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Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace share triumphs and fails and offer advice on parenting kids from toddler to teens.

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    The “Real Thanksgiving” Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 48:36

    On this week's episode: Zak, Jamilah, and Amber Smith advise a listener who wants to provide their preschooler with a less whitewashed history of Thanksgiving. They have some helpful tips for explaining the real thanksgiving in a more realistic, age-appropriate manner. Zak then sits down with Jenny Rosenstrach, bestselling author and creator of Dinner: A Love Story, to strategize how to include your child in holiday cooking and avoid Empty Celebration Syndrome. If you want to hear more of Zak's conversation with Jenny, check out The Best Advice Show. On Slate Plus, Zak, Jamilah, and Amber recount some Turkey nightmares and share their attempts at tricky new dishes. Recommendations: Jamilah recommends taking time to pause and play with your child this holiday season. Amber recommends baby sock-shoes, Grookz. Zak recommends bringing your child to the bookstore and supporting your local book sellers. Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Kevin Bendis and Rosemary Belson. Don't miss the member-exclusive segment on MADAF every week. Sign up for Slate Plus now at slate.com/momanddadplus and you'll also get to skip the ads, read everything on Slate.com, and support this show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The “Vaccinated For the Holidays” Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 44:18

    On this week's episode: Elizabeth, Jamilah, and Zak help a parent who is in over her head when it comes to bath time. Her little one used to love taking baths but has since changed her mind. Now bath time is a nightmare for both of them. Then they're joined by Dr. Syra Madad, an infectious disease epidemiologist with New York City Health + Hospitals and Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She shares how parents can keep their family, especially kids who are still too young to be vaccinated, safe during the holiday season. On Slate Plus, the hosts talk about how they're approaching the holidays this year.  Recommendations: Jamilah recommends Root Magic by Eden Royce.  Zak recommends unsubscribing to EVERYTHING!  Elizabeth recommends the Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Grow Kit.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The “Screen Time Semantics” Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 46:10

    On this week's episode: Zak, Elizabeth, and Greg Lavallee advise a listener whose rambunctious little one is on his third visit to the emergency room. How can our listener teach him that he can get hurt if he keeps up with the daredevil antics? They also debate how to talk to kids about screen time and how to set up healthy boundaries with devices. On Slate Plus, they lament the impending winter clothes chaos.  Recommendations: Greg recommends asking your cool adult friends to give your kids compliments.  Elizabeth recommends Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beaty.  Zak recommends taking yourself to the movies. The new Wes Anderson film, The French Dispatch, is a great pick-me-up.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Don't miss the member-exclusive segment on MADAF every week. Sign up for Slate Plus now at slate.com/momanddadplus and you'll also get to skip the ads, read everything on Slate.com, and support this show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The “Out the Door or Bust” Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 54:19

    On this week's episode: Jamilah, Elizabeth, and Zak help a listener whose kid just will not get out the door in the mornings. Next, they dive into a debate about the purpose of homework and who gets to decide how much homework a child is required to do. On Slate Plus, they discuss an interesting package from Romper called Parenting at the End Of the World.  Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends the card game Boom Goes the Dynamite. Zak recommends the musician Caspar Babypants.  Jamilah recommends the show Wu-Tang: An American Saga.  Additional reading: The History Of Homework: Why Was It Invented and Who Was Behind It?  Never Mind the Students; Homework Divides Parents Ask a Teacher: Slacker or Genius? Ask a Teacher: Homework: Who Needs It? Ask a Teacher: Homework Is a Constant Battle in Our House Care and Feeding Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The “Temperamental Toddler” Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 44:07

    On this week's episode: Elizabeth, Jamilah, and Zak debate if a distracted toddler deserves to be pulled out of their gymnastics class. Next, they advise a mother who is nervous about a long flight with her toddler. From getting a toddler to wear a mask to entertaining snacks, the hosts have tips for all aspects of the flight. We're playing a round of hot takes in Slate Plus. So stick around for some spicy parenting opinions.  Recommendations: Jamilah recommends Popeyes' hottie sauce collab with Megan Thee Stallion.  Zak recommends making or buying a fire pit to polong the outdoor season.  Elizabeth recommends the DragonBox Elements: Geometry App Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Don't miss the member-exclusive segment on MADAF every week. Sign up for Slate Plus now at slate.com/momanddadplus and you'll also get to skip the ads, read everything on Slate.com, and support this show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The “All Things Green” Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 63:04

    On this week's episode: Jamilah, Elizabeth, and Aymann hotly debate a question about a kid who is vegan but decides to eat meat at their friend's house. Is 13 mature enough to make their own dietary decisions or should the kid's parents be told? Then, Jamilah talks with Lauren Linder, mom and attorney for a cannabis company, about how they incorporate cannabis into their parenting. In Slate Plus: Aymann talks about the effect of toxic masculinity on paternity leave. If you want to hear more from Aymann on masculinity, check out his podcast Man Up.  Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends Simple Modern insulated cups with straws.  Aymann recommends starting a garden.  Jamilah recommends the Instant Pot Duo. Additional Links:  Check out Elizabeth's great tips for finding (and keeping friends) on Slate's How To! podcast: How To Make Friends as an Adult.  It's Just a Plant: A Children's Story about Marijuana by Ricardo Cortés.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Don't miss the member-exclusive segment on MADAF every week. Sign up for Slate Plus now at slate.com/momanddadplus and you'll also get to skip the ads, read everything on Slate.com, and support this show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The “Poopin' In the Closet” Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 49:34

