Podcast

Mom and Dad Are Fighting | Slate's parenting show

Rebecca Lavoie, Jamilah Lemieux, and Dan Kois share triumphs and fails and offer advice on parenting kids from toddler to teens.

Episodes

  • You Need To Calm Down

    Oct 17 2019

    On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Jamilah and Dan answer listener questions from a mom who wants to know if it really makes a difference whether you yell at your kids and another mom who wants to make sure she doesn’t overshare her mental health issues with her kid. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, the hosts talk kid-approved scary movies. Sign up for Slate Plus here. Recommendations:Rebecca recommends having fall-themed actives all fall...more

  • Breast Milk Taste Test

    Oct 10 2019

    On this week’s episode, Rebecca and Dan answer listener questions from a mom struggling with whether it’s okay to offer breast milk to her curious kid and a mom who thinks it’s uncool to be disrupted by a kid during a performance for kids. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, Rebecca makes an announcement. Sign up for Slate Plus here.Recommendations:Rebecca recommends you hate watch Ghost Adventures.Dan recommends Kopp’s Frozen Custard.Join...more

  • Birthday Parties and Birthday Suits

    Oct 03 2019

    On this week’s episode, Rebecca. Jamilah and Dan answer listener questions from a a mom disagreeing with a father about their young boys showering with her and a mom who thinks her child’s unsupportive father shouldn’t be invited to a birthday party. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, Jamilah talks about parental separation anxiety. Sign up for Slate Plus here. Recommendations:Rebecca recommends the nonfiction podcast, Passenger List.Jami...more

  • Introducing Hang Up and Listen: Kids Play the Darndest Things

    Sep 30 2019

    Hey, Mom and Dad Are Fighting listeners, Hang Up and Listen, Slate's sports show, did a special episode about youth sports, which we thought you might enjoy. If you dig it and would like to hear more, subscribe to Hang Up and Listen wherever you get your podcasts!Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Allison Benedikt to answer your questions about youth sports. Topics covered include whether and how to teach your kids how to talk trash, how to balance sports time with family leisure...more

  • Suburban Appropriation

    Sep 26 2019

    On this week’s episode, Rebecca. Jamilah and Amy answer listener questions from a questioning the appropriateness of a local organization and a mom who wants her husband to be better about raising a body positive child. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, Amy gives some teacher-ly advice. Sign up for Slate Plus here. Recommendations:Rebecca recommends having two dogs in your home.Jamilah recommends visiting Target to check out their capsul...more

  • Sponsored: It's a Playdate

    Sep 24 2019

    In this episode of How to Raise a Parent, we’re exploring friendship from a kid’s eye view. Have you ever seen your child walk up to a kid they’ve never met before on the playground and spend the whole day together like old friends? Children seem hardwired to create these instant, easy friendships, but for a lot of grownups, making friends doesn’t come so easily. In our quest to reconnect with the pure approach to friendship we see in kids, we talked to two guests with interesting perspectives o...more

  • Wrap It Up

    Sep 19 2019

    On this week’s episode, Jamilah and Dan answer listener questions from a mom who is feeling anxious about her teenager wanting to buy condoms and a co-parenting dad who has some concerns. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, Dan shares an excerpt from his newly released book, How To Be A Family. Sign up for Slate Plus here. Recommendations:Dan recommends the carnivore compromise, the Impossible burger.Jamilah recommends the kids book, C Is ...more

  • How to Be a Family Edition

    Sep 17 2019

    On this special midweek bonus episode, Dan Kois shares the first chapter of the audiobook of How to Be a Family, plus Dan is joined by retired MADAF all-stars Allison Benedikt and Gabe Roth to talk about the trip around the world, the lessons Dan and his family learned, and all the fails along the way.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Back To Work and Back To School

    Sep 12 2019

    On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Jamilah and Dan answer listener questions from a mom who is worried she won’t be able to do it all and a mom who wants to keep her parents from putting her kid into a gender box. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, the hosts share their favorite parenting books. Sign up for Slate Plus here. Recommendations:Dan recommends a hilarious and thoughtful obituary.Jamilah recommends the super-fun game of Heads Up. ...more

  • Introducing How To! With Charles Duhigg

    Sep 11 2019

    Is there a right way to let kids struggle and fail? How do you raise resilient children? And most important, when should you help out, and when should you chill out? We ask Dr. Wendy Mogel, author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee to advise a Portland, Oregon couple who worry about their son getting wet in a squirt gun fight.If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to How To With Charles Duhigg, wherever you listen to podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Bittersweet

    Sep 05 2019

    On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Jamilah and Faith answer listener questions from an aunt struggling to confront her niece’s traumatic experience and a non-parent that wants to be more useful to her friends with kids. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, Jamilah and Faith chat about back to school time. Sign up for Slate Plus here. Recommendations:Faith recommends joining a fancy gym.Jamilah recommends co-working spaces. Rebecca recommends ...more

  • Am I A Spoiled Brat?

    Aug 29 2019

    On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Jamilah and Dan answer listener questions from a mom that wants her mother to be more supportive an a worried grandma who is looking for the right way to have a tough conversation with a child. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, Rebecca shares how the big day of dropping her kid off at college went. Sign up for Slate Plus here. Recommendations:Dan recommends the comic series, Real Friends, by Shannon Hale ...more

  • Favorite Grandma

    Aug 22 2019

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  • EuroTrip

    Aug 15 2019

    On this week’s episode, Jamilah and Dan answer listener questions from a mom that’s having second thoughts about a second kid and a mom whose kid wants to travel across Europe. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, we talk with Mini Milah, Jamilah’s six year-old daughter, about her new favorite restaurant. Sign up for Slate Plus here. Recommendations:Dan recommends the book, Indebted: How Families Make College Work At Any Cost, by Caitlin Za...more

  • What's Up With All Those Nannies?

    Aug 08 2019

    On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Jamilah, and Tom answer listener questions from a mom that doesn’t seem to understand the need for nannies and a mom that wants to have more inclusive birthday parties. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, we talk with our guest host, Tom Scocca, about sharing the news with your kids. We use Tom’s most recent Slate article, Where Taking the Concerns of Racists Seriously Has Gotten Us, to kick off the convers...more

  • Playground Beer

    Aug 01 2019

    On this week’s episode, Dan, Rebecca, and Jamilah answer listener questions from an introverted dad who wants to raise a social kid and from atheist parents struggling with attending events at their local evangelical university. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, we talk about how to deal with differeing parenting philosophies among co-parents, inspired by Michelle Herman’s Care and Feeding column. Sign up for Slate Plus here. Recommendat...more

  • Exclusive Besties

    Jul 25 2019

    On this week’s episode: The hosts answer listener questions about exclusive best friends and a kid that uses an offensive word during a fight. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, we talk to Jamilah about her Care and Feeding column.Recommendations:Dan recommends going on a kid-led road trip.Jamilah recommends saying yes. Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to tell us what you thought of today’s show and give us ideas fo...more

  • Carpool Liability Waiver

    Jul 18 2019

    On this week’s episode: The hosts answer listener questions about a mom who has some strong concerns about their kid carpooling and a friend who’s worried that they might be overstepping. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. For Slate Plus, we take another question from a listener.Recommendations:Rebecca recommends the travel app, Tripit.Dan recommends the book, The Gifted School by Bruce Halsinger. Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com t...more

  • Fish and Candy

    Jul 11 2019

    On this week’s episode: The hosts answer listener questions about a mom who wants to know what to do about a sort of stepson and another about a kid who’s hanging out with a kid that counts calories. We also welcome Amy Scott as this week’s special host. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. Amy brings Ask-A-Teacher to Slate Plus.Recommendations:Rebecca recommends the YouTube series, Star Wars by the Numbers. Dan recommends day camp as the ultimate summer s...more

  • What's Up With Your Boyfriend?

