Mom Enough » values http://momenough.com the moms our children need, the women we want to be Mon, 03 Aug 2015 06:00:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Developmental psychologist Dr. Marti Erickson and her daughter, maternal-child health specialist Erin Erickson, co-hosts of the weekly parenting show Mom Enough®, explore the many facets of motherhood in today’s world – from confronting the daily joys and struggles of helping kids grow up well, to balancing work and family, to considering the big questions of how society views and values mothers and mothering. Marti & Erin use research-based information and a few personal confessions as they and their guests discuss what it means to be "mom enough." As moms, most of us worry at times about whether we're doing things right, second-guessing our parenting approach and blaming ourselves if our children stray or fall short. We worry that we might not be "mom enough". But what does it really mean to be "mom enough"? And is it possible to be "mom too much," to the extent that our kids might not have a chance to build their own skills to navigate life's ups and downs? A new, free audio show is posted every Monday with expert guests who address topics related to children’s heath, development and learning. Listen to Mom Enough at www.MomEnough.com. Informational sheets on parenting, health & wellness, child development and safety are available under Resources on our web site. Dr. Marti Erickson & Erin Erickson no Dr. Marti Erickson & Erin Erickson stacydowns@gmail.com stacydowns@gmail.com (Dr. Marti Erickson & Erin Erickson) Developmental psychologist Dr. Marti Erickson and her daughter, maternal-child health specialist Erin Erickson, co-hosts of the weekly parenting show Mom Enough®, explore the many facets of motherhood in today’s world. Mom Enough » values http://momenough.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/Mom_Enough_cover.jpg http://momenough.com Doing Good Together: Simple Ways to Emphasize Family Contribution http://momenough.com/2014/12/contribution http://momenough.com/2014/12/contribution#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:00:57 +0000 http://momenough.com/?p=6442 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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http://momenough.com/2014/12/contribution/feed 0 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, 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 a special emphasis on “contribution.” You are sure to be inspired by the practical ideas and compelling reasons for getting your family on the path to doing good together!   Note: You also will want to stay tuned through the end of the show for “Relationships that Nurture,” a brief monthly feature brought to you by St. David’s Center. This month’s segment includes tips for making the holidays more enjoyable – and less stressful – for your children and you.   In what ways have you and your family engaged in service together? What were the benefits you observed for you and your children’s contribution? What new ideas did you get from this week’s Mom Enough show?  Or what new ideas did you have in response to Marti & Erin’s discussion with Jenny Friedman? Leave a comment below!   For family giving project ideas, useful books and other resources from Doing Good Together, click here. For sharing “Happy Mail” through Hugs & Hope for Sick Kids, click here. For Meals on Wheels, click here. To find a project for your family, click here. For St. David’s Center’s Helping Your Child Cope over the Holidays tip sheet, click here. For other useful information found on our Resources page, click here. Dr. Marti Erickson & Erin Erickson no 27:12
Longing for Greater Meaning: A Conversation with an Expert on Spiritual Development Among Children and Teens http://momenough.com/2014/03/longing-for-greater-meaning-a-conversation-with-an-expert-on-spiritual-development-among-children-and-teens http://momenough.com/2014/03/longing-for-greater-meaning-a-conversation-with-an-expert-on-spiritual-development-among-children-and-teens#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:00:30 +0000 http://momenough.com/?p=5630 Most of us probably have found ourselves speechless in the face of a child’s impossible question about religious or spiritual concepts. (Marti & Erin certainly have and they share a few examples in this week’s show!) But what does child development research show about the way children develop ideas of spirituality and/or religion? How do...

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http://momenough.com/2014/03/longing-for-greater-meaning-a-conversation-with-an-expert-on-spiritual-development-among-children-and-teens/feed 2 Most of us probably have found ourselves speechless in the face of a child's impossible question about religious or spiritual concepts. (Marti & Erin certainly have and they share a few examples in this week's show! Most of us probably have found ourselves speechless in the face of a child's impossible question about religious or spiritual concepts. (Marti & Erin certainly have and they share a few examples in this week's show!) But what does child development research show about the way children develop ideas of spirituality and/or religion? How do spirituality and religion help children and teens thrive? And are there ways religion can be detrimental? How can parents respond when teens question or even reject beliefs they have been taught? This week's guest, Professor Pamela Ebstyne King, has studied this topic among young people from various beliefs and traditions and brings a rich perspective to this discussion of an often-overlooked aspect of child development.   Has your child asked you difficult questions about spirituality or religion? How did you answer? Whatever your family's beliefs or traditions, how do you think you can help your child understand and benefit from the core values that guide your life? Please leave a comment below! Dr. Marti Erickson & Erin Erickson no 33:01
New Year’s Resolutions for Strong Families http://momenough.com/2013/01/new-years-resolutions-for-strong-families http://momenough.com/2013/01/new-years-resolutions-for-strong-families#comments Wed, 02 Jan 2013 21:41:28 +0000 http://momenough.com/?p=4070 The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on what went well for your family this past year and what could be even better going forward. It’s a great time to make resolutions that will keep your family strong and thriving. But it’s important to start with knowledge about the qualities...

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How do spirituality and religion enter into a child’s development? http://momenough.com/2012/09/how-do-spirituality-and-religion-enter-into-a-childs-development http://momenough.com/2012/09/how-do-spirituality-and-religion-enter-into-a-childs-development#comments Mon, 10 Sep 2012 06:00:29 +0000 http://momenough.com/?p=3646 Whatever your family’s beliefs and traditions, how can you respond to your child’s hard-to-answer questions?   Most of us probably have found ourselves speechless in the face of a child’s impossible question about religious or spiritual concepts. (Marti & Erin certainly have and they share a few examples in this week’s show!) But what does...

