Mom and Dad Are Fighting

The Mortified Mom Edition

Slate’s parenting podcast helps a mother whose son has trouble receiving gifts if they’re not exactly what he wanted.

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Episode Notes

On this week’s episode: Jamilah Lemieux, Elizabeth Newcamp, and Isaac Butler answer a letter from a concerned mother who worries that she’s not able to fill the void of her step-daughter’s biological mother.

Then, they share some advice for a listener whose son is having trouble reacting appropriately to gifts he doesn’t like.

In Slate Plus: 14-year-old Zaila Avant-garde wins the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee.


• Elizabeth recommends the Brickit App: an app that helps you find your missing Lego pieces.

• Jamilah’s daughter Naima recommends cooking turkey legs for your kids!

• Isaac recommends reading A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself, by Peter Ho Davies.

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Podcast produced by Morgan Flannery.


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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