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104: How to help a child to overcome anxiety

By Jen Lumanlan | Jan 26, 2020

Listeners have been asking me for an episode on supporting anxious children for a loooooong time, but I was really struggling to find anyone who didn’t take a behaviorist-based approach (where behaviors are reinforced using the parent’s attention (or stickers) or the withdrawal of the parent’s attention or other ‘privileges.’). Long-time listeners will see that…

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085: White privilege in schools

By Jen Lumanlan | Mar 3, 2019

Public schools are open to all children, no matter what their race, so where’s the privilege in schools? In this episode we’ll learn more about how even (and perhaps especially) well-meaning liberal white parents perpetuate inequalities in schools which disadvantage children from non-dominant cultures. We’ll cover the way that purportedly ‘scientific’ standardized tests perpetuate inequality,…

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083: White privilege in parenting: What it is & what to do about it

By Jen Lumanlan | Feb 3, 2019

This episode launches a series of conversations on the intersection of race and parenting.  I spent a month wading around in the psychological literature on this topic and deciding how best to approach it, and eventually decided to split it into four topics. Today we’ll dig into white privilege in parenting through a conversation with…

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081: How can I decide which daycare/preschool is right for my child?

By Jen Lumanlan | Jan 7, 2019

I regularly receive questions from listeners asking me whether they should put their child in daycare or preschool and my response has typically been that there isn’t a lot of research on the benefits and drawbacks for middle class children on whether or not the child goes to daycare/preschool, and that is still true.  I’ve…

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077: Are forest schools any better for children than regular schools?

By Jen Lumanlan | Nov 11, 2018

If you’ve been following the show for a while now, you’ll know that my daughter and I LOVE to spend time outside.  I looked at the research on the benefits of outdoor play for young children, and in my interview with Dr. Scott Sampson on his book How to Raise a Wild Child, so I…

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