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

mother-daughter co-hosts Dr. Marti Erickson & Dr. Erin Erickson

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

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

mother-daughter co-hosts Dr. Marti Erickson & Dr. Erin Erickson

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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.”

Latest Episodes

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

Want to learn about raising smarter kids? This week’s Mom Enough guest, Dr. Joanne Foster, is an award-winning author and expert in gifted education and child development. She joined Marti and Erin to share some of the ideas in her latest book, The ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids: Hundreds of Ways to Inspire Your Child. Taking the concept of an “alphabet book” to a new level, Joanne gives examples of the practical tips she developed around each letter of the alphabet. But Marti & Erin had a special interest in another favorite topic of Joanne’s (and the subject of one of her previous books), helping kids overcome procrastination. They appreciated her good advice on assessing why a child puts off a task. For example, are they bored, lacking confidence, distracted, lacking skills, overloaded with work? Hmm, those questions can be useful with adults too! WHAT WILL YOU DO TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING? What did you hear in this podcast that helped you think differently about support...

24 MIN6 d ago
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The ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids: Ideas from Educator & Author Joanne Foster

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

Want to learn more about how to help your child make friends? At every age, children vary greatly in how they make friends, keep friends and handle challenges such as conflict, bullying, rejection or bad influence. So, to what extent can effective, positive social skills be taught? And what is the appropriate role of parents in helping children build these important life skills? Camie Christensen, former Program Director at St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development, brings wisdom and practical strategies to this week’s lively and heartfelt discussion of how to help your child make friends and be a friend. HOW WILL YOU HELP YOUR CHILD MAKE FRIENDS? How does your child usually approach other children when meeting them for the first time? What challenges has your child faced in getting along with peers? What ideas did you hear in this Mom Enough discussion about how you might help your child strengthen his or her social skills? WANT TO LEARN MORE? ❉ GIRLS & AGGRESSION: POS...

25 MIN1 w ago
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How to Help Your Child Make Friends: Social Skills to Last a Lifetime

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

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 som...

38 MIN2 w ago
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How to Raise a Boy: A Conversation with Psychologist and Author Dr. Michael Reichert about the Power of Connection to Build Good Men

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

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

29 MIN3 w ago
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Choosing the Best Childcare for Your Child: What to Look for, How to Seek Financial Assistance and Where to Find Answers to Your Questions

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

In 2005, author Richard Louv published a groundbreaking book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder. That book resonated with people around the world, inspired what has been called “the new nature movement” and led to the founding of the Children & Nature Network, an international nonprofit linking children of all ages to nature and spurring research to documents the impact of nature experience on children’s health, learning and well-being. Now, after four years of research, Rich has released his most recent book, Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives – and Save Theirs. This book digs deeply into the importance of our connections to other species, from household pets, service animals, and horses to the bees in our gardens and the bears we may encounter in the woods and mountains. Tune in as Rich joins Marti & Erin, his good friends and fellow children and nature advocates, for a quiet, reflective glimpse into th...

31 MINNOV 4
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How Connecting with Animals Transforms Lives: A Conversation with Author Richard Louv, a Founder of the Children & Nature Network

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

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

22 MINOCT 28
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Truths for a Happy Heart: Wise Words from a Mom and Leader in Education and Public Media

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

Sufficient high-quality sleep is key to health and well-being at every age. Yet many parents are chronically sleep-deprived, with women three times more likely than men to struggle with insomnia. Consequences include difficulty with mood regulation, memory, learning, weight gain and other health problems. Too often the strategies we use to try to relax and wind down before bed (a glass of wine, binge-watching a favorite TV show, chatting on social media) end up exacerbating sleep difficulties. But there are simple steps we can take right now to begin to establish patterns that will allow us to get the quality sleep we need and, in turn, ensure that our children do the same. Dr. Shelby Harris, psychologist and author of The Women’s Guide to Overcoming Insomnia, brings a wealth of concrete, research-based strategies to her discussion with Marti & Erin in this Mom Enough episode. Beyond these ways to build good sleep patterns at home, Dr. Harris also emphasizes that, even if you have ...

