Growth & Development

138: Most of what you know about attachment is probably wrong

By Jen Lumanlan | Jun 6, 2021

New parents often worry about attachment to their baby – will I be able to build it? My baby cries a lot – does that mean that we aren’t attached? If I put my baby in daycare, will they get attached to the daycare staff rather than to me? Based on the ideas about attachment…

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137: Psychological Flexibility through ACT with Dr. Diana Hill

By Jen Lumanlan | May 23, 2021

“Psychological Flexibility” sounds amazing.  Shouldn’t we all want that?  After all, psychological flexibility has been significantly positively associated with wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic, and negatively associated with anxiety, depression, and COVID-29-related distress and worry. (But what is it, anyway?!) Psychological Flexibility is about being fully in touch with the present moment and, based on…

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134: Beyond Sex Education with Dr. Nadine Thornhill

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 18, 2021

“Do you know what happens to your body when you get older?” “Um…you get hairy in some places?” “Yeah…other things happen too.  We’ll get you some books.”   That was what I learned about sex education when I was seven – I was always grateful that I learned it from my parents (who were pretty terrified to…

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What Carys wants you to know about your children’s feelings

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 11, 2021

After dinner a few days ago, Carys randomly started telling us that if we want to understand some of the things she’s feeling, we should cast our minds back to when we were children and remember how we would have felt about it at the time.  The conversation continued as we explored more of her…

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133: How the Things We Learned About Sex Impact Our Children

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 4, 2021

Today we build on episodes that we’ve done in the past on talking with children about the basics of sex (so when you listen to this episode we’re assuming you’ve got the basics covered – things like using anatomically correct names for body parts and taking basic steps to prevent sexual abuse).   This is the first…

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