Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Bored at School Edition

Slate’s parenting podcast discusses how to help your child deal with boredom at school.

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Episode Notes

On this week’s episode: Jamilah, Elizabeth and Aymann discuss their triumphs and fails for the week. Then they answer a question from a listener whose first-grader is bored at school. Should her mother have a talk with her daughter’s teacher or wait and see if things change in a few weeks?

Later, they have some advice for a parent whose 11-almost-12-year-old son is campaigning hard for a cellphone. Would a phone serve as a helpful tool or a terrible distraction?

In Slate Plus: We’re getting into the whys of it all! Why? Because it’s the favorite and sometimes very annoying question of many young children. What can parents do to answer their kids’ endless whys without losing their cool?


Elizabeth recommends Wise Owl Hammock & Straps for easy comfort when you’re camping with the family.

Aymann recommends the Self Cleaning LARQ Water Bottle for purifying water for you and your baby on the go.

Jamilah recommends making your own bootleg sangria! Using grand marnier and/or rum, wine (red or white), kids fruit cups, fresh fruit, sugar and orange juice. Cheers!

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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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