27 Mar

MONDAYS WITH ME: REFLECTIVE PARENTING

HOW REFLECTING ON YOUR FEELINGS AND YOUR CHILD’S CAN TURN EVERYDAY CHALLENGES INTO BREAKTHROUGH MOMENTS

book image for ME's reflective parenting guest, Dr. Regina PallyWhen 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.

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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?


20 Mar

MONDAYS WITH ME: REPEATED CONCUSSIONS

A CONVERSATION WITH AN EXPERT FROM THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

It’s great for kids (and adults, for that matter) to be active and involved in vigorous sports. However, some activities put participants at particular risk for repeated concussions, with potentially life-long consequences. But information is power and this week’s Mom Enough show is packed with information about how to recognize and respond to concussions and, most important how to prevent concussions in your young athletes. Don’t miss this important discussion with Jon Roesler, Epidemiologist Supervisor with the Injury and Violence Prevention Unit at the Minnesota Department of Health. TUNE IN HERE!

What new things did you learn in the Mom Enough discussion about the causes and consequences of concussions? What steps will you take to prevent your children from suffering concussions, especially repeated concussions, which do great harm?

For a checklist of symptoms that may help your doctor in diagnosing a concussion, click here.
For Minnesota Medicine’s “This is Your Brain on Sports” article, click here.
For the MN Department of Health’s Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury information, click here.
For the Brain Injury Alliance of Minnesota, click here.


27 Feb

Mondays with ME: CHOOSING A PRESCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD

PRACTICAL TIPS FROM THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AT ST. DAVID’S CENTER

Choosing a preschool for your child can feel like a daunting task, especially when there are so many options these days. But this week’s Mom Enough guest, Ashley Reubendale from St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development, brings very concrete advice on questions to ask about program model, teacher qualifications, discipline and how the program incorporates play and social-emotional learning. Ashley also emphasizes the importance of observing directly in the preschool, describing what to watch for in teacher-child interaction and the overall climate of the school. Read More


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. Read More


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! Read More


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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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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