Dr. Marti Erickson & Erin Erickson

Mom Enough

Developmental psychologist Dr. Marti Erickson and her daughter, maternal-child health specialist Erin Erickson, co-hosts of the weekly parenting show Mom Enough®, explore the many facets of motherhood in today’s world.
Mom Enough

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the moms our children need, the women we want to be

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Moms’ Roles, Dads’ Roles and the Myth of Equal Partnership: A Conversation with Psychologist and Author Darcy Lockman

Sep 9, 2019 26:14

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Before you became a parent, how did you envision the way you and your partner would handle parenting responsibilities and household management tasks to form an equal partnership? To what extent does the actual division of labor match your vision or expectations? If you’re like most families, there is a notable gap between expectations and reality, and that may be fine with you – or not!   Clinical psychologist and author Darcy Lockman, motivated in part by personal experience, has delved deeply into this topic and brings what she has learned to this fascinating and important conversation with Marti & Erin. She explores assumptions about hormones and of parenting, cultural trends in intensive mothering, peaks and plateaus in active fathering and the often invisible work of the “mental load” of parenting. Most of all, Darcy urges couples to talk together about how they want to parent, especially before becoming parents. But, as Marti & Erin note, if you didn’t start then, start now!   Make time to reflect (alone and/or with your partner) on how you share the responsibilities of parenting, both the visible and invisible tasks this week’s guest talked about. How do you feel about the equality of how the work is being done? How do you handle those feelings? What would you want to change and how could you begin with small steps, showing respect and sensitivity to your partner’s perceptions and feelings?   Related Resources: All The Rage: Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth of Equal Partnership, click here. Too often, Working Mothers Do Far More of the Childcare Than Their Husbands article by Darcy Lockman for TIME, click here. Don’t Be Grateful That Dad Does His Share article by Darcy Lockman for The Atlantic, click here. Dads Matter: The Role of the Father in Child Development and What Moms Can do to Help Dads Succeed podcast, click here.  

Guiding Teenage Girls to a Healthy Adulthood: Insights and Tips from Dr. Lisa Damour

Sep 2, 2019 32:09

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You probably remember the challenges of your own adolescence – on-again, off-again friendships, emotional highs and lows, worries about body image, anxiety about school, life and love. In today’s fast-paced world – and with both the opportunities and threats of ever-present technology – the stakes seem even higher for our daughters.   In her book Untangled, psychologist Lisa Damour, mom of two daughters and Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, provides a rich framework for understanding the transitions teen girls face on the path to adulthood. Don’t miss her wisdom and practical guidance in this Mom Enough interview!   What are some of the major challenges your adolescent daughter confronts today? How do these issues tie to the seven transitions Lisa Damour described in this Mom Enough discussion? How have you tried to guide your daughter through these challenges and how might you improve your response?   Related Resources: For Untangled, click here. For a discussion guide for Untangled, click here.

Smart, but Scattered: Helping Children and Teens Build the Executive Skills to Succeed in School and Life

Aug 26, 2019 26:46

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Being smart is one ingredient for school success. But, without the ability to stay focused, develop a realistic plan for completing tasks and organizing yourself and your stuff, being smart may not get you very far.   It is those “executive skills” that are the focus of Dr. Peg Dawson’s work, particularly with children and teens who struggle with attention problems. Peg also is co-author of three books on the subject, dealing separately with children, teens and adults who are Smart, but Scattered. Tune in for practical ways to help kids build executive skills, as well as some true confessions from Marti & Erin about their “smart, but scattered” family members!   How do your children and other family members (including yourself) measure up on the executive skills discussed in this Mom Enough interview? How do you put into practice Dr. Dawson’s tips (e.g. breaking down tasks, establishing routines, creating clean spaces and using incentives)? What could you do better?   Related Resources: Creating a Home Environment that Promotes School Success tip sheet by Dr. Marti Erickson, click here. To learn more about Dr. Peg Dawson's books, click here. For the Smart but Scattered blog, click here.  

Talking about Tough Topics with Your Children: Helpful Tips from Psychologist Kate Rickord for Having Difficult Conversations

Aug 19, 2019 29:33

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Whether it’s news accounts of natural disasters or terrorism, sexually loaded images on TV or marital conflict in our own homes, many things in our children’s daily lives compel us to have conversations that feel difficult and uncomfortable. What can children manage or comprehend at different ages? What words should we use – and what tone should we strive for – when children ask questions that make us squirm? How do we help children feel safe and secure while still being honest about the hard things that can and do happen in the real world?   Psychologist Kate Rickord from St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development joins Marti for a thoughtful conversation about addressing tough topics with your children, whatever their ages.   *Encore show, originally posted 7/11/16   What topics do you find most uncomfortable to discuss with your children? What did you find helpful in this Mom Enough discussion?   Related Resources: For St. David’s Center, click here. For St. David’s Center’s Mental Health Services, click here

Helping Children Deal with a Family Member’s Substance Use: A Message of Resilience from Helene Photias of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Aug 12, 2019 35:17

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When a parent or other key adult in a family is dealing with substance abuse or addiction, children are affected in many ways. Their trust and security are undermined when parents are unable to provide the consistent, sensitive care children need and deserve. Children may fear the erratic, unpredictable behavior that is typical of people with substance abuse issues. Often, children cope by taking on the unspoken rules of “don’t talk, don’t trust, don’t feel,” at great expense to their health and wellbeing.   But, as this week’s guest, Helene Photias, knows, children begin to heal when adults talk to them candidly and in developmentally appropriate ways about what their problem is, why they are going to treatment and what they expect to learn there. Children also thrive when they are supported and encouraged to say how they feel and to learn that it is safe to break the rules of silence and tell the adults around them what they need. This is a rich and important conversation you won’t want to miss.   Is there someone in your family or close circle of friends who is struggling with substance use? What you noticed about the impact on children in the family? What specific points or suggestions in this Mom Enough discussion could help you or others in your circle support the resilience of children who are affected?   Related Resource: To listen to When a Child Grows Up with Addiction podcast with Helene Photias, click here. For the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, click here.

How Young Children Think about Relationships: Insights from Research with Dr. Narges Afshordi of the University of Minnesota’s College of Education & Human Development

Aug 5, 2019 30:33

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Long before children can speak and tell us what they know, they are watching us and others and beginning to develop expectations about how people will behave in certain situations. For example, infants who have a secure attachment with their mothers show surprise when a very simple animated video image leaves a smaller, similar image who seems to be crying. They have come to expect that mothers will not just wander off and leave their child alone. Very young children also are learning, through a process called social referencing, who is safe and who is dangerous. And they are making discoveries about who will become friends and what qualities friends show.   Dr. Narges Afshordi, who received her Ph.D. from Harvard in 2018 and is now a post-doc in the U of M’s Institute of Child Development, joins Marti & Erin to discuss these fascinating findings on how very young children work out their understanding of relationships. We think you will be as amazed as Marti & Erin were by what is going on in these young children’s minds.   What surprised you about Dr. Afshordi’s findings about the ways very young children are thinking about relationships? Take some time to watch a group of children between the ages of 1 and 4 and see what you notice about the way they interact with each other and the adults around them. What might they be noticing and discovering about relationships?   Related Resource: To read the Pathway to the Future CEHD Connect magazine article, click here.

Helping Children Understand Weather: Learning with Belinda Jensen and “Bel, the Weather Girl”

Jul 29, 2019 23:50

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It’s common for children (and adults, for that matter) to worry about the dangers of tornados, blizzards and other major weather events. And, worried or not, we and our children may wonder about the meaning of different kinds of clouds or how a hail storm happens on a hot summer day. Belinda Jensen turned her own childhood curiosity into a career as a popular meteorologist on KARE-TV (NBC). Now she has written a 6-book children’s series that is sure to fuel fascination with the weather and, as she discusses with Marti & Erin, also help more girls and boys discover the excitement of learning about science.   What questions or concerns do your children have about the weather? What helpful ideas did you get from this Mom Enough show about addressing children’s worries and promoting their curiosity and learning?   To learn more about Belinda's books, click here. For Bel the Weather Girl experiments you can try at home, click here.

The “Terrible Twos” Reconsidered: Practical Tips for Meeting the Challenges and Discovering the Joys of Your Terrific Toddler

Jul 22, 2019 29:51

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It can be difficult to think toddlers are terrific when they are throwing a tantrum at the grocery store, rejecting the fancy new potty chair you bought or shouting “No!” in response to nearly every request you make. But the toddler period really is a time of extraordinary learning and development, and even the most annoying behaviors signal some of those exciting changes.   Judy Schumacher is a family educator, mom, grandma and author of “Terrific Toddlers!” She joins Marti for a rich discussion of how to understand the behavior of toddlers and guide them to use all that energy and newfound independence in more constructive ways.   Why do you think tantrums and negativism are so common in toddlers? What is the developmental meaning of those behaviors? What practical tips or helpful principles did you get from this Mom Enough discussion?   Related Resources: Toddlers & Tantrums tip sheet by Dr. Marti Erickson  

Parenting Transgender Youth or Gender Nonconforming Individuals: A Conversation with Jenifer McGuire from the U of M’s College of Education & Human Development

Jul 15, 2019 37:07

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When young people question their gender identity or reveal that they are not comfortable with the identity they were assigned at birth, it is a deeply emotional time for the young person, parents and other family members. What parental responses will help or hinder the young person’s health and well-being? What interventions, both psychological and medical, are available and appropriate? What are common feelings and concerns for parents as they navigate this major and complex change? And at what age – and to what extent – can young people be certain that gender change is the true path for them?   All of these issues are the focus of the work of Jenifer McGuire, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Family Social Science, who joins Marti & Erin for a candid and informative discussion of this important topic.   What experience have you had with transgender or gender nonconforming individuals in your family or community? What did you hear in this Mom Enough discussion that would be helpful to you in learning to support a young person who has questions or discomfort about gender identity?   Related Resources: The transgender toolkit, click here. Children's Mental Health eReview, click here. For Transforming Families, click here. For Gender Spectrum, click here. Personal Reflections and Professional Insights Mom Enough podcast. To listen, click here.  

Vaping, Marijuana and Capitalism: What Parents Need to Know

Jul 9, 2019 37:35

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The cultural landscape around both tobacco and marijuana use has changed significantly in recent years, and this week’s Mom Enough guest, Dr. Joseph Lee of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, understands the important implications of this for young people.   Marketers tout vaping as a safer way to use nicotine and an effective means to stop smoking. Yet nicotine is a toxic substance in any form and the long-term effects of vaping nicotine have not been well-studied. Furthermore, people who vape when they are young tend to use more tobacco later. With regard to marijuana, legalization of recreational use in many states has led to full-on capitalistic efforts to refine strains, increase strength and offer products designed and labeled to appeal to a target market of potential users. But THC is known to have negative effects on young people’s developing brains, and, for a minority of users of any age, may trigger perceived threats and hallucinations. As parents, we need to know as much as possible about the use of both tobacco and marijuana among young people. And, as Dr. Lee makes clear, we need to understand how producers of these products may have their eye on our children. (Marti & Erin thank the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation for being a supporting partner of Mom Enough.)   What did you hear in this Mom Enough discussion that made you think in new ways about tobacco and marijuana use among young people? How have you talked about these topics with your kids, and how could you use these new insights in your conversations with them?   Related Resources: How to Talk to Your Child about Drugs and Alcohol - Mom Enough podcast Preparing Your Child for Healthy Choices about Substance Use - Mom Enough podcast Drugs and Alcohol: How to Talk to Your Child tip sheet by Hazelden's Center for Youth and Families

Vaping, Marijuana and Capitalism: What Parents Need to Know

Jul 8, 2019 37:35

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The cultural landscape around both tobacco and marijuana use has changed significantly in recent years, and this week’s Mom Enough guest, Dr. Joseph Lee of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, understands the important implications of this for young people.   Marketers tout vaping as a safer way to use nicotine and an effective means to stop smoking. Yet nicotine is a toxic substance in any form and the long-term effects of vaping nicotine have not been well-studied. Furthermore, people who vape when they are young tend to use more tobacco later. With regard to marijuana, legalization of recreational use in many states has led to full-on capitalistic efforts to refine strains, increase strength and offer products designed and labeled to appeal to a target market of potential users. But THC is known to have negative effects on young people’s developing brains, and, for a minority of users of any age, may trigger perceived threats and hallucinations. As parents, we need to know as much as possible about the use of both tobacco and marijuana among young people. And, as Dr. Lee makes clear, we need to understand how producers of these products may have their eye on our children. (Marti & Erin thank the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation for being a supporting partner of Mom Enough.)   What did you hear in this Mom Enough discussion that made you think in new ways about tobacco and marijuana use among young people? How have you talked about these topics with your kids, and how could you use these new insights in your conversations with them?   Related Resources: How to Talk to Your Child about Drugs and Alcohol with Dr. Joseph Lee Drugs and Alcohol: How to Talk to Your Child tip sheet by Hazelden’s Center for Youth and Families      

Finding the Best Preschool or Childcare Setting for Your Child: A Conversation with Matt McNiff of St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development

Jul 1, 2019 29:02

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We all have heard how important early childhood experience is for a child’s lifelong learning and development. So thinking about choosing the best preschool or childcare setting for your young child can feel daunting.   Matt McNiff, Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education at St. David’s Center, joins Marti & Erin to help clarify some of the different philosophies and approaches to early childhood education and to identify resources that can help assure you of the quality of programs you are considering. Most important, Matt advises you to think about what is most important to you and your family, as well as what will be the best match for your child’s personality and strengths. Matt wisely emphasizes the importance of observing the programs you are considering, paying special attention to interactions between teachers and children and to how happy children and teachers appear to be.   Reflecting on this Mom Enough discussion, what kind of program do you think would best suit your young child’s strengths and needs? Why? What values or priorities are most important to you as a parent and how can you discover which programs are consistent with those values?   Related Resources: Childcare Provider Selection tip sheet by St. David's Center Quality Childcare Check List for Parents by Parent Aware Ratings St. David's Center Child and Family Development      

Recognizing Learning Differences and Helping Children Build on Strengths and Interests: A Conversation with Dr. Elaine Fogel Schneider, Co-Author of Confidence and Joy

Jun 24, 2019 29:03

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Does your child struggle with homework, seem fidgety much of the time, or look dazed when directed to do something? Perhaps you (and your child’s teachers) need help in figuring out the optimal ways your child learns.   Are auditory skills strong? Does your child learn best with visual cues and demonstrations? Or maybe touching things and going through physical practice (kinesthetic learning) is necessary for success. Are there subject areas in which your child shows a strong interest and learns easily? Then maybe it is time for you and your child’s teachers to pull together to create more opportunities for your child to experience success, both academically and socially. Granted, some children struggling with schoolwork have a learning disability and need (and have the right to) special intervention. But this week’s Mom Enough guest, Dr. Elaine Fogel Schneider, knows there are individual differences among kids who do not meet criteria for a learning disability but who could benefit from extra support and analysis of the ways they learn best. And that kind of support is likely to help them find the confidence and joy they deserve.   Think of a time when you were learning a new and challenging subject. What strategies were most effective for you? How is that the same as or different than the way your partner or a good friend learns? Now think about your children and how they learn best. In what ways do you and your children’s teachers accommodate their differences and build on their strengths? In what ways could you? Related Resources: Confidence and Joy by Dr. Elaine Fogel Schneider Creating a Home Environment that Promotes School Success tip sheet by Dr. Marti Erickson Ways to Help Children Think About Better Solutions for Difficult Behaviors tip sheet by St. David's Center Bright But Different article by Dr. Deborah Ross-Swain & Dr. Elaine Fogel Schneider

Helping Your Children Become Successful People: Educator and Author Esther Wojcicki Talks about the “TRICK” That Worked for Her

Jun 17, 2019 35:08

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How does a mom rise above a harsh childhood to carve a very different path in raising her three highly successful daughters? This week’s guest has an inspiring story filled with practical tips!   Esther Wojcicki, educator, writer and mother of three highly successful daughters, had to overcome a challenging, hurtful childhood and find a way of parenting that was strikingly different than the way she was treated. This involved a great deal of careful reflection (what Marti often talks about as “looking back, moving forward”). Along the way, Esther discovered the T.R.I.C.K.* that she believes propelled her daughters to where they are today. Esther brings this wisdom to her new book, Raising Successful People, and to her heartfelt discussion with Marti & Erin in this week’s Mom Enough episode.   * Trust, Respect, Independence, Collaboration, Kindness   Think carefully about each of the five components of TRICK. In what ways are you addressing each of those in your relationship with your children? Which components come most easily for you? Which components are most difficult for you and what steps would you take to improve?   Related resources: Being a Reflective Parent, Raising Reflective Children tip sheet by Marti Erickson Learning to Play, Playing to Learn - Notes from A Night Out for ME® presentation by Marti Erickson and Erin Erickson Parent's Role in Brain Development tip sheet by St. David's Center Article on Esther Wojcicki  

Moral Development in Children : Practical Guidance on Promoting Morality and Character

Jun 10, 2019 30:28

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Being a moral person – a person of character – sometimes is defined as “doing the right thing even when no one is watching.” As babies, we all are ego-centric (self-centered), focused on our own immediate needs and feelings. Gradually, we develop the ability to recognize the feelings of others and discover the impact of our own actions on them, laying the foundation for the earliest stage of moral development, when we behave in a certain way to please our parents and other caregivers. So, what do parents and other caring adults need to do to help children move through higher stages of moral development, learn to discern right from wrong and discover the value for self and others in being a person of morality or character?   This week’s Mom Enough guest, therapist John Driggs, brings a humble, reflective perspective to this important topic in human development, offering much-needed encouragement and hope for our children’s future.   What did you hear in this conversation that prompted you to reflect on how you are supporting your children’s moral development? What factors in today’s world make it hard to teach your children right from wrong? What have you found to be most effective with your children?   Related resources: Character Matters: How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity and Other Essential Virtues, book by Thomas Lickona Discussing emotions with children tip sheet from the University of Minnesota Fostering Compassionate Children tips from St. David's Center The Parents We Mean To Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Emotional and Moral Development, book by Richard Weissbourd  

Exercise and Mental Health: University of Minnesota’s Dr. Beth Lewis Discusses the Psychology of Exercise

Jun 3, 2019 25:37

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You know how essential regular exercise is for a healthy heart and strong body, but do you know that exercise and mental health are also closely linked? Discovering the energy and positive mood that exercise provides can become a powerful motivator to make exercise a habit.   Dr. Beth Lewis, psychologist and Director of the School of Kinesiology in the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development, conducts research on how to motivate people to exercise regularly. And recently, she has been studying the effects of exercise on depression in pregnant and postpartum women. Drawing her research on exercise and mental health, Beth joins Marti & Erin for an informative and motivating conversation about ways to stick to an exercise program, how to help your children make exercise a regular part of their routine and how much exercise we need in order to reap optimal benefits for our physical and mental health.   How much exercise do you get in a typical week? How about your kids? And how does that measure up to the most recent guidelines, described by Dr. Beth Lewis in this podcast? Think of three small steps you could take to enhance the way exercise is integrated into your family’s daily life.   Related resources: College of Education + Human Development Exercise Pregnancy Study, Healthy Mom Program Physical activity guidelines for during pregnancy and postpartum Healthy moms article by Dr. Beth Lewis Maintaining Your Mental Health –For Your Sake and Your Children’s by Marti Erickson

The 13th Annual Motherhood & Words® Event: A Special Edition of Mom Enough® Featuring Four Writers and Their Motherhood Story

May 27, 2019 1:07:21

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Don’t let anyone tell you that stories about motherhood are boring! As writer and teacher Kate Hopper knows, a motherhood story can make us laugh, cry, nod in agreement and gasp in shock. It sheds new light on familiar experiences and calls us to new adventures. So, for 13 years, Kate has brought outstanding women writers to Minneapolis to read and discuss their work at her annual Motherhood & Words event. Marti & Erin are proud to bring this event to you again this year.   Sit back and listen as Anika Fajardo reads from Magical Realism for Non-Believers, her memoir about connecting with her Colombian father, becoming a mother and creating her own kind of family. Enjoy the powerful poems of April Gibson, who wrote about her experiences as a teen mother in her poetry collection Automation. Hear Kate Hopper read from her essay about the power of music in girls’ and women’s lives, drawing together strands from her own recent experience learning to play bass, a groundbreaking all-girl band in the 1970s and a major depression in college. And finally, listen to Janine Kovac read from her memoir Spinning, which weaves together the births of her micro-preemie twins and her history as a professional ballet dancer.   What did you hear in these readings that resonated with your own motherhood story and experiences as a woman? What in these readings inspires you to explore something new or to view familiar experiences in new ways?   Related resources: Kate Hopper website Anika Fajardo website April Gibson website Janine Kovac website The 12th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading

