Your Parenting Mojo

Growth & Development

012: It’s not about the broccoli: Dr. Dina Rose

By Jen Lumanlan | Nov 14, 2016

  Does your child eat any food under the sun…as long as it’s cheese?  Do you find yourself worrying that you’ll never get all the nutrients into her that she needs?  Dr. Dina Rose approaches eating from a sociologist’s perspective, which is to say that It’s Not About The Broccoli (which also happens to be…

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011: Does your child ever throw tantrums? (Part 1)

By Jen Lumanlan | Nov 6, 2016

  So, does your child ever throw tantrums?  Yes?  Well, the good news is that you’re not alone.  And this isn’t something us Western parents have brought upon ourselves with our strange parenting ways; they’re actually fairly common (although not universal) in other cultures as well. What causes a tantrum?  And what can parents do…

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009: Do you punish your child with rewards?

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 24, 2016

I’ve never said the words “good job” to my toddler. I was lucky – I stumbled on Alfie Kohn’s book Punished by Rewards early enough that I was able to break the habit before my daughter had really done anything much that might be construed as requiring a “good job.” I’m going to be absolutely…

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007: Help! My toddler won’t eat vegetables

By Jen Lumanlan | Oct 10, 2016

  (Believe it or not, this is Carys’ “I freaking love homemade spinach ravioli with broccoli” face!)   I was sitting in a restaurant recently with half an eye on a toddler and his parents at the next table. The parents were trying to get the toddler to eat some of his broccoli before he…

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005: How to "scaffold" children’s learning to help them succeed

By Jen Lumanlan | Sep 26, 2016

When I started talking with people about the idea for this podcast, one theme that came up consistently was the idea of supporting our children’s growth and development. A friend of mine summed it up most concisely and articulately by asking “how do I know when to lead and when I should step back and…

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