Karen L. Rancourt, Ph.D., is a leading authority on intergenerational relationships, specifically the dynamics and issues among grandparents, parents, and grandchildren. In her “Ask Dr. Gramma Karen” books and columns, she provides research-based information, insight, and practical ideas to guide parents and grandparents to various solutions that can best resolve their particular conflicts and concerns.

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Love, Harmony, and Family Connections

Grandparents play a unique role in children’s lives – they are family, but without the constant responsibilities parents bear in raising children. This leaves grandparents free to wear many hats in the family, from fun-loving playmate to mentor to family historian, just to name a few. In fact, it is striking how often the word grandparent comes up in my research and in discussions I have with adults about their favorite childhood memories.

Still, issues and problems can and do erupt between generations, usually based on miscommunication, erroneous assumptions, or unrealistic expectations. Left unaddressed, such problems fester and disrupt relationships. The antidote: motivation to explore conflicts with honesty and an open mind and a willingness to use new and proven ways to resolve them. Doing so fosters resolutions that strengthen strong intergenerational bonds and connections grounded in love and harmony, a benefit to everyone – especially the grandchildren.

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Ask Dr Gramma Karen

Volume II

Ask Dr. Gramma Karen, Volume II: Savvy Advice to Soothe Parent-Grandparent Conflicts is an easy-to-use guide that leads to harmonious, sustainable, and enjoyable relationships across the generations. Drawing from 32 real-life accounts, Dr. Rancourt presents insightful ways to make intergenerational conflicts less complicated, perplexing, and overwhelming. She provides multiple points of view in analyzing the problems to help those in conflict better understand the roots of issues.

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Ask Dr Gramma Karen

Volume I

Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Helping Young Parents and Grandparents Deal with Thorny Issues addresses many challenges gripping today’s new parents and grandparents. In this first volume of Ask Dr. Gramma Karen books, Dr. Rancourt responds to 39 real-life readers and their particular problem or issue. Praise for Volume I from Eric Messinger, Editor, New York Family: “…A fresh and important contribution to the genre of parenting and family relationships.”

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