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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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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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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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photo of ME's chemistry of calm and joy guest, Dr. Henry Emmons

As parents, many of us often find ourselves in reactive mode, letting stress, frustration, anger or disappointment overwhelm us. For some of us, those feelings reach the level of clinical depression or an anxiety disorder.   Dr. Henry Emmons has spent his career helping people understand and apply the chemistry of calm and  joy by…

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