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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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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 [...]