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photo of ME's Free Forest School guest, Anna Sharratt

It’s amazing to see what children can learn and discover when we turn them loose to dig in the dirt, splash in the water or follow a bug to see where it goes. Yet many of us parents are uncomfortable venturing beyond structured playgrounds or unsure how much direction and protection to provide when we…

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photo of ME's developmental screening guest, Dr. Sylvia Sekhon

You’ve heard how important it is to monitor your young child’s development to be sure it’s on track and to get intervention as soon as possible if there are signs of possible problems. But what does that developmental screening and assessment process look like? And what is the role of your child’s pediatrician in monitoring…

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photo of ME's family member’s substance use guest, Dr. Kristen Burnett

Substance use is one of today’s major health problems, affecting countless families and creating pain and confusion for children. But many of us are uncertain how to talk with children about a family member’s substance use problem, and that uncertainty too often leads to avoidance and secrecy that only compound the problems.   This week’s…

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photo of ME's cultural competence guests, Carolyn Smallwood & Ashley Saupp

Headlines remind us everyday of how divided we have become in this country and how little we understand of each other’s experience, past and present. But our peace, security and wellbeing (and that of our children) depend on how we learn to understand and respect each other.   As this week’s Mom Enough guests recognize,…

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photo of ME's seat belt safety guest, Shannon Ryder

As a firefighter and first responder to traffic accidents, Shannon Ryder saw firsthand the tragedies that can result when drivers and passengers don’t follow best practices in traffic safety.   Now, as coordinator of child passenger safety for DPS-OTS, Shannon devotes her career to helping parents understand and apply strategies to protect children at every…

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