Karen Miles, Caring.com senior contributing editor

Karen Miles is a regular contributor to numerous national magazines, including Woman's Day , Reader's Digest , Family Life , Family Circle , and Better Homes & Gardens , as well as to the award-winning website BabyCenter.com. She is the author of The Power of Loving Discipline , published by Penguin and Psychology Today . Karen holds a joint B.A. in English and anthropology from the University of Iowa.

Karen and her husband, who live in Iowa, have raised four children who are now young adults. Karen offers tangible help to her mother (at a distance) and in-laws (nearby). She says that for her, a perfect moment is when she can help not only with facilitating daily tasks but also with enrichment, for example by taking a parent shopping or to a concert, by finding a perfect book on tape, or by introducing a new friend.