Women, Addiction and Mental Health: Information and Practical Guidance from Dr. Sarah Wicks of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

May 20, 2019 31:37

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Women are significantly more likely than men to have co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders, including eating disorders, with implications for how to engage and support women in getting the help they need.   Dr. Sarah Wicks, a clinical psychologist at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, joins Marti & Erin in this week’s Mom Enough episode to discuss unique challenges faced by women dealing with addiction and, more broadly, how to approach a loved one (male or female) you believe has a substance use problem. She highlights how to approach the loved one in ways that will help the person be receptive rather than push away. Dr. Wicks also offers special advice for parents who suspect their teen may have problems with alcohol or drugs, pointing out the greater effect of those substances on the brains of people under 25. She introduces Marti & Erin to services tailored to teens and their parents, including outpatient services and phone coaching for parents.   Have women or girls in your family or circle of friends faced substance use problems? Other mental health issues? How was that similar to or different from what you have observed with males you have known? What do you think would help to reduce barriers to women getting treatment for addiction and mental health disorders?   Related resources: Connection for Families phone-based coaching sessions Teen Intervene education, support & guidance for teens & their parents Women, Alcohol Misuse and Keys to Prevention and Recovery featuring Carrie Kappel Women and Alcohol featuring Jill Seward Maintaining Your Mental Health – For Your Sake and Your Children’s by Marti Erickson

Free Range Kids: A Conversation with Author and Activist Lenore Skenazy

May 13, 2019 30:42

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When Lenore Skenazy wrote about letting her then nine-year-old son ride the subway alone in New York City, she never imagined the uproar it would cause. But she didn’t let the cries of “bad mother” deter her from her mission of allowing her two sons to explore and flourish and build the life skills needed to navigate their world – to raise free range kids.   Now, through her writing, speaking and working creatively with schools and communities, Lenore is leading a movement to back off from helicopter parenting and Let Grow, as she named the nonprofit she and colleagues created. Tune into her lively discussion with Marti & Erin and then reflect on how you can let the children in your life be free range kids!   In what ways did you roam freely in your childhood? How are things the same or different for your children, and why? What do you think are the risks of protecting and directing kids so strongly in childhood and adolescence?   Related resources: Let Grow Let Grow blog Let Grow schools Free-Range Kids book Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone article by Lenore Skenazy Unleashing the Instinct to Play featuring Peter Gray Supporting Your Child’s Gradual Development of Healthy Independence by Marti Erickson

A Five-Step Approach for Responding to Anxiety in Kids and Teens

May 6, 2019 24:03

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We all feel anxious at times, worrying about a stressful situation and maybe letting our feelings spiral out of control as we imagine a worst possible outcome. This is true for children, as well as adults; in fact, many studies show that anxiety in kids is on the rise, and at least one in twenty experience serious anxiety, including panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive behavior. When anxiety is persistent and severe, children need professional help. But, whether a child’s anxiety is severe or relatively mild, how parents respond makes a difference.   Psychoanalyst Dr. Laurie Hollman has taught graduate courses at NYU and is author of two new companion books, The Busy Parent’s Guide to Managing Anxiety in Children and Teens and The Busy Parent’s Guide to Managing Anger in Children and Teens. She joins Marti & Erin to talk about her 5-step approach, which is very compatible with the “reflective parenting” Marti & Erin speak about so often. One of their favorite parenting nuggets from Laurie is, “The louder you feel like talking, the softer you need to speak.” Listen for more words of wisdom on this important topic!   What were Dr. Hollman’s five steps for responding to your child’s anxiety? Think of a recent situation in which you tried to soothe your child’s anxiety. What would you have done differently if you had followed the five recommended steps for responding to anxiety in kids?   Related resources: Books by Dr. Laurie Hollman Blog by Dr. Laurie Hollman School Anxiety tip sheet by Marti Erickson Separation Anxiety tip sheet by Marti Erickson Being a Reflective Parent, Raising Reflective Children tip sheet by Marti Erickson  

Parenting Siblings of a Child with Special Needs: A Conversation with Experts from St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development

Apr 29, 2019 20:32

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When parents have a child with special needs, they often find that much of their time and energy goes into caring and advocating for that child. And they often experience a wide range of emotions about the daily challenges, hopes and uncertain future for their child. But what about siblings of a child with special needs? What are the common emotional challenges for them? And what are the possible benefits of living with – and learning from – a sibling with special needs?   In this Mom Enough show, Lori Brown-De Alba and Angie Bellefeuille from St. David's Center bring years of experience working with children with special needs and their parents and siblings, offering practical tips and helpful resources for parents and other caring adults.   Think of a family you know who has a child with special needs, as well as at least one child who is typically developing. What do you notice about the siblings of a child with special needs? For example, does that child seem more caring, patient or mature than most children his or her age? Does the child appear embarrassed by the sibling with special needs or perhaps resentful of the attention that sibling receives? What new insights or practical ideas did you get from this Mom Enough show?   Related resources: Autism Resource List with suggested books & websites from St. David's Center Playing with Children with Special Needs tip sheet from St. David's Center Autism Day Treatment Program at St. David's Center Sibling Squabbles tip sheet by Marti Erickson

How To Be a Happier Parent: A Conversation with Author KJ Dell’Antonia

Apr 22, 2019 27:54

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Before contemplating how to be a happier parent, we should think back to when we decided to become parents. We probably envisioned the fun of playing with our children, laughter and conversations around the dinner table and pride and joy in watching our children grow and learn. But, for many of us, we find those images replaced by days of rushed meals (or just a snack bar in the car), hectic drives from one sports event or music lesson to another and exhausted family members spending more time with their tech devices than with each other.   Writer KJ Dell’Antonia, former editor of the New York Times Motherlode blog, wanted to find out what had happened to happiness and what it would take for parents to find the joy they longed for. As she explains in her lively discussion with Marti & Erin on how to be a happier parent, KJ learned that joy comes with small changes – not by doing more, but by doing things differently. And she learned that when parents are happier, kids are too!   When are you happiest in your life as a parent? When are you least happy – and maybe sad, angry or resentful? What small changes could you make in your daily life to try to create more genuine happiness for you and your children?   Related resources: Book by KJ Dell’Antonia Blog by KJ Dell’Antonia When Parents Disagree about the Best Way to Raise Their Children tip sheet by Marti Erickson Encouragement: The Power Tool of Parenting tip sheet from St. David’s Center Loosening the Reins When Children Become Teens and Young Adults tip sheet by Marti Erickson Recognizing & Managing Parental Stress tip sheet from St. David’s Center

When Kids Call the Shots: A Conversation with Author and Therapist Sean Grover

Apr 15, 2019 29:21

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Have you shaken your head in disbelief when kids call the shots and parents allow their children to defy them, berate them or even bully them? Or have you been that parent yourself, allowing your child (tot or teen) to have that authority?   Therapist Sean Grover has seen the consequences of this unfortunate parenting approach and, in his practice, has helped many parents reclaim their power, with healthy results for both children and parents. He has pulled together what he has learned in his book, When Kids Call the Shots: How to Seize Control from your Darling Bully and Enjoy Parenting Again. With compassion and clarity, Sean identifies the underlying issues of guilt, anxiety and over-involvement that often lead parents to give up their authority. And he offers practical steps for restoring a healthy balance of power in family relations. Don’t miss Sean’s important and helpful discussion with Marti & Erin!   What did Sean identify as common reasons shared by parents for when kids call the shots? How have you experienced those issues of guilt, anxiety or a desire to make things easy for your child? How could it harm a child in the long run to be allowed to bully parents or to always have their way?   Related resources: Articles by Sean Grover Effective Communication with Your Adolescent Child tip sheet by Marti Erickson Defiance article by Marti Erickson Dad’s a Softie article by Marti Erickson Demanding 2-year-old article by Marti Erickson

Introducing Motherhood Sessions from Gimlet: Confronting Your Parents after Motherhood

Apr 11, 2019 8:49

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We love this new podcast from Gimlet media, and we think you will love it, too. It’s called Motherhood Sessions, and it is hosted by psychiatrist Dr. Alexandra Sacks. Listeners hear portions of Dr. Sacks' therapy sessions with women struggling with the significant life and identity shifts that accompany motherhood.   In this episode preview, Dr. Sacks talks with a mother named Julia. Julia was born in South Korea, but was adopted and raised by a white family. Now that she has her own child—the first biological relative she’s ever known—she’s rethinking her relationship with her own family, and on a search to find her birth mother.   Subscribe or follow Motherhood Sessions wherever you listen to podcasts!

Embracing Differences, Celebrating Diversity: A Conversation with Entertainer and Children’s Author Craig Pomranz

Apr 8, 2019 25:27

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Do you have a child or know a child who has been teased or bullied for being “different"? Or did you experience that in your own childhood? What did your parents teach you about embracing differences?   Craig Pomranz, a popular New York singer, dancer and actor, saw this happening to his young godson, who had ADHD and also resisted many of the rough and tumble activities boys in his school preferred. But Craig’s godson found a creative way to establish his own unique place among his schoolmates, and Craig turned that true story into a delightful, inspiring children’s book, Made by Raffi, now published in eight languages. That story is just a starting point for Craig’s rich discussion with Marti & Erin about how we can help our children flourish in their individuality and how we can teach them to respect the rights of others to do the same.   In what ways have stereotypes limited your own behavior and choices, both when you were young and as an adult? How is that the same or different for your children today? In what ways do you help your children move beyond stereotypes to learn the importance of embracing differences, both for themselves and in accepting other children who are different than they are?   Related resources: Fostering Compassionate Children tip sheet from St. David's Center Putting a Stop to Bullying tip sheet by Marti Erickson

Separating Children from Their Parents: The Impact of Separations, from Trauma at the Border to Drop-offs at Childcare

Apr 1, 2019 28:37

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Every parent knows the heartache of hearing your baby or toddler cry when you leave them with a sitter for the evening or perhaps even head out of town on a business trip or child-free vacation. But the thought of separating children from their parents forcefully in a highly stressful situation, with no certainty of when – or if – they will be reunited, is almost unimaginable to most of us.   Dr. Megan Gunnar, professor of child development at the University of Minnesota, has spent her career studying the biology of stress and the impact of stress hormones on children’s physical, cognitive and emotional development. She joins Marti & Erin today for an important and timely conversation about the biology of separations, highlighting the potentially devastating consequences of the kinds of separations happening to refugee children, while also providing helpful and reassuring information and guidance about more ordinary separations, as well as longer, more challenging separations any family can face.   What are some of the unique elements of separating children from their parents at the border that put these children at such great risk for their future development? Considering more usual separations (or even especially difficult situations such as a long hospitalization or a military parent being deployed), what can help children thrive and adapt to those separations without undue threat to their longterm development?   Related resources: College of Education + Human Development The stress of separation CEHD Connect magazine interview with Megan Gunnar Keys to Effective Parenting in the Face of Stress and Trauma tip sheet from CEHD Your Children’s Experience of Positive Stress and Toxic Stress featuring Megan Gunnar Separation Anxiety tip sheet by Marti Erickson Supporting Children Experiencing Separation Anxiety tip sheet from St. David’s Center  

Positive Discipline: A Conversation with Author Dr. Jane Nelsen

Mar 25, 2019 30:25

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When your toddler throws a toy in anger – or your teen slams the door and refuses to talk to you – your first impulse may be to yell at them. But how effective is that? And what would be more helpful, both in this situation and for the child’s longterm development?   Dr. Jane Nelsen, author of the well-known Positive Discipline book series (and a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother!) helps us move beyond a quick reaction to misbehavior, take a moment to consider the meaning of our child’s behavior and remember to help our child maintain a sense of connection and belonging. With practical examples drawn from her work and personal experience, Jane helps us move toward a new understanding of children’s misbehavior and arrive at discipline practices that support children’s growth and learning and helps us be the thoughtful, sensitive example our children need.   Think about a recent situation in which you needed to deal with your child’s misbehavior. What would you say was the meaning of your child’s behavior? To what extent did your response preserve the sense of connection between you and your child? Are there positive discipline tools that you would like to try the next time you encounter a similar situation?   Related resources: Positive Discipline Parenting Tool Cards The Whole-Brain Child featuring Dr. Dan Siegel Teaching Children to Be Accountable for their Behavior and Choices tip sheet by Marti Erickson What is a Parent’s Role in Brain Development? tip sheet by St. David’s Center

Healthy Eating for Parents and Kids: Reliable, Practical Guidance from Registered Dietitian Cindi Lockhart

Mar 18, 2019 41:02

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Most of us want to eat healthy and teach our kids about the importance of healthy eating. But it can be a challenge to sort through all the messages from experts, “wannabe” experts and well-meaning friends. Are all sugars the same and how much is too much? What about grains in our diet? How can we be sure we and our children eat enough veggies? If we eat a balanced diet, do we need to take supplements? What about probiotics for gut health? And are there foods that contribute to acne (a concern for many moms of teens)?   Cindi Lockhart, registered dietitian and founder of Wellness 4 Women, has made it her mission to help parents get the research-based information they need about healthy eating, learn quick and easy ways of using that information in the kitchen and at the market, and use fun, creative ways to engage children in planning and preparing tasty, healthful meals and treats. Listen to this lively, informative discussion as Marti & Erin tap into Cindi’s knowledge and experience!   Related resources: Wellness 4 Women Tips on multivitamins, inflammatory foods, acne & probiotics by Cindi Lockhart Seriously (and Siriously) Delicious Healthy Meals featuring Siri Pinter Daly How to Keep Food Fun tip sheet by St. David’s Center

Divorce and Children: Helping Children Thrive During and After Divorce

Mar 11, 2019 30:19

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When parents divorce, children typically experience a wide range of feelings, including loss, sadness, fear, anger and anxiety. These feelings come out in different ways, depending on age, personality and circumstances. But there are many things parents and other caring adults can do to help children cope and even thrive beyond this challenging time.   Child psychologist Dr. Jordan Hart joins Marti & Erin for a rich discussion of divorce and children, a topic that affects so many families.   What have you experienced or observed about divorce and children in your family or circle of friends? What were some of the most important points in this week’s Mom Enough discussion and how do those match your own experience or observations of divorce and children?   Related resources: Bridging Parental Conflict® class Managing in the Middle class for children Parenting Together – Even Through Divorce tip sheet by Marti Erickson

Challenging Behavior in Early Childhood: Understanding Needs, Feelings and Steps toward Better Regulation and Social Skills

Mar 4, 2019 32:29

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It is not uncommon for a young child to be expelled from child care due to a challenging behavior, especially hurtful behaviors like biting or hitting. And yet it’s hard to imagine a young child who doesn’t occasionally lash out in frustration or anger and have a hard time calming down and re-engaging in a more positive way. In early childhood (birth to 5), children are just learning how to manage emotions, share space and attention with others and handle conflict in reasonable ways.   As this week’s Mom Enough guest knows, children learn those lessons best when parents and other adults connect with them, recognize their feelings and engage them in thinking about what they can do differently. Dr. Anne Gearity joins Marti & Erin for a rich discussion that will help you think about and respond to challenging behavior in ways that are effective in the short-run and supportive of healthy development in the long-run. Thank you to Help Me Grow, a supporting partner of Mom Enough, for providing sponsoring this episode of Mom Enough.   Dr. Gearity says when children act out they are telling us, “I’m confused. I need your help.” Think of a recent situation in which a young child in your life engaged in a very challenging behavior. How did you respond and how did it work? How would your response have been different if you’d thought of the child saying, “I need your help?”   Related resources: Help Me Grow Developmental milestones from Help Me Grow Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes Ways to Help Children Think About Better Solutions for Difficult Behaviors tip sheet from St. David’s Center

Effective Language Stimulation for Children: Building Rich Language Learning into Everyday Life, Using Your Primary Language and Cultural Traditions

Feb 25, 2019 19:08

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Long before children enter formal education, they are constantly learning from parents and other caring adults who interact with them through language stimulation. Before they even begin to speak, babies are making sense of language, building a vocabulary and developing conversational patterns. They are laying the foundation on which all later learning will build. So, to make sure our children have this important foundation, do we need to be fluent in English, have a house full of books or know formal teaching strategies?   Dr. Alisha Wackerle-Hollman, from the School Psychology Program within the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), brings reassuring answers to these questions and more. As research shows, we need to speak to our babies about ordinary things in the language with which we are most comfortable; growing up bilingual is an asset, not a liability. We need to follow our children’s interests, describing how things feel or taste, what they are doing (e.g. splashing in the tub) and what we are doing (e.g. wrapping baby in a warm, soft towel). When babies begin vocalizing, we need to take conversational turns, pausing to let baby “speak” then taking our turn. (Alisha says “strive for 5” conversational turns.) We also need to embed our culture in conversations with our children, offering traditional foods, singing songs, saying prayers and participating in celebrations. Not only will these things help our children’s language stimulation, but they will help us build close, loving, joyful relationships!   Do you have babies or young children in your family? Think of some of the special, fun, important things you can teach them by talking, singing and playing during everyday activities. How can you work language stimulation into what you say and do while dressing your baby? Cooking dinner? Getting ready for bed?   Related resources: College of Education + Human Development Promoting Language Development in Children featuring Dr. Maria Sera Learning Language, Learning through Language featuring Melissa Koenig Early Language Development tip sheet from St. David's Center Supporting Second Language Development tip sheet from Way to Grow

Women, Alcohol Misuse and Keys to Prevention and Recovery: Insights from Carrie Kappel of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Feb 18, 2019 31:54

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We moms are often hard on ourselves, thinking we should be able to raise perfect children, keep a clean house, cook nutritious meals, stay on top of our jobs and always have a smile on our face. We often feel embarrassed or ashamed if we need to ask for help, sacrificing sleep and good health to do everything on our own. We pay a high price for that, and alcohol misuse often is part of the picture, with consequences not only for us but our children and other family members too.   Carrie Kappel knows this, both as a professional working with Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and as a nurse and drug counselor approaching the 10-year anniversary of her own sobriety. We urge you to listen carefully to this important discussion about the ways isolation, anger, anxiety and depression often contribute to alcohol misuse, critical components of treatment for women and the role of family members in recovery. Carrie also addresses the prevalence of addiction among health care providers, with a particular focus on nurses, with whom Carrie works as Director of the Nurse Professionals Program at Hazelden Betty Ford’s campus in Center City, MN.   What did you learn in this Mom Enough discussion about the emotional challenges of caregivers (including moms, nurses and other health care providers) and how that can increase vulnerability to alcohol misuse and abuse of other substances?   Related resources: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Women and Alcohol featuring Jill Seward Addiction Recovery for Moms, 5 Tips for Long-Term Sobriety Nurses Peer Support Network Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Science of Mindfulness by Erin Erickson

Happy Together: Creating the Romantic Love You Want for the Wellbeing of Your Whole Family

Feb 11, 2019 32:39

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Pop culture bombards us every day with shallow, unrealistic messages about romantic love. But what does it really take to build love, commitment and connection that last? And why is this important for our children, as well as ourselves?   Los Angeles psychologist and author Dr. Bill Cloke joins Marti and Erin for a rich discussion of practical steps you can take to bring greater respect, understanding and love into your family life. A Valentine to you from Mom Enough!   The guest on this week’s Mom Enough show, Dr. Bill Cloke, talks about love as a “creation.” What does that mean to you and how is that different from the way romantic love is portrayed in popular media? Reflect on how you and your partner communicate in front of your children. What do you think your children are learning from what they see?   Related resources: Bill Cloke's blog Keeping the Spark in Your Relationship by Marti Erickson

Rethinking the Place of Praise and Rewards in Parenting: A Thought-Provoking Discussion with Author Alfie Kohn

Feb 4, 2019 30:34

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As parents, most of us think of frequent praise – and maybe an occasional material reward for good behavior – as essential tools in helping our children build self-esteem and develop the positive behaviors we want them to have.   But this week’s Mom Enough guest, author Alfie Kohn, takes strong issue with praise and rewards, contending they undermine children’s intrinsic motivation, lead to reliance on extrinsic reinforcement and reduce generosity. Mr. Kohn goes on to challenge the pervasive focus on children’s behavior rather than their needs and motives, offering some practical, effective alternatives to praising and rewarding good behavior. Mr. Kohn’s many articles and books, including the bestselling 1993 Punished by Rewards (released recently in a 2nd edition), have prompted countless parents and educators to reconsider praise and rewards. Listen to what Alfie Kohn and Mom Enough hosts Marti & Erin have to say in this lively conversation.   What did you think of Alfie Kohn’s arguments against using praise and rewards to try to make children behave the way you want them to? Think of a parenting situation in which you’ve used praise. What could you have said and done instead that would have focused on your child’s needs, motives and the intrinsic rewards that might be more likely to lead your child toward the qualities of kindness, respect and responsibility?   Related resources: Articles by Alfie Kohn Books by Alfie Kohn Teaching Children to Be Accountable for Their Behavior and Choices by Marti Erickson

