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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!

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

Simple Ways to Enjoy the Benefits of Nature

Between work and children's activities, time in nature can be hard to come by. For urban and suburban parents, nature can feel inaccessible. For parents and families that aren't "outdoorsy," getting in nature can feel daunting. However, there are many benefits of nature that might motivate us all to squeeze in some time in the great outdoors! Research demonstrates that time in nature increases positive emotions; reduces stress, anger, and fear; decreases blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension; and improves attention and enjoyment in learning. Whether you are the most outdoorsy or a complete novice when it comes to getting outdoors tune in to this week's episode for tips for incorporating nature into your home, passions, travel, and even volunteering experiences. Listen as writer, nature psychology enthusiast and Happy Science Mom Blogger, Sandi Schwartz, discusses what she has learned as a mom and scientist about simple ways to enjoy the many benefits of nature. WHAT WILL YOU DO TO ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF NATURE (MORE)? What are you currently doing to integrate nature into your family's life? What have you noticed when you are in nature? Are there things that get in the way of spending time in nature? What might you do to bridge those barriers? What idea(s) from this show will you try with your children? WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT NATURE BENEFITS AND SOME OF THE THINGS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE? ❉ FINDING NATURE. Check out this website from Children & Nature Network for resources, events, and stories & insights to help you connect with nature. ❉ 10 NATURE ACTIVITIES TO HELP GET YOUR FAMILY THROUGH THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. Read this guest blog post by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, The Nature Principle, and Vitamin N. ❉ GIVING YOUR CHILDREN THE BENEFITS OF NATURE EXPERIENCE: A CONVERSATION WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA’S LAB SCHOOL. Listen as University of Minnesota Lab school directorSheila Williams Ridge joins Marti & Erin to talk about why nature experience is so important, both at school and at home. She offers simple ways we can connect our children with nature, wherever we live and whatever our resources.

21 MIN4 d ago
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Simple Ways to Enjoy the Benefits of Nature

Childhood Obesity: Evidence-Based Solutions for Parents & Kids

Childhood obesity is a significant public health issue affecting more than 13 million children in the United States. The rising trend of obesity poses a challenge for parents who want to help their children attain and maintain a healthy weight. With many myths and misconceptions about healthy eating and weight, it is difficult to know the best approach to help our children (and ourselves!). Tune in to this Mom Enough episode to learn what the latest research is showing about best methods to help prevent and treat childhood obesity. University of Minnesota clinical psychologist and obesity researcher, Dr. Carol Peterson, shares evidence-based approaches to help children and teens attain a healthy weight. She also discusses common myths and misconceptions about healthy eating and weight, highlights the connection between emotions and eating habits, and shares how technology (yes, even cell phones) can be a key tool to researching and treating obesity in teens. Listen to this fascinati...

28 MIN1 w ago
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Childhood Obesity: Evidence-Based Solutions for Parents & Kids

Engaging Kids in Family Money Decisions: An Interview with Nathan Dungan

“Who is interested in shaping your child’s attitudes around money?” That is the first question posed by this week’s Mom Enough children and money guest, Nathan Dungan, financial advisor and founder of Share, Save, Spend. The answer to that question – and examples of how our culture lures our kids to spend, spend, spend – should make us all sit up and take notice! But we do not need to be powerless; from 5-minute family money meetings to teachable moments at the grocery store, restaurant or ATM, this Mom Enough episode is packed with ways to clarify your own values about money, instill those values in your children, and give your kids voice and choice in family money decisions. HOW DO YOU INVOLVE YOUR CHILDREN IN FAMILY DECISIONS ABOUT MONEY? What practical ideas did you get from this Mom Enough discussion about children and money? How are these tips different from what you currently do and what next steps could you take to build your children’s money wisdom? WANT TO LEARN MOR...