    On this week's episode: Aymann, Jamilah, and Elizabeth tackle a desperate dispatch from a parent who just wants their kid to go to bed. Instead he is pooping in the closet. Then they take on the case of the threenage temper tantrums. How can you calm a kid who is being completely irrational? In Slate Plus: They're talkin' tech. Specifically, the gadgets that have transformed their parenting. If you love recommendations, you'll definitely want to stick around for that discussion.  Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends Sharice's Big Voice by Sharice Davids and Nancy K. Mays. Plus, check out Erika McLemore's Instagram for more great book recommendations.  Jamilah recommends Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence by Anita Hill. Aymann recommends Elif by G. Willow Wilson and buying a new case for your old phone, especially if you're itching to get your hands on a new phone.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Don't miss the member-exclusive segment on MADAF every week. Sign up for Slate Plus now at slate.com/momanddadplus and you'll also get to skip the ads, read everything on Slate.com, and support this show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bad Behavior Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 60:15

    On this week's episode: Aymann, Elizabeth, and Jamilah discuss their triumphs and fails for the week. Then they answer a question from a listener whose 5 year old has been acting out at school recently. How can she encourage her child to change his behavior? Later, they share some advice with a listener whose 16 year old has not taken kindly to her mother's boyfriend of 3 years. What can she do to bridge the divide between her partner and her daughter? In Slate Plus: We're discussing movies and TV shows we've been enjoying with our families lately.  Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends finding a race series through your local track club for your kids to run a race! Some races even have baby races. So cute and fun! Aymann recommends potato chip bags for babies -- wash it out first and you get an amazing toy for a baby! Jamilah recommends Blazy Susan Pre Rolled Cones for the cannabis-enthusiastic parents out there. They're slow-burning, vegan, GMO-free and PINK! Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts  Elizabeth Newcamp is a co-host of Mom and Dad Are Fighting. She's a traveling mother of three boys who chronicles her misadventures at Dutch, Dutch, Goose. Aymann Ismail is an award winning staff writer at Slate whose work focuses on identity and religion.  Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. Social @dutchdutchgoose on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dutchdutchgoose/ @aymanndotcom on Twitter https://twitter.com/aymanndotcom @JamilahLemieux on Twitter https://twitter.com/JamilahLemieux Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Disaster at the Dentist Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 45:23

    On this week's episode: Aymann, Elizabeth, and guest-host Amber Smith discuss their triumphs and fails for the week. Then they answer a question from a listener whose child has become deeply afraid of the dentist and other medical procedures. How can she help prevent her daughter's fears from becoming phobias? Later, they share some advice on how to politely deter other parents' from making comparisons of your children.  In Slate Plus: Hiding from your kids. Because sometimes, parents just need a break! The tricky part can be in explaining this to your kids.   Recommendations: Jamilah recommends the incredibly precious book, Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson for your child. Amber recommends 2Harts24 Baby Bottom Cream to help rescue your baby from diaper rash.  Aymann recommends The Wonder Weeks App to help you keep track of your baby's major milestones! Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts  Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. Aymann Ismail is an award winning staff writer at Slate whose work focuses on identity and religion.  Amber Smith is Slate's senior audience development manager and mama to sweet baby Marley.  Social @dutchdutchgoose on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dutchdutchgoose/ @aymanndotcom on Twitter https://twitter.com/aymanndotcom @JamilahLemieux on Twitter https://twitter.com/JamilahLemieux Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Baby Bank Account Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 50:20

    On this week's episode: Aymann, Elizabeth and Jamilah discuss their triumphs and fails for the week. Then they answer a question from a listener whose baby has received a lot of monetary gifts. At 5 months old, does her baby need a bank account? Later, they share some tips to help you evaluate schools. Beyond testing scores, how do you determine which school you should send your child to?  In Slate Plus: When to take a hands off approach vs. a hands on approach with your kids when you see them making a mistake.  Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends listening to the Greeking Out podcast with your family. It's a fun, kid-friendly podcast about Greek mythology! Aymann recommends taking a break now and then to go stay with your relatives. Especially to those who have very young kids.   Jamilah recommends making your own bone broth. All you need are chicken bones, water, some veggies, add a few spices and let it simmer. It's easy, healthy and delicious!  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts  Elizabeth Newcamp is a co-host of Mom and Dad Are Fighting. She's a traveling mother of three boys who chronicles her misadventures at Dutch, Dutch, Goose. Aymann Ismail is an award winning staff writer at Slate whose work focuses on identity and religion.  Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. Social @dutchdutchgoose on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dutchdutchgoose/ @aymanndotcom on Twitter https://twitter.com/aymanndotcom @JamilahLemieux on Twitter https://twitter.com/JamilahLemieux Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Makeup-Obsessed Toddler Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 59:46

    On this week's episode: Elizabeth, Aymann and guest-host Michaela Smith discuss their triumphs and fails for the week. Then they answer a question from a listener whose 4 year old daughter has recently become obsessed with wearing makeup. Should her mother be worried about this new development or just let it play out naturally? Later, they have some advice for a parent whose toddler is dealing with some separation anxiety. What can she do to help support her daughter through these difficult feelings? In Slate Plus: It's almost officially fall! So we're discussing what we're most looking forward to and some of our favorite fall activities to do with the family.  Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends reading Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems with your kids.   Aymann recommends giving out compliments more often! It's been a saving grace for him and his wife during the stressful first few months of parenthood.   Michaela recommends getting ahead of your child's anxiety or other big feelings by consulting your pediatrician about counseling. Learning coping skills early on can really help us later in life! Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts  Elizabeth Newcamp is a co-host of Mom and Dad Are Fighting. She's a traveling mother of three boys who chronicles her misadventures at Dutch, Dutch, Goose. Aymann Ismail is an award winning staff writer at Slate whose work focuses on identity and religion.  Michaela Smith is the mom to her three littles based out of Colorado Springs, CO.  Social @dutchdutchgoose on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dutchdutchgoose/ @aymanndotcom on Twitter https://twitter.com/aymanndotcom Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bored at School Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 50:23

