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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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Thanks for the episode on opioids!

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Thanks for dedicating and episode to the opioid epidemic-all parents need at a minimum the information you shared. 🙏🏼

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51 Ratings
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Thanks for the episode on opioids!

By bkzane - Feb 19 2020
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Thanks for dedicating and episode to the opioid epidemic-all parents need at a minimum the information you shared. 🙏🏼

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You need to improve the audio of your guests. Too soft, unclear
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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 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 #2: How to Raise an Adult: A Conversation with New York Times Bestselling Author, Julie Lythcott-Haims

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Most parenting advice is focused on how to raise our children. But should we perhaps be focusing on how to raise an adult?
While our job as parents is to love, care for, and teach our children, the purpose of our role is to raise a contributing member of society as our children reach adulthood. Well-intentioned parents have taken the reins in attempts to ensure positive outcomes for their children, but they’ve forgotten that if they are the driver, how will their children learn to find their way on their own? How did we get to this place? Why do we need to stop overparenting? Is there another way?
New York Times bestselling author, Julie Lythcott-Haims, answers these questions and shares wisdom and insights from her book, How to Raise an Adult, in this compelling episode of Mom Enough.
HOW WILL YOU RAISE AN ADULT?
In what ways have you overparented your children? What hopes and fears play into your overparenting? After listening to this interview, what three steps will you take to shift away from parental overinvolvement? How have you shifted your perspective on what it means to be the parent you want to be?
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
❉ JULIE LYTHCOTT-HAIMS’ WEBSITE. Learn more about Lythcott-Haims’ work, including her critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir, Real American. You can also sign up for her newsletter.
❉ THE POWER OF AGENCY: KEYS TO LIVING LIFE ON YOUR OWN TERMS.  Listen as psychologist Dr. Anthony Rao (Tony) highlights key principles from his book, The Power of Agency.
❉ UNLEASHING THE INSTINCT TO PLAY: PATHWAYS TO JOY, COMPETENCE AND CREATIVITY IN PRETEND PLAY. Psychologist Peter Gray shares his conclusions about what is missing from children's lives in terms of pretend play and exploration without adult direction in this Mom Enough episode.
❉ FREE RANGE KIDS: A CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST LENORE SKENAZY. 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. In this lively discussion with Marti & Erin, she reflects on how you can let the children in your life be free range kids.

Mar 30 2020

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Rank #3: Parenting a Teenager: How Technology Has Changed the Context of Parenting and What That Means for Parents, Children & Teens

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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 texting while driving – just to name a few of the pressures that can arise while parenting a teenager.
Drawing on her experience as a longtime social worker and student advisor, Joani Geltman offers guidance on all this and more in her book, A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens: Talking to Your Kids about Sexting, Drinking, Drugs and Other Things that Freak You Out. Hear all about it in this week’s Mom Enough show!
What issues associated with parenting a teenager make you uncomfortable or hesitant to discuss them with your child? How do you oversee your child’s access to technology and how well do you think your approach is preparing your child to use technology carefully and wisely?
For Joani’s blog, click here.

For our interview with Dr. Laurence Laurence Steinberg, click here.

Apr 24 2017

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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: 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 #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: Free Forest School: Empowering Parents to Help Young Children Learn and Grow in Nature

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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 dare to take our children into a less predictable natural setting.
So Anna Sharratt, outdoorswoman and mom of two young children, decided to develop a simple, sustainable approach to bring parents and kids together in New York, Texas, Minnesota and elsewhere across North America. Dubbed “Free Forest School,” Anna’s model has helped thousands of parents and kids reap the benefits of nature play, come rain or shine. In this week’s Mom Enough discussion, learn how you can participate in a Free Forest School group.
The health and education benefits of nature play have been well-documented and widely publicized, yet too many American children still do not have opportunities to explore nature. Why do you think that is so? With your own children, what have you done to give them opportunities for free play and exploration in nature? What has helped or hindered you from making sure your kids (and you) reap the benefits of nature? Will you join a Free Forest School group or start a group in your community?
To learn more about Free Forest School, click here.

To find a Free Forest School near you, click here.

To contact Free Forest School, click here.

For an article about outdoor learning in Sweden, click here.

Oct 16 2017

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Rank #11: The “Terrible Twos” Reconsidered: Practical Tips for Meeting the Challenges and Discovering the Joys of Terrific Toddlers

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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 the newly released Terrific Toddlers! She joins Marti for a rich discussion of how to understand your toddler’s behavior and guide her or him 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 of terrific toddlers?

Dec 18 2017

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Rank #12: 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 #13: The Role of Parents in Early Childhood Social-Emotional Development: A Conversation with Paula Frisk from St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development

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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 on their social-emotional development. But the good news is that sensitive, responsive, predictable parenting can be a powerful buffer against trauma.
Paula Frisk, Senior Director of Birth to Age 5 Home Visiting at St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development, joins Marti for an important discussion of what parents can do to protect their children, what parents need for themselves and what therapeutic resources are available for parents and infants who need help with social-emotional development.
How does a secure parent-child attachment protect a young child when a very upsetting experience is unavoidable? What factors can make it hard for parents to provide that sensitive, responsive care? How has this played out in your own life, as a parent and as a former child?
To learn more about the Harman Center for Child & Family Wellbeing, click here.

