12 Signs of Child Anxiety – and What to Do About Them

By Jen Lumanlan | July 10, 2020
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I’ve been wanting to write about anxiety since COVID-19 lockdowns began in March, and although several months have passed, anxiety remains a major issue for children. Children (and adults) of all ages are anxious about all the upheaval in the world – from COVID to conversations on racism – and these fears aren’t the kind…

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39 Actions White Parents Can Take on Racial Justice

By Jen Lumanlan | June 25, 2020
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If you identify as White and read my recent blog post on 57 Privileges of White Parents (which is now longer than that thanks to readers who got in touch and added more ideas), you might have come away surprised (shocked?) by the privileges you have, you might be wondering “well, now I know this,…

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57 Privileges of White Parents

By Jen Lumanlan | June 12, 2020

A few months ago I was invited to speak to parents at a very nice preschool in a very nice neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area for a panel discussion about school choice.  I was invited because a parent at the school had listened to my podcast episode on white privilege, and wanted to…

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White parents: How to talk with your preschooler about Black Lives Matter

By Jen Lumanlan | June 6, 2020

This blogpost is part of a series on understanding the intersection of race, privilege, and parenting.  Click here to view all the items in this series. Note: If you’re a person of a non-dominant culture (a term I use to avoid centering whiteness, and to acknowledge the power differential present in systems of structural racism)…

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The COVID-revealed weaknesses in our family systems

By Jen Lumanlan | May 31, 2020

Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed by the intense prolonged, family time created by the pandemic? Many American parents are having trouble adjusting to this new normal. Everyone’s stress levels are high, but the extra strain of parenting young children has been magnified by isolation. For those working from home, there are the constant interruptions…

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Screens in the time of COVID: Why it’s OK to let loose!

By Jen Lumanlan | May 17, 2020

Could more screen time actually benefit my child? Remember playing the telephone game at school and summer camp? The leader would give a message like, “There’s supposed to be a storm tonight with thunder and lightning.” Everyone whispered the message to the person next to them and by the time the statement got to the…

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Want to stop playing Tug of War with your child?

By Jen Lumanlan | April 28, 2020

“Please put your shoes away.” “I don’t want to.” “Put your shoes away now.” “No!” “If you don’t put them away you can’t watch cartoons tonight, and maybe we won’t have dessert either!” ~sigh~  (A conversation like this has never happened in your house, right?  Didn’t think so.  Mine either😉)  When we ask our child…

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How to keep your child busy (and learning!) while you work

By Jen Lumanlan | April 3, 2020

I’m guessing you’re feeling somewhere between ‘just keeping it together’ and ‘sheer panic’ right now.  Perhaps you previously had one or some of your child(ren) at home with you…and now they’re all around all the time. Or maybe you work outside the home and now you’re trying to do that inside the home…while being attacked by…

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Why The Whole-Brain Child is only half of the story

By Jen Lumanlan | March 2, 2020

Back in college, a good friend and I had our hearts broken at about the same time. I remember being embarrassed by how physically sore I felt. It wasn’t cool to have your heart broken. I knew I was supposed to tell myself the break-up was ‘for the best’ and bounce back, but I felt…

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The 4 best resilience-building strategies for children and adults

By Jen Lumanlan | February 17, 2020

Trauma from events like Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can dramatically impact both individuals and their families long after the event itself is over. Even people who have experienced things that you wouldn’t necessarily think was a huge deal (which psychologists call “little t trauma”) can elevate a person’s risk for a wide-range of social, emotional,…

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