31 MIN2 w ago
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Engaging Kids in Family Money Decisions: An Interview with Nathan Dungan

The Danish Way of Parenting: An Interview with Jessica Joelle Alexander

Do you ever wonder if there is a radically different way to parent? Or if perhaps a cultural shift in the way we parent is warranted? The Danish way of parenting may just be theway to go. Denmark has frequently been ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world. It is a culture that celebrates togetherness and hygge (cozy conviviality), teaches empathy, and believes children should have a voice and be respected. All of these factors play a part in how Danes parent. So, what can we learn from the Danish way? Tune into this Mom Enough episode with Jessica Joelle Alexander, best-selling author of The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids. Listen and learn why ultimatums aren't helpful and why empathy, "equal dignity" and happy times together are key to raising self-assured and joyful children. WHAT WERE YOUR BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THE DANISH WAY OF PARENTING? What two things will you do differently as a parent a...

28 MIN3 w ago
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The Danish Way of Parenting: An Interview with Jessica Joelle Alexander

Nail-Biting, Nose-Picking and Thumb-Sucking: Harmless Habits or Cause for Concern

Countless children (and adults, for that matter!) are in the habit of nail-biting, hair-twisting, thumb-sucking or nose-picking. When might those behaviors be cause for concern? Even if they are apparently harmless habits, are there reasons to try to put an end to them? University of Minnesota pediatrician Dr. Andy Barnes brings reassurance and practical advice to this week’s lively chat with Marti & Erin! Note: You will want to stay tuned through the end of the show for a Relationships that Nurture brief from St. David’s Center. This segment addresses what you can do to ease your child’s separation anxiety. WHAT HABITS DO YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN NOTICE? Does your child have a habit, like nail-biting, hair-twisting, thumb-sucking or nose-picking, you’d like to bring to a stop? What purpose do you think that behavior serves for your child? Is there a more acceptable behavior that might serve the same purpose? What ideas did you get from this week’s Mom Enough show about how to und...

--JUN 8
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Nail-Biting, Nose-Picking and Thumb-Sucking: Harmless Habits or Cause for Concern

Virtual Addiction Treatment and Recovery Support Through Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

The stress and uncertainty of the COVID19 pandemic can make it hard for people in addiction recovery to maintain their sobriety. The losses associated with layoffs, school closings and stay-at-home orders also may reveal previously unidentified problems with substance use. At the same time, the need for social distancing can increase people’s reluctance to seek or accept in-person treatment or support. With all of those things in mind, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (HBFF) has seized this opportunity to accelerate and expand their offerings of virtual addiction treatment and recovery services through RecoveryGo. Including both a Virtual Intensive Outpatient program and Day Treatment, virtual addiction treatment offers the same professional staff, curricula, amount of care, fellowship, accountability and safety checks as in-person treatment. Preliminary evaluations show virtual treatment to be as effective and to have higher patient satisfaction and lower drop-out rates than in-...

27 MINJUN 1
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Virtual Addiction Treatment and Recovery Support Through Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Parenting Through the Pandemic: Sensory Needs & Emotional Regulation

Did you know that a hug, a soft and fuzzy robe, or rough-and-tumble play might all be a part of how we cope during challenging times? We each have different emotional regulation and sensory needs. Tending to these unique needs is important during difficult times, like the current pandemic. How are you and your children doing with emotional and sensory regulation during the stress of the pandemic? Families around the globe are facing unprecedented health and economic threats, with great uncertainty about how long-lasting and severe both will be. On top of those overarching challenges, most of us are many weeks into school closings, layoffs from work (or trying to work from home while our kids do online school), isolation from friends and family outside of our households, and cancellation of our favorite sports, arts and other recreational activities. We may feel overwhelmed, bored, lonely, frustrated, anxious or depressed. Or we may feel relieved to have a break from the usual hectic...