For our Parent’s Role in Emotional Development sheet, click here.

For early childhood intervention services in Hennepin County, click here.

For our positive stress and toxic stress interview with Dr. Megan Gunnar, click here.

For our What is Toxic Stress? sheet, click here.

For our Understanding the Biology of Stress in Young Children sheet, click here.

Jan 08 2018

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

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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

Jun 10 2019

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Rank #16: 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 #17: 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 antecdents, 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 positive parenting method, starting with small changes and moving toward the bigger goals?
For Parenting that Works from the American Psychological Association, click here.

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

Feb 20 2017

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Rank #18: Signs of Childhood Depression: What We All Should Know

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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 to be alert to the signs of childhood depression and to make sure a child exhibiting those signs gets a proper evaluation and, as needed, appropriate treatment and support. Child and adolescent psychiatrist Elizabeth Reeve has a wonderful way of educating all of us about children’s mental health, so Marti & Erin are grateful she agreed to join them to address signs of childhood depression.
Have you known a child who was depressed? To what extent were the symptoms the same as or different from depressive symptoms in adults? What new information about signs of childhood depression did you learn from Dr. Elizabeth Reeve in this week’s Mom Enough show?
For Dr. Reeve’s book aimed at young people with ASD, click here.

For Marti’s tips on recognizing signs that your child might have a mental health problem, click here.

Nov 14 2016

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Rank #19: Free Range Kids: A Conversation with Author and Activist Lenore Skenazy

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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

May 13 2019

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Rank #20: Children’s Trust: How Children Decide Who Is Trustworthy and Why That Is Important for Parents and Educators to Understand

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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.

Apr 23 2018

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Finding the Right College: Tips for Success and Satisfaction in Higher Ed

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Finding the right college can feel overwhelming. From the time kids enter high school, thoughts of “What’s next?” become increasingly important. As your children (and you) begin the search, many questions may come to mind. 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?
Finding answers can feel daunting. However, there are so many more resources available today — from online college tours to knowledgeable college counselors. Gone are the days of the inches thick guide to all the colleges! Tune in as Mary Hill, Director of College Counseling and Academic Planning at St. Paul Academy and Summit School, addresses many common questions about finding the right college in this informative and important discussion. With college choices on the horizon for Erin’s kids, she and Grandma Marti were soaking up everything this guest had to offer!
WHERE ARE YOU IN THE PROCESS OF FINDING THE RIGHT COLLEGE?
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?
MORE RESOURCES FOR PARENTS OF KIDS WHO ARE GETTING READY FOR COLLEGE:
❉ HOW COLLEGE MAKES OR BREAKS US: A CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR PAUL TOUGH.  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. Listen to hear some of what he learned from spending six years exploring colleges in 21 states. He joins Marti & Erin in this podcast 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.
❉ PARENTING COLLEGE STUDENTS: A FREE ONLINE RESOURCE FOR ALL PARENTS. Parenting college students is a new phase of parenting! Jodi Dworkin and Marjorie Savage, from Family Social Science in the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), developed a rich new website, Parenting College Students, to help parents of college students wherever they are.

Jul 13 2020

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Simple Ways to Enjoy the Benefits of Nature

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Between work and children's activities, time in nature can be hard to come by. For urban and suburban parents, nature can feel inaccessible. For parents and families that aren't "outdoorsy," getting in nature can feel daunting. However, there are many benefits of nature that might motivate us all to squeeze in some time in the great outdoors!
Research demonstrates that time in nature increases positive emotions; reduces stress, anger, and fear; decreases blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension; and improves attention and enjoyment in learning. Whether you are the most outdoorsy or a complete novice when it comes to getting outdoors tune in to this week's episode for tips for incorporating nature into your home, passions, travel, and even volunteering experiences. Listen as writer, nature psychology enthusiast and Happy Science Mom Blogger, Sandi Schwartz, discusses what she has learned as a mom and scientist about simple ways to enjoy the many benefits of nature.
WHAT WILL YOU DO TO ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF NATURE (MORE)?
What are you currently doing to integrate nature into your family's life? What have you noticed when you are in nature? Are there things that get in the way of spending time in nature? What might you do to bridge those barriers? What idea(s) from this show will you try with your children?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT NATURE BENEFITS AND SOME OF THE THINGS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE?
❉ FINDING NATURE. Check out this website from Children & Nature Network for resources, events, and stories & insights to help you connect with nature.
❉ 10 NATURE ACTIVITIES TO HELP GET YOUR FAMILY THROUGH THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. Read this guest blog post by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, The Nature Principle, and Vitamin N.
❉ GIVING YOUR CHILDREN THE BENEFITS OF NATURE EXPERIENCE: A CONVERSATION WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA’S LAB SCHOOL. Listen as University of Minnesota Lab school director Sheila Williams Ridge joins Marti & Erin 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.

