Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

CNN: Oprah’s secret sister; why did Oprah’s mom hide it?

Like millions of Oprah fans I sat glued to the TV Monday afternoon to hear the talk show queen reveal a family secret: she had a half-sister that had been given up for adoption in 1963 and Oprah's mom hid it from everyone. Of course, when you find out your sibling is one of the richest people in the world, like Oprah's half-sister Patricia did, you probably want to celebrate and tell the world. What's shocking is how Patricia kept the secret for approximately four years once DNA test confirmed their connection. All the focus is on Oprah, but I want to dish about her mother, Vernita Lee.

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Will there be a “blizzard baby boom?”

After the snow in the Northeast and here in the Atlanta area, Mommy Talk Show asked our guests: "Will there be a blizzard baby boom?" We suspect because so many families were snowed in for several days that moms and dads took part in some "free entertainment" that could result in a baby boom in approximately nine to 10 months!

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How do you handle questions about Baby #2?

The moms in our Mommy Talk Show premiere were asked "How do you handle questions about Baby #2?" Maran's daughter, Ali, is an only child. When Ali turned 7, Maran and her husband decided their family of three was just fine. Karen's son, Michal, is also an only child. He was a surprise for Karen and her husband and they don't want to plan any family additions. If they add to their family, it'll be a surprise as well. Diane is also content with her family of three. She says people starting asking about Baby #2 when her son, Ethan, was about 6 months old. Diane and her husband may consider adopting an older child in a few years. My husband and I are still adjusting to being newlyweds so A.J. will likely be an only child. My husband says we're "one and done!"

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CNN: Parents open bakery for their disabled daughter and hire others with special needs

I have a niece who is deaf. She's a married working mom with two sons. I have another niece with Down Syndrome who works full-time and has won awards in her local Special Olympics. So people with disabilities have a special place in my heart. I've watched my nieces do things some people might have thought was impossible for them. If they had been born 20 or 30 years earlier, no one would have expected them to work outside the home or support themselves. Thank God that's not the expectation now. That's why tears came to my eyes when I saw this story on CNN about a Florida family who opened Casey's Cookies so their disabled daughter and other young people with special needs could get vital job skills.

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