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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.”

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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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32
11
3
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4

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!

Latest release on Oct 26, 2020

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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: 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 #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: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: 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 #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: 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 #18: 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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Rank #19: 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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Rank #20: 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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