Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Hikes for Whiners Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on getting kids outside and the downside of summer break.

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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 Scott Sampson, the host of Dinosaur Train, about how to get your kids outside and appreciating the natural world. Then, Elissa Strauss joins the show to discuss her piece on the hardships of summer on low-income families. Plus, a listener call from a nanny, and parenting triumphs and fails.

This week on Slate Plus, we talk about being the new kid at school.

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Mom and Dad recommend:

Allison recommends Hey, Little Ant by Phillip M. Hoose and Hannah Hoose with illustrations by Debbie Tilley.

Dan recommends the game Say Anything Family Edition.

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Mom and Dad Are Fighting is coming to Washington, D.C.! Join us Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., for a live podcast recording at Woolly Mammoth Theater. A special guest will be announced shortly. Get your tickets here!

Slate Plus members can buy a cocktail ticket AND a show ticket for $50 or a show ticket for $25 until 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10. If you are a Slate Plus member, you will receive 30 percent off your ticket purchase. Use your Upcoming Events tool in the Slate Plus dashboard on the right side of the Slate Plus home page to receive your individualized discount code.

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Podcast produced by Ann Heppermann. Our intern is Jessie Chasan-Taber.