    Jul 04 2019

    On this week’s episode: The hosts answer listener questions about a mom who wants to know what to do about a sexist boyfriend and a mom who wants to know what to do about her kid being left out in the dark after hanging with a friend. We also welcome Jakada Imani as this week’s special host. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, Jakada talks about how he manages his career and family.Recommendations:Rebecca recommends the German time-travelin...more

  • Teen in Need

    Jun 27 2019

    On this week’s episode: The hosts answer listener questions about a teen in need of some support about their sensitive mom and what to do about a little that likes dressing up as problematic princesses. We also welcome Aminta Steinbach as this week’s special host. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, Aminta talks about life as a live-in aunt. Recommendations:Rebecca recommends a gif that exemplifies sibling relationships. Dan recommends clea...more

  • Don't Forget Grandpa

    Jun 20 2019

    On this week’s episode: The hosts answers listener questions about a mother who wants to ensure her kids remember their grandpa after he passes and the importance of table manners at dinner. We also welcome Doyin Richards as this week’s special host. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, Doyin shares just why the world thinks he’s a super-dad. Recommendations:Rebecca recommends ordering sheet cake from your local grocery store. Isaac recommen...more

  • Bed, Bath, and Biting Edition

    Jun 13 2019

    On this week’s episode: The hosts answers listener questions about what to do when your kid refuses to shower and a kid that refuses to stop biting. We also welcome Jamilah Lemieux as this week’s special host. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, Jamilah shares her co-parenting story. Recommendations:Rebecca recommends using Slack at home for handling parenting tasks.Dan recommends the book, Share Your Smile by Rebecca Telgemeier.Jamilah rec...more

  • Dan Kois Returns Edition

    Jun 06 2019

    On this week’s episode: The hosts answers listener questions about what to do with your kid that refuses everything, even the fun stuff, and another about what it even means to have siblings. We also welcome Dan Kois back to the show. And as usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, the hosts share their thoughts on Mary Jane.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Pollen Prank Edition

    May 30 2019

    On this week’s episode: The hosts answer a listener question about what actually matters when parenting your kid. We also say farewell to Gabe and Carvell. And as usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, the hosts recap their favorite moments and lessons on the show.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Theatrical Charlatan Edition

    May 23 2019

    On this week’s episode: Gabe and Carvell interview podcaster and author Theresa Thorn about her upcoming picture book, It Feels Good To Be Yourself: A Book about Gender Identity and answer a listener question about a narcissistic theatre teacher. And as usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, Theresa Thorn shares her own parenting fail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Violating The Uber Pool Code Edition

    May 16 2019

    On this week’s episode: Gabe, Carvell, and Rebecca answer a listener question about what to tell your kids when you’re getting a divorce but staying in the same home. And as usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, Gabe finally explains where his British accent went. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Washing Dishes on an Infomercial Edition

    May 09 2019

    On this week’s episode: Dan, Carvell, and Rebecca interview Darcy Lockman, author of All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers and the Myth of Equal Partnership, about her article in the New York Times, “What ‘Good’ Dads Get Away With,” and we answer a listener question about what to do about a mean teenager. And as usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, Rebecca explains why she hates Mother’s Day. Dan recommends the movie, Being John Malkovich. Rebecca rec...more

  • Stupid Box Edition

    May 02 2019

    On this week’s episode: Gabe and Rebecca answer listener questions on what to do after you discover your kid isn’t a child prodigy and how to get your teen to maybe surf waves instead of the internet. And as usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, Rebecca shares a fail so epic you have to tune in to find out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • On The Table Edition

    Apr 25 2019

    On this week’s episode: Ruth, Gabe, and Carvell answer listener questions on when to consider getting a vasectomy and how to make sure your kid doesn’t become obsessed with their looks.  And as usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, Ruth talks about what it’s like to have a religious Easter with a three year-old.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The Frank Edition

    Apr 18 2019

    On this week’s episode: Rebecca, Gabe, and Carvell answer listener questions on how to set rules for adults at a one-year old’s birthday party and what to do when parents project their childhood traumas onto to their kids. And as usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, Rebecca shares an update about that summer camp with racist practices. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Little Passports, for adventurous kids with curio...more

  • Teenager Under the Bed Edition

    Apr 11 2019

    On this week’s episode: Rebecca, Gabe, and Carvell answer listener questions about when to limit a five year old’s Batman intake and if parents should settle for second best when it comes to kid car seats. Yes, you read that right. And as usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, Rebecca dishes on her lavish time on a private jet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Pre-School Nemesis Edition

    Apr 04 2019

    On today's episode, Rebecca, Gabe, and Carvell answer listener questions about communicating with an ex-spouse's family after divorce and what to do about challenges between a stepdad and kid. They also share their triumphs and fails of the week and offer up some exciting recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ages Ten And Up Edition

    Mar 28 2019

    This week, Rebecca, Gabe, and guest host Katherine answer listener questions about putting the pressure on your kid after getting into a prestige school and solutions on getting your kids to play nice with each other. And as usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Make The Chicken Dance Edition

    Mar 21 2019

    This week, Rebecca, Gabe, and Carvell answer listener questions about the looming fear of talking with your kid about death and if it's okay if your ten year-old is into Amy Winehouse and other adult things. And as usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Free Lunch Edition

    Mar 14 2019

    With Gabe and Carvell out this week, Rebecca and Isaac are holding down the fort. Today, they talk with the authors of the book Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won't Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It, answer a listener question about placing your kids in a religious pre-school, and share their thoughts on Operation: Varsity Blue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Broken Promises Edition

    Mar 07 2019

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss follow-up to the piña colada censorship story, husbands that break promises, estranged fathers, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • CSI: American Girl Doll Edition

    Feb 28 2019

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss temporary visiting dog fails, teacher's strikes, doll-related crime scenes, bedwetting at science camp, and husbands in need of encouragement. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Grove. For a free $30 Mrs. Meyers gift set, go to grove.co/momanddad.Gobble, get $50 off your first box, go to gobble.com/momanddad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Presenting Decoder Ring: Baby Shark

    Feb 25 2019

    Decoder Ring is Slate's culture documentary show and this month they have an episode on a subject of special interest to Mom and Dad Are Fighting listeners: Baby Shark. Baby Shark is an megaviral YouTube video, an unstoppable earworm, a top 40 hit, a Eurodance smash, a decades old campfire song, and the center of an international copyright dispute. This month on Decoder Ring we explore the strange history and conflicted future of the song, what makes it so catchy, and how it came to be. Learn mo...more

  • Do You Like Pina Coladas? Edition

    Feb 21 2019

    Gabriel Roth, Carvell Wallace, and Rebecca Lavoie are joined by Katherine Goldstein to talk about her brand new podcast The Double Shift, a show about working mothers. They also discuss a follow up email from last week's discussion about telling your kids about their biological parentage, plus as always: triumphs and fails and recommendations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Marching Band Clown Pants Edition

    Feb 14 2019

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss a trio of parenting fails, a really tough question about telling your kid that her dad isn't her biological dad, and another about a kid that has to be winning at all times. This episode is brought to you by Blinkist. Start your free trial today at blinkist.com/momanddad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Toddler Rabies Edition

    Feb 07 2019

    Rebecca Lavoie and Carvell Wallace receive a transmission direct from the scene of a temper tantrum, and discuss a question about telling your kids about estranged parents. Plus, learn which member of the Lavoie household is officially a narc. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Grove. For a free $30 Mrs. Meyers gift set, go to grove.co/momanddad.Gobble, get $50 off your first box, go to gobble.com/momanddad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...more

  • What Next: Anti-Vaxxers Brought Back the Measles

    Feb 01 2019

    The latest measles outbreak in the Pacific-Northwest is a self-inflicted wound. One that Texans, and Americans alike, should all pay attention to.Guest: Dr. Peter J. Hotez, co-director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to whatnext@slate.com. Follow us on Instagram for updates on the show.Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin. Learn more about your ad choices...more

  • Pesto in a Tub Edition

    Jan 31 2019

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss Gabe's greatest-of-all-time parenting triumph, opening up to your kids, making it to year sixteen, whether divorced parents have it easier, and the anxiety of being an older parent.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom and Dad Are Fighting: This Job Sucks Edition

    Jan 24 2019

    On this week’s episode, Allison, Carvell, and Gabe answer questions from listeners about what to think of their unaccompanied teenage kids and what’s reasonable to expect from an 11 year old who struggles with writing. Plus: parenting triumphs and fails, recommendations, and more. And on Slate Plus this week: peeing in public, yay or nay?Recommendations: Allison recommends The Boxcar Children Mysteries & Jesse Kelley tweet: kids robotics competitionGabe recommends Ruffles All-dressed Chips (...more

  • Introducing Josie & Jonny are Having a Baby (With You!)

    Jan 21 2019

    We're here to introduce you to a new podcast: as new parents, comedians Josie and Jonny bring their humor and genuine curiosity into each conversation to get answers to questions they’re completely clueless about. Each episode of their podcast, Josie & Jonny are Having a Baby, features creators of all types talking candidly about what it means to raise a baby into a full on adult human. Check it out here in Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Grandma Inception Edition

    Jan 17 2019

    Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace, and Gabriel Roth discuss picky eaters with The Sporkful's Dan Pashman, a listener question about kids and creative problem solving, "Triumphs and Fails" and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Accidental Beauties Edition

    Jan 10 2019

    Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace, and Isaac Butler discuss tyrannical grandmas, musical bribery, triumphs and fails, recommendations, and more. This episode is brought to you by: Fabletics, get two leggings for just $24 at fabletics.com/momanddad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Behind the Velvet Rope Edition

    Jan 03 2019

    Gabriel Roth hosts a cultivated selection of some favorite Slate Plus segments to ring in the new year, featuring Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace, Allison Benedikt, and Isaac Butler, subjects include: how to talk to your kids about "bad guys", a New Hampshire social media scandal, practicing what you preach, and the story of Gabe's own circumcision. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers:  Clorox. Head to cloroxforschools.com to find out how to keep your family healthy and h...more

  • Friend Zone Edition

    Dec 27 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace are prompted by a Washington Post series of three stories about  raising boys in the #MeToo era to discuss teenagers, modern masculinity, "the friend zone", and more. Plus a listener question about the grandparent's favorite kid, "Triumphs and Fails", and recommendations.This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: American Express, don’t do business without it.Clorox. head to cloroxforschools.com to find out how to keep your fami...more

  • Time Is My Co-Parent Edition

    Dec 20 2018

    Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace, and Gabriel Roth discuss the role of step parents, and their relationships to the birth parents of their step-kids. Plus, a detailed and swear-filled account of Rebecca's dramatic recent injury, "Triumphs and Fails", and recommendations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Welcome to the Man Cave Edition

    Dec 13 2018

    On this week’s episode, Carvell and Gabe discuss an accidental dirty joke fail while getting a Christmas tree and a rare bureaucratic triumph. Then, they take questions from listeners about how to deal with a son’s friend who is being a jerk but is also dealing with grief and what to think of your kid’s passionate - yet perhaps difficult - professional artistic ambitions. In Slate Plus, executive editor Allison Benedikt joins to discuss a Chanukah-related technological triumph.Recommendations: •...more

  • Introducing: Who Runs That?