30 MINMAY 25
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Parenting Through the Pandemic: Sensory Needs & Emotional Regulation

“Container Babies” and the Importance of Infant Free Movement

Busy parents often need a way to “contain” their babies. Whether it’s to prepare dinner, or get a much-needed shower, bouncy seats and other “containers” are a helpful way to keep your baby safe while your hands are busy. We all know parents need a break from time to time! So, while parents are trying to do what is best for their babies, might they be putting their infants at risk if they overuse containers? “Container babies,” as they have come to be called, are infants who spend too much time in containers that limit free movement. In the early 2000s, there was a steep rise in “container baby syndrome” – movement, cognitive, behavioral and physical problems related to spending too much time contained in car seats, strollers, bouncy seats, swings, jumpers, rockers, Exersaucers, and seats. While it is completely normal, and sometimes a necessity (i.e., in the case of car seats), to contain babies, there are some risks associated with extended time in containers. Movement i...

20 MINMAY 18
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“Container Babies” and the Importance of Infant Free Movement

Raising a “Gutsy Girl”: A Conversation with Adventurer and Author Caroline Paul

Are you cautious and protective with your daughter? Or are you encouraging her to be a gutsy girl? Studies 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!) calledThe Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure. This book 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 de...

33 MINMAY 10
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Raising a “Gutsy Girl”: A Conversation with Adventurer and Author Caroline Paul

Cultural Expectations on American Mothers: Insights from an Anthropologist’s Study

As mothers, we often feel pressure to live up to what we think someone else expects of us. And, however we define “success” as a mother, we often seem to question whether we are measuring up. That certainly was true for the Minnesota moms who participated in an anthropological study conducted by Dr. Solveig Brown. She explores the results of this study in her book, All On One Plate: Cultural Expectations on American Mothers. In this episode of Mom Enough, Solveig joins Marti & Erin for a heartfelt discussion of the doubt and guilt so many moms experience, the ways moms have found to cope with the multiple pressures they feel, and the powerful role of support and shared stories in easing moms’ struggles. Tune in to learn more about cultural expectations on American mothers! WHAT CULTURAL EXPECTATIONS HAVE YOU NOTICED AS A MOTHER? What do you see as most important to being a “good mom” in today’s world? What comes most easily to you as a mom and what are the biggest challenges y...

33 MINMAY 4
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Cultural Expectations on American Mothers: Insights from an Anthropologist’s Study

Latest Episodes

Simple Ways to Enjoy the Benefits of Nature

Between work and children's activities, time in nature can be hard to come by. For urban and suburban parents, nature can feel inaccessible. For parents and families that aren't "outdoorsy," getting in nature can feel daunting. However, there are many benefits of nature that might motivate us all to squeeze in some time in the great outdoors! Research demonstrates that time in nature increases positive emotions; reduces stress, anger, and fear; decreases blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension; and improves attention and enjoyment in learning. Whether you are the most outdoorsy or a complete novice when it comes to getting outdoors tune in to this week's episode for tips for incorporating nature into your home, passions, travel, and even volunteering experiences. Listen as writer, nature psychology enthusiast and Happy Science Mom Blogger, Sandi Schwartz, discusses what she has learned as a mom and scientist about simple ways to enjoy the many benefits of nature. WHAT WILL YOU DO TO ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF NATURE (MORE)? What are you currently doing to integrate nature into your family's life? What have you noticed when you are in nature? Are there things that get in the way of spending time in nature? What might you do to bridge those barriers? What idea(s) from this show will you try with your children? WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT NATURE BENEFITS AND SOME OF THE THINGS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE? ❉ FINDING NATURE. Check out this website from Children & Nature Network for resources, events, and stories & insights to help you connect with nature. ❉ 10 NATURE ACTIVITIES TO HELP GET YOUR FAMILY THROUGH THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. Read this guest blog post by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, The Nature Principle, and Vitamin N. ❉ GIVING YOUR CHILDREN THE BENEFITS OF NATURE EXPERIENCE: A CONVERSATION WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA’S LAB SCHOOL. Listen as University of Minnesota Lab school directorSheila Williams Ridge joins Marti & Erin to talk about why nature experience is so important, both at school and at home. She offers simple ways we can connect our children with nature, wherever we live and whatever our resources.

