The Rockwood Files: Women versus the machines

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By Gwen Rockwood, syndicated columnist and mama of 3 Sometimes I yell at inanimate objects. Usually it’s one of the electronics – the printer, computer, television, garage door, microwave, and even the remote control. And the question I yell most often is this: “Why do you hate me?” I try not to take it personally [...]

The Rockwood Files: I heart Band Geeks

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By Gwen Rockwood, syndicated columnist and mama of 3 Last night, I went to our middle child’s 7th grade band concert, and it felt like going home to my roots and my people. Like my son, I’m a proud “band geek.” Always will be. I had some friends in school who weren’t band geeks, kids [...]

The Rockwood Files: Swim down memory lane

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By Gwen Rockwood, syndicated columnist and mama of 3 I read a magazine article today about a new type of portable pool you can install in the back of a truck. It’s called a Pick-Up Pool, and it looks like a sleeker version of a waterproof mattress cover sized to fit perfectly in the back [...]

The Rockwood Files: Small carts, big dreams

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By Gwen Rockwood, syndicated columnist and mama of 3 I went to Wal-Mart yesterday while the kids were at school and glanced longingly over at the new, fun-sized shopping carts lined up outside the automatic doors. Have you seen them yet? They’re about half the size of the regular carts and they have an upper [...]

The Rockwood Files: Academic football

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By Gwen Rockwood, syndicated columnist and mama of 3 Ours is not what you’d call a “sports family.” We like to watch college football and basketball and our kids compete in a few swim meets during the summer, but we’re not hard-core about it. We don’t take the kids to a practice every day, and [...]

The Rockwood Files: Emotional muscle memory

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By Gwen Rockwood, syndicated columnist and mama of 3 Every year about this time, I wish there was a fast-forward button for life. I wouldn’t skip much – just a few days or so. Like most families, mine has an anniversary we don’t celebrate – one we dread the approach of because it renews the [...]

The Rockwood Files: Restaurant wars

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By Gwen Rockwood, syndicated columnist and mama of 3 Of all the questions Americans grapple with, there’s one that pops up more frequently than the rest: “Where do you want to go eat?” Deciding should be easy. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from. But when two or more people are involved in the [...]

Slightly Tilted: Am I a good mom?

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By Jen Adair, Blogger at Slightly Tilted, Entreprenuer, Homeschool Mom to two fab kiddos Life is full of questions. How do people on HGTV flip a house in a month with a budget of $10? Why have toys at a book fair? The kids will never, ever go for the books. Doesn’t that defeat the [...]

The Rockwood Files: Kids and parents post reviews of each other

By Gwen Rockwood, syndicated columnist and mama of 3 As most parents know, one of the requirements of the job is to drive. Especially as kids get older and have more activities, the driving demands go way up. Often, time alone in the car with a kid can produce some of the best conversations a [...]

The Rockwood Files: Pillow Talk

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By Gwen Rockwood, syndicated columnist and mama of 3 Well, we did it. We thought about it for a long time but something always held us back – vanity, frugality, perhaps a desperate grip on the last remaining scraps of our youth. But now that we’ve done it, we love it so much we don’t [...]