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Parents get slimed

Teen defense mechanisms similar to those of hagfish

Subscriber onlyAbout seven years ago -- before I had teenagers of my own -- I got an opportunity to interview a child psychologist for an article I was writing. During the interview, I asked the doctor for tips on how parents could better relate to teenagers. What he said stuck with me: "Parents need to remember that almost all teenagers have the same No. 1 fear, and it influences nearly everything they do and say." Continue reading...

Full-grown toddlers

Why are we so angry?

Subscriber onlyThose of us who have survived the toddler years know a thing or two about rage because we've seen it up close and personal. Even though my kids are tweens and teens now, I still vividly remember that tricky stage of development. It's not called the "terrible twos" because of its healthy spirit of cooperation. It's called "terrible" because you're basically dealing with toddler tyranny. Continue reading...

Bless our home

Household address asks for cooperation

Subscriber onlyHusband, children, dogs, cat, my fellow housemates: Continue reading...

Splish, splash, shed

Puppy doesn’t like baths

Subscriber onlySplish splash Continue reading...

There's no place like home

Confessions of a homebody

Subscriber onlyI have a confession that will make me look supremely uncool. I'm a homebody. It's not an easy thing to admit in a go-go society where "more is more" and social media favors movers and shakers. Continue reading...

A tale of two ski lessons

30 years make the slope look steeper

Subscriber onlyThis is a story about two ski lessons -- one that took place nearly 30 years ago, and one that happened last week. Here's what happened. Continue reading...

The night we forgot our phones

Mom grateful for slow end to busy year

Subscriber onlyAn amazing thing happened to us on Christmas Eve. We went to church that night at 6 p.m., and as the service was ending, Tom suggested we take a family picture in front of the big Christmas tree in the church lobby. Continue reading...

Celebrating with a merry birthday countdown

Subscriber onlyHere in the Rockwood house, we celebrate three birthdays during the month of December. We didn't plan it that way. It's just the way it turned out, which adds an additional layer of party and present planning on top of what is already a month crammed full of holiday hoopla. Continue reading...

Tales of a freelance flocker: 'Tis the season for a side hustle

Subscriber onlyOne of the things my dad taught me about the working world is that it's always good to have "multiple revenue streams." That way, if one stream dries up or slows to a trickle, you'll have another one to keep you going. Continue reading...

Finding a good man

Creeps, criminals, you’re on notice

Subscriber onlyAn open letter to good men: Continue reading...

Eight people you meet

Psychology behind booth business

Subscriber onlyI spent two days last week working a booth. It's something my business partner and I do a couple times each year to promote our company and meet readers in real life instead of just online. This was our ninth year of annual booth meet-and-greets. Continue reading...

Seeing what's right on Thanksgiving

Subscriber onlyWhen our middle kid, Jack, was in kindergarten, he and his dad had a Sunday morning tradition. They'd flip to the back page of the comics in the Sunday paper and try to find the six differences between two similar pictures in the "Slylock Fox" cartoon strip. It was a race to see who could find all six differences first. Continue reading...

Store swticheroo sends shopper into tailspin

Subscriber onlyI just got home from a trip to the Walmart Supercenter, where a kid had thrown up on the cereal aisle, and that's not the worst thing that happened. Continue reading...

I'll tumble for you: Hang it up, or else

Subscriber onlyI walked into the laundry room and stopped short -- as if someone had slapped my face upon entry. Continue reading...

He talks funny

North, South get married

Subscriber onlyWhen Tom and I started dating 20 years ago, I had to prepare my parents for meeting him. "Tom is great, but he talks funny," I said. Continue reading...

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