    Dec 10 2018

    Gabriel Roth talks to Seth Stevenson about his new podcast, Who Runs That? and introduces an episode that's perfect for MADAF listeners. In it, Stevenson talks to Aerin Nicole, CEO of the children's clothing company, Kickee Pants. If you enjoy this episode of Who Runs That? please subscribe using the Apple Podcast link below or whichever podcast listening method you prefer. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/who-runs-that/id1439828799?mt=2  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/a...more

  • Parent Like it's 1985 Edition

    Dec 06 2018

    Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace, and Gabriel Roth discuss whether to confront an overprotective daycare, how to make sure your kids aren't "the mean ones", Triumphs and Fails, "endorsements" and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Family Game Night Edition

    Nov 29 2018

    Carvell, Rebecca, and Gabe are joined by Noel Murray to discuss Slate’s new package on family games: the best, the worst, and more, including Rebecca’s spirited defense of the game Clue. Then, is a mother-in-law’s insistence on saying dinner prayers with atheist kids grounds for a confrontation? Plus, watching your kids fail creatively, a laundry-based triumph, and watching swim lesson money swirl down the drain. In Slate Plus, another installment in Rebecca’s continuing family saga.  Learn more...more

  • Nerf Gun Fantasy Edition

    Nov 22 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Carvell Wallace, and Mary Harris discuss Gabe's annual Autumn Sing fail, Carvell's new job as a PA on his son's film, Mary's daughter's competitive , Nerf Gun Christmas gifts, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Grandma's Baggage Edition

    Nov 15 2018

    Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace, and Gabriel Roth discuss an academic turnaround in the Lavoie household, Californian air quality, a kid's dislike his grandma, and a tough question about the life of an unsupported military mom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Weed Stash Edition

    Nov 08 2018

    Carvell Wallace, Rebecca Lavoie, and Gabriel Roth discuss what to do when your teenager discovers your weed stash, some major parenting fails, recommendations, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Patronising Mirth Edition

    Nov 01 2018

    Gabriel Roth and Rebecca Lavoie discuss a recent Slate article attacking THIS VERY PODCAST with the writer, Rebecca Onion. Also, empty thermoses, parent teacher conferences, and a question about sleepovers and night terrors Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Don't Go to France Edition

    Oct 25 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace answer a listener question about a 6-year-old who's getting a little too close to her boyfriend. Then they decide whether it makes sense to bring a newborn baby along for an overseas vacation. Zulily, for $20 off your first order, go to zulily.com/momanddad.Little Passports, inspire your kids to learn about the world with Little Passports - subscribe today at littlepassports.com/MOMANDDADGobble, for $50 off your first box, go to gobble.com/momand...more

  • Don't Look Free Childcare in the Mouth Edition

    Oct 18 2018

    This week: Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss homework triumphs, a followup on yelling, questions about watching your insecurities play out in your children, and whether to get on grandma's case for letting the kids watch screens. This episode is brought to you by Blinds.com. Get 20% off anything today when you use the code MOMMANDDAD at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Cold Turkey Edition

    Oct 11 2018

    Carvell Wallace, Rebecca Lavoie, and Gabriel Roth discuss YELLING! and other subjects including kids mocking the weight of their teachers, the privilege conversation, stolen cell phones, and making sick days fun.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Frivolous With Money Edition

    Oct 04 2018

    Carvell Wallace, Rebecca Lavoie, and Gabriel Roth discuss questions about kids and divorce, plus "Triumphs and Fails" and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Get It Together Edition

    Sep 27 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Carvell Wallace and Rebecca Lavoie discuss surprising teen triumphs, depressing school lunches, the boredom of tears, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • SPECIAL: Surviving a School Shooting, From a Teacher's Point of View

    Sep 23 2018

    In an intimate conversation, three educators who survived school shootings talk to Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick about the trauma of going back to the classroom. For a transcript, visit Slate.com/TeacherPodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Toxic Preschool Edition

    Sep 20 2018

    Rebecca Lavoie, Gabriel Roth, and Steve Lickteig discuss (relatively) late-in-life bicycle lessons, correcting your kid's college essays, toxic masculinity, a potentially toxic preschool teacher, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Recovering Fruitbat Edtion

    Sep 13 2018

    Carvell Wallace, Isaac Butler, and Ruth Graham discuss how to get your kid to go to sleep already, angry-driving with fussing toddlers, letting go of expectations around your kids, and the ethics of breaking into your teenager's phone.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Kidnappers Not Going to Let Me Use My Phone! Edition

    Sep 06 2018

    Carvell Wallace, Rebecca Lavoie, and Gabriel Roth discuss the tyranny of demanding teens charge their phones, beginning of school-blues, balancing time between kids, and an interview with Slate's Rebecca Onion about how parenting groups are making it impossible to leave Facebook, plus triumphs and fails and a question about finding black friends for your black kids, and how to talk to your white friends about race.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Age of Fear Edition

    Aug 30 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace talk to Kim Brooks, author of Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear, as well as a listener question about a neighbor on the sex-offender registry, plus triumphs and fails and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Bad Grandpa Edition

    Aug 23 2018

    Carvell Wallace, Dan Kois, and Katherine Goldstein discuss calendar fails, the mundane unfairness of paying for daycare with a health care savings account, when to teach kids to clean up after themselves, and listener questions about dealing with a chauvinist grandpa and how and when to talk to your kids about a conspicuous confederate flag on the side of the interstate.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Call Me By Your Screen Name Edition

    Aug 16 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss a fun game about getting kicked in the face, what it means when children lie for attention, and whether a 17 year old boy should be dating a 25 year old man via Tinder. Plus, Triumphs and Fails and recommendations, as always.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Eighth Grade Edition

    Aug 13 2018

    Allison Benedikt, Carvell Wallace, and Rebecca Lavoie discuss taxidermied animals, being without your kids, summer camp compromises, a listener question about whether to take a young child on a trip to Africa, and an interview with Bo Burnham, writer and director of the movie "Eighth Grade" and Betsy Bozdech, Executive Editor at Common Sense Media to talk about the film. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Sponsored: Coffee & Crayons Episode 1: Teaching Inclusivity & Kindness with Amy Webb

    Aug 06 2018

    Usually in this feed, you get Mom and Dad Are Fighting, a show about parenting triumphs and troubles. This week, we’re bringing you something a little different. A co-production between Target and Slate Studios, this is Coffee & Crayons, a podcast about navigating the highs and lows of back to school time. It’s a series of conversations full of insights and advice to help families thrive during tricky transitions. In this episode, Join host Mallory Kasdan as she talks with Amy Webb of the pa...more

  • Sand Couch Edition

    Aug 02 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace continue the conversation about King Kong and the gorilla suit, discuss sand couches, teen films, feminist slogans on two year old boy's t-shirts, and the grooming habits of teenage boys. Subscribe to Coffee and Crayons today wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Guy in a Gorilla Suit Edition

    Jul 26 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Carvell Wallace and guest host Dana Stevens discuss the difficulty of homespun ABBA cover sessions, trusting teens, perfectionist tennis lessons, bad dads, and more.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Blockchain Baby Names Edition

    Jul 19 2018

    Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace, and Gabriel Roth discuss how to pick a baby's last name, the allure of Avenger's pajamas, salvaging a love of baseball out of a personal hatred, driving in cars with teens, and how to deal when your boy keeps getting called a girl at school.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Accidental Drunkenness Edition

    Jul 12 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Carvell Wallace, and Rebecca Lavoie discuss mysterious sibling bonding, weird eye infections, relatives who bully kids, and younger sibling-induced touchiness.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Co-Parenting Conundrum Edition

    Jul 05 2018

    Rebecca Lavoie and Carvell Wallace discuss haunted AirBnBs, California kids, overbearing mom-reminders, low-key deadbeat dads, co-parenting responsibilities, screen time habits to model for your kids, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Summer Break Edition

    Jun 28 2018

    Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace, and Gabriel Roth discuss summer break! Is it better to structure your kid's summers or let them veg out? Carvell's kids, Ezra and Georgia drop by the studio to offer their opinion on the subject. Plus, picking playdates based on incomplete information, and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • How to Take Summers Off and Still Get Promoted

