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Dr. Marti Erickson, developmental psychologist and her daughter Dr. Erin Erickson, women’s health nurse practitioner and specialist in maternal-child health, use research-based information and a few personal confessions as they and their guests discuss what it means to be “mom enough.”

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Dr. Marti Erickson, developmental psychologist and her daughter Dr. Erin Erickson, women’s health nurse practitioner and specialist in maternal-child health, use research-based information and a few personal confessions as they and their guests discuss what it means to be “mom enough.”

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I love this mum / daughter team. They cover many issues of interest of mine and I have learned quite a lot. I have about 20 episodes waiting to be listened to, looking forward to it !

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45 Ratings
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I love this mum / daughter team. They cover many issues of interest of mine and I have learned quite a lot. I have about 20 episodes waiting to be listened to, looking forward to it !
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Mom Enough: Parenting tips, research-based advice + a few personal confessions!

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Dr. Marti Erickson, developmental psychologist and her daughter Dr. Erin Erickson, women’s health nurse practitioner and specialist in maternal-child health, use research-based information and a few personal confessions as they and their guests discuss what it means to be “mom enough.”

Rank #1: Guiding Teenage Girls to a Healthy Adulthood: Insights and Tips from Dr. Lisa Damour

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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 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 teenage 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?
For Untangled, click here.

For a discussion guide for Untangled, click here.

May 09 2016

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Rank #2: Reflective Parenting: How Reflecting on Your Feelings and Your Child’s Can Turn Everyday Challenges into Breakthrough Moments

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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 life experiences, past and present? This is reflective parenting, as psychiatrist Regina Pally discusses with Marti & Erin, and it can transform our relationships and the way we help our children learn to understand their own emotions and behavior.
Think of a recent difficult situation with your child and how you handled it. What do you think might have been the purpose or meaning of your child’s behavior? What were your feelings at the time? Were your figures triggered only by your child’s behavior or did other factors enter in? Using these reflections, what, if anything, would you do differently in that situation?
For The Reflective Parent, click here.

For Dr. Pally's advice on parenting, click here.

Mar 20 2017

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Rank #3: Raising Your Spirited Child: A Conversation with Author Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

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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.

Aug 13 2018

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Rank #4: A Five-Step Approach for Responding to Anxiety in Kids and Teens

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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

May 06 2019

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Rank #5: 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

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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,” and remembering and reflecting on our own childhood experiences can help us build new neural pathways and new ways of behaving at any age. Get ready to take notes as you listen to this deep and important discussion of how reflective parenting can help us achieve greater well-being for ourselves and our children.
In this Mom Enough discussion of the mind, Dr. Dan Siegel and Marti talk about the importance of reflecting on “implicit” memories so that they can become “explicit” and can be integrated into your understanding of how you respond to parenting challenges. When have you experienced an intense emotional reaction to your child’s behavior in a way that probably was fueled by some memory from your own childhood? What could you do differently the next time those emotions start to bubble up in a situation with your child?
For more about Mind, click here.

For Dr. Siegel's blog, click here.

Jan 16 2017

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Rank #6: The “Terrible Twos” Reconsidered: Practical Tips for Meeting the Challenges and Discovering the Joys of Your Terrific Toddler

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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

Jul 22 2019

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Rank #7: The Chemistry of Calm and Joy: A Conversation with Integrative Psychiatrist Henry Emmons

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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 using simple, accessible strategies to manage energy, quiet our minds, build resilience and maximize our experience of calm, joy and well-being. Learn with Marti & Erin in this helpful, inspiring discussion!
What ideas did you take away from this Mom Enough discussion of the chemistry of calm and joy with psychiatrist Henry Emmons? Think of a recent situation in which you felt like negative emotions were taking over. Next time a similar situation arises, what steps could you take to handle it differently?

Jun 26 2017

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Rank #8: How to Raise a Boy: A Conversation with Psychologist and Author Dr. Michael Reichert about the Power of Connection to Build Good Men

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Mom Enough co-hosts Marti & Erin found this discussion on raising boys with Dr. Michael Reichert to be one of the most thoughtful and important episodes they have done. Drawing on his personal story of the death of his brother, his extensive research on boys around the world and his years of clinical experience with boys longing to be heard, this psychologist and highly respected author makes the case that, in his words, “Too many boys lose their intimate connections and emotional voices early in their lives.” But it doesn’t have to be that way, and Dr. Reichert offers practical guidance whether you are the parent of a lively preschooler, a 5th-grader trying to succeed in school or a teenager trying to navigate the turbulent waters of romance and sexuality or grappling with disturbing pornographic images on the internet.
BOYS AND GIRLS ARE NOT AS DIFFERENT AS WE SOMETIMES THINK.
If you listen carefully, you are likely to discover that boys and girls are not as different as we sometimes think. We all long for trust, respect, connection. We all long for our needs and feelings to be heard and acknowledged. And when we provide those things to both our sons and daughters, the world will be better for the men and women they become.
REFLECT ON HOW YOU WILL BEGIN RAISING BOYS DIFFERENTLY.
This week’s Mom Enough guest, Dr. Michael Reichert, says in this discussion, “The problem is not boys, but the boyhood we have built.” What examples can you think of that illustrate this point? What concrete steps could you take to begin to build a better boyhood for the boys in your life, whatever their ages? What one thing will you change in how you are raising your son(s), so they will grow up to be compassionate and caring adults?
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
❉  Check out Dr. Reichert's book, How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men, to learn more about raising boys.

