5 Fun and Alternative Spring Cookout Foods (To Look Forward To)

5 Fun and Alternative Spring Cookout Foods (To Look Forward To)

While there may still be snow in the forecast, as the winter begins to wind down, cookout invites will start pouring in. You can look forward to chatting with your friends in the sun and watching your kids run around, but you might not get excited about deciding what cookout food to bring along. Packing another bag of potato chips to share is a tempting solution, but why not find a creative and fun treat to add to the table? Check out these five alternative cookout foods to make this spring.

Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: How to Build a Co-Grandparenting Team

Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: How to Build a Co-Grandparenting Team

Co-grandparenting refers to the relationships between people who have grandchildren in common. Due to divorces, remarriages, and the resultant blended families, the number of co-grandparents can be in double digits for some grandchildren. As one five-year-old gleefully said, “I sure have a lot of grandparents!” Sometimes the relationships between the co-grandparents are easy and comfortable; other times they are uncomfortable or even problematic.

Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Take the Stress Out of Gift Giving

Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Take the Stress Out of Gift Giving

Dear Dr. Gramma Karen,
I want to suggest you to do a column on gift-giving. I ask because I listen to people at work and in the store check-out lines stressing out about this. For example, my co-workers talk about their in-laws as being either cheapskates or extravagant. Then there is the topic of grandparents giving the grandchildren gifts that the parents have already said they don’t want the kids to have, e.g., cell phones, video games.

Seasonal Safety Tips for the Holidays

Seasonal Safety Tips for the Holidays

Holiday decorations, especially candles and electrical lighting, can be fire hazards.
Parents and grandparents should take a few precautions when decorating and entertaining for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwaanza and other fall/winter holidays and festivities.

Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Food for Thought

Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Food for Thought

I laughed when I saw this cartoon that depicts the challenges of hosting dinners for groups of people with diverse nutritional requirements, e.g., vegan, allergic to gluten, on a cleanser, et cetera. So true! It reminded me that my husband Gary and I have made some changes in how we now often entertain.

Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Grandparents in the Dark About Grandson’s Situation
Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: An Interview with Jane Isay

Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: An Interview with Jane Isay

Dr. Gramma Karen: Jane, after I read Donne Davis’s blog about your latest and fourth book, I immediately read it and hoped I would have a chance to interview you. And, happily, here we are!

Rather than focus on the excellent content of your book about grandparenting, I would like to ask you a few questions about the process you went through to write it.

Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Afterthoughts on the Column, “Our Granddaughter Was Stillborn”

Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Afterthoughts on the Column, “Our Granddaughter Was Stillborn”

Dear readers,
Soon after my Ask Dr. Gramma column “Our Daughter Was Stillborn” was posted, I received this e-mail from a reader:

“As always you provide clarification and a ton of resources. However as tough as it is, the grandparents need to find a way to respect the wishes of the parents. If they are expected to read certain books they must find a way to comply or come to an honest agreement with the parents on how to deal with situation. A thorny but important issue was left out of your answer.”