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photo of ME's parent shaming guest, Mercedes Samudio

Just as shaming our children undermines their healthy development, shaming parents undermines them and spills over to their children as well.   California therapist, coach and writer Mercedes Samudio has a mission to end parent shaming and help parents build a “shame-proof village” that will support them in using effective parenting strategies and sustaining strong,…

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Hanging out with friends is an important part of growing up, a chance to build lifelong social skills and to have a lot of fun. But, what if your child’s friend is someone you really don’t like? Maybe you think he or she is a bad influence on your child. Or, perhaps you find the…

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photo of ME's father and fatherhood reflections guest, Dr. Oliver Williams

As a Social Work professor, Oliver Williams has devoted his career to helping men find the strength, compassion and self-control to treat their partners and children kindly and respectfully. With a special focus on African American men, Oliver works with local communities and national and international organizations to reduce domestic violence and support positive fathering….

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photo of 11th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading featured writers Susan Ito, Shannon Gibney and Judy Batalion with host Kate Hopper

Author and writing teacher Kate Hopper invited a select group of women writers to read from their work at her 11th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Kate’s mission is, in her own words, “to highlight the amazing writing out there by women about motherhood.”   As in years…

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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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