on our minds

Infants and young children are naturally curious and eager to explore. Children do not need opportunities to do flashcards or play with electronics. They do best with human interaction – stepping back and not telling your children how to play but following their cues. Watch as Marti shares why free play and exploration are so…

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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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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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One of the most important qualities a person can have is resilience, the ability to stay strong through life’s ups and downs and bounce back after major difficulties. Parents have a powerful influence on a child’s development of resilience, and experiences in the earliest months are especially important. So, what helps children build resilience? And,…

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photo of ME's Abbey's Hope guest, Katey Taylor

Katey & Scott Taylor faced a devastating loss when their daughter Abbey suffered horrific injuries due to a faulty drain in a public wading pool and subsequently died. With strength and resilience, they and their family have worked to make sure no other child experiences what Abbey did.   Aptly named “Abbey’s Hope,” their foundation…

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