    Jun 25 2018

    Michelle Hickox has found a way to build a powerful career as a CFO, and take summers off and still get promoted. How? First, she had to believe that she could, then she had to prove to others it was possible. Now she wants everyone to know how she did it. Mom and Dad Are Fighting bring you this story from Slate’s new Better Life Lab podcast. Subscribe to Better Life Lab via:Apple PodcastsOvercastSpotifyStitcher Google PlayOr wherever you get your shows.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit ...more

  • Do More Edition

    Jun 21 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss the situation at the border, anti-mom bias in the workplace with Katherine Goldstein, how not to model vices for your kids, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Easy Baby Envy Edition

    Jun 14 2018

    Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace, and Gabriel Roth discuss feeling envious of parents who's parenting comes easily, how to rearrange a physical household post-divorce, new college scholarships, the diversity of the senate page program, and kids birthday party gift-opening etiquette. Plus "triumphs and fails" and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Make Daycare Great Again Edition

    Jun 07 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Sam Adams discuss whether one should employ the services of a Trump supporting day-care, what to do about bath-supply snatching kids, high school graduations, guitar lessons, and much more  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Circumcision Conundrum Edition

    May 31 2018

    This week we're joined by Wendy Zukerman of the podcast Science Vs. to discuss the science and ethics behind circumcision, plus failed video shoots, painting bedrooms on vacation, too-voracious readers, where babies come from, and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Existential Tantrum Edition

    May 24 2018

    Rebecca Lavoie and Carvell Wallace discuss Carvell's kids anti-authoritarian tendencies, what it means to be "Henry's mom", a tough question about a manipulative ex husband, and how to deal with tantrums when you're depressed, anxious, and pregnant.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Great Grandma Name Debate Edition

    May 17 2018

    Carvell Wallace, Rebecca Lavoie, and Isaac Butler discuss the question tearing the Slate Parenting Facebook group apart: do you let a grandparent name herself "Nama"? Plus, finding parental commiseration, one-weekend-potty training, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Make Your Own Dang Breakfast Edition

    May 10 2018

    Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace, and Dan Kois discuss sibling solidarity in the face of morning lateness, new solutions to those morning routines, difficult parents and destination events, the effect of a parent's mental illness on their children, plus triumphs and fails, and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Four Wheelers and a Hot Tub Edition

    May 03 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Carvell Wallace, and Rebecca Lavoie discuss the danger inherent in eating watermelon rinds, kid's bad taste in music, if and how to forbid teens from having sex, the rudeness of texting, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Joyless Slog Edition

    Apr 26 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Allison Benedikt discuss kid anger fails, reading getting in the way of basic life functions, the joy of barely passing German class, the joyless slog of the early parenting years, and what to do about teens and drinking and the friends they drink with.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Falling Piano Edition

    Apr 19 2018

    Gabriel Roth and Carvell Wallace are joined by Marlo Mack of the How to be a Girl podcast to discuss executive functions, when to badger your kids about hand-washing, disclosing sensitive information to soon-to-be-relatives, whether a mom should push her ex-husband to allow their transgender son to start taking hormones, and why it's so taboo to leave a baby alone in an empty house, even for a short time.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Reservoir Puppies Edition

    Apr 12 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss reluctant playdates, college manipulation, digital loss in the iCloud, how to have a familial relationship with your step-son, kids noticing violence on TV, and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Fascist Haircut Edition

    Apr 05 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss raising children of a different skin color from your own, whether we should allow kids to have fascist haircuts, spring break schedules, Dungeons & Dragons, bro dates, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Anonymous Sex Question Box Edition

    Mar 29 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss the terror of not teaching a child to ride a bike, Rebecca's "beautiful" daughter, fluids, and a difficult question about a child with a potential and non-specific disability.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Technological Dystopia Edition

    Mar 22 2018

    Carvell Wallace, Gabriel Roth, and Rebecca Lavoie discuss an educational math game called Prodigy, and how to deal with a kid's potential over-interest in a video game, then a follow-up to the controversial chicken pox discussion from a few weeks back, and "Triumphs and Fails" and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Simpering Airhead Mermaid Edition

    Mar 15 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Katherine Goldstein discuss failed voice lessons, resigning yourself to chicken nuggets, dude time, what to do about sexist cartoons, how to cope with friends with bad parenting technique, plus recommendations and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Minimalist Hellscape Edition

    Mar 08 2018

    Carvell Wallace, Rebecca Lavoie, and Gabriel Roth discuss the cause and treatment of childhood anxiety with Lynn Lyons, LICSW. Also an overwound Leo, a follow-up about summer camp for kids-of-color, managing kids acquisition of knick knacks, and more.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Chickenpox for the Soul Edition

    Mar 01 2018

    Carvell Wallace, Allison Benedikt, and Gabriel Roth debate the ethics of exposing anti-vaxxer's kids to the chicken pox, when to step in on undeserved discipline, suspicious Harriet Tubman essays, and much more. Please fill out the Slate podcast survey at slate.com/podcastsurvey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Professionalized Childhood Edition

    Feb 22 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss a followup from last week's toxic mother-in-law situation, mean kids, forced activities, the power of Black Panther, Mickey Mouse t-shirt privilege, and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Vintage Suitcase Edition

    Feb 15 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss a parable of vintage suitcases, valentines in the yellow room, false accusations of serious crimes, lazy dads, and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Secret Twins Edition

    Feb 08 2018

    Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace, and Gabriel Roth discuss how and whether to reveal a stuffed animal related conspiracy, whether sexual abuse at camp should worry parents, teaching boys to wash their clothes, the sexism of dress codes and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Binky Barter Edition

    Feb 01 2018

    Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace and Katherine Goldstein discuss a mostly successful binky-for-trains program, answer questions about a difficult divorce, and reading, plus more "Triumphs and Fails" and recommendations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The Fifteen Candles Edition

    Jan 25 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss a question from a listener about racism in the classroom, and another question about children counting calories. Plus "Triumphs and Fails" and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Too Cool For School Edition

    Jan 18 2018

    Carvell Wallace, Rebecca Lavoie, and Gabriel Roth interview Ann Hulbert, author of Off the Charts: The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies, and take a question from a listener with daddy problems. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Look Who's Back Edition

    Jan 11 2018

    Carvell Wallace and Gabriel Roth are joined by Allison Benedikt to discuss Ruth Graham's article “My Life Is a Waking Nightmare” about the world of online parenting advice, answer a question about a grandparent who doesn't visit often enough, plus "Triumphs and Fails" and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Becoming Aunt Gertie Edition

    Jan 04 2018

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss a question from a listener about whether to let an abusive step parent into the life of her children, and another question about when and how often to let children win at games. Plus "Triumphs and Fails" and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Potty Camp Edition

    Dec 28 2017

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss how many performances of Bye Bye Birdie is too many, what's normal around divorced families holidays, and how to potty train without ruining your child.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Spurious Holiday Grinch Edition

    Dec 21 2017

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace gather round the podcasting hearth for a holiday edition of Mom and Dad Are Fighting, with holiday-related listener questions and recommendations, plus "Triumphs and Fails" and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Your Child is Made of Meat Edition

    Dec 14 2017

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss Periscope's problem with online predators with Slate's April Glaser, Rebecca's big news, Carvell's creeping fail, and Gabe's three kiss accident in "Triumphs and Fails" and "Recommendations". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • "What's Elf on the Shelf?" Edition

    Dec 07 2017

    Rebecca Lavoie and Katherine Goldstein explain Elf on the Shelf to Carvell Wallace, dealing with estranged parents and how to introduce them to your kids, whether following the rules too much is bad for kids, and the joy and sorrow of holiday traditions. Plus Triumphs and Fails and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Grandpa Rules Edition

    Nov 30 2017

    Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace, and Gabriel Roth discuss their annoyingly triumphant week, how to raise your kids outside of the influence of toxic masculinity, and what to do about a doting grandpa. Plus more in Triumphs and Fails and Recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Who's Your Mommy Edition

    Nov 23 2017

    Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace, and Gabriel Roth discuss the effect of leather jackets on teen boys, why Sartre is so annoying for parents, questions about when it's OK for a kid to call a step-parent "mom" and if giving kids freedom also enables their tantrums. Plus, triumphs and fails and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Sadistic Track Coach Edition

    Nov 16 2017

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss how to deal with verbally abusive dad-coaches, Gabe's not-messed-up weekend with Leo, a question about in-laws whose culture you disagree with, and more in Triumphs and Fails and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • If You Give a Mouse a Handout Edition

    Nov 09 2017

    Gabriel Roth, Carvell Wallace, and Katherine Goldstein discuss the welfare state critique of To Give a Mouse a Cookie, children's negotiating skills, potty training, Shrinky Dinks,  and more. Plus an interview with Lauren Brody, author of The Fifth Trimester about the complications of going back to work after having a baby, and a listener question about whether to get back on IVF again.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • What's Under the Bed Edition

    Nov 02 2017

    Carvell Wallace, Rebecca Lavoie, and Gabriel Roth discuss phone etiquette, what to do about a teenage boy's under-bed ephemera, trick or treating, a tough question about a father who doesn't get along with his son, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Your Life Is Terrible Edition

    Oct 26 2017

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss carpool politics, daddy's girls, and how late capitalism makes fools of us all in listener questions, "Triumphs and Fails", and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Poison Resentment Edition