A Birth Mother’s Story of Love, Hope & Respect through Open Adoption

Jan 28, 2019 25:51

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When Christine Bauer was an 18-year-old college student just beginning pursuit of her educational goals and life dreams, she didn’t expect to confront what she refers to as “those three words” – “You are pregnant!”   Now, 34 years later, Chris has used Those Three Words as the title of an eloquent, moving book that tells the story of her choice to place her baby for open adoption and the remarkable relationships that have developed over the years among everyone involved.   Open adoption was uncommon when Chris gave birth in the 1980s, but Chris’ experience in the years since shines a light on the possibilities of open adoption as a viable positive option for birth parents, children and adoptive families. You will be touched by this hopeful story of love and choice.   What has been your knowledge or experience of adoption among people you know? How might open adoption prevent some of the emotional challenges faced by birth parents, adopted children and adoptive parents in the more secretive, closed processes that have been more common in the past?   Related resources: Chris Bauer's website and book Bellis, adoption education and support Bonnie Rough show on sex education, as referenced by Chris

Working Moms: Fresh Perspectives from Grown Children of Working Mothers

Jan 21, 2019 21:12

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Although a majority of moms are employed during their childrearing years, many working moms still experience a nagging concern that their children some day will look back on their childhood and feel short-changed.   But a study by business leader and mother Pam Lenehan shines light on the overwhelmingly positive views of adult children reflecting on their moms’ work and the impact it had on their development. Pam presents these findings in her book, My Mother, My Mentor: What Grown Children of Working Mothers Want You to Know, the springboard for a lively and personal discussion on working moms with Marti & Erin in this week’s Mom Enough show.   What has your experience been with motherhood and employment, both in your childhood and as a parent? What do you think about the positive effects of moms’ work as described by participants in Pam Lenehan’s study?   Related resources: Kids Benefit from From Having a Working Mom, article on Harvard Business School study Separating Fact from Fiction about Parent‐Child Attachment by Marti Erickson

Preventing, Recognizing and Treating Eating Disorders: A Conversation with Claire Mysko, CEO of the National Eating Disorder Association

Jan 14, 2019 35:29

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Who do you picture when you think of someone with an eating disorder? If you are like many people, you envision a young, underweight, white female. But eating disorders affect people regardless of age, ethnicity, gender or body type. And, as parents, we are key to recognizing the signs of a possible problem in our child, seeking appropriate help and supporting our child’s journey to a positive body image and healthy eating.   Claire Mysko, CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association and an internationally recognized expert on eating disorders and body image, joins Marti & Erin in this week’s episode of Mom Enough for an important conversation about this problem that touches so many lives. Along with her professional expertise, Claire also brings the compassion and wisdom that comes from having suffered with an eating disorder herself. Listen and share with other parents you know!   Thinking about what you heard in this discussion about eating disorders and body image, what examples do you notice in every day conversation, school policies or media messages that could feed into the negative body image so many young people experience today? To what extent have you experienced these issues in your own life, and how have you handled those feelings? What can you learn from that experience to help prevent your daughters and sons from struggling with similar issues?   Related resources: National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) NEDA's toll-free and confidential helpline Claire Mysko blog and books Eating Disorders: Symptoms, Treatment & Risks What are Eating Disorders?

Giving Your Children the Benefits of Nature Experience: A Conversation with the Director of the University of Minnesota’s Lab School

Jan 7, 2019 30:50

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A growing body of research shows the many benefits of nature experience. Nature experience supports children’s development of problem-solving, creativity and executive function. It also shapes physical health and, for both children and adults, can reduce stress and improve attention and focus. In recent years, mini preschools have integrated nature experience into their curricula, including the prestigious Shirley G. Moore Lab School in the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development.   Lab school director Sheila Williams Ridge joins Marti & Erin this week to talk about why nature experience is so important, both at school and at home. She offers simple ways we can connect our children with nature, wherever we live and whatever our resources. Sheila‘s appearance on Mom Enough is sponsored by Supporting Partner Help Me Grow.   What did you hear in this Mom Enough discussion about benefits of nature experience for children’s mental and emotional development? Wherever you live, what are three things you could do to give your children the benefits of nature experience?   Related resources: Help Me Grow Children & Nature Network College of Education + Human Development Nature-Based Learning for Young Children by Julie Powers and Sheila Williams Ridge Your Brain on Nature by Eva Selhub & Alan Logan Balanced and Barefoot by Angela Hanscom Connecting Children and Nature, list of nature activities for infants through teens Shared Nature Experience as a Pathway to Strong Family Bonds by Marti Erickson Free Forest School Dodge Nature Center

Why Teens Behave That Way: A Conversation with Dr. Dave Walsh about the Adolescent Brain and Teenage Behavior

Dec 31, 2018 27:21

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The teen (and tween) years are a time of major change in our children’s bodies and brains – and in teenage behavior. Along with some of the wonderful growth in reasoning ability and independence comes a necessary challenging of parents’ ideas and authority. This often leaves parents feeling frustrated and unsure how to provide the guidance and protection our sons and daughters still need, especially in light of the risky teenage behavior that is so tempting to adolescents.   Psychologist David Walsh, author of Why Do They Act That Way?, joins Marti & Erin for an enlightening discussion of what’s happening in the adolescent brain and how that helps explain teenage behavior. And he affirms the importance of staying closely connected even when teens seem to push us away.   What did you learn in this Mom Enough discussion of the teenage brain that helped you understand the behavior of adolescents in your family or community? What creative ways can you think of to help teens find the thrills they desire in ways that are safe and positive?

Get Organized: Simple Systems for Organizing Your Home and Your Life

Dec 24, 2018 27:04

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Do you scramble to get out the door in the morning because you can’t find your glasses or your car keys? Do your kids miss the bus because they misplaced their homework or their mittens? Or are you afraid someone is going to recommend you for the TV show Hoarders because of the massive piles of junk in your basement or spare room? It’s time to get organized.   Sarah Cronin, owner of Simply Inspired Home Organizing, has seen it all! And she knows how to help you create simple systems that will result in a more peaceful, manageable physical environment and a less frazzled daily life.   Sarah joins Marti & Erin in this week’s Mom Enough episode for a helpful conversation about how to get started when organizing feels overwhelming, how to set inspired (and realistic) goals, how to choose what stays and what goes, and how to deal creatively with items that have sentimental value. Drawing on her background in child development, Sarah also offers wise advice on engaging children in the organizing process. Marti & Erin were inspired by Sarah’s guidance for how to get organized, and we think you will be too!   In what areas of your home or life are you most in need of organizing? Following Sarah Cronin’s advice to not bite off more than you can chew, what would be a reasonable organizing goal for your first steps to get organized? What ideas did you hear from Sarah – or come up with on your own – for handling items that have sentimental value but don’t fit your personal taste or décor?   For  NAPO Minnesota, click here. For NAPO National, click here.

The Science of Mindfulness and Mind-Body Strategies for Moms and Kids: Dr. Erin Erickson Discusses Her Use of Mindfulness

Dec 17, 2018 30:02

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The science of mindfulness is used in mind-body strategies for reducing stress and anxiety, relieving pain, increasing energy and improving mood. In the daily ups and downs of parenting, mind-body techniques can be simple, effective tools to enhance your own wellbeing while setting a healthy example for your children at the same time. You also can help your children build these same mind-body skills at any age, giving them a head start on living a rich, peaceful, joyful life.   Mom Enough co-host Dr. Erin Erickson teaches mind-body strategies and uses them in her medical practice and in her demanding life as mom of three adolescents. In a twist on the usual Mom Enough format, Erin’s mom and co-host Dr. Marti Erickson interviews Erin on this important and practical topic.   Have you done any reading or taken a class on the science of mindfulness to learn mind-body techniques to use for yourself or with your children? What simple ideas did you hear in this Mom Enough interview that you could try right now? What resources are in your community to help you learn more about this?   For the Science of Mindfulness sheet, click here. For our show on clinical hypnosis for children, click here. For our show on mindful parenting, click here. For more about meditation, click here. To find your meditation style, click here. For more about the heart-brain connection, click here.

Seriously (and Siriously) Delicious Healthy Meals: A Mom Enough Chat with Blogger, Author and “Today Show” cook, Siri Daly

Dec 10, 2018 25:21

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Even if you love to cook healthy meals, the pressures of work, family and picky eaters sometimes can turn your passion to a feeling of drudgery. Siri Pinter Daly knows all about that and has made a career out of rising above the drudgery! Siri is the mother of three, author of both the blog and cookbook, Siriously Delicious, and wife of TV star Carson Daly, with whom Siri appears regularly in cooking segments on NBC’s Today Show.   But Siri made time to bring her relaxed, healthy, joyful attitude about food to this week’s free-flowing conversation with Marti & Erin. Siri and Erin find common ground in their homemade marshmallows, while Marti feels like a close friend of Siri after just reading the personal stories in her cookbook (never mind trying a few of the yummy recipes). All three women were hungry for really good mac ‘n cheese by the end of their chat -- maybe with a side of what Siri wisely calls "crispies." You’ll want to join in on the fun of this special Mom Enough episode.   What clever ways do you entice your kids to eat items from healthy meals that they are reluctant to try? What shortcuts do you use when you’re too tired to cook from scratch but want to serve a healthful meal? And what fun holiday treats might you make with your kids this year?   For Siri's blog, click here. For the Siriously Delicious cookbook, click here. For How to Keep Food Fun, click here. For Ways to Change Foods, click here.

Infant Hearing Loss Diagnosis and Treatment: Breakthroughs that Improve Longterm Development

Dec 3, 2018 23:28

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Infant hearing loss can have a lifelong impact on learning and development, presenting particular challenges in communication and social relations. But major improvements in early diagnosis (in newborns!) and treatment are changing the life course of countless children.   Peggy Nelson, a professor of audiology at the University of Minnesota, has been doing research in this area of early intervention since 2000 and brings a wealth of information and experience to her conversation with Marti & Erin in this week’s Mom Enough show. She also addresses the impact of chronic ear infections, something Marti remembers (with chagrin) from Erin’s early childhood. In this guest appearance, Peggy is representing Mom Enough’s supporting partner, Help Me Grow, the place to turn if you have questions or concerns about your young child’s development.   What new things did you learn in this Mom Enough discussion of infant hearing loss? Why is it so crucial that hearing loss is diagnosed and treated in infancy when possible?   To learn more about Help Me Grow, click here. For infant and toddler communication and language milestones, click here. To learn about newborn hearing screening in Minnesota, click here. For BabyHearing.org resources, click here. For the Communicate With Your Child brochure, click here.

Kids and Money: Building Good “Financial Parenting” Skills

Nov 26, 2018 36:05

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When we think about kids and money, most of us probably know a young adult who has maxed out credit cards, failed to live within a budget, been blindsided by unexpected expenses and gone running home to Mom and Dad for a bailout. And most of us probably hope (or swear) that our kids won’t make those same bad decisions. So, what can we do right now, whatever the ages of our children?   Dr. Joyce Serido, from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Family Social Science, has focused her career on studying how families interact around financial matters and helping parents build effective skills and practices in what she calls “financial parenting.” Tune into this lively and informative discussion about raising kids who are financially competent. Even if you have an adult child who already is overly dependent on you for financial assistance, you will get ideas about how to begin to turn that around!   How are you doing “financial parenting” with your children? Based on what you heard in this Mom Enough discussion about kids and money, what would you like to do differently? How will you begin?   For Nathan Dungan’s show about teaching children about money, click here. For Marti's advice on getting a child's spending under control, click here.

The Benefits of Rough and Tumble Play: A Conversation with Educator Mike Huber about Roughhousing

Nov 19, 2018 31:10

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Young children are very physical beings and have great fun rolling around in the grass, jumping, wrestling, chasing and tickling each other. As parents, that roughhousing sometimes makes us uneasy, bringing out worries that someone will get hurt or the kids will get so riled up that they won’t be able to sleep for a week.   But early childhood educator Mike Huber, a supervisor at St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development (a supporting partner of Mom Enough), understands how valuable rough and tumble play is to children’s learning and development. Mike joins Marti & Erin in this week’s show for a lively discussion of this often overlooked aspect of children’s experience, prompting funny memories for Marti & Erin and inspiring them to do a little roughhousing themselves.   To what extent do your kids engage in rough and tumble play? How do you encourage or discourage roughhousing? After listening to this Mom Enough podcast, what things might you try to do differently?   For St. David's Center, click here. For 6 Signs Your Child Could Benefit from Rough and Tumble Play, click here. For Mike's Importance of Social Skills article, click here. For the Rough and Tumble Play sheet, click here. For The Importance of Play to Children’s Learning sheet, click here. For Mike's author page, click here.

Parenting College Students: A Free Online Resource for All Parents

Nov 12, 2018 28:07

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It’s a big change for parents when children begin college. Parenting college students is a new phase of parenting!   If our kids go away to school, we may wonder what is really going on in their lives. How often should we or the kids phone or text or email each other? How will we know if our kids are keeping up with their coursework or building positive friendships? Or, most important, how will we know if they are healthy, both physically and emotionally? If our kids are attending a local school and living at home, how do we figure out new boundaries and house rules to accommodate our students’ growing autonomy and maturity?   Jodi Dworkin and Marjorie Savage, from Family Social Science in the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), are familiar with all of these concerns related to parenting college students. They know the challenges can be even greater for parents of international students or parents who didn’t attend college themselves.   Jodi and Marjorie have put their knowledge and experience to work in developing a rich new website, Parenting College Students, to help parents of college students wherever they are. Marti & Erin are glad to know this website will be here for them when the next generation in their family head to college! (CEHD is a supporting partner of Mom Enough.)   When you went to college – left home for work or other life experiences – how did you and your parents redefine your relationship? What are the issues you expect to be most challenging for you and your kids when they move on to higher education?   For the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development, click here. For more information about Jodi & Marjorie's website, click here. For the Parenting College Students website, click here. For  Frequently Asked Questions from Parents of New Students, click here.

Teaching Our Children about Sex, Love and Equality: A Conversation about Sex Education with Author Bonnie Rough

Nov 5, 2018 26:47

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Many of us parents cringe at the thought of having “the talk” with our young adolescent kids. But the whole notion of having a single sex education session on the so-called birds and bees, let alone waiting until your child is an adolescent, ought to be thrown out entirely!   Author Bonnie Rough discovered some surprising lessons about this while living in the Netherlands when her children were very young. That experience led her to several years of research for her latest book, Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids about Sex, Love and Equality.   Bonnie joins Marti & Erin for a thought-provoking discussion in this week’s Mom Enough episode. All three agree that teaching our children about sex begins when they are infants, in the verbal and nonverbal messages we give them about their bodies. Sex education continues as we teach young children the importance of consent and respect for their own bodies and others’. Ultimately, sex education is about much more than sex; it is about healthy relationships, grounded in love, respect and equality.   What messages did your parents give you about your body and sex? How did they connect those concepts to larger ideas about gender roles and relationships? In what ways do you want to do things the same or differently with your children?   For the National Sexuality Education Standards, click here. For Bonnie's article on teaching young children about boundaries and consent, click here.

Groundbreaking Research on Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Conversation with Jed Elison from the University of Minnesota

Oct 29, 2018 32:15

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In the early months of life, a child grows and learns by leaps and bounds, making sense of language, emotions, social interactions and countless other aspects of the world around them. Between six months and one year there is a particular burst of development that is a veritable “social revolution.” But, as groundbreaking research is showing, children later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show observable differences from their typically developing peers by one year of age. Yet far too often these children don’t receive intervention until years later.   Professor Jed Elison from the U of M’s Institute of Child Development is one of the researchers leading the charge to improve the lives of children with ASD through early identification of autism and early intervention. In this week’s Mom Enough show, he calls us all to become informed, advocate for services and reduce the stigma of ASD.   What new information did you hear in this Mom Enough discussion about early identification of autism? If signs of ASD are observable as early as 12 months, why do you think the average age at which Minnesota children with ASD get service is 4.9 years? What can you do to help change that?   For the Elison Lab, click here. For autism resources, click here.

Speech Problems and Language Development in Early Childhood: Common Concerns and What to Do about Them

Oct 22, 2018 23:14

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Young children develop speech and language at varying rates, so how do you know when children are learning at their own pace or when there might be speech problems that needs further assessment or intervention? If there is a problem with articulation or fluency, how might that influence other aspects of your child’s learning? And what is the most supportive and helpful way to respond?   Katie Adler, speech and language therapist at St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development, brings years of experience to her discussion of this important topic in this week’s Mom Enough show.   Have you or someone in your family had speech problems (e.g. stuttering, pronouncing certain sounds incorrectly)? Why and how can that affect other aspects of a child’s social development? Literacy? Confidence? What ideas or tips did you get from this Mom Enough show?   For our fluency and stuttering in preschool tip sheet, click here. For 5 possible signs of stuttering from St. David’s Center, click here. For St. David’s Center’s speech-language therapy information page, click here. For Help Me Grow, click here. For early childhood developmental milestones from Help Me Grow, click here.

Engaging Children as Good Citizens: Helping Children Envision the World They Want and Take Action to Realize that Vision

Oct 15, 2018 27:40

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In the current political climate, with disrespect and divisiveness being the norm, it may be hard to imagine why our children would want to become good citizens involved in civic activities. But our future depends on it!   Dr. Anne Klaeysen, head of the New York Society for Ethical Culture, brings many years of experience to this week’s timely Mom Enough show, offering clear and helpful ways to help our children discover their own values, learn what it means to be kind and fair on a large scale and recognize what they can contribute toward building a humane, ethical society, as children and throughout their lives.   What were some of the questions Dr. Klaeysen suggested asking your children to help them discover their own values? Whatever the ages of your children, ask them some of those questions in language appropriate to their age. What did you learn by listening to your children’s answers and to what extent were you surprised by what they said? Where are opportunities for you and your children to participate with other families to strengthen your own community and become good citizens?   For Dr. Klaeysen's blog, click here. For NYSEC Youth and Family Programs, click here.

Delay of Gratification in Children Then and Now: Reflections on the Classic “Marshmallow Test” and Children Today

Oct 8, 2018 25:14

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Many of us parents worry about the impact of technology and the ever-present devices that are such a huge force in today’s world. Indeed, we should consider carefully both the potential benefits and dangers of screen time. But we also should be open to research that challenges some of our assumptions and expectations about kids today.   Stephanie Carlson, Distinguished McKnight Professor in the Institute of Child Development (within the U of M’s College of Education & Human Development*), joins Mart & Erin to talk about a fascinating new Marshmallow Test study that challenges popular beliefs about children’s ability to delay gratification, and she proposes ideas about what might account for her encouraging findings. (Thanks to CEHD* for being a supporting partner of Mom Enough.)   What was your reaction to Dr. Carlson’s Marshmallow Test findings (i.e. was this different than you would have expected?)? Stephanie said she thought increased public awareness about the importance of “executive function” might be having a positive effect on children’s development. What do you know about executive function and where did you learn it?   For the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development, click here. To read a brief about Dr. Carlson's study, click here. For our executive function show with Dr. Carlson, click here. For Dr. Carlson's lab, click here.

Empowering Girls to Become Strong Women: A Discussion of Words, Body Language and Daring to Take Up Space in the Classroom and Boardroom

Oct 1, 2018 33:08

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Have you watched a confident, rambunctious little girl begin to pull back when she approaches adolescence? This week’s Mom Enough guest has, and she is committed to empowering girls and preventing that decline in confidence that so often happens with girls after they peak at about age 9.   Longtime educator and founder of aWe, Inc. (Academy for Women’s Empowerment), Kristi Hemmer joins Marti & Erin for an important and provocative discussion of the ways girls and women give away their power through speech, body language and attributions that dismiss their own talent and hard work. Listen with a friend and then consider how you can claim your own power and raise your daughters to do the same.   What have you noticed in your own life about the things Kristi Hemmer pointed out about the ways females “give away their power”? What would you like to change in your own speech and body language? What ideas for empowering girls do you have to help your daughter(s) keep their confidence as they get older?   To learn more about the International Day of the Girl, click here. To register for the October 7 International Day of the Girl Festival in St. Paul, click here. For Amy Cuddy's TED Talk on body language, click here.  

