Growth & Development

159: Supporting Girls’ Relationships with Dr. Marnina Gonick

By Jen Lumanlan | Jun 19, 2022

I’ve been wanting to do this episode for a loooong time. We covered episodes a long time ago on how children form social groups, and what happens when they exclude each other from play, but I wanted to do an episode exploring this issue related to slightly older girls, and from a cultural perspective. There…

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158: Deconstructing Developmental Psychology with Dr. Erica Burman

By Jen Lumanlan | Jun 5, 2022

I read a lot of textbooks on parenting for my Master’s in Psychology (Child Development), I’ve read tens of thousands of peer-reviewed papers on the topic, and part of the reason it’s hard work is that you can’t ever take things at face value.   In her now classic book Deconstructing Developmental Psychology, Dr. Erica…

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156: From desperation to collaboration

By Jen Lumanlan | May 15, 2022

Adrianna and Tim had read all the parenting books. (And I mean ALL the books.)   But NOTHING seemed to be working.   They were still feeling frustrated with their kids on a very regular basis.   And their kids were fighting what seemed like every second of the day.   They joined the Parenting…

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155: How to get your child to listen to you

By Jen Lumanlan | May 1, 2022

Recently someone posted a question in one of my communities:   “Is it really so wrong to want my child to just LISTEN to me sometimes?  It seems like such a no-no in gentle parenting circles, and I’m worried that my child is growing up to be entitled and won’t know how to respect authority…

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154: Authoritative isn’t the best Parenting “Style”

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 24, 2022

“On average, authoritative parents spanked just as much as the average of all other parents.  Undoubtedly, some parents can be authoritative without using spanking but we have no evidence that all or even most parents can achieve authoritative parenting without an occasional spank.”    I was fascinated by this statement, since authoritative parenting is the…

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