Dr. Gramma Karen: Debbie, thank you for agreeing to do this interview. I am pleased that my readers and I have this opportunity to learn about your experiences as a family and couples therapist.
My daughter Rose, who is not speaking to me at the moment, texted me that I should read your column “Should Grandparents Share Their Views on Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol?” Here is why she isn’t speaking to me.
I found your column about the three sisters and your comments about honesty very interesting. To think about honesty being, in your words, nuanced makes me both uncomfortable and intrigued. I have always tended to be very black or white about honesty: you’re either telling the truth, or you’re not.
The summer is a great time to plan some fun family activities. But of course, as always when kids are involved, planning an event for a whole family is a completely different thing from those spontaneous summer break adventures you might have taken in high school and college.
Our two grandchildren have just – gasp! – entered their teen years. We’re hoping you can give us advice on talking with them about peer pressure and issues involving sex, drugs, and alcohol. We are fortunate in that we are on the same page as their parents in these matters, but we also feel that as their grandparents we might have some different approaches and opportunities than what they have with their parents. And is it even our place to engage on these topics?
Mother’s Day, created by Anna Jarvis, was first celebrated at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, on May 10, 1908. Its purpose was to recognize mothers, motherhood, and maternal bonds in general, as well as the positive contributions that they make to society.
Nobody plans to have a picky eater, but when it happens you can undo your children’s picky eating habits in 5 simple steps.
With the coming of summer, it’s not too soon for grandparents to extend invitations and to plan for visits with the grandchildren. As the real-life examples below illustrate, some creativity and flexibility in the arrangements may make for visits that are more relaxing and fun for everyone.