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Donny and Marie Think You Rule

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They host Teleflora's America's Favorite Mom tonight at 7 p.m. ET/6 CT on NBC.
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As they prepare for an international tour and then a six-month Las Vegas engagement, Donny and Marie Osmond are busy, busy, busy. (Not to mention Marie alone has EIGHT kids. Hello!) The pair spoke with momlogic about what Mother's Day means to them.

Momlogic: Why did you decide to host Teleflora's America's Favorite Mom, and what are your plans for Mother's Day?

Donny: This is such a special day for us because our Mom passed away on Mother's Day four years ago, so we just couldn't turn this down. We're putting all of our rehearsals on hold and doing this show for Teleflora and NBC. We'll probably get right back to work after, but we'll take Mother's Day off. I think my wife will appreciate that! I have a whole lot planned but only we'll know about it.

Marie: I believe that this kind of an honor is something we do need to do for these women. I'm a Mom of eight and I'll tell you, I've done Olympic shows and inaugurations and television shows, but being a Mom is the most difficult and rewarding job out there. Kids don't come home to their video games, they come home to their Moms. And husbands may like their couches, but they do come home to their wives.

Momlogic: Most older kids tend to be embarrassed by or unimpressed with their parents. Is that how it is with yours?

Donny: I'm just another normal neighborhood dad. A lot of the kids in the neighborhood call me Uncle Donny. I'm just another neighbor.

Marie: I think it might be a little different with my kids. They know this is my job. I've just gotten back into shape having been on Nutrisystem. It's fun when your teenage daughters and your 21-year-old walk around and go, "Mom, we're taking you shopping!" Once they start dressing you, they start going, "My mommy's hot!" And I'm like, "Yes, I am having a hot flash, thank you."

Momlogic: What is the best advice you received from your own Mom?

Donny: "This too shall pass" was her saying when times got rough...and they always did. No matter what business you're in or what size family you have, life has a tendency to throw curve balls at you. Everyone experiences times when you don't know how you're going to get out of a situation. She always said, "Just be patient, this too shall pass." That was the greatest advice she ever gave to us.

Momlogic: Why do you think your own parents did such a great job at raising your entire family?

Marie: I think it's because they created a family structure where the woman in the home is treated equally and is cherished and adored by her husband. They were like a team. And all my brothers are like that with their wives, too. It's one unit -- and it's not like "I'm above you" or "You're beneath me" or anything else. That is what our parents taught.


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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
Nancy D. May 11, 2008, 4:58 PM

That saying must be in the Mom Handbook! One of my Mom’s favorite sayings was, “This, too, shall pass.” And it is so true! I lost my Mom almost 8 years ago (June of 2000) and I still miss her. I don’t think you ever get over that.

SteelMagnolia May 11, 2008, 11:38 PM

Tell me something Marie, do you actually think you can compare with your Mom? You are nothing at all like your Beautiful Mother Olive. For one, she took care of her Children (All 9 of them), she didn’t hire some 24-7 Nanny and then claim that she was the caretaker. A question for you is “How did you become so screwed up with you having great parents and normal brothers”? And I want to know how you deal with having a Gay daughter? Do you just pretend it isn’t so? Honey, for your info, you are born Gay, it is not a decision you make when you get to be an adult, I should know, my Brother was Gay. Marie, you sure don’t live in the real world, do you?

Lisa May 12, 2008, 8:58 AM

Hmmm, Steele Magnolia, you sound a bit heated…. Marie has never claimed to be perfect. Where in the world do you get that?? And so you expect her to NOT work??? Whatever. And oh, your the Authority on Gays??? And you say your born gay? Right….there are many factors to reasons someone is gay, maybe your brother turned gay because of his overbearing, bossy steele magnolia sister. Alot has to do with environment honey…

Ten Tees January 8, 2011, 7:45 PM

Great article. Good to read. I’ve just got one thing to submit about shirts.


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