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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 potty training and bed-wetting guest, Dr. Andrew Barnes

As parents, many of us struggle to sort through varied and often contradictory bits of potty training and bed-wetting advice from childrearing books, peers, grandparents and childcare providers. We wonder when our child should be out of diapers, when toileting “accidents” are something to worry about and what approach will be most effective (and least…

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School’s out and many Minnesota children are spending significant amounts of time home alone. How do you know if your child is ready to be left alone – and for how long and under what circumstances? And what steps can you take to make sure your child is prepared when the time comes? Marti shared…

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Marti joined KARE 11’s Karla Hult for a discussion about the reasons why children try to cut their own hair. Here is a portion of their conversation:   “I think the one simple reason is that children do what they see adults doing. They love to imitate and play adult roles. And, so pretending that…

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toxic stress guest Dr. Megan Gunnar

As much as we’d love to make life easy for our children, they inevitably will experience stress. And, as research demonstrates, some stress actually is positive in that it allows children to discover and practice their coping and problem-solving strategies. But when – and under what conditions – does stress become toxic stress and undermine…

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