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Karen Latimer

Karen is a Family Physician, Wellness Coach, and founder of Tips From Town. She is passionate about sharing her medical expertise, her coaching techniques and her parenting experience to encourage happier and healthier lives.

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Help Your Kids Combat the Uncertainty

Certainty is a comfort, and it is gone. It is January 1st, a day to reflect on the old and eagerly anticipate the new. While it is as easy as ever to look back, looking ahead has become something of a challenge. In our new cancel culture, certainty feels like a thing of the past, relegated to […]

How Were Your College Kids Over Thanksgiving?

“I want a redo.” Also Read: Tips for Staying Healthy in College Two of my kids are in college now, and even with three still at home, the house feels so empty. I was giddy they were coming back, sleeping in their own beds, and I was planning all these moments to catch up with them. If […]

Colds, the Flu & Covid … When Should You Test?

Covid has radically changed the way we approach medical testing. Prior to 2020, it would have been practically unheard of to test asymptomatic people for an illness — other than preventative screening tests. Now, frequent, widespread testing is being touted as the way to end the pandemic. Should we listen and become testing junkies, obsessed […]

The Real Deal on Home Covid Tests

Remember when it was almost impossible to find someone to test you for Covid-19. Many of us were going through lots of red tape, spending tons of money and then traveling pretty far. Seems like a lifetime ago and yesterday at the same time. Now, you can pop into your local pharmacy and grab a […]

When Are We Going to Stop Putting Out Fires?

“Why do we have so many fires?” There is a small, suburban town somewhere in the northeast. If you drive through, you’ll undoubtedly be impressed by the cute cafes, the eclectic dining options and the scattered shops. The pedestrians you pass, some with strollers, some with dogs, some with both, appear fit and content. You […]

How to Cure Your Halloween Hangover

You know those hangovers you had in college when you woke up and the entire day of nothing to do stretched out before you? Remember when your biggest challenge was deciding if greasy pizza or a greasy burger was going to be the cure? You could lie on your couch all day and just … […]

What to Do if Halloween Truly Scares Your Child

My 18 year old doesn’t like Halloween. She is the kid who double checks all the doors are locked every night and scolds my husband and me when we are lax about safety. It follows she wouldn’t care for a macabre holiday. She doesn’t understand why I would want fake blood, headless figures and  scary […]

How Much More Can Our Kids Take?

As I logged into the site just now, I was amazed at how long it has been since I’ve written anything. Those of you who check out Tips know I often use this platform to get something off my mind, hopefully it is usually something affecting a lot of us. Being that my mind has […]

Amazing Recipes for a Cause

When I was first married, and working, and having babies, and didn’t know a thing about cooking, I relied heavily on cookbooks I would pick up on the discount pile at Barnes and Noble. As we’ve become more tech oriented, I look a lot up online (usually right here on Tips,) but just like I […]

Your Child’s Love Language

Last night, my daughter, Madelyn, was telling us about the book she was reading called The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts I found it fascinating, but not for my relationship with my husband, as it was intended. I pretty much have him all figured out after almost three decades together. It […]

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