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http://momenough.com/2012/09/how-do-spirituality-and-religion-enter-into-a-childs-development/feed 0 Whatever your family's beliefs and traditions, how can you respond to your child's hard-to-answer questions? -   - Most of us probably have found ourselves speechless in the face of a child's impossible question about religious or spiritual concepts. Whatever your family's beliefs and traditions, how can you respond to your child's hard-to-answer questions?   Most of us probably have found ourselves speechless in the face of a child's impossible question about religious or spiritual concepts. (Marti & Erin certainly have and they share a few examples in this week's show!) But what does child development research show about the way children develop ideas of spirituality and/or religion? How do spirituality and religion help children and teens thrive? And are there ways religion can be detrimental? How can parents respond when teens question or even reject beliefs they have been taught? This week's guest, Professor Pamela Ebstyne King, has studied this topic among young people from various beliefs and traditions and brings a rich perspective to this discussion of an often-overlooked aspect of child development.   Has your child asked you difficult questions about spirituality or religion? How did you answer? Share your thoughts in our REPLY space below! Dr. Marti Erickson & Erin Erickson no 33:01
Are Minneapolis’ kids more spoiled than St. Paul’s? http://momenough.com/2012/07/are-minneapolis-kids-more-spoiled-than-st-pauls http://momenough.com/2012/07/are-minneapolis-kids-more-spoiled-than-st-pauls#comments Tue, 03 Jul 2012 15:57:17 +0000 http://momenough.com/?p=3374 If a new survey is to be believed, Twin Cities kids are bratty on one side of the river and ratty on the other. Bundle.com ranked Minneapolis fourth in the nation (behind Manhattan, Brooklyn and Miami) in “spoiling” children, while St. Paul ranked second-to-last (“leading” only Madison, Wis.) in spending on kids. The study tracked...

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How can doing good for others benefit your child’s development and your family’s relationships? http://momenough.com/2011/11/how-can-doing-good-for-others-benefit-your-child%e2%80%99s-development-and-your-family%e2%80%99s-relationships http://momenough.com/2011/11/how-can-doing-good-for-others-benefit-your-child%e2%80%99s-development-and-your-family%e2%80%99s-relationships#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2011 01:00:38 +0000 http://momenough.com/?p=2313 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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Talking to your children about the death of Bin Laden http://momenough.com/2011/05/talking-to-your-children-about-the-death-of-bin-laden http://momenough.com/2011/05/talking-to-your-children-about-the-death-of-bin-laden#comments Sun, 15 May 2011 22:25:03 +0000 http://momenough.com/?p=943 This week’s news has been filled with images of Osama Bin Laden, the assault on his hideaway, and flashbacks to the attacks on the World Trade Center 10 years ago. But how do children of different ages perceive what they see and hear? And how should parents protect or guide their children in making sense...

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How do you help your child make good ethical decisions, especially in tough situations where it’s not so easy to tell right from wrong? http://momenough.com/2011/01/how-do-you-help-your-child-make-good-ethical-decisions-especially-in-tough-situations-where-it%e2%80%99s-not-so-easy-to-tell-right-from-wrong http://momenough.com/2011/01/how-do-you-help-your-child-make-good-ethical-decisions-especially-in-tough-situations-where-it%e2%80%99s-not-so-easy-to-tell-right-from-wrong#comments Mon, 17 Jan 2011 17:07:22 +0000 http://goodenoughmoms.com/momenough.net/?p=266 The author of Good Kids, Tough Choices offers words of wisdom in this week’s show!   We all want children who are moral and make good choices, yet we sometimes shy away from teaching our kids core values for fear of sounding preachy or old-fashioned. And sometimes our own behavior (telling a “little lie,” for...

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How can you engage your children at any age in helping make financial decisions that reflect your family values? http://momenough.com/2011/01/how-can-you-engage-your-children-at-any-age-in-helping-make-financial-decisions-that-reflect-your-family-values http://momenough.com/2011/01/how-can-you-engage-your-children-at-any-age-in-helping-make-financial-decisions-that-reflect-your-family-values#comments Mon, 10 Jan 2011 17:09:16 +0000 http://goodenoughmoms.com/momenough.net/?p=269 Money guru Nathan Dungan offers advice you won’t want to miss!   Nathan Dungan, popular author and founder of Share Save Spend, joins Marti and Erin for an important and practical discussion of family finances, drawing on his new DVD and workbook, Money Sanity Solutions: Linking Money and Meaning. From evaluating your gift-giving during the recent holidays...

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Marti and Belinda Jensen Discuss the Real Meaning of the Season http://momenough.com/2010/12/marti-and-belinda-jensen-discuss-the-real-meaning-of-the-season http://momenough.com/2010/12/marti-and-belinda-jensen-discuss-the-real-meaning-of-the-season#comments Tue, 14 Dec 2010 22:39:27 +0000 http://goodenoughmoms.com/momenough.net/?p=442 Before we even had a chance to finish off the Thanksgiving leftovers, we were bombarded with holiday catalogs and commercials commanding us to buy, buy, buy. The messages are not lost on our kids either, as younger and younger children are targeted as the consumers the marketers most want to reach.   For some families,...

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