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.”

Encouraging Self Care in Your Kids

Oftentimes when we think of self care we think of adults; managing work, taking care of families and everything in between that occurs as our lives mature and evolve. However, children are not exempt from stressors of their own, and they too benefit significantly from self care. As parents, it’s vital to teach our children practical ways to cope with stress and other emotions for a healthy mental well-being that will follow kids into adulthood.

Registering Your Child for Kindergarten & School

Sending your kids off to kindergarten or school is a big step for most parents. It can be an emotional time fraught with many details you may not expect. From choosing the right school for your child to all the paperwork you have to fill out, it can feel a bit overwhelming. Rest assured, we have you covered.

Being a Parent with a Benzodiazepine Addiction

When benzodiazepines were first introduced more than fifty years ago, they were seen as a safer alternative to barbiturates and other forms of sedatives that were known for being very dangerous and addictive. Benzodiazepines simply seemed to be less toxic and less likely to cause a dependence; at least a serious case of dependence.