Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Mom and Dad Are Fighting, the “Is Grit Good?” Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on grit, game theory, and online message boards.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s parenting podcast, Allison and Dan talk to Slate’s Dan Engber about Angela Duckworth’s revolutionary, and sort of made-up, concept of “grit.” Then they chat about how game theory can help you outsmart your kids with Paul Raeburn and Kevin Zollman. Plus, triumphs and fails, a listener call from a very familiar listener, and more.


This week on Slate Plus, a very special episode of Mom and Dad and Kid Are Fighting.

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Mom and Dad recommend:

Dan recommends: Ikea “Knalla” umbrellas

Allison recommends: The Little Prince Deluxe Pop-Up Edition. (Dan adds that Joann Sfar’s comics version and Rachel Portman’s opera are also really great.)

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

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Podcast produced by Ann Heppermann.