13 Feb

Mondays with ME: SUPPORT FOR SIBLINGS OF CHILDREN WITH A SERIOUS ILLNESS OR DISABILITY

INSIGHTS FROM CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER MONICA HANDLOS FROM PEDIATRIC HOME SERVICE

When a child has complex health needs or a disability, all family members are affected. Healthy, typically developing siblings often experience a wide range of emotions, including fear, sadness, anger, confusion or guilt. But Monica Handlos of Pediatric Home Service is helping provide support for siblings by helping them find common ground with other children facing similar challenges, guiding them to understand and manage their feelings and helping them and their parents navigate the uncertain path they are traveling. Tune in to learn what to watch for, how to encourage healthy coping and why groups that provide support for siblings are so helpful.

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Do you have a child – or know a child – who has a sibling with serious health problems or a disability? How do you think that experience affects the child in both positive and negative ways? What did you learn in this Mom Enough show about ways you or others could help this child?

  • To learn more about Pediatric Home Service’s Sibling Support program, click here.
  • To view a brief video a parent discussing her child’s experience with Sibling Support, click here.
  • For Pediatric Home Service’s blog, click here.
  • For our ME interview with Dr. Roy Maynard of PHS, click here.


6 Feb

Mondays with ME: HELPING A WORRIER CHILD TAME THE “WORRY MONSTER”

A CONVERSATION WITH PSYCHOLOGIST AND AUTHOR DR. DAN PETERS

All children (and adults, for that matter) have worries and fears, but some of us, child or adult, worry so much that it interferes with our sleep, appetite, school, work and fun. California psychologist Dr. Dan Peters brings to this week’s Mom Enough show some well-tested practical steps for helping your child learn to manage fear and worries. And, as his two newest books explain, similar strategies will work for you if you are a chronic worrier. Marti & Erin are eager to use Dan’s advice with the worriers in their family, and you will be too!

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Do you have a child who is a worrier? What have you tried to help him or her manage those worries and fears? What new ideas did you hear in this week’s Mom Enough show?

For Make Your Worrier a Warrior, click here.
For the Summit Center, click here.
For Dr. Dan’s blog, click here.


17 Oct

MONDAYS WITH M.E: CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY

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MAKING THE BEST CHOICES FOR YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY: AN UPDATE ON LAWS AND BEST PRACTICES IN PASSENGER SAFETY

Car crashes remain the leading cause of death and injury for children under 14 years of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But many of those injuries and fatalities can be prevented if we follow best practices in passenger safety. Heather Darby, coordinator of passenger safety for the MN Department of Public Safety – Office of Traffic Safety, joins Marti & Erin for an important conversation about proper use of car seats, how to know if shoulder straps are providing the protection they should, why airbags pose a danger for children under 13 and how heavy winter clothes can compromise the effectiveness of seatbelts and car seats. Heather also helps Marti & Erin think about how to explain that a 12-year-old is safer in the back seat even if she’s the same height as Grandma!

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What are the ages of your children and what are the laws and best practices for keeping them safe in the car? What other adults drive your children and how well do they understand passenger safety rules and recommendations.

To locate a Minnesota car seat check near you, click here.
For a Guide for Child Passenger Safety Seats and Seat Belts, click here.
For the Buckle Up Kids brochure, click here.
To visit BuckleUpKids.mn.gov, click here.

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2 Aug

Mondays with M.E: Children and Nature

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PRACTICAL IDEAS TO CONNECT CHILDREN AND NATURE: A CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR RICHARD LOUV

LouvRichard_book3-213x300 natureTen years ago, with his bestselling book Last Child in the Woods as a springboard, San Diego journalist Richard Louv and a handful of colleagues (including Mom Enough’s host Marti) founded the Children & Nature Network (C&NN). That organization has been a major leader in the movement to connect children and nature, a go-to place for information on research, community resources and opportunities to share ideas with people around the world. Now Rich has written a follow-up book, Vitamin N, zeroing in on concrete strategies for families, schools, healthcare organizations and communities. Tune into Rich’s conversation with Marti & Erin for inspiration and tips on what you can do to make sure your children and others in your community get the “vitamin N” they need! TUNE IN to the show HERE!

In a typical week, how much time do your children spend outside and in what kinds of activities? Based on what you’ve heard from Richard Louv about the importance of “vitamin N,” do you think your children should spend more time connecting with nature? What would help?

For the C&NN Research Library, click here.
To take the Vitamin N Challenge, click here.
For Family Nature Clubs and a free tool kit, click here.
For a community forum to connect directly with other Family Nature Club families, click here.
For the Every Kid in a Park program, click here.
For Together in Nature: Pathways to a Strong, Closer Family, click here.

