Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Spoiling Santa Edition

Slate’s parenting podcast debates how to handle a young kid being told Santa isn’t real.

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Episode Notes

On this week’s episode: Dan, Jamilah, and Elizabeth answer a question about a kid who was told Santa wasn’t real. Now she is basing her continued belief on whether or not she gets a horse for Christmas. They also answer a question from a sister who is worried about her younger brother’s slacking in school.

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Jamilah recommends Eczema Honey products.

Elizabeth recommends Mail Order Mystery.

Dan recommends “Christmas Wrapping” by the Waitresses and “Christmas on Riverside Drive” by August Darnell.

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Tune in to The Kids Are Asleep, the hilarious Slate Live show hosted by Jamilah. Catch it via Slate’s Facebook or YouTube on Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

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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