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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, are co-hosts of Mom Enough®. They explore the many facets of motherhood in today’s world – from confronting the daily joys and struggles of helping kids grow up well, to balancing work and family, to considering the big questions of how society views and values mothers and mothering. Marti & Erin use research-based information and a few personal confessions as they and their guests discuss what it means to be "mom enough."



As moms, most of us worry at times about whether we're doing things right, second-guessing our parenting approach and blaming ourselves if our children stray or fall short. We worry that we might not be "mom enough". But what does it really mean to be "mom enough"? And is it possible to be "mom too much," to the extent that our kids might not have a chance to build their own skills to navigate life's ups and downs?



A new, free audio show is posted every Monday with expert guests who address topics related to children’s heath, development and learning. Listen to Mom Enough at www.MomEnough.com. Informational sheets on parenting, health & wellness, child development and safety are available under Resources on our web site.

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, are co-hosts of Mom Enough®. They explore the many facets of motherhood in today’s world – from confronting the daily joys and struggles of helping kids grow up well, to balancing work and family, to considering the big questions of how society views and values mothers and mothering. Marti & Erin use research-based information and a few personal confessions as they and their guests discuss what it means to be "mom enough."



As moms, most of us worry at times about whether we're doing things right, second-guessing our parenting approach and blaming ourselves if our children stray or fall short. We worry that we might not be "mom enough". But what does it really mean to be "mom enough"? And is it possible to be "mom too much," to the extent that our kids might not have a chance to build their own skills to navigate life's ups and downs?



A new, free audio show is posted every Monday with expert guests who address topics related to children’s heath, development and learning. Listen to Mom Enough at www.MomEnough.com. Informational sheets on parenting, health & wellness, child development and safety are available under Resources on our web site.

    Improve Your Sleep: Guidance from Psychologist & Insomnia Expert Dr. Shelby Harris

    Improve Your Sleep: Guidance from Psychologist & 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 of poor sleep 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 building good sleep patterns, Dr. Harris also emphasizes that, even if you have a clinical level of insomnia that requires professional help, medication is not necessarily the first line of treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be highly effective and safe and should be tried first. Don’t miss this important and informative discussion about an issue that disrupts so many lives.



     

    HOW ARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DOING WHEN IT COMES TO REST?

    What new things did you learn in this interview with Dr. Shelby Harris? What steps could you take to improve your family’s patterns around bedtime?



     

    WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SLEEP?

    ❉ THE WOMEN'S GUIDE TO OVERCOMING INSOMNIA. Check out Dr. Harris's book for women.



    ❉ IN SEARCH OF A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP: PRACTICAL TIPS FROM DR. HARVEY KARP. Check out this Mom Enough episode with Dr. Harvey Karp, who offers proven tools and techniques for helping children of all ages (and their parents!) get the sleep they need.

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    Sex After Parenthood: Understanding Myths & Rebuilding Intimacy

    Sex After Parenthood: Understanding Myths & Rebuilding Intimacy

    Has your sex life been put on the back burner since you became a parent? Do you find yourself struggling to get in the mood or to have the same spontaneous arousal as your partner? Or, do you have the feeling that you are somehow sexually broken? You are not alone! Women’s sexual desire is not the same as men’s, and it’s time you stop comparing yourself to your male counterpart and learn what it takes to have fulfilling and pleasurable sex. So, how can you create the sex life you want?



     



    Tune in to this episode of Mom Enough with Sex and Intimacy Coach, Irene Fehr. Out of her own experience in a “happy marriage turned sexless,” Irene focused her efforts to understand women’s pleasure and sexuality, uncovering the common myths that result in women blaming themselves for their sexless marriages. She outlines the truth about women’s sexual desire, highlights the roles partners can play in recovering women’s libido, and shares tips to help you get back to yourself and your sex life after becoming a mom. You won’t want to miss this intimate, and hopeful, conversation on sex and desire!



     

    WHAT HAVE YOU NOTICED ABOUT YOUR SEX LIFE AFTER BECOMING A PARENT?

    What myth about women’s sexuality surprised you the most? How will this information change your approach to sex and intimacy in the future?



     

    WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SEX AFTER PARENTHOOD?

    ❉ HOW TO WANT SEX AGAIN. Learn more about the four myths and the roadmap to sexual desire in this free 3-video minicourse.



    ❉ WHY DO COUPLES STOP HAVING SEX? Why do couples stop having sex in a long-term relationship — and why is that a good thing?  