23 MINOCT 21
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Strategies for Improving Your Sleep: Guidance from Psychologist and Insomnia Expert Dr. Shelby Harris

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

Children with ASD often become dysregulated, both physically and emotionally, when they feel overstimulated by things like noise, clutter or demands to move too quickly from one activity to another. But, because each child is unique, parents need to be detectives, figuring out what will help their child become regulated and able to focus on what is important. As occupational therapist Kate Biederman describes in this Mom Enough episode, some children respond well to deep touch, while others find that aversive. Many children feel calm after they engage in what Kate calls "heavy work," which includes climbing on a jungle gym or jumping on a mini-trampoline. While noise can be dysregulating, music with certain rhythms can be regulating and organizing. An uncluttered home environment and an unhurried schedule can help almost any child be calmer and more focused. As adults and children discover together what works, children ideally can build the self-awareness and independence to do what...

28 MINOCT 14
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Helping Children with ASD Improve Regulation and Focus at Home and School: A Conversation with Kate Biederman from St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development

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

If you are like many moms, you probably have a story you tell yourself about what a “good mom” does. And trying to live up to that story probably leaves you feeling unfulfilled and unproductive at the end of most days, asking yourself, “How can I be so busy and have so little to show for it?” Perhaps you need to live more by doing less and find the joy of missing out! Tonya Dalton, author and productivity expert, cuts to the chase on these issues in her book The Joy of Missing Out and in her conversation with Marti and Erin, offering practical tips on how to find your purpose (your North star!), clarify your priorities and simplify your life. Here key take-aways include Erin’s favorite, “Every time you say yes, you are saying no to something else,” and Marti’s mantra, “To be truly productive, we need to give our brains a little space to play and explore.” Listen to this lively conversation and then reflect on what you can choose to miss out on so you can savor those things...

28 MINSEP 30
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Living More by Doing Less: A Chat with author Tonya Dalton on the Joy of Missing Out

Positive Parenting Strategies: Small Changes with Big Results

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 ...

22 MINSEP 23
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Positive Parenting Strategies: Small Changes with Big Results

Latest Episodes

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

Want to learn about raising smarter kids? This week’s Mom Enough guest, Dr. Joanne Foster, is an award-winning author and expert in gifted education and child development. She joined Marti and Erin to share some of the ideas in her latest book, The ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids: Hundreds of Ways to Inspire Your Child. Taking the concept of an “alphabet book” to a new level, Joanne gives examples of the practical tips she developed around each letter of the alphabet. But Marti & Erin had a special interest in another favorite topic of Joanne’s (and the subject of one of her previous books), helping kids overcome procrastination. They appreciated her good advice on assessing why a child puts off a task. For example, are they bored, lacking confidence, distracted, lacking skills, overloaded with work? Hmm, those questions can be useful with adults too! WHAT WILL YOU DO TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING? What did you hear in this podcast that helped you think differently about support...

24 MIN6 d ago
Comments
The ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids: Ideas from Educator & Author Joanne Foster

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

Want to learn more about how to help your child make friends? At every age, children vary greatly in how they make friends, keep friends and handle challenges such as conflict, bullying, rejection or bad influence. So, to what extent can effective, positive social skills be taught? And what is the appropriate role of parents in helping children build these important life skills? Camie Christensen, former Program Director at St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development, brings wisdom and practical strategies to this week’s lively and heartfelt discussion of how to help your child make friends and be a friend. HOW WILL YOU HELP YOUR CHILD MAKE FRIENDS? How does your child usually approach other children when meeting them for the first time? What challenges has your child faced in getting along with peers? What ideas did you hear in this Mom Enough discussion about how you might help your child strengthen his or her social skills? WANT TO LEARN MORE? ❉ GIRLS & AGGRESSION: POS...

25 MIN1 w ago
Comments
How to Help Your Child Make Friends: Social Skills to Last a Lifetime

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

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 som...