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

❉  Cut to the Quick: The Consequences of Relational Aggression Among Our Sons & Daughters, click here.

Nov 18 2019

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Rank #9: Positive Discipline: A Conversation with Author Dr. Jane Nelsen

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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

Mar 25 2019

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Rank #10: Why Teens Behave That Way: A Conversation with Dr. Dave Walsh about the Adolescent Brain and Teenage Behavior

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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?

Dec 31 2018

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Rank #11: Guiding Teenage Girls to a Healthy Adulthood: Insights and Tips from Dr. Lisa Damour

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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.

Sep 02 2019

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Rank #12: How To Be a Happier Parent: A Conversation with Author KJ Dell’Antonia

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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

Apr 22 2019

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Rank #13: Positive Parenting Strategies: Small Changes with Big Results

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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 Parenting Center at Yale, has spent his career helping parents whose children are especially defiant and challenging. But his latest book, The Everyday Parenting Toolkit, brings his proven methods to bear on the challenges all children and parents face. He joined Marti & Erin in this week’s show for a lively discussion, offering a positive parenting framework you will want to try with your own children.
In this week’s Mom Enough show, Dr. Alan Kazdin from Yale University, discusses his ABC approach to handling parenting challenges (A for antecedents, B for behavior, C for consequences). What challenging behaviors would you like to change with your child? What steps could you take to apply Dr. Kazdin’s method, starting with small changes and moving toward the bigger goals.
Related Resources:

For Parenting that Works from the American Psychological Association, click here.

For the principles and techniques of behavior change, click here.

Sep 23 2019

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Rank #14: Early Puberty in Girls Today: Causes, Effects and Practical Tips

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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 & Erin in this week’s Mom Enough show for an informative discussion of some of the reasons behind early puberty in girls and the consequences of this phenomenon. They also discuss practical steps parents can take to reduce the risk of early puberty and protect children from other possible harm from environmental toxins. Whatever the ages of your children, don’t miss this very important discussion.
What surprised you in this discussion of early puberty in girls and some of the likely causes? What has been your experience with helping a child in your life understand and manage the physical and psychological changes associated with puberty?
For the lavender and tea tree oils study from the New England Journal of Medicine, click here.

For the Skin Deep Mobile App, click here.

Jul 24 2017

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Rank #15: Discovering What Will Help Your Child Develop Self-Regulation Skills: Different Strokes for Different Folks

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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, Robin Campbell and Cheryl Lundsgaard from St. David's Center for Child & Family Development, shed light on what self-regulation means, how we can help our children become self-regulated, and how important it is to discover what works best for each unique member of our family.
What challenges have you encountered with your children’s self-regulation with respect to sleep? Eating? Other routines and activities? What have you learned about each child’s unique style, needs and preferences for establishing healthy, predictable patterns? In this week’s Mom Enough show what ideas did you get about how to address any regulatory issues with your children (or even yourself!)?
For Possible Sensory and Regulatory Differences, click here.

For Sensory and Motor Strategies that Support Regulation, click here.

For How to Keep Food Fun, click here.

For Problem Feeder Warning Signs, click here.

For Setting the Stage for Sleep, click here.

For Suggestions for Picky Eaters, click here.

For Ways to Change Food, click here.

For St. David’s Mental Health Services, click here.

Aug 21 2017

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Rank #16: Qualities of an Effective Parent and Child Relationship: A Study from Search Institute

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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.

May 21 2018

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Rank #17: Talking about Tough Topics with Your Children: Helpful Tips from Psychologist Kate Rickord for Having Difficult Conversations

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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 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 & Erin for a thoughtful conversation about addressing tough topics and having difficult conversations with your children, whatever their ages.
What topics do you find most uncomfortable to discuss with your children? What did you find helpful in this Mom Enough discussion?
For 4 Tips on How to Talk with Your Child about Difficult Topics, click here.

For St. David's Center, click here.

For St. David's Center's Mental Health Services, click here.

Jul 11 2016

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Rank #18: Potty Training and Bed-wetting: Calm Guidance from Dr. Andrew Barnes

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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 harmful) in helping our children achieve independence in toileting.
This week’s Mom Enough guest, University of Minnesota’s Dr. Andrew Barnes, helps cut through the confusion with both concrete tips and wise advice to remain calm and patient.
What different kinds of advice have you received about potty training and bed-wetting and how did that advice come to you? What was helpful and what was not? Are your children at an age at which toileting problems are still an issue? If so, what did you get from this week’s Mom Enough show to help you see or respond to the issue in new ways?