    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 cell phone. Would a phone serve as a helpful tool or a terrible distraction?  In Slate Plus: We're getting into the “why's” 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 “why's” without losing their cool?  Recommendations: 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! Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts  Elizabeth Newcamp is a co-host of Mom and Dad Are Fighting. She's a traveling mother of three boys who chronicles her misadventures at Dutch, Dutch, Goose. Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. Aymann Ismail is an award winning staff writer at Slate whose work focuses on identity and religion.  Social @JamilahLemieux on Twitter https://twitter.com/JamilahLemieux @dutchdutchgoose on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dutchdutchgoose/ @aymanndotcom on Twitter https://twitter.com/aymanndotcom Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Playdate Etiquette Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 47:05

    On this week's episode: Elizabeth and Aymann discuss their triumphs and fails for the week. Then they answer a question from a listener who feels she's being borderline ghosted by other parents after their children's playdates.  Later, they have some advice for a parent whose 12 year old son is very set in his views as they pertain to religion but his mom worries that this may cause problems down the line for one of his new friendships. How can she help her son navigate this potential conflict?  In Slate Plus: Free-range parenting: what is it and is it for you? Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends Perler Bead Craft Bead Sweeper to help you clean up all of those pesky beads in one quick sweep.  Aymann recommends getting a Kodak Photo Printer so that you can join him in instantly printing out all of those adorable photos of your kids that you have stored on your iPhone.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts  Elizabeth Newcamp is a co-host of Mom and Dad Are Fighting. She's a traveling mother of three boys who chronicles her misadventures at Dutch, Dutch, Goose. Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. Aymann Ismail is an award winning staff writer at Slate whose work focuses on identity and religion.  Social @JamilahLemieux on Twitter https://twitter.com/JamilahLemieux @dutchdutchgoose on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dutchdutchgoose/ @aymanndotcom on Twitter https://twitter.com/aymanndotcom Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Attention-Seeking Toddler Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 47:32

    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 4-year-old daughter has developed some attention-seeking behaviors with the arrival of a newborn sibling. Later, they have some advice for someone whose 6-year-old is struggling to learn table manners. How long will mealtimes be a struggle before the constant and repetitive “chew with your mouth shut and sit at the table” bears fruit? In Slate Plus: What to do with keepsakes and mementos that cause physical and emotional clutter? The group discusses their strategies for preserving, or tossing, those letters, drawings, and awards that accumulate over childhood. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis and Asha Saluja. Recommendations Aymann recommends  the subreddit for Dads called Daddit. Jamilah recommends Shantrelle P. Lewis' documentary, In Our Mothers' Gardens on Netflix. Elizabeth recommends the book American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. Hosts  Elizabeth Newcamp is a co-host of Mom and Dad Are Fighting. She's a traveling mother of three boys who chronicles her misadventures at Dutch, Dutch, Goose. Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. Aymann Ismail is an award winning staff writer at Slate whose work focuses on identity and religion.  Social @JamilahLemieux on Twitter https://twitter.com/JamilahLemieux @dutchdutchgoose on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dutchdutchgoose/ @aymanndotcom on Twitter https://twitter.com/aymanndotcom Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Morbidly Curious Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 56:45

    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 6 year old daughter has become fixated on finding a cure for death.  Later, they have some advice for a parent whose own parents are excellent grandparents to her children but who often cross some boundary lines.  In Slate Plus: The latest UN report on climate change. How can we discuss this with our children without scaring the crap out of them?  Recommendations: Jamilah recommends AND8 Fitness for people who love to have fun during their workouts.  Elizabeth recommends Kids Quip -- an electric toothbrush for kids that will help you get them out the door a little faster in the mornings.  Aymann recommends buying an INSTAX Polaroid Camera to hand out polaroid pictures in place of party favors.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts  Elizabeth Newcamp is a co-host of Mom and Dad Are Fighting. She's a traveling mother of three boys who chronicles her misadventures at Dutch, Dutch, Goose. Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. Aymann Ismail is an award winning staff writer at Slate whose work focuses on identity and religion.  Social @JamilahLemieux on Twitter https://twitter.com/JamilahLemieux @dutchdutchgoose on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dutchdutchgoose/ @aymanndotcom on Twitter https://twitter.com/aymanndotcom Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bad Friends Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 64:03


    On this week's episode: It's Dan's last show before book leave! Jamilah, Elizabeth, and Dan discuss their triumphs and fails for the week. Then they answer a question from a listener who is wondering how she should help her son navigate a friendship that's not so friendly. Later, they have some advice for a mother who would like to avoid talking about her daughter right in front of her, but that's hard to do when you're a single parent. In Slate Plus: Summer jobs, entrepreneurial kids, and Dan's crushing camp counselor file secrets are revealed!  Recommendations: Jamilah recommends the graphic novel Twins by Varian Johnson & Shannon Wright. Elizabeth recommends you pack your kids lunches using the PackIt Freezable Classic Lunchbox, the Yumbox and Bee's Wrap! Dan recommends watching Netflix's teen show Never Have I Ever with your older kids.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts  Elizabeth Newcamp is a co-host of Mom and Dad Are Fighting. She's a traveling mother of three boys who chronicles her misadventures at Dutch, Dutch, Goose. Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. Dan Kois is an editor and writer at Slate. He's the author of How to Be a Family and the co-author of The World Only Spins Forward. Social @JamilahLemieux on Twitter https://twitter.com/JamilahLemieux @dutchdutchgoose on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dutchdutchgoose/ @dankois on Twitter https://twitter.com/DanKois Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Self-Expression-ish Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 67:45

