Mom and Dad Are Fighting

No Ma’am Edition

Slate’s parenting podcast debates if we should retire gendered titles of respect.

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Episode Notes

On this week’s episode: Elizabeth, Jamilah, and Dan debate if it’s OK to teach your child to use gendered titles of respect, like sir and ma’am. Then they answer a mother who seems to do the lionshare of the housework. Now her husband wants to seize an opportunity to be a stay-at-home father and she’s worried she will no longer be as valuable to the family.

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Recommendations:

Dan recommends going to a different city—sans kids—and taking a walk with a friend.

Jamilah recommends Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by Adrienne Maree Brown.

Elizabeth recommends Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing by Olga Mecking.

Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.

Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.

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

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