Parents First

169: How to take care of yourself first with Liann Jensen

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 9, 2022

Liann did not have an easy entry into motherhood.  Her first child’s birth was pretty traumatic; it was followed by a miscarriage and then very quickly by another pregnancy.   And then by COVID.   She was already overwhelmed and then everyone was isolated…and suddenly Liann had a whole lot of anger that she hadn’t…

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SYPM 020: Preparing for the afterbirth with Renee Reina

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 4, 2022

I don’t know about you, but I spent a LOT of time thinking about my birth plan before Carys was born.  I mean, that thing went through multiple iterations as I read new books about the birth process and thought about what I wanted mine to be like.   And I got lucky; we didn’t…

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136: Mother’s Day Momifesto

By Jen Lumanlan | May 8, 2021

We’ve been in a liminal space for the last 15 months or so, since COVID shutdowns.  (The word ‘liminal’ comes from the Latin root limen, meaning threshold).   It’s a place where a certain part of our lives has come to an end but the next thing hasn’t yet begun, so we’re in a transitional state.…

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135: 5 reasons respectful parenting is so hard

By Jen Lumanlan | May 2, 2021

This episode grew out of a post that long-time friend of the podcast, Dr. Laura Froyen, published in a respectful parenting group that we both work in as admins.  In the post she asked people to share how they felt before and after they discovered respectful parenting, and then she created a word cloud of…

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130: Introduction to mindfulness and meditation with Diana Winston

By Jen Lumanlan | Feb 21, 2021

“When she was younger, she wasn’t that into reading and that was like a huge deal for me.  I thought: “I’m such a reader. My daughter doesn’t love to read.” She’s still not a big reader, but it’s not hampering her in any way. She’s blossoming in fifty other ways, but when I get caught…

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