Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: How Grandparents Can Help Their College-Bound Grandchildren

This is not an article about the college admissions scandal. You’re welcome. Rather, this is about how grandparents can help their college-bound grandchildren. When this topic of helping is raised, providing financial help with tuition often first comes to mind. There are many resources available for grandparents with this intent. For example, in addition to consulting with their own financial planners, there are innumerable online resources for grandparents who want to help with tuition, e.g., (1) (2) (3).

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Help Kids Beat the Blues

Many adults think of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as something that couldn’t possibly impact children. After all, kids get to enjoy snow days while their parents shovel out and go to work. They also enjoy lengthy holiday breaks followed by several three-day weekends when their folks still must report to the office.

Six Postpartum Tips for New Moms

Being a new mom is extremely exciting and rewarding, but it also comes with it’s challenges.  It can be confusing figuring out how to add the responsibility of caring for your child into your life, and you’re going to ask a million times over, am I doing this right?  Here are some postpartum tips for helping new moms ease into the whirlwind of motherhood.

Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Update on Fiancé’s Stepfather’s Behavior

Four years ago you gave me some advice regarding my then-fiancé’s stepfather, George, who was inappropriately physical towards me. I thought you might like to know what has happened since then. I currently belong to a support group for expectant first-time moms. A couple of weeks ago we decided that each of us would write a “gratitude journal,” and share it with each other.

7 Tips for Surviving a Family Car Trip

Road trips offer a lot of time for bonding, but if you don’t plan ahead, things can go awry fast. There are a few tricks to pulling off a successful family car trip, but it all comes down to planning. Don’t think you’re just going to hop into the car and the kids will magically stay out of trouble for the next four hours. It just won’t happen.