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photo of ME's materialistic children teens guest, Nathan Dungan

Did you know that being less materialistic is associated with greater happiness? Nathan Dungan, founder of Share Save Spend and Mom Enough’s go-to source on kids and money, builds on previous research in a new study that shows how a 3-part learning intervention reduced materialism and increased self-esteem for adolescents who participated.   Nathan joins…

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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 bridging the digital divide guest, Jill Hornbacher

For low income families, “equal opportunity” is missing in many aspects of their lives, including access to high-speed internet and the devices necessary to use that connection. This gap in access to the Internet and computers is known as the digital divide. In today’s technology-driven world, how does a student do homework without access? How…

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Most school-age kids are facing reality this week: summer is behind us and the demands of school and homework are upon us! Of course, parents face those demands too and play a crucial role in making sure children are physically and emotionally ready for optimal learning.   Marti shared with KARE 11 News at 11’s…

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photo of ME's activities to learn about nature guest, Patty Born Selly

Research demonstrates the importance of starting early if we want our children to be good stewards of the environment. But that does not necessarily mean we should teach very young children about baby polar bears losing their homes or birds getting tangled in ocean debris.   Listen to Marti & Erin’s discussion with environmental educator…

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