Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “Nerf Gun Fantasy” Edition

Slate’s parenting podcast on toy guns and autumnal fails.

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On this week’s episode, Carvell, and Gabe are joined by Mary Harris, the host of Slate’s daily news podcast What Next, to answer a question from a listener about whether to buy her kids Nerf guns. Plus: student films, morning rituals, and Gabe’s now-annual autumnal fail, in parenting triumphs and fails and recommendations. On Slate Plus this week, Mary’s four-year-old daughter Stella joins the show for an in-depth, hard hitting interview.


• Mary recommends Hillary Frank’s upcoming book Weird Parenting Wins.
• Gabe recommends the children’s book Tell Me a Mitzi by Lore Segel and Harriet Pincus.
• Carvell recommends the series The Sisters Grim by Michael Buckley.

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Podcast produced by Benjamin Frisch.