Latest Episodes & Transcripts

146: The Rested Child with Dr. Chris Winter

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 17, 2021

Sleep!  It’s a topic that’s on pretty much every parent’s mind.  We’ve already looked at this from a cultural perspective, where we learned our Western approach to sleep is by no means universal, and that this can result in quite a few of the problems we face in getting our children to sleep.   In…

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145: How to Sugarproof your kids with Dr. Michael Goran

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 3, 2021

  Sugar has a bad name these days – much like fat did back in the 1990s.  “Research shows” that it’s addictive…that it shrinks your brain…that it’s likely to lead to all kinds of health problems.   But will it really?   I interviewed Dr. Michael Goran, author of the recent book Sugarproof: The Hidden…

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SYPM 015: How to support each unique child’s learning journey

By Jen Lumanlan | Sep 19, 2021

I hear from a lot of parents who are worried about their children’s learning.  They tell me things like:   “I want to encourage my child’s learning and creativity and confidence as a learner without solely focusing on literacy and numeracy.”   “We’ve been in lockdown here in Melbourne for a very long time, with…

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144: Supporting Your Gifted Child

By Jen Lumanlan | Sep 11, 2021

  Is your child gifted?   Do you wonder if they’re gifted but aren’t quite sure?   Do you want to know how to support your gifted child’s learning in a way that doesn’t pressure them or make them resist working with you?   If so, this episode will help.   I have to say,…

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143: The Extended Mind with Annie Murphy Paul

By Jen Lumanlan | Sep 5, 2021

We don’t just think with our brains. What?! How can that possibly be true? I struggled to understand it myself for quite a while, until I read the fabulous English philosopher Andy Clark’s description of what happens when someone writes, which essentially involves ideas flowing down the arm and hand, through the pen and ink,…

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142: Division of Responsibility with Ellyn Satter

By Jen Lumanlan | Aug 15, 2021

Do you worry that your child isn’t eating enough…or is eating too much? Do you wish they would eat a more balanced diet…but don’t want to be the Vegetable Police? Do you find yourself in constant negotiations over your child’s favorite snacks? You’re not alone! Join me for a conversation with Ellyn Satter MS, MSSW,…

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SYPM 014: The power of healing in community

By Jen Lumanlan | Aug 1, 2021

When you’re learning a new skill, information is critical.  Without that, it’s very difficult to make any kind of meaningful change.   But I see a parallel between learning new skills and respectful parenting: I like to say that love between parent and child is necessary but not sufficient – and that respect is the…

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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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