Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Cordially Uninvited Edition

Slate’s parenting podcast on whether you can rescind a holiday invitation if the bubble is broken.

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Episode Notes

On this week’s episode: Jamilah, Elizabeth, and Dan weigh in on whether you are a jerk for uninviting a family from your pod’s holiday plans. Should you follow invitation etiquette during a pandemic? Then they debate how to handle a parent giving a kid a book that might be too mature. Is it too late to take the book back? Or should you prepare to explain the mature content?

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Dan recommends A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong.

Elizabeth recommends USPS Operation Santa.

Jamilah recommends Black Kids Adventures and Black Adventure Crew, which you should also follow on Instagram.

Games Galore: 

The Floor is Lava

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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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