38 MIN2 w ago
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How to Raise a Boy: A Conversation with Psychologist and Author Dr. Michael Reichert about the Power of Connection to Build Good Men

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

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

29 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Choosing the Best Childcare for Your Child: What to Look for, How to Seek Financial Assistance and Where to Find Answers to Your Questions

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

In 2005, author Richard Louv published a groundbreaking book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder. That book resonated with people around the world, inspired what has been called “the new nature movement” and led to the founding of the Children & Nature Network, an international nonprofit linking children of all ages to nature and spurring research to documents the impact of nature experience on children’s health, learning and well-being. Now, after four years of research, Rich has released his most recent book, Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives – and Save Theirs. This book digs deeply into the importance of our connections to other species, from household pets, service animals, and horses to the bees in our gardens and the bears we may encounter in the woods and mountains. Tune in as Rich joins Marti & Erin, his good friends and fellow children and nature advocates, for a quiet, reflective glimpse into th...

31 MINNOV 4
Comments
How Connecting with Animals Transforms Lives: A Conversation with Author Richard Louv, a Founder of the Children & Nature Network

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

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

22 MINOCT 28
Comments
Truths for a Happy Heart: Wise Words from a Mom and Leader in Education and Public Media

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

Sufficient high-quality sleep is key to health and well-being at every age. Yet many parents are chronically sleep-deprived, with women three times more likely than men to struggle with insomnia. Consequences include difficulty with mood regulation, memory, learning, weight gain and other health problems. Too often the strategies we use to try to relax and wind down before bed (a glass of wine, binge-watching a favorite TV show, chatting on social media) end up exacerbating sleep difficulties. But there are simple steps we can take right now to begin to establish patterns that will allow us to get the quality sleep we need and, in turn, ensure that our children do the same. Dr. Shelby Harris, psychologist and author of The Women’s Guide to Overcoming Insomnia, brings a wealth of concrete, research-based strategies to her discussion with Marti & Erin in this Mom Enough episode. Beyond these ways to build good sleep patterns at home, Dr. Harris also emphasizes that, even if you have ...

23 MINOCT 21
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Strategies for Improving Your Sleep: Guidance from Psychologist and Insomnia Expert Dr. Shelby Harris

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

Children with ASD often become dysregulated, both physically and emotionally, when they feel overstimulated by things like noise, clutter or demands to move too quickly from one activity to another. But, because each child is unique, parents need to be detectives, figuring out what will help their child become regulated and able to focus on what is important. As occupational therapist Kate Biederman describes in this Mom Enough episode, some children respond well to deep touch, while others find that aversive. Many children feel calm after they engage in what Kate calls "heavy work," which includes climbing on a jungle gym or jumping on a mini-trampoline. While noise can be dysregulating, music with certain rhythms can be regulating and organizing. An uncluttered home environment and an unhurried schedule can help almost any child be calmer and more focused. As adults and children discover together what works, children ideally can build the self-awareness and independence to do what...

28 MINOCT 14
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Helping Children with ASD Improve Regulation and Focus at Home and School: A Conversation with Kate Biederman from St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development

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

If you are like many moms, you probably have a story you tell yourself about what a “good mom” does. And trying to live up to that story probably leaves you feeling unfulfilled and unproductive at the end of most days, asking yourself, “How can I be so busy and have so little to show for it?” Perhaps you need to live more by doing less and find the joy of missing out! Tonya Dalton, author and productivity expert, cuts to the chase on these issues in her book The Joy of Missing Out and in her conversation with Marti and Erin, offering practical tips on how to find your purpose (your North star!), clarify your priorities and simplify your life. Here key take-aways include Erin’s favorite, “Every time you say yes, you are saying no to something else,” and Marti’s mantra, “To be truly productive, we need to give our brains a little space to play and explore.” Listen to this lively conversation and then reflect on what you can choose to miss out on so you can savor those things...

28 MINSEP 30
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Living More by Doing Less: A Chat with author Tonya Dalton on the Joy of Missing Out

Positive Parenting Strategies: Small Changes with Big Results

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 ...

22 MINSEP 23
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Positive Parenting Strategies: Small Changes with Big Results
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