Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Breaking the Bad Word Habit

Slate’s parenting podcast debate if you should stop your kid from calling you “stupid.”


Episode Notes

On this episode: Zak, Jamilah, and Elizabeth catch up on their eventful winter travel—including a trip to Las Vegas that “ruined” one of the kid’s childhood. Then they offer advice to a listener who doesn’t know what else to do. Her three and a half year old son will not stop calling her “stupid” any time a boundary is enforced. How can she stop the behavior while also addressing her own hurt feelings? Then on Slate Plus, Zak, Jamilah, and Elizabeth compare notes about how well they were able to keep the kids busy over the break to see if there’s any strategies to make the next time easier.

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Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson and Kristie Taiwo-Makanjuola.


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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