Bio: Winnie

Winnie with husband Jeff and their daughters Samantha and Annie
  • Age: Early 40s
  • Spouse: Jeff
  • Kids: Samantha, 9 and Annie, 7
  • Pets: Salt-water tank with two clown fish, a cleaner shrimp and assorted hermit crabs and and snails
  • Hometown: Albany, New York
  • Writing: Author of soon-to-be-released book, What to Eat for What Ails You; co-author of several health and medical books; freelance magazine writing (Woman's Day, Weight Watchers, Redbook, Family Circle, All You, Diabetic Living, Parents and American Baby)
The TV show that best describes my family life: One Day at a Time

Favorite time of day with my kids: Any time we're reading or eating!

Biggest fear: Samantha losing her Smitty bear and Annie losing her Brown Bear

Favorite part of getting older: Not caring so much about how I look or how my house looks.

Favorite thing to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon: Go hiking — or nothing.

Most embarrassing moment: Talking to an editor at Parents magazine while my girls are fighting and screaming outside my office door.

Parenting pet peeve: Back talk.

Nagging insecurity: Am I doing any of this right?

If money were no object... I'd travel the world!

Childhood tradition I'm continuing with my kids: Giving my kids Chinese New Year money packets!

Best advice I've given: Breathe.

One true thing my mom taught me: You can't control what anyone does.

Biggest parenting challenge: Staying cool when the kids fight.

Least favorite household chore: Cleaning the tub

Favorite family dinner: Can I order a pizza for delivery?

The most important thing I can teach my children: Love each other — you'll know each other longer than anyone else you meet in this life.

The biggest lesson I've learned from my kids: Hugs can work magic.
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