Helping Our Children Build Self-Compassion: Keys to Kindness, Gratitude and Compassion for Others

Sep 24, 2018 26:29

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We’ve all heard the question, “What kind of world are we leaving for our children?” But Dr. Shilagh Mirgain, a health and sport psychologist at the University of Wisconsin, turns that question on its head and asks, “What kind of children are we leaving for our world?”   Whatever the ages of your children, don’t miss this inspiring and practical discussion of how to help your children develop compassion for themselves and others, recognizing the common humanity, vulnerability and imperfection we all share. Learn concrete steps you can take today to help your children be more grateful, kind and mindful in their daily lives.     This week’s Mom Enough guest talks about the importance of “showing up for yourself as you would for a dear friend.” Give examples of what that would look like in your life. What concrete steps could you take to help your children treat themselves with such compassion?   For Dr. Mirgain’s self-compassion article that Marti mentioned, click here. For more of Dr. Mirgain’s blog articles, click here. For our sheet on Fostering Compassionate Children, click here.

How Art Helped Dav Pilkey Rise Above ADHD & Dyslexia: Hopeful Insights from the Author of the Captain Underpants and Dog Man Series

Sep 17, 2018 20:37

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Dav Pilkey was a self-described trouble-maker in the early years of school, often ending up alone in the hallway when his teacher had had enough. Struggling with both reading and attention, Dav passed his time by drawing cartoons of the colorful characters in his imagination – a superhero named Captain Underpants was created in 2nd grade!   Dav joins Marti & Erin today to describe how he eventually became an avid reader and a highly successful author and artist whose books have engaged countless kids, including many reluctant readers. Dav’s story and his wise advice will inspire you whether or not your own children struggle as Dav did.   Does your child (or did you) struggle with reading, paying attention or other demands of school? What has helped your child (or you) build a talent or special interest that helps buffer the struggle you’ve had? How could Dav Pilkey’s teacher have handled his behavior differently, taking advantage of his imagination and love of drawing?   For fun activity sheets from Dav, click here.

Women and Alcohol: A Conversation about Women’s Risk of Alcohol-Related Problems with Jill Seward of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Sep 10, 2018 29:02

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Women and alcohol consumption may appear harmless – many of us enjoy a glass of wine at the end of a hard day or a celebratory mimosa at a weekend brunch. But how much alcohol is too much? When do you know if drinking has become a problem for you? And how does a woman’s risk of alcohol-related problems differ from that of a man?   Jill Seward, Executive Director of Nursing at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, joins Marti & Erin for an information-packed, research-based discussion of this important topic, with facts that are likely to surprise you. Tune in for your own sake and that of your daughters!   What new things did you learn in this Mom Enough discussion about women and alcohol? What are some of the reasons women are more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol than men? Did this discussion lead you to reconsider your own use of alcohol? Or did it motivate you to help your daughters understand this important information?   For the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, click here. For an online addiction quiz, click here. To learn what to expect in rehab, click here.

Unleashing the Instinct to Play: Pathways to Joy, Competence and Creativity in Pretend Play

Sep 3, 2018 32:14

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Psychologist and research professor Peter Gray had spent years studying the biological foundations of emotions in rats and other mammals. But when his 9-year-old son had an angry outburst in the principal’s office, Peter was moved to tears and soon found himself shifting his research focus to studying education from a biological perspective.   Peter's conclusions about what is missing from children’s lives in terms of pretend play and exploration without adult direction are addressed in a powerful way in his book Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant and Better Students for Life. Whatever the age of your children, Peter’s conversation with Marti & Erin will lead you to careful reflection on how to support your children’s success and happiness.   Think about the past week. How much time has your child spent playing without adult direction? How about doing pretend play (dramatic play) with other children? What did you learn in this Mom Enough interview about the benefits of this kind of play? How can you create more opportunities for your child to exercise creativity through free play?   For Peter’s Psychology Today blog, click here.

Raising Competent, Confident Children: Key Lessons from the STEP approach (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting)

Aug 27, 2018 30:56

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Whether you are dealing with a toddler’s tantrums, an 8-year-old’s messy room or a teen’s resistance to homework, parent education and support can help you use the situation to help your child build important skills and values. Parent education also can ease your stress and build your confidence as a parent.   Faith Mianulli, lead occupational therapist at St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development, brings a gentle philosophy and proven strategies to her discussion with Marti & Erin on this week’s Mom Enough show, drawing on years of teaching parents the STEP approach (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting). Tune in for tips you can use today!   Think about a parenting dilemma you have confronted with your child in the past week. How did you respond? How is that the same as or different from the STEP approach (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) discussed in this week’s Mom Enough interview? What could you do differently the next time you face a similar challenge?   For Faith’s tips on encouragement, click here. For Faith’s tips on effective listening, click here. For more information on St. David’s Center, click here.

Investing in Early Childhood Programs for Parents and Young Children: Why This Matters for You and Your Whole Community

Aug 20, 2018 29:37

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People across the political spectrum find common ground in advocating for investing in early childhood programs to make sure children in our communities are ready to thrive and succeed in school. But how early should those programs start? To what extent should parents be actively involved? And what return on investment can we really expect, assuming programs follow best practices?   University of Minnesota economist Dr. Art Rolnick and Executive Director of Way to Grow, Carolyn Smallwood, join forces in this Mom Enough discussion to address those questions and to highlight the importance of building strong, culturally relevant partnerships with parents even before their baby is born. (Way to Grow is a supporting partner of Mom Enough.)   What are some of the longterm benefits of effective programs for parents and very young children? How would those results benefit your whole community and, in specific, affect the quality of your own life, now and later? What did Art Rolnick say about the financial return on investment (ROI) for investing in early childhood programs and how do you think that ROI compares to other public investments in our communities?   For Is Your Young Child On Track to Succeed in School?, click here. For Art's Invest Now or Pay More Later ME show, click here. For Way to Grow, click here. For Help Me Grow, click here. For MinneMinds, click here.

Raising Your Spirited Child: A Conversation with Author Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Aug 13, 2018 29:26

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Let’s face it; some children have us walking on eggshells. They get rattled when something interferes with their usual routine. If we try to rush them out the door in the morning – or if they’ve missed a couple hours of sleep – they may go into a complete meltdown.   Parent educator and author Mary Sheedy Kurcinka calls these children “spirited” and, in her popular book, Raising Your Spirited Child (now in its 3rd edition), helps us understand what’s going on in the brains and bodies of these children. In her interview in this week’s Mom Enough show, Mary offers practical, concrete tips for helping spirited children adapt and thrive. Marti & Erin have some stories and insights about the spirited children in their own family too!   How does this week’s guest, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, define what she calls the “spirited child”? Do you have or know a child who fits that profile? What in this Mom Enough discussion helped you better understand that child’s behavior and think about what you can do to help that child (and those around him or her) be more comfortable and adaptable?   For Mary’s resources, click here.

Improve Vocabulary, Thinking Skills and Motivation to Read by Reading to Your Children from Material Above Their Reading Level

Aug 6, 2018 23:13

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Whatever the age of your children, reading aloud to them will improve vocabulary, language development, reading skills and the love of reading for information and pleasure.   This week’s Mom Enough guest, Lynette Guastaferro, CEO of Teaching Matters, challenges us to take reading to our kids to a new level, whether they are preschoolers or teens. With practical examples and tips, she highlights how reading aloud from books, newspapers and other advanced sources – and discussing the material with your children – will improve vocabulary, reading comprehension and overall critical thinking. Listen carefully and put these ideas to work in your own household!   Have you tried reading advanced books or articles to your child? What has been your child’s response? What have you discovered about your child’s understanding of complex material and ability to think about it?   For age-leveled book lists (birth to 12 years), click here. For Early Reading Matters (program to develop teachers to improve K - 2 reading), click here. For 10 Tips for Supporting Your Child in Reading and Writing, click here. For Book Lists for Read-Alouds and Independent Reading, click here.

Helping Your Children through Life’s Embarrassing Experiences: A Conversation with Children’s Author Nancy Carlson

Jul 30, 2018 26:19

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Nancy Carlson understands children’s feelings and turns that understanding into delightful picture books that help children confront some of life’s most embarrassing experiences.   In this lively, free-wheeling discussion with Marti & Erin, Nancy highlights two of her books: the self-explanatory Sometimes You Barf! And It’s OK to Ask, a wonderful story about how to help your children connect with and respond to children with visible disabilities (a collaboration with Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare). Tune in so you and your children can benefit from the insights and humor in this special Mom Enough show.   What embarrassing experiences do you remember from your childhood? What could adults have done to make it less embarrassing for you? How can you make it easier for your children when they encounter something similar?   For Nancy’s daily doodles, click here. For Nancy’s blog, click here. For the mother’s open letter about reacting to her daughter’s genetic syndrome, click here. For the Anderson Center, click here.

Helping Your Children Find the Right College to Match Their Strengths and Needs: Tips for Success and Satisfaction in Higher Ed

Jul 23, 2018 36:47

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From the time kids enter high school, thoughts of “What's next?” become increasingly important. How do I find the right college for me? Do I want a large university or small college? Close to home or far away? How can I look beyond big name schools to discover a gem I might not have heard of? What do I need to do now to increase my odds of getting in and getting a scholarship or financial aid? How do I prepare an application that stands out from the crowd?   Mary Hill, Director of College Counseling and Academic Planning at St. Paul Academy and Summit School, takes on these question and more in this informative and important discussion. With two kids starting high school this fall, Erin (and Grandma Marti) were soaking up everything this guest had to offer!   What do you and your children know or think about college or other higher ed options that might work? What practical tips and resources did you learn about in this Mom Enough discussion that could help you and your kids find the right college match for them?   For College Counseling Resources, click here. For Questions to Ask on College Tours, click here. For BigFuture, click here. For the Colleges That Change Lives website, click here. For the Colleges That Change Lives book by Loren Pope, click here. For the Net Price Calculator Center, click here.

The Benefits of Sports for Children: Wisdom on Being the Best Sports Parent You Can Be from Coach and Psychology Professor John Tauer

Jul 16, 2018 25:28

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Dr. John Tauer is a big believer in the benefits of sports and the potential of youth sports to build character, discipline, teamwork and conflict resolution skills. John is in a relatively unique position as both a coach of one of the winningest basketball teams in the country and a psychology professor who studies motivation at the University of St. Thomas. He doesn’t always like what he sees in youth sports and coined the acronym “WOSP” (well-intentioned, overinvolved sports parents) for his recent book, Why Less Is More for WOSPS: How to Be the Best Sports Parent You Can Be.   John challenges the extreme and unrealistic ways too many of us parents approach our children’s athletic involvement. He offers tips for healthier ways to help our kids build a more balanced set of skills and interests that will serve them throughout life, while still celebrating the joys and benefits of sports.   For John’s blog on sports and motivation, click here. For John’s basketball camp, click here. For John’s book, click here. For a related sport parent show with Nicole LaVoi, click here.

Parent-Infant Attachment and Its Impact on Longterm Development: A Conversation on Attachment Research with U of M Professor Glenn Roisman

Jul 9, 2018 33:04

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You probably know how important attachment is in the early months and years of your child’s life. But according to attachment research, how does the quality of that attachment relate to your child’s behavior and competence as a teen or even an adult?   This week’s Mom Enough guest, Dr. Glenn Roisman, has focused his career on studying how early relationships with parents and others are the starting point for social, cognitive and biological development throughout a person’s life. Representing the University of Minnesota’s College of Education & Human Development (a supporting partner of Mom Enough), he joins Marti & Erin for a rich discussion of recent research findings on attachment, childcare and other factors that shape development. And he highlights new research trying to untangle both genetic and environmental influences and the ways they interact.   In what ways is the quality of a baby’s relationship with parents and other caregivers important to lifelong development? What, if anything, was surprising to you in this Mom Enough discussion of attachment research?   For the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development, click here. For Separating Fact from Fiction about Parent‐Child Attachment, click here. To learn more about STEEP, click here.

Children and Money: Engaging Your Children in Your Family’s Efforts to Make Wise Decisions about Money

Jul 2, 2018 31:26

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“Who is interested in shaping your child’s attitudes around money?” That is the first question posed by this week’s Mom Enough children and money guest, Nathan Dungan, financial advisor and founder of Share, Save, Spend.   The answer to that question – and examples of how our culture lures our kids to spend, spend, spend – should make us all sit up and take notice! But we do not need to be powerless; from 5-minute family money meetings to teachable moments at the grocery store, restaurant or ATM, this Mom Enough episode is packed with ways to clarify your own values about money, instill those values in your children and give your kids voice and choice in family money decisions.   What practical ideas did you get from this Mom Enough discussion about children and money? How are these tips different from what you currently do and what next steps could you take to build your children’s money wisdom?   For tips for igniting money conversations, click here. For the Share Save Spend blog, click here. For Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, click here.  

Inspiring Your Children to Love Math: A Conversation with Professor Lesa Clarkson from the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development

Jun 25, 2018 26:02

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Many of us parents feel intimidated by how early children are moving into relatively advanced mathematics – and how much we already have forgotten of the math we learned in school. Or, as Mom Enough host Erin observed from her kids’ experience, we may not understand the specific ways math is taught these days.   Nonetheless, as guest Lesa Clarkson describes, there are many fun and interesting activities we can do with our kids at every age to get them excited about math in everyday life and possibly inspire them to love math!   What are some of the fun ways Dr. Clarkson suggested supporting children’s math learning at home? Thinking of the ages and interests of your own children, name two or three specific math-related activities you can (and will!) try with them.   For the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development, click here. For Preventing Summer Learning Loss, click here.

Estate Planning for Young Families: Practical Guidance from Attorney Gretchen Baker

Jun 18, 2018 29:54

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There are many legal and financial pieces to consider in estate planning for young families. Do you have a will in place? Have you filed documents specifying who would care for your children if something happened to you? And what about putting money in a trust for your children with clear conditions for when and how they can access it?   This week’s Mom Enough guest, attorney Gretchen Baker, answers these questions and more in this very informative discussion about a topic that is crucial to a family’s security and well-being. Marti & Erin learned a lot and you will too!   What new things did you learn about estate planning for young families? To what extent have you made an adequate plan for your family in case something happened to you? What further steps should you consider?

Clinical Hypnosis for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges: A Conversation with U of M Physician Andy Barnes

Jun 11, 2018 24:58

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Clinical hypnosis for children can sound strange or even scary to many of us. But University of Minnesota pediatrician Andy Barnes finds hypnosis for children to be an effective, child-friendly way to help his young patients (tots to teens) use play and imagination to strengthen self-regulation skills and manage their behavior in situations that challenge them.   In concrete, practical terms, Andy discusses how he uses hypnosis and biofeedback in his practice and also mentions books and inexpensive devices that can help parents and children enhance their self-regulation skills beyond the doctor’s office.   In talking about his use of clinical hypnosis for children, Dr. Barnes stated, “It’s always self-hypnosis.” What did he mean by that? Give an example of ways he engages his young patients in self-hypnosis.   For the Be the Boss of Your Body series, click here. For Conquering Your Child's Chronic Pain, click here. For HeartMath, click here. For the National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute (NPHTI), click here. For Andy's show on habits like nail-biting, nose-picking and thumb-sucking, click here. For Andy's show on potty training, click here.

Recognizing and Responding to Signs of Possible Substance Abuse in Your Adolescent or Young Adult: Guidance from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Jun 4, 2018 27:17

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As parents, most of us would rather not even think about the possibility that our son or daughter could develop an addiction to alcohol or other substances. But putting our head in the sand and ignoring signs of possible substance abuse only increases the risks.   Dr. Leslie Adair, Director of Mental Health & Family Services at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s adolescent and young adult facility in Plymouth, MN, brings the information we need to recognize signs of possible substance abuse, to seek an evaluation by an experienced professional and if needed, to get appropriate treatment and family support. Leslie also answers Marti & Erin’s questions about addressing the needs of siblings and helping family members know how to talk to others about the problem.   What has been your experience with substance abuse and addiction among people close to you? What did you learn in this Mom Enough discussion about signs of a possible substance abuse in teens and young adults? What resources are available for evaluation and treatment in your community?   For more information on Teen Intervene, click here. For tips for if you suspect teen alcohol or other drug use, click here.

The Impact of Infertility on Couples and Individuals: A Candid Conversation with Therapists from The Family Development Center

May 28, 2018 27:27

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Countless couples have traveled the road of infertility, with all its uncertainty, heartache, difficult interventions and associated emotional and financial costs.   Alyssa Wright and Monica Landolt White, marriage and family therapists at The Family Development Center, have worked with many individuals and couples at different stages in this process. And, as Monica describes, she has faced the complex challenges of infertility herself. With remarkable insight and compassion, Alyssa and Monica highlight the psychological impact of infertility and offer hope and guidance to people facing these challenges, as well as friends and family who wish to offer sensitive support. Don’t miss this important conversation!   Have you or people close to you experienced barriers to becoming pregnant when desired? What were some of the effects on the prospective mom or dad? On the couple relationship? How did friends and family respond, and what was helpful or unhelpful? What did you hear in this Mom Enough discussion that gave you new insight into the impact of infertility?   For The Family Development Center, click here. For The Family Development Center's infertility counseling, click here. For our Infertility resource sheet, click here. For Twin Cities infertility resources, click here. For RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association, click here. For a fact sheet on religious perspectives about infertility, click here.

Qualities of an Effective Parent and Child Relationship: A Study from Search Institute

May 21, 2018 20:53

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For decades, Search Institute has studied assets that are most important for helping children and teens grow up well. In their study of the parent and child relationship, they examine the importance of five key strategies in developmental relationships in the family: 1) express care; 2) challenge to grow; 3) provide support; 4) share power; and 5) expand possibilities.   Tune into this week’s Mom Enough show to hear Gene Roehlkepartain discuss how these strategies benefit children, which are most often missing in the families Search studied, and what you can do to apply these important findings for your child’s lifelong success.   What was surprising to you about the findings from this Search Institute study? Why do you think so many families have trouble sharing power? What practical ideas did you take away from this Mom Enough discussion of the parent and child relationship?   To read the report and other material from the study, click here. For ParentFurther, click here. To take the quiz mentioned by Gene, click here. To read more about developmental relationships, click here.

Helping Your Child’s Academic Performance and School Success in the Upper Grades: Front-line Guidance from Family Educators at Way to Grow

May 14, 2018 32:18

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Many studies have documented a common slump in academic performance and behavior when children reach grades 4, 5 and 6, with the trend particularly striking among children in poverty. There are various theories about why this happens, including increasingly complex task demands in the upper grades, a shift in peer culture and parents pulling back because of uncertainty about how to help their children in this new period of development.   The most important question may be what parents can do to prevent this slide, and this week’s Mom Enough guests, Anthony Allen and Alison Dakota from Way to Grow, offer practical guidance based on years of experience working with children and families.   Have you experienced this academic performance or behavioral slide with a child in your family? What factors do you think contribute to that slide? What are some of the tips Tony and Alison provided in this Mom Enough discussion?   For Way to Grow, click here. For 4 ways to empower you as a parent to effectively advocate for your child, click here. For tips on supporting your child's school success, click here. For 6 tips for successful family-school partnerships, click here.

The 12th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading: A Special Mom Enough Production Featuring Women Writers

May 7, 2018 1:17:43

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Since 2007, author and writing teacher, Kate Hopper, has invited a select group of women writers to read from their work at her annual Motherhood & Words Reading at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Kate’s mission is, in her own words, “to highlight the amazing writing out there by women about motherhood.”   As in years past, Mom Enough is proud to bring you this year’s event, featuring: Erin O. White, writing instructor and author of Given Up for You: A Memoir of Love, Belonging and Belief; Kaethe Schwehn, recipient of a Minnesota Book Award, writing teacher and author of The Rending and the Nest, Tailings: A Memoir, and Tanka & Me; and Sophfronia Scott, former writer and editor for Time and People, author of Love’s Long Line and Unforgivable Love: A Retelling of Dangerous Liaisons and co-author of This Child of Faith. Have a cup of tea, kick back and prepare to be amazed by these talented writers and mothers.   For Kate’s website, click here. For Erin's website, click here. For Kaethe's website, click here. For Sophfronia's website, click here. For Motherhood & Words, click here.

Helping Your Child Maintain a Healthy Body and Positive Body Image: A Conversation with University of Minnesota Researcher Katie Loth

Apr 30, 2018 33:02

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Wherever we and our children look, we confront ads for the latest ways to get “the perfect body” along with air-brushed images of celebrities with unattainable bodies. How do those messages influence our children’s eating behaviors and affect their ability to have a positive body image? Even more important, what can we do to counteract those unhelpful influences and support our sons and daughters in maintaining strong healthy bodies and feeling good about the skin they are in?   Dr. Katie Loth, from the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota, joins Marti & Erin to discuss some recent research findings that might surprise you. And she offers practical tips that will help you be more reflective about the subtle ways you shape your child’s attitudes, behavior and self-acceptance.   How do Katie Loth’s research findings about body image and weight gain compare to what people often think about how to encourage weight loss or prevent weight gain in girls and young women? Why do you think the pattern was different for boys and girls? Reflecting on your own words and actions, in what ways could you improve the way you support healthy behavior and positive body image?   To read the research findings, click here. To read an editorial about the research findings, click here. To read an article about the research findings, click here. For Project EAT, click here. For Marti’s suggestions on promoting a healthy body image, click here.