May 22 2017

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Rank #19: Maternal Depression and Anxiety: Essential Information about Incidence, Impact and Treatment

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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, safe and effective treatment options and how family and friends can help. Psychiatrist Michelle Wiersgalla and psychologist Gabrielle Mauren from Park Nicollet Behavioral Health join Marti & Erin for an informative and candid discussion everyone should hear.
What has your experience been in your family or circle of friends with depression, anxiety or OCD? Why do you think maternal depression and anxiety still are so unlikely to be properly diagnosed or treated among the many mothers (and others) who experience them? What can you do to help reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems?
For Park Nicollet Women's Center, click here.

For the U.S. Preventative Services recommendation for depression screening, click here.

Apr 11 2016

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Rank #20: Childhood Anxiety: Possible Causes, Helpful Strategies and Effective Treatments

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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 or her own stress.
If your child’s anxiety is serious enough to interfere with learning, relationships and life enjoyment, a mental health professional can help find the most effective treatment. HealthPartners psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Reeve brings her knowledge and experience with childhood anxiety to this lively discussion with Marti & Erin, who share a few stories of how anxiety shows up on their own family tree!
Does someone in your family struggle with anxiety? How does it show up and what has been helpful at home, at school or work and in professional treatment, if used?

Oct 23 2017

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Being Good Sports Parents: Bringing Out the Best in Your Young Athletes

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We’ve all seen them (and many of us have been them) – the sports 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 parental behavior affect children’s health, well-being and feelings about sports?
University of Minnesota researcher Dr. Nicole LaVoi has spent years seeking answers to these questions. And she has helped many communities move toward more positive attitudes and behavior to support children’s development as athletes and people of character. In this Mom Enough episode, Marti & Erin were taking Nicole’s well-tested advice to heart, and you will too!
DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELVES GOOD SPORTS PARENTS?
How would you describe your own behavior at your children’s sports events? Based on what Dr. La Voi discussed in this Mom Enough interview, what are you doing well and what could you improve?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT POSITIVELY SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD'S ATHLETIC ENDEAVORS?
❉ THE BENEFITS OF SPORTS FOR CHILDREN: WISDOM ON BEING THE BEST SPORTS PARENT YOU CAN BE FROM COACH AND PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR JOHN TAUER. Listen to this episode to learn more from coach, psychology professor, and author of Why Less Is More for WOSPS: How to Be the Best Sports Parent You Can Be. (Click book image to purchase through our affiliate link.)
❉ HAVE YOU EVER HAD THE URGE TO SLIP OUT OF YOUR CHILD’S SPORTS EVENT AND GO DO WHAT YOU WANT? Listen to self-described “Bad Hockey Mom" and author, Karlyn Coleman, as she discusses what it really means to be "mom enough" with Drs. Marti & Erin Erickson.
❉ HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD GET THE MOST OUT OF PARTICIPATING IN SPORTS? AND WHAT ARE THE PITFALLS TO AVOID? Listen to this oldie, but goodie, Mom Enough episode with child development professor and longtime advisor to student-athletes, Dr. Richard Weinberg, who shares the dos and don’ts of nurturing your child’s athletic talents and interests.
❉ CHANGING THE GAME: THE PARENT'S GUIDE TO RAISING HAPPY, HIGH PERFORMING ATHLETES, AND GIVING YOUTH SPORTS BACK TO OUR KIDS. Check out this book to learn more about being good sports parents. (Click book image to purchase through our affiliate link.)
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Jan 20 2020

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Talking with Children about Sex: Keys to Sexual Health and Safety

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Many of us are uncomfortable talking candidly with our children and teens about sex, perhaps hoping sex education programs at school will do the job. And yet, research shows that, as parents, we often overestimate what our children learn at school. And we underestimate the impact we will have on our children’s attitudes and behaviors if we muster the courage and confidence to talk openly about this important aspect of human development.
Author Janet Rosenzweig, Executive Director of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and a longtime sex educator and author, joins Marti & Erin to talk about what it means to speak comfortably and accurately about sex with children and teens. For example, she emphasizes the importance of teaching children about sexual arousal as an autonomic (involuntary) response that has nothing to do with thought or reason – a critical element in discerning between arousal and love. And she highlights that, when parents take responsibility as primary sex educators for their children, they have the opportunity to wrap those messages in their family’s values. Above all, Dr. Rosenzweig makes a strong case for arming our children with detailed, accurate information about the natural sexual responses humans experience, which in turn will empower our children to make healthy, safe choices now and later.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT TALKING WITH YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT SEX?
How did your parents or other adults talk to you about sex? How helpful were those conversations in terms of your understanding of your own sexual arousal and the choices you made about sexual behavior? In what ways do you want to do things the same or differently as you try to prepare your children for making safe, healthy sexual decisions?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TALKING WITH CHILDREN ABOUT SEX?
❉ THE SEX-WISE PARENT & THE PARENT'S GUIDE TO TALKING ABOUT SEX. Check out these great books from this week's guest, Dr. Janet Rosenzweig. Or better yet, purchase them here (click book image to purchase through our affiliate link):
❉ TEACHING OUR CHILDREN ABOUT SEX, LOVE AND EQUALITY: A CONVERSATION ABOUT SEX EDUCATION. Listen to this episode of Mom Enough with Bonnie Rough, author of Beyond Birds & Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids about Sex, Love and Equality.
❉ ERIN'S RECOMMENDED BOOKS ABOUT SEX FOR KIDS:

