Talking about difficult topics

134: Beyond Sex Education with Dr. Nadine Thornhill

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 18, 2021

“Do you know what happens to your body when you get older?” “Um…you get hairy in some places?” “Yeah…other things happen too.  We’ll get you some books.”   That was what I learned about sex education when I was seven – I was always grateful that I learned it from my parents (who were pretty terrified to…

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133: How the Things We Learned About Sex Impact Our Children

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 4, 2021

Today we build on episodes that we’ve done in the past on talking with children about the basics of sex (so when you listen to this episode we’re assuming you’ve got the basics covered – things like using anatomically correct names for body parts and taking basic steps to prevent sexual abuse).   This is the first…

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131: Implicit Bias with Dr. Mahzarin Banaji

By Jen Lumanlan | Mar 7, 2021

Explicitly, nobody really believes in gender stereotypes anymore, but when we look at the world, and who’s where and how much money people make, and so on, it still seems to be there. And the answer to that is yeah, because it’s there. It’s just not something we say. It’s more of something we do.…

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129: The physical reasons you yell at your kids

By Jen Lumanlan | Feb 7, 2021

Why do we yell at our children – even when we know we shouldn’t? Why isn’t just knowing what to do enough to actually interact with our children in a way that aligns with our values? For many of us, the reason we struggle to actually implement the ideas we know we want to use…

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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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