    Oct 19 2017

    Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace, and Gabriel Roth sit down with John Culhane, author of Slate's Hey, Daddy! column about being a gay dad of twins, plus step-parenting resentments, the sad end of bedtime reading time, and Rebecca's new family project in listener questions, "Triumphs and Fails" and recommendations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Some Kids Are Jerks Edition

    Oct 12 2017

    Rebecca Lavoie and Gabriel Roth talk to Elissa Strauss about her article in Elle, "The Leftover Embryo Crisis", answer a question about dealing with friends whose kids don't get along with their kids, plus "Triumphs and Fails" and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Full Brony Edition

    Oct 05 2017

    Gabriel Roth and Carvell Wallace discuss broken phones, how to gift an inheritance, My Little Pony: the Movie, and are joined by Slate's Aisha Harris to tackle a tough question about American Girl dolls.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Parental Obsolescence Edition

    Sep 28 2017

    Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace and Gabriel Roth sit down with Suzanne Bouffard, author of THE MOST IMPORTANT YEAR: Pre-Kindergarten and the Future of Our Children to discuss the state of pre-K education. Plus, "triumphs and fails", and recommendations. It's pledge season on Slate podcasts join at Slate.com/momanddadplus for bonus segments and ad-free shows!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Emotional Bloodshed Edition

    Sep 21 2017

    Gabriel Roth, Carvell Wallace, and Rebecca Lavoie discuss how to deal with a longterm toddler beef, how to feel about well subsidised adult stepchildren, teen street harassment, and more. Plus "Triumphs and Fails" and recommendations. It's pledge week on Slate Podcasts! Sign up for Slate Plus at Slate.com/momanddadplusLove this podcast? Well did you know you can listen to it on Spotify while still enjoying your favorite tunes. It's easy, just look for the "Podcasts" section within the Browse tab...more

  • The Competitive Step-Parenting Edition

    Sep 14 2017

    Rebecca Lavoie, Gabriel Roth, and Carvell Wallace answer a call about managing the adult relationships in a step-child's life, and Carvell shares news about his son's computer. As always, we've got triumphs and fails, and recommendations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Dude Where's My Carvell Edition

    Sep 07 2017

    Rebecca Lavoie and Gabriel Roth answer listener questions about how to help other kids understand her son with Down's Syndrome, and sharing household responsibilities. Plus a tooth-fairy revelation and more in "Triumphs and Fails" and two unorthodox recommendations.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Abstraction of Hooptyism Edition

    Aug 31 2017

    Carvell Wallace, Rebecca Lavoie and Gabriel Roth discuss the politics of choosing a guardian for your kids and what to do about a daycare center that's been a little lax on vaccines. Plus Carvell's hit-and-run and Rebecca's new car-related freedom in "Triumphs and Fails".Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by Blue Apron. Create delicious, home-cooked meals with fresh ingredients delivered right to your door. Get your first THREE meals FREE – with FREE shipping – when you go to BlueApron.c...more

  • Three Fails Edition

    Aug 24 2017

    Carvell Wallace and Allison Benedikt are joined by Ami Cooper to talk about her experience raising a trans sixth grader. Plus triumphs and fails (spoiler alert: all fails), and recommendations. Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by Spotify. Stream every episode of our show and other podcasts on Spotify now. Just open the app, tap Browse, and look for us in the Podcast section. Learn more at spotify.com/podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Happiest Podcast on Earth Edition

    Aug 17 2017

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss how to talk to your kids about recent events in Charlottesville Virginia, and whether smartphones are "destroying a generation," with Lisa Guernsey and Janelle Krupicka. Plus triumphs, fails, and recommendations. Today’s episode is brought to you by Little Passports. Check out Science Expeditions, the new educational subscription with themes like Rockets and Solar Power that kids and parents love. Learn more at Little Passports.com/MOMAND...more

  • Teenage Fashion Plate Edition

    Aug 10 2017

    Rebecca Lavoie and Carvell Wallace discuss choosing a school district in a segregated city, and how to encourage a teen's individual style while keeping their values intact. Plus triumphs and fails and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Eating Your Feelings Edition

    Aug 03 2017

    Rebecca Lavoie and Gabriel Roth discuss whether to worry about a 9-year-old's weight gain, and how to inject some passion into  passionless pre-teen. Plus triumphs and fails and recommendations.Mom and Dad are Fighting is brought to you by RXBAR Kids. RXBAR Kids is a clean label snack bar made with high-quality, real ingredients designed specifically for kids. Find at Target stores OR For 25% off your first order, visit RXBAR.com/MOMANDDAD and enter promo code MOMANDDAD at checkout. And by Blue ...more

  • The Return of the Dan Edition

    Jul 27 2017

    Carvell Wallace, Nina Aron, and Dan Kois sit down with clinical psychologist Dr. Ava Siegler to talk about her new book, What Do I Tell My Kids?: Parenting in the Age of Trump, which includes an essay by guest host Dan Kois. They discuss the origins of the project, how to talk to your kids about difficult political situations, where we stand now, and whether we should have hope for the future of politics. In Triumphs and Fails, Carvell panics over his daughter's trip to the amusement park, Nina ...more

  • Adventures in Babysitting Edition

    Jul 20 2017

    Gabriel Roth, Carvell Wallace and Rebecca Lavoie discuss a very unusual quandary involving the inappropriate email address of their babysitter, plus babysitting in general, triumphs and fails, and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Do What You Can Edition

    Jul 13 2017

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss raising Muslim kids in America with Rabia Chaudry of the podcast Undisclosed. Plus, what to do about bad kid friends, Triumphs and Fails and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Happy Independence Day Edition

    Jul 06 2017

    Carvel Wallace, Rebecca Lavoie, and Gabriel Roth take questions about reconciling disparate parenting styles and how to make space for an introverted kid, plus Triumphs and Fails and recommendations. Mom and Dad are Fighting is brought to you by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses. Get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by going to Casper.com/MomAndDadand using the promo code MomAndDad.  And by Blue Apron. Create delicious, home-cooked meals with fresh ingredients delivered rig...more

  • Aggressive Little Hugger Edition

    Jun 29 2017

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss feedback from last week's question on having a second child, talking to kids about a dying caregiver, and what to do with an aggressive hugger, plus Triumphs and Fails and their recommendations. Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by BarkBox. For a FREE EXTRA PREMIUM TOY added to your BarkBox every month, visit barkbox.com/momanddad when you subscribe to a 6 or 12-month plan, then select “Yes, Please!” when asked “Have a playful pu...more

  • Welcome to the Gun Show Edition

    Jun 22 2017

    Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace, and Gabriel Roth discuss what to do about a child's growing interest in guns, having two children versus one, plus their Triumphs and Fails, and recommendations. Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by Bombas. For every pair of socks you buy from Bombas, they donate a pair to someone in need. To get your pair—or more—visit Bombas.com/MOMANDDAD, and you’ll get an additional twenty percent off your first purchase. And by Cuyana. Cuyana designs timeless, sophi...more

  • Teenage Invasion Edition

    Jun 15 2017

    Rebecca Lavoie and Carvell Wallace are joined by actual teenager and Carvell's son, Ezra Wallace. They discuss what life is like for a biracial teen, plus triumphs and fails, recommendations and an Ezra lightning round. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Empathy Redux Edition

    Jun 08 2017

    Rebecca Lavoie, Gabriel Roth, and Carvell Wallace return to a poorly-answered listener question about empathy with UCLA post-doctoral researcher Nicole McDonald. Plus recommendations, divorcing uncles, and Triumphs and Fails. Today’s episode is brought to you by Little Passports. Check out Science Expeditions, the new educational subscription with themes like Rockets and Solar Power that kids and parents love. Learn more at Little Passports dot com slash MOMANDDAD, where listeners can save 40% o...more

  • Bureaucratic Nightmare Edition

    Jun 01 2017

    Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace, and Gabriel Roth are joined by Andee Brown to talk about her son's struggle with mental health. Plus, Triumphs and Fails, recommendations, and a listener question about whether to have another child under difficult circumstances.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Here’s Steve Instead of Carvell Edition

    May 25 2017

    Carvell is sick, so Steve Lickteig joins Gabriel Roth, and Rebecca Lavoie to discuss how to teach empathy in young kids and sibling dynamics, plus triumphs and fails and recommendations. Today’s episode is brought to you by Little Passports. Check out Science Expeditions, the new educational subscription with themes like Rockets and Solar Power that kids and parents love. Learn more at Little Passports dot com slash MOMANDDAD, where listeners can save 40% off their first month with coupon code M...more

  • Porn, Actually Edition

    May 18 2017

    Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace, and Gabriel Roth discuss dealing with media you find problematic and whether it's worth trying to filter it for your kids, the n-word, broken nanny dates, and more, in Triumphs and Fails and Recommendations. Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by BarkBox. For a FREE EXTRA PREMIUM TOY added to your BarkBox every month, visit barkbox.com/momanddad when you subscribe to a 6 or 12-month plan, then select “Yes, Please!” when asked “Have a playful pup?” Learn mo...more