For 4 years old and up (click book image to purchase through our affiliate link):
For 7 years old and up (click book image to purchase through our affiliate link):
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Jan 13 2020

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Help Your Child Learn Math: Practical Tips from Yup

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Do you struggle to help your child learn math? As parents, many of us are at a loss to help our children and teens when they get stuck on a math problem. Not only have we forgotten many of the skills we don’t use regularly, but we quickly discover that our children are learning different ways of doing math than we were taught – so much so that our efforts to help may confuse our children further.
This week’s Mom Enough guest, Kreg Moccia, experienced teacher, dean and now leader of academic development for the Yup math tutoring app, sees a way past these challenges. In his conversation with Marti & Erin, Kreg provides a useful framework for thinking about how to help our children build the skills, good sense and confidence to succeed in math. Drawing on Carol Dweck’s concept of “growth mindset,” Kreg explains how that concept can help our children and teens develop new habits in approaching challenging math tasks. Kreg also introduces the innovative math tutoring app called Yup, which makes it possible for students in grades 3 – 12 to get instant, 24/7 guidance from online tutors trained and monitored in using the “growth mindset” concept. This evidence-based teaching approach (backed by Stanford University) helps students understand math concepts and vocabulary, figure out what they are doing right, identify past successes on which they can build, check their work carefully and use “sense-checking” to determine if their answers make sense. As a long-time educator, Marti applauds Yup’s careful approach to ensuring quality of teaching. And, after trying the app to help them through some challenging math problems, Erin’s teenage kids give a heartfelt endorsement to Yup as a way to deepen their learning and build their confidence. Mom Enough is delighted to have Yup as a supporting partner.
DOES YOUR CHILD'S MATH HOMEWORK STRAIN YOUR BRAIN?
What has been your experience in trying to help your kids when they have trouble with math homework? What did you hear in this Mom Enough discussion that could help you next time your kids are struggling? What do you think of a math tutoring app to help your kids when they are stuck?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD WITH MATH?
❉ CHECK OUT THE YUP TUTORING APP. Erin's kids love how easy it is for them to get help whenever they need it - 24/7. Learn how this app might help your children learn math.
❉ 3 WAYS TO EXPLAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF MATH TO YOUR CHILDREN. Read this helpful information from Mom Enough's newest supporting partner, Yup.
❉ PROMOTING YOUR CHILD’S MATH SKILLS AND CONFIDENCE: PUTTING MATH IN A POSITIVE LIGHT. University of Minnesota professor, Michele Mazzocco, joins Marti & Erin for an encouraging and interesting discussion of how to help your children discover that math is fun, doable and relevant to everyday life in this episode of Mom Enough.
❉ INSPIRING YOUR CHILDREN TO LOVE MATH: A CONVERSATION WITH PROFESSOR LESA CLARKSON FROM THE U OF M’S COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT.  Lesa Clarkson describes 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!

Jan 06 2020

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

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Would you like to find more calm and joy in your life? 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 emotions, using simple, accessible strategies to manage energy, quiet our minds, build resilience and maximize our experience of calm, joy and well-being. Learn with Marti & Erin in this helpful, inspiring discussion!
DO YOU LONG FOR MORE CALM, JOYFUL MOMENTS IN YOUR LIFE?
What ideas did you take away from this Mom Enough discussion with psychiatrist Henry Emmons? Think of a recent situation in which you felt like negative emotions were taking over. Next time a similar situation arises, what steps could you take to handle it differently?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO INCORPORATE CALM AND JOY IN YOUR LIFE?
❉ MAINTAINING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH - FOR YOUR SAKE AND YOUR CHILDREN'S. Practical steps parents can take to maintain their mental health and well-being.
❉ MENTAL HEALTH, A FAMILY AFFAIR: HOW MANAGING YOUR OWN STRESS AND EMOTIONS SUPPORTS YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH AND WELL BEING. Listen to a past show with one of Mom Enough's supporting partners, St. David's Center for Child & Family Development for strategies we can use to reduce our stress and manage our feelings.
❉ NATURAL MENTAL HEALTH. For more resources to encourage optimal mental health, check out this website that was co-founded by Dr. Henry Emmons.

