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As children and parents anticipate the start of a new school year, experts say it’s common to feel both excitement and concern. While it’s easy to focus on the material aspects of getting ready for school, like new clothes and school supplies, emotional issues need to be addressed. Whether a child is starting preschool, middle…

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One of the major developmental tasks in early childhood is self-regulation, which includes settling into reasonably predictable and healthy patterns of eating, sleeping and other routines. Even as older children and adults, we are dysregulated at times, which can disrupt learning, good relationships and other aspects of our lives.   This week’s Mom Enough guests,…

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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 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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photo of ME's perfectionism in parenting guest, Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo

When you lose your cool when your toddler misbehaves at the park or when your teen botches a major exam, what do you say to yourself? If you’re like many parents, you probably slip into all-or-nothing thinking – saying to yourself, for example, “I’m a terrible parent!” or “My kid will never get into a…

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