  • Dude Where's My Car Edition

    May 11 2017

    Rebecca Lavoie, Gabriel Roth, and Carvell Wallace discuss the youtube abuse controversy surrounding DaddyOFive, together time after a divorce, lost cars in triumphs and fails, and recommendations. Today’s episode is brought to you by Little Passports. Check out Science Expeditions, the new educational subscription with themes like Rockets and Solar Power that kids and parents love. Learn more at Little Passports dot com slash MOMANDDAD, where listeners can save 40% off their first month with cou...more

  • Touchhole Edition

    May 04 2017

    In our first weekly episode Rebecca Lavoie, Carvell Wallace, and Gabriel Roth discuss getting back to work after a long absence, post-vacation troubles, and disappearing nannies. Plus, hamster trouble in Triumphs and Fails, and recommendations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Bible Movies Edition

    Apr 27 2017

    Gabriel Roth and Carvell Wallace answer listener calls concerning unwanted bible movies and when parents should explain sibling-relationship boundaries to their kids. Also, a difficult fail regarding rising housing prices in the Bay Area and a trip update from Dan Kois in Slate Plus. Have a question you'd like us to answer? Leave us a message at 424-255-7833.Today’s episode of MADAF is brought to you by Little Passports. Check out Science Expeditions, the new educational subscription, with theme...more

  • Deathbed Sandwich Generation Edition

    Apr 13 2017

    Gabriel Roth, Rebecca Lavoie, and Carvell Wallace discuss coping with a dying parent as a parent, plus charades, laid-back husbands, and listening to your kids in our weekly triumphs and fails and recommendations. Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by Blue Apron. Create delicious, home-cooked meals with fresh ingredients delivered right to your door. Get your first THREE meals FREE when you go to BlueApron.com/MomAndDadAnd by ZipRecruiter. Post your job listing to all the top job sites w...more

  • Sperm In Top Hats Edition

    Mar 30 2017

    Gabriel Roth is joined this week by writer Carvell Wallace and Rebecca Lavoie, host of Crime Writers On..., to discuss those parenting hacks you just can't live without. They also answer a call from a listener struggling to decide if medication is right for her child. Also, the conclusion to last episode's daycare dilemma, on Slate Plus.  Have a question you'd like us to answer? Leave us a message at 424-255-7833.Today’s episode of Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by Little Passports. ...more

  • Designer Genes Edition

    Mar 16 2017

    Gabriel Roth is joined this week by writer Carvell Wallace to discuss tips on how to parent tweens into thoughtful adolescents. Then they chat with Bonnie Rochman, author of The Gene Machine, to discuss the emerging science of birth-related gene selection. Also, a listener call about getting kids out the door in the morning and a Slate Plus daycare dilemma.  Have a question you'd like us to answer? Leave us a message at 424-255-7833.Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by Blue Apron. Creat...more

  • Allison's Viking Funeral Edition

    Mar 02 2017

    Mom and Dad Are Fighting say goodbye to Allison Benedikt with help from a secret special guest. (Spoiler: It's Dan Kois!) Gabe and Allison also talk with author and teacher Matt Dicks about ways to get the most out of your parent-teacher conferences. Also, a listener call about retaining friendships with parents when you don't have kids and Dan Kois shares a New-Zealand-specific parenting fail on Slate Plus.  Have a question you'd like us to answer? Leave us a message at 424-255-7833.Also, take ...more

  • Teenage Life Coach Edition

    Feb 16 2017

    Gabriel Roth, Slate senior editor, and Rebecca Lavoie, host of Crime Writers On..., talk about how children have replaced dads as the economic drivers in the household. Then, they offer tricks for parents struggling to find time for homework. Also, an Allison Benedikt triumph on Slate Plus and a listener call about older-brother meanness. Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by Blue Apron. Blue Apron’s meal kits are delivered right to your door, and make cooking at home easy. Get your firs...more

  • Child Care War Machine Edition

    Feb 02 2017

    On today's show, hosts Allison Benedikt and Gabriel Roth chat with journalist Bryce Covert about the surprising history of child care in America. Then, they talk with professor Diane Levin about how children often segregate friendships along gender lines by the time they reach preschool age. Plus, a conflicted listener wrestles with supporting football, just in time for the Super Bowl and Allison shares a big announcement... Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by Blue Apron. Blue Apron’s ...more

  • The Sad Laura Ashley Bat Mitzvah Dress Edition

    Jan 19 2017

    On today's show, hosts Gabriel Roth, editor at Slate, and Lizzie Skurnick, author of That Should Be A Word, talk about Lizzie's experience as a single mother raising a son whose father is an anonymous sperm donor. Then, they chat with Dr. Devorah Heitner, author of the book Screenwise, about the unspoken rules that influence kid's choices on social media.Also, a listener question about bringing young daughters to this weekend's Women's March on Washington and a particularly complicated fail from...more

  • The Hardest Age Edition

    Jan 05 2017

    On today's show, hosts Allison Benedikt and Gabriel Roth chat with Suniya Luthar, Foundation Professor of Psychology at Arizona State. They discuss her recent study, which shows that the middle-school years are often the most stressful for families. Slate's Brow Beat editor Sam Adams also joins to talk about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and wether it's too violent for children. Plus, a listener call about homophobic parents.Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by Casper, an online retailer...more

  • See Ya Dan Kois Edition

    Dec 22 2016

    This is the last one with Dan Kois, guys! On today's show, Allison and Dan talk with Matthew Herrity - a high school junior in Arlington, VA - who's protesting a rezoning plan that would lead to significant racial and economic changes at his school. Then, we take a walk down memory lane with Mr. Kois and revisit some of his most memorable fails over the years. Also, a listener call about how to respond when your youngest boy wants to wear girl stuff. Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by...more

  • Unexpected Loss Edition

    Dec 08 2016

    On today's show Allison and guest host Gabriel Roth talk with Debbie Haine Vijayvergiya, an advocate for stillborn awareness, about her heartbreaking experience delivering a stillborn child. Then, they discuss children's birthday parties, why they're so terrible, and how to make them better.Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by Little Passports. Give your kids the gift of adventure with Little Passports. Find special Holiday deals and get a peek inside the monthly packages at LittlePassp...more

  • Trump, Turkey, and Teens Edition

    Nov 24 2016

    Dan and Allison invite Emily Bazelon, host of Slate's Political Gabfest, and author Dwayne Betts, onto the show to discuss this month's surprise election outcome and how they're talking about Trump's presidency with their kids. Dan also chats with director Kelly Fremon about her fantastic new movie "The Edge Of Seventeen." And in our Slate Plus segment, the crew explains what they're thankful for this year.Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by Texture. Get access to your favorite magazin...more

  • Why Isn't My Kid's Teacher Returning My Texts Edition

    Nov 10 2016

    Dan and guest host Amy Scott discuss a new OshKosh B'Gosh ad campaign that will feature Asher Nash, a child with Down syndrome. They offer advice to a mother dealing with a racist neighbor. Amy explains how to have a non-terrible relationship with your kid's teachers. And in our Plus segment, Dan talks about how he'll explain Trump's unexpected victory to his daughters. Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by Little Passports. Give your kids the gift of adventure with Little Passports. Fin...more

  • Mom's With Her Edition

    Oct 27 2016

    Allison and Dan ask moms of girls how they're talking to their daughters about the coming Hillary presidency. Lisa Guernsey, author of “Screen Time,” gives an update to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for kids’ device usage.  In the Plus segment, LV Anderson tackles the important Halloween question: should teens go trick-or-treating? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The National Clown Threat Edition

    Oct 13 2016

    Allison and Dan dive deep into the mythology of killer clowns.  RJ Palacio, best-selling author of “Wonder,” stops by the studio to talk about her quest to spread kindness. And for the Slate Plus segment, Will Saletan discusses the futility of attempting to regulate his teenager’s bedtime. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The Six Kids and Twelve Nannys Edition

    Sep 29 2016

    Dan and Allison search for insight into the mystery of Brangelexit by speaking with two members of a real-life big family, Noreen Malone and her mom, Mary Ellen Brennan.  Also, Siân Stevens, an aging services specialist, talks about the important conversations we all must have with our aging parents.  In the Slate Plus segment, Aisha Harris reminisces about "All My Children," as a tribute to the show's creator, Agnes Nixon, who died on September 28th.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg...more

  • The How Soon Is Too Soon To E-Mail the Teacher Edition?

