Jia Ying Sarah Lee: Promoting Diversity in Parenting During the Holidays | All Together #42

In this episode, host Dina Sargeant is joined by Jia Ying Sarah Lee, a clinical psychologist and PhD candidate

As children are out of school and families gather together, they often encounter challenges to their usual routines. Navigating close quarters and diverse celebratory traditions and cultures within the family can be challenging. Join us as we explore the complexities of family dynamics and how cultural influences shape parental approaches to raising children.

Meet Jia Ying Sarah Lee

Jia Ying Sarah Lee is a Clinical Psychologist at The Australian Centre for Emotionally Focused Therapy in Brisbane, Queensland. She is also a PhD candidate at the UQ Child Health Research Centre and holds positions as a Provisional Psychologist at Belmont Private Hospital and the UQ Psychology Clinic. Additionally, she is an External Counsellor at St. Peters Lutheran College.

Previously, she worked as a Psychologist at the Adult Neuro-developmental Service, Institute of Mental Health in Singapore. Sarah Lee holds a Master of Clinical Psychology from The University of Queensland and is bilingual in English and Mandarin.

About the episode

In this thought-provoking episode of All Together, Dina and Sarah Lee explore diversity in parenting, focusing on how cultural backgrounds influence parenting styles. They discuss how cultural norms shape family dynamics, particularly regarding independence and familial involvement. They share personal experiences of unlearning traditional cultural expectations.

Dina and Sarah Lee discuss promoting inclusion and diversity within families, particularly in parenting approaches. They highlight the importance of parents’ actions aligning with their words and values. They also explore the challenges of reconciling traditional expectations with evolving family dynamics.

Dina and Sarah Lee discuss the challenge parents face when teenagers seek autonomy during holiday celebrations. Sarah Lee advises parents to understand their values and involve teenagers in decision-making processes. Dina and Sarah Lee emphasize the importance of two-way communication to avoid last-minute conflicts.

Sarah Lee and Dina emphasize the importance of self-reflection, understanding inherent biases, and fostering open communication with children. They highlight the significance of challenging traditional views and creating space for disagreement and questioning in the family dynamic.

In conclusion

In this episode, Sarah Lee and Dina discuss the need to challenge traditional norms and assumptions, creating space for children to voice their perspectives and desires. Parents can empower their children to navigate the world’s complexities with empathy and inclusivity by fostering an environment where differences are acknowledged and respected.

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