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148: Why isn’t my child grateful with Dr. Jonathan Tudge (RE-RELEASE)

By Jen Lumanlan | Nov 21, 2021

“I spent the whole morning painting and doing origami and felting projects with my daughter – and not only did she not say “thank you,” but she refused to help clean up!” (I actually said this myself this morning:-)) “We took our son to Disneyland and went on every ride he wanted to go on…

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147: Becoming Brilliant – Interview with Prof. Roberta Golinkoff (RE-RELEASE)

By Jen Lumanlan | Nov 7, 2021

In just a few years, today’s children and teens will forge careers that look nothing like those that were available to their parents or grandparents. While the U.S. economy becomes ever more information-driven, our system of education seems stuck on the idea that “content is king,” neglecting other skills that 21st century citizens sorely need.…

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[Looking back and looking ahead]

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 31, 2021

In this short episode I reflect on where we’ve been over the past year, my plans to slow down a bit at the end of the year (as well as a super exciting project I’m working on!), and what episodes we have lined up for the new year.   In this episode I also mention…

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SYPM 016: Getting it right from the start with a new baby

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 24, 2021

In this episode we do something we haven’t done before – talk with podcast listeners who aren’t parents yet!   Kellie and Jon are an amazing couple living in Tennessee.  Kellie is a bit of a planner (by which I mean that during her Ph.D program Jon noticed Kellie was getting stressed about when they…

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146: The Rested Child with Dr. Chris Winter

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 17, 2021

Sleep!  It’s a topic that’s on pretty much every parent’s mind.  We’ve already looked at this from a cultural perspective, where we learned our Western approach to sleep is by no means universal, and that this can result in quite a few of the problems we face in getting our children to sleep.   In…

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145: How to Sugarproof your kids with Dr. Michael Goran

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 3, 2021

  Sugar has a bad name these days – much like fat did back in the 1990s.  “Research shows” that it’s addictive…that it shrinks your brain…that it’s likely to lead to all kinds of health problems.   But will it really?   I interviewed Dr. Michael Goran, author of the recent book Sugarproof: The Hidden…

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SYPM 015: How to support each unique child’s learning journey

By Jen Lumanlan | Sep 19, 2021

I hear from a lot of parents who are worried about their children’s learning.  They tell me things like:   “I want to encourage my child’s learning and creativity and confidence as a learner without solely focusing on literacy and numeracy.”   “We’ve been in lockdown here in Melbourne for a very long time, with…

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144: Supporting Your Gifted Child

By Jen Lumanlan | Sep 11, 2021

  Is your child gifted?   Do you wonder if they’re gifted but aren’t quite sure?   Do you want to know how to support your gifted child’s learning in a way that doesn’t pressure them or make them resist working with you?   If so, this episode will help.   I have to say,…

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143: The Extended Mind with Annie Murphy Paul

By Jen Lumanlan | Sep 5, 2021

We don’t just think with our brains. What?! How can that possibly be true? I struggled to understand it myself for quite a while, until I read the fabulous English philosopher Andy Clark’s description of what happens when someone writes, which essentially involves ideas flowing down the arm and hand, through the pen and ink,…

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142: Division of Responsibility with Ellyn Satter

By Jen Lumanlan | Aug 15, 2021

Do you worry that your child isn’t eating enough…or is eating too much? Do you wish they would eat a more balanced diet…but don’t want to be the Vegetable Police? Do you find yourself in constant negotiations over your child’s favorite snacks? You’re not alone! Join me for a conversation with Ellyn Satter MS, MSSW,…

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SYPM 014: The power of healing in community

By Jen Lumanlan | Aug 1, 2021

When you’re learning a new skill, information is critical.  Without that, it’s very difficult to make any kind of meaningful change.   But I see a parallel between learning new skills and respectful parenting: I like to say that love between parent and child is necessary but not sufficient – and that respect is the…

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141: The Body Keeps The Score with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

By Jen Lumanlan | Jul 25, 2021

How does trauma affect us?   Yes, we feel it in our brains – we get scared, frustrated, and angry – often for reasons we don’t fully understand.   But even if our brains have managed to cover up the trauma; to paper a veneer over it so everything seems fine, that doesn’t mean everything…

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