A reader asks Dr. Gramma Karen for advice about being a stepparent and becoming a part of a new family.
A reader checks back in to share how the advice she received more than a year ago from Dr. Gramma Karen helped solve her problem.
Monogamy. Mating for life. Is it possible to mate for life and be happy? Yes, but like all things worthwhile you got to work for enduring pleasure and say no to alluring distractions. Not everyone’s cut out for abstaining and restraining.
Becoming a new parent is the start of an incredibly exciting chapter in your life, but between feedings, dirty diapers, and naps that are far too short, it can be easy to quickly become overwhelmed. Equally as importantly, it can be easy to forget about the romance that led you and your partner to make the decision to have a baby in the first place. If you are a new parent, the baby is likely taking up the majority of your time. However, it is valuable for your mental health and relationship health to find space to get away and remember what led you down this path.
In this column, Dr. Gramma Karen responds to a grandmother who has cut off from her granddaughter. She was always close with her son and struggles to understand why he has disengaged from her over the past years.
Whether it’s a toddler’s defiant “No,” or a teenager screaming, “You can’t make me,” backtalk is enough to make any parent’s blood boil. What’s worse, it often seems our natural reaction to backtalk (“How dare you speak to me that way” or “You’ll do it because I said so, young lady!”) only makes the problem […]
Including grandparents on family vacations can be difficult with age. Check on Dr. Gramma Karen’s advice to a reader who wants their parent to stay home.
My husband and I have five kids, who mean the world to us. They have always enjoyed each other’s company and have been close. Recently, my 23-year-old son Michael, married Anna, who is 20. Since high school he has lived away, attending college in another state, and then living in Europe. We have always been close; when he was away, he used to call me several times a week.