Slate's Mom and Dad Are Fighting
By Slate Magazine/Panoply
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Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois review and debate the latest parenting news, and try to stay civil. Part of the Panoply Network.
||Attacking Molly Weasley Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we one New York's school controverserial program to teach children about race and the decision to become a single mom at 41 with Rachel Sklar. Mom and Dad Are Fighting is sponsored by Bluum, helping...||5/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitXenomorph Mom Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss talking to children about death and our favorite moms from TV and film. Mom and Dad Are Fighting is sponsored by Macmillian, a publisher of children's books, including Tractor Mac. A favorite of...||5/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
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||ExplicitQuantity Time Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss spending more time with your teens and what it's like to confront your childhood bully.||4/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitTampon Falling Out of Your Ear Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss attending sex ed with your teen and how to deal with guns in people's homes.||3/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Explicit"Is My Kid a Narcissist?" Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss whether we are unintentionally raising narcissistic children and edler care with Bettyville author George Hodgman.||3/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitCall Your Mom Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss raising charitable kids with Ron Lieber and then give our moms a call.||2/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitVaccinate Your Kids Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss how to deal with parents who do not vaccinate their children and snowday activities.||2/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitIf I Only Had a Girl Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss free range parenting and how children watch movies. Link to our podcast survey: www.slate.com/survey||1/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitI Quit Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss when to allow your child to quit an activity and parenting with chronic pain.||1/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitBetter Luck This Year Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss parents' New Year's resolutions and take questions from non-parents.||12/31/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Truth About Santa Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss Santa and toys that require a bit of building.||12/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitWhere Can a Parent Score Some Weed? Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss baby names and weed-smoking parents.||12/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitDisdaingate Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss stay-at-home parenting and unpack Dan Kois' complicated feelings about it.||11/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Explicit"You Put That Ninja Sword Where?" Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast on children's sexual explorations and parenting kids' phone usage.||11/5/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Your Own Personal Fantasyland Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast on the dos and don'ts of allowance and the magical wonder that is Disney.||10/22/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Explicit"Mom Jeans, Dad Jokes" Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast on teen sexual health and pop-cultural mockery of parents.||10/8/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Explicit"Should I Even Be a Parent?" Edition||Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on whether you should allow your kids to play football and the decision to become a parent.||9/24/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Explicit"The Porn Talk" Edition||Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on talking to your children about porn and whether the tradition of the family meal is overrated.||9/10/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||"It Costs How Much?" Edition||Slate's Allison Benedikt speaks with Stacia Brown and Dwayne Betts about how black parents talk to their children about racism and the police. Allison is then joined by Slate's Jessica Winter to discuss the Department of Agriculture's eye-popping...||8/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMom And Dad Are Fighting: The Indigo Child Edition||Slate's Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois discuss changing standards of childhood independence and talk to Slate TV Critic Willa Paskin about Bravo's new show "Extreme Guide to Parenting".||8/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMom And Dad Are Fighting: The Slate Staff Call-In Extravaganza Edition||Slate's Dan Kois answers listeners' parenting questions with Hanna Rosin, Katy Waldman, Jordan Weissmann, Amanda Hess, Julia Turner and Troy Patterson.||7/30/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMom And Dad Are Fighting: The Ethan Hawke in a Minivan Edition||Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on Boyhood, with special guest dad Richard Linklater, and pre-pregnancy contracts.||7/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMom And Dad Are Fighting: The Magic Beer Fridge Edition||Slate's Dan Kois and guest host Emily Yoffe (Slate's Dear Prudence columnist) discuss preparing your kids for peer pressure, talking with girls about their first period, and more.||7/2/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMom and Dad Are Fighting: The Pre-School Pomp and Circumstance Edition||Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on maternal mental illness and Kindergarten Graduations.||6/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMom and Dad Are Fighting: The Trash Can Football Edition||Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on teacher gifts and Father’s Day.||6/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMom And Dad Are Fighting: The Two Kids in a Hot Car Edition||Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on college dropout intervention and the ethics of intervening in other people’s parenting.