Mom and Dad Are Fighting

The “Russian Roots Conundrum” Edition

Slate’s parenting podcast on the intersection of geopolitics and school-yard bullying.


Episode Notes

On this week’s episode: Zak, Jamilah, and Elizabeth answer a complicated question about a listener with family ties to Russia who is seeking advice on how to explain to her young children the invasion of Ukraine and how to help them handle the schoolyard teasing. Then, how to keep your toddler entertained in the stroller on the way to school. This family is looking to up their game on the 25-minute walk to school.

For Slate Plus members: What’s one silly, or serious thing that we should implement to make parents’ lives better. The hosts weigh in with their ideas.

Elizabeth recommends Melon’s House Party
Jamilah recommends The new Saved By the Bell
Zak recommends Better Things

Listener-recommended Resources:
How To Hug a Porcupine

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Podcast produced by Zak Rosen.


About the Show

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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