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Karen Latimer

Karen is a Family Physician, founder and president of Tips From Town. She loves combining all she learned as a doctor with all she continues to learn as a mom of five to bring you interesting, useful and fun information on the Family Pages.

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Is Your Toddler Getting Enough Nutrition?

Little picky eaters can leave you wondering if they are getting all of the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. Most small children will have opinions about the food you serve. Smell, texture and appearance can mean as much to them as taste. You don’t want every meal to be a fight, and heaven […]

I Cannot Believe Seltzer is Bad for Us

When I was growing up, there were 2L bottles of Pepsi in the house every payday, so every two weeks we binged and splurged on bad stuff. There were also Doritos while they lasted. We would consume all this junk while watching Little House on the Prairie reruns at 5pm on channel 11 — which […]

13 Ideas for Leprechaun Mischief

Also read: Is Guinness Really Good for You? The leprechaun is the elf on the shelf of March. Thankfully, it is only one day — though I’m sure some entrepreneurial parent is going to find a way to make us pay good money for a tradition we never wanted to start in the first place. […]

Can My Coffee Count as Water?

I'm not going to say what you think I'm going to say!

My Bulletin Board Just Grew Up

One of my favorite features in my kitchen is a large, built in bulletin board. For a dozen years, it has been full of colorful art, painted hand prints, construction paper animals and “I Love My Mommy” masterpieces. It made it easy for me to applaud my little kids’ talents and keep our space bright and cheerful. […]

Understanding PMS

With three teenage girls, understanding PMS is less of an intellectual endeavor and more of a survival skill. I often wonder how much of the foul mood, the needing to be alone and the snippiness are organically due to premenstrual syndrome, and how much is just typical adolescent behavior. It isn’t that I am not […]

The Perfect Plate to Avoid Cravings

I am taking a class in nutrition, something I wish was taught to me in medical school. I think at the time, BMI was new, we were shown how to calculate it for like 30 seconds, and then we went onto to neuroscience. Nutrition would have been far more useful for my career in primary care, […]

Simple Meal: Mexican Rice Bowls

I made this two nights ago for dinner, and everyone loved it and the kids all took it for lunch the next day. Keep it vegetarian or substitute shrimp or beef for a different flavor. Spice it up according to your taste with more garlic, hot sauce and/or cayenne pepper. Add kale, avocado or spinach […]

Take Up More Space — for your daughter’s sake

Our vagina does not make us less worthy of occupying space in this world.

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