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Marti talked with Julie Pfitzinger from Next Avenue about the benefits of play and how grandparents can engage their grandchildren in fun, memorable moments of play. Marti even shared some special play memories from time spent with her five grandchildren, ranging in age from nine to 13 years.   Here are Marti’s 6 tips for…

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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 childhood obesity guest, Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson

Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson has spent her career trying to untangle the individual, family and community factors that contribute to overweight children and adolescents and childhood obesity. An assistant professor in the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development (Department of Kinesiology), Daheia has put that research into practice in family-focused interventions, including an…

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photo of ME's Kids & Family Reading Report guest, Liza Baker

These days it’s hard to miss the message about the importance of having books in our homes and reading to our children even before they can talk. But, with homework, busy after-school schedules and the seductiveness of all kinds of screen time, how can we keep our children reading for fun? In what ways do…

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Most of us know how important it is to read to children from an early age, but you may not know how beneficial it is to tell stories to children of all ages – both made up stories and real stories from your own experience. Holiday gatherings are a great time to get started in…

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