Jul 06 2020

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Childhood Obesity: Evidence-Based Solutions for Parents & Kids

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Childhood obesity is a significant public health issue affecting more than 13 million children in the United States. The rising trend of obesity poses a challenge for parents who want to help their children attain and maintain a healthy weight. With many myths and misconceptions about healthy eating and weight, it is difficult to know the best approach to help our children (and ourselves!).
Tune in to this Mom Enough episode to learn what the latest research is showing about best methods to help prevent and treat childhood obesity. University of Minnesota clinical psychologist and obesity researcher, Dr. Carol Peterson, shares evidence-based approaches to help children and teens attain a healthy weight. She also discusses common myths and misconceptions about healthy eating and weight, highlights the connection between emotions and eating habits, and shares how technology (yes, even cell phones) can be a key tool to researching and treating obesity in teens. Listen to this fascinating discussion and learn how your teen can participate in a research-based weight-loss treatment program.
WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST TAKEAWAY ABOUT CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN THIS EPISODE?
What myths and misconceptions have you held about healthy eating and weight loss? After hearing this episode, what will you do differently as you support your child or teen in maintaining or attaining a healthy weight? What have you noticed about your relationship with food? How have your emotions played a role in your eating habits? How might you use your own awareness about these things to help your children?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENT OBESITY?
❉ FRESH TEEN WEIGHT LOSS RESEARCH STUDY. Check out this link for more information on participating in the research study discussed in this Mom Enough episode.
❉ PREVENTING OBESITY IN CHILDREN AND TEENS: A FAMILY AFFAIR. Want to learn more about preventing obesity in children and teens using a family-focused approach? Tune in to this episode with Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson, who has spent her career trying to untangle the individual, family and community factors that contribute to overweight and obesity in children and adolescents.

Jun 29 2020

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Engaging Kids in Family Money Decisions: An Interview with Nathan Dungan

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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.
HOW DO YOU INVOLVE YOUR CHILDREN IN FAMILY DECISIONS ABOUT MONEY?
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?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CHILDREN AND FAMILY MONEY DECISIONS?
❉ TEACHABLE MONEY MOMENTS WITH YOUR CHILD. Check out this document for tips to ignite money conversations.
❉ SHARE SAVE SPEND MONEY & MEANING BLOG. For insights and wisdom from Nathan Dungan, check out this blog. Consider reading the helpful article, "Talking About Financial Uncertainty with Your School-Age Children."
❉ CAMPAIGN FOR A COMMERCIAL-FREE CHILDHOOD. Click here to learn more about the important work this organization is doing.

Jun 22 2020

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The Danish Way of Parenting: An Interview with Jessica Joelle Alexander

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Do you ever wonder if there is a radically different way to parent? Or if perhaps a cultural shift in the way we parent is warranted? The Danish way of parenting may just be the way to go.
Denmark has frequently been ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world. It is a culture that celebrates togetherness and hygge (cozy conviviality), teaches empathy, and believes children should have a voice and be respected. All of these factors play a part in how Danes parent.
So, what can we learn from the Danish way? Tune into this Mom Enough episode with Jessica Joelle Alexander, best-selling author of The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids. Listen and learn why ultimatums aren't helpful and why empathy, "equal dignity" and happy times together are key to raising self-assured and joyful children.
WHAT WERE YOUR BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THE DANISH WAY OF PARENTING?
What two things will you do differently as a parent after listening to this episode? What do you notice as the most striking difference in the Danish Way compared to the American way? How do you think the Danish Way of Parenting would benefit your children?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EUROPEAN APPROACHES TO CHILD-REARING AND EDUCATION?
❉ TEACHING OUR CHILDREN ABOUT SEX, LOVE AND EQUALITY. Tune into this conversation with Bonnie Rough to hear what she learned while living in the Netherlands with her young children.
❉ WHY ARE FINLAND'S SCHOOLS SUCCESSFUL? Read this article to learn more about Finland's unique approach to education.

Jun 15 2020

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

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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 advice to this week’s lively chat with Marti & Erin!
Note: You will want to stay tuned through the end of the show for a Relationships that Nurture brief from St. David’s Center. This segment addresses what you can do to ease your child’s separation anxiety.
WHAT HABITS DO YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN NOTICE?
Does your child have a habit, like nail-biting, hair-twisting, thumb-sucking or nose-picking, you’d like to bring to a stop? What purpose do you think that behavior serves for your child? Is there a more acceptable behavior that might serve the same purpose? What ideas did you get from this week’s Mom Enough show about how to understand and respond to your child’s habit?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SELF-REGULATION & SOOTHING BEHAVIORS, BEYOND THE HABITS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE?
❉ PARENTING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC: SENSORY NEEDS & EMOTIONAL REGULATION. Tune is as occupational therapist, Kate Biederman, shares practical tips to meet our sensory needs and to regulate our emotions during the pandemic.
❉ FINDING THE RIGHT “SENSORY DIET” FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD: PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR REGULATING EMOTION AND SUSTAINING OPTIMAL ENERGY. Listen to this episode to become more aware of “sensory diets” and how we can identify the sensory tools and techniques that will help our children be their best at home and in the community.

