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Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: I Unabashedly Bribe My Grandsons

Dear Readers, This is an unabridged version of a column I wrote for GRAND Magazine. My grandsons have reviewed it and have given me permission to write about them. With the arrival of summer, and because so many grandparents spend lots of time with their grandchildren, I decided to focus this column on the little-talked-about […]

What Parents Need to Know about Smartphones

If you are considering buying your child a smartphone, but are concerned about what that might mean for their safety, these guidelines will help you with when your child may or may not be ready for a smartphone, and how you can help to guide their behavior online in a healthy and safe manner.

My Kid Cut Her Hair and I’m Freaking Out

MY KID CUT HER HAIR! She looks crazy. I am freaking out. I am so mad at her. I told her to stay that way, looking crazy with her half bangs. Am I wrong or is this not a big deal??? I cannot tell you HOW many times I have come across this “my-kid-cut-their-hair situation […]

Dear Amanda: To Enrich or Not to Enrich?

Dear Amanda is an elementary school teacher and parent of two school age children who provides honest and straightforward advice geared toward all things education. Here’s the twist: she will answer your question as a parent as well as a teacher. These two opinions, while different, can provide a refreshing take on topics we care […]