Slate's Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Slate's Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois review and debate the latest parenting news, and try to stay civil. Part of the Panoply Network.... Show More

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September 19, 2019 47 min

On this week’s episode, Jamilah and Dan answer listener questions from a mom who is feeling anxious about her teenager wanting to buy condoms and a co-parenting dad who has some concerns. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, Dan shares an excerpt from his newly released book, Read more

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September 17, 2019 63 min

On this special midweek bonus episode, Dan Kois shares the first chapter of the audiobook of How to Be a Family, plus Dan is joined by retired MADAF all-stars Allison Benedikt and Gabe Roth to talk about the trip around the world, the lessons Dan and his family learned, and all the fails along the way.  Read more

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September 12, 2019 51 min

On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Jamilah and Dan answer listener questions from a mom who is worried she won’t be able to do it all and a mom who wants to keep her parents from putting her kid into a gender box. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, the hosts share their favorite parenting books. Sign up for Slate Plus he... Read more

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September 11, 2019 28 min

Is there a right way to let kids struggle and fail? How do you raise resilient children? And most important, when should you help out, and when should you chill out? We ask Dr. Wendy Mogel, author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee to advise a Portland, Oregon couple who worry about their son getting wet in a squirt gun fight.

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September 5, 2019 44 min

On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Jamilah and Faith answer listener questions from an aunt struggling to confront her niece’s traumatic experience and a non-parent that wants to be more useful to her friends with kids. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, Jamilah and Faith chat about back to school time. Sign up for Slate Plus Read more

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August 29, 2019 49 min

On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Jamilah and Dan answer listener questions from a mom that wants her mother to be more supportive an a worried grandma who is looking for the right way to have a tough conversation with a child. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, Rebecca shares how the big day of dropping her kid off at college went. Sign up for Slate Plus Read more

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August 22, 2019 51 min



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August 15, 2019 52 min

On this week’s episode, Jamilah and Dan answer listener questions from a mom that’s having second thoughts about a second kid and a mom whose kid wants to travel across Europe. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, we talk with Mini Milah, Jamilah’s six year-old daughter, about her new favorite restaurant. Sign up for Slate Plus Read more

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August 8, 2019 56 min

On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Jamilah, and Tom answer listener questions from a mom that doesn’t seem to understand the need for nannies and a mom that wants to have more inclusive birthday parties. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, we talk with our guest host, Tom Scocca, about sharing the news with your kids. We use Tom’s most recent Slate article, Read more

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August 1, 2019 55 min

On this week’s episode, Dan, Rebecca, and Jamilah answer listener questions from an introverted dad who wants to raise a social kid and from atheist parents struggling with attending events at their local evangelical university. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, we talk about how to deal with differeing parenting philosophies among co-parents, inspired by Michelle Herman’s ... Read more

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July 25, 2019 54 min

On this week’s episode: The hosts answer listener questions about exclusive best friends and a kid that uses an offensive word during a fight. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, we talk to Jamilah about her Care and Feeding column.
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July 18, 2019 47 min

On this week’s episode: The hosts answer listener questions about a mom who has some strong concerns about their kid carpooling and a friend who’s worried that they might be overstepping. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, we take another question from a listener.
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July 11, 2019 56 min

On this week’s episode: The hosts answer listener questions about a mom who wants to know what to do about a sort of stepson and another about a kid who’s hanging out with a kid that counts calories. We also welcome Amy Scott as this week’s special host. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. Amy brings Ask-A-Teacher to Slate Plus.
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July 4, 2019 40 min

On this week’s episode: The hosts answer listener questions about a mom who wants to know what to do about a sexist boyfriend and a mom who wants to know what to do about her kid being left out in the dark after hanging with a friend. We also welcome Jakada Imani as this week’s special host. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, Jakada talks about how he manages his career and f... Read more

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June 27, 2019 50 min

On this week’s episode: The hosts answer listener questions about a teen in need of some support about their sensitive mom and what to do about a little that likes dressing up as problematic princesses. We also welcome Aminta Steinbach as this week’s special host. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, Aminta talks about life as a live-in aunt.
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June 20, 2019 62 min

On this week’s episode: The hosts answers listener questions about a mother who wants to ensure her kids remember their grandpa after he passes and the importance of table manners at dinner. We also welcome Doyin Richards as this week’s special host. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, Doyin shares just why the world thinks he’s a super-dad.

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June 13, 2019 48 min

On this week’s episode: The hosts answers listener questions about what to do when your kid refuses to shower and a kid that refuses to stop biting. We also welcome Jamilah Lemieux as this week’s special host. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, Jamilah shares her co-parenting story.

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June 6, 2019 56 min

On this week’s episode: The hosts answers listener questions about what to do with your kid that refuses everything, even the fun stuff, and another about what it even means to have siblings. We also welcome Dan Kois back to the show. And as usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, the hosts share their thoughts on Mary Jane. 







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May 30, 2019 62 min

On this week’s episode: The hosts answer a listener question about what actually matters when parenting your kid. We also say farewell to Gabe and Carvell. And as usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, the hosts recap their favorite moments and lessons on the show. 








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May 23, 2019 49 min

On this week’s episode: Gabe and Carvell interview podcaster and author Theresa Thorn about her upcoming picture book, It Feels Good To Be Yourself: A Book about Gender Identity and answer a listener question about a narcissistic theatre teacher. And as usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, Theresa Thorn shares her own parenting fail.

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