Mom and Dad Are Fighting

The “Fed-Up 4’s” Edition

Slate’s parenting podcast debates what to do when you lose your temper.


Episode Notes

On this episode: Jamilah, Elizabeth, and Zak answer a question from a dad who is fed up with his 4-year-old not listening. For the first time, he lost his temper and swatted her butt. He feels terrible and wants to know how to apologize. But he also wants to know how to get her to listen if a situation arises where something serious is going on and she needs to follow directions.


Zak: Letting your little ones pour their own syrup.

Elizabeth: Beast Academy Math

Jamilah: America, Goddam: Violence, Black Women, and the Struggle for Justice by Treva B. Lindsey

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Podcast produced by Kristie Taiwo-Makanjuola, Jasmine Ellis, and Rosemary Belson.


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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