Your Parenting Mojo

099: How to parent highly sensitive children

By Jen Lumanlan | Sep 15, 2019

Is your child Highly Sensitive?  Does it sometimes feel as though you don’t understand them, and struggle to support them in the ways it seems they need to be supported?  Or does your child experience and process things more deeply than other children, but this is the first time you’re hearing about High Sensitivity? In…

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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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097: How to support gender-creative children

By Jen Lumanlan | Aug 18, 2019

Recently a listener posted a question in the Your Parenting Mojo Facebook group asking about research related to children who are assigned to one gender at birth, but later realize that this assigned gender doesn’t match the gender they experience. Another listener recommended Dr. Diane Ehrensaft’s book The Gender-Creative Child, and we are fortunate that…

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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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095: Ask the American Academy of Pediatrics!

By Jen Lumanlan | Jul 21, 2019

A couple of months ago, when I was interviewing listener Rose Hoberman for her Sharing Your Parenting Mojo episode, she casually mentioned after we got off air that her father in law – Dr. Benard Dreyer – is the immediate past present of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and would I like her to make…

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SYPM 004: Conflicting cultures! with Dovilė Šafranauskė

By Jen Lumanlan | Jul 14, 2019

My guest on today’s episode in the Sharing Your Parenting Mojo series is Dovilė Šafranauskė, who joins us from Lithuania. Dovilė has discovered respectful parenting and her husband is on board, but many of the central tenets of RIE go very much against how children are raised in Lithuanian culture.  Dovilė wonders how she can…

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094: Using nonviolent communication to parent more peacefully

By Jen Lumanlan | Jul 7, 2019

Today’s episode pulls together a lot of threads from previous shows, and will also give you some really concrete new tools using what’s called Nonviolent Communication to support you in your parenting.  It’s not like these are concepts that we’ve never discussed before, but sometimes hearing them in a different framework can be the key…

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SYPM 003: Responding Mindfully with Seanna Mallon

By Jen Lumanlan | Jul 1, 2019

Today we talk with listener Seanna Mallon about her struggles to be mindful when responding to her two spirited young sons (and I can confirm from direct experience that they are indeed spirited – we actually had to re-record the episode after we simply couldn’t continue the first interview due to her children’s continual interruptions!).…

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093: Parenting children of non-dominant cultures

By Jen Lumanlan | Jun 23, 2019

We’ve done a LOT of episodes specifically for white parents by now: White privilege in parenting: What it is and what to do about it White privilege in schools Talking with children about race Teaching children about topics like slavery and the Civil Rights Movement Do I have privilege? In this episode we turn the…

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092: Fathers’ unique role in parenting

By Jen Lumanlan | Jun 9, 2019

This episode began out of a query that I see repeated endlessly in online parenting groups: “My child has a really strong preference for me.  They get on great with the other parent (usually the father, in a heterosexual relationship) when I’m not around, but when I’m there it’s all “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!”  This is…

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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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090: Sensory processing disorder

By Jen Lumanlan | May 12, 2019

This episode comes to us courtesy of my friend Jess, whose daughter has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and who is on a mission to make sure that as many parents as possible learn about it.  She says that every time she describes it to a parent they realize that they know someone who exhibits behavior…

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