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Mom Enough: Parenting tips, research-based advice + a few personal confessions!

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Rank #146 in Kids & Family category

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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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Poorly produced

By erica khetran - Sep 02 2019
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Not the best content, it is sometimes okay but the podcast is so badly produced it is hard to find what may be decent to listen to.

Love it!

By EstefaniaJ - Jun 04 2019
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I love this podcast. It is very interesting and helps me to how to approach some of the issues I need help with. However, I would love to share one of them with my dad. However, he doesn’t have an apple device so he can’t listen to it. If I knew a way to share it with him it would be AMAZING.

iTunes Ratings

39 Ratings
Average Ratings
25
7
2
1
4

Poorly produced

By erica khetran - Sep 02 2019
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Not the best content, it is sometimes okay but the podcast is so badly produced it is hard to find what may be decent to listen to.

Love it!

By EstefaniaJ - Jun 04 2019
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I love this podcast. It is very interesting and helps me to how to approach some of the issues I need help with. However, I would love to share one of them with my dad. However, he doesn’t have an apple device so he can’t listen to it. If I knew a way to share it with him it would be AMAZING.
Cover image of Mom Enough: Parenting tips, research-based advice + a few personal confessions!

Mom Enough: Parenting tips, research-based advice + a few personal confessions!

Updated 3 days ago

Rank #146 in Kids & Family category

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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: 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 (just released in its 3rd edition), helps us understand what’s going on in the brains and bodies of these children. In this week’s Mom Enough show, Mary offers practical, concrete tips for helping a spirited child 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 spirited child (and those around him or her) be more comfortable and adaptable?
For Mary's resources, click here.
Dec 14 2015
29 mins
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Rank #2: Smart but Scattered: Helping Children and Teens Build the Executive Skills to Succeed in School and Life

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

For the Smart but Scattered blog, click here.
Oct 10 2016
26 mins
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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
29 mins
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Rank #4: The “Terrible Twos” Reconsidered: Practical Tips for Meeting the Challenges and Discovering the Joys of Your Terrific Toddler

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

Toddlers & Tantrums tip sheet by Dr. Marti Erickson
Jul 22 2019
29 mins
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Rank #5: Why “ME Time” Matters: How You and Your Children Benefit When You Take Time to Care for Yourself

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As a mom, you may feel guilty when you take time for yourself – enjoy some “ME Time”. You may worry that you’re neglecting your children’s needs if you go out with friends, have a date night with your partner, take time to go to a class, take a nap, exercise or even just relax in a hot bath. But, for many reasons, taking time for yourself can help you be a better mother and help your children be healthier, happier people, now and later.
In this week’s Mom Enough show, Marti & Erin talk about how ME Time can reduce stress for you and your children, enable you to be more responsive to your children’s needs and set an example of healthy, balanced living for your children at any age. Marti & Erin also share some of their own simple, practical tips for integrating ME Time into your life, highlighting how even just a few minutes can calm and refresh you.
In what ways do you take care of yourself in the midst of caring for your children and others? What makes it hard for you to make time for self-care? What helpful tips for how and when to integrate ME Time did you hear in this Mom Enough discussion?
For our handout on Why “ME Time” Matters, click here.
Sep 04 2017
28 mins
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Rank #6: Healing Longterm Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): A Conversation with Pediatrician and Author Nadine Burke Harris

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We’ve known that adversity and trauma in childhood have long-term effects on mental health and well-being. But in recent years, groundbreaking research on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) has demonstrated the long-term consequences for physical health, including heart disease, lung disease and cancer.
As a pediatrician, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris confronted the effects of early trauma in a 7-year-old patient and that changed the course of her medical practice and her life. Don’t miss Dr. Burke Harris’s impassioned – and hopeful – conversation with Marti & Erin in this week’s Mom Enough show.
Reflecting on this Mom Enough discussion of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), what do you think we can do as individuals to buffer the effects of adversity for our children and ourselves? In what ways could health care providers (and the system as a whole) apply this knowledge about ACEs more effectively with both child and adult patients?
For Dr. Burke Harris’s book, click here.

For Dr. Burke Harris’s Ted Talk, click here.

For the Center for Youth Wellness, click here.

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

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

For our interview with Dr. Megan Gunnar on toxic stress, click here.
Feb 19 2018
27 mins
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Rank #7: The Latest on Why and How Parent-Child Attachment Is So Important: A Conversation with the University of Minnesota’s Dr. Alan Sroufe

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No doubt you have heard a lot about why the attachment between you and your child is so important to your child’s lifelong development. But you also may have received mixed messages about what you need to do to build the kind of attachment that will put your child on the path to lifelong healthy development. Marti & Erin are delighted to welcome to this week’s show one of the world’s top researchers on attachment to set the record straight about what is and isn’t necessary in order to give your child this important foundation. (Marti is especially pleased because Dr. Alan Sroufe was one of her major mentors when she was working on her doctorate.)
What messages have you received from family, friends or media about how to build a good attachment with your child? How did Dr. Sroufe support or refute things you had heard before? To what extent did this show ease your anxiety about being “mom enough” or “dad enough” with your children?
Jul 18 2016
28 mins
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Rank #8: Picky Eaters: Practical Steps for Concerned Parents

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

For the Stuttering in Preschool tip sheet, click here.

For Speech-Language Therapy at St. David’s Center, click here.
Apr 16 2018
34 mins
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Rank #9: 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
29 mins
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Rank #10: Helping Your Child Maintain a Healthy Body and Positive Body Image: A Conversation with University of Minnesota Researcher Katie Loth

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

To read an editorial about the research findings, click here.

To read an article about the research findings, click here.

For Project EAT, click here.

