Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Six Kids and 12 Nannies Edition

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In this week’s parenting podcast, Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois talk to New York magazine’s Noreen Malone and her mom, Mary Ellen Brennan, about raising six kids (and whether that’s what broke up Brad and Angelina). Then Siân Stevens of Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services joins to discuss elder care and talking to your kids about tough decisions about your parents. Plus, triumphs and fails, recommendations, and a listener call from a nanny.


This week on Slate Plus, Slate’s Aisha Harris joins Dan to wax rhapsodic about watching All My Children with her mom.


Items discussed on the show:

Dan recommends Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide series for your weird 11- to 13-year-old, and Jess Zimmerman’s essay “The Trouble With Trillian” from the Toast.

Allison recommends not buying any more damn water bottles for your kids.

This week’s advertisers are Money Mind (a new podcast from Prudential), Little Passports, and Texture.

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Podcast produced by Efim Shapiro.