn’t perfect — that’s nearly impossible for us. Dig a little deeper on my cart and you’ll find the bakery cookies and the frozen pizza for busy nights. We do the best we can.

I’ve had a drugged up labor complete with an epidural and I’ve had a fast, all-natural labor. Both ways worked for me for my two very different labors. I’ve felt higher than a kite while on pain killers, cracking jokes as I pushed out my son and I’ve had my head buried into a pillow screaming bloody murder while feeling every ounce of pain from that hellish burning ring of fire because there was simply NO time for intervention. I’ve shared both stories publicly and yes, I am extremely proud of my natural birth. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I’m not afraid to tell you that. But I wasn’t being brave having a natural birth. The bravest thing I’ve ever done is have a needle shoved into my spine while in the middle of a horrific contraction when I needed, yes needed, the epidural with my first labor. You do what you have to do.

It’s genetics. What can I say? I can’t help that I lose my pregnancy weight quickly with zero marks on my skin. I don’t judge moms for their tiger stripes and you shouldn’t judge me for my lack of them. Quite frankly, I have no physical reminders that my body grew and housed two beautiful babies, but you might. That’s a pretty cool reminder to see everyday, and I’ll never have that.

I’m into fitness and living healthy and I don’t care what you think about it. I do it because here is a history of disease in my family. I do it because I have suffered from various health problems including postpartum depression. Healthy living brought me back to enjoying my life and my babies. It makes me feel better physically and gives me the energy I need to survive my crazy days–and I take no shame in sharing that with the world because perhaps some other mother might need that inspiration to do it for herself.

And finally, yes I do share my blessings openly #soblessed. I share them because I’ve learned to appreciate little things and thank God for them. It’s just me and relationship with God, and it works for me. People often consider this humble bragging, but it’s simply not. I do proclaim to the world my thankfulness for various things: my children who are true miracles as a PCOS fighter, the food on my plate because there were times when I couldn’t afford much food, the new clothes and toys I get to buy my children because nearly everything my son had during his first year of life was secondhand, etc. etc. etc. So take these #soblessed #humblebrag #Godisgood hashtags and get to scrolling if it bothers you.

Perhaps if we understood the reasons why moms do what they do, then maybe we wouldn’t be so likely to shame each other so quickly. Perhaps then we would stop pointing fingers and judging moms outside of our own mom circle.

Yeah, you’re right. That will happen when hell freezes over. So until I feel that gust of cold air, I’ll keep doing what I am doing because it works for my family and (gasp!) I’ll keep blogging about it.

And if you do something differently than me, well, then I bet you have a pretty damn good reason. I also bet that you are also a Facebook mom that others love to hate.

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Gwen Stefani Makes Bullied Fan's Night By Inviting Him Onstage

Gwen Stefani gave one fan a night he’ll never forget at her concert in Florida on Wednesday night.
While she was in between songs, the No Doubt frontwoman spotted a sign in the audience and started reading it out loud.
“My son was bullied from first to fifth grade,” she read, which led her to let out an exasperated, “What?!”
The sign also said that the Stefani’s music would always cheer the boy up when he came home from school upset. 
After reading the note, Stefani motioned to the boy in the audience and urged him to “Get up here right now!” With the help of some concertgoers and someone who appeared to be a security guard, the young fan was plucked out of the crowd and put onstage. 

About 3 years ago when things were hard in my life I prayed to God everyday that I could get a chance to use my gift that God gave me and make a difference in some way in this world – last night this little guy was the answer to my prayers #zerotoleranceforbullies #onelove #thisiswhatthetruthfeelslike Gx A video posted by Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) on Jul 28, 2016 at 8:43am PDT

The boy was clearly emotional standing beside Stefani, who proceeded to hold his hands up in the air, eliciting loud cheers from the crowd. The two also posed for photos and “The Voice” coach seemed to give the boy some solid words of encouragement. 
Following the show, Stefani took to Instagram to reflect on the special moment and and posted the above video. 
“About 3 years ago when things were hard in my life I prayed to God everyday that I could get a chance to use my gift that God gave me and make a difference in some way in this world,” she wrote alongside the clip. “Last night this little guy was the answer to my prayers.” 
Check out the touching moment above.
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The 7 Most Underrated Experiences At Disneyland

If you’re any kind of Disneyland fan, then you know the glory of the Jungle Cruise ride and you’ve eaten more Dole Whips than you can count. 
But even some of the most avid park-goers skip key experiences during their visits. The following rides, secret spots and shows often go under-appreciated in favor of bigger, sparklier Disneyland attractions. Seek out these little-known gems the next time you visit, and prepare for some real magic. 
1. Breakfast with the characters.
The only thing worth an early wake-up call is warm French toast with Minnie Mouse, enjoyed in one of Disneyland’s most opulent landmarks.

2. The Pinocchio ride. 
After more than 30 years tucked away in Fantasyland, it’s a wonder this thing is still in operation. Peek into Pinocchio’s Daring Journey and re-live his tale from the famous 1940 film. 
3. The secret Splash Mountain path. 
Take a walk near the Haunted Mansion ride to this hidden viewing spot where you can watch riders freak out after completing the Splash Mountain drop.  

4. The hidden background noises.
Between chomping on turkey legs and grasping Fast Passes, take some time to slow down and listen to Disneyland’s incredible ambient music. Main Street, in particular, has some hard-to-hear sound effects worth a second listen. 
5. A fluffy beignet at the Mint Julep Bar.
One of our favorite Disney snacks is a good ol’ fashioned powdered donut from the nostalgic Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square. Grab a bench, take a seat, and watch the world go by. 

A photo posted by Soyary Sunthorn (@soyary) on Jun 25, 2016 at 9:32am PDT

6. A nighttime show in the Enchanted Tiki Room.
Sure, you’ve tasted the aforementioned Dole Whip at the Tiki. But you haven’t truly fulfilled Walt’s vision for the park until you’ve clapped along with his singing animatronic birds in their nightly performance.

7. Mickey and Minnie’s houses.
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Mother Of Orlando Shooting Victim Makes Emotional Gun Reform Plea

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In one of the most poignant moments of the Democratic National Convention, thus far, the mother of a gay man killed in the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, made a tearful onstage plea for gun reform. 
Christine Leinonen said she was inspired to speak at the convention Wednesday because her son, Christopher “Drew” Leinonen, had been a “big supporter” of Hillary Clinton. She was escorted onstage at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center by her son’s ex-boyfriend, Jose Arriagada, and Brandon Wolf, who survived the Pulse nightclub shooting that targeted the LGBT community and left 49 people dead.
A former Michigan state trooper, Leinonen recalled how her off-duty gun was placed in a hospital safe when she went into labor with her son, who was 32 years old at the time of his death. 
“I know common sense gun policies save lives. The weapon that murdered my son fires 30 rounds in one minute,” she said. “I’m glad common sense gun policy was in place the day Christopher was born, but where was that common sense the day he died?”
Drew Leinonen had reportedly been planning to marry his boyfriend, Juan Ramon Guerrero, who was also killed in the Orlando shooting. And before proclaiming her support for Clinton, Leinonen pointed out how her son’s paternal grandparents met in a Japanese internment camp.
“So it was in his DNA that love always trumps hate,” she said. 
Unfortunately for Christine Leinonen, her remarks may go unnoticed by those who need to hear them the most. Although CNN and MSNBC aired her full speech, Fox News ignored the appearance, airing “a panel discussion about inner city poverty and Donald Trump’s appeal to disaffected voters,” instead, Media Matters reported. 
For shame. 
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