DFW Moms

I did something the other night I've spent 20 years teaching my children not to do.

It was a last-minute deal. I left dirty dishes in the sink, grabbed two flags from the garage and met the husband mid-town. I parked my car at a Chili's (thanks Chili's), hopped in his car and we zipped to the airport.

Q: Our 14-year-old son seems depressed - to us, at least. His principal sees no sign of depression but thinks he's socially anxious. The subjects of counseling and medication have come up. We have suggested to him that he get more exercise and spend less time playing video games and watching TV, but he says he hates sports. He appears to be withdrawing more and more into his video screen world. Our plan of action is to insist that he take up a sport if he wants the freedom to have a computer and video game. We want him to have balance in his life. Your thoughts?

Q: My ex and I were together for two years. We lived with my parents and she has been working for my father managing his office and upgrading his website. We had a horrible fight, which was all her fault and she moved out last week. My father will not fire her. I feel like he's taking her side! What's good ex-etiquette?

Elisabeth Rohm just wrapped up participation in Fertility Planit - a two day event April 4-5 at the University of California at Los Angeles. The first event of its kind, Fertility Planit was an all-fertility focused show featuring leading fertility experts. Topics included Beginners Guild to Infertility, Becoming a Single Parent by Choice, Egg Freezing, Creating a LGBT family, Adoption, Male Infertility, Fertility Over 40, Adoption, and IVF.

The following is an excerpt from "The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook," by Matthew Mead (Downtown Bookworks, $18.99). Reprinted with permission from Downtown Bookworks,

The month of March brought a real bonanza of beauteous Berrybaby names - including two sets of twins, some gorgeous sibsets, and several highly creative middles. And we're lucky enough to be able to share the stories behind many of the choices. (Remember: these were babies announced on the Forums in March, even if they were born earlier.) Congrats to everyone!

After my daughter popped out at 8 pounds, 2 ounces, I stared at my still-protruding belly in shock, and cried when a man asked me when I was due - two weeks after I had delivered. I cried pretty often back then: news stories, Kleenex commercials, at one wrong word said by my husband. I spent my days at home, wishing I could get some sleep and lying to my friends who called to ask if everything was OK. I was exhausted, hormonal and grumpy, and I felt trapped in my house, wondering if I'd ever feel normal again. I knew those first weeks with baby would be hard, but I didn't know how hard.

Garlic, also known as the stinking rose, is both an herb and a vegetable. Studies show that when consumed as part of a balanced diet, garlic can reduce blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. Consuming garlic daily, about one half to one clove, may reduce total cholesterol.

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