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Children need limits to feel secure. When your toddler runs toward the street, instead of saying “no,” say “danger” because it gives the child a reason for not continuing to run. You’re teaching the child and telling him why at the same time – setting a clear limit. Watch for more tips from Erin, including…

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photo of ME's nail-biting and other habits guest, Dr. Andy Barnes

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…

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photo of ME's parent shaming guest, Mercedes Samudio

Just as shaming our children undermines their healthy development, shaming parents undermines them and spills over to their children as well.   California therapist, coach and writer Mercedes Samudio has a mission to end parent shaming and help parents build a “shame-proof village” that will support them in using effective parenting strategies and sustaining strong,…

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Hanging out with friends is an important part of growing up, a chance to build lifelong social skills and to have a lot of fun. But, what if your child’s friend is someone you really don’t like? Maybe you think he or she is a bad influence on your child. Or, perhaps you find the…

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photo of ME's substance use guest, Dr. Joseph Lee

We all know someone who has experienced the pain and tragedy of substance use or addiction, and we long to keep our children safe from such harm. Sometimes we feel powerless in the face of the many temptations our children are likely to encounter.   Dr. Joseph Lee, Medical Director of the Hazelden Betty Ford…

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