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Soleil Moon Frye Embraces 'Punky Brewster' and 'Happy Chaos'

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You may remember Soleil Moon Frye from the popular '80s TV comedy series "Punky Brewster," about a spunky orphan adopted by a lonely old man.


Soleil is no longer the silly, oddly attired kid, but is now an entrepreneur and social media maven with a new parenting book, "Happy Chaos," giving grown-up advice and sharing her personal and professional world.

"Happy Chaos" explains the adventures of motherhood and why accepting messes, mishaps, tears and tantrums will make you and your kids happier. Here is an excerpt:

"I was seven years old when I walked onto the set of 'Punky Brewster,' a show about a little girl who was abandoned by her mother in a grocery store. I think of it now and smile as I imagine them pitching the series. A show about a kid whose parents abandoned her at the tender age of seven... and it's a comedy! Then she narrowly escapes being sent to an orphanage... an orphanage!

"This wasn't a drama -- or a novel by Dickens -- this was a prime-time sitcom on NBC. Amazing. Even more amazing, Punky wasn't saved from the orphanage by a mom and a dad with a big house and a backyard. Instead, she and her dog, Brandon, were taken in by a grumpy old man. And together they made a family."

Moon Frye is the proud mother of daughters Poet, 6, and Jagger, 3, who have seen a few episodes of "Punky Brewster" on YouTube and thought it was "hysterical."

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