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?

Boy, am I glad I'm not Gywneth Paltrow.

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, www.downtownbookworks.com.

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.

Inspired by decorated eggs, these sweet strawberries make a deliciously colorful holiday project.

So this mom started a company called Flytogapher, a service that books a photographer to follow you on your vacation for a fun, candid photo shoot. To capture the spirit of the trip in a way you couldn't do by yourself. You know, just let those special vacation moments just unfold in front of the camera.

The introduction of Common Core standards has brought a new focus on standardized testing that has not been seen in decades. Our children attending public schools will not only be judged against students within their state but now throughout the country. The stakes are high! Not only for students but also all of the adults that are involved in education. The success of school administrations, teachers and politicians will also be tied in many ways to these outcomes of these metrics. Federal and local education agencies will use the test results to determine funding that will go to school districts and states.

Bright colors and bunnies and carrots, oh my!

The developing brain is an awe-inspiring organ - until something goes awry, such as damage from toxic chemicals. It turns out there are more of those than experts realized. Perhaps many more.

Dear EarthTalk: Do you have any tips for explaining global warming and other complex environmental problems to my kids? - Peter Buckley, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Ah, summer camp.

Every mom deserves a good night of sleep, and the Therapedic Memory Loft EuroGEL Deluxe Bed Topper brings three inches of cushioned relief. Moms may very well set aside their dreams for a new bed after a night of the fit-for-a-queen sleep that comes with this gel-infused topper.

Choosing a sleepaway summer camp is much like purchasing a home or a car - there are many different kinds, lots of questions to be asked and a process to go through before finding the right one.

Understanding your child begins with listening. Not only to the nice things he says but also to his complaints and tantrums, as how your child complains reveals so much significant information about how your child processes information and how he feels about his place in the world. Listening to exactly what your child is complaining about, the words she uses, how she says it, and especially the details she uses in telling you about it, are all important aspects to discovering her dominant sense and is the key to resolving her issue. Paying careful attention to complaints will ultimately result in fewer complaints because everyone will get what they need to feel listened to, understood and loved.

CHICAGO - I'm learning more than I'm teaching lately.



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