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Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness Coach. She helps clients with parenting issues, the challenges of college and young adulthood and issues related to health and habits. Email her at drkarenlatimer@gmail.com to learn more. She is the author of the Audible Original, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents.

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Why Am I So Tired After Lunch?

Today, I ate lunch, and then sat down outside to do some work. With the sun shining strong for the first time in a while, I looked up, closed my eyes to soak in some vitamin D, and promptly fell asleep. What the heck? I’m not narcoleptic. I’m not hung over. I don’t have a newborn and I’m not a […]

Monkey Pox: What You Need to Know.

Headlines are intentionally scary, and googling monkeypox and seeing the images popping up might make you long for the days of quarantine, when you minimized your risk of contact with any germ and virus. Before you go bananas over this latest global scare, know the facts. Monkey pox today is not exactly what it has […]

Don’t Miss: The STEAM Carnival

Saturday, May 14, 2022  •   10am to 2pm Jefferson Elementary School, 110 Ashwood Ave, Summit, NJ 07901, USA Be a part of the excitement at the STEAM Carnival where you can try over 20 hands-on activities, door prizes, and fun games. What is S.T.E.A.M.? (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Education is an educational approach used in Summit […]

Is Gatorade Bad for Your Kids?

Are sports drinks a nutritional replenishment or simply the new soda? Should you pump your kids full of Gatorade so they don’t dehydrate…or are you just providing empty calories? Gatorade was produced in response to a request by the University of Florida’s football coach who was looking for a way to keep his athletes from getting dehydrated. In the hot Florida […]

Thank You To My Mom Village

Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me. I lost my mom to ovarian cancer in 2007 when I had three small girls. The oldest was six and had just started Kindergarten, the youngest still a baby. In the final weeks of my mother’s life, my husband, Larry, asked what I needed, and I said, “I can’t […]

Touch a Truck is Back in Town!!!

Thursday, May 12  •  9 am – 2 pm  I loved bringing by kids to Touch a Truck in downtown Ridgewood, and they loved getting up close and personal. If you have younger kids or grandchildren, it is a do-not-miss! Imagine taking a seat behind the wheel of a real police cruiser. . . climbing aboard […]

Summit Farmer’s Market is Back!

Sundays through April 24 to Nov 20, 2022  •  8AM – 1PM The Summit Farmers Market is back! The market opened April 24 and will remain open weekends through November 20, 2022. The New Jersey-based market supports farmers and other purveyors in New Jersey. It’s located at Park & Shop Lot #1 corner of DeForest Avenue and Woodland Avenue. Grab a sweet treat from  Brownie Points […]

5 Tips to Get You Through the Allergy Season

For millions of American children, the beauty of the blooming flowers, the budding trees, and the warm breezes comes with a price — itchy, watery eyes, runny noses, headaches, and fatigue. And even in this last week of May, I can still see a greek coating of pollen on my car every morning. The best way to combat spring […]

Did Being a Nice Mom Hurt My Kids?

Last Wednesday, I saw a video I thought my son, Shane, would like to see. When I called up to him to come downstairs, his immediate response was, “Are you mad? Am I in trouble?” I asked him, “Shane, when am I ever mad at you?” and his response was, “You never really are.” “When do […]

Stop Being ONLY as Happy as Your LEAST Happy Child.

I was probably in my mid-thirties the first time I heard, or paid any attention to the oft-used parenting cliche, “You are only as happy as your least happy child.” I remember thinking, YES! Absolutely. I’m so glad it isn’t just me. It is impossible to be happy when your child isn’t.  More than a […]