Children’s Trust: How Children Decide Who Is Trustworthy and Why That Is Important for Parents and Educators to Understand

Apr 23, 2018 36:34

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We often think of infants and very young children as being naively trusting and ready to believe what any adult tells them.   But Melissa Koenig, professor in the U of M’s Institute of Child Development, is part of a team of children’s trust researchers who are showing that even babies know how to be skeptics. These provocative findings raise important questions about how children’s trust enters in to learning and how parents and teachers can earn the trust of children and help them build their ability to recognize honesty at a time when it’s often hard to come by. (Thank you to the U’s College of Education and Human Development for providing this week’s guest.)   What was surprising to you about Melissa Koenig’s findings about young children’s trust? Marti & Erin and their guest talked about the need for parents to be “transparent” with their kids and to only make promises they can keep. Give some real-life examples of when this advice could be implemented.   For Can children save us from the fake news epidemic?, click here. To watch Trust Through the Eyes of Children, click here. For Melissa's Early Language and Experience Lab, click here. For the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development, click here. For Melissa's ME show discussing learning a second language, click here. For more on the marshmallow experiment, click here.

Picky Eaters: Practical Steps for Concerned Parents

Apr 16, 2018 34:54

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Providing proper nourishment for our children is one of the basics of parenting, so when our picky eaters reject our healthful offerings we may panic.   This week’s Mom Enough guest, speech clinician and author Jenny McGlothlin, talks with Marti & Erin about how to discern ordinary picky eating from a more serious feeding disorder. And drawing on STEPS, a feeding program she developed at the University of Texas in Dallas, she offers guidance for helping children work through feeding problems.   After the interview with Jenny, stay tuned for a Relationships that Nurture brief with Katie Adler from St. David’s Center talking about stuttering, an issue Marti confronted in her son’s early years.     What has been your experience with picky eaters in your family? How have you and others handled it? After hearing this Mom Enough discussion, what would you do differently now?   For Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating, click here. For the Stuttering in Preschool tip sheet, click here. For Speech-Language Therapy at St. David’s Center, click here.

Cultural Considerations in Identifying Signs of Autism: A Conversation with Megan Weber and Aida Ibrahim of St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development

Apr 9, 2018 19:55

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ASD affects a large number of children across all ethnic groups, and prevalence among Somali children in Minnesota has been cause for particular concern in this community. For many reasons, far too few of children with signs of autism are identified before they start school, although parents and other family members often have a sense that the child’s development is not on track.   This week’s guests, Megan Weber and Aida Ibrahim, have been working at St. David’s Center to make sure all children with ASD are identified and receive appropriate intervention as early as possible, whatever their cultural background. Part of that effort includes community partnerships to reduce stigma, an increase in diversity of staff and a day treatment program specific to East African children ages two to six. (St. David’s Center is a supporting partner of Mom Enough.)     What did you learn in this Mom Enough discussion about specific signs of autism in very young children? What can we all do to reduce stigma and encourage families to seek help for their children as early as possible?   To learn more about autism treatment at St. David's Center, click here. To learn more about St. David’s Center’s Autism Day Treatment for East African families, click here. For information about The Harman Center, click here. For our understanding the early signs of ASD show with Dr. Jed Elison, click here. For our early identification and intervention show with Dr. Jennifer Hall-Lande, click here.

Assessment and Early Intervention Services for Young Children: When and How to Seek Help and What to Expect

Apr 2, 2018 24:15

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Do you worry that your child isn’t walking, talking or playing with other children in the way you would expect? Does something about your child’s behavior make you uneasy? Do you know what early intervention services are available?   This week’s guests, Amber Lampron and Rebecca Wald, help you know where to seek answers to your questions and concerns. They explain the typical process in evaluating your child’s development and, if necessary, getting appropriate support and intervention for you and your child – at no cost to you. The best news of all is that early intervention helps children succeed in all aspects of learning and behavior, and it can help you know how to be the advocate and supporter your child needs. (This episode is brought to you by Help Me Grow, a supporting partner of Mom Enough.)   Has your child or someone else in your family or circle of friends received early intervention services? What did you learn in this Mom Enough discussion that you didn’t know about how these services work?   For Help Me Grow, click here. To refer a child for a developmental screening or evaluation, click here. For What Happens When You Refer a Child Through Help Me Grow?, click here. For Does My Child Need Infant and Toddler Intervention?, click here. For Does My Child Need Preschool Special Education?, click here. For early childhood developmental milestones, click here.

Family Meals: The Why and How of Mealtimes that Build Health and Happiness for You and Your Family

Mar 26, 2018 32:29

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If you’re like many parents, getting your family members to the table for regular family meals isn’t always easy. But this week’s Mom Enough guest has spent much of her career studying why family meals are so important, why they happen so seldom, and how parents can overcome barriers and make the most out of family mealtime.   Dr. Anne Fishel is director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, associate clinical professor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School and author of Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids. Her innovative ideas and inspiring tips had Marti & Erin so excited they say they will listen to this interview once a month to remind themselves of the many fun and powerful ways to transform mealtime rituals in their households!   What did you learn in this Mom Enough discussion about the benefits of family meals? What were your favorite tips from Dr. Anne Fishel, this week’s guest? What are the first tips you will try with your family?   For recipes, dinner games and conversation starters from The Family Dinner Project, click here.

Girls and Stress: A Conversation with Psychologist and Author Dr. Roni Cohen-Sandler

Mar 19, 2018 32:20

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When young girls enter adolescence, they report high levels of stress and self-doubt about school, extracurricular activities, friendships and their appearance. What factors contribute to girls and stress, and how is it different for girls and boys? Most important, what can we do to ease the stress and help our girls find more joy and confidence during this important time in their lives?   Psychologist Dr. Roni Cohen-Sandler has focused her career on women, teen girls and other-daughter relationships, and she addresses teens directly in her latest book, Stress Sucks! A Girl’s Guide to Managing School, Friends & Life. She joins Marti & Erin this week for a heartfelt exploration of the complicated lives of girls today.   How did this Mom Enough discussion of girls and stress match the experiences of girls in your family? What steps do you think we could take at home, in school or in communities to ease the pressure girls feel?   For teen and tween stress facts, click here. For 4 tips on communicating with teens, click here.

Teens and Technology: Encouraging Research from CEHD’s Dr. Jodi Dworkin (Part 2 of a 2-part series on children, parents and technology)

Mar 12, 2018 24:55

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Conversations about teens and technology often revolve around potential risks to health and development or negative effects on interpersonal relationships.   But Jodi Dworkin, professor and associate department head in the U of M’s Department of Family Social Science, brings research that contradicts some of those concerns. She assures parents that technology has benefits and...

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Technology and Young Children: Guidance and Innovations from CEHD’s Dr. Susan Walker (Part 1 of a 2-part series on children, parents and technology)

Mar 5, 2018 32:26

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Advice and warnings about technology and young children are confusing for many parents. Susan Walker, Associate Professor of Parent & Family Education in the U of M’s Department of Family Social Science, offers guidance on appropriate use of technology and the ways technology can bring parent and child together, capitalizing on the importance of face...

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Sensori-motor Development in Young Children: Milestones, Red Flags and Helpful Tips

Feb 26, 2018 26:19

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From the first hours of life, babies interact with the world through touch and sensory exploration. As babies grow, their sensory and motor skills become more complex and purposeful. We sometimes take for granted that these domains of sensori-motor development will just unfold without special attention. But, as research shows, persistent problems with motor or...

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Healing Longterm Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): A Conversation with Pediatrician and Author Nadine Burke Harris

Feb 19, 2018 27:34

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We’ve known that adversity and trauma in childhood have long-term effects on mental health and well-being. But in recent years, groundbreaking research on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) has demonstrated the long-term consequences for physical health, including heart disease, lung disease and cancer.   As a pediatrician, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris confronted the effects of early...

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Supporting Your Child’s School and the Role of Parents in Education: A Conversation with the Author of “Common Sense For Our Common Good: A Parent Guide to Good Schools”

Feb 12, 2018 27:34

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What is the role of parents in education and what can we do to support our children’s school success? How can we tell if our children’s school is meeting their educational needs? And what is our part in building effective family-school partnerships to optimize the learning experience for our child and others?   Jim Baumann...

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Inspiring Your Child’s STEM Learning: Fun, Easy Opportunities in Everyday Life

Feb 5, 2018 26:54

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In today’s world, STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math skills) are hugely important to academic success and career prospects. Yet, as parents, many of us are at a loss as to how to support our children’s STEM learning, especially if we think we lack those crucial skills ourselves.   But this week’s Mom Enough...

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Youth Sports, Child Health and Character Development: Candid Reflections and Practical Tips from Dr. Nicole LaVoi of CEHD (U of M)

Jan 29, 2018 25:47

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How many hours have you spent driving your kids to games and practice for their various youth sports activities? What are your expectations and hopes about what your children will gain from their participation? Better health and fitness? Character development? A scholarship or big money?   Dr. Nicole LaVoi is Senior Lecturer in Kinesiology, Co-Director...

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Promoting Language Development in Children: Insights and Guidance from Dr. Maria Sera of the U of M’s College of Education & Human Development

Jan 22, 2018 33:26

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Language skills are essential to academic learning, positive relationships and clear thinking. Parents have a crucial role in promoting language development in children through simple, everyday interactions from infancy to adulthood, whether or not English is the primary language at home and whether or not a child is bilingual.   Dr. Maria Sera, who has...

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Easing Loss and Grief in Children: A Conversation with the Director of Children’s Grief Connection

Jan 15, 2018 28:36

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Grief is a natural and dynamic response to a major loss and, for people of all ages, it demands time and understanding. But with grief in children, it doesn’t always look the way we expect. Children sometimes may appear irreverent or disrespectful – or they may be unbearably sad one minute and dashing out to...

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The Role of Parents in Early Childhood Social-Emotional Development: A Conversation with Paula Frisk from St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development

Jan 8, 2018 30:15

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Have you ever heard someone say about a baby or toddler, “It’s a good thing that trauma happened before he was aware of it.” Unfortunately, that is a very misleading statement. Long before babies have words, they can experience stress and trauma and remember it in their bodies and brains, often with lasting negative effects...

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Teaching Our Children Civility in an Uncivil World: A Conversation with Professor Abigail Gewirtz of the U of M’s College of Education & Human Development

Jan 1, 2018 38:14

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As parents, many of us have been concerned about the incivility that has become so common in politics, media and public conversation and behavior. How can we teach our children civility – to be polite, respectful and empathic when they are surrounded with examples of adults doing the opposite? How can we help our children...

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The Roads Taken: A Conversation about Mothers and Employment with Dr. Deborah Kahn

Dec 25, 2017 24:20

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As moms, most of us give a lot of thought to deciding to be employed or to be an at-home mother. We may seek input from family, friends and books, even as pervasive media images of “having it all” also seep into our thinking. But what is known about the effects of a mother’s employment...

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The “Terrible Twos” Reconsidered: Practical Tips for Meeting the Challenges and Discovering the Joys of Terrific Toddlers

Dec 18, 2017 29:51

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It can be difficult to think toddlers are terrific when they are throwing a tantrum at the grocery store, rejecting the fancy new potty chair you bought or shouting “No!” in response to nearly every request you make. But the toddler period really is a time of extraordinary learning and development, and even the most...

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Materialistic Children & Teens: A Win-Win Approach to Reduce Materialism from Author and Financial Expert Nathan Dungan

Dec 11, 2017 31:57

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Did you know that being less materialistic is associated with greater happiness? Nathan Dungan, founder of Share Save Spend and Mom Enough’s go-to source on kids and money, builds on previous research in a new study that shows how a 3-part learning intervention reduced materialism and increased self-esteem for adolescents who participated.   Nathan joins...

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Fighting Childhood Obesity through Family Involvement: How to Promote Healthy Weight in Children and Teens

Dec 4, 2017 34:24

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Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson has spent her career trying to untangle the individual, family and community factors that contribute to overweight children and adolescents and childhood obesity. An assistant professor in the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development (Department of Kinesiology), Daheia has put that research into practice in family-focused interventions, including an...

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Promoting Your Child’s Love of Reading: Kids & Family Reading Report Insights into Where, What and How Children Read

Nov 27, 2017 22:59

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These days it’s hard to miss the message about the importance of having books in our homes and reading to our children even before they can talk. But, with homework, busy after-school schedules and the seductiveness of all kinds of screen time, how can we keep our children reading for fun? In what ways do...

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American Dads Juggling Work and Family: Caring, Committed, Conflicted

Nov 20, 2017 33:58

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Conversations about juggling work and family often revolve around challenges faced by moms who are employed outside the home. But a study at Boston College’s Center for Work and Family is changing the conversation, with findings that highlight how some fathers are facing similar struggles as they take on increasing responsibility at home and still...

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Sleep Patterns, School Start Times and Adolescent Brains: A Conversation with Dr. Kyla Wahlstrom from the U of M’s College of Education & Human Development

Nov 13, 2017 33:36

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The quantity and quality of sleep a person gets is important to health, safety and well-being at every age. But recent research highlights the unique sleep needs of adolescents and the high cost when those needs are not met – from poorer school performance to depression to greater risk of car accidents and more.  ...

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Helping Parents Heal after Miscarriage, Stillbirth or a Prenatal Diagnosis of a Life-Threatening Condition

Nov 6, 2017 33:07

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For many of us, pregnancy is a time of excitement, joy and anticipation of who this baby will be. But when anticipation turns to loss through miscarriage, a devastating prenatal diagnosis or stillbirth, grief engulfs mom, dad and other family members. Too often these heartbreaking experiences are suffered in silence – or perhaps dismissed by...

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Talking with Children about Disturbing Events in Today’s World: A Conversation with Dr. Abi Gewirtz from the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development

Oct 30, 2017 29:16

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Every day there are stories in the news that are frightening or upsetting to both adults and children. The 24/7 news cycle, with constant repetition of these stories, can magnify the emotional impact on people of all ages. But talking with children about disturbing events can be done in a way that protects their emotional...

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Childhood Anxiety: Possible Causes, Helpful Strategies and Effective Treatments

Oct 23, 2017 27:52

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Does your child stress out in new situations, lose sleep over upcoming tests or become upset when things don’t go as planned? Childhood anxiety affects many children and often runs in families. But there are helpful steps you can take to ease your child’s anxiety and teach skills your child can use to manage his...

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Free Forest School: Empowering Parents to Help Young Children Learn and Grow in Nature

Oct 16, 2017 34:26

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It’s amazing to see what children can learn and discover when we turn them loose to dig in the dirt, splash in the water or follow a bug to see where it goes. Yet many of us parents are uncomfortable venturing beyond structured playgrounds or unsure how much direction and protection to provide when we...

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Developmental Screening and Early Intervention: Guidance from Pediatrician Sylvia Sekhon

Oct 9, 2017 26:12

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You’ve heard how important it is to monitor your young child’s development to be sure it’s on track and to get intervention as soon as possible if there are signs of possible problems. But what does that developmental screening and assessment process look like? And what is the role of your child’s pediatrician in monitoring...

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Straight Talk with Children about a Family Member’s Substance Use Problem: Out of the Shadows

Oct 2, 2017 31:05

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Substance use is one of today’s major health problems, affecting countless families and creating pain and confusion for children. But many of us are uncertain how to talk with children about a family member’s substance use problem, and that uncertainty too often leads to avoidance and secrecy that only compound the problems.   This week’s...

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Cultural Competence for Parents, Children and Professionals Who Serve Them: Reflections and Insights from Way to Grow

Sep 25, 2017 31:37

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Headlines remind us everyday of how divided we have become in this country and how little we understand of each other’s experience, past and present. But our peace, security and wellbeing (and that of our children) depend on how we learn to understand and respect each other.   As this week’s Mom Enough guests recognize,...

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Making Your Child’s Safety Top Priority, Tots to Teens: Crucial Information on Safety Seats and Seat Belt Safety

Sep 18, 2017 20:43

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As a firefighter and first responder to traffic accidents, Shannon Ryder saw firsthand the tragedies that can result when drivers and passengers don’t follow best practices in traffic safety.   Now, as coordinator of child passenger safety for DPS-OTS, Shannon devotes her career to helping parents understand and apply strategies to protect children at every...

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Internet Essentials: Helping Children and Families Bridge the Digital Divide

Sep 11, 2017 14:24

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For low income families, “equal opportunity” is missing in many aspects of their lives, including access to high-speed internet and the devices necessary to use that connection. This gap in access to the Internet and computers is known as the digital divide. In today’s technology-driven world, how does a student do homework without access? How...

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Why “ME Time” Matters: How You and Your Children Benefit When You Take Time to Care for Yourself

Sep 4, 2017 28:26

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As a mom, you may feel guilty when you take time for yourself – enjoy some “ME Time”. You may worry that you’re neglecting your children’s needs if you go out with friends, have a date night with your partner, take time to go to a class, take a nap, exercise or even just relax...

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Healthy Choices, Healthy Children: Simple Steps Your Family Can Take

Aug 28, 2017 24:36

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As parents, we often feel overwhelmed with all the “shoulds” that come our way. But even small changes in the ways we and our families shop, cook, eat, sleep and play can have a significant impact on our children’s health and development.   Author Lori Brizee brings common sense and simple tips to this week’s...

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Discovering What Will Help Your Child Develop Self-Regulation Skills: Different Strokes for Different Folks

Aug 21, 2017 40:10

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One of the major developmental tasks in early childhood is self-regulation, which includes settling into reasonably predictable and healthy patterns of eating, sleeping and other routines. Even as older children and adults, we are dysregulated at times, which can disrupt learning, good relationships and other aspects of our lives.   This week’s Mom Enough guests,...

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Minimizing Harm When Parents Are Separating or Considering Divorce: Part 2 of “When Your Marriage Is Not What You Want It to Be”

Aug 14, 2017 24:52

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When a couple decides to separate or is considering divorce proceedings, it’s a heartache not only for the couple but for many people close to them. And sadly, children often hurt the most.   But this week’s Mom Enough guest, collaborative attorney Ron Ousky, has devoted his career to helping couples find options that minimize...

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Discerning When Your Unhappy Marriage Can Be Saved: Part 1 of “When Your Marriage Is Not What You Want It to Be”

Aug 7, 2017 27:30

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Even under the best of circumstances, marriage involves hard work, with highs and lows an expected part of the journey. Responsibilities of parenting create added stress even in the best of marriages. But what if your marriage is really not what you want it to be? What if you believe your unhappy marriage is on...

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Stories and Laughter: One Mom’s Journey from Conception to Confusion

Jul 31, 2017 24:34

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Like many parents, radio host and author Julie Davidson has been surprised at every turn, from her efforts to become a parent through the antics of toddlers to the trials of adolescence.   She knows the power of authentic stories, both as liberation for the teller and “aha moments” for the listener. She also knows...

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Early Puberty in Girls Today: Causes, Effects and Practical Tips

Jul 24, 2017 32:14

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The average age of the onset of puberty has dropped significantly in recent years. But research on probable causes of early puberty in girls yields some surprises that defy popular beliefs.   Dr. Louise Greenspan and Dr. Julianna Deardorff, authors of The New Puberty: How to Navigate Early Development in Today’s Girls, join Marti &...

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Nail-Biting, Nose-Picking and Thumb-Sucking: Harmless Habit or Cause for Concern

Jul 17, 2017 37:39

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Countless children (and adults, for that matter!) are in the habit of nail-biting, hair-twisting, thumb-sucking or nose-picking. When might those behaviors be cause for concern? Even if they are apparently harmless habits, are there reasons to try to put an end to them?   University of Minnesota pediatrician Dr. Andy Barnes brings reassurance and practical...

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Moving from Parent Shaming to Strength and Clarity in Being a Loving, Effective Parent

Jul 10, 2017 29:12

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Just as shaming our children undermines their healthy development, shaming parents undermines them and spills over to their children as well.   California therapist, coach and writer Mercedes Samudio has a mission to end parent shaming and help parents build a “shame-proof village” that will support them in using effective parenting strategies and sustaining strong,...