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18 Jul

MONDAYS WITH ME: TALKING ABOUT TOUGH TOPICS WITH YOUR CHILDREN

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HELPFUL TIPS FROM PSYCHOLOGIST KATE RICKORD FOR HAVING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS

RickordKate_hsWhether 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. >>TUNE IN HERE<<

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.

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11 Jul

Mondays with ME: HELPING CHILDREN UNDERSTAND WEATHER

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LEARNING WITH BELINDA JENSEN AND “BEL, THE WEATHER GIRL”

JensenBelinda_books-248x300It’s common for children (and adults, for that matter) to worry about the dangers of tornadoes, blizzards and other major weather events. And, worried or not, we and our children may wonder about the meaning of different kinds of clouds or how a hail storm happens on a hot summer day. Belinda Jensen turned her own childhood curiosity into a career as a popular meteorologist on KARE-TV (NBC). Now she has written a 6-book children’s series that is sure to fuel fascination with the weather and, as she discusses with Marti & Erin, also help more girls and boys discover the excitement of learning about science. >>TUNE IN HERE<<

What questions or concerns do your children have about the weather? What helpful ideas did you get from this Mom Enough show with Belinda Jensen for addressing children’s worries and promoting their curiosity and learning?

To learn more about Belinda’s books, click here.
For Bel the Weather Girl experiments you can try at home, click here.

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1 Jul

Mondays with ME: RAISING A “GUTSY GIRL”

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A CONVERSATION WITH ADVENTURER AND AUTHOR CAROLINE PAUL

Paul,Caroline_bookStudies 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!) that 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! >>TUNE IN HERE<<

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?

For Caroline’s New York Times article, click here.
For the official website for The Gutsy Girl, click here.

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21 Mar

Mondays with M.E.: Divorce

MomEnough_logo_notag-300x60HELPING CHILDREN THRIVE DURING AND AFTER DIVORCE: A CONVERSATION WITH DR. JORDAN HART ABOUT CHILDREN AND DIVORCE

Hart,Jordan divorceWhen parents divorce, children typically experience a wide range of feelings, including loss, sadness, fear, anger and anxiety. These feelings come out in different ways, depending on age, personality and circumstances. But there are many things parents and other caring adults can do to help children cope and even thrive beyond this challenging time. Child psychologist Dr. Jordan Hart joins Marti & Erin for a rich discussion of children and divorce, a topic that affects so many children and families. >>TUNE IN HERE<<

What have you experienced or observed about children and divorce in your family or circle of friends? What were some of the most important points in this Mom Enough discussion and how do those match your own experience or observations of children and divorce?

To learn more about the Bridging Parental Conflict® class, click here.
To learn more about the Managing in the Middle class for children, click here.

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7 Mar

Mondays with M.E.: EFFECTIVE MENTORS

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BENEFITS OF MENTORING AND QUALITIES OF EFFECTIVE MENTORS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Weiler,Lindsey_hsOne caring, supportive adult can make all the difference in the life of a young person who is struggling or living in high-risk circumstances. But all children can benefit from an adult who invests time to teach them new skills or help them discover new possibilities. (Chances are you know this from your own life!) This week’s Mom Enough guest is Dr. Lindsey Weiler, a University of Minnesota professor and therapist who studies why and how mentoring matters, as well as the qualities of the most effective mentors. Whether you are looking for a mentor or are considering becoming one, this discussion is for you. >>TUNE IN HERE<<

What experience have you had with mentoring, formal or informal, as a mentor or the one being mentored? How did your experience match what this week’s Mom Enough guest identified as important qualities for an effective mentor?

For the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, click here.
To locate a mentor in Minnesota, click here.
For the National Mentoring Partnership, click here.
To locate a mentor in your state, click here.
For the National Mentoring Resource Center, click here.

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29 Feb

Mondays with M.E.: URO-GYNECOLOGICAL PROBLEMS

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BLADDER LEAKAGE, PELVIC FLOOR ISSUES AND OTHER URO-GYNECOLOGICAL PROBLEMS: A CANDID CONVERSATION WITH DR. BETH FRANKMAN FROM PARK NICOLLET HEALTH SERVICES

For many of us moms, one of the lingering problems after childbirth is bladder leakage when we cough or sneeze or – heaven forbid – jump on a trampoline! Other problems, including prolapsed uterus or, especially as we age, bowel leakage, also may cause discomfort and embarrassment. But, as Dr. Beth Frankman from Park Nicollet Women’s Center explains on Mom Enough, Read More