Your Parenting Mojo

083: White privilege in parenting: What it is & what to do about it

By Jen Lumanlan | Feb 3, 2019

This episode launches a series of conversations on the intersection of race and parenting.  I spent a month wading around in the psychological literature on this topic and deciding how best to approach it, and eventually decided to split it into four topics. Today we’ll dig into white privilege in parenting through a conversation with…

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082: Regulating emotions: What, When, & How

By Jen Lumanlan | Jan 21, 2019

We’ve already covered emotion regulation a few times on the show: there were these older short episodes on Three Reasons Not to Say “You’re OK!” and Modeling Emotion Regulation, as well as the more recent one on Dr. Stuart Shanker’s book Self-Reg. But I realized I’d never done the episode that should underlie all of…

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081: How can I decide which daycare/preschool is right for my child?

By Jen Lumanlan | Jan 7, 2019

I regularly receive questions from listeners asking me whether they should put their child in daycare or preschool and my response has typically been that there isn’t a lot of research on the benefits and drawbacks for middle class children on whether or not the child goes to daycare/preschool, and that is still true.  I’ve…

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080: Self-Reg: Can it help our children?

By Jen Lumanlan | Dec 23, 2018

Emotion regulation: It’s one of the biggest challenges of childhood (and parenthood!).  We all want our children to be able to do it, but they struggle with it so much, and this is the root of many of our own struggles in parenting. But instead of trying to get them to reduce the intensity of…

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079: What is RIE?

By Jen Lumanlan | Dec 9, 2018

What is – WHAT? Resources for Infant Educarers, or RIE (pronounced like Rye bread) is the parenting approach that we use with our daughter Carys which is grounded in respect for the child.  I’ve wanted to do an episode on this topic ever since I started the show but at first I didn’t want you…

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078: You have parenting goals; do you know what they are?

By Jen Lumanlan | Nov 26, 2018

We all have goals for our children, even if these are things that we’ve never formally articulated and are ideas we’ve inherited from half-remembered bits of parenting books and blogs (and the occasional podcast) and the way we were parented ourselves. But do you ever find that the way you’re parenting in the moment doesn’t…

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077: Are forest schools any better for children than regular schools?

By Jen Lumanlan | Nov 11, 2018

If you’ve been following the show for a while now, you’ll know that my daughter and I LOVE to spend time outside.  I looked at the research on the benefits of outdoor play for young children, and in my interview with Dr. Scott Sampson on his book How to Raise a Wild Child, so I…

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076: How to rock your parent-teacher conference

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 28, 2018

Parent-Teacher conferences are about to be underway in many places, so I thought it might be helpful to give you some resources to make these as productive for you and your child as possible. In this episode we talk with Dr. Margaret Caspe and Dr. Elena Lopez of the Global Family Research Project, which develops…

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075: Should we Go Ahead and Heap Rewards On Our Kid?

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 14, 2018

A couple of months ago, an article by journalist Melinda Wenner Moyer – whose work I normally greatly respect – started making the rounds on Facebook.  Then (knowing my approach to parenting) a couple of readers emailed it to me and asked me what I thought of it. The article was called Go Ahead: Heap…

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074: Attachment: What it is, what it’s not, how to do it, and how to stop stressing about it

By Jen Lumanlan | Sep 30, 2018

Is attachment the same as bonding?  Can I have a healthy attachment with my baby if I don’t breastfeed? Do I have to babywear to develop an attachment to my baby? Will being apart from my baby disrupt our attachment relationship? Is co-sleeping critical to attachment?   These are just a few of the questions…

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073: What to do when your child refuses to go to school

By Jen Lumanlan | Sep 16, 2018

We’re a couple of weeks into the new school year by now and I hope that for most of you the morning drop-offs have gotten a bit easier than they were in the beginning. But some of you may still be struggling with a child who doesn’t want to go to school, who resists you…

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072: Is the 30 Million Word Gap Real: Part II

By Jen Lumanlan | Sep 3, 2018

This episode revisits the concept of the 30 Million Word Gap concept, which we first covered in an interview with Dr. Doug Sperry a few weeks back. After she heard that I was going to talk with Dr. Sperry, Dr. Roberta Golinkoff – with whom we discussed her book Becoming Brilliant almost two years ago…

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