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106: Patriarchy is perpetuated through parenting (Part 1)

By Jen Lumanlan | Feb 23, 2020

“Wait, whaaaat?” (I can hear you thinking this now, as you’re reading the title for this episode.) When I think of patriarchy, I usually think of a powerful guy in a suit. He’s always white. He probably works in government or maybe high up in a corporation. He’s part of The System, which is just…

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105: How to pass on mental wealth to your child

By Jen Lumanlan | Feb 9, 2020

Think about your parents. Now think about money. What kinds of ideas, images, and feelings come to mind? Do you recall any discussions about money – or were these hidden from you? Was there always enough to go around – or were you ever-conscious of its absence? What little incidents do you recall that ended…

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104: How to help a child to overcome anxiety

By Jen Lumanlan | Jan 26, 2020

Listeners have been asking me for an episode on supporting anxious children for a loooooong time, but I was really struggling to find anyone who didn’t take a behaviorist-based approach (where behaviors are reinforced using the parent’s attention (or stickers) or the withdrawal of the parent’s attention or other ‘privileges.’). Long-time listeners will see that…

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103: How to raise a child who uses their uniqueness to create happiness

By Jen Lumanlan | Jan 12, 2020

Dr. Rose defines a Dark Horse as someone who uses a variety of unusual strategies like understanding their ‘micromotives’ and not worrying about their overall destination and to focus instead on more immediate goals to create a fulfilled life. In his book he focuses on the paths adults have followed to become Dark Horses, which…

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[Taking a Break]

By Jen Lumanlan | Nov 10, 2019

I’m taking a hiatus from the show; in this episode I explain why and what you can do to help make sure it comes back strong in 2020! Here’s the form to complete if you’re interested in learning more about the yet-to-be-named pilot membership to support children’s interest-led learning at home: https://forms.gle/GGKgdwaLkEfNfMA27

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102: From confusion and conflict to confident parenting

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 28, 2019

Do you ever feel ‘lost’ in your parenting?  Like you’ve read all the books (and even listened to the podcast episodes!) and you’ve agreed with them in principle, but somehow nothing ever seems to change? Your family feels directionless; you just muddle along having the same old fights with your partner about the same old…

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101: What happens after divorce – and how it impacts children

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 13, 2019

This is the third episode in our series on parental relationships – and the lack thereof…  We started with episode 35, which was called “All Joy and No Fun,” where we learned how children can be one of the greatest joys of a parent’s life – but that all the daily chores and struggles can…

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100!

By Jen Lumanlan | Sep 30, 2019

I can hardly believe we made it to this point: the 100th episode of the Your Parenting Mojo podcast!  Join me for a special celebration of the show, featuring questions (from you!) and answers (from me!), clips of some of my favorite episodes, some fun at NPR interviewer Terry Gross’ expense, the occasional Monty Python…

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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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