21 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Simple Ways to Enjoy the Benefits of Nature

Childhood Obesity: Evidence-Based Solutions for Parents & Kids

Childhood obesity is a significant public health issue affecting more than 13 million children in the United States. The rising trend of obesity poses a challenge for parents who want to help their children attain and maintain a healthy weight. With many myths and misconceptions about healthy eating and weight, it is difficult to know the best approach to help our children (and ourselves!). Tune in to this Mom Enough episode to learn what the latest research is showing about best methods to help prevent and treat childhood obesity. University of Minnesota clinical psychologist and obesity researcher, Dr. Carol Peterson, shares evidence-based approaches to help children and teens attain a healthy weight. She also discusses common myths and misconceptions about healthy eating and weight, highlights the connection between emotions and eating habits, and shares how technology (yes, even cell phones) can be a key tool to researching and treating obesity in teens. Listen to this fascinati...

28 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Childhood Obesity: Evidence-Based Solutions for Parents & Kids

Engaging Kids in Family Money Decisions: An Interview with Nathan Dungan

“Who is interested in shaping your child’s attitudes around money?” That is the first question posed by this week’s Mom Enough children and money guest, Nathan Dungan, financial advisor and founder of Share, Save, Spend. The answer to that question – and examples of how our culture lures our kids to spend, spend, spend – should make us all sit up and take notice! But we do not need to be powerless; from 5-minute family money meetings to teachable moments at the grocery store, restaurant or ATM, this Mom Enough episode is packed with ways to clarify your own values about money, instill those values in your children, and give your kids voice and choice in family money decisions. HOW DO YOU INVOLVE YOUR CHILDREN IN FAMILY DECISIONS ABOUT MONEY? What practical ideas did you get from this Mom Enough discussion about children and money? How are these tips different from what you currently do and what next steps could you take to build your children’s money wisdom? WANT TO LEARN MOR...

31 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Engaging Kids in Family Money Decisions: An Interview with Nathan Dungan

The Danish Way of Parenting: An Interview with Jessica Joelle Alexander

Do you ever wonder if there is a radically different way to parent? Or if perhaps a cultural shift in the way we parent is warranted? The Danish way of parenting may just be theway to go. Denmark has frequently been ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world. It is a culture that celebrates togetherness and hygge (cozy conviviality), teaches empathy, and believes children should have a voice and be respected. All of these factors play a part in how Danes parent. So, what can we learn from the Danish way? Tune into this Mom Enough episode with Jessica Joelle Alexander, best-selling author of The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids. Listen and learn why ultimatums aren't helpful and why empathy, "equal dignity" and happy times together are key to raising self-assured and joyful children. WHAT WERE YOUR BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THE DANISH WAY OF PARENTING? What two things will you do differently as a parent a...

28 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The Danish Way of Parenting: An Interview with Jessica Joelle Alexander

Nail-Biting, Nose-Picking and Thumb-Sucking: Harmless Habits or Cause for Concern

Countless children (and adults, for that matter!) are in the habit of nail-biting, hair-twisting, thumb-sucking or nose-picking. When might those behaviors be cause for concern? Even if they are apparently harmless habits, are there reasons to try to put an end to them? University of Minnesota pediatrician Dr. Andy Barnes brings reassurance and practical advice to this week’s lively chat with Marti & Erin! Note: You will want to stay tuned through the end of the show for a Relationships that Nurture brief from St. David’s Center. This segment addresses what you can do to ease your child’s separation anxiety. WHAT HABITS DO YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN NOTICE? Does your child have a habit, like nail-biting, hair-twisting, thumb-sucking or nose-picking, you’d like to bring to a stop? What purpose do you think that behavior serves for your child? Is there a more acceptable behavior that might serve the same purpose? What ideas did you get from this week’s Mom Enough show about how to und...