    Sep 15 2016

    Dan and Allison discuss the thorny issue of parent-teacher communication with Matt Dicks.  And Belle Boggs, author of The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood, shares her story of infertility. In the Plus segment, Slate writer John Swansburg delivers a Snuffleupagus of a triumph.  Or is it a Big Bird fail? You decide.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The Mom and Dad Have Answers Edition

    Sep 01 2016

    Allison and Dan spelunk deep into their psyches to answer listener calls.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The “Doping for Kids” Edition

    Aug 18 2016

    On this week’s show, Allison Benedikt and Jessica Winter are joined by two hosts of Slate’s Hang Up and Listen to discuss how to be a good parent while watching the Olympics with your kids, and then talk to novelist Rumaan Alam about the lack of diversity in children’s books. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mean Girls and Lazy Guys Edition

    Aug 04 2016

    On today's show Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt talk with Rosalind Wiseman about the new edition about her classic guide to girls' friendships and discuss the division of household labor.Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by Green Chef. Their organic meal kits make cooking  healthy food easy. Get four meals free with your first order when you go to greenchef.com/momanddad.And by Little Passports. Inspire your kids to learn about the world with a subscription to Little Passports! Mom and Da...more

  • Blame Dan and Donald

    Jul 21 2016

    Mom And Dad Are Fighting is taking a break this week. Blame Dan and Donald Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • What to Expect When You're Unexpectedly the First Lady Edition

    Jul 07 2016

    On today's show Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt discuss how to talk to your kids about weight and Dan interviews the soon-to-be First Lady of Iceland.Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by Boll and Branch. Get 20% off your entire order, plus free shipping, by going to BollandBranch.com and using promo code momanddad.And by the new podcast Dog Smarts. Each episode features leading researchers and academics that tackle questions of language, memory, intelligence, and even love as they pertain...more

  • Tale of Two Cities Edition

    Jun 23 2016

    On today's show Allison Benedikt and Jessica Winter discuss school segregation with The New York Times' Nikole Hannah-Jones and parenting a difficult toddler.Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, offering luxury bedding at affordable prices. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code MOMANDDAD.And by Little Passports. Inspire your kids to learn...more

  • Dads and Dogs Edition

    Jun 09 2016

    On today's show Allison and Dan discuss putting a family pet asleep and for Father's Day we'll hear stories about dads from Slate staffers. Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, offering luxury bedding at affordable prices. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code MOMANDDAD. And by Little Passports. Inspire your kids to learn about the world ...more

  • Extreme Bedtime Edition

    May 26 2016

    On today's show Allison and Dan discuss absurdly early bedtimes for kids and then make some summertime resolutions. Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, offering luxury bedding at affordable prices. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code MOMANDDAD.And by Little Passports. Inspire your kids to learn about the world with a subscription to Li...more

  • Is Grit Good? Edition

    May 12 2016

    On today's show, Allison and Dan discuss game theory parenting and whether children need grit to succeed.Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, offering luxury bedding at affordable prices. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code MOMANDDAD.And by Little Passports. Inspire your kids to learn about the world with a subscription to Little Passpo...more

  • Mothers and Meddlers Edition

    Apr 28 2016

    On today's show, Allison and Dan hear stories from Slate staff about their mothers and talk talks with actor Susan Sarandon about motherhood and the movie The Meddler.Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, offering luxury bedding at affordable prices. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code MOMANDDAD. And by Little Passports. Inspire your kid...more

  • Positive Opposites Edition

    Apr 14 2016

    On today's show, Allison and Dan talk to the owner and chef of a vegan preschool and then debate the latest child psychology trend in parenting discipline of not punishing kids for bad behavior.Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, offering luxury bedding at affordable prices. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code MOMANDDAD.And by Little P...more

  • Defending Easter Edition

    Mar 31 2016

    On today's show, Allison and Dad talk with Brooklyn principal Anna Allanbrook about what to do when parents have a problem with their principal or other school administrators and then Dan calls the Easter Bunny on the phone and asks why Easter is the worst holiday.Mom and Dad Are Fighting is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, offering luxury bedding at affordable prices. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and mor...more

  • Trump is a Very Bad Man Edition

    Mar 17 2016

    On today's show, Allison and Dad talk to parents about raising a transgender child and how to talk to your kids about Trump.Mom and Dad are Fighting is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, offering luxury bedding at affordable prices. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code MOMANDDAD. And by Club W, leading the "grape to glass" wine revolution. Answer just six simple ...more

  • Dóna Prump Edition

    Mar 03 2016

    Dan Kois discusses social media and teens with author Nancy Jo Sales and Black-ish with Slate's Aisha Harris.Mom and Dad are Fighting is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, the company that makes luxury bedding affordable. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code MOMANDDAD. And by the New York Times bestseller The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber—a taboo-shattering m...more

  • Live from Brooklyn Edition

    Feb 20 2016

    On this week's show, Dan and Allison are live at the Bell House in Brooklyn and discuss city parenting, surrogacy, and have an artist's roundtable with children's book authors and musicians.Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt are live at the Bell House in Brooklyn. On this week's show, Dan and Allison talk about city parenting, surrogacy, and have an artist's roundtable with children's book authors Matt de la Peña and Rebecca Stead, and children's recording artist Laurie Berkner.Mom and Dad are Fighti...more

  • Live Show Lateness

    Feb 18 2016

    Mom and Dad Are Fighting is going to go up on Saturday this week because of our live show taping at the Bell House in Brooklyn. If you're in New York, we would love to see you. You can buy tickets at Slate.com/live. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Better Get a Shotgun Edition

    Feb 04 2016

    Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt discuss the Zika virus with an OBGYN and the new HBO Sesame Street.Mom and Dad are Fighting is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, the company that makes luxury bedding affordable. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code MOMANDDAD. And by Club W, leading the "grape to glass" wine revolution. Answer just six simple questions at ClubW.com ...more

  • The Worst Time for Your Milk to Come In Edition

    Jan 21 2016

    Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt discuss iPads in the classroom and talk with two mothers who had their children days apart.Mom and Dad are Fighting is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, the company that makes luxury bedding affordable. Get the nicest sheets you've ever owned for about half the price of what stores are charging. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. Go to BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code MOMANDDAD.And by Club W, leading the "g...more

  • The Failed Resolutions Edition

    Jan 07 2016

    Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt discuss parenting and money with New York Times columnist Ron Lieber and then check with Slate staffers about how they did on their 2015 New Year's resolutions.Mom and Dad are Fighting is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, the company that makes luxury bedding affordable. Get the nicest sheets you've ever owned for about half the price of what stores and boutiques are charging. Order right now and they'll give you $50 off a set of sheets, plus free shipping. Go to...more

  • Dan Goes to the Mall Edition

    Dec 17 2015

    Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt discuss the Every Child Succeeds Act and Dan goes to the mall to talk with dads about how they really feel about holiday shopping. Mom and Dad are Fighting is brought to you by Prudential’s 40/40 Vision, a multimedia microsite exploring what life—and the future—looks like to today’s 40-somethings. Hear what inspires real people, the hopes they have for tomorrow, and much more. See yourself in their stories at slate.com/4040vision/family. And by Little Passports. Kee...more

  • The Dear Prudence Edition

    Dec 03 2015

    Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt discuss how to talk with your kids about the terrible news of the world with teacher Matthew Dicks and then Slate's new Dear Prudence columnist Mallory Ortberg answers listeners' parenting questions. Mom and Dad are Fighting is brought to you by Little Passports. Keep your kids busy this summer with Little Passports, the award-winning subscription for kids. Right now, Mom & Dad Are Fighting listeners can save 40% on their first month with promo code MOMANDDAD40....more

  • Another Obama Administration Official Edition

    Nov 19 2015

    In this episode of Slate's parenting podcast, Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois talk to education secretary Arne Duncan and discuss passing along faith to your kids when you have none.   Mom and Dad are Fighting is brought to you by Prudential's 40/40 Vision, a multimedia microsite exploring what life - and the future - looks like to today's 40-somethings. Hear what inspires real people, the hopes they have for tomorrow, and much more. See yourself in their stories at slate.com/4040vision/family.   ...more

  • The Agony of Defeat Edition

    Nov 05 2015

    Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt discuss the appropriate screentime for kids and childhood sports heartbreak.   Mom and Dad are Fighting is sponsored by Little Passports. Keep your kids busy this summer with Little Passports, the award-winning subscription for kids. Right now, Mom & Dad Are Fighting listeners can save 40% on their first month with promo code MOMANDDAD40. Learn more at littlepassports.com/momanddad. And by BollandBranch.com, the company that makes luxury bedding affordable. Get...more

  • Live from Basically The White House Edition

    Oct 22 2015

    From Washington D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt talk with Stephen Thompson of NPR's "Pop Culture Happy Hour" about the joys and pitfalls of passing along your pop culture taste to your children, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett about work-life balance, and John Dickerson of Slate's Political Gabfest and CBS's "Face the Nation" about presidential parenting.   Mom and Dad are Fighting is sponsored by Frank Einstein and the BrainTurbo—the third install...more

  • Adult Trick or Treat Edition

    Oct 08 2015

    In this episode of Slate's parenting podcast, Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois talk with Meredith Fein Lichtenberg about parenting with cancer, and then discuss the most important holiday of the year, Halloween.   Mom and Dad are Fighting is sponsored by Frank Einstein and the BrainTurbo—the third installment in the hilarious New York Times bestselling children’s book series filled with inventions, science experiments, and baseball playing robots—by former National Ambassador for Young Peoples’ Lit...more

  • Two Truths and a Lie Edition

    Sep 24 2015

    In this episode of Slate's parenting podcast, Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois discuss why it is important to let your kids fail and foster parenting. Mom and Dad are Fighting is sponsored by Frank Einstein and the BrainTurbo—the third installment in the hilarious New York Times bestselling children’s book series filled with inventions, science experiments, and baseball playing robots—by former National Ambassador for Young Peoples’ Literature Jon Scieszka and mad scientist illustrator Brian Biggs...more

