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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.

Customer Reviews

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!