Your Parenting Mojo

Culture & Race

028: How do children form social groups?

By Jen Lumanlan | Mar 6, 2017

How social groups are formed has profound implications for what we teach our children about our culture. Professor Yarrow Dunham of Yale University tells us how we all group people in our heads according to criteria that we think are important – in many cases it’s a valuable tool that allows us to focus our…

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018: The Spiritual Child: Possibly exaggerated, conclusions uncertain

By Jen Lumanlan | Dec 26, 2016

  Someone in a parenting group on Facebook suggested I do an episode on The Spiritual Child, by Dr. Lisa Miller.  My first thought was that it didn’t really sound like my cup of tea but I was willing to read it and at least see what it had to say. I was surprised by…

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006: Wait, is my toddler racist?

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 3, 2016

I’d always assumed that if I didn’t mention race to my daughter, if it was just a non-issue, that she wouldn’t grow up to be racist.  Boy, was I wrong about that.  It turns out that our brains are wired to make generalizations about people, and race is a pretty obviously noticeable way of categorizing…

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001: The influence of culture on parenting

By Jen Lumanlan | Aug 18, 2016

Have you ever thought about how common the murder of children has been in societies we now call “Western” in the past, as well as societies all over the world today? In my naivete as a parent I figured there would be some differences in how people parent their children around the world, but I…

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