    On this week's episode: Jamilah, Elizabeth, and guest host Courtney Martin discuss triumphs and fails, co-housing and Courtney's new book, Learning in Public: Lessons for a Racially Divided America from My Daughter's School.  Then they answer a question from a listener who is wondering how to help her child adapt to wearing a uniform at school while still encouraging self-expression. Jamilah suggested to mix things up by adding in fun ties, like this one she dressed her daughter in a few years ago. In Slate Plus: When should we talk to our kids about sex? According to researchers, much earlier than you may think! NY Times - Sex Talks Should Start Earlier Than You Think  Recommendations: Jamilah recommends online vintage shopping. And if you're worried about sizing, pay attention to the fabric! Stretch is key.  Elizabeth recommends pelvic floor PT to help with pelvic weakness. One resource she mentioned is this instagram page. Courtney recommends subscribing to the Substack Newsletter by Sarah Wheeler called Momspreading. You can read Courtney's piece in The Nation here. Jamilah's piece in The Nation can be found here. Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts  Elizabeth Newcamp is a co-host of Mom and Dad Are Fighting. She's a traveling mother of three boys who chronicles her misadventures at Dutch, Dutch, Goose. Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. Courtney Martin is an author and political activist. She's the author of four books, including Learning in Public and The New Better Off. You can find out more about her at her website: https://www.courtneyemartin.com Social @JamilahLemieux on Twitter https://twitter.com/JamilahLemieux @dutchdutchgoose on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dutchdutchgoose/ @courtwrites on Twitter https://twitter.com/courtwrites Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Quitting the Olympics Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 50:27


    On this week's episode: Elizabeth, Dan, and Jamilah discuss how we should be talking to our kids about Simone Biles' decision to withdraw from the Olympics.  Then, they answer a question from a listener who is wondering how to deal with their bad babysitter. The problem is, the babysitter is grandma.   In Slate Plus: Is it a faux pas to request no gifts at a child's birthday party? Or is it OK?  Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends Draw Your World, a sketch book for kids (or adults!) that helps familiarize you with world maps.  Dan recommends the Cat Video Festival, now playing in theaters around the country. Jamilah recommends quarantine, whether you're sick or not.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts  Elizabeth Newcamp is a co-host of Mom and Dad Are Fighting. She's a traveling mother of three boys who chronicles her misadventures at Dutch, Dutch, Goose. Dan Kois is an editor and writer at Slate. He's the author of How to Be a Family and the co-author of The World Only Spins Forward. Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. Social @JamilahLemieux on Twitter https://twitter.com/JamilahLemieux @dankois on Twitter https://twitter.com/DanKois @dutchdutchgoose on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dutchdutchgoose/ Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Are These Books Age-Appropriate? Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 48:43


    On this week's episode: Elizabeth and Dan answer a letter from a mother who worries that her 8-year-old daughter may be reading books that aren't age-appropriate. Then, they share some tips with a listener who wonders if potty training right before vacation is a good idea.  In Slate Plus: The super-moms set to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. Thanks to Goodnight World for their support.  Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends GLOPLAY, a glow-in-the-dark sticker company for your kids, or for you!  Dan recommends reading any book by Patrick deWitt. Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts  Elizabeth Newcamp is a co-host of Mom and Dad Are Fighting. She's a traveling mother of three boys who chronicles her misadventures at Dutch, Dutch, Goose. Dan Kois is an editor and writer at Slate. He's the author of How to Be a Family and the co-author of The World Only Spins Forward. Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. Social @JamilahLemieux on Twitter https://twitter.com/JamilahLemieux @dankois on Twitter https://twitter.com/DanKois @dutchdutchgoose on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dutchdutchgoose/ Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The Mortified Mom Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 47:42


    On this week's episode: Jamilah, and Elizabeth Isaac Butler answer a letter from a concerned mother who worries that she's not able to fill the void of her step-daughter's biological mother.  Then, they share some advice for a listener whose son is having trouble reacting appropriately to gifts he doesn't like.  In Slate Plus: 14-year-old Zaila Avant-garde wins the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee.  Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends the Brickit App: an app that helps you find your missing Lego pieces. Jamilah's daughter Naima recommends cooking turkey legs for your kids! Isaac recommends reading A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself, by Peter Ho Davies.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts  Elizabeth Newcamp is a co-host of Mom and Dad Are Fighting. She's a traveling mother of three boys who chronicles her misadventures at Dutch, Dutch, Goose. Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. Isaac Butler is a writer, theater director and host of Slate's podcast Working. He's the author of The Method and the co-author of The World Only Spins Forward. Social @JamilahLemieux on Twitter https://twitter.com/JamilahLemieux @dutchdutchgoose on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dutchdutchgoose/ @parabasis on Twitter https://twitter.com/IsaacButler Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Did Dan Kois Kill the Segway?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 45:46


    In a special episode, Dan shares his new episode of Slate's Decoder Ring documentary podcast about his time as a junior book agent working on selling a secretive book proposal called IT, a codename for what would eventually be revealed as the Segway personal scooter. This is the story of the invention and development of a potentially revolutionary device, how Dan may or may not have doomed it, how the hype got out of control, and how that speculation helped birth the modern internet. If you like this episode, go subscribe in the Decoder Ring feed, there's plenty more stories there you'll love. If you love the show and want to support us, consider joining Slate Plus. With Slate Plus you can binge the whole season of Decoder Ring right now, plus ad free podcasts, bonus episodes, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The Picking Fights With Your Kid Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 57:33

