Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Tale of Two Cities Edition

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In this week’s parenting podcast, Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Jessica Winter talk to New York Times Magazine writer Nikole Hannah-Jones about school segregation. Then, a chat about toddler antics—how to deal with them, when to comfort, and when to walk away. Plus parenting triumphs and fails, recommendations, and a listener call about Donald Trump possibly tearing a family apart, which we get help answering from Allison’s father-in-law, a lifelong Republican.


This week on Slate Plus, Slate designer Derreck Johnson returns to tell us how he and his wife’s planned hypnobirth went.


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Mom and Mom recommend:

Jessica recommends a family trip to Storm King, a huge sculpture park in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Allison recommends the poem “Good Bones,” by Maggie Smith. You can read an interview with Smith here.

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

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Podcast produced by Ann Heppermann.