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Latest Episodes & Transcripts

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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SYPM 013: Triggered all the time to emotional safety

By Jen Lumanlan | Jul 17, 2021

When we’re having a hard time interacting with our family members, it’s pretty common for our first reaction to be: “I need this person (or these people!) to change their behavior” – especially when this person (or these people!) are children.  After all, we’ve been around for longer and we know what we’re doing and…

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140: Mythbusting about fat and BMI with Dr. Lindo Bacon

By Jen Lumanlan | Jul 4, 2021

This episode kicks off a series on the intersection of parenting and food.   We begin today with a conversation with Dr. Lindo Bacon, where we bust a LOT of myths about the obesity epidemic that is said to be plaguing people in the United States and other countries that follow a similar diet.   The messaging…

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139: How to keep your child safe from guns (even if you don’t own one)

By Jen Lumanlan | Jun 20, 2021

Many of us haven’t been in each other’s homes for a while now, but pretty soon we’ll be getting together inside again.  And our children will be heading inside, in their friends’ houses.   People store guns inside.   Are you certain that nobody owns a gun in any of the places your child plays?   If…

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138: Most of what you know about attachment is probably wrong

By Jen Lumanlan | Jun 6, 2021

New parents often worry about attachment to their baby – will I be able to build it? My baby cries a lot – does that mean that we aren’t attached? If I put my baby in daycare, will they get attached to the daycare staff rather than to me? Based on the ideas about attachment…

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137: Psychological Flexibility through ACT with Dr. Diana Hill

By Jen Lumanlan | May 23, 2021

“Psychological Flexibility” sounds amazing.  Shouldn’t we all want that?  After all, psychological flexibility has been significantly positively associated with wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic, and negatively associated with anxiety, depression, and COVID-29-related distress and worry. (But what is it, anyway?!) Psychological Flexibility is about being fully in touch with the present moment and, based on…

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136: Mother’s Day Momifesto

By Jen Lumanlan | May 8, 2021

We’ve been in a liminal space for the last 15 months or so, since COVID shutdowns.  (The word ‘liminal’ comes from the Latin root limen, meaning threshold).   It’s a place where a certain part of our lives has come to an end but the next thing hasn’t yet begun, so we’re in a transitional state.…

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135: 5 reasons respectful parenting is so hard

By Jen Lumanlan | May 2, 2021

This episode grew out of a post that long-time friend of the podcast, Dr. Laura Froyen, published in a respectful parenting group that we both work in as admins.  In the post she asked people to share how they felt before and after they discovered respectful parenting, and then she created a word cloud of…

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SYPM 012: From fear-filled conflict to parenting as a team

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 25, 2021

“You’re doing it wrong!  You’re not asking for consent before changing the diaper!”   In this Sharing Your Parenting Mojo episode we meet parent Nicole, who has core values related to being empathic, constantly learning, and upholding justice in the world.  These awesome values came together in a difficult way when Nicole became a parent:…

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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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What Carys wants you to know about your children’s feelings

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 11, 2021

After dinner a few days ago, Carys randomly started telling us that if we want to understand some of the things she’s feeling, we should cast our minds back to when we were children and remember how we would have felt about it at the time.  The conversation continued as we explored more of her…

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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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