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In this week’s edition of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois talk to Kate Cairns, the co-author of Food and Femininity, about the pressure that mothers feel regarding the way their children eat. Then, the confrontation between a Maine diner owner and her customers over parenting choices that has gone viral. Plus, we read some reader emails in response to last episode’s Sex After Baby conversation, and Dan adds his irrelevant and ill-considered opinion.
This week on Slate Plus, Slate Web designer Holly Allen shares a parenting triumph or fail.
Items discussed in the show:
- “Rednecks” and “Naked Man” by Randy Newman
- Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton’s 20 Greatest Hits
- Food and Femininity by Kate Cairns and Josée Johnston
- “Feeding the ‘Organic Child’: Mothering Through Ethical Consumption” by Kate Cairns, Josée Johnston, and Norah MacKendrick in the Journal of Consumer Culture*
- The confrontation between a Portland, Maine, diner owner and a crying child’s parents erupted on Facebook.
- Tara Carson, the mother of the child, responded in the Washington Post.
- “I Am Terrified of Taking My Child Literally Anywhere” by Rebecca Schuman in Slate
Mom and Dad recommend:
Allison recommends The Longest Shortest Time podcast’s Sex & Parenthood series and its Google Hangout with a pelvic floor physical therapist.
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Podcast produced by Henry Molofsky and Bailey Constas. Our intern is Jessie Chasan-Taber.
*Update, July 30, 2015: This page has been updated to include the names of Kate Cairns’ co-authors on the article published in the Journal of Consumer Culture.