Marti & Erin
Mother-daughter co-hosts Marti & Erin Erickson invite you to explore with them 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.
In a long career at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Marti Erickson directed the Children, Youth & Family Consortium and the Harris Programs in Infant Mental Health. Marti’s research on child abuse and attachment-based interventions for parents and infants has been widely published, and Marti continues to train mental health professionals throughout the U.S. and abroad.
In 1994, Vice President Al Gore engaged Marti as a leader of his family policy initiative, Family Re-Union – a career highlight, says Marti. She also was honored in 2008 to co-lead a three-year initiative in Tanzania to develop a child rights curriculum for early childhood professionals. In 2023, Marti was thrilled to return to that beautiful country to train teachers on child rights and abuse prevention, on behalf of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Exchange, U.S. Department of State.
Eager to bring research to general audiences, Marti has been a commentator since 1995 on KARE-TV News (NBC). Since 2006, she’s been delighted to host Mom Enough® with daughter Erin, and recently, granddaughter Clara. Beyond work, Marti savors reading, writing, playing piano, and singing her original songs. Most of all, she cherishes outdoor adventures with her nature-loving three-generation family!
Dr. Erin Erickson is a maternal child health specialist and nurse practitioner dual-certified in women’s health and family practice. Erin has extensive experience speaking and writing on topics related to parenting, maternal-child health, health coaching, mindfulness and mind-body medicine. In addition to her graduate studies in nursing, public health, and health coaching, Erin has studied integrative and mind-body medicine. She enjoys training other clinicians on the use of mind-body medicine and health coaching. She is also a graduate faculty member at the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.
As a wife and mom to three (adult & almost adult) children, Erin is living most of the issues addressed on Mom Enough. Outside of parenting and work, Erin has a passion for the arts, enjoying creating writing, oil painting, weaving, knitting, and playing the piano, guitar and banjo. She also loves to cook and bake and enjoys having an open door policy for friends and family to join her family for her mealtime creations!
Clara Garner is the newest member of the Mom Enough team. Continuing with the tradition of the mother-daughter theme, Clara is both daughter (to Erin) and granddaughter (to Marti). She is thrilled to join the team as a co-host, interviewing experts on topics related to adolescence and young adulthood, and sharing many of her own insights as well.
Clara is a sophomore at American University (AU) in Washington, DC where she is studying international relations with a focus on Peace, Global Security and Conflict Resolution. Clara is part of the Said Peace Scholars program at AU. She is currently interning at the State Department working on the Environmental Defenders Research Project. In 2023, she interned in Kenya, Nairobi at the largest constitutional law firm. This was Clara’s second extended trip to Africa, having spent a semester at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa, through a program at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL) in 2021.
When she’s not engaged in her academic and international studies, research or leadership activities, she enjoys weaving, baking, spending time with her friends, and hanging out with her mom Erin and grandma Marti.