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Preparing Your Child for Healthy Choices about Substance Use: A Conversation with Dr. Joseph Lee from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Youth Continuum

Jul 3, 2017 34:24

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We all know someone who has experienced the pain and tragedy of substance use or addiction, and we long to keep our children safe from such harm. Sometimes we feel powerless in the face of the many temptations our children are likely to encounter.   Dr. Joseph Lee, Medical Director of the Hazelden Betty Ford...

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The Chemistry of Calm and Joy: A Conversation with Integrative Psychiatrist Henry Emmons

Jun 26, 2017 29:36

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As parents, many of us often find ourselves in reactive mode, letting stress, frustration, anger or disappointment overwhelm us. For some of us, those feelings reach the level of clinical depression or an anxiety disorder.   Dr. Henry Emmons has spent his career helping people understand and apply the chemistry of calm and  joy by...

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Childhood Activities to Learn About Nature: A Conversation with Author & Educator Patty Born Selly

Jun 19, 2017 33:01

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Research demonstrates the importance of starting early if we want our children to be good stewards of the environment. But that does not necessarily mean we should teach very young children about baby polar bears losing their homes or birds getting tangled in ocean debris.   Listen to Marti & Erin’s discussion with environmental educator...

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Reflections on Your Father and Fatherhood: A Conversation with University of Minnesota Professor Oliver Williams

Jun 12, 2017 37:45

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As a Social Work professor, Oliver Williams has devoted his career to helping men find the strength, compassion and self-control to treat their partners and children kindly and respectfully. With a special focus on African American men, Oliver works with local communities and national and international organizations to reduce domestic violence and support positive fathering....

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Safer Pools, Safer Kids: A Mother’s Campaign to Fulfill “Abbey’s Hope”

Jun 5, 2017 27:10

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Katey & Scott Taylor faced a devastating loss when their daughter Abbey suffered horrific injuries due to a faulty drain in a public wading pool and subsequently died. With strength and resilience, they and their family have worked to make sure no other child experiences what Abbey did.   Aptly named “Abbey’s Hope,” their foundation...

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On the Move: Making Sure Your Child Gets the Right Amount and Type of Physical Activity for Optimal Growth and Health

May 29, 2017 24:18

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For too many of our children, today’s sedentary lifestyle poses a serious threat to their longterm health and well-being. At the same time, many of our more active children are drawn into highly competitive sports at early ages, with risk of injury if they don’t receive appropriate guidance about how much physical activity is too...

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Potty Training and Bed-wetting: Calm Guidance from Dr. Andrew Barnes

May 22, 2017 27:50

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As parents, many of us struggle to sort through varied and often contradictory bits of potty training and bed-wetting advice from childrearing books, peers, grandparents and childcare providers. We wonder when our child should be out of diapers, when toileting “accidents” are something to worry about and what approach will be most effective (and least...

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Parenting Transgender Youth: Personal Reflections and Professional Insights from Leslie Lagerstrom and Dr. Elizabeth Reeve

May 15, 2017 25:49

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What is your experience with – or knowledge of – transgender individuals? What do you know about mental health challenges transgender youth may face and factors that help them thrive and succeed in life?   This week, mom and blogger Leslie Lagerstrom (creator of Transparenthood) and child and adolescent psychiatrist Elizabeth Reeve join Marti &...

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The 11th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading: A Special Mom Enough Production

May 8, 2017 1:13:53

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Author and writing teacher Kate Hopper invited a select group of women writers to read from their work at her 11th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Kate’s mission is, in her own words, “to highlight the amazing writing out there by women about motherhood.”   As in years...

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Moving Beyond Perfectionism in Parenting: Liberating Guidance from Author and Psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo

May 1, 2017 25:14

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When you lose your cool when your toddler misbehaves at the park or when your teen botches a major exam, what do you say to yourself? If you’re like many parents, you probably slip into all-or-nothing thinking – saying to yourself, for example, “I’m a terrible parent!” or “My kid will never get into a...

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Parenting a Teenager: How Technology Has Changed the Context of Parenting and What That Means for Parents, Children & Teens

Apr 24, 2017 24:10

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The explosion of new technologies over the last 20 years has opened a whole new world to children and teens, posing both opportunities and challenges for kids and parents alike. The adolescent years probably always have presented issues that make parents uncomfortable. But technology has raised the stakes with threats like online bullying, sexting and...

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What Parents Can Do to Support Optimal Development of a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Apr 17, 2017 32:11

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Children on the autism spectrum face many challenges, but appropriate therapy makes a major difference in their longterm adjustment and learning. There also are many practical things parents can do to support their child’s development. Vanessa Slivken, Senior Director of Autism Services at St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development, joins Marti & Erin...

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Understanding and Encouraging Your Child’s Development of Motor Skills: A Conversation with Dr. Michael Wade

Apr 10, 2017 32:32

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Is your child a late walker or still struggling to find his balance on a bike while his friends ride by? Does your first-grader have trouble printing her name clearly? Or do you worry that your premature baby may never keep up on the sports field? Dr. Michael Wade, professor of Kinesiology in the University...

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Making Sure Your Children Are Safe in Cars: An Update from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety

Apr 3, 2017 17:18

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As parents, we all worry about threats to our children’s health and safety. And yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading threat to the lives of children under the age of 14 is the ordinary experience of riding in a car. So, what can we do to keep our children...

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The Suicide Survivors’ Club: One Family’s Effort to Bring Suicide Out of the Shadows

Mar 27, 2017 25:31

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A parent’s death is devastating to the surviving spouse and children. But when the death is by suicide, stigma may lead to silence and isolation, and suicide survivors often experience the added pain of guilt, shame, confusion and anger. Rebecca Anderson and her children lost their husband and father to suicide in 2002 and, since...

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Reflective Parenting: How Reflecting on Your Feelings and Your Child’s Can Turn Everyday Challenges into Breakthrough Moments

Mar 20, 2017 28:37

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When our child misbehaves, we often react quickly with a lecture, a consequence or an angry outburst. But what if we paused to see through our child’s eyes and understand what motivated his or her behavior? What if we took a moment to assess our own feelings and how they are colored by stress or...

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Promoting Your Child’s Math Skills and Confidence: Putting Math in a Positive Light

Mar 13, 2017 36:09

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Many children develop the idea that math is hard, just too much work and drudgery. And yet, even toddlers are attracted to numbers and have an intuitive sense of the meaning of basic math skills. So how can we sustain that interest in our young children or help our older kids recapture it? University of...

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Essential Information about Repeated Concussions: A Conversation with an Expert from the Minnesota Department of Health

Mar 6, 2017 28:05

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It’s great for kids (and adults, for that matter) to be active and involved in vigorous sports. However, some activities put participants at particular risk for repeated concussions, with potentially life-long consequences. But information is power and this week’s Mom Enough show is packed with information about how to recognize and respond to concussions and,...

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Fitting Self-care into Your Busy Schedule: The Why and How of Taking Steps Toward Greater Health and Well-being

Feb 27, 2017 27:09

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It’s easy for our days as mothers to become one big to-do list. And when someone tells us we should make time for self-care, we might be tempted to shout, “Not one more thing!” Author Julie Burton knows that, but she also knows how important it is for moms to join forces to figure out...

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Positive Parenting Strategies: Small Changes with Big Results

Feb 20, 2017 22:35

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As parents, our days are filled with little challenges — making sure our kids get out the door on time for school, getting siblings to play well together, helping a toddler accept “no” without a tantrum, persuading teens to get off the phone and do their homework. Dr. Alan Kazdin, professor and director of the...

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Teaching Your Sons and Daughters about Healthy Relationships, Dating and Sexual Decision-making: A Conversation with Author and Speaker Mike Domitrz

Feb 13, 2017 27:11

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As parents, many of us are uneasy talking candidly with our sons and daughters about healthy relationships, dating and the decisions they will face in their relationships. We may worry that if we say too much, we’ll stimulate our children’s sexual interest. But talking is essential to teaching values and healthy, respectful choices. Fueled by...

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Being a Good Sport Parent: Practical Guidance on Bringing Out the Best in Your Young Athlete

Feb 6, 2017 31:53

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We’ve all seen them (and many of us have been them) – the parents yelling at the referee, coaching their child from the sidelines or booing the other team. What are kids learning when they see that behavior? And how does that sport parent behavior affect children’s health, well-being and feelings about sports? University of...

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Helping a Worrier Child Tame the “Worry Monster”: A Conversation with Psychologist and Author Dr. Dan Peters

Jan 30, 2017 24:04

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All children (and adults, for that matter) have worries and fears, but some of us, child or adult, worry so much that it interferes with our sleep, appetite, school, work and fun. California psychologist Dr. Dan Peters brings to this week’s Mom Enough show some well-tested practical steps for helping your child learn to manage...

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Support for Siblings of Children with a Serious Illness or Disability: Insights from Clinical Social Worker Monica Handlos from Pediatric Home Service

Jan 23, 2017 21:09

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When a child has complex health needs or a disability, all family members are affected. Healthy, typically developing siblings often experience a wide range of emotions, including fear, sadness, anger, confusion or guilt. But Monica Handlos of Pediatric Home Service is helping provide support for siblings by helping them find common ground with other children...

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How Experience and Reflection Shape Our Neural Connections at Any Age: A Conversation with Dr. Dan Siegel, Author of Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

Jan 16, 2017 29:46

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Neuroscience research has led to a new understanding of how early childhood experience, especially parent-child attachment, affects neural connections in our brain, in turn shaping the way we think, feel and behave in later relationships and situations. But, as UCLA psychiatrist Dan Siegel discusses with Marti & Erin, our “mind” is more than our “brain,”...

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Choosing a Preschool for Your Child: Practical Tips from the Program Director of Early Childhood Education at St. David’s Center

Jan 9, 2017 27:37

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Choosing a preschool for your child can feel like a daunting task, especially when there are so many options these days. But this week’s Mom Enough guest, Ashley Reubendale from St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development, brings very concrete advice on questions to ask about program model, teacher qualifications, discipline and how the...

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New Moms Sharing Stories and Support: How “The Mommy Group” Pulled Together through Postpartum Depression & Anxiety, Family Upheaval and the Joys and Challenges of Becoming Parents

Jan 2, 2017 27:53

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Becoming a mother can be one of the most joyful periods in a woman’s life, but also one of the most difficult, thanks to sleeplessness, bodily changes, strain on partner relationships and, for many moms, depression and/or anxiety. But research shows that a strong support network is key to coping and moving toward a more...

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Maintaining Strong Family Relationships in the Digital Age: A Conversation with Author and Psychologist Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair

Dec 26, 2016 24:26

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Many adults bemoan the extent to which electronic communication has replaced face-to-face interactions for kids today. But what would children say about the impact of technology on their relationships, including their relationships with parents? Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, a clinical psychologist and instructor at Harvard Medical School, interviewed 1000 children (ages 4 – 18), 500 parents...

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Preventing Cavities for Your Children: Surprising Dental Health Tips from Dr. Roger Lucas

Dec 19, 2016 25:26

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When Marti & Erin saw the book More Chocolate, No Cavities, they thought, “What in the world?” But author and dentist, Dr. Roger Lucas, has a strong, research-based dental health message and clear tips on “teeth-friendly foods” to give your children. He also shares common snacks to avoid or keep to a minimum, the importance...

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Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders: Reasons, Strategies and Resources for Moving Forward

Dec 12, 2016 32:14

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Feeding our children, at any age, is the most basic way we nurture them and support their health and development. But too often, especially with picky eaters, mealtime becomes a battleground and a source of stress for the whole family. This week’s Mom Enough guest, Occupational Therapist Robin Campbell from St. David’s Center for Child...

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Substance Use in Pregnancy: Crucial Information for Prospective Moms, Dads and their Family and Friends

Dec 5, 2016 19:05

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One of the first steps toward having a healthy baby is to make healthy choices during pregnancy. Smoking (or breathing secondhand smoke), drinking alcohol and/or using drugs during pregnancy poses serious threats to your child’s longterm health and development. Even before you begin trying to become pregnant, it’s important to have accurate information about the...

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Safe Infant Sleep Recommendations: A Discussion of New AAP Guidelines and Related Concerns of Some Families and Health Professionals

Nov 28, 2016 19:09

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The “Back to Sleep” Campaign has been highly effective in reducing SIDS. Along with keeping blankets, pillows and other loose objects out of the crib, putting babies to sleep on their backs led to a 53% reduction in SIDS between 1992 and 2001. Now, to bring death rates even lower, the American Academy of Pediatrics...

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The Impact of Media on Children’s Behavior & Development: A Conversation with Dr. Douglas Gentile

Nov 21, 2016 29:34

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With new technologies making it possible to watch videos or play video games almost any time and any place, many of us worry about the impact of media on children’s learning, behavior and development. Many early studies asked broad questions, such as whether watching violent content was associated with aggressive behavior. But recent studies are...

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Signs of Childhood Depression: What We All Should Know

Nov 14, 2016 21:44

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Childhood should be a time of joy, discovery and positive connection with family and friends. So it’s difficult for most of us to imagine a child experiencing depression. But, as this week’s Mom Enough guest knows, depression can and does affect people of any age. And it’s up to teachers, parents and other caring adults...

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Challenges & Opportunities: What Brain Development Science Tells Us About Helping Adolescents Thrive

Nov 7, 2016 25:58

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As parents, we often roll our eyes at the thought of our children becoming adolescents. How will we (and our children) survive this difficult period of development? But Dr. Laurence Steinberg, a Temple University professor and well-known author, has spent decades studying adolescents and has arrived at a much more positive view of what he...

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Cut to the Quick: The Consequences of Relational Aggression Among Our Sons & Daughters

Oct 31, 2016 23:44

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We’ve all heard “mean girl” stories and many of us probably have lived them. But the social rejection and humiliation kids inflict on each other is not unique to girls; in fact, this week’s Mom Enough guest cites evidence that relational aggression is equally common among boys and girls. Whatever the gender of the children...

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Collaborative Divorce: Putting Children in the Center, not the Middle

Oct 24, 2016 29:36

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We all have heard about – and many of us have seen firsthand – the negative effects of divorce on children. But the choices parents make before, during and after divorce have a powerful impact on how children survive and even thrive in the face of such a difficult family change. Attorney Ron Ousky is...

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Supporting Your Young Child’s Language Development: Expert Guidance from Help Me Grow

Oct 17, 2016 26:17

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Language development is central to most academic learning and social relationships, and it begins long before children speak words. Ann Derr brings more than 30 years of experience in early childhood special education, with a focus on linguistically diverse families, to her discussion with Marti & Erin in this Mom Enough show. On behalf of...

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Smart but Scattered: Helping Children and Teens Build the Executive Skills to Succeed in School and Life

Oct 10, 2016 26:46

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Being smart is one ingredient for school success. But, without the ability to stay focused, develop a realistic plan for completing tasks and organize yourself and your stuff, being smart may not get you very far. It is those “executive skills” that are the focus of Dr. Peg Dawson’s work, particularly with children and teens...

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Gifts that Last a Lifetime: A Conversation about How to Support Our Young Children’s Optimal Health and Well-being

Oct 3, 2016 30:42

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We all want our children to grow up to be healthy, happy, caring and competent adults. And we often feel compelled to find the latest program, gadget or strategy that will make optimal health and well-being happen. But, as this week’s Mom Enough guests know, it is simple things that matter most – activities that...

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Living with Autism: Hopeful, Helpful Tips from Moms Who Know

Sep 26, 2016 25:35

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Child psychiatrist Elizabeth Reeve and children’s author Elizabeth Verdick have more in common than a first name; both are moms of sons living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They have pooled their experience and talent to write a book aimed at young people with ASD, but Marti & Erin see this clear, engaging, practical book...

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Making the Best Choices for Your Child’s Safety: An Update on Laws and Best Practices in Passenger Safety

Sep 19, 2016 27:41

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Car crashes remain the leading cause of death and injury for children under 14 years of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But many of those injuries and fatalities can be prevented if we follow best practices in passenger safety. Heather Darby, coordinator of passenger safety for the MN Department of...

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Using Stories to Teach Children about History and Life: A Conversation with Historical Fiction Author Danny Kravitz

Sep 12, 2016 26:09

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Many of us probably can remember a history class that seemed like nothing more than a list of names and dates to memorize. But when history is taught well, we learn powerful lessons that relate to our own lives, right here, right now. Author Danny Kravitz, an Emmy-winning screenwriter and professor at Columbia College in...

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Experiences, Pressures and Possibilities of Today’s Mothers: Insights from an Anthropologist’s Study

Sep 5, 2016 33:34

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Today’s mothers often feel pressure to live up to what we think someone else expects of us. And, however we define “success” as a mother, we often seem to question whether we are measuring up. That certainly was true for the Minnesota moms who participated in a recent anthropological study conducted by Dr. Solveig Brown...

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It’s OK to Laugh: A Candid Conversation with Author and Mom Nora McInerny Purmort about Becoming a Young Widow after Three Years of Marriage

Aug 29, 2016 27:20

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The cover of Nora McInerny Purmort’s book claims it is “for people who have laughed at a funeral or cried in a grocery store.” We say it’s for everyone! After bouncing from boyfriend to boyfriend, Nora finally found Aaron, with whom she was ready to spend her whole life. But brain cancer cut their marriage...

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School Anxiety: Understanding Causes and Finding Effective Strategies

Aug 22, 2016 32:31

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Many children of all ages experience school anxiety, whether stressing out about academic performance, fearing bullies on the bus or feeling overwhelmed by separation anxiety when it’s time to leave home. This week’s Mom Enough guest, clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan Hart, has worked with many children and families who are struggling with these problems. And...

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Environments and Experiences that Promote Grit, Character and Success: A Conversation with Author Paul Tough

Aug 15, 2016 28:26

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In his popular book How Children Succeed (2012), Paul Tough identified qualities like grit, curiosity, self-control and optimism as most important to children’s longterm success. Drawing on a wealth of research (including the Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk & Adaptation), Paul challenged the ways we often try to predict or measure success and helped change...

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All Joy, No Fun: A Conversation with Author Jennifer Senior on the Paradox of Modern Parenthood

Aug 8, 2016 30:21

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In 2010, Jennifer Senior wrote a New York Magazine cover story about modern parenthood that triggered a firestorm of responses in the national media. Building on extensive research in such fields as psychology, sociology and history, as well as discussions with many parents “in the trenches,” Jennifer expanded her article to a book that explores...

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What We Need to Know about Vaccines and the Health of Our Children, Tots to Teens

Aug 1, 2016 24:00

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Scientific breakthroughs have led to vaccines that have eliminated illnesses that used to cause death or lasting disabilities for both children and adults. (Marti remembers all too well the polio epidemic that struck the small town where her family lived before the polio vaccine was available.) Even when diseases have not been eradicated, vaccines offer...

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Practical Ideas to Connect Children and Nature: A Conversation with Author Richard Louv

Jul 25, 2016 31:44

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Ten years ago, with his bestselling book Last Child in the Woods as a springboard, San Diego journalist Richard Louv and a handful of colleagues (including Mom Enough’s host Marti) founded the Children & Nature Network (C&NN). That organization has been a major leader in the movement to connect children and nature, a go-to place...

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The Latest on Why and How Parent-Child Attachment Is So Important: A Conversation with the University of Minnesota’s Dr. Alan Sroufe

Jul 18, 2016 28:55

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No doubt you have heard a lot about why the attachment between you and your child is so important to your child’s lifelong development. But you also may have received mixed messages about what you need to do to build the kind of attachment that will put your child on the path to lifelong healthy...

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Talking about Tough Topics with Your Children: Helpful Tips from Psychologist Kate Rickord for Having Difficult Conversations

Jul 11, 2016 29:33

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Whether it’s news accounts of natural disasters or terrorism, sexually loaded images on TV or marital conflict in our own homes, many things in our children’s daily lives compel us to have uncomfortable or difficult conversations. What can children manage or comprehend at different ages? What words should we use – and what tone should...

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Helping Children Understand Weather: Learning with Belinda Jensen and “Bel, the Weather Girl”

Jul 4, 2016 23:50

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It’s common for children (and adults, for that matter) to worry about the dangers of tornadoes, blizzards and other major weather events. And, worried or not, we and our children may wonder about the meaning of different kinds of clouds or how a hail storm happens on a hot summer day. Belinda Jensen turned her...

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Understanding and Preventing Heart Disease in Women: A Conversation with Cardiologist Elizabeth Grey from the Minneapolis Heart Institute

Jun 27, 2016 23:32

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Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women and that death rates are increasing in women ages 35 to 54? Too many of us women are not aware, nor do we know about the risk factors and warning signs that are unique to women. But knowledge is power and, in...

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Your Children’s Experience of Positive Stress and Toxic Stress: A Conversation with U of M Professor Megan Gunnar

Jun 20, 2016 27:37

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As much as we’d love to make life easy for our children, they inevitably will experience stress. And, as research demonstrates, some stress actually is positive in that it allows children to discover and practice their coping and problem-solving strategies. But when – and under what conditions – does stress become toxic stress and undermine...

