Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Agony of Defeat Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast about new screen-time recommendations and parenting through your kids’ sports heartbreak.

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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 Dr. David Hill, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media, about the AAP’s new screen-time report. Then Mike Pesca joins the show to discuss his strategies for parenting through his kids’ sports heartbreak—for instance, when the Mets lost the World Series. Plus, parenting triumphs and fails, and a listener call about birthday party thank you notes.


This week on Slate Plus, Mike Pesca relays a recent marathon-related parenting triumph.  


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Mom and Dad recommend:

Allison recommends What Is Punk?, a cool book of punk history for kids by Eric Morse, with great clay illustrations by Anny Yi.

Dan recommends This Record Belongs To ______, a compilation of great songs for kids by Carole King, Woody Guthrie, Donovan, and more.

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Podcast produced by Ann Heppermann.