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120: How to Raise a Child Who Uses Their Uniqueness to Create Happiness (RE-RELEASE)

By Jen Lumanlan | Sep 20, 2020

I’ve heard from listeners that what they call “The Dark Horse Episode,” the interview with Dr. Todd Rose, that this is one of their favorite conversations on the podcast, and for this reason I’m doing something I’ve never done before: reissuing that episode.  Dr. Rose and I discussed ways to personalize children’s learning to help…

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112: How to Set up a Play Room

By Jen Lumanlan | May 10, 2020

One of the things people email me wanting to know about most often is “what does the research say about how to set up a play room? What toys should I buy that will have the greatest benefit for my child’s learning and development?” I’d actually been putting off doing this episode for a while,…

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065: Why storytelling is so important for our children

By Jen Lumanlan | Jun 3, 2018

“Storytelling? I’m already reading books to my child – isn’t that enough?” Your child DOES get a lot out of reading books (which is why we’ve done a several episodes on that already, including What children learn from reading books, How to read with your child, and Did you already miss the boat on teaching…

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058: What are the benefits of outdoor play?

By Jen Lumanlan | Feb 25, 2018

This is the second in our extended series of episodes on children’s play.  We kicked off last week with a look at the benefits of play in general for children, and now we’re going to take a more specific look at the benefits of outdoor play.  Really, if someone could bottle up and sell outdoor…

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057: What is the value of play?

By Jen Lumanlan | Feb 11, 2018

Does play really matter? Do children get anything out of it? Or is it just messing around; time that could be better spent preparing our children for success in life? Today we talk with Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play, about the benefits of play for both children and – I…

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