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Episode Info: Hello, friends! This is a super interesting interview with Jen Lumanlan from Your Parenting Mojo. We talk about all sorts of things related to parenting, being a parent, being a kid, as well as brainstorming some ideas in terms of my own kids and situation. In Jen’s words – “I don’t have much in the way of parenting instinct but I make up for it with outstanding research skills.” Your Parenting Mojo Jen opens by talking about “Your Parenting Mojo”, which is primarily a podcast that she created in order to be the resource she wished already existed for parents. She wanted information that was based in scientific research but wasn’t a slave to the research and wasn’t based on “one click-bate study that gets all the press”. Jen takes the most up to date research and analyses it in a practical way, examining what the complete body of research says about a particular topic and then thinking about how that should influence the way she parents her daughter. Jen talks more about her own story and path in life and how she became interested in the work she does today. Jen shares how she never thought she would be a parent and didn’t particularly like children very much. However, her husband had a different opinion and so they decided to have a child together. When her daughter was born, she read lots of books about caring for a newborn and so felt somewhat comfortable during this phase. However, as her baby grew, started moving around and varying topics like discipline began to come up, she realized that she had zero parenting intuition whatsoever! Despite this, Jen knew she had excellent research skills, having a Masters degree in Environmental Management, and so decided to put them to use to help her on this journey through parenthood. Jen shares how as she researched more about parenting she realized that the resources she was finding were not particularly useful. Jen provides examples from the research where findings that are deemed as important and influential were perhaps, not as relevant as they claimed. Therefore, we need to apply a critical eye over research and take evidence from multiple sources. We discuss this further and how the media often only pick out a nugget of information from a research paper because it is more click-bait orientated, and so may not be representative of the study as a whole. To combat this problem, Jen created her podcast, Your Parenting Mojo, providing practical advice, based on scientific research. Around the same time as starting the podcast, Jen was doing another Masters degree in Psychology, and then in education – she describes how she wanted to create a framework around the research she was undertaking to understand what she was missing on the parenting front! We chat more about the focus of Jen’s podcast and how it focuses mostly on the “post-baby phase”. Jen explains how there can be such a lack of support for new mothers and it’s often assumed that if you’ve coped with ...
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