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Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Readers’ Comments: “The Gift of a Gap Year”

Many readers responded to my column, “The Gift of a Gap Year”. For example, an Ivy League college administrator writes: “It's time for the 40- and 50-year-olds (and grandparents) who have grown up with the old paradigms to look at better ways to make sure their child is prepared for college. We really do need to look at the entire picture of the child and not just academic competence. Of the 168 hours of a student's weekly life, 12 to 15 hours of that week are in the classroom... read more

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How Can I Make My Toddler Sleep?

My 3 year old will NOT sleep. He keeps coming out of his room and it’s driving me crazy. How can I make him sleep? Well, you can’t really make him sleep, but you can create an environment that is … read more

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Keeping Kids Active For Better Health

Keeping children healthy as they grow is important. Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that more than a third of all children are overweight or obese. That’s a genuine problem for them, since being overweight … read more

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The 5 Realities of Braving Air Travel with Kids

Who has ever been scared or fearful getting ready to travel with your kids? I’ve recently been there myself. The idea of a little rest and relaxation and ditching the cold is great in theory, but then the reality sets … read more

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Delicious Superbowl Recipes

Here’s a little bit about Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter: From its origins in Pic Picot’s garage in 2007, Nelson, New Zealand-based Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter has today become New Zealand’s No. 1 peanut butter and can be found … read more

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Better Health Better Romance

Actress Eva Mendes dropped women’s jaws around the country when she said that sweatpants cause divorce. What was meant to be a light-hearted comment turned into a full debate among social circles nationwide. Are sweatpants really that bad? Although Eva … read more

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Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Should I Let My Daughter Spend Time with My Abusive Mother?

My childhood was fraught with emotional, psychological, and physical abuse by my mother. She was a daily drunkard for most of those years. Although sober for many years, she has been a pill abuser off and on. My father knew … read more

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Superfoods are Super Foods for Children

You may have heard of the term ‘superfoods’, but what are they? These are foods that are packed with nutrients including antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Often, children are picky eaters and you may never expect them to eat a superfood. … read more

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