Jun 08 2020

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Virtual Addiction Treatment and Recovery Support Through Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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The stress and uncertainty of the COVID19 pandemic can make it hard for people in addiction recovery to maintain their sobriety. The losses associated with layoffs, school closings and stay-at-home orders also may reveal previously unidentified problems with substance use. At the same time, the need for social distancing can increase people’s reluctance to seek or accept in-person treatment or support. With all of those things in mind, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (HBFF) has seized this opportunity to accelerate and expand their offerings of virtual addiction treatment and recovery services through RecoveryGo. Including both a Virtual Intensive Outpatient program and Day Treatment, virtual addiction treatment offers the same professional staff, curricula, amount of care, fellowship, accountability and safety checks as in-person treatment. Preliminary evaluations show virtual treatment to be as effective and to have higher patient satisfaction and lower drop-out rates than in-person treatment.
In addition to treatment programs, there are many options for ongoing virtual support and free online resources to help people sustain recovery. And for families who have a loved one struggling with addiction, HBFF offers a Virtual Family Program, Children’s Program, and Virtual Mental Health Services.
Janelle Wesloh, Vice President of Clinical Excellence, Innovation and Recovery Management at HBFF, brings more than 25 years of experience in the addiction treatment field to this energetic discussion with Mom Enough co-hosts Marti & Erin. Recognizing how the current public health crisis has highlighted the need for virtual services in the field of addiction, Janelle also sees how valuable these services will be beyond the pandemic. As Marti & Erin note, their own respective work with mothers dealing with substance abuse has made them acutely aware of how valuable it could be for a parent with an infant or young child to be able to get virtual treatment and/or recovery support, as long as measures are in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the child. Tune in to learn about the innovative options available at Hazelden Betty Ford.
WHAT DO YOU SEE AS ADVANTAGES OF VIRTUAL ADDICTION TREATMENT?
Which of the virtual services or online resources that Janelle Wesloh discussed caught your attention? Who in your own family or among your friends and colleagues would benefit from knowing about some of these services? And how could you initiate a sensitive and respectful conversation about the availability of these online options?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ADDICTION?
❉ WOMEN, ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH. Dr. Sarah Wicks, a clinical psychologist at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, joins Marti & Erin in this Mom Enough episode to discuss unique challenges faced by women dealing with addiction and, more broadly, how to approach a loved on (male or female) you believe has a substance use problem.
❉ PARENTAL ADDICTION: IMPACT ON THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP & HOW TO HEAL TOGETHER. Helene Photias, national director of operations for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Children's Program, and Paula Frisk, senior director of zero to five home visiting programs at St. David's Center for Child & Family Development, join Marti & Erin to discuss keys to helping parents and children move toward healing, build more positive and secure relationships, and create the fun and joy that every child and parent deserves.

Jun 01 2020

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Parenting Through the Pandemic: Sensory Needs & Emotional Regulation

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Did you know that a hug, a soft and fuzzy robe, or rough-and-tumble play might all be a part of how we cope during challenging times? We each have different emotional regulation and sensory needs. Tending to these unique needs is important during difficult times, like the current pandemic. How are you and your children doing with emotional and sensory regulation during the stress of the pandemic?
Families around the globe are facing unprecedented health and economic threats, with great uncertainty about how long-lasting and severe both will be. On top of those overarching challenges, most of us are many weeks into school closings, layoffs from work (or trying to work from home while our kids do online school), isolation from friends and family outside of our households, and cancellation of our favorite sports, arts and other recreational activities. We may feel overwhelmed, bored, lonely, frustrated, anxious or depressed. Or we may feel relieved to have a break from the usual hectic schedules of our ordinary lives and relish home-cooked meals and cozy evenings watching movies or playing family games. (If you’re like Mom Enough co-hosts Marti & Erin, you may feel all of those things from one day to the next – or even within one day!)
This week’s guest, Kate Biederman, brings a fresh perspective to these challenges and opportunities, drawing on more than 30 years of work as a pediatric occupational therapist, 23 of those years at St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development (a longtime supporting partner of Mom Enough). As Clinical Supervisor of Occupational Therapy, Kate knows that children’s “occupations” include play, learning, social interactions and, as she says, “getting through the day without falling apart” – all of which are likely to be challenged by this current situation. But Kate brings an important brain-body perspective to guide us in how to enhance the ways our children – and we! – navigate these challenging times. From establishing new routines and a predictable schedule, to using movement, touch, sounds and foods to maintain regulation, Kate provides reassurance and practical tips. She introduces the concept of “heavy work” and the ways it can both calm and energize us and our children. And she provides wise guidance about how to communicate our own needs and personal boundaries to our children, as well as how to get down on the floor and follow our children’s interests, letting them lead and teach us as we tap into our own inner child. Tune in to learn more and to tap into the wealth of sensory and emotional regulations tools available to us right at home!
WHAT SENSORY AND EMOTIONAL REGULATION TECHNIQUES WILL YOU USE?
What have you experienced during the pandemic and the resulting shutdowns? What have been the most challenging things for you about this time? And what, if anything, has been a relief or a pleasant surprise about the restrictions we are facing? How have your children handled things like school closures, online learning, not being able to play with friends and fears aroused by what they hear about the virus? What practical tips in this Mom Enough discussion struck a chord with you, and what steps could you take to help you and your children navigate these uncertain times and even build some habits you can continue when we move into easier times?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SENSORY NEEDS AND EMOTIONAL REGULATION?
❉ FINDING THE RIGHT “SENSORY DIET” FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD: PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR REGULATING EMOTION AND SUSTAINING OPTIMAL ENERGY. Listen to this episode to become more aware of "sensory diets" and how we can identify the sensory tools and techniques that will help our children be their best at home and in the community.
❉ SENSORY AND MOTOR DEVELOPMENT IN YOUNG CHILDREN: MILESTONES, RED FLAGS AND HELPFUL TIPS. Tune in to this episode to learn how to identify developmental milestones and support your infant's sensory and motor development.

