Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Parenting and Politics Edition

Slate’s parenting podcast on how to handle children’s election anxiety.

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Episode Notes

On this week’s episode: With votes still being tallied, Dan and Jamilah are joined by Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick to debrief about the election and figure out how to talk about what’s going on with kids. They’ll answer a question from a parent who asks: How can you tell your kids it’s going to be OK if you’re just not sure that it will? They’ll also answer a question from a mom who is grappling with how much screentime is too much for her kids who are glued to The Simpsons. 

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Dahlia recommends helping your kids have relationships with adults who aren’t you, which is especially important during the pandemic.

Jamilah recommends purchasing pet insurance.

Dan recommends the game Tokaido.

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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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