Talking about difficult topics

198: The connection between your ideas about childhood and politics with Dr. Toby Rollo

By Jen Lumanlan | Nov 26, 2023

  A couple of years ago I was watching a session of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education‘s online conference by unschooling advocate Idzie Desmerais. At some point she dropped a quote into her presentation that I jotted down but didn’t think much of at the time:   What if your ideas about politics were just…

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192: What to do with the myth of Polyvagal Theory

By Jen Lumanlan | Sep 17, 2023

Polyvagal Theory is all the rage, but how much scientific evidence supports it? In this episode, we delve into the foundational principles of Polyvagal Theory and question its legitimacy. Is there a better theory to understand our experiences as parents and individuals? Discover a path forward in this thought-provoking episode.

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176: How to begin healing shame with A.J. Bond

By Jen Lumanlan | Jan 29, 2023

In this episode, we explore the complex emotion of shame and its origins in our childhood experiences. Our guest, A.J. Bond, shares insights into the different types of shame and how some forms of shame can be helpful. We also delve into the crucial topic of healing from toxic shame to prevent passing it on to our own children.

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175: I’ll be me; can you be you?

By Jen Lumanlan | Jan 8, 2023

In this highly personal episode, I share my journey of self-diagnosis with autism and how it’s provided clarity and insight into my life experiences. You’ll hear voicemails from my therapist explaining my screening results and conversations with friends about friendship challenges. I address listener feedback, discussing how my podcast episodes are perceived as both helpful and judgmental. The goal is to help you understand yourself better and recognize that your child’s struggles reflect their needs, not a need for fixing. It’s about better understanding and meeting those needs for both you and your child.

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174: Support for Neurodivergent Parents with Dr. Rahimeh Andalibian & Sara Goodrich

By Jen Lumanlan | Dec 18, 2022

This episode is dedicated to supporting neurodivergent parents. Dr. A offers insights and resources to help identify neurodivergence in yourself or your partner and find the support you need. It’s especially relevant for parents who may have gone undiagnosed into adulthood.

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