May 25 2020

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“Container Babies” and the Importance of Infant Free Movement

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Busy parents often need a way to “contain” their babies. Whether it’s to prepare dinner, or get a much-needed shower, bouncy seats and other “containers” are a helpful way to keep your baby safe while your hands are busy. We all know parents need a break from time to time! So, while parents are trying to do what is best for their babies, might they be putting their infants at risk if they overuse containers?
“Container babies,” as they have come to be called, are infants who spend too much time in containers that limit free movement. In the early 2000s, there was a steep rise in “container baby syndrome” – movement, cognitive, behavioral and physical problems related to spending too much time contained in car seats, strollers, bouncy seats, swings, jumpers, rockers, Exersaucers®, and seats. While it is completely normal, and sometimes a necessity (i.e., in the case of car seats), to contain babies, there are some risks associated with extended time in containers. Movement is essential to infant development, especially brain development, so long periods in a container that limit movement can interfere with normal infant development. Tune in to this informative episode, brought to you by Help Me Grow, as infant movement expert Dr. Carol Leitschuh enlightens us on “container babies,” tummy time success tips, alternatives to baby seats and jumpers, and the importance of free movement for infant development.
WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST TAKEAWAY ABOUT "CONTAINER BABIES"?
What changes will you make to your use of “baby containers” after hearing this Mom Enough episode? How will you integrate the suggestions for tummy time? What creative ideas do you have to limit your infant’s time in a container?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT INFANT DEVELOPMENT?
❉ HELP ME GROW MINNESOTA. Help Me Grow offers helpful resources on tracking developmental milestones, encouraging healthy development, and getting help for a child. They are currently accepting and responding to referrals for anyone who has a concern about their child’s development.
❉ PATHWAYS. Free tools to maximize children's motor, sensory, and communication development.
❉ SAFE INFANT SLEEP RECOMMENDATIONS: A DISCUSSION OF NEW AAP GUIDELINES AND RELATED CONCERNS OF SOME FAMILIES AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. Therapist Crystal Clancy discusses the AAP guidelines related to infant sleep in this Mom Enough® episode.

May 18 2020

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

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Are you cautious and protective with your daughter? Or are you encouraging her to be a gutsy girl? 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.
Caroline Paul believes we too often undermine girls’ competence and self-esteem and deprive them of exhilarating adventures. So she’s written a unique guidebook for girls (and women!) called The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure. This book is packed with stories of her own adventures and those of other daring women, practical tips on changing a tire or climbing a mountain, entertaining illustrations by Wendy McNaughton, and space for the reader to journal about her own escapades. She brings her ideas to life in this enthusiastic conversation with Marti, who describes a few adventures of her own!
ARE YOU RAISING YOUR DAUGHTER TO BE A GUTSY GIRL?
What messages did you get as a girl about taking on challenging or somewhat risky activities? To what extent are your messages to your daughter the same or different? Would you like to encourage your daughter to be more adventurous? And would you like to have some lively adventures yourself? How could you begin?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT RAISING A GUTSY GIRL?
❉ WHY DO WE TEACH GIRLS THAT IT'S CUTE TO BE SCARED? Check out Caroline's New York Times article.
❉ THE GUTSY GIRL CLUB ON INSTAGRAM. The Gutsy Girl website is now on social media. Check out this instagram link, or find the Gutsy Girl Club on Facebook.
❉ EMPOWER GIRLS TO BECOME STRONG WOMEN. 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.
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May 10 2020

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Cultural Expectations on American Mothers: Insights from an Anthropologist’s Study

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As mothers, we 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 an anthropological study conducted by Dr. Solveig Brown. She explores the results of this study in her book, All On One Plate: Cultural Expectations on American Mothers. 
In this episode of Mom Enough, Solveig joins Marti & Erin for a heartfelt discussion of the doubt and guilt so many moms experience, the ways moms have found to cope with the multiple pressures they feel, and the powerful role of support and shared stories in easing moms’ struggles. Tune in to learn more about cultural expectations on American mothers!
WHAT CULTURAL EXPECTATIONS HAVE YOU NOTICED AS A MOTHER?
What do you see as most important to being a “good mom” in today’s world? What comes most easily to you as a mom and what are the biggest challenges you face in measuring up to your own expectations? What could you do to ease the pressure you feel and how could you strengthen your support network (if you think you need to)?
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CULTURAL EXPECTATIONS ON AMERICAN MOTHERS, CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING:
❉ ALL ON ONE PLATE: CULTURAL EXPECTATIONS ON AMERICAN MOTHER'S. Click this link to learn more about Solveig's book.