Dec 30 2019

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Making Family Mealtime Manageable and Fun: Recipes, Conversation Starters and Games from The Family Dinner Project

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Family mealtime and the conversation that goes along with it provide longterm benefits for children and teens. These include better physical health, stronger parent-child relationships, better school performance, lower risk of substance abuse, better vocabulary, and greater resilience. But many families struggle to get everyone at the table at the same time, let alone prepare a healthy meal or have a meaningful or entertaining conversation. Busy schedules, both for parents and kids, are one major obstacle to family mealtime, but families also cite picky eaters and the distractions of devices as challenges.
The Family Dinner Project, a nonprofit initiative based in Boston, has been helping families overcome those obstacles for ten years, helping families find fun and laughter at the same time. They recently released Eat, Laugh,Talk: The Family Dinner Playbook, a cookbook (and much more!) that has Marti & Erin excited to use it with their family. Dr. Anne Fishel, Executive Director of The Family Dinner Project, joins Marti & Erin to explore creative ways families can schedule family mealtime and make it interesting and fun. In addition to directing this nonprofit, Anne also is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Harvard Medical School and Director of the Family and Couple Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Reflecting on that experience, Anne affirms the value of family mealtime, saying with a laugh, “If more families had family dinner, I think I’d be out of business as a family therapist.”
DO YOU LONG FOR FAMILY MEALTIME & CONVERSATION THAT GO BEYOND FROZEN PIZZA AND "HOW WAS YOUR DAY?"
What things help or hinder you from having family mealtimes on a regular basis? What ideas did you hear in this Mom Enough discussion that might help you increase the frequency of family mealtime in your household? What conversation starters or games sounded like they might be fun to try with your family?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FAMILY MEALTIME?
❉ THE BENEFITS OF FAMILY MEALS AND HOW TO MAKE THEM HAPPEN. Erin shares in her blog post for Natural Mental Health, 5 strategies for making family meals happen.
❉ HOW TO KEEP FOOD FUN. Check out these ideas to help you keep your child excited about new foods.
❉ HEALTHY EATING FOR PARENTS AND KIDS. Read these tips for some healthy diet ideas for your whole family.

Dec 23 2019

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Women, Alcohol and Holiday Stress: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation on Healthy Choices about Alcohol

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It can be easy to slip into an unhealthy pattern of using alcohol to cope with holiday stress. Did you know that an increasing number of women are misusing alcohol today? And when women drink, they are at greater risk of addiction than men and less likely to seek help. The holidays create extra stress for women, who typically bear the greatest responsibility for holiday preparations. With high expectations to match the perfect images on holiday cards or posed Instagram posts, women often feel they aren’t measuring up. Add to that an emphasis on alcohol at holiday festivities and over-drinking, or a relapse in maintaining already-established sobriety, are risks. 
This week’s Mom Enough guest, Kim Albers, understands these challenges well. Director of Recovery Management at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Kim understands the particular vulnerability of women to addiction and the stigma and social expectations that keep women (especially moms) from seeking treatment when they need it. With empathy and respect, Kim acknowledges the shame many women feel around their drinking. Most important, Kim knows the critical role of self-care and emotional support in helping women drink reasonably or, for those in recovery, protect their sobriety. She joins Marti & Erin for a detailed and helpful discussion of all of these issues. She also provides very clear information on how to know if your drinking is problematic and where to turn to get help tailored to your specific needs and strengths. 
HAVE YOU USED ALCOHOL TO COPE WITH HOLIDAY STRESS?
Can you think of a time when you (or someone you love) has gotten caught up in celebrating and had too much to drink? How did you (or your loved one) feel the next day, both physically and emotionally? What tips could help you and your loved ones avoid overdrinking during the holidays? If you or someone you love frequently engage in overdrinking, where can you turn first to find out if you need professional help? 
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT AVOIDING ALCOHOL AND DEVELOPING HEALTHY COPING STRATEGIES FOR ADDRESSING HOLIDAY STRESS?
❉ DO YOU FEEL YOUR STRESS BUILDING AS THE HOLIDAYS APPROACH? Listen to this episode with researcher Dr. Anna Kudak, who has spent years interviewing women about their holiday experiences. Learn how to ease up a bit and create meaning this holiday season.

❉ REDUCING HOLIDAY STRESS. Check out this tip sheet to learn ways to reduce your stress this holiday.
❉ WOMEN AND ALCOHOL: A CONVERSATION ABOUT WOMEN’S RISK OF ALCOHOL-RELATED PROBLEMS. If you want to learn more about women alcohol, listen to this podcast with Jill Seward of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

❉ DO YOU EVER WONDER IF YOUR ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE IS BECOMING A PROBLEM? Take the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Online Drug and Alcohol Addiction Test.

Dec 16 2019

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The ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids: Ideas from Educator & Author Joanne Foster

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Want to learn about raising smarter kids? This week’s Mom Enough guest, Dr. Joanne Foster, is an award-winning author and expert in gifted education and child development. She joined Marti and Erin to share some of the ideas in her latest book, The ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids: Hundreds of Ways to Inspire Your Child.

