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Karen Deerwester, Ed.S. - Parent Educator and Early Childhood Specialist, founder and CEO of Family Time, Inc., and consultant. In 17 years of classes, seminars, and one-on-one coaching, Karen has supported thousands of parents in their efforts to build great foundations for children. Karen is uniquely committed to helping parents become problem solvers in the large and small questions that arise "living with children."

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When it comes to parenting questions there are no right answers, only solutions and suggestions that can help point your family in the right direction. As a parent educator, Karen has helped thousands of parents overcome various parenting perils. You'll find her suggestions for your parenting dilemmas not only useful but practical. Ask her your questions.

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