For Marti’s suggestions on promoting a healthy body image, click here.
Apr 30 2018
33 mins
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Rank #11: Parent-Infant Attachment and Its Impact on Longterm Development: A Conversation on Attachment Research with U of M Professor Glenn Roisman

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

For Separating Fact from Fiction about Parent‐Child Attachment, click here.

To learn more about STEEP, click here.
Jul 09 2018
33 mins
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Rank #12: The Chemistry of Calm and Joy: A Conversation with Integrative Psychiatrist Henry Emmons

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As parents, many of us often find ourselves in reactive mode, letting stress, frustration, anger or disappointment overwhelm us. For some of us, those feelings reach the level of clinical depression or an anxiety disorder.
Dr. Henry Emmons has spent his career helping people understand and apply the chemistry of calm and  joy by using simple, accessible strategies to manage energy, quiet our minds, build resilience and maximize our experience of calm, joy and well-being. Learn with Marti & Erin in this helpful, inspiring discussion!
What ideas did you take away from this Mom Enough discussion of the chemistry of calm and joy with psychiatrist Henry Emmons? Think of a recent situation in which you felt like negative emotions were taking over. Next time a similar situation arises, what steps could you take to handle it differently?
Jun 26 2017
29 mins
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Rank #13: Moving from Parent Shaming to Strength and Clarity in Being a Loving, Effective Parent

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Just as shaming our children undermines their healthy development, shaming parents undermines them and spills over to their children as well.
California therapist, coach and writer Mercedes Samudio has a mission to end parent shaming and help parents build a “shame-proof village” that will support them in using effective parenting strategies and sustaining strong, healthy relationships with their children at every age. Marti & Erin loved Mercedes’ wise approach and are glad to have her as part of the Mom Enough village of parent support!
In what situations have you felt judged or shamed for the way you parent or the life choices you’ve made as a mom or dad? In what ways have you felt yourself judging other parents? What steps have you taken or could you take to build a positive network with other parents in which you all can be heard, supported and encouraged to find what’s best for your children?
For Mercedes' blog, click here.
Jul 10 2017
29 mins
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Rank #14: 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
27 mins
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Rank #15: A Five-Step Approach for Responding to Anxiety in Kids and Teens

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

Books by Dr. Laurie Hollman

Blog by Dr. Laurie Hollman

School Anxiety tip sheet by Marti Erickson

Separation Anxiety tip sheet by Marti Erickson

Being a Reflective Parent, Raising Reflective Children tip sheet by Marti Erickson
May 06 2019
24 mins
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Rank #16: Talking about Tough Topics with Your Children: Helpful Tips from Psychologist Kate Rickord for Having Difficult Conversations

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Whether it’s news accounts of natural disasters or terrorism, sexually loaded images on TV or marital conflict in our own homes, many things in our children’s daily lives compel us to have uncomfortable or difficult conversations. What can children manage or comprehend at different ages? What words should we use – and what tone should we strive for – when children ask questions that make us squirm? How do we help children feel safe and secure while still being honest about the hard things that can and do happen in the real world? Psychologist Kate Rickord from St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development joins Marti & Erin for a thoughtful conversation about addressing tough topics and having difficult conversations with your children, whatever their ages.
What topics do you find most uncomfortable to discuss with your children? What did you find helpful in this Mom Enough discussion?
For 4 Tips on How to Talk with Your Child about Difficult Topics, click here.

For St. David's Center, click here.

For St. David's Center's Mental Health Services, click here.
Jul 11 2016
29 mins
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Rank #17: Discerning When Your Unhappy Marriage Can Be Saved: Part 1 of “When Your Marriage Is Not What You Want It to Be”

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Even under the best of circumstances, marriage involves hard work, with highs and lows an expected part of the journey. Responsibilities of parenting create added stress even in the best of marriages. But what if your marriage is really not what you want it to be? What if you believe your unhappy marriage is on the brink of failure?
This week’s guest, professor and marriage therapist Dr. Bill Doherty, has information and resources to help couples discern whether their unhappy marriage can be saved and to take steps to do so when possible. This is information that can make a difference for any couple with a troubled relationship – and for the children who so often bear the fallout. (This is the first in a 2-part series.)
Are you concerned about your marriage or do you have a friend or family member in a struggling marriage? How do you think a couple can tell if their marriage can be saved? And what are things parents can do to protect their children from the stress of a shaky or unhappy marriage?
For the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project, click here.

For information on discernment counseling, click here.

For DivorceChoice.com, click here.
Aug 07 2017
27 mins
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Rank #18: Moving Beyond Perfectionism in Parenting: Liberating Guidance from Author and Psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo

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When you lose your cool when your toddler misbehaves at the park or when your teen botches a major exam, what do you say to yourself? If you’re like many parents, you probably slip into all-or-nothing thinking – saying to yourself, for example, “I’m a terrible parent!” or “My kid will never get into a good college!”
This week’s Mom Enough guest, Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, offers practical ways to step back and put our failures (and our children’s) into perspective, using these opportunities for evaluation and reframing that will quiet our inner critic and allow us to learn and grow. With great energy and a refreshing outlook, Elizabeth helps us understand how we and our children can strive for excellence without falling into the trap of perfectionism.
Think of recent times when you or your young child have made a significant mistake or have failed in some way. What did you think or say to yourself? Did you fall into the “all-or-nothing” thinking Dr. Lombardo talks about? What could you say to yourself instead that would be less perfectionistic and more helpful?
For Dr. Elizabeth’s blog, click here.

For Dr. Elizabeth’s Better Than Perfect book, click here.
May 01 2017
25 mins
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Rank #19: 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
28 mins
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Rank #20: 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
22 mins
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