Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Hardest Age Edition

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On this week’s parenting podcast, Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Gabriel Roth talk to psychologist Suniya Luthar, a professor at Arizona State University, about why parenting middle school–aged kids is so tough. Then, Slate editor Sam Adams calls in to discuss the kid-appropriateness of Rogue One. Plus parenting triumphs and fails, recommendations, and a listener call about foster children and homophobia.


This week on Slate Plus, Slate columnist Michelle Goldberg shares a winter break triumph.

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Gabe recommends taking your kids on a double decker bus in London, if at all possible.

Allison recommends The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, a serial sci-fi podcast for kids.

This week’s advertisers are Caspar, Blue Apron, and Zip Recruiter.

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Podcast produced by Zack Dinerstein.