Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Knuckle Sandwich Edition

Slate’s parenting podcast debates if fake threats of violence are OK if most involved find the joke funny.

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Episode Notes

On this week’s episode: Dan, Jamilah, and Elizabeth have advice for a mom who is less than pleased at her in-law’s ongoing joke with her toddler. Let’s just say the joke involves knuckle sandwiches and a fake punch to the eye. Can she raise her concerns without causing conflict? Or should she just let the joke slide?

Then—a very special guest joins the show… Jamilah’s mom, Isoke! She chats about what it was like raising little Jamilah and tells a hilarious story about the time Jamilah decided to run away.

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Recommendations:
Elizabeth recommends GoCube Smart Rubik’s Cube.
Jamilah recommends Ruffles Queso Potato Chips
Dan recommends the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

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Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.

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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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