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 to learn more. She is the author of the Audible Original, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents.

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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 […]

May 5th — Not Your Typical Author Luncheon!

Support the College Club of Northern NJ by attending the Annual Author Luncheon, featuring Julia Haart. The guest this year is not only a self-made business woman, she is the star of the Netflix reality series, My Unorthodox Life. Her newly released book is a riveting, inspiring memoir of one woman’s escape from an extremist religious […]

Sign Up for the Susan Zabransky Hughes Memorial 5K

Kick off the warmer weather with a family friendly charity 5K! It’s a great way to incorporate fitness and giving into your weekend. Register Here NEW RIDGEWOOD OPENINGS: From Ahi Tuna Salads to Falafel Bites! Stay Hydrated: 10 Fruity, Infused Waters Calling All 2023 RHS Parents for a Night Out! Hear the Star of the Netflix Series […]

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 […]

Our Kids Are Falling Into Wells We Can See

In 1987 an 18 month old girl fell down a narrow 8 inch wide well while playing in her aunt’s backyard. I was 14 at the time, and I clearly remember the entire country holding its breath. Glued to televisions, our nation seemed to hit the pause button on life to cheer on the heroic rescue effort, […]

Masks Off: Tips to Help Your Child Through the Great Unmasking

Governor Murphy of New Jersey announced a couple of days ago that the mask mandate would be lifted on March 7th. It is an arbitrary date, and while I’m not certain, based purely on science (NOT my political views,) why the masks can’t come off today, I am very grateful there is finally a light at the end […]