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Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: My Step-Grandchildren Lack Discipline

I am a step-grandma. My concern is about my twin 5-year-old grandsons, who are at times delightful, at other times holy terrors (times two!). I've had a conversation with their mother, who tells me she and her husband use time-outs and then taking away toys for punishment. However, these children hit, do reckless things (like climbing on wobbly chairs with sharp scissors), and sometimes use bad language. I've never seen any consequences other than yelling, "You'd better stop that!" and... read more

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The 2014 “Better Candy” Cheat Sheet

Last year, I ran an advocacy program called Green Halloween which helped over a million moms around the country make better, healthier choices with regard to what candy they bought and served.  I know firsthand what a massive business candy … read more

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Home With Your Baby

You are home with your brand new baby. You and your significant other took courses, read books, made sure you had purchased all the ‘right’ baby equipment. You set up the nursery, interviewed pediatricians – and perhaps met a few. … read more

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Tween Book Recommendations

One of my favorite ways to bond with my now tween-age son is through books. That’s right. I get most of my book recommendations these days from a 12-year-old boy. So far, we’ve read The Hunger Games series, the Divergent … read more

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Managing ADHD at School

Our children with ADHD are wonderful and intelligent people who need our help with creating a learning environment that allows them to use their strengths to compensate for their weaknesses. On a daily basis, students with ADHD work very hard … read more

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Post-Baby Eating Tips for the New Mom: Teleclass Re-cap

Keeping new moms healthy and energized post-baby is a critical step to the health and happiness of the entire family. We held a teleclass on post-baby eating, generously sponsored by buybuyBaby and expertly facilitated by Danielle Shea Tan, a Certified Health … read more

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10 Ways to Remove Stress and Worries

Being a mom is one of the most fulfilling roles you can have. However, it does have its own quirks and turns, which can overwhelm you at times. Nonetheless, these don’t have to take their toll on you. Here are … read more

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Your Pregnancy, Your Partner and You

For every woman, pregnancy is a time of staggering upheaval – physical, mental and emotional. Intense joys can be followed by crashing lows, and your baby will become your foremost concern, especially as your due date draws closer. If you’re … read more

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