Springtime is one of the most exciting times of the year. Warm and sunny days replace cold and snow-covered wintery afternoons as the flowers in your backyard finally begin to bloom. But as with any season, even the springtime isn’t exempt from the occasional illness or two. Because spring follows the winter, this season experiences […]
In my last article, “Anxious Parents: Are We Raising Anxious Children?” I reviewed taking a look at ourselves as parents and asking the question – are we anxious? If so, are we passing that anxiety down in our everyday parenting? Preparing that article forced me to self-reflect and take a look at the language […]
Perhaps I can help you decide what emotional and physical investments you are willing to make, or not make, regarding future interactions with your son and his family.
Sleepaway camp is a big step for many kids as they grow and learn to become more independent. For parents and kids alike, it can be difficult to decide the right time to take the plunge and start attending a residential camp. While you may feel apprehensive about sending your child to overnight summer […]
Dear Dr. Gramma Karen, I am a young dad looking for some advice regarding my five-year-old daughter, Rachel. My mother has stage four cancer and we know she will die soon. Rachel is extremely close to her; they have always spent lots of time together, at least a twice a week. Two specific areas you […]
Raising children is a very anxiety provoking experience. We give birth to innocent, little babies and we vow to protect them and make them happy forever. After we become accustomed to our new lifestyle of waking up again and again, and all of the glories of that first year of life, parenting feels do-able. We realize that […]
Dear Dr. Gramma Karen, A few weeks ago you gave me some advice about my brother not attending my son’s 6th birthday party and how he rudely left a gift on our doorstep, even after I asked him to wait so he could hand the gift to my son in person. I took your advice […]
If you have kids, you already know that there can never be enough storage options. Whether you have one kid, two or more, kids take up space from their infant years on. It can be difficult to maintain a tidy and organized household with toys lying around, clothes piling up and shoes always in the […]