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young widow guest Nora Purmort

The cover of Nora McInerny Purmort’s book claims it is “for people who have laughed at a funeral or cried in a grocery store.” We say it’s for everyone! After bouncing from boyfriend to boyfriend, Nora finally found Aaron, with whom she was ready to spend her whole life. But brain cancer cut their marriage…

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school anxiety guest Dr. Jordan Hart

Many children of all ages experience school anxiety, whether stressing out about academic performance, fearing bullies on the bus or feeling overwhelmed by separation anxiety when it’s time to leave home. This week’s Mom Enough guest, clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan Hart, has worked with many children and families who are struggling with these problems. And…

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environments that promote grit guest Paul Tough

In his popular book How Children Succeed (2012), Paul Tough identified qualities like grit, curiosity, self-control and optimism as most important to children’s longterm success. Drawing on a wealth of research (including the Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk & Adaptation), Paul challenged the ways we often try to predict or measure success and helped change…

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Paradox of Modern Parenthood guest Jennifer Senior

In 2010, Jennifer Senior wrote a New York Magazine cover story about modern parenthood that triggered a firestorm of responses in the national media. Building on extensive research in such fields as psychology, sociology and history, as well as discussions with many parents “in the trenches,” Jennifer expanded her article to a book that explores…

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childhood vaccines guest Dr. Andrea Singh

Scientific breakthroughs have led to vaccines that have eliminated illnesses that used to cause death or lasting disabilities for both children and adults. (Marti remembers all too well the polio epidemic that struck the small town where her family lived before the polio vaccine was available.) Even when diseases have not been eradicated, vaccines offer…

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