19 episodes

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: A Parenting Podcast mother-daughter co-hosts Dr. Marti Erickson & Dr. Erin Erickson

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.2 • 77 Ratings

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.

    Why Dads Matter & What Moms Can Do to Help Dads Succeed

    Why Dads Matter & What Moms Can Do to Help Dads Succeed

    In This Episode:In the early months of a child’s life many dads struggle to find their role in caring for the baby and supporting mom through those exhausting days and nights. And sometimes we moms send messages, subtle and not-so-subtle, that dad just can’t measure up to our standards of care. In the long run, everyone will win (mom, dad, child) if dad is fully engaged as a caregiver. Andre Dukes, Vice President of Family and Community Impact (formerly Family Academy Director) for the Northside Achievement Zone in Minneapolis, joins Marti & Erin to discuss why dads matter in child development, the benefits of father involvement throughout a child’s life and what we all can do to help men be the dads their children need. WHY DO DADS MATTER?In what ways is the father of your children involved in their daily lives? How is that the same as or different than how your fathers were involved when you two were young? Based on what you heard on the role of father in child development in this Mom Enough show, how could you help your children’s father become even more comfortable and confident as a dad?

    How to Be a Happier Parent: A Conversation with KJ Dell’Antonia

    How to Be a Happier Parent: A Conversation with KJ Dell’Antonia

    In This Episode:Before contemplating how to be a happier parent, we should think back to when we decided to become parents. We probably envisioned the fun of playing with our children, laughter and conversations around the dinner table and pride and joy in watching our children grow and learn. But, for many of us, we find those images replaced by days of rushed meals (or just a snack bar in the car), hectic drives from one sports event or music lesson to another and exhausted family members spending more time with their tech devices than with each other.Writer KJ Dell’Antonia, former editor of the New York Times Motherlode blog, wanted to find out what had happened to happiness and what it would take for parents to find the joy they longed for. As she explains in her lively discussion with Marti & Erin on how to be a happier parent, KJ learned that joy comes with small changes – not by doing more, but by doing things differently. And she learned that when parents are happier, kids are too! WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR YOU TO BE A HAPPIER PARENT?When are you happiest in your life as a parent? When are you least happy – and maybe sad, angry or resentful? What small changes could you make in your daily life to try to create more genuine happiness for you and your children?

    • 27 min
    What Do You Say? William Stixrud on Effective Communication with Kids

    What Do You Say? William Stixrud on Effective Communication with Kids

    In This Episode:Have you had one of those moments when you said the wrong thing to your child? Perhaps a time when you were angry and didn't communicate effectively? The reality is, sometimes we're just not in the state of mind to communicate in effective ways.Tune in as William Stixrud, PhD, joins Marti & Erin Erickson of Mom Enough to discuss how to talk with your children. He shares the importance of effective communication, how to increase the likelihood that your child will actually hear what you are trying to say, and how you can help your child understand their own thoughts and find their own reasons to change. You won't want to miss this insightful episode! HOW CAN YOU BUILD ON THE EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION TIPS IN THIS EPISODE?Reflecting on past experiences, can you recall a time when you struggled to effectively communicate with your child? How did it impact the situation, and what did you learn from it Dr. William Stixrud emphasizes the importance of effective communication with our children. What strategies or techniques have you found helpful in increasing the likelihood that your child will truly listen to what you have to say? Dr. Stixrud also discusses the importance of helping our children understand their own thoughts and motivations. How do you foster self-awareness and reflection in your child, and what challenges have you encountered in this process?

    • 21 min
    Empowering Autistic Youth: Inside the Autism Mentorship Program

    Empowering Autistic Youth: Inside the Autism Mentorship Program

    In This Episode:Join us for this insightful episode of Mom Enough as we discuss the Autism Mentorship Program (AMP). Co-hosts, Dr. Erin Erickson and Dr. Marti Erickson, are joined by Emily Goldberg, founder of AMP, and Uma Oswald, a dedicated mentor within the program. Together, they shed light on the importance of this program in fostering understanding and support for youth with autism.Emily discusses how her own experience as a parent of autistic twin boys sparked the idea for AMP, why a program like this is needed, and the compelling research on the effectiveness of this program. Uma, a disability advocate and former professional artist, shares insights about why they became a mentor and gives insights into the power of this mentorship program for mentees and mentors. They also highlight their own experience of being autistic and living with schizophrenia for the past decade. You won’t want to miss this moving and inspirational episode! WHY IS MENTORSHIP FOR AUTISTIC YOUTH SO IMPORTANT?What were you most surprised by in this episode? Reflecting on Emily Goldberg's experience as a parent of autistic twins and her journey towards founding the Autism Mentorship Program (AMP), what insights can you draw regarding the importance of personal experiences in driving advocacy and support initiatives? Uma Oswald's dual experience as both an autistic individual and someone living with schizophrenia offers a unique perspective on the challenges and strengths of neurodiversity. How can embracing such diverse experiences enhance our understanding and support for individuals with neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions? Considering the role of mentorship in the AMP, what are some potential benefits of mentorship programs specifically tailored for individuals with autism? How might such programs contribute to fostering confidence and self-advocacy? In light of the research findings discussed regarding the effectiveness of the Autism Mentorship Program, what might you do to contribute to expanding this and similar initiatives across different communities and cultural contexts?

    • 33 min
    Discoveries in Neuroscience and the Power of Early Intervention

    Discoveries in Neuroscience and the Power of Early Intervention

    In This Episode:Dr. Jed Elison, the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development, has been a guest on Mom Enough in the past, talking about research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the importance of early identification and intervention. Today he brings stunning research on babies who are missing all or part of their corpus collosum (agenesis of the corpus collosum), the organ in the brain that coordinates function across the two hemispheres of the brain. With his colleague Dr. Lynn Paul, of the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Elison is discovering how appropriate early intervention can bring about positive change even in children with such an extreme malformation of the brain.In this compelling conversation with hosts Marti & Erin, Dr. Elison highlights three important, hopeful messages from this research, with implications not only for this particular group of babies, but for babies and young children in general: 1) functional reorganization of the brain is possible in early development; 2) there is “plasticity” of early development (the capacity to change developmental pathways) with appropriate intervention and support; 3) with information and support, families also can adapt and reorganize to accommodate a young child’s needs, demonstrating “family resilience” that, in turn, supports the child’s resilience. Don’t miss this fascinating and encouraging discussion of the power of early identification and intervention for babies with special needs – and the importance of rich, stimulating, supportive care and education for all infants young children.WHY IS EARLY INTERVENTION SO IMPORTANT?What interested you most in this interview with Dr. Elison? He emphasizes that these studies on babies who are missing all or part of their corpus callosum show that early intervention helps them “functionally reorganize their brains.” Why is that relevant not only for these babies, but for babies with other developmental challenges or even typically developing babies?

    • 29 min
    Benefits of Nature Experience at Every Age

    Benefits of Nature Experience at Every Age

    In This Episode:How much time do you and your children spend outside in nature? And if your answer is “not much,” what benefits are you missing? Since the 2005 publication of Richard Louv’s groundbreaking book, Last Child in the Woods, the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) – founded by Louv and a few colleagues, including Mom Enough® host Marti Erickson – has worked with partners around the world to make sure all children have access to the benefits nature provides. One key to C&NN’s work is to promote and disseminate solid research on those benefits, an effort led by Dr. Cathy Jordan, Director of Research for C&NN and a professor at the University of Minnesota. Cathy joins Marti & Erin today to provide a state-of-the-science update on the link between nature experience and children’s health, happiness, learning and stewardship of the earth. Tune in – and then get ready to get the whole family, babies to grandparents, out into nature!WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO GIVE YOUR CHILDREN THE BENEFITS OF NATURE?Reflect on the place of nature experience in the lives of your children and other family members. How much time do you all, whatever your ages, spend in nature, and what benefits do you notice? After a demanding day of school or work, how do you or your kids feel if you take time for a walk, or to dig in the garden, or sit on a bench in a grassy area and read or just breathe deeply?  Think of three simple ways you could bring more nature experience into your life this week, for the benefit of your children and yourself. WANT TO LEARN MORE?*Children & Nature Network: Learn more about getting your children connected to nature!

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

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Audio quality

You need to improve the audio of your guests. Too soft, unclear

Susan Ashouri ,

So helpful

I have been listening to this podcast for a while now and it’s been such a blessing. So much helpful resources and conversations for kids of different ages. Highly recommend this podcast for families

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This mother daughter combo is such a cool dynamic for a show, especially considering all their expertise they represent together! Thank you for creating content that is so relevant to parenting struggles right now!

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