Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Indoor Parent Edition

Slate’s parenting podcast advises a mother who hates going outside and tackles raising kids to develop healthy relationships with food.


Episode Notes

On this week’s episode: Elizabeth, Jamilah and Dan debate if an indoor-loving mom needs to suck it up, sign her kid up for soccer, and actually go to games.

Then, Jamilah sits down with Virginia Sole-Smith, journalist and author of The Eating Instinct and Burnt Toast, a newsletter about parenting while navigating diet culture and fatphobia. They talk about helping kids develop healthy relationships with food and their body, especially when parents are struggling with those issues.

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Dan recommends watching Office Space.
Jamilah recommends Vosges’ Smoke and Stout Caramel Chocolate Bar
Elizabeth recommends getting your kid a CamelBak Mini M.U.L.E.

Listener Recommendations:
Slumber Party Predicament Edition, if you wanted to listen to the full advice for the mother who lost her daughter to stillbirth.
Perfectly Imperfect Family by Amie Lands.
Someone Came Before You by Pat Schwiebert.
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst.
Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs by Susan Schaefer Bernardo.
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.
Wish by Matthew Cordell.

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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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