❉ A READER'S GUIDE FOR ALL ON ONE PLATE. For Solveig's All On One Plate discussion guide, click here.
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May 04 2020

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Parents Who Lead: A Conversation with Author Alyssa Westring

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What does it mean to be a parent who leads? And can leadership skills really make a difference as a parent? Absolutely, according to this week’s guest.
Listen as Dr. Alyssa F. Westring, Associate Professor of Management at the Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University, and Director of Research for Total Leadership, shares insights into the many ways leadership skills benefit parents at work and at home. Westring highlights what it means to be a parent who leads and how parents and families can use leadership skills to home in on their values and create a “collective family vision.” She encourages us to ask ourselves where we want to be in 5 to 10 years and to consider that vision as we make choices as parents and as a family.
Co-author of Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life, Westring discusses the “Four-Way Wins” method to help overwhelmed parents refocus their attention, so that their lives are in closer alignment with their priorities. This method encompasses integrating career (not necessarily current paid work, but what you are trained to do), family, community, and self, including body, mind, and spirit. She advises us to ask ourselves how these domains of life interact, how much energy and time we are dedicating to each domain, how happy we are in each domain, and how important each domain is to us. This allows us to use the “Four-Way View” to evaluate our lives and then make changes to create win-win-win-wins -- where we do not have to sacrifice one domain to achieve happiness or success in another. Tune in to learn more from this inspiring and thought-provoking episode!
IN WHAT WAYS ARE YOU A LEADER AS A PARENT?
What core values drive your life as an individual and in your family? What do you want the next 10-15 years to look like? What two or three things will be important for you to include in your vision for your family? Are there choices you are making now that no longer fit with that vision? What steps can you take to live in greater alignment with your vision?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PARENTS WHO LEAD AND THIS WEEK'S AUTHOR?
❉ WORKING MOMS: FRESH PERSPECTIVES FROM GROWN CHILDREN OF WORKING MOTHERS. 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. Listen as 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.
❉ THE SECRET LIFE OF A WORK-LIFE INSIDER. Watch Alyssa Westring's TEDx Talk below.

❉ PARENTS WHO LEAD: THE LEADERSHIP APPROACH YOU NEED TO PARENT WITH PURPOSE, FUEL YOUR CAREER, AND CREATE A RICHER LIFE. Purchase the book to learn more about using leadership skills to create the life you want to lead.
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Apr 27 2020

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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Early Identification and Intervention

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Identifying autism spectrum disorder at an earlier age is becoming easier. Although parents 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 University of Minnesota’s Institute of Community Integration, joins Marti & Erin to help parents understand the process of developmental screening, assessment and intervention. This show highlights the value of Help Me Grow as a source of information and support for parents of all young children. (A special thanks to Help Me Grow for supporting this important show and for being an ongoing partner of Mom Enough.)
WHY IS EARLY SCREENING FOR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER IMPORTANT?
Why is a “wait and see” approach not a good idea for a child who is presenting signs of a possible autism spectrum disorder? What did you learn in this Mom Enough show about assessment and early intervention with children with ASD?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES?
❉ HELP ME GROW MINNESOTA. Explore resources on developmental milestones, encouraging healthy development, and how to get help for a child from Help Me Grow.

❉ LEARN THE SIGNS. ACT EARLY. Check out these helpful developmental milestone tracking tools from the CDC.

❉ MINNESOTA ACT EARLY. Minnesota Act Early reaches out to families, communities, and organizations to promote early screening and early identification of potential developmental delays.

❉ UNDERSTANDING THE EARLY SIGNS OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER: A CONVERSATION WITH DR. JED ELISON FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. Tune in to this important episode to learn more about early signs of autism spectrum disorder.

Apr 20 2020

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The Bullet Journal® Method: A Conversation with Author Ryder Carroll

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Do you ever miss your old day planner? Or are you an avid journal keeper, who is struggling to compose a paragraph at the end of a long day in your life as a parent? In the digital age, is there really a reason to go analog? New York Times bestselling author and inventor of the Bullet Journal Method, Ryder Carroll, believes there is.
Carroll has found creative and quick ways we can use analog (pen and paper) to be more intentional about the lives we want to create. In this conversation with Mom Enough’s Dr. Erin Erickson, he shares the benefits of going analog and his method to mindfully organize, keep track of activities, set goals, and make our visions a reality. Listen to insights from his international bestselling book, The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future, and get motivated to grab a pen and a journal and take charge of your life.
WILL YOU CONSIDER TRYING THE BULLET JOURNAL METHOD?
What did you resonate with the most in the interview with Ryder Carroll? How might you respond differently to writing something down by hand compared to typing or using your computer? In what ways would going analog help you be more intentional and mindful?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BULLET JOURNALING?
❉ Want to start a Bullet Journal? Click here to learn how to Bullet Journal. Or watch this video:


