Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Aunt Needs Help Dealing With Loss

Dear Dr. Gramma Karen,
I am 21 years old and in desperate need of advice. I live with my parents. My dead brother’s widow and her two brats, a 4-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy, live in the same town.

The brats are beyond spoiled from all sides because their father died. To be fair, I am the youngest child in my family and spoiled, so I could be the problem, as literally everybody tells me.

10 Kitchen Skills for Children That Build Confidence

As you prepare your children to leave the nest eventually (not that you can bear the thought!), basic cooking skills are some of the most important lessons they need to learn. Along with being able to feed themselves, knowing how to cook also helps your kids feel confident in themselves and their abilities — even if they’re on the shy side.

Here are 10 kitchen skills children should know that also build confidence.

5 Tips to Help Your Kids Wind Down for Bedtime

With all the excitement and stimulation that kids face throughout the day, it can be hard to get them settled in time for bed. Yet, sleep is crucial to a child’s mental and physical development. It promotes growth, prevents illness, and boosts learning capabilities. In fact, sufficient sleep has been labelled as just as important for kids as good nutrition and regular exercise.

The Toxins Found in Our Kids Toys

Some products your little ones are playing with might actually contain toxins that are, or in the future, will impact their health and growth. Being aware of what’s in your children’s toys is just as important as knowing what is in the food they eat, and if it goes unnoticed, can be even more harmful.

Staying Stress-Free During the Holidays

The holiday season has officially fallen upon us, and in hand with the festive cheer, gathering of family and friends, and holiday music comes a whole lot of stress. According to research from last holiday season, 31 percent of Americans would describe the holiday season as “frantic.” As much as we may like to put on the facade that the holiday season is still a time of cheer, we should face the fact that it’s stressing all of us out.

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.