||5/21/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMom And Dad Are Fighting: The Open Hearts by Jane Seymour Mother's Day Necklace Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast on campus sexual assault, talking to kids about different kinds of families, and Mother's Day.||5/7/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMom And Dad Are Fighting: The What's in That School Lunch Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast on school lunches and the stigma of having, and being, an only child.||4/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMom And Dad Are Fighting: The Grand Canyon Heat Stroke Edition||Slate's Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois discuss paternity leave with the New York Times' Michael Roston, and talk about the pros and cons of adventurous parenting with Slate's Amanda Hess.||4/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMom And Dad Are Fighting: Live And Let Lice Edition||Slate's Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois discuss why you should not help your kids with their homework with journalist Dana Goldstein, and whether or not head lice are really that big of a deal.||3/26/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMom And Dad Are Fighting: Don't Be So Bossy Edition||Slate's Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois talk about new changes with the SAT with author Todd Balf, and discuss Sheryl Sandberg's "Ban Bossy" campaign.||3/12/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMom And Dad Are Fighting: The City vs. Suburbs Edition||Listen to Slate's parenting podcast about losing the Asperger's diagnosis, and the great debate: Where is it better to raise kids, in the city or the suburbs?||2/26/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMom And Dad Are Fighting: Everything Is Awesome Edition||Slate's Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt talk to the creators of American Promise, a documentary that follows two black boys from kindergarten through high school graduation, and discuss the Lego Movie.||2/12/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMom And Dad Are Fighting: I Am The Standard Edition||Slate's Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt discuss gap years before college and are joined by author Jennifer Senior to discuss "All Joy and No Fun", her new book about modern parenting.||1/29/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMom And Dad Are Fighting: The Be Present Edition||Slate's Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt discuss the pros and cons of summer camp and are joined by blogger Carla Naumburg to talk about mindful parenting.||1/15/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMom And Dad Are Fighting: The Holiday Swirl Edition||Slate's Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt discuss parental "hate reads", and are joined by author Susan Katz Miller to talk about holidays in interfaith families.||12/18/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mom and Dad Are Fighting Ep. 1: Don't Test My Kids||Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois discuss the small but growing number of parents who opt their children out of standardized tests, and the new Disney movie Frozen.||12/4/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
Great But Needs Diversity
The hosts - Allison and Dan - are both smart, funny, and insightful. But the podcast is horribly lacking in diversity. I loved when Emily Yoffe came in to sub for Allison because she brought a more diverse perspective in the sense that her daughter is well into double digits. Allison and Dan are wayy too similar - yes, they live in different places and are different genders - but both appear to be overeducated, privileged, middle-class liberals with young children. And I’m speaking as an overeducated, privileged, middle-class liberal. Their similarities can give the show a stale, preaching to the choir feel. But, I love them both - so, Allison and Dan, could you please bring on more “diverse” guests, get another anchor, or talk about issues that challenge you further? Like, maybe could you bring on some rabid Republicans who believe in school vouchers with every fiber of their being just to spice things up?
I applaud Slate’s idea of creating a parenting podcast, but Mom & Dad Are Fighting was terribly miscast. I consume Slate podcasts as fast as they are produced, and have tried to hang in there with this one, but am getting an ulcer from the unvarying predictability of the views presented by both the guests and the hosts. I know from experience that liberal, working parents need not be rabid apologists for any tactics that, by removing parents from the child-rearing equation, can be framed as promoting children’s “independence.” Benedikt was a singularly inappropriate choice, as her oldest child is only 5 and she therefore has little firsthand experience with most of the issues discussed. The final straw for me was her proud assertion that, in any dispute, now and forever, she will side with teachers against her children. One hopes that, as her children advance beyond kindergarten, she will allow herself to become aware of the fact that teachers make mistakes and that children who are unfairly treated at school should be able to rely on fair treatment from their parents. Is she really advocating for unquestioning solidarity with authority figures? Is this what she wants to teach her children? The essential paradigm advocated by both hosts is to follow the path of least resistance: don’t treat head lice (a conclusion confusingly derived from the observations that the transmission of lice is both rare and unavoidable); don’t criticize anyone’s parenting style; lie to, about, and in front of your children if expedient; don’t help with homework; and crank up Games of Thrones even if it is scaring your children and keeping them awake. Unless you are desperate to hear smart people joke their way through bad parenting, avoid this podcast.
Amazing show about PARENTS not parenting
I look forward to this every other Thursday (I wish they updated more!)
This show isn't about proselytizing to listeners on how best parent -- it's a simple conversation on the host's triumphs and fails of parenting, plus some weekly topic about a parenting issue in the news.
I don't even have kids, but I still so enjoy Allison and Dan each episode. Definitely worth subscribing to!