❉ Watch Ryder Carroll's TEDx talk, "How to Declutter Your Mind":

Apr 13 2020

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Adolescent Sexual Health and Use of Health Care: A Conversation with Dr. Amy Bonifas

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Many of us are uneasy talking with our teens about topics related to adolescent 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 more likely to make wise and healthy choices if we talk openly and supportively with them.
Family physician, Amy Bonifas, joins Marti & Erin for a candid and informative discussion of what your teens need to know and what you can expect when you take your adolescent daughter for a medical visit.
WHAT HAVE YOU TAUGHT YOUR ADOLESCENTS ABOUT SEXUAL HEALTH?
How do you feel about talking with them about this sensitive and important topic? What did you find most helpful and interesting in Marti & Erin’s teen sexual health conversation with Dr. Bonifas?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TALKING WITH YOUR KIDS ABOUT SEXUAL HEALTH?
❉ TALKING WITH CHILDREN ABOUT SEX: KEYS TO SEXUAL HEALTH AND SAFETY. 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.
❉ TEACHING OUR CHILDREN ABOUT SEX, LOVE AND EQUALITY: A CONVERSATION ABOUT SEX EDUCATION WITH AUTHOR BONNIE ROUGH. Author Bonnie Rough discovered some surprising lessons about teaching our children about sex, love, and equality while living in the Netherlands when her children were very young. Learn about her experience and book, Beyond Birds & Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids about Sex, Love and Equality, in this episode of Mom Enough.
❉ THE SEX-WISE PARENT & THE PARENT'S GUIDE TO TALKING ABOUT SEX. Check out these great books from Mom Eough guest, Dr. Janet Rosenzweig. Or better yet, purchase them here (click book image to purchase):
❉ ERIN'S RECOMMENDED BOOKS ABOUT SEX FOR KIDS:

For 4 years old and up (click book image to learn more or to purchase book):
For 7 years old and up (click book image to learn more or to purchase book):
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Apr 06 2020

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How to Raise an Adult: A Conversation with New York Times Bestselling Author, Julie Lythcott-Haims

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Most parenting advice is focused on how to raise our children. But should we perhaps be focusing on how to raise an adult?
While our job as parents is to love, care for, and teach our children, the purpose of our role is to raise a contributing member of society as our children reach adulthood. Well-intentioned parents have taken the reins in attempts to ensure positive outcomes for their children, but they’ve forgotten that if they are the driver, how will their children learn to find their way on their own? How did we get to this place? Why do we need to stop overparenting? Is there another way?
New York Times bestselling author, Julie Lythcott-Haims, answers these questions and shares wisdom and insights from her book, How to Raise an Adult, in this compelling episode of Mom Enough.
HOW WILL YOU RAISE AN ADULT?
In what ways have you overparented your children? What hopes and fears play into your overparenting? After listening to this interview, what three steps will you take to shift away from parental overinvolvement? How have you shifted your perspective on what it means to be the parent you want to be?
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
❉ JULIE LYTHCOTT-HAIMS’ WEBSITE. Learn more about Lythcott-Haims’ work, including her critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir, Real American. You can also sign up for her newsletter.
❉ THE POWER OF AGENCY: KEYS TO LIVING LIFE ON YOUR OWN TERMS.  Listen as psychologist Dr. Anthony Rao (Tony) highlights key principles from his book, The Power of Agency.
❉ UNLEASHING THE INSTINCT TO PLAY: PATHWAYS TO JOY, COMPETENCE AND CREATIVITY IN PRETEND PLAY. Psychologist Peter Gray shares his conclusions about what is missing from children's lives in terms of pretend play and exploration without adult direction in this Mom Enough episode.
❉ FREE RANGE KIDS: A CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST LENORE SKENAZY. 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. In this lively discussion with Marti & Erin, she reflects on how you can let the children in your life be free range kids.

Mar 30 2020

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Shaping Our Neural Connections: A Conversation with Psychiatrist & Author Dr. Dan Siegel

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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. And, consider reading Dr. Dan Siegel's thought-provoking and mind-changing book, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, for a deeper dive into this fascinating subject.
HOW HAS REFLECTION ON PAST EXPERIENCES SHAPED YOUR MIND AND PARENTING?
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?
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
❉ THE POWER OF THE TEENAGE BRAIN: AN INTERVIEW WITH PSYCHIATRY PROFESSOR AND AUTHOR, DR. DAN SIEGEL.  In this conversation with Marti & Erin, Dr. Siegel debunks common myths of adolescence, illuminates exciting changes in the teenage brain and offers practical tips for parents and teens.
❉ THE WHOLE-BRAIN CHILD: DR. DAN SIEGEL’S INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES FOR NURTURING YOUR CHILD’S DEVELOPING MIND. Listen as Dr. Siegel draws on recent brain research to offer an effective and innovative framework for teaching our children to understand how their brains work and use that knowledge to achieve balance, insight and strategies for coping with frustration, disappointment and conflict.
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Mar 23 2020

