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149: How to set the boundaries you need

By Jen Lumanlan | Feb 13, 2022

We’ve covered the topic of boundaries before, in our conversation with Xavier Dagba.  In my work with parents, I see that an inability to set boundaries is a MAJOR cause of feeling triggered by our child’s behavior.     When we snap at our child’s behavior, it often (not always, but often) comes somewhat later in…

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148: Is spanking a child really so bad?

By Jen Lumanlan | Feb 6, 2022

I’ve been thinking about producing this episode for several years now, and I always wished I wouldn’t need to do it.  Then every few months I’d see a post in an online community saying something like “Is spanking really that bad? I was spanked and I turned out fine” and I knew that one day…

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SYPM 018: No Set Bedtime with Gila and Katherine

By Jen Lumanlan | Jan 30, 2022

When I interviewed Dr. Chris Winters last year, I described how we’ve been using a No Set Bedtime method with our daughter Carys.  He used it with his children starting in the Elementary years, and his eyes nearly fell out of his head when I told him we’d been using it since Carys was about…

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SYPM 017: Reparenting ourselves to create empathy in the world with Amy

By Jen Lumanlan | Jan 23, 2022

In this episode we hear from parent Amy, who is a White parent married to a Black man raising four biracial children in Colorado.  Amy has been on quite a journey to explore her role as a descendant of Puritans who came to the United States looking for religious freedom on her father’s side, and…

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147: Sugar Rush with Dr. Karen Throsby

By Jen Lumanlan | Jan 9, 2022

This episode continues our conversation on the topic of children and food.  A few months ago we heard from Dr. Lindo Bacon about how the things we’ve learned about obesity might not actually be the whole story.  Then we talked with Ellyn Satter about the approach she devised called Division of Responsibility, which holds the…

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RE-RELEASE: Why storytelling is so important for our children

By Jen Lumanlan | Jan 2, 2022

“Storytelling? I’m already reading books to my child – isn’t that enough?” Your child DOES get a lot out of reading books (which is why we’ve done a several episodes on that already, including What children learn from reading books, How to read with your child, and Did you already miss the boat on teaching your toddler how…

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RE-RELEASE: How to read with your child with Dr. Laura Froyen

By Jen Lumanlan | Dec 19, 2021

Way, waaay back in Episode 3, we wondered whether we had missed the boat on teaching our babies to read (didn’t you teach your baby how to read?). We eventually decided that we hadn’t, but given that many parents have a goal of instilling a love of reading into their children, what’s the best way to go about…

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RE-RELEASE: Parenting beyond pink and blue with Dr. Christia Brown

By Jen Lumanlan | Dec 5, 2021

Today I join forces with Malaika Dower of the How to Get Away with Parenting podcast to interview Dr. Christia Brown, who is a Professor of Developmental and Social Psychology at the University of Kentucky, where she studies the development of gender identity and children’s experience of gender discrimination.  Dr. Brown’s book, Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue (Affiliate link), helps parents to…

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RE-RELEASE: Why isn’t my child grateful with Dr. Jonathan Tudge

By Jen Lumanlan | Nov 21, 2021

“I spent the whole morning painting and doing origami and felting projects with my daughter – and not only did she not say “thank you,” but she refused to help clean up!” (I actually said this myself this morning:-)) “We took our son to Disneyland and went on every ride he wanted to go on…

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RE-RELEASE: Becoming Brilliant – Interview with Prof. Roberta Golinkoff

By Jen Lumanlan | Nov 7, 2021

In just a few years, today’s children and teens will forge careers that look nothing like those that were available to their parents or grandparents. While the U.S. economy becomes ever more information-driven, our system of education seems stuck on the idea that “content is king,” neglecting other skills that 21st century citizens sorely need.…

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[Looking back and looking ahead]

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 31, 2021

In this short episode I reflect on where we’ve been over the past year, my plans to slow down a bit at the end of the year (as well as a super exciting project I’m working on!), and what episodes we have lined up for the new year.   In this episode I also mention…

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SYPM 016: Getting it right from the start with a new baby

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 24, 2021

In this episode we do something we haven’t done before – talk with podcast listeners who aren’t parents yet!   Kellie and Jon are an amazing couple living in Tennessee.  Kellie is a bit of a planner (by which I mean that during her Ph.D program Jon noticed Kellie was getting stressed about when they…

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