    On this week's episode: Dan, Jamilah, and Elizabeth answer a letter from a concerned partner who's sick of watching a significant other pick fights with their kid — but doesn't know if or how to step in.  Also, Rachelle Hampton and Madison Malone Kircher join us for a new edition of In Case You Missed It, Mom and Dad. This week they'll be explaining what the deal is with someone your kids probably know but you might not: YouTube star James Charles, and his return to the platform after sexual misconduct accusations.  In Slate Plus: Brand new dad Aymann Ismail joins us to talk about his great piece on giving his son a Muslim name. Sign up for Slate Plus. Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends the Small Animals of North America Coloring Book and The Burgess Animal Book for Children. Jamilah recommends pole dancing classes. Dan recommends buying cheap cherries at your local grocery store. They're on sale right now!  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Jasmine Ellis.  Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Waves: Should You Become a Mom at 25?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2021 32:50

    Hi Mom and Dad Are Fighting listeners. We recently relaunched The Waves, Slate's podcast about feminism and gender, and this week's episode--a conversation with Atlantic writer Elizabeth Bruenig about her decision to have kids when she was young--seemed like something you might enjoy. If you enjoy it, please consider subscribing to The Waves in your favorite podcast app. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    I Don't Want to Trailblaze Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 56:28

    On this week's episode: Elizabeth, Dan, and Jamilah answer a question from a parent who is wondering how to help her 10-year-old who struggled to learn during this last year of school. What can she do to help her daughter catch up this summer?  Then, they advise a hard-working architect who really wants some architect-mom role models to look up to when trying to figure out work-life balance. Stepping in to help is Dr. Barbara Faga, who has blazed her own trail, as a professional, parent and an urban planner.  In Slate Plus: You get an extra special bonus question about a girl who kicked her brother in the balls. Sign up for Slate Plus. Recommendations: Jamilah recommends Diahann! By Diahann Carroll and Ross Firestone.  Dan recommends the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride at Hollywood Studios in Disney World.  Elizabeth recommends the Barrel of Fun Two Gallon Water Jug from Igloo.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson and Jasmine Ellis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Built-in Babysitter Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 49:48

    On this week's episode: Jamilah is joined by former Mom and Dad are Fighting co-host, Rebecca Lavoie. They weigh in on whether or not an older stepchild should be forced to babysit their stepsiblings. They also counsel a mom who is concerned about her husband's theatrical and rather upsetting behavior.  As mentioned in the show, our second question does contain discussion of suicide and suicidal ideation. So if you'd prefer to skip the question, jump ahead 17 minutes.  If you, or anyone you know, are in crisis, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Since we talk about thoughts of suicide, if you, or anyone you know, need help, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  In Slate Plus: The unsurprising sharp decline of new babies being named ‘Karen.' Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Rebecca recommends giving and buying Chico's perfect work pants.  Jamilah counters Rebecca's pick by recommending Jazzybelle Swim.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Knuckle Sandwich Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 60:29

    On this week's episode: Dan, Jamilah, and Elizabeth have advice for a mom who is less than pleased at her in-law's ongoing joke with her toddler. Let's just say the joke involves knuckle sandwiches and a fake punch to the eye. Can she raise her concerns without causing conflict? Or should she just let the joke slide?  Then—a very special guest joins the show… Jamilah's mom, Isoke! She chats about what it was like raising little Jamilah and tells a hilarious story about the time Jamilah decided to run away.  In Slate Plus: What should parents do when their kids become obsessed with something that you can't stand? Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends GoCube Smart Rubik's Cube.  Jamilah recommends Ruffles Queso Potato Chips Dan recommends the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Cross-Country Chaos Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 62:49

    On this week's episode: Elizabeth, Dan, and Jamilah counsel a mother who is feeling guilty that she's having a hard time bonding with her second child. She, of course, loves her son very much. But sometimes wishes her family could revert back to happier days when she had only one kid.  Then, you are hopping in the Newcamp minivan to travel from Florida to Colorado and hopefully pick up a few useful tips for the next time you decide to spend days in the car with your kids.  In Slate Plus: Of course they are talking about the Texas mom posed as her seventh-grade daughter for almost an entire day of school. How could they not? Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Dan recommends My Begging Chart by Keiler Roberts.  Jamilah recommends Morcheeba's new album, Blackest Blue.  Elizabeth recommends sleeping headphones.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today's show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Quiet as a Mouse Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 48:06

    On this week’s episode: Jamilah and Elizabeth are joined by Isaac Butler, co-host of Slate's Working podcast. They advise a family who just moved into a new building. Not even 24 hours after meeting their downstairs neighbors, they received a potentially passive aggressive note about their kids’ noise level. How can they maintain peace in the building while letting their kids play? Then—what should you do when your kid wants to quit a sport midseason?  In Slate Plus: Will the slower pace of family life stick around after the pandemic? Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends signing up for summer reading at your local library.  Isaac recommends BOB books. Jamilah recommends catching up on reading and may she humbly suggest some pieces to get you started: Can I Bring My Very New Boyfriend to a 4-Year-Old’s Birthday Party?, My Daughter Sees Herself in Her Black Role Models and it Makes All the Difference, and High Mom: Why I’m (Mostly) Honest with My Daughter About My Weed Smoking.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Acne Flashbacks Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 46:07

