Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Positive Opposites Edition

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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 the Scandinavian School of Jersey City’s director Maria Germerud-Sharp about its all-vegan meals. Plus Dan and Allison debate child psychologist Alan Kazdin’s model of child discipline (which is not to punish your kids). Plus a listener email about whether a parent should tell her neighbor her kids are difficult, and triumphs and fails.

This week on Slate Plus, Jessica Winter, Slate’s features editor, talks about her parenting fail during a trip to the playground with her 1-year-old.

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Mom and Dad recommend:

Dan recommends Beverly Cleary’s four books about teenagers, FifteenThe Luckiest Girl, Jean and Johnny, and Sister of the Bride, as discussed in Ruth Graham’s recent piece on Slate.

Allison recommends Laura Tomlin’s illustrations.

This week’s advertisers are Boll and Branch, Little Passports, and Green Chef.

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Podcast produced by Ann Heppermann. Our intern is Shiva Bayat.