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120: How to Raise a Child Who Uses Their Uniqueness to Create Happiness (RE-RELEASE)

By Marben Picar | Sep 20, 2020

I’ve heard from listeners that what they call “The Dark Horse Episode,” the interview with Dr. Todd Rose, that this is one of their favorite conversations on the podcast, and for this reason I’m doing something I’ve never done before: reissuing that episode.  Dr. Rose and I discussed ways to personalize children’s learning to help…

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119: Aligning Your Parenting With Your Values

By Jen Lumanlan | Sep 7, 2020

Ever have a vague sense that your interactions with your child aren’t quite aligned with your values…but aren’t quite sure what to do about it?   Have you been to a protest and shouted “Black Lives Matter!  Fight the Power!”…and then gone home and forced your child to brush their teeth?   Have you chastised…

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SYPM 007: Parenting Across Cultural Divides

By Jen Lumanlan | Aug 23, 2020

In this episode we hear from Denise, who claims to have listened to every Your Parenting Mojo episode… Denise is a Filipina living in Madrid, and the intentional, respectful parenting style she’s chosen to use is somewhat out of place in both cultures.  She wanted to chat about what to do when her daughter is…

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118: Are You Raising Materialistic Kids?

By Jen Lumanlan | Aug 11, 2020

This episode on the topic of materialism concludes our series on the intersection of parenting and money.  Here we talk with Dr. Susanna Opree of Erasmus University Rotterdam, who studies the effect of advertising and commercial media on use, materialism, and well-being. We discuss how children’s understanding of materialism shifts as they age, the extent…

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117: Socialization and Pandemic Pods

By Jen Lumanlan | Jul 26, 2020

One of the questions I see asked most often in parenting forums these days is some variation on: “I’m worried about my child’s socialization now that it looks like daycares, preschools and schools have been closed for several months and will likely remain closed for several more months. Can someone please tell me if I…

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Your Parenting Mojo SYPM 006 Mindful Mama with Hunter Clarke-Fields

SYPM 006: Mindful Mama

By Jen Lumanlan | Jul 26, 2020

We’re delving a little deeper into the topic of mindfulness with none other than the Mindful Mama, Hunter Clarke-Fields!  We discuss Hunter’s journey from being triggered just as often as the rest of us, to using mindfulness techniques to center herself so she can parent more effectively.  She even walks me through an impromptu mini-meditation!…

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116: Turn Work-Family Conflict Into Work-Family Balance

By Jen Lumanlan | Jul 16, 2020

Work-family conflict can seem unavoidable – especially in the era of COVID when we’re either working from home with children underfoot all day, or we’re an essential worker who has to leave the house and can’t find childcare. In this conversation with licensed psychologist Dr. Yael Schonbrun, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Brown University, and…

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115: Reducing the Impact of Advertising to Children

By Jen Lumanlan | Jul 5, 2020

We’re almost (but not quite!) at the end of our lengthy series on the intersection of money and parenting.  Most recently, we talked with Dr. Allison Pugh to try to understand the answer to the question “Given that advertising is happening, how do parents and children respond?” In this episode we take a step back…

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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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SYPM 005: Getting Confident About the Decision to Homeschool

By Jen Lumanlan | Jun 7, 2020

  Click here to learn more about The Confident Homeschooler course!   School districts are starting to make plans to reopen – some with sneeze guards between desks; some on reduced schedules to accommodate the amount of space needed for social distancing, while some are going online-only for the Fall semester. How will your child…

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113: No Self, No Problem

By Jen Lumanlan | May 24, 2020

If you heard the recent episode on Parental Burnout, you’ll know that our identities can become really confusing when we become parents, especially for women.  On one hand, society tells us that we have to work hard and do well so we can Achieve The Dream.  And on the other hand, we’re told that a…

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112: How to Set up a Play Room

By Jen Lumanlan | May 10, 2020

One of the things people email me wanting to know about most often is “what does the research say about how to set up a play room? What toys should I buy that will have the greatest benefit for my child’s learning and development?” I’d actually been putting off doing this episode for a while,…

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