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094: Using nonviolent communication to parent more peacefully

By Jen Lumanlan | Jul 7, 2019

Today’s episode pulls together a lot of threads from previous shows, and will also give you some really concrete new tools using what’s called Nonviolent Communication to support you in your parenting.  It’s not like these are concepts that we’ve never discussed before, but sometimes hearing them in a different framework can be the key…

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SYPM 003: Responding Mindfully with Seanna Mallon

By Jen Lumanlan | Jul 1, 2019

Today we talk with listener Seanna Mallon about her struggles to be mindful when responding to her two spirited young sons (and I can confirm from direct experience that they are indeed spirited – we actually had to re-record the episode after we simply couldn’t continue the first interview due to her children’s continual interruptions!).…

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093: Parenting children of non-dominant cultures

By Jen Lumanlan | Jun 23, 2019

This episode is part of a series on understanding the intersection of race, privilege, and parenting.  Click here to view all the items in this series. We’ve done a LOT of episodes specifically for white parents by now: White privilege in parenting: What it is and what to do about it White privilege in schools Talking…

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092: Fathers’ unique role in parenting

By Jen Lumanlan | Jun 9, 2019

This episode began out of a query that I see repeated endlessly in online parenting groups: “My child has a really strong preference for me.  They get on great with the other parent (usually the father, in a heterosexual relationship) when I’m not around, but when I’m there it’s all “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!”  This is…

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091: Do I have privilege?

By Jen Lumanlan | May 26, 2019

This episode is part of a series on understanding the intersection of race, privilege, and parenting.  Click here to view all the items in this series. Each time I think I’m done with this series on the intersection of race and parenting, another great topic pops up! Listener Ann reached out to me after she heard…

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090: Sensory processing disorder

By Jen Lumanlan | May 12, 2019

This episode comes to us courtesy of my friend Jess, whose daughter has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and who is on a mission to make sure that as many parents as possible learn about it.  She says that every time she describes it to a parent they realize that they know someone who exhibits behavior…

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SYPM002: Sugar! with Rose Hoberman

By Jen Lumanlan | May 5, 2019

In this second episode of Sharing Your Parenting Mojo we talk with Rose Hoberman, who is American but lives in Germany, about discussing math with girls – as well as with managing her daughter’s sugar intake. Here’s Rose’s blog, where she discusses what she thought of my Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue episode. If you’d…

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089: Teaching children about issues related to race

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 29, 2019

This episode is part of a series on understanding the intersection of race, privilege, and parenting.  Click here to view all the items in this series. In this episode we continue our series on the intersection of race and parenting, which we started with Dr. Margaret Hagerman on the topic of white privilege in parenting; then…

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SYPM 001: Mindfulness with Jess Barnes

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 21, 2019

Welcome to the first episode in a new series that I’m calling Sharing Your Parenting Mojo, where I interview listeners about what they’ve learned from the show as well as the parenting challenges they’re facing.  Today we talk with Ontario, Canada-based listener Jess Barnes, a registered social worker and parent of almost-two about a mindfulness…

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088: Setting loving – and effective! – limits

By Jen Lumanlan | Apr 14, 2019

The way we set limits has such profound implications for our parenting: it’s the difference between parenting in a constant state of anxiety, and being truly calm and confident that you’re making the right decisions as you move through your day. If we set ineffective limits, our child never knows where we stand.  They push…

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087: Talking with children about race, with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

By Jen Lumanlan | Mar 31, 2019

This episode is part of a series on understanding the intersection of race, privilege, and parenting.  Click here to view all the items in this series. We’ve laid a lot of groundwork on topics related to race by now: we learned about white privilege in parenting, and white privilege in schools, and even how parents can…

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086: Playing to Win: How does playing sports impact children?

By Jen Lumanlan | Mar 17, 2019

Individual sports or competitive?  Recreational or organized?  Everyone gets a trophy or just the winners? And why do sports in the first place?  Granted there are some physical benefits, but don’t we also hope that our children will learn some kind of lessons about persistence and team work that will stand them in good stead…

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