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Why Dads Matter: The Role of Father in Child Development and What Moms Can do to Help Dads Succeed

Jun 13, 2016 24:38

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In the early months of a child’s life many dads struggle to find their role in caring for the baby and supporting mom through those exhausting days and nights. And sometimes we moms send messages, subtle and not-so-subtle, that dad just can’t measure up to our standards of care. But, in the long run, everyone...

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Supporting Your Teen’s Sexual Health and Effective Use of Health Care: A Conversation with Dr. Amy Bonifas from Park Nicollet

Jun 6, 2016 29:28

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Many of us are uneasy talking with our adolescents about topics related to teen sexual health, such as how to prevent sexually transmitted infections or choose the most effective birth control. We may worry that talking about these issues will encourage our kids to become sexually active too soon. But our sons and daughters are...

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Raising a “Gutsy Girl”: A Conversation with Adventurer and Author Caroline Paul

May 30, 2016 33:39

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Studies have shown that parents are likely either to warn their daughters away from challenging physical activities or to help them so much that they don’t accomplish the task on their own. With sons, however, parents are more likely to “be brave” and to guide them in how to complete the task on their own....

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Not How I Thought It Would Be: One Mom’s Story of Creating Meaningful Work that Set Her Free

May 23, 2016 34:38

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Caroline Greene was a self-described over-achiever, attending the best schools, becoming a successful attorney and marrying a man she calls “a saint.” But when she became a mother, she found herself empty of passion, struggling to find the love and joy she had expected to feel as a new mom. Wisely seeking therapy, Caroline not...

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The 10th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading: A Special Mom Enough Production

May 16, 2016 1:05:03

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Kate Hopper’s mission is to shine light on authentic writing by gifted authors who are mothers. An accomplished author herself, Kate brings writers to The Loft Literary Center each year to read their work, revealing rich and profound stories within the everyday lives of mothers. This year’s Motherhood & Words event features: Sherrie Fernandez-Williams reading...

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Guiding Teenage Girls to a Healthy Adulthood: Insights and Tips from Dr. Lisa Damour

May 9, 2016 32:09

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You probably remember the challenges of your own adolescence – on-again, off-again friendships, emotional highs and lows, worries about body image, anxiety about school, life and love. In today’s fast-paced world – and with both the opportunities and threats of ever-present technology – the stakes seem even higher for our teenage girls. In her new...

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Why Do Teens Behave That Way? A Conversation about the Teenage Brain with Dr. Dave Walsh

May 2, 2016 27:21

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The teen (and tween) years are a time of major change in our children’s bodies and brains. Along with some of the wonderful growth in reasoning ability and independence comes a necessary challenging of parents’ ideas and authority. This often leaves parents feeling frustrated and unsure how to provide the guidance and protection our sons...

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Safe Teen Driving: Parents Make the Difference!

Apr 25, 2016 22:56

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Turning your teen loose with the family car is an anxious moment for most of us parents – and for good reason, given that car accidents are the number one cause of death for people 15 – 19 years of age. But the good news is we have a much greater impact on teen driving...

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Early Identification and Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Resources that Change a Child’s Life

Apr 18, 2016 25:24

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Thanks to new research, it is becoming easier to identify autism spectrum disorder at earlier ages than ever before. Although parents understandably may fear having their child identified as having special needs, early identification and intervention greatly improve a child’s chances for lifelong success and wellbeing. Dr. Jennifer Hall-Lande, autism researcher at the U of...

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Maternal Depression and Anxiety: Essential Information about Incidence, Impact and Treatment

Apr 11, 2016 31:40

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Have you or someone you know experienced depression or serious anxiety since becoming a mom? Given the prevalence of these mental health problems among mothers, your answer almost certainly is yes. Yet too often these disorders go undiagnosed and untreated. It’s important for all of us to understand the signs of maternal depression and anxiety,...

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Helping Your Child Make Friends and Build Positive Friendships: Social Skills to Last a Lifetime

Apr 4, 2016 25:58

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At every age, children vary greatly in how they make friends, keep friends and handle challenges such as conflict, bullying, rejection or bad influence. So, to what extent can effective, positive social skills be taught? And what is the appropriate role of parents in helping children build these important life skills? Camie Christenson, Program Director...

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Mothers & Employment: Fresh Perspectives from Grown Children of Working Mothers

Mar 28, 2016 21:12

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Although a majority of moms are employed during their childrearing years, many of us still experience a nagging concern that our children some day will look back on their childhood and feel short-changed. But a recent study by business leader and mother Pam Lenehan shines light on the overwhelmingly positive views of adult children reflecting...

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Small Steps, Big Change: Moving Your Family toward a Healthier Lifestyle

Mar 21, 2016 24:59

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When Kerry Larson decided to embrace the idea of cleaner, healthier living, he didn’t do it halfway. He and his family not only changed their ways, but Kerry also set out to create the kind of grocery business that would help other families make similar changes, especially in communities that had few such options. In...

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Helping Children Thrive During and After Divorce: A Conversation with Dr. Jordan Hart about Children and Divorce

Mar 14, 2016 30:19

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When parents divorce, children typically experience a wide range of feelings, including loss, sadness, fear, anger and anxiety. These feelings come out in different ways, depending on age, personality and circumstances. But there are many things parents and other caring adults can do to help children cope and even thrive beyond this challenging time. Child...

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Between Fathers and Daughters: A Conversation with Author and Researcher Dr. Linda Nielsen

Mar 7, 2016 27:08

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A wealth of research highlights the importance of fathers to the development of both sons and daughters. Yet many women say they don’t really know their fathers very well and/or they often feel criticized by their fathers. In situations of divorce or separation, these issues often are even more pronounced. But, as Wake Forest professor...

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Benefits of Mentoring and Qualities of Effective Mentors for Children and Youth

Feb 29, 2016 26:12

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One caring, supportive adult can make all the difference in the life of a young person who is struggling or living in high-risk circumstances. But all children can benefit from an adult who invests time to teach them new skills or help them discover new possibilities. (Chances are you know this from your own life!)...

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Bladder Leakage, Pelvic Floor Issues and Other Uro-gynecological Problems: A Candid Conversation with Dr. Beth Frankman from Park Nicollet Health Services

Feb 22, 2016 15:36

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For many of us moms, one of the lingering problems after childbirth is bladder leakage when we cough or sneeze or – heaven forbid – jump on a trampoline! Other problems, including prolapsed uterus or, especially as we age, bowel leakage, also may cause discomfort and embarrassment. But, as Dr. Beth Frankman from Park Nicollet...

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Building Good ‘Financial Parenting’ Skills: It’s Never Too Late (or Too Early!) To Begin

Feb 15, 2016 36:05

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Most of us probably know a young adult who has maxed out credit cards, failed to live within a budget, been blindsided by unexpected expenses and gone running home to Mom and Dad for a bailout. And most of us probably hope (or swear) that our kids won’t make those same bad decisions. So, what...

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Moms and Dads, Keeping Love Alive: A Happy Marriage Conversation with Dr. Bill Doherty

Feb 8, 2016 24:02

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Admit it, moms and dads. Sometimes the exhaustion and stress of parenthood really zap the romance out of your relationship. But a strong, happy marriage is good for you and good for your kids. And there are steps you can take to revitalize your relationship at any stage. Dr. Bill Doherty is a University of...

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Understanding the Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Conversation with Dr. Jed Elison from the University of Minnesota

Feb 1, 2016 32:15

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In the early months of life, a child grows and learns by leaps and bounds, making sense of language, emotions, social interactions and countless other aspects of the world around them. Between six months and one year there is a particular burst of development that is a veritable “social revolution.” But, as groundbreaking research is...

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Surviving and Thriving in Step Family Relationships: A Step Parent Conversation with Dr. Patricia Papernow

Jan 25, 2016 24:22

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Becoming a step family is a huge transition for everyone involved. What are the common emotional issues for children when a parent marries and how can all the adults pull together to help children adapt in a healthy way? What is the appropriate role for a step parent when it comes to discipline? How do...

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Speech and Language Development in Early Childhood: Common Problems and What to Do about Them

Jan 18, 2016 23:14

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For young children, speech and language development occurs at varying rates. So how do you know when your child is just learning at his or her own pace or when there might be a speech problem that needs further assessment or intervention? If there is a problem with articulation or fluency, how might that influence...

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Bullied: How Teachers, Parents and Children Can Put a Stop to Bullying

Jan 11, 2016 28:41

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When a child is bullied in words or actions the pain can last a lifetime. Even witnessing bullying can lead to anxiety and depression. Children who bully also are at high risk for a host of long-term problems, so it’s in everyone’s interest to bring an end to this widespread problem. After classmates taunted Carrie...

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Helping Our Children Build Self-Compassion: Keys to Kindness, Gratitude and Compassion for Others

Jan 4, 2016 26:29

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We’ve all heard the question, “What kind of world are we leaving for our children?” But Dr. Shilagh Mirgain, a health and sport psychologist at the University of Wisconsin, turns that question on its head and asks, “What kind of children are we leaving for our world?” Whatever the ages of your children, don’t miss...

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Unleashing the Instinct to Play: Pathways to Joy, Competence and Creativity from Peter Gray

Dec 28, 2015 32:14

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Psychologist and research professor Peter Gray had spent years studying the biological foundations of emotions in rats and other mammals. But when his 9-year-old son had an angry outburst in the principal’s office, Peter was moved to tears and soon found himself shifting his research focus to studying education from a biological perspective. His conclusions...

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Supporting Your Child’s Development of “Executive Function” or Self-control: A Conversation with U of MN Researcher Dr. Stephanie Carlson

Dec 21, 2015 22:38

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What researchers call “executive function” and most parents call “self-control” encompasses everything from paying attention in class to resisting the impulse to punch someone who gets in your space to managing frustration with a difficult project. However it shows up in daily life, executive function is key to school success and positive relationships. So how...

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Raising Your Spirited Child: A Conversation with Author Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Dec 14, 2015 29:26

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Let’s face it; some children have us walking on eggshells. They get rattled when something interferes with their usual routine. If we try to rush them out the door in the morning – or if they’ve missed a couple hours of sleep – they may go into a complete meltdown. Parent educator and author Mary...

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Holiday Cheer, Holiday Stress: How’s It Workin’ for You?

Dec 7, 2015 29:49

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This time of year often evokes a wide range of feelings – excitement, joy, sadness, longing or all of the above. Especially for moms, any and all of those emotions often come with holiday stress and anxiety – “How can I possibly get everything done?!” Family researcher Dr. Anna Kudak has spent recent years interviewing...

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Being the Best Youth Sports Parent You Can Be: Wisdom from Coach and Psychology Professor John Tauer

Nov 30, 2015 25:28

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Dr. John Tauer is in a relatively unique position as both a coach of one of the winningest basketball teams in the country and a psychology professor who studies motivation at the University of St. Thomas. He doesn’t always like what he sees in youth sports and coined the acronym “WOSP” (well-intentioned, overinvolved sports parents)...

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Putting the Sanity Back in Holiday Shopping: Practical Messages about Childhood Memories of the Holidays

Nov 23, 2015 22:29

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Marketers have had us and our children in their sights for a long time, giving us a million ideas for how to spend our money to make this the best holiday season ever. But what are the childhood memories you cherish and recall from the holidays? Chances are they are less about expensive gifts than...

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Helping Your Child Maintain a Healthy Body and Positive Body Image: A Conversation with University of Minnesota Researcher Katie Loth

Nov 16, 2015 33:02

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Wherever we and our children look, we confront ads for the latest ways to get “the perfect body” along with air-brushed images of celebrities with unattainable bodies. How do those messages influence your child’s eating behavior and body image? Even more important, what can you do to counteract those unhelpful influences and support your son...

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The Mother-Daughter Relationship, for Better or Worse: A Conversation with Psychologist and Author Roni Cohen-Sandler

Nov 9, 2015 25:18

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As Marti & Erin know well, the mother-daughter relationship can offer a special kind of emotional closeness, mutual support and a lot of fun over the years. But at times it also can be fraught with tension and conflict (e.g. why are you giving me that look?!). This week’s Mom Enough guest is very familiar...

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Raising Competent, Confident Children: Key Lessons from STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting)

Nov 2, 2015 30:56

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Whether you are dealing with a toddler’s tantrums, an 8-year-old’s messy room or a teen’s resistance to homework, parent education and support can help you use the situation to help your child build important skills and values. Parent education also can ease your stress and build your confidence as a parent. Faith Mianulli, lead occupational...

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Why “ME Time” Matters: How You and Your Children Benefit When You Take Time to Care for Yourself

Oct 19, 2015 28:26

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As a mom, you may feel guilty when you take time for yourself. You may worry that you’re neglecting your children’s needs if you go out with friends, have a date night with your partner, take time to go to a class, take a nap, exercise or even just relax in a hot bath. But,...

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Parenting with Purpose: Respectful Discipline for Children of Any Age

Oct 12, 2015 35:17

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So many power struggles can be avoided when children have an opportunity to choose for themselves or to have a voice in family decisions. But how do you know when it’s time to negotiate with a child and when it’s time to just lay down the law? This week’s guest, parent educator Dr. Ada Alden,...

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Qualities of an Effective Parent-Child Relationship: A New Study from Search Institute

Oct 5, 2015 20:53

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For decades, Search Institute has studied assets that are most important for helping children and teens grow up well. In their latest study, they examine the importance of five key strategies in developmental relationships in the family: 1) Express care 2) Challenge to grow 3) Support 4) Share power 5) Expand possibilities   Tune into...

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Recognizing and Responding to Signs of a Possible Substance Abuse Problem with Your Adolescent: Guidance from Hazelden Betty Ford

Sep 28, 2015 27:17

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As parents, most of us would rather not even think about the possibility that our son or daughter could develop an addiction to alcohol or other substances. But putting our head in the sand only increases the risks. Dr. Leslie Adair, Director of Mental Health & Family Services at Hazelden Betty Ford’s adolescent and young...

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Keeping Children Safe in the Car: The Latest Child Passenger Safety Laws and Best Practices from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Sep 21, 2015 27:44

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According to the CDC, car crashes continue to be the leading cause of death and serious injury for children under 14 years of age. But there is much we can do to reduce the risk for our children. The first step is to know and follow not only the laws about child passenger safety, but...

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The Power of the Teenage Brain: An Interview with Psychiatry Professor and Author, Dr. Dan Siegel

Sep 14, 2015 34:42

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As parents, many of us are uneasy about how we will see our children through adolescence – how we’ll handle the times when they push away from us or engage in risky behaviors. But UCLA professor Dr. Dan Siegel sees a great opportunity in the teen years for parents and other caring adults to capitalize...

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When a Girl Shines in a So-Called Boys’ Sport: Reflecting on Gender Bias and Opportunity

Sep 7, 2015 29:15

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As the only girl on her Little League teams, Jennifer Ring’s daughter more than held her own with her male teammates. But when she wanted to continue playing baseball instead of switching to the girls’ softball team, the adults around her put up barriers at every step. Dr. Ring, a political science professor at the...

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Early Assessment and Early Intervention for Young Children: What One Mother’s Story Can Teach Us

Aug 31, 2015 33:34

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Jessica Mattson knew something was not right with her son’s development when he was a year old. But she wasn’t sure where to turn, especially since her pediatrician thought Ben was doing fine. Eventually, with encouragement from a cousin, Jessica sought help through her school district’s early intervention team, leading to identification of Ben’s special...

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Facing Challenge, Building Competence: Insights from Wilderness Inquiry’s Greg Lais

Aug 24, 2015 29:40

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We love our children and we hate to see them struggle, right? But are we harming them in the long run by making things too easy for them? Greg Lais, founding director of Wilderness Inquiry, thinks so and has spent the past 35 years taking people of all ages and abilities into nature to meet...

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Estate Planning for Young Families: Practical Guidance from Attorney Gretchen Baker

Aug 17, 2015 29:54

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Do you have a will in place? Have you filed documents specifying who would care for your children if something happened to you? And what about putting money in a trust for your children with clear conditions for when and how they can access it? This week’s Mom Enough guest, attorney Gretchen Baker, answers these...

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Learning a Second Language, Learning through Language: A Conversation with U of M Researcher Melissa Koenig

Aug 10, 2015 24:48

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Very young children have a remarkable capacity to learn whatever language (or languages) they hear. But as we get older, we often struggle at learning a second language and may never “speak like a native” (as Marti learned years ago trying to order a beer in Sweden!). Why is that so? And, as parents, what...

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Helping Your Children through Life’s Humiliating, Embarrassing Moments: A Conversation with Children’s Author Nancy Carlson

Aug 3, 2015 26:19

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Nancy Carlson understands children’s feelings and turns that understanding into delightful picture books that help children confront some of life’s most embarrassing moments and experiences. In this lively, free-wheeling discussion with Marti & Erin, Nancy highlights her two most recent books: the self-explanatory Sometimes You Barf and It’s OK to Ask!, a wonderful story about...

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Happiest Baby on the Block: A Conversation with Dr. Harvey Karp

Jul 27, 2015 29:57

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You’ve jiggled, you’ve rocked, you’ve walked the floor, but nothing seems to ease your baby’s distress. Your nerves are frazzled, you’re sleep-deprived, and you feel like screaming. Probably every parent has been there, but countless parents also have been helped through those exhausting moments by Dr. Harvey Karp, author of Happiest Baby on the Block....

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Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: A Conversation with Author Dave Pelzer

Jul 20, 2015 25:10

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In his bestselling book, A Child Called It, Dave Pelzer told the story of the horrific abuse he experienced at the hands of his mother. After years as a popular speaker and frequent guest on national media, Dave now has written Too Close To Me, a candid and courageous story of striving to be a...

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Use Your Words: The Why and How-to of Using Writing to Help You Be the Mom (and Woman) You Want to Be

Jul 13, 2015 34:20

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As parents, we often remind our children, “Use your words,” to help them express and manage their emotions. But that can be good advice for parents too! Writer Kate Hopper’s new book is an inspiring and informative manual to help you discover the power of words in your own life. As a psychologist who has...

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What You Need to Know about Substance Abuse and Your Children, Tots to Teens

Jul 6, 2015 31:52

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From the earliest years of life, our children are learning about alcohol and other mood-altering substances from what they see and hear among adults in their lives. At earlier ages than ever before, children encounter opportunities and temptations to experiment with alcohol, prescription drugs, illegal substances and dangerous new synthetics. In this week’s Mom Enough...

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Using Music to Promote Language and Literacy: Fun, Easy Tips for Parents

Jun 28, 2015 25:37

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For 30 years early childhood educator Ron Gustafson has been engaging children in music, both in the classroom and from a stage as part of the popular Teddy Bear Band. Today he brings his knowledge and experience to Mom Enough in a unique discussion and demonstration of fun, simple ways you can use music to...

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Family Dinner: The Why and How of Mealtimes that Build Health and Happiness for You and Your Family

Jun 22, 2015 32:29

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If you’re like many parents, getting your family members to the table for regular mealtimes isn’t always easy. But this week’s Mom Enough guest has spent much of her career studying why family dinner is so important, why it happens so seldom, and how parents can overcome barriers and make the most out of a...

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From Trauma to Transcendence: A Mindful Parenting Conversation with Matthew Sanford, Yoga Teacher, Author and Dad

Jun 15, 2015 33:55

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Matthew Sanford was a strong, healthy young man when a devastating accident turned his world upside down. Paraplegic and suffering unimaginable loss, Matthew couldn’t have known what a rich and productive life lay before him. But 33 years later, Matthew is father of a 15-year-old son, a sought-after public speaker and teacher of yoga to...

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The Fourth Trimester: What Babies Experience – and What They Need – in the First Three Months of Life

Jun 8, 2015 25:47

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When we become parents for the first time, we are plunged into a myriad of new experiences, with all the emotion and uncertainty that accompany such a major life change. But have you ever imagined what it is like for the baby, leaving the cozy, protected environment of the womb and confronting all the new...

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Essential Information about Concussions: A Conversation with an Expert from the Minnesota Department of Health

Jun 1, 2015 28:05

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It’s great for kids (and adults, for that matter) to be active and involved in vigorous sports. However, some activities put participants at particular risk for repeated concussions, with potentially life-long consequences. But information is power and this week’s Mom Enough show is packed with information about how to recognize and respond to concussions and,...

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Fresh Perspectives on Bullying: A “Sticks and Stones” Conversation with Author Emily Bazelon

May 25, 2015 25:43

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Many of us believe that bullying is more rampant today than in previous decades. But is that true? And how do technology and social media shape bullying behavior and its impact today? Most important, what should we be doing to support a deeper understanding of – and more effective response to – this complex problem?...

