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support for adoptive parents guest Elisabeth O’Toole

A couple’s announcement of their decision to adopt often is at the midpoint of a journey that began long ago with dreams of their imagined family. As the prospective parents deal with all the uncertainties, questions and cumbersome processes of adoption, friends and family often are challenged to find ways to celebrate, support and even…

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Kuzmeski,Maribeth_hs

Despite the hyper-connections today’s technology affords, many children are at a loss for words when it comes to connecting face-to-face – meeting someone new, receiving a gift graciously or welcoming friends to a birthday party. Marti & Erin were excited to discover that businesswoman Maribeth Kuzmeski and her teen daughter Lizzie have written a book…

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KSTP_toxic stress

Marti, along with Dr. Megan Gunnar and Dr. Anne Edwards, was a presenter for a symposium put on by St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development, titled “The Neuroscience of Childhood Stress and Applications that Foster Resiliency.” KSTP TV’s Brandi Powell attended the symposium and interviewed some of the presenters and St. David’s Center…

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Contribution guest Dr. Jenny Friedman

You probably have heard Marti & Erin talk many times about the “3 Cs” that are so important to children’s learning and development: connection, competence and contribution. This week’s guest, Dr. Jenny Friedman, is devoting her life to helping families like yours find simple but powerful ways to engage children in the 3 Cs, with…

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KARE_Teaching Grateful

In a season where receiving gifts is the norm, it is important to teach children to accept those gifts gratefully and graciously. Marti visited with KARE 11 News at 11‘s Diana Pierce and shared these important parenting tips: 1) Set an example of gratefulness 2) Have children write thank you notes right away 3) Focus…

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