The Rockwood Files: Restaurant wars

chinese takeout

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?


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

backrest bed lounger

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 [...]

The Rockwood Files: Raised right on the road

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By Gwen Rockwood, syndicated columnist and mama of 3 Last week I wrote a column called “Ways to know someone has been raised right,” and I added three things to the list. Here are three more “raised right” behaviors I bet you’ve seen on the open road. No. 1: People who have been raised right [...]

The Rockwood Files: Raised right

lemon slice

We went to dinner recently with my parents at a restaurant where you place an order at the counter and then get your own drink. Tom and I were pulling extra chairs up to a table for the seven of us when we noticed a man put a cup of water down in front of [...]

The Rockwood Files: What do you have in common with your dog?

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People say that, not only do you start looking like your spouse over time, you also start looking like your dog. In an experiment, people can often match up dogs with their owners simply by looking at their pictures. And now, researchers say even our personalities mirror our dogs in significant ways. This information worries [...]

The Rockwood Files: Tribute to the nimble thimble


Another small piece of my childhood will soon be a victim of so-called progress. While reading the news last week, I stumbled across an article that said Hasbro, which makes the board game Monopoly, is retiring the thimble game token. After 82 years of service, the company is kicking the poor thimble off the board. [...]

Life with Ladybug: Cloudy, with a chance of a headache


By Shannon Magsam, co-founder and Ladybug’s mama Growing up, my dad was religious about watching the TV weather forecast. As a heavy equipment owner/operator, his business depended on knowing if the weather that week would be nice enough for him to dig a swimming pool or haul asphalt (“Dad, did you haul asphalt today?” [...]

The Rockwood Files: A Tale of Two Trips

By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 “It was the loudest of times, it was a stretch of silence. It was the age of babies, it was the epoch of earbuds.” This tale of two trips began a decade ago when our boys were 5 and 2 ½ and our baby girl was [...]