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A New Vision for Outdoor Play: An Adventure Playground Conversation with Amy Fusselman, Author of “Savage Park”

May 18, 2015 24:14

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When writer Amy Fusselman, her husband and young children had an opportunity for a long visit with a friend in Japan, they discovered a whole new kind of “adventure playground” that opened their eyes to a new of thinking about children’s safety, learning, creativity and competence. Watching as children (and adults!) of all ages turned...

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Motherhood & Words: Giving Voice to Mothers’ Love, Loss and Laughter

May 10, 2015 1:02:49

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Being a mom can evoke the highest and lowest of emotions, sometimes all at once! Each year Minneapolis author and writing teacher Kate Hopper brings writers to Motherhood & Words at The Loft Literary Center to read from their latest works about their lives as mothers. Each year Mom Enough offers the recording of that...

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Picky Eating: Practical Steps for Concerned Parents

May 4, 2015 34:54

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Providing proper nourishment for our children is one of the basics of parenting, so when our children reject our healthful offerings we may panic. This week’s Mom Enough guest, speech clinician and author Jenny McGlothlin, talks with Marti & Erin about how to discern ordinary picky eating from a more serious feeding disorder. And drawing...

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Making Sure Your Children Are Safe in Cars: An Update from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety

Apr 27, 2015 31:05

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As parents, we all worry about threats to our children’s health and safety. And yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading threat to the lives of children under the age of 14 is the ordinary experience of riding in a car. So, what can we do to keep our children...

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Silent Running: Strength and Resilience in the Face of Autism and Parental Illness

Apr 20, 2015 32:03

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This week’s Mom Enough guest is Robyn Schneider, whose twin sons were diagnosed at 21 months with autism spectrum disorder. As if the boys’ severe behavior problems and lack of communication skills weren’t challenge enough, Robyn’s husband had MS and, subsequently, Robyn was diagnosed with breast cancer. But through it all, running together became an...

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Reading for Joy and Learning: Simple, Effective Ways to Nurture Your Child’s Love of Reading

Apr 13, 2015 23:20

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Teaching reading is not only the school’s responsibility; we parents play a huge role in nurturing our children’s love of reading and promoting their skills. And this doesn’t mean drill and drudgery! Laura Hanson, a reading specialist in the Edina Public Schools, brings a wealth of easy, fun, effective ways to choose and use books...

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Recognizing and Treating Autism Spectrum Disorders : A Multi-Disciplinary Approach for Young Children

Apr 6, 2015 26:50

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We’ve heard so much about the increase in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in recent years, but how do you know if your child should be evaluated? And if your child is identified as having an ASD, what kinds of services are likely to help your child learn and develop as well as possible? For decades,...

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Moving Beyond “Good Cop, Bad Cop”: Strategies for Presenting a United Front as Parents

Mar 30, 2015 27:07

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Mom Enough hosts Marti & Erin have heard from a lot of parents who get frustrated with always being the disciplinarian (bad cop) while their partner is the “fun parent” (good cop). In fact, Marti & Erin occasionally have complained that they more often get stuck in the “tough guy” role of bad cop than...

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The Place of Medications in Children’s Treatment: A Conversation with Psychiatrist Elizabeth Reeve

Mar 23, 2015 21:22

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As parents, we often have strong reactions to the idea of medicating children because of emotional or behavioral problems. But, as this week’s Mom Enough guest knows, medicating children sometimes can free them to learn and play and thrive. Child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Reeve joins Marti & Erin for a thoughtful and informative discussion...

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How Children Succeed: A Conversation with Author Paul Tough

Mar 16, 2015 21:28

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We all want our children to succeed in school and life, but the qualities we think are most important are not always what matter most. After years of writing about education and child development for New York Times Magazine and other major publications, Paul Tough set out to learn from researchers and educators throughout the...

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Connecting Children and Animals: Relaxation, Respect, Responsibility & More

Mar 9, 2015 35:16

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From the earliest years of life, children are naturally attracted to animals. Puppies, piranhas, squirrels, snakes – all are fascinating and all teach children important lessons in empathy, responsibility and the interconnectedness of all living things. Educator Patty Born Selly, author of the new book Connecting Children and Animals, joins Marti & Erin for a...

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Reducing Materialism in Our Children & Teens: A Win-Win Approach from Author and Financial Expert Nathan Dungan

Mar 2, 2015 31:57

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Did you know that being less materialistic is associated with greater happiness? Nathan Dungan, founder of Share Save Spend and Mom Enough’s go-to source on kids and money, builds on previous research in a groundbreaking new study that shows how a 3-part learning intervention reduced materialism and increased self-esteem for adolescents who participated. Nathan joins...

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The Whole-Brain Child: Dr. Dan Siegel’s Innovative Strategies for Nurturing Your Child’s Developing Mind

Feb 23, 2015 26:42

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We all have experienced those moments when our child’s ability to reason seems to fly out the window and raw emotion takes over. Maybe we counter our child’s intense feelings with words of comfort and calm. Or maybe our own frustration rises and we begin to spin out of control. This week’s Mom Enough guest,...

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Healthy Moms, Babies & Families: How Doulas Support Families through the Everyday Miracle of Birth

Feb 16, 2015 22:30

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So, you and your partner have gone to childbirth class, practiced your breathing and developed a birth plan. And maybe your mom or another loved one plans to be there for added support. But what if you could have a specially trained person there to anticipate your every need, clarify what’s happening with your labor...

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Happy Together: Creating the Love You Want for the Wellbeing of Your Whole Family

Feb 9, 2015 32:39

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Pop culture bombards us every day with shallow, unrealistic messages about romantic love. But what does it really take to build love, commitment and connection that last? And why is this important for our children, as well as ourselves? Los Angeles psychologist and author of Happy Together Dr. Bill Cloke joins Marti and Erin for...

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Sensory and Motor Development in Young Children: Milestones, Red Flags and Helpful Tips

Feb 2, 2015 26:19

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From the first hours of life, babies interact with the world through touch and sensory exploration. As babies grow, their motor and sensory skills become more complex and purposeful. We sometimes take for granted that these domains of development will just unfold without special attention. But, as research shows, persistent problems with motor development or...

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The Roads Taken: A Conversation about Choosing to be a Stay at Home Mom or an Employed Mom

Jan 26, 2015 24:20

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As moms, most of us give a lot of thought to deciding to be employed or to be a stay at home mom. We may seek input from family, friends and books, even as pervasive media images of “having it all” also seep into our thinking. But what is known about the effects of a...

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Building on Your Family Strengths: Insights and Tips from the American Family Assets Study

Jan 19, 2015 25:35

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For decades, Search Institute has worked with communities around the world to build assets for promoting healthy youth development. Now Search Institute has turned their attention to “family assets,” attributes and practices that keep family relationships strong and individual family members strong and healthy. Gene Roehlkepartain, Vice President of Research and Development at Search Institute,...

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Moving Beyond Parental Perfectionism: Liberating Guidance from Author and Psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo

Jan 12, 2015 31:44

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When you lose your cool when your toddler misbehaves at the park or when your teen botches a major exam, what do you say to yourself? If you’re like many parents, you probably slip into all-or-nothing thinking – saying to yourself, for example, “I’m a terrible parent!” or “My kid will never get into a...

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The Importance of Raising Young Entrepreneurs: A Conversation with John Hope Bryant, CEO of Operation HOPE

Jan 5, 2015 27:49

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Children seem to be born young entrepreneurs, from selling mudpies to their mom to building a lemonade stand or dog-walking business for their neighbors. But what does it take to turn those rudimentary skills into larger lessons about budgets, credit, investments and banking? John Hope Bryant and his colleagues at Operation HOPE have worked with...

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In On It: How to Provide Support for Adoptive Parents and Their Children

Dec 29, 2014 35:29

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A couple’s announcement of their decision to adopt often is at the midpoint of a journey that began long ago with dreams of their imagined family. As the prospective parents deal with all the uncertainties, questions and cumbersome processes of adoption, friends and family often are challenged to find ways to celebrate, support and even...

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Moving Beyond Technology to Teach Your Child Relationship Skills for Life

Dec 22, 2014 28:34

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Despite the hyper-connections today’s technology affords, many children are at a loss for words when it comes to connecting face-to-face – meeting someone new, receiving a gift graciously or welcoming friends to a birthday party. Marti & Erin were excited to discover that businesswoman Maribeth Kuzmeski and her teen daughter Lizzie have written a book...

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Doing Good Together: Simple Ways to Emphasize Family Contribution

Dec 15, 2014 27:12

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You probably have heard Marti & Erin talk many times about the “3 Cs” that are so important to children’s learning and development: connection, competence and contribution. This week’s guest, Dr. Jenny Friedman, is devoting her life to helping families like yours find simple but powerful ways to engage children in the 3 Cs, with...

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Kids & Canines: Wisdom & Tips for Happy Living with a Family Pet

Dec 8, 2014 32:21

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Maybe your kids are saying, “Please get me a puppy! I promise I’ll take care of it.” Or maybe your dog was your “baby” before you decided to start a family. Either way, there is much to think about as you consider such a big family change as a family pet. But Kate Anders, owner...

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Girls and Stress: A Conversation about Teen Stress with Psychologist and Author Dr. Roni Cohen-Sandler

Dec 1, 2014 32:20

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When young girls enter adolescence, they report high levels of stress and self-doubt about school, extracurricular activities, friendships and their appearance. What factors contribute to teen stress and how is it different for girls and boys? Most important, what can we do to ease the stress and help our girls find more joy and confidence...

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Anxiety in Children: Possible Causes, Helpful Strategies and Effective Treatments

Nov 24, 2014 27:52

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Does your child stress out in new situations, lose sleep over upcoming tests or become upset when things don’t go as planned? Anxiety affects many children and adults and often runs in families. But there are helpful steps you can take to ease your child’s anxiety and teach skills your child can use to manage...

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The Power of the Teenage Brain: An Interview with Psychiatry Professor and Author, Dr. Dan Siegel

Nov 17, 2014 34:42

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As parents, many of us are uneasy about how we will see our children through adolescence – how we’ll handle the times when they push away from us or engage in risky behaviors. But UCLA professor Dr. Dan Siegel sees a great opportunity in the teen years for parents and other caring adults to capitalize...

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Social and Emotional Development for School Readiness: A Conversation with Experts from St. David’s Center

Nov 10, 2014 23:47

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We all hope our children will be happy and successful when they enter school. But what are the most important skills they will need? And what is our role as parents in nurturing those skills? You may be relieved and pleased to learn that some of the most enjoyable things you do with your children...

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Early Puberty in Girls Today: Causes, Effects and Practical Tips

Nov 3, 2014 32:14

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The average age of the onset of puberty has dropped significantly in recent years, but research on probable early puberty causes yields some surprises that defy popular beliefs. Dr. Louise Greenspan and Dr. Julianna Deardorff, authors of The New Puberty: How to Navigate Early Development in Today’s Girls, join Marti & Erin in this week’s...

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Lessons of Strength, Hope and a Life-Saving Gift: One Young Family’s Journey through Cancer

Oct 27, 2014 36:00

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Brian and Betsy Lucas were a happy, successful couple with two very young daughters when a stunning medical diagnosis transformed life, as they knew it. Brian chronicled their 2-year saga of heartache and hope in his award-winning book, Here Comes the Sun: A Young Family’s Journey through Cancer. Now both Brian and Betsy join Marti...

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Effects of Media on Children: Knowing When and How to Let Media Be Part of Your Young Child’s Life

Oct 20, 2014 29:55

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As parents we get lots of different messages about the place of video and TV in our children’s lives. While ads claim some videos will make kids smarter, many experts say no media is good media for babies and toddlers. Yet the reality is that most parents resort at least occasionally to plopping their child...

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How Technology Has Changed the Context of Parenting Teens: What Does That Mean for Parents and Their Children?

Oct 13, 2014 24:10

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The explosion of new technologies over the last 20 years has opened a whole new world to children and teens, posing both opportunities and challenges for kids and parents alike. The adolescent years probably always have presented issues that make parents uncomfortable. But technology has raised the stakes in parenting teens with threats like online...

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Read to Succeed: Insights on How Parents and Teachers Can Promote Early Literacy Skills

Oct 6, 2014 33:35

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The path to reading success starts long before a child walks through the school door. From the earliest conversations we have with our toddler to singing songs or playing rhyming games in the car, we are preparing our child for the reading and writing that will be so important to later school success. But what...

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Putting Math for Kids in a Positive Light: Promoting Your Child’s Math Skills and Confidence

Sep 29, 2014 36:09

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Many children develop the idea that math is hard, just too much work and drudgery. And yet, even toddlers are attracted to numbers and have an intuitive sense of the meaning of basic math. So how can we sustain that interest in our young children or help our older kids recapture it? University of Minnesota...

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Finding the Right “Sensory Diet” for You and Your Child: Practical Strategies for Regulating Emotion and Sustaining Optimal Energy

Sep 22, 2014 28:10

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Whether we’re kids or grown-ups, we all find unique ways to calm ourselves, rouse ourselves or stay focused on a challenging task, and we use all our senses to do so. Whether we splash cold water on our face, listen to rock or Bach, go for a run, suck a peppermint, gnaw on our pencil...

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Keeping Our Children Safe on the Road: An Update on Child Passenger Safety from the MN Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety

Sep 15, 2014 23:31

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One of our most basic responsibilities as parents is to keep our children safe. With car crashes still the leading cause of death for children under 14, that responsibility can feel especially daunting on today’s busy roads. But following best child passenger safety practices makes a huge difference, as this week’s Mom Enough guest, Heather...

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Challenges & Opportunities: Dr. Laurence Steinberg Explains What Brain Science Tells Us About Helping Adolescents Thrive

Sep 7, 2014 25:58

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As parents, we often roll our eyes at the thought of our children becoming adolescents. How will we (and our children) survive this difficult period of development? But Dr. Laurence Steinberg, a Temple University professor and well-known author, has spent decades studying adolescents and has arrived at a much more positive view of what he...

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In Search of a Good Night’s Sleep: Practical Tips from Dr. Harvey Karp

Sep 1, 2014 31:13

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One of the most common frustrations among parents is the difficulty of getting their kids to go to sleep and stay asleep. And of course that brings the added frustration of not getting enough sleep yourself. But Dr. Harvey Karp, widely read parenting author, offers proven tools and techniques for helping children of all ages...

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What is Environmental Health: Updates from Science to Help Protect Our Families

Aug 25, 2014 30:28

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What is environmental health? In recent years we’ve become increasingly aware of threats to our children’s health posed by such widely-used products as lead-based paints, hormone-laced milk and toxic plastics. It can feel overwhelming to try to figure out what we should avoid, use with caution or not worry about at all. This week’s guest,...

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Parent Involvement in Education: The Key to Your Child’s School Success

Aug 18, 2014 28:48

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For school-age children, those lazy days of summer are almost gone and the challenges of school and homework are the order of the day. But kids are not the only ones who need to work in order to achieve success in school; parent involvement in education is also needed. Family involvement in a child’s learning...

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Talking to Children about Death or the Serious Illness of a Loved One: Responding to Your Children’s Feelings and Concerns

Aug 11, 2014 34:18

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Talking to children about death or the serious illness of a loved one is challenging. When a parent, grandparent or other loved one is not well, children often experience a wide range of emotions and may express those feelings in ways adults find surprising or even disturbing. How can you help your child make sense...

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Creative Writing for Children: The Power and Joy of Putting Ideas on Paper

Aug 4, 2014 31:36

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Mastery of the written word is essential in nearly all walks of life, and success begins early. But that doesn’t mean drilling your toddler on letters and words. Pam Allyn, literacy expert and author of Your Child’s Writing Life, joins Marti and Erin to talk about creative writing for children – tot to teen. Pam...

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Teaching Children about Money, Values & Accountability: Life Lessons for Children of Any Age

Jul 28, 2014 33:24

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As parents, too often we move through life letting our children learn about money in a scattered and informal way. But, from the moment our children can say, “I want…,” we have an opportunity to engage them in ongoing conversations and action that will shape their lifelong attitudes and behavior about spending, saving and sharing....

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How to Talk to Your Child about Drugs and Alcohol: A Conversation with Dr. Joseph Lee from Hazelden’s Center for Youth and Families

Jul 21, 2014 34:24

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We all know someone who has experienced the pain and tragedy of substance abuse or addiction, and we long to keep our child safe from such harm. Sometimes we feel powerless in the face of the many temptations our child is likely to encounter. But Dr. Joseph Lee, Medical Director of Hazelden’s Center for Youth...

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Of Diapers, Potties and Dry Beds: Calm Guidance for the Best Ways to Potty Train from Dr. Andy Barnes

Jul 14, 2014 27:50

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As parents, many of us struggle to sort through varied and often contradictory bits of advice on the best ways to potty train from childrearing books, peers, grandparents and childcare providers. We wonder when our child should be out of diapers, when toileting “accidents” are something to worry about, and what approach will be most...

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Are you ready to discover your resilient parenting self?

Jul 9, 2014 44:04

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In case you missed the original presentation of the Discover Your Resilient Self parenting telesummit, hosted by Christina Grant, the audio from Marti’s interview is now available here on our website! Marti speaks about the benefits of nature experience for children with mental health challenges and for their parents, siblings and other family members.  ...

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The Mother-Daughter Bond: What We Tell – or Don’t Tell – Our Daughters and Why It Matters

Jul 7, 2014 33:17

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As mothers, we shape our daughters’ confidence and sense of self in powerful ways. But we may not realize that what we do not say to our daughters, particularly about their bodies and the ordinary experiences of womanhood, may have far-reaching effects on their confidence across all aspects of their lives. Joyce McFadden, psychoanalyst and...

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Supporting Your Child’s Development of STEM Skills: Fun, Easy Opportunities in Everyday Life

Jun 30, 2014 26:54

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In today’s world, STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math skills) are hugely important to academic success and career prospects. Yet, as parents, many of us are at a loss as to how to support our children in building those crucial skills, especially if we think we lack them ourselves. But this week’s Mom Enough...

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Allergies on the Rise: How Do You Know if You Have a Food Allergy?

Jun 23, 2014 29:01

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In recent years, food allergies have become a greater concern worldwide, affecting both children and adults, especially in developed countries like the U.S. What are possible causes of this notable increase? How do you know if you have a food allergy? Do kids sometimes outgrow an allergy or is treatment always needed? How is treatment...

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The 8th Annual Motherhood & Words Event: A Special Mom Enough Show Sharing Motherhood Stories

Jun 16, 2014 1:13:32

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As in past years, Marti & Erin are delighted to bring you a special Mom Enough feature, a recording of this year’s Motherhood & Words Event, hosted by author Kate Hopper at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. The three authors featured this year will knock your socks off with their motherhood stories! Marcelle Soviero,...

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Dads Matter: The Role of the Father in Child Development and What Moms Can do to Help Dads Succeed

Jun 9, 2014 24:38

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In the early months of a child’s life many dads struggle to find their role in caring for the baby and supporting mom through those exhausting days and nights. And sometimes we moms send messages, subtle and not-so-subtle, that dad just can’t measure up to our standards of care. But, in the long run, everyone...

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All Joy and No Fun: A Modern Parenting Conversation with Author Jennifer Senior

Jun 2, 2014 30:21

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In 2010 Jennifer Senior, contributing editor of New York Magazine, wrote a cover story about modern parenting that triggered a firestorm of responses in the national media. Now, building on extensive research in such fields as psychology, sociology and history, as well as discussions with many parents “in the trenches,” Jennifer has expanded her article...

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Healthy Relationships, Values and Respect: Moving “The Talk” Beyond the “Birds and the Bees”

May 26, 2014 35:12

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Many of us remember uncomfortable childhood moments when our parents sat us down for “the talk” about the “birds and the bees” or maybe they just awkwardly handed us a book about our changing bodies. But today we know children need much more than the “birds and the bees” facts about sex; they need ongoing...

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Breakthroughs in Online Healthcare: When and Why Online Diagnosis and Treatment Can Be Right for You and Your Family

May 19, 2014 23:32

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In the past 15 years many services have shifted from in-person to online. How many of us still go to the bank teller to get cash or deposit a check? Or how about going to a travel agent to buy a plane ticket? Now health services are moving in the same direction toward the convenience...

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Postpartum Depression (PPD) and Anxiety: When the “Baby Blues” Don’t Fade Away

May 12, 2014 21:03

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It’s common for moms (and sometimes dads) to feel sad, anxious, irritable and overwhelmed after the birth of a baby. But when these feelings of the baby blues linger for more than a couple of weeks – and when you can’t find joy in connecting with your baby or engaging in other things that usually...

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