    On this week’s episode: Dan and Elizabeth are joined by Doyin Richards, Care & Feeding columnist, bestselling children's author, and founder of the Anti-Racism Fight Club. They counsel a mom who had terrible acne growing up and now is stressing over her son’s breakouts. Then they have a question about a little boy who is obsessed with gender norms and a mom who’s worried she’s obsessing about it too much.  In Slate Plus: How has giving advice changed the way the hosts parent? Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends the Loóna: calm, relax, and sleep app. Doyin recommends Anti-Racism Fight Club for Kids.  Dan recommends The Fifth Quarter by Mike Dawson.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Silent Treatment Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 48:34

    On this week’s episode: Elizabeth and Jamilah are joined by Emily Flake, cartoonist and author of Mama Tried and That Was Awkward. They advise a parent whose husband is ignoring their teens and giving them the silent treatment when they anger him. Then they have some tips for a mom who is desperate for some alone time.  In Slate Plus: The hosts try to predict what their kids will be up to in five years time. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Emily recommends The Mitchells vs. the Machines on Netflix.  Jamilah recommends Girls5eva on Peacock.  Elizabeth recommends the Peapod Plus ids travel bed.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    MOOOOMMMM, Where’s My Stuffie!? Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 50:00

    On this week’s episode: Dan and Jamilah are joined by Gabrielle Horton, co-host and executive producer of NATAL. They advise a mom who is sick of searching for her kid’s lost stuff, especially because she, too, often misplaced things as a child. She learned to develop routines that work for her. But she wants to opt out of helping her kid with finding lost items. They also answer a question about a girl who is feeling left out. Her bestie and her mom both go to therapy and she now wants to go too. What are the things her parents should consider when determining whether or not to send her to therapy?  In Slate Plus: Dan and Jamilah talk to Gabrielle about her work on NATAL and what it’s like as a non-parent to tell stories about birth. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Gabrielle recommends The Circle on Netflix.  Dan recommends Girls5eva on Peacock.  Jamilah recommends Nuudii System bras.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bickering Grandparents Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 55:29

    On this week’s episode: Dan and Jamilah are joined by Slate’s Allison Benedikt. They debate if a letter writer’s bickering parents need to knock it off or if it’s okay to squabble in front of the grandkids. Then, they sit down with Dr. Tova Walsh, professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin, to discuss her new research about how moms who gave birth in March 2020 are coping with a very strange first year of parenting.  In Slate Plus: What to do about kids' expensive—but oh so delicious—berry habits. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Jamilah recommends Gonanas Banana Bread Mix from Nordstrom Rack.  Allison recommends Everything Sad Is Untrue: (a true story) by Daniel Nayeri.  Dan recommends I Was Told There Would Be Mom Friends by Lauren Bans Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Indoor Parent Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 57:37

    On this week’s episode: Elizabeth, Jamilah and Dan debate if an indoor-loving mom needs to suck it up, sign her kid up for soccer, and actually go to games.  Then, Jamilah sits down with Virginia Sole-Smith, journalist and author of The Eating Instinct and Burnt Toast, a newsletter about parenting while navigating diet culture and fatphobia. They talk about helping kids develop healthy relationships with food and their body, especially when parents are struggling with those issues.  In Slate Plus: Is there a gender divide in your household over who does more of the cognitive labor? Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Dan recommends watching Office Space.  Jamilah recommends Vosges’ Smoke and Stout Caramel Chocolate Bar Elizabeth recommends getting your kid a CamelBak Mini M.U.L.E. Listener Recommendations: Slumber Party Predicament Edition, if you wanted to listen to the full advice for the mother who lost her daughter to stillbirth.  Perfectly Imperfect Family by Amie Lands. Someone Came Before You by Pat Schwiebert. The Invisible String by Patrice Karst. Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs by Susan Schaefer Bernardo. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.  Wish by Matthew Cordell. Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Targeting Bans That Target Trans Kids Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 60:40

    On this week’s episode: Jamilah, Dan and Elizabeth talk with Alex Chen, founding director of the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic at Harvard Law, about bills that prohibit transgender youth from playing sports and accessing gender-affirming health care. Check out his piece here.  The hosts also tackle a question about a father in a blended family who seems to be prioritizing his daughter with his previous wife over his son.  Then, the hilarious hosts of ICYMI, Rachelle Hampton and Madison Malone Kircher, pop by to translate internet slang that has parents scratching their heads.  In Slate Plus: Is it OK to read your kid’s texts? Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends making DIY sun hats.  Dan recommends reading more Ursula Le Guin, especially Four Ways to Forgiveness.  Jamilah recommends Cali'flour Foods’ Enchilada Bake. Resources: LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic Trans Youth Handbook ACLU GLSEN PFLAG Gender Spectrum Gender Odyssey Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Toddler Ponzi Schemes Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 48:16

    On this week’s episode: Dan, Jamilah, and Elizabeth argue whether or not a toddler is obligated to join a sticker ponzi scheme if the invitation came from his cousin. Then, Jamilah talks to Rose Aka-James, National Membership Director of Black Mamas Matter Alliance, about the work being done to address the systemic racial disparities when it comes to Black maternal health. Check out BMMA’s Black Maternal Health Week Virtual Conference.  In Slate Plus: We’re pitching modern issues that just simply need to be explained via Schoolhouse Rock song. Sign up for Slate Plus.  Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends Plasticus Maritimus: An Invasive Species by Ana Pêgo.  Jamilah recommends Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat.  Dan recommends Cookie Chronicles by Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Slumber Party Predicament Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 42:17

