How Should Parents Deal With Teenage Heartbreak?

Teenager Heartbreak

By Carol Rood My oldest bio kid is a moody person.  He alternates between sullen, annoyed and morose.  Every now and then, we have a rare glimpse of a smile.  Although I will say his mood has improved as he has gotten a little older.  He just graduated high school, and he seems happier. A […]

The Baltimore Riots Are About Rage, Oppression And Dominance.

Baltimore riots

By Carol Rood At approximately 8 am on the morning of April 12, a man named Freddie Gray was arrested by two Baltimore Police officers. He was placed into a police van, and although witnesses say he asked for help because he couldn’t breathe, he didn’t receive any medical help.  The police van made 4 […]

Women Should Be In Control of Their Own Bodies!


By Carol Rood I have always been an advocate of reproductive rights for women. Every woman should have the right to decide for herself when and if she wants to have children. This decision is a very personal one, and each woman should have the right to make it for herself. Without interference from parents, […]

No More Mother’s Day Celebrations for Me…


By Carol Rood A few weeks ago one of my classmates was giving a presentation about Valentine’s day and how it actually started, and offered a unique perspective on Valentine’s Day.  She suggested we should all start ignoring it.  She felt as though Valentine’s day is gendered in such a way that it is really […]

Why I Don’t Believe In New Year Resolutions

Why I don't make New Year's Resolutions

By Carol Rood In my younger days I used to make New Year’s resolutions.  Things like:  lose 10 pounds, quit smoking, save money, etc. These resolutions oftentimes were never reached, and maybe not even started.  I may have quit smoking for a day, but was not able to quit for good. I exercised some, but […]

10 Things You Should Never Say To A Gay Parent!

Things you should never say to a gay parent

By Carol Rood So I have read a few funny posts lately about “if latinos said the things white people say” and if “asians said the things white people say.” Also, things you shouldn’t say to a lesbian, or a gay dad, and I decided to add my own list of things you shouldn’t say […]

I Used The Leaked Celebrity Nudes Of Jennifer Lawrence To Teach My Kids About Internet Security.


By Carol Rood A few days ago nude pictures of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kate Upton, Lea Michele, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and others showed up online.  I happened to see them on a friends’ Twitter account.  When I saw them, I was like, “no way […]

A Mother Notes That We Know More About Robin Williams’ Death Than The Death of Michael Brown

Michael Brown

By Carol Rood Robin Williams died on August 11, 2014.  He was a beloved actor and comedian.  The news was even more tragic because he apparently committed suicide and had a history of mental illness.  Depression is a terrible terrible disease.  What people show on the outside is not always how they present themselves, and […]

Meal Ideas for Parents: Moroccan Chicken with Potatoes, Peppers and Tomatoes

cooking for kids

By Carol Rood My garden as been growing like crazy this summer.  I am not sure if my thumb got greener over the winter, or I have just learned enough about gardening to be more successful, or it is just magic. I did do some things differently this year: I made the garden bigger, I […]