Mom and Dad Are Fighting

The Cross Country Conundrum Edition

Slate’s parenting podcast discusses how to help a teen half a country away. Plus: How much parenting anxiety is too much?

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Episode Notes

On this week’s episode: Dan, Jamilah, and Elizabeth discuss parenting anxiety. Is it OK for a letter writer not to be overprotective? Or does parenting anxiety keep children safe? They also answer a letter from a woman whose stepdaughter is struggling on the other side of the country. How can you help when you’re so far apart? For Slate Plus: Dan, Jamilah, and Elizabeth turn their host mics over to THEIR KIDS! The mini-hosts tell us what they like and don’t like about staying home with their parents. Sign up for Slate Plus.


Jamilah recommends requests that you stay in the house and pay attention to the news. Please, please, stay in the house.

Elizabeth recommends A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers and Luke Flowers. Perfect for poetry tea time in your house.

Dan recommends reading to your kids, even if they may seem a smidge too old. He’s reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

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Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.

About the Show

Jamilah Lemieux, Dan Kois, and Elizabeth Newcamp share triumphs and fails and offer advice on parenting kids from toddler to teens.

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