    On this week’s episode: Elizabeth and Jamilah are joined by Isaac Butler, co-host of Slate's Working podcast. They answer a question from a mother wondering when and how to tell her daughter that she had an older sister who died prior to birth. Then they dive into sleepover politics. Should the guest list be altered to accommodate cousins who really want an invite?  In Slate Plus: We’ve got tips for helping your kid be more creative. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Isaac recommends Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts on Netflix. Jamilah recommends Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso from Starbucks.  Elizabeth recommends Let's Make Art subscription box.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Potentially Too Provocative Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 56:18

    On this week’s episode: Jamilah, Elizabeth and Dan debate if you should tell a teen that what they are wearing isn’t appropriate in certain situations. Then, they advise a woman who is pregnant with her family’s second child. Their first child is white and the second child is biracial. The letter writer is concerned that her mother-in-law will treat their second child differently because of the baby’s race.  In Slate Plus: What’s the best way to get rid of kid art? Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Dan recommends Water, Wood, and Wild Things: Learning Craft and Cultivation in a Japanese Mountain Town by Hannah Kirshner.  Elizabeth recommends Grasshopper by Tatiana Ukhova.  Jamilah recommends Mean Girls.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Privacy, Please! Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 42:11

    On this week’s episode: Elizabeth, Dan, and Jamilah counsel a parent whose kid felt hurt and slighted when her Zoom playdate abruptly ended. Then they tackle a close quarters situation: a little kid is asking for privacy in the mornings. But the family has two other kids to dress and a limited amount of space in their apartment. What should they do now that her morning routine is making it hard for their entire family to get out the door?  In Slate Plus: Gabe Roth, Slate's editorial director for audio and former Mom and Dad are Fighting co-host, joins to vent about the Netflix movie, Yes Day. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Jamilah recommends Coca-Cola With Coffee’s Dark Blend flavor. Dan recommends Amber and Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz.  Elizabeth recommends Welly bandages.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    End of the Pandemic Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 55:14


    On this week’s episode: Dan talks with Emily Oster, professor at Brown University and data-driven parenting author. She also writes ParentData, an evidence-based newsletter that has been a vital resource for many parents navigating the pandemic. Emily and Dan talk about how families should act now that more families are falling into the ‘mixed-vaxxed’ category and what to expect for the upcoming spring and summer.  Dan, Jamilah, and Elizabeth also tackle a question from a listener who has fallen out of love with professional sports. Now his little girls are starting soccer. Should he jump back into the sports fandom or is it okay to stay out of the fray? (Overtime: We chatted with soccer legend Abby Wambach last year about raising competitive athletes, especially when the parents aren’t sporty. Check it out.)  In Slate Plus: The hosts share the soundtracks to their parenting. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends the card game Blink.  Jamilah recommends Matchabar’s Hustle Matcha Tea Lemonade Dan recommends e-bikes.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The Boy-Girl Friend Divide Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2021 47:02

    On this week’s episode: Jamilah and Dan are joined by longtime friend of the pod, Jessica Winter. Jessica just released her next novel, The Fourth Child. They answer a question from a mom of a little boy whose current friend group is all girls. She’s worried that he’s going to be ditched and without a group of friends as they all age. Then they tackle a question from a mom who has had it with her kids’ shouting a rather annoying nonsense word. In Slate Plus: Inspired by Jessica’s little deconstructor, they’ll be commiserating over the worst things their kids have destroyed. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Jessica recommends picture books by Melissa Iwai.  Dan recommends The Fourth Child by Jessica Winter.  Jamilah recommends So Delicious’ Dairy Free Oatmilk Peanut Butter and Raspberry frozen dessert.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    You Drive, You Pay Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2021 56:39

    On this week’s episode: Dan, Jamilah, and Elizabeth argue about if teenage drivers should chip in for the privilege of driving, especially when the teen in question is not making a ton of money. Then they jump into a couple’s argument over swearing in front of the kids.  In Slate Plus: It’s the classic debate. Oatmeal raisin v. chocolate chip cookies. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work.  Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends Prodigies online music lessons.  Jamilah recommends Sabai Design.  Dan recommends If I Ran the Circus by Dr. Seuss.  More Jamilah!:  Slate Live’s Wild and Wise Doing the Most Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Temperamental Teen Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 62:09

    On this week’s episode: Elizabeth, Dan, and Carvell commiserate with a parent whose teen is taking every little correction to heart. Then Elizabeth sits down with Erika McLemore (@sitbymyfire on Instagram) to discuss how parents should incorporate lessons on Indigenous peoples, cultures, and land acknowledgements into play. She also shares a bunch of wonderful resources for parents and kids to continue educating themselves on language, history, and current issues central to the Indigenous experience.  In Slate Plus: Slate’s Holly Allen stops by to talk about her powerful new bathroom cleaning tool. A blacklight! Let's just say she can't unsee what she saw... Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Dan recommends East: 120 Vegetarian and Vegan recipes from Bangalore to Beijing by Meera Sodha.  Carvell recommends breaking out the Mario Kart games with the family. Not only is the Nintendo Switch great, but he also recommends throwing it back with a Nintendo Wii.  Elizabeth recommends taking time this week to reach out to one person and say something nice.  Erika’s Recommendations:  Native-land.ca Native Appropriations Warrior Kids podcast All My Relations podcast Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know by Traci Sorell Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace by Traci Sorell Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Sunday Night Blues Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 47:45

    On this week’s episode: Jamilah and Elizabeth are joined by Zenovia Stephens, founder and CEO of Black Kids Adventures. They strategize ways a mom can help her tween power through her Sunday night blues. Then they debate if large age gaps between kids really leads to emotional distance and weak bonds between siblings.  In Slate Plus: Zenovia talks about the importance of getting yourself and your kids outside. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends a wireless pocket microscope for outdoor adventures.   Zenovia recommends Vanicream Moisturizing Cream.  Jamilah recommends cooking with flavored butters, specifically truffle butter.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Backseat Combat Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2021 47:38

