SYPM 007: Parenting Across Cultural Divides

parenting across cultures, cross-cultural parenting

In this episode we hear from Denise, who claims to have listened to every Your Parenting Mojo episode…

Denise is a Filipina living in Madrid, and the intentional, respectful parenting style she’s chosen to use is somewhat out of place in both cultures.  She wanted to chat about what to do when her daughter is having some big feelings out in public, and a well-meaning senior citizen approaches and says directly to her daughter: “You shouldn’t cry, because you look ugly when you cry.”

We talk through the immediate issue, as well as all the layers underneath that question, on this episode.  And Denise’s children make a surprise guest appearance at the end!

You can find Denise on Facebook at




About the author, Jen

Jen Lumanlan (M.S., M.Ed.) hosts the Your Parenting Mojo podcast (, which examines scientific research related to child development through the lens of respectful parenting.

Her Finding Your Parenting Mojo membership group supports parents in putting the research into action in their real lives, with their real families. Find more info at

She also launched the most comprehensive course available to help parents decide whether homeschooling could be right for their family. Find out more about it – and take a free seven-question quiz to get a personalized assessment of your own homeschooling readiness at

And for parents who are committed to public school but recognize the limitations in that system, she has a course to help support children's learning in school at

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