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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 imagination, but also lack a firm grasp on what is real and what is not (Big Bird, Mickey, Elmo, all real to a two- and 3-year-old). I will hit on what TO do in a moment, but first let’s touch on what NOT to do: Do not over sympathize. Yes, sounds crazy. You want to be there for... 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 eat 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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Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Gift Ideas for the Grandchildren

As the holidays approach grandparents begin to think of gifts for the grandchildren, typically something material. All well and good, but giving events and experiences as gifts can be an incredibly enriching and valuable alternative. Think how excited a grandchild … read more

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