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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4 Mar

Bam!Radio: ECE Advocacy 101

You’re Either at the Table or on the Menu

Rae Pica with Suzanne Gellens, Aaron Carrara, Kristen Kerr, Sandra Giarde
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There are so many challenges that hinder ECE professionals from successfully advocating for continued support, that many are inclined to simply not participate. However, as one of our guests says, “you’re either at the table or on the menu.” Fortunately, there are new ways to advocate and simple steps that any ECE professional can take to ensure support for the field.
>>TUNE IN HERE<<

Follow: @bamradionetwork @raepica1 @DrLangworthy 
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#edchat #edreform #ece #earlyed #AskingWhatIf

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1 Mar

Beyond The Pages ECE Book Study: Chapter 3 (Week 5)

By Robert Gundling

Robert GI am honored to be one of the people involved in the book study for, “Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era by Stacie G. Goffin. I want to thank Dawn Braa for her support and for the opportunity to participate in this discussion on her Blog. What a great way to begin to get people ready to facilitate intentional conversations, following the guidance Stacie provides in her book.

I have dedicated my career to making sure young children are valued and  respected as capable and competent people who are highly motivated to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in school and life. I am proud to think of myself as a Practitioner who is constantly learning and improving my ability to serve young children, their families and those who work with them well. For the past seven years, I have had the opportunity to be a member of the leadership team of an organization in the southeast area of Washington, DC. The part of the nation’s capital considered to be of the most underserved areas of the city. This experience has deepened my understanding of the sense of urgency needed to professionalize the field of Early Childhood Education (ECE). Where a child lives should not be an indicator of whether they will succeed in school and life.

I assume you have read the book and followed the conversation on the Blog to gain a better understanding of the ideas in the book and how to apply these ideas to be able to organize a group of people to think about the ideas and engage in intentional conversations about the ideas and the questions in the book. Read More


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


23 Feb

Beyond The Pages ECE Book Study: Chapter 2 (Week 4)

By Gayle Stuber

Gayle StuberStart with yourself—and consider what you want for the system in which you work.

What would you keep? What would you change in this system?

Field of Practice: the purpose of the field in question revolves around performance of a specialized and shared competence.  A ‘field’ is an invisible world filled with mediums of connections: an invisible structure that connects.

I have read and re-read both Chapter 1 and 2 to get started on this discussion—or, to use the author’s words, dialogue.  Chapter 2 is truly a way to begin the reflection needed—in a collective manner!—first individually and then, Read More


22 Feb

ECE Book Study/Conversation Timeline

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In case you missed it, here’s the Book Study Timeline! Be sure to visit the FAQs pageNote that you may begin the study/conversation at any time! *Must participate (comment) in all 8 weeks to receive a certificate of completion.

(click on chapter or name below to access that content)

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22 Feb

Mondays with M.E.: STEP FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

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SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN STEP FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS: A STEP PARENT CONVERSATION WITH DR. PATRICIA PAPERNOW

Papernow,Patricia_book2Becoming a step family is a huge transition for everyone involved. What are the common emotional issues for children when a parent marries and how can all the adults pull together to help children adapt in a healthy way? What is the appropriate role for a step parent when it comes to discipline? How do families avoid unnecessary competition or disagreement between step parent and birth parent? Dr. Patricia Papernow has focused on step family relationships throughout her career, and she is step-mom to three adult children and step grandma to six. She brings realism, sensitivity and wisdom to this fascinating discussion with Marti & Erin! >>TUNE IN HERE<<

Are you a step parent or do you have a step parent? What has been good about your experience and what has been difficult? Based on what Dr. Papernow said in this Mom Enough discussion, what might have helped you and your family face some of the challenges of being step family? With whom would you like to share this helpful audio show?

For Dr. Papernow’s 7 tips for parenting, step parenting and discipline in stepfamilies, click here.

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