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toxic stress guest Dr. Megan Gunnar

As much as we’d love to make life easy for our children, they inevitably will experience stress. And, as research demonstrates, some stress actually is positive in that it allows children to discover and practice their coping and problem-solving strategies. But when – and under what conditions – does stress become toxic stress and undermine…

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role of father guest Andre Dukes

In the early months of a child’s life many dads struggle to find their role in caring for the baby and supporting mom through those exhausting days and nights. And sometimes we moms send messages, subtle and not-so-subtle, that dad just can’t measure up to our standards of care. But, in the long run, everyone…

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STEEP2016 Final

If you work with young children and their families, consider joining Marti at this June 22 conference recognizing the 30-year anniversary of the STEEP™ (Steps Toward Effective, Enjoyable Parenting) program. Developed in 1986 by Marti and U of M colleague Byron Egeland, STEEP™ reaches out to parents even before their first child is born. STEEP™…

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teen sexual health guest Dr. Amy Bonifas

Many of us are uneasy talking with our adolescents about topics related to teen sexual health, such as how to prevent sexually transmitted infections or choose the most effective birth control. We may worry that talking about these issues will encourage our kids to become sexually active too soon. But our sons and daughters are…

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Caroline Paul is our Mom Enough guest

Studies have shown that parents are likely either to warn their daughters away from challenging physical activities or to help them so much that they don’t accomplish the task on their own. With sons, however, parents are more likely to “be brave” and to guide them in how to complete the task on their own….

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