    On this week’s episode: Dan, Elizabeth, and Jamilah debate how to negotiate a ceasefire in the backseat of the minivan. They also counsel a mom whose daughter will not quit it with the fake cough.  In Slate Plus: They send platonic Valentines to friends who have made these trying times a little easier. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends Tea Time Around the World by Denyse Waissbluth.  Jamilah recommends supporting small, local pharmacies.  Dan recommends Whirley Pop, Amish Country Blue Popcorn, and Trader Joe’s Everything But Elote for the perfect popcorn experience.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Concussion Chaos Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2021 51:05

    On this week’s episode: Elizabeth, Jamilah, and Dan answer a question from a mom with an ongoing head injury. She wants to be there for her energetic 3-year-old. But the commotion sometimes hurts. How can she get her little one to play quietly?  Then the hosts answer a question about being a fun adult figure for her friends’ kids.  In Slate Plus: Get ready to refresh your shelves because the hosts have a lightning round of book recommendations. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Dan recommends Artistic Stamp.  Jamilah recommends giving press on nails a try.  Elizabeth recommends Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    College Sticker Shock Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 60:01


    On this week’s episode: Dan, Jamilah, and Elizabeth talk with New York Times columnist Ron Lieber about his new book, The Price You Pay for College. He’ll explain why college costs so much, what parents and students should be asking when picking a school, and how to deal with not being able to afford your kid’s dream school.  Then the hosts answer a question from a mom who is struggling with resentment and regret over having a kid at all. In Slate Plus: Slate’s Rebecca Onion joins to discuss the politicization of kids’ safety and helicopter parenting in the Trump era. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends LuminAID Solar Lanterns. Jamilah recommends Highlights Magazine. Dan recommends actually filling out a One Line a Day journal. You can also text one line a day to Qeepsake.  Also Mentioned: I Used to Worry About Being an Overprotective Parent. Then Came the Trump Era by Rebecca Onion, which is from Slate’s package: What We Learned.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Dino Dilemma Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2021 61:09

    $On this week’s episode: Jamilah, Dan, and Elizabeth debate how to teach a kid about dinosaurs when the parents differ ideologically about evolution and creationism. They also answer a question about prepping a teen for her first concert by herself, whenever it’s safe to see live music again.  In Slate Plus: The hosts discuss the best hand-me-downs they’ve received and what they are most excited to pass along to their kids. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Dan recommends Wingspan.  Elizabeth recommends Warmies.  Jamilah recommends Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Cinnamon Coffee Cake Muffins.  Also Mentioned: Evolution Education in the U.S. Is Getting Better by Glenn Branch and Ann Reid.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    No Ma'am Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 52:02


    On this week’s episode: Elizabeth, Jamilah, and Dan debate if it’s OK to teach your child to use gendered titles of respect, like sir and ma’am. Then they answer a mother who seems to do the lionshare of housework. Now her husband wants to seize an opportunity to be a stay-at-home father and she’s worried she will no longer be as valuable to the family.  In Slate Plus: What to do if you’re the rebel and your kid is the one who loves rules. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Dan recommends going to a different city—sans kids—and taking a walk with a friend.  Jamilah recommends Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by Adrienne Maree Brown. Elizabeth recommends Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing by Olga Mecking.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    DIY Sex Talk Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2021 50:36

    On this week’s episode: Jamilah, Elizabeth, and Dan answer a question from a family where one parent feels that giving the sex talk to a tween violates the child’s privacy. Then they’ll debate what to do about a husband who regresses into a surly teenager when his parents are around.  In Slate Plus: The parenting story of the weekend: Bean Dad. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends the 1000 Hours Outside printable. There is also a daily tracker available.  Dan recommends World of Snacks. Jamilah recommends Healthy Roots Dolls. Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Good Riddance 2020 Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2020 67:52

    On this week’s episode: Our favorite Plus segments of 2020. We’ve got some funny stories about odes to neighborhood racoons and barfing kids. We’ve got therapeutic screams into the void. We also have important segments on colorism, racism, and equity and how the pandemic is impacting the adoption system.  If you like what you hear on the show, sign up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. In Slate Plus: We have a bonus behind-the-scenes clip of Jamilah trying to determine how devastated Dan will be about Eddie Van Halen passing.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Tune in to The Kids Are Asleep, the hilarious Slate Live show hosted by Jamilah. Watch it on Slate’s Facebook or YouTube on Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Holiday Hullabaloo Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2020 43:29

    On this week’s episode: We gathered all of the Mom and Dad are Fighting hosts, kids, and partners around the mic for a holiday party extravaganza. It’s an abundance of chaos and cheer to make up for all of the canceled holiday parties this year. Up first is Triumphs and Fails with a twist. Then the kids and partners answer listener questions about them. Followed by a super silly round of everyone’s favorite—Would You Rather.  In Slate Plus: Everyone is revealing the holiday traditions that they can’t live without. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Alia recommends an adult paint by numbers kit. Lyra recommends playing Broken Picturephone. Harper recommends Hello Curls Curl Definer Spray and an Erin Condren academic planner. Naima recommends watching Speechless, which aired from 2016-2019 and is now streaming on Hulu.   Jeff recommends a Quadrilla Marble Run.  Henry recommends Purrble. A stuffed animal that teaches kids how to calm down.  Oliver recommends tote-a-fort.  Teddy recommends the Radish cooking box for kids.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Tune in to The Kids Are Asleep, the hilarious Slate Live show hosted by Jamilah. Watch it on Slate’s Facebook or YouTube on Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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