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Learning Math: Developing Procedural Fluency and Conceptual Understanding

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Learning math is sometimes hard, and always important. Do you struggle to help your children learn math? You are not alone! Math is taught so differently today than when we were growing up. Our understanding of math learning and teaching has expanded, and our uses of math have changed dramatically with technological advances, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Dr. Judah Schwartz, Professor of Education Emeritus at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, joins Mom Enough to broaden our understanding of two important math learning concepts: conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. Conceptual understanding is when students know why a mathematical concept is important and when to use that concept. Procedural fluency is understanding the procedures used in math, and knowing how to use or adapt them for different circumstances. Tune in to this intellectually stimulating conversation on math learning, brought to you by supporting partner, Yup (an awesome math tutoring app with 24-7 access to top-notch teachers).
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH LEARNING MATH?

What is your greatest challenge when it comes to supporting your child's math learning? What are you observing as far as your child's math learning? Are they developing both conceptual understanding and procedural learning? How are your children’s teachers helping them think more deeply about math, and not just recite math facts?
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MATH EDUCATION?

❉ 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.
❉ HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN MATH: PRACTICAL TIPS FROM YUP. Listen as Kreg Maccio, experienced teacher, dean and now leader of academic development for the Yup math tutoring app, provides a useful framework for thinking about how to help our children build the skills, good sense and confidence to succeed in math.
❉ 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!

Mar 14 2020

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

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Maternal depression and anxiety are very common. 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 -- in part because of stigma. Stigma is when people are unfairly viewed in negative ways because of their circumstances or a quality. It's essential that we work together as a community to challenge the stigma associated with mental illness.

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 Health Services join Marti & Erin for an informative and candid discussion everyone should hear.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MATERNAL DEPRESSION & ANXIETY?
What has your experience been in your family or circle of friends with depression, anxiety or OCD? Why do you think these problems 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?
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
❉ EXERCISE AND MENTAL HEALTH: UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA’S DR. BETH LEWIS DISCUSSES THE PSYCHOLOGY OF EXERCISE. Listen to this episode to learn more about research demonstrating the mental health benefits associated with physical activity.
❉ POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION (PPD) AND ANXIETY: WHEN THE “BABY BLUES” DON’T FADE AWAY. Psychologist Krista Post, clinical director of the Postpartum Counseling Center, knows there is no shame in seeking help and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Not only has she worked with many families facing postpartum depression, but she experienced it herself after giving birth to twins. Don’t miss this encouraging and informative Mom Enough show!

Mar 09 2020

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Screen Time in Early Childhood: Concerns, Opportunities and Realistic Guidelines

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In a world dominated by electronic devices, many of us worry about the longterm impact on our children, especially those who get hooked on screen time at an early age. What is a good age to introduce screens? How much time is too much? To what extent are very young children learning useful things from screen time? What beneficial experiences are children missing when they spend hours each day passively viewing or interacting with electronic devices? And how about our own use of devices and the effects on our children and our relationship with them?
Dr. Megan Gunnar, a world-renown expert from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development (and grandmother to two adorable infants), joins Marti & Erin for an information-packed, thought-provoking discussion of this timely topic. Listen and learn what you can do to help make sure you and your child take advantage of digital technology, but don’t let it take control of your life! This episode of Mom Enough is brought to you by Help Me Grow – MN, a longtime supporting partner of Mom Enough.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT SCREEN TIME AND YOUNG CHILDREN?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for babies before 18 months of age and only a small dose of high-quality material beyond that age. What concerns did this week’s Mom Enough guest raise about screen time in very early childhood? In what ways can parents mediate the effects of screen time to reduce harm and enhance learning? Based on what you learned in this discussion, what do you think you are doing well and what would you like to improve in terms of the way you and your family are using electronic devices?
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
❉ IMPORTANT TIPS TO MANAGE YOUR KIDS' SCREEN USE. Check out this resource from Mom Enough and Comcast to help your child make the most of the online world and screens, while also keeping them safe when they surf the web.

❉ THE IMPACT OF MEDIA ON CHILDREN’S BEHAVIOR & DEVELOPMENT. Douglas Gentile, psychology professor at Iowa State University and a leading researcher on children and the impact of media, joins Marti & Erin for an information-packed discussion every parent should hear. Take special note of the power of parents to prevent the negative effects of media!

❉ MONITORING AND MANAGING YOUR CHILD'S USE OF SCREENS. Mom Enough partnered with Comcast to let you know about new resources for monitoring and managing your children’s screen use. Learn more in this video.

Mar 02 2020

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Thanks for the episode on opioids!

By bkzane - Feb 19 2020
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Thanks for dedicating and episode to the opioid epidemic-all parents need at a minimum the information you shared. 🙏🏼

Audio quality

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