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198: The connection between your ideas about childhood and politics with Dr. Toby Rollo

By Jen Lumanlan | Nov 26, 2023

  A couple of years ago I was watching a session of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education‘s online conference by unschooling advocate Idzie Desmerais. At some point she dropped a quote into her presentation that I jotted down but didn’t think much of at the time:   What if your ideas about politics were just…

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197: What to do about reward and punishment systems at school with Denise Suarez

By Jen Lumanlan | Nov 12, 2023

  This is the first in a series of ‘back to basics’ episodes here on the show, where we’ll look at the everyday challenges you’re facing as a parent. (Have an idea for an episode? Share it on this thread in our free Facebook group [insert link], send us a max 2 minute video of…

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196: How to do right by your child – and everyone else’s with Dr. Elizabeth Cripps

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 29, 2023

In ‘Parenting on Earth’ by Dr. Elizabeth Cripps, delve into the moral considerations surrounding parenting in the context of environmental challenges. Discover practical ways to navigate climate change and resource conservation while raising conscious children. This book offers a thoughtful guide to responsible parenting and collective action for a sustainable future.

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195: Raising Good Humans Every Day with Hunter Clarke-Fields

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 15, 2023

Explore Hunter Clarke-Fields’ new book, “Raising Good Humans Every Day,” a concise and actionable guide to everyday parenting. With short, practical chapters, it’s a valuable resource to help you apply positive practices in just a few minutes. Discover how this small but impactful book can make a difference in your daily parenting journey.

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194: Regulating for the kids…and for your marriage

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 8, 2023

Explore the story of Elizabeth and Marshall, a couple who embarked on the journey of self-discovery and parenting transformation together. They joined the Taming Your Triggers workshop and experienced profound shifts in their ability to be with their children and each other. Their story highlights the importance of investing in parenting education to create a more harmonious and mindful family life.

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193: You don’t have to believe everything you think

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 1, 2023

Discover a real magic trick to help you see that parenting challenges aren’t as dire as they seem. In this short episode, you’ll learn a practical technique that can boost your confidence and help you navigate difficult situations. Four listeners share their experiences with this magic trick, and you’ll get a step-by-step guide to use it when you need it. Don’t miss this empowering episode!

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192: What to do with the myth of Polyvagal Theory

By Jen Lumanlan | Sep 17, 2023

Polyvagal Theory is all the rage, but how much scientific evidence supports it? In this episode, we delve into the foundational principles of Polyvagal Theory and question its legitimacy. Is there a better theory to understand our experiences as parents and individuals? Discover a path forward in this thought-provoking episode.

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191: Parenting Beyond Power launch celebration

By Jen Lumanlan | Sep 5, 2023

Celebrate the release of the book “Parenting Beyond Power” in this special podcast episode. Join Jen as she discusses her book and answers questions from a listener. Discover the insights and inspiration behind the book and take part in this mini-celebration. Don’t miss it!

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190: How to use the tools in Parenting Beyond Power

By Jen Lumanlan | Aug 27, 2023

Join a group of listeners as they delve into the core premise of the book “Parenting Beyond Power.” Explore how social forces like White supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism can affect parenting and learn what you can do differently to create a better world for your children and future generations.

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189: Childhood Unlimited with Virginia Mendez

By Jen Lumanlan | Aug 13, 2023

Explore the impact of gender messages in children’s books, films, toys, and language in this enlightening episode with Virginia Mendez, author of “Childhood Unlimited: Parenting Beyond the Gender Bias.” Learn how cultural ideas are passed on and how you can help your children develop a more inclusive and equitable understanding of gender.

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Q&A 4: Is it safe to delay math learning?

By Jen Lumanlan | Jul 30, 2023

Join us in exploring the idea of delaying math learning for young children and whether there’s a “critical window” similar to language development. Listener Lindsay’s concerns about delayed math learning are addressed, including potential long-term effects, self-perception, and academic prospects.

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188: How to learn way beyond ‘doing well in school’

By Jen Lumanlan | Jul 16, 2023

In this episode, we revisit Kelly’s journey through parental burnout, which we first explored in 2020. Kelly reflects on how her experiences are intertwined with societal issues, shedding light on the need for systemic change. She shares valuable insights into teaching her child critical thinking, empathy, and awareness of their immediate surroundings. Kelly’s journey demonstrates the power of self-awareness and the importance of supporting parents in our society.

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