Karen L. Rancourt, Ph.D., Books
Dr. Karen L. Rancourt, Ph.D.: “How I became Dr. Gramma Karen”
In September 2011, Karen L. Rancourt, Ph.D., began writing Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: An Advice Column for Young Parents and Grandparents at Mommybites.com and later for GRAND Magazine. Dr. Rancourt’s varied and relevant professional endeavors, in combination with her roles as a wife, mother, and grandmother, provided her with the skills, experience, and expertise that have made her the highly regarded advice-giver she is today. Read More
The Evolution of the Column
The format for the Ask Dr. Gramma Karen columns came about from one of Dr. Rancourt’s favorite childhood memories. She and her four siblings would compete over who was going to be the first to read the Dear Abby advice column when the morning and evening newspapers arrived at their front door. Sometimes alone, and sometimes together, she and her siblings would read each problem, try to guess what advice Abby would give, and then read what the actual advice was. As a young reader, and even now, this Dear Abby format struck Dr. Rancourt as being interesting, challenging, and educational. She decided to use a similar format for Ask Dr. Gramma Karen.
All the intergenerational situations she addresses are from real people trying to deal with real issues. Dr. Rancourt never tells people what to do, but rather, she presents a range of options and alternatives with the pros and cons of each. This leaves it to the person involved to decide the option best suited for his/her personality and circumstances. Readers say that she also helps them become “unstuck” by presenting a few suggestions readers had not considered, thus enabling them to see a situation through the eyes of others involved.
A hallmark of the advice she gives is that she brings in relevant and current research, thus giving depth and breadth to the issues being discussed.
Ask Dr. Gramma Karen, Volume II: Savvy Advice to Soothe Parent-Grandparent Conflicts
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. In conclusion, she does not tell people what to do, but rather presents a range of carefully researched options and alternatives for them to choose the best resolution for their situation. Dr. Rancourt’s widely read columns appear at Mommybites.com and in GRAND Magazine.
Praise for Ask Dr. Gramma Karen, Volume II
Jen Singer, Founder, MommaSaid.Net, author of You’re a Good Mom (and Your Kids Aren’t So Bad Either) writes: “Whether you’re raising kids or grandkids, Ask Dr. Gramma Karen, Volume II is like having a savvy, diplomatic neighbor on call to help negotiate peace among the generations. Whether there’s conflict between your in-laws or flesh-and-blood, this book can help smooth it over — for the children’s sake!”
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Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Helping Young Parents and Grandparents Deal with Thorny Issues
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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