    ❉ CHILDREN BENEFIT WHEN THEIR PARENTS' RELATIONSHIP IS STRONG. Dr. Laurie Mintz, author of A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex, joins Marti and Erin for a lively discussion of how the exhausting demands of parenting can cause us to lose focus on what we need to feel healthy and good about ourselves.

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    Individualized Addiction Treatment: Addressing Culture, Identity, Mental Health and More

    Individualized Addiction Treatment: Addressing Culture, Identity, Mental Health and More

    It’s a big step for anyone to admit to having a problem with substance use. And for people of color, LGBTQIA2S+ individuals, or people with a disability or mental health disorder, it’s common to fear that treatment programs will not understand or address their unique needs and challenges. Fortunately, individualized addiction treatment is available.



     



    Dr. Princess Drake, a mental health practitioner at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (HBFF) and Adjunct Assistant Professor within the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction, joins Marti & Erin for an illuminating discussion of how she and her colleagues adapt their addiction treatment strategies to individual characteristics and experiences. Dr. Drake draws on examples, such as clients facing intense stigma around mental health issues within their culture, a person with a learning disability that makes written work or speaking in a group difficult, a war veteran who balks at the word “surrender” (the first step in a 12-step program), or a person of color dealing with grief and anger over a lifetime of social injustice. With compassion and an eagerness to understand each individual’s lived experience, Dr. Drake and her HBFF colleagues welcome people from all backgrounds to join them on the journey of sobriety and health.



    *Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Two-Spirit



     

    WHY IS INDIVIDUALIZED ADDICTION TREATMENT SO IMPORTANT?

    Why do you think it’s important for chemical dependency treatment programs to address individual differences in beliefs, experiences, culture, abilities and disabilities? If you or a member of your family were to see Dr. Drake, how might you answer her question, “How does your (race, sexual identity, religion, disability, other difference) affect the way you live in the world?” And how might that relate to your use of alcohol or other mood-altering substances?



     

    WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ADDICTION TREATMENT AND RECOVERY?

    ❉ HAZELDEN BETTY FORD FOUNDATION. Visit this site to learn more about the individualized addiction treatment options available to you or your loved one.

    ❉ SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Helpline. To call the National Helpline, call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or click this link to learn more.

    ❉ OPIOID ADDICTION: KEYS TO PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION FROM THE HAZELDEN BETTY FORD FOUNDATION. What can we do as parents to protect the children and adults in our family and community from the dangers of opioids? Ahmed Eid, Addiction Program Manager at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, has answers that every parent should hear.

    ❉ TRAUMA AND ADDICTION, HOPE AND RECOVERY: A CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR JENNIFER STORM. ˆBlackout Girl author, Jennifer Storm, discusses her tumultuous journey from trauma and addiction to recovery and hope. She shares the keys to letting go of secrets and shame on the path to healing and recovery. She has published her story in

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    Breaking the Stigma: A Story of Childhood Anxiety, from Pain and Shame to Strength and Healing

    Breaking the Stigma: A Story of Childhood Anxiety, from Pain and Shame to Strength and Healing

    Bryan Piatt was a talented and popular TV journalist and news anchor with a calm and competent on-screen presence. But, inside, he still struggled with the intense anxiety that had plagued him since childhood. When anxiety began to compromise his job performance, Bryan took the brave step of going public with his story so that others could benefit from what he had experienced and learned. And he sought support from bosses, colleagues and a therapist to help him continue to use his professional talents in ways that would help him reduce and cope with his anxiety.



     



    Bryan joins Mom Enough hosts Marti & Erin for a candid conversation about how anxiety affected his life from childhood to adulthood, the ways many adults missed the meaning of the signs Bryan was presenting, and what finally happened to put him on the path to strength and healing. We invite you to listen to this heartfelt story, build your awareness of how anxiety often shows up in children and teens, and consider how you can help reduce the stigma of mental health problems at any age.



     



    HAVE YOU OR SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU EXPERIENCED CHRONIC ANXIETY OR PANIC ATTACKS?



    What were the symptoms, and what did you do about them? Why do you think there is such a stigma about anxiety, depression and other mental health problems, and what can you do to help reduce that stigma and help ensure that people get the help they need?



     



    WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH?

    ❉ SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Helpline. To call the National Helpline, call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or click this link to learn more.

    ❉ NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Learn about mental illness, get support, and find out how you can advocate for change. NAMI has local organizations; find yours on this website.

    ❉ ANXIETY IN CHILDREN: POSSIBLE CAUSES, HELPFUL STRATEGIES AND EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS. HealthPartners psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Reeve brings her knowledge and experience to this lively discussion with Marti & Erin, who share a few stories of how anxiety shows up on their own family tree!



    ❉ SCHOOL ANXIETY: UNDERSTANDING CAUSES AND FINDING EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES.  Clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan Hart shares practical, effective, evidence-based advice for how parents can help children overcome school anxiety and build skills that will help them meet challenges throughout their lives.



    ❉CONNECT WITH BRYAN ON INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK. Stay up-to-date on Bryan's important advocacy work.

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    “The Talk”: How Parents Protect Their Black Children from Racism

    “The Talk”: How Parents Protect Their Black Children from Racism

    “It’s so ironic how Black children are so easily stereotyped as threatening when they are so often bullied by systems that are supposed to help them,” says Andre Dukes, Senior Director of Collective Impact – Early Childhood at the Northside Achievement Zone. In this week’s important Mom Enough episode, he discusses the necessity of "the talk," which he describes as Black parents, or parents of Black children, “preparing their children to enter into this world where they are unfairly judged and stereotyped.”



     



    “The Talk” is not a new concept; it has roots in times of slavery when parents had to teach their children how to survive in a dangerously racist world. As Dukes says, the goal of “The Talk” is “to keep children alive in a world where whiteness is the standard by which all people are measured.” He shares personal reflections, gives tips for protecting Black children's innocence while making them aware of the dangers they face due to racism, and calls on all parents, regardless of race, to teach their children empathy and the importance of standing up when they see injustice. Tune in to hear the wisdom and critical insights of a leading parenting expert in Minneapolis, Andre Dukes.



     



     



    WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT “THE TALK” AND RAISING EMPATHIC CHILDREN IN THIS EPISODE?



     



    How are you raising your children to be aware of systemic racism and injustice? What will you do differently to ensure your children are empathetic and prepared to be an ally who speaks up when they see injustice? How will you raise your awareness of your own bias?



     



    WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT RACISM OR RAISING EMPATHETIC CHILDREN?



    ❉ MOTHERHOOD SO WHITE: A DISCUSSION ON RACE, ADOPTION, AND PARENTING IN TODAY’S WORLD. What can a mother do when she doesn’t see herself in the pages of parenting books? Or when the resources don’t address her greatest concerns? As a single Black woman who chose to become a mother through adoption, author Nefertiti Austin took to writing her own experiences in her critically acclaimed memoir, Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender and Parenting in America. Tune into this poignant episode of Mom Enough.



     



    ❉ NURTURING YOUR CHILD’S EMPATHY, INFANCY TO ADULTHOOD. In this episode of Mom Enough, Dr. Megan Gunnar, professor in the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development, joins Marti & Erin to discuss early signs of empathy in infancy, the growing capacity for compassionate empathy in the toddler period, and simple, practical ways parents can encourage and expand children’s empathy in everyday interactions at every stage.

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    Dealing with Impulsivity in Young Children: Promoting Reflection and Executive Function

    Dealing with Impulsivity in Young Children: Promoting Reflection and Executive Function

    Young children are naturally impulsive, from the 11-month-old eagerly crawling to explore the electrical outlet on the wall to the 3-year-old dashing into the street to retrieve her ball, to the preschool punching a classmate who gets in his space. With maturation and parental guidance, young children can build reflective skills and executive function, learning to pause, think, calm their emotions and problem-solve.



     



    Mike Huber has been an early childhood educator since 1992 and is a member of the leadership team at St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development, a supporting partner of Mom Enough. Mike brings a fresh perspective to impulsivity, seeing both its positive aspects (initiative, goal-directed behavior) and challenges, and he offers fun, effective ways to help children learn to recognize and override misguided impulses and come up with more appropriate alternatives. Don’t miss a lively discussion of this important topic in lifelong human development!



     

    IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU SEE IMPULSIVITY IN YOUR CHILDREN?

    Think of times when you’ve seen your children be more reflective, stopping to think even when they have an impulse to do something inappropriate, hurtful or dangerous. What practical tips did you hear in this Mom Enough episode to help your children learn to pause, listen and think before they act? What positive aspects of impulsivity did you learn about?



     

    WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND OUR GUEST?

    ❉ Teaching With the Body in Mind.  Check out this page for helpful information that celebrates children's need to move in big, challenging, rough, and joyful ways.



     



    ❉ Mike Huber's Children's Books. Check out our guest's facebook page to learn more about his children's books.

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