  • Hikes for Whiners Edition

    Sep 10 2015

    In this episode of Slate's parenting podcast, Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois discuss how to get your kids to enjoy nature and the cost of summer for poor families.   Mom and Dad are Fighting is sponsored by Frank Einstein and the BrainTurbo—the third installment in the hilarious New York Times bestselling children’s book series filled with inventions, science experiments, and baseball playing robots, by former National Ambassador for Young Peoples’ Literature Jon Scieszka and mad scientist illust...more

  • Back to School Edition

    Aug 27 2015

    In this episode of Slate's parenting podcast, Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois discuss parental math anxiety and back-to-school from the teacher's perspective. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Lower Your Expectations Edition

    Aug 13 2015

    In this episode of Slate's parenting podcast, Allison Benedikt and Jessica Winter the state of college tuition with Slate's Jordan Weissmann and the insane world of the Radar family parenting vlog with Slate's Amanda Hess. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • After "Sex After Baby" Edition

    Jul 30 2015

    In this episode of Slate's parenting podcast, Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt sort through listener responses to a segment about sex after pregnancy. And, a trip down the rabbit-hole of organic food for kids. Plus triumphs and fails with a vinyl soundtrack by Randy Newman.   Mom and Dad Are Fighting is sponsored by Little Passports. Keep your kids busy this summer with Little Passports, the award-winning subscription for kids. Right now, Mom & Dad Are Fighting listeners can save 40% on their f...more

  • Sex After Baby Edition

    Jul 16 2015

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where Allison Benedict and Jessica Winter talk about bed wetting and sex after having a baby.   Mom and Dad Are Fighting Is Sponsored by Little Passports. Keep your kids busy this summer with Little Passports, the award-winning subscription for kids. Right now, Mom & Dad Are Fighting listeners can save 40% on their first month today with promo code MOMANDDAD40. Learn more at littlepassports.com/momanddad.   And by Audible.com, offering more than 180,000 au...more

  • Dad And Dad Are Fighting Edition

    Jul 02 2015

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where Dan Kois and Dan Check discuss how to deal with judgmental parents and gay parenting with Andrew Solomon. Mom and Dad Are Fighting is sponsored by Little Passports. Keep your kids busy this summer with Little Passports, the award-winning subscription for kids. Right now, Mom & Dad Are Fighting listeners can save 40% on their first month today with promo code MOMANDDAD40. Learn more at littlepassports.com/momanddad. Learn more about your ad choices. V...more

  • Live from Durham Edition

    Jun 18 2015

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast live from Durham, North Carolina. Allison and Dan are joined by Superchunk frontman and Merge co-owner Mac McCaughan to life as a touring dad, the worst children's songs, and play a song from his latest album. Mom and Dad Are Fighting is sponsored by Gemvara. Turn old jewelry or a loose gemstone into a new design setting you'll love. Chose from a variety of beautiful designs or customize your own. Right now, get 15% off the stone reset of your choice at stoner...more

  • Your Kids Are Not Getting a Scholarship Edition

    Jun 04 2015

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss the endless Hell of travel sports for kids and parenting lifestyles of Upper East Side mothers with author Wednesday Martin. Mom And Dad Are Fighting is sponsored by Bluum, helping new families finding the products they need, from pregnancy to preschool. Discover a personalized box new goodies for your child delivered to your doorstep every month. Get 40% off the first month of a new subscription when you visit bluum.com/momdad and use the pro...more

  • Attacking Molly Weasley Edition

    May 21 2015

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we one New York's school controverserial program to teach children about race and the decision to become a single mom at 41 with Rachel Sklar.   Mom and Dad Are Fighting is sponsored by Bluum, helping new families find the products they need, from pregnancy to preschool. Discover a personalized box of new goodies for your child, delivered to your doorstep every month.  Get 40 percent off a new subscription when you visit bluum.com/momdad and use the prom...more

  • Xenomorph Mom Edition

    May 07 2015

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss talking to children about death and our favorite moms from TV and film. Mom and Dad Are Fighting is sponsored by Macmillian, a publisher of children's books, including Tractor Mac. A favorite of families across the country, Tractor Mac depicts life on the farm through fun and heart-warming stories about friendship, teamwork, and more. Tractor Mac is on sale now from Farrar Strauss Giroux. Tractor Mac is on sale now from Farrar Straus Giroux Bo...more

  • Barrenness Edition

    Apr 23 2015

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss child support and being child free. Mom And Dad Are Fighting is sponsored by Stone Reset by Gemvara. Get 15% off the stone reset of your choice at Stonereset.com/momanddad. And by Macmillan, a publisher of children's books, including "The Skunk" by Mac Barnet and Patrick McDonnell. The Skunk is on sale now from Roaring Book Press. And by Shari's Berries. Treat your mom to something sweet this Mother's Day with a gift from Shari's Berries. Visi...more

  • Quantity Time Edition

    Apr 09 2015

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss spending more time with your teens and what it's like to confront your childhood bully. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Tampon Falling Out of Your Ear Edition

    Mar 26 2015

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss attending sex ed with your teen and how to deal with guns in people's homes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • "Is My Kid a Narcissist?" Edition

    Mar 12 2015

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss whether we are unintentionally raising narcissistic children and edler care with Bettyville author George Hodgman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Call Your Mom Edition

    Feb 26 2015

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss raising charitable kids with Ron Lieber and then give our moms a call. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Vaccinate Your Kids Edition

    Feb 12 2015

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss how to deal with parents who do not vaccinate their children and snowday activities. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • If I Only Had a Girl Edition

    Jan 29 2015

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss free range parenting and how children watch movies. Link to our podcast survey: www.slate.com/survey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • I Quit Edition

    Jan 15 2015

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss when to allow your child to quit an activity and parenting with chronic pain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Better Luck This Year Edition

    Jan 01 2015

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss parents' New Year's resolutions and take questions from non-parents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The Truth About Santa Edition

    Dec 17 2014

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss Santa and toys that require a bit of building. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Where Can a Parent Score Some Weed? Edition

    Dec 04 2014

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss baby names and weed-smoking parents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Disdaingate Edition

    Nov 20 2014

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast where we discuss stay-at-home parenting and unpack Dan Kois' complicated feelings about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • "You Put That Ninja Sword Where?" Edition

    Nov 06 2014

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast on children's sexual explorations and parenting kids' phone usage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The Your Own Personal Fantasyland Edition

    Oct 23 2014

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast on the dos and don'ts of allowance and the magical wonder that is Disney. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • "Mom Jeans, Dad Jokes" Edition

    Oct 09 2014

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast on teen sexual health and pop-cultural mockery of parents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • "Should I Even Be a Parent?" Edition

    Sep 25 2014

    Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on whether you should allow your kids to play football and the decision to become a parent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • "The Porn Talk" Edition

    Sep 11 2014

    Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on talking to your children about porn and whether the tradition of the family meal is overrated. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • "It Costs How Much?" Edition

    Aug 28 2014

    Slate's Allison Benedikt speaks with Stacia Brown and Dwayne Betts about how black parents talk to their children about racism and the police. Allison is then joined by Slate's Jessica Winter to discuss the Department of Agriculture's eye-popping report on what it costs to raise a child. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom And Dad Are Fighting: The Indigo Child Edition

    Aug 14 2014

    Slate's Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois discuss changing standards of childhood independence and talk to Slate TV Critic Willa Paskin about Bravo's new show "Extreme Guide to Parenting". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom And Dad Are Fighting: The Slate Staff Call-In Extravaganza Edition

    Jul 31 2014

    Slate's Dan Kois answers listeners' parenting questions with Hanna Rosin, Katy Waldman, Jordan Weissmann, Amanda Hess, Julia Turner and Troy Patterson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom And Dad Are Fighting: The Ethan Hawke in a Minivan Edition

    Jul 17 2014

    Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on Boyhood, with special guest dad Richard Linklater, and pre-pregnancy contracts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom And Dad Are Fighting: The Magic Beer Fridge Edition

    Jul 03 2014

    Slate's Dan Kois and guest host Emily Yoffe (Slate's Dear Prudence columnist) discuss preparing your kids for peer pressure, talking with girls about their first period, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Pre-School Pomp and Circumstance Edition

    Jun 19 2014

    Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on maternal mental illness and Kindergarten Graduations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Trash Can Football Edition

    Jun 05 2014

    Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on teacher gifts and Father’s Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom And Dad Are Fighting: The Two Kids in a Hot Car Edition

    May 22 2014

    Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on college dropout intervention and the ethics of intervening in other people’s parenting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom And Dad Are Fighting: The Open Hearts by Jane Seymour Mother's Day Necklace Edition

    May 08 2014

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast on campus sexual assault, talking to kids about different kinds of families, and Mother's Day.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom And Dad Are Fighting: The What's in That School Lunch Edition

    Apr 24 2014

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast on school lunches and the stigma of having, and being, an only child. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom And Dad Are Fighting: The Grand Canyon Heat Stroke Edition

    Apr 10 2014

    Slate's Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois discuss paternity leave with the New York Times' Michael Roston, and talk about the pros and cