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105: How to pass on mental wealth to your child

By Jen Lumanlan | Feb 9, 2020

Think about your parents. Now think about money. What kinds of ideas, images, and feelings come to mind? Do you recall any discussions about money – or were these hidden from you? Was there always enough to go around – or were you ever-conscious of its absence? What little incidents do you recall that ended…

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101: What happens after divorce – and how it impacts children

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 13, 2019

This is the third episode in our series on parental relationships – and the lack thereof…  We started with episode 35, which was called “All Joy and No Fun,” where we learned how children can be one of the greatest joys of a parent’s life – but that all the daily chores and struggles can…

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098: Do school shooter trainings help (or hurt) children?

By Jen Lumanlan | Sep 1, 2019

A few months ago a listener in my own home town reached out because a potentially incendiary device had been found on the elementary school property, and many parents were demanding disaster drill training in response.  The listener wanted to know whether there is any research on whether these drills are actually effective in preparing…

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096: How to prevent sexual abuse

By Jen Lumanlan | Aug 6, 2019

This is another of those topics I really wish I didn’t have to do.  In this interview with Dr. Jennie Noll of Pennsylvania State University, we discuss the impacts that sexual abuse can have on a child (even many years after the event itself!), and we talk extensively about what parents can do to prevent…

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091: Do I have privilege?

By Jen Lumanlan | May 26, 2019

Each time I think I’m done with this series on the intersection of race and parenting, another great topic pops up! Listener Ann reached out to me after she heard the beginning of the series to let me know about her own journey of learning about her white privilege. Ann and her husband were a…

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