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111: Parental Burn Out

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 26, 2020

Do you often feel anxious or irritated, especially when you’re around your child? Do you often feel like you might snap, perhaps even threatening violence if they don’t do what you say? Are you so disconnected from them that you sometimes consider walking out and never coming back? If you have, it’s possible that you’re…

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110: How to Dismantle Patriarchy Through Parenting

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 13, 2020

We began this mini-series a few weeks ago as listener Brian Stout and I co-interviewed Dr. Carol Gilligan as an introduction to the topic of patriarchy, how it is present in every aspect of raising our children, and the negative impacts it has on our children’s lives – both on boys and girls. The interview with…

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109: Education in a time between worlds

By Jen Lumanlan | Mar 30, 2020

It seems pretty clear that we are in a societal ‘liminal space’ right now, which is a threshold between what we have known until now and what we will know in the future. We are also in a liminal space related to learning and education, as schools hastily try to move learning online (despite disparities…

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108: How to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic

By Jen Lumanlan | Mar 15, 2020

In this episode we discuss how to cope with parents’ and children’s fear and anxiety related to the Coronavirus pandemic, how to keep the children busy so you can get some work done (without resorting to hours of screen time), and how to use the time that you are focused on them to develop your…

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107: The impact of consumerism on children

By Jen Lumanlan | Mar 8, 2020

A few weeks ago we talked with Dr. Brad Klontz about the ‘money scripts’ that we pass on to our children – perhaps unintentionally – if we fail to examine these and make conscious decisions about the messages we want to convey about money to our children. Today we continue our series on the intersection…

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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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