Talking about difficult topics

Responding to the U.S. Capitol Siege

By Jen Lumanlan | Jan 10, 2021

In this ad hoc episode, I outline a response to the U.S. Capitol siege.  I provide some suggestions for ways to talk with your child about the events, but also ask that you take two more steps: (1) examine your own role in these events, even if you condemn them yourself (as I do); (2)…

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john powell othering and belonging

114: How to stop ‘Othering’ and instead ‘Build Belonging’

By Jen Lumanlan | Jun 19, 2020

I had originally approached today’s topic of Othering through a financial lens, as part of the series of episodes on the intersection of parenting and money (previous episodes have been on NYT Money colunist Ron Lieberman’s book The Opposite of Spoiled, How to Pass on Mental Wealth to your Child, The Impact of Consumerism on…

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111: Parental Burn Out

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 26, 2020

Do you often feel anxious or irritated, especially when you’re around your child? Do you often feel like you might snap, perhaps even threatening violence if they don’t do what you say? Are you so disconnected from them that you sometimes consider walking out and never coming back? If you have, it’s possible that you’re…

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108: How to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic

By Jen Lumanlan | Mar 15, 2020

In this episode we discuss how to cope with parents’ and children’s fear and anxiety related to the Coronavirus pandemic, how to keep the children busy so you can get some work done (without resorting to hours of screen time), and how to use the time that you are focused on them to develop your…

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106: Patriarchy is perpetuated through parenting (Part 1)

By Jen Lumanlan | Feb 23, 2020

“Wait, whaaaat?” (I can hear you thinking this now, as you’re reading the title for this episode.) When I think of patriarchy, I usually think of a powerful guy in a suit. He’s always white. He probably works in government or maybe high up in a corporation. He’s part of The System, which is just…

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