--JUN 8
Comments
Nail-Biting, Nose-Picking and Thumb-Sucking: Harmless Habits or Cause for Concern

Virtual Addiction Treatment and Recovery Support Through Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

The stress and uncertainty of the COVID19 pandemic can make it hard for people in addiction recovery to maintain their sobriety. The losses associated with layoffs, school closings and stay-at-home orders also may reveal previously unidentified problems with substance use. At the same time, the need for social distancing can increase people’s reluctance to seek or accept in-person treatment or support. With all of those things in mind, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (HBFF) has seized this opportunity to accelerate and expand their offerings of virtual addiction treatment and recovery services through RecoveryGo. Including both a Virtual Intensive Outpatient program and Day Treatment, virtual addiction treatment offers the same professional staff, curricula, amount of care, fellowship, accountability and safety checks as in-person treatment. Preliminary evaluations show virtual treatment to be as effective and to have higher patient satisfaction and lower drop-out rates than in-...

27 MINJUN 1
Comments
Virtual Addiction Treatment and Recovery Support Through Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Parenting Through the Pandemic: Sensory Needs & Emotional Regulation

Did you know that a hug, a soft and fuzzy robe, or rough-and-tumble play might all be a part of how we cope during challenging times? We each have different emotional regulation and sensory needs. Tending to these unique needs is important during difficult times, like the current pandemic. How are you and your children doing with emotional and sensory regulation during the stress of the pandemic? Families around the globe are facing unprecedented health and economic threats, with great uncertainty about how long-lasting and severe both will be. On top of those overarching challenges, most of us are many weeks into school closings, layoffs from work (or trying to work from home while our kids do online school), isolation from friends and family outside of our households, and cancellation of our favorite sports, arts and other recreational activities. We may feel overwhelmed, bored, lonely, frustrated, anxious or depressed. Or we may feel relieved to have a break from the usual hectic...

30 MINMAY 25
Comments
Parenting Through the Pandemic: Sensory Needs & Emotional Regulation

“Container Babies” and the Importance of Infant Free Movement

Busy parents often need a way to “contain” their babies. Whether it’s to prepare dinner, or get a much-needed shower, bouncy seats and other “containers” are a helpful way to keep your baby safe while your hands are busy. We all know parents need a break from time to time! So, while parents are trying to do what is best for their babies, might they be putting their infants at risk if they overuse containers? “Container babies,” as they have come to be called, are infants who spend too much time in containers that limit free movement. In the early 2000s, there was a steep rise in “container baby syndrome” – movement, cognitive, behavioral and physical problems related to spending too much time contained in car seats, strollers, bouncy seats, swings, jumpers, rockers, Exersaucers, and seats. While it is completely normal, and sometimes a necessity (i.e., in the case of car seats), to contain babies, there are some risks associated with extended time in containers. Movement i...

20 MINMAY 18
Comments
“Container Babies” and the Importance of Infant Free Movement

Raising a “Gutsy Girl”: A Conversation with Adventurer and Author Caroline Paul

Are you cautious and protective with your daughter? Or are you encouraging her to be a gutsy girl? Studies 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!) calledThe Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure. This book 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 de...

33 MINMAY 10
Comments
Raising a “Gutsy Girl”: A Conversation with Adventurer and Author Caroline Paul

Cultural Expectations on American Mothers: Insights from an Anthropologist’s Study

As mothers, we often feel pressure to live up to what we think someone else expects of us. And, however we define “success” as a mother, we often seem to question whether we are measuring up. That certainly was true for the Minnesota moms who participated in an anthropological study conducted by Dr. Solveig Brown. She explores the results of this study in her book, All On One Plate: Cultural Expectations on American Mothers. In this episode of Mom Enough, Solveig joins Marti & Erin for a heartfelt discussion of the doubt and guilt so many moms experience, the ways moms have found to cope with the multiple pressures they feel, and the powerful role of support and shared stories in easing moms’ struggles. Tune in to learn more about cultural expectations on American mothers! WHAT CULTURAL EXPECTATIONS HAVE YOU NOTICED AS A MOTHER? What do you see as most important to being a “good mom” in today’s world? What comes most easily to you as a mom and what are the biggest challenges y...

33 MINMAY 4
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Cultural Expectations on American Mothers: Insights from an Anthropologist’s Study

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