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044: How to introduce your child to music (even if you can’t play or sing)

By Jen Lumanlan | Jul 30, 2017

I can’t play any instruments (unless the recorder counts?).  I certainly can’t sing.  But my daughter really enjoys music, and there are a whole host of studies showing how playing music benefits children’s brain development.  So what’s a non-music playing, non-singing parent to do? Dr. Wendell Hanna’s new book, the Children’s Music Studio: A Reggio-Inspired…

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043: How to talk with children about death

By Jen Lumanlan | Jul 16, 2017

Dr. Atle Dyregrov joins us to explore how to help children cope with illness, death, and grief. Dr. Dyregrov, an expert in the field, provides valuable insights and advice on addressing these challenging topics with children. Drawing from his extensive experience in working with families and children dealing with loss and trauma, he offers practical guidance and strategies for parents and caregivers. Listen in to gain a better understanding of how to support children during difficult times.

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042: How to teach a child to use manners

By Jen Lumanlan | Jul 2, 2017

Explore the intriguing world of manners and politeness as we navigate the research on teaching children good manners, and discover effective strategies for instilling politeness while fostering a respectful parent-child relationship.

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041: Siblings: Why do they fight, and what can we do about it?

By Jen Lumanlan | Jun 18, 2017

Explore the dynamics of sibling relationships, their developmental impacts, and why they fight, as Professor Susan McHale from Penn State University provides insights.

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040: Only children: Are they as bad as advertised?

By Jen Lumanlan | Jun 4, 2017

Are only children really more selfish and lacking in social skills? Delve into the stereotypes, research findings, and insights on raising an only child.

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039: What to do when your toddler says “No, I don’t wanna…!”

By Jen Lumanlan | May 21, 2017

Dealing with a defiant toddler? Dive into the world of oppositional defiance in children, understand the reasons behind it, and gain practical strategies for smoother parenting.

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038: The Opposite of Spoiled

By Jen Lumanlan | May 15, 2017

Explore the insightful conversation with Ron Lieber, author of “The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids who are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money.” Discover practical guidance on discussing money with children, including appropriate information for different ages, managing requests for purchases, and addressing questions about socioeconomic disparities. Join us as we gain valuable strategies for nurturing financially responsible and compassionate children.

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037: Generation Me

By Jen Lumanlan | May 7, 2017

Delve into the cultural forces shaping modern parenting, as we discuss individualism and its implications for raising the next generation. Learn how to navigate these dynamics for more balanced child-rearing.

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036: The impact of divorce on a child’s development (Part 1)

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 30, 2017

This is the second of a short series of episodes on issues related to divorce.  The first was our “All Joy and No Fun” episode, where we talked about how parenting today can be the most joyful thing in our lives – even if it isn’t always a whole lot of fun from moment to…

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035: Parenting: All joy and no fun?

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 23, 2017

Discover the complex interplay between parenting, joy, and fun as we discuss the impact of divorce on children’s development. Gain insights into navigating single parenting and stepfamilies, and learn to create a balanced, joyful family life.

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034: How do I get my child to do chores?

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 16, 2017

Explore the world of children and household chores across different cultures. Learn how to engage your child in helping with chores as we delve into the dynamics of family responsibility with Andrew Coppens, an expert in education and learning sciences.

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033: Does your child ever throw tantrums? (Part 2)

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 8, 2017

Delve into the world of tantrums in children as we uncover the latest research findings on what causes tantrums and how to manage them. Discover practical strategies for understanding and preventing tantrums to make your parenting journey smoother and more enjoyable.

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