Taking the concept of an “alphabet book” to a new level, Joanne gives examples of the practical tips she developed around each letter of the alphabet. But Marti & Erin had a special interest in another favorite topic of Joanne’s (and the subject of one of her previous books), helping kids overcome procrastination. They appreciated her good advice on assessing why a child puts off a task. For example, are they bored, lacking confidence, distracted, lacking skills, overloaded with work? Hmm, those questions can be useful with adults too!
WHAT WILL YOU DO TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING?
What did you hear in this podcast that helped you think differently about supporting your child’s learning or work habits? In what areas do you think your child (or children) would benefit from some special support and inspiration from you?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING? CHECK OUT THESE GREAT RESOURCES:
❉ SMART, BUT SCATTERED: HELPING CHILDREN AND TEENS BUILD EXECUTIVE SKILLS TO SUCCEED IN SCHOOL AND LIFE. Dr. Peg Dawson discusses ways to build executive skills, such as staying focused and developing a plan for completing tasks and getting organized, in this Mom Enough podcast.
❉ CREATING A HOME ENVIRONMENT THAT PROMOTES SCHOOL SUCCESS. Dr. Marti Erickson shares suggestions on creating a learning environment at home in this tip sheet.

❉ FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS: THE KEYS TO SCHOOL SUCCESS. Learn important ways parents can support  their child's learning in this helpful tip sheet.

Dec 02 2019

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How to Help Your Child Make Friends: Social Skills to Last a Lifetime

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Want to learn more about how to help your child make friends? 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 Christensen, former Program Director at St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development, brings wisdom and practical strategies to this week’s lively and heartfelt discussion of how to help your child make friends and be a friend.
HOW WILL YOU HELP YOUR CHILD MAKE FRIENDS?
How does your child usually approach other children when meeting them for the first time? What challenges has your child faced in getting along with peers? What ideas did you hear in this Mom Enough discussion about how you might help your child strengthen his or her social skills?
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
❉ GIRLS & AGGRESSION: POSSIBLE CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES AND TIPS FOR PREVENTION. Watch Dr. Marti Erickson with KARE 11 News’ Ellery McCardle discuss 5 tips on what parents, educators and other caring adults can do to prevent relational aggression.
❉ HELPING OUR CHILDREN BUILD SELF-COMPASSION: KEYS TO KINDNESS, GRATITUDE AND COMPASSION FOR OTHERS. Dr. Shilagh Mirgain, a health and sport psychologist at the University of Wisconsin, discusses how to help your children develop compassion for themselves and others, recognizing the common humanity, vulnerability and imperfection we all share.
❉ FRESH PERSPECTIVES ON BULLYING: A “STICKS AND STONES” CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR EMILY BAZELON. Discover what we should do to support a deeper understanding of – and more effective response to – bullying in this podcast with author Emily Bazelon, Senior Editor of Slate and frequent guest on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.

Nov 25 2019

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How to Raise a Boy: A Conversation with Psychologist and Author Dr. Michael Reichert about the Power of Connection to Build Good Men

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Mom Enough co-hosts Marti & Erin found this discussion on raising boys with Dr. Michael Reichert to be one of the most thoughtful and important episodes they have done. Drawing on his personal story of the death of his brother, his extensive research on boys around the world and his years of clinical experience with boys longing to be heard, this psychologist and highly respected author makes the case that, in his words, “Too many boys lose their intimate connections and emotional voices early in their lives.” But it doesn’t have to be that way, and Dr. Reichert offers practical guidance whether you are the parent of a lively preschooler, a 5th-grader trying to succeed in school or a teenager trying to navigate the turbulent waters of romance and sexuality or grappling with disturbing pornographic images on the internet.
BOYS AND GIRLS ARE NOT AS DIFFERENT AS WE SOMETIMES THINK.
If you listen carefully, you are likely to discover that boys and girls are not as different as we sometimes think. We all long for trust, respect, connection. We all long for our needs and feelings to be heard and acknowledged. And when we provide those things to both our sons and daughters, the world will be better for the men and women they become.
REFLECT ON HOW YOU WILL BEGIN RAISING BOYS DIFFERENTLY.
This week’s Mom Enough guest, Dr. Michael Reichert, says in this discussion, “The problem is not boys, but the boyhood we have built.” What examples can you think of that illustrate this point? What concrete steps could you take to begin to build a better boyhood for the boys in your life, whatever their ages? What one thing will you change in how you are raising your son(s), so they will grow up to be compassionate and caring adults?
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
❉  Check out Dr. Reichert's book, How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men, to learn more about raising boys.

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

❉  Cut to the Quick: The Consequences of Relational Aggression Among Our Sons & Daughters, click here.

Nov 18 2019

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Choosing the Best Childcare for Your Child: What to Look for, How to Seek Financial Assistance and Where to Find Answers to Your Questions

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Choosing childcare for our precious little ones is a tough decision for any parent. What type of setting will be the best match for your child’s personality and needs? How can you judge the quality of care, whether it’s home-based or center-based? Is there flexibility to accommodate your work schedule? And what kind of financial assistance is available if you need help paying?
This week’s Mom Enough guest, Jen Goinz, is the Childcare Information Manager for Child Care Aware Minnesota and she definitely has information you need, whether you live in Minnesota or elsewhere. Marti & Erin are grateful to longtime Mom Enough supporting partner, Help Me Grow for engaging Jen to represent them in this practical, helpful episode of Mom Enough.
What are the most important considerations to you in choosing care for your young child? What resources did you learn about in this Mom Enough discussion? Visit some of those resources and see what information is most helpful to you.
Related Resources:

For Assessing Quality Parent Checklist from Parent Aware, click here.

For Childcare resources in your state, click here.

To visit the Childcare Aware of America website, click here.

For the Parent Aware website and to find childcare near you, click here.

Nov 11 2019

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How Connecting with Animals Transforms Lives: A Conversation with Author Richard Louv, a Founder of the Children & Nature Network

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In 2005, author Richard Louv published a groundbreaking book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder. That book resonated with people around the world, inspired what has been called “the new nature movement” and led to the founding of the Children & Nature Network, an international nonprofit linking children of all ages to nature and spurring research to documents the impact of nature experience on children’s health, learning and well-being.
Now, after four years of research, Rich has released his most recent book, Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives – and Save Theirs. This book digs deeply into the importance of our connections to other species, from household pets, service animals, and horses to the bees in our gardens and the bears we may encounter in the woods and mountains. Tune in as Rich joins Marti & Erin, his good friends and fellow children and nature advocates, for a quiet, reflective glimpse into this just-released book. We suggest you find a quiet place outdoors -- or by a window with a view of nature – to listen to Rich Louv’s stories and insights and to reflect on what animals bring to your life and your children’s.
What have your own experiences with animals been over the course of your life? Think about pets and also animals in the wild. What have you learned from those experiences? What have those experiences meant to you? What opportunities do your children have to develop those connections with animals, and how do you support those connections?
Related Resources:

To listen to the Practical Ideas to Connect Children and Nature podcast with Richard Louv, click here.

To listen to Marti interview Richard Louv on MPR, click here.

For Our Wild Calling book, click here.

To read Animals Are Messengers In Richard Louv's Latest, click here.

To read Connect your Grandkids to Nature, click here.

To read Animals Are the Cure for Loneliness, click here.

Nov 04 2019

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Truths for a Happy Heart: Wise Words from a Mom and Leader in Education and Public Media

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Do you ever think about the core values and nuggets of wisdom you want your children to hold on to forever? Lisa Shumate did, and as she saw her two children move into adulthood, she put those nuggets into a book, Always and Never: Twenty Truths for a Happy Heart, and a companion journal by the same name to engage readers in reflecting on how those truths show up in their lives.
As General Manager of Houston Public Media, Executive Director of the Houston Public Media Foundation and Associate Vice President of the University of Houston, Lisa brings years of leadership and mentoring of other leaders to this week's discussion with Marti & Erin. She emphasizes the power of trust, love and forgiveness. And she challenges us to remember that we are in charge of our own minds and need to think about how we feed our minds (preferably not a diet of 11 hours per day of screen time!). Marti & Erin especially appreciated Lisa's positive view that perfection is not possible and a mistake is a learning opportunity.
Did your parents teach you any big truths that still guide your life? Did they teach through words or actions or both? What truths do you want to instill in your children and what steps can you take to do that?
Related Resources:

For the book, Always and Never: 20 Truths to a Happy Heart, click here.

For Lisa Shumate's blog, click here.

Oct 28 2019

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Strategies for Improving Your Sleep: Guidance from Psychologist and Insomnia Expert Dr. Shelby Harris

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Sufficient high-quality sleep is key to health and well-being at every age. Yet many parents are chronically sleep-deprived, with women three times more likely than men to struggle with insomnia. Consequences include difficulty with mood regulation, memory, learning, weight gain and other health problems. Too often the strategies we use to try to relax and wind down before bed (a glass of wine, binge-watching a favorite TV show, chatting on social media) end up exacerbating sleep difficulties. But there are simple steps we can take right now to begin to establish patterns that will allow us to get the quality sleep we need and, in turn, ensure that our children do the same.
Dr. Shelby Harris, psychologist and author of The Women’s Guide to Overcoming Insomnia, brings a wealth of concrete, research-based strategies to her discussion with Marti & Erin in this Mom Enough episode. Beyond these ways to build good sleep patterns at home, Dr. Harris also emphasizes that, even if you have a clinical level of insomnia that requires professional help, the first line of treatment probably should not be medication. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be highly effective and safe and should be tried first. Don’t miss this important and informative discussion about an issue that disrupts so many lives.
How are you and your family doing when it comes to sleep? What new things did you learn in this interview with Dr. Shelby Harris? What steps could you take to improve your family’s patterns around bedtime and healthy sleep?
Related Resources:

For The Women's Guide to Overcoming Insomnia, click here.

Oct 21 2019

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Helping Children with ASD Improve Regulation and Focus at Home and School: A Conversation with Kate Biederman from St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development

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Children with ASD often become dysregulated, both physically and emotionally, when they feel overstimulated by things like noise, clutter or demands to move too quickly from one activity to another. But, because each child is unique, parents need to be detectives, figuring out what will help their child become regulated and able to focus on what is important.
As occupational therapist Kate Biederman describes in this Mom Enough episode, some children respond well to deep touch, while others find that aversive. Many children feel calm after they engage in what Kate calls "heavy work," which includes climbing on a jungle gym or jumping on a mini-trampoline. While noise can be dysregulating, music with certain rhythms can be regulating and organizing. An uncluttered home environment and an unhurried schedule can help almost any child be calmer and more focused. As adults and children discover together what works, children ideally can build the self-awareness and independence to do what's necessary when they begin to feel dysregulated. As Marti & Erin attest, it's not only people with ASD who need to develop self-awareness and effective regulation. In our busy, noisy, fast-paced lives, these skills matter to all of us!
Reflect on the last few days and times when you or one of your children became dysregulated (feeling agitated, unfocused, not sure what to do next). What led to that? What strategies did you use to reestablish regulation and focus? How did that work? What else could you try next time?
Related Resources:

For our show on What Parents Can Do to Support Optimal Development of a Child with ASD, click here.

For a list of autism book & website resources, click here.

For information on the Greenspan Floortime Conference, click here.

To learn more about Autism Support Services at St. David’s Center, click here.

Oct 14 2019

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Living More by Doing Less: A Chat with author Tonya Dalton on the Joy of Missing Out

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If you are like many moms, you probably have a story you tell yourself about what a “good mom” does. And trying to live up to that story probably leaves you feeling unfulfilled and unproductive at the end of most days, asking yourself, “How can I be so busy and have so little to show for it?” Perhaps you need to live more by doing less and find the joy of missing out!
Tonya Dalton, author and productivity expert, cuts to the chase on these issues in her book The Joy of Missing Out and in her conversation with Marti and Erin, offering practical tips on how to find your purpose (your North star!), clarify your priorities and simplify your life. Here key take-aways include Erin’s favorite, “Every time you say yes, you are saying no to something else,” and Marti’s mantra, “To be truly productive, we need to give our brains a little space to play and explore.” Listen to this lively conversation and then reflect on what you can choose to miss out on so you can savor those things that are truly important to you. You will benefit and so will your children.
Thinking about the past couple of weeks, what things did you do that led you to ask, “Why did I say yes to this? How is this consistent with my values and purpose?” When you said yes to those activities, what were you saying no to? (For example, fun time with your children, maintaining your own health, getting enough sleep, taking steps toward an important goal.) What do you resolve to do differently in the next couple of weeks?
Related Resources:

Why “ME Time” Matters podcast with Marti and Erin, click here.

For The Joy of Missing Out book, click here.

Sep 30 2019

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Positive Parenting Strategies: Small Changes with Big Results

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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 Parenting Center at Yale, has spent his career helping parents whose children are especially defiant and challenging. But his latest book, The Everyday Parenting Toolkit, brings his proven methods to bear on the challenges all children and parents face. He joined Marti & Erin in this week’s show for a lively discussion, offering a positive parenting framework you will want to try with your own children.
In this week’s Mom Enough show, Dr. Alan Kazdin from Yale University, discusses his ABC approach to handling parenting challenges (A for antecedents, B for behavior, C for consequences). What challenging behaviors would you like to change with your child? What steps could you take to apply Dr. Kazdin’s method, starting with small changes and moving toward the bigger goals.
Related Resources:

For Parenting that Works from the American Psychological Association, click here.

For the principles and techniques of behavior change, click here.

Sep 23 2019

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How College Makes or Breaks Us: A Conversation with Author Paul Tough on How Young Americans Navigate the Complex Processes of Applying for and Attending College and Moving on to Successful Adult Lives

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Best-selling author Paul Tough digs deeply into big ideas, and that certainly is true in his latest book, The Years that Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us. Paul spent six years exploring colleges in 21 states, including sitting through freshman calculus at the University of Texas and a philosophy class at Princeton. He interviewed faculty, SAT tutors and students from all walks of life, concluding that higher education as an engine of social mobility is breaking down.
Paul brings these issues to life through the chronicles of first-generation students trying to overcome barriers to admission to prestigious schools, community college students hoping to attain jobs that will pay the bills, and well-to-do students seeing their teen years defined by the anxiety that comes with intense parental pressure, high-stakes tests and frenetic schedules of résumé-building activities. He joins Marti & Erin this week to discuss highlights of what he learned and to offer action steps for college admissions, alumni, and public officials who make decisions on higher education funding.
What was your own path with regard to higher education and how did that work for you? How is that likely to be the same or different for your children? What ideas do you have for making good higher education attainable for the millions of young people who need it?
Related Resources:

To learn more about Paul Tough, click here.

How College Makes or Breaks Us Book Tour: To find out when Paul is in a city near you, click here.

To listen to How Children Succeed podcast with Paul Tough, click here.

To listen to Environments and Experiences that Promote Grit, Character and Success podcast with Paul Tough, click here.

Sep 16 2019

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

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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.

Sep 09 2019

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

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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.

Sep 02 2019

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

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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.

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Aug 26 2019

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Audio quality

By postwoman69464478 - Oct 14 2019
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You need to improve the audio of your guests. Too soft, unclear

Love it

By Dtabbah - Sep 16 2019
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I love this mum / daughter team. They cover many issues of interest of mine and I have learned quite a lot. I have about 20 episodes waiting to be listened to, looking forward to it !