Dating tips and advice



Real Romance: A Single Latina’s Quest for True Love

Yep. Here it is: early February the time of year that, in the past, has induced a gag reflex in me and the burning desire to crane-kick random strangers in the style of Mr. Miyagi. A time when everything suddenly goes all shades of pink,…

Am I a Helicopter Mom?

A recent development made me wonder whether I'm a helicopter mom. My son spent an entire week at The Cowboy's ranch in the lead up to Christmas. It was the longest unbroken time we'd all spent together, and some remarkable changes were…

How to Avoid Fighting With Your Spouse During the Holidays

Of course you want to avoid fighting with your spouse during the holidays but, how? Unfortunately the most heated fights of the year between couples occur precisely when they should be experiencing peace on earth and goodwill towards…

Greater Expectations: The Cowboy's Guide For Single Moms Raising Boys

When I first began to talk to The Cowboy about my son, I pretty much toed the liberal line. If my kid had behavioral problems, I reasoned, it was because he was "special"—either because he was "gifted" or because he (maybe) had an autism…

Sexless in the City: Living with Mami

Mami was a good girl from Los Naranjos in the Dominican Republic. She was the second of nine children, which means my abuela and abuelo were very, uh, loving. Being second in command, mami had many responsibilities growing up, including wiping…

Boys and Wounds: A Cowboy's Guide to Raising Boys for Single Moms

In her latest installment of "A Cowboy's Guide to Raising Boys," writer Alisa Valdes realizes it's time to toughen up a little. It will come as little surprise to those who know me that I have long been just a tiny bit, well, over-reactive—especially…