Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: I Unabashedly Bribe My Grandsons

Dear Readers, This is an unabridged version of a column I wrote for GRAND Magazine. My grandsons have reviewed it and have given me permission to write about them. With the arrival of summer, and because so many grandparents spend lots of time with their grandchildren, I decided to focus this column on the little-talked-about […]

Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Ongoing Issues With the In-Laws

I wrote to you last year about favoritism occurring in my husband’s family – his parents showing a preference for their other grandchildren over ours. We took your advice and spoke to his parents about a few of the issues we noticed. They were very appreciative for the information and accepted it, but things still […]

Readers’ Comments: Impacts of the Election on Family Relationships

Many readers responded to my column, Impacts of the Election on Family Relationships. Although I focused primarily on family relationships, many readers report that the presidential election affects non-familial relationships as well. For example, one reader writes: “Someone posted this comment on your column [referenced above]: ‘Just experienced a “it’s better if we don’t talk” […]

Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Impacts of the Election on Family Relationships

This is an unabridged version of my column that will be published in the March/April issue of GRAND Magazine. Prior to the presidential election I wrote two columns on how the presidential campaign was impacting family relationships: (1) “Grandparents’ Political Rants Are Upsetting;” (2) “Readers’ Responses to Grandparents’ Political Rants.” Post-election, many readers who did […]