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Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: How Not to Say the Wrong Thing

Dear Readers, The holiday season means the coming together of family and friends, many of whom we haven’t seen in a while, many of whom may be dealing with illnesses and diseases. A constant fear is saying the wrong or inappropriate thing to someone who is facing a medical challenge. A reader sent me a Los Angles Times article that helped her in these situations. I, too, found informative, “How Not to Say the Wrong Thing,” by clinical psychologist Susan Silk, Ph.D., and Barry... read more

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Night Frights

My child is beginning to get frightened at night, monsters and all, and is having trouble sleeping (so, of course, so am I – YAWN). What to do? Yes, yes, right on time. That time when children have a wonderful … read more

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Fostering a Love of Reading

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how much my tween son loves to read, and how we now enjoy reading the same books (thank you, Katniss Everdeen). Many of you have asked me how my son’s love of reading … read more

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Holiday Travel Planning and Safety for Babies & Toddlers: Teleclass Re-cap

The holidays are almost here and that means many families are getting ready to hit the road or skies for family trips! Parents often wonder how to better install car seats in their own cars, as well as when traveling … read more

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How to Have Happy, Heartburn-Free Holidays

We all want to eat, drink and be merry with our families during the holidays. Who cares if we have that extra glass of wine or that “I wish I hadn’t eaten it” late night helping of pumpkin cheese cake? … read more

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The Great Nap Transition

The two-to-one nap transition can be a sticky situation for parents. How do you know when to take the leap to one nap? This transition is the toughest of the bunch and takes the longest to work through. Most babies … read more

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Raising a Connected Father

This text really feels special to me since it’s one of the main breakthroughs I’ve had since becoming a mother. Before I begin, I want to say that although we are a wife-husband type of family, it might feel familiar … read more

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Dreading the Dentist

As I’ve gotten older, I have dreaded going to the dentist more and more. I’m not sure why (maybe yet another joy of turning 40 is developing sensitive teeth?). I know that I should feel very lucky to live in … read more

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