Mom and Dad Are Fighting

The Surprising Way Video Games Are Good for Kids

Slate’s parenting podcast on the cheat codes for parenting young gamers.


Episode Notes

On this episode: Jamilah, Elizabeth and Zak talk about their experience with video games — and then Elizabeth speaks with Ash Brandin, also known as @TheGamerEducator, about their tips for parenting young gamers.

Then the hosts issue recommendations, and respond to a listener letter asking for tips on the latest and greatest in books for young eyes and ears.

Zak recommends: Abigail Lapell
Elizabeth recommends: Free Run Wild My Child Treasure Hunt 
Jamilah recommends: Swarm on Amazon Prime

Books for beginning readers:
E: Usborne My First Readers  & Elephant & Piggie & Usborn Phonics Readers
Z: Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things that Go, The Color Monster: a story about Emotions. 
J: Can Read books, including Ty’s Travels and Amelia Bedelia

Graphic Novels:
E:  EL Deafo & This Was Our Pact & The Witch Boy (upper elementary & Middle) & Peter & Ernesto A Tale of Two Sloths (lower elementary)
J: Twins (lower elementary) The Baby Sitter’s Club (lower elementary)

Books about Loss:
E: One Wave At A Time  & The Invisible String & When Dinosaurs Die & Circus Mirandus (older readers)
Z: Lilah Tov Good Night
J: A Kid’s Book About Death, The Sad Dragon

Just Really Good Books:
E: Hello Universe & We Dream of Space (both by Erin Entrada Kelly)& The Big Umbrella & Anything by Aaron Reynolds (Teddy’s favorite, see President Squid)
Z:The Napping House
J: The People Could Fly, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters 

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Podcast produced by Zak Rosen and Maura Currie.


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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