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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

The Rockwood Files: Soup saves the day

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By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 This morning was one of those mornings. I woke up with the kind of headache that’s just annoying enough to keep me slightly on edge. I went through the usual routine – dropped the kids off at school and then started the day’s work. But my [...]

The Rockwood Files: Confessions of a love story addict

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By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 I did it again last night – stayed up way too late in the name of love. A rerun of a romantic comedy I’ve seen at least eight times came on TV, and, even though I can lip-sync all the important lines, I watched until the [...]

The Rockwood Files: Salad Fatigue

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By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 A few days ago, my friend Shannon and I went to lunch. In an attempt to change our ways and counterbalance the sugar-laden excesses of the holidays, we ordered salads. When the waiter brought them to the table, we marveled at the Olympic-size salad bowls. Even [...]