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Children need opportunities to contribute, to do something of value. They thrive when parents give them opportunities to discover what they can contribute to the wellbeing of their family and community. Children need to be allowed, encouraged and supported in identifying and using their unique qualities and skills for the common good. Watch as Marti…

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photo of ME's early puberty in girls guests, Julianna Deardorff & Louise Greenspan

The average age of the onset of puberty has dropped significantly in recent years. But research on probable causes of early puberty in girls yields some surprises that defy popular beliefs.   Dr. Louise Greenspan and Dr. Julianna Deardorff, authors of The New Puberty: How to Navigate Early Development in Today’s Girls, join Marti &…

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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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