Mom and Dad Are Fighting

A Puppeteer Babysat My Kid. That’s Not the Weird Part.

Slate’s Mom and Dad Are Fighting talks about babysitter red flags.

For Friday’s edition of the Mom and Dad Are Fighting Slate Plus bonus segment, Slate’s deputy editor John Swansburg joins hosts Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois to talk about trusting babysitters.

Though John’s been able to find a number of dependable babysitters for his 2-year-old daughter, Daisy, a recent experience with a new and unfamiliar last-minute babysitter left him—and his wife—completely flummoxed. In this segment, the hosts ask the big questions: Should he have left her alone with the new babysitter? When should we feel skeptical about our children’s caretakers, and their quirks? And should we ever cancel our plans because of babysitter anxiety?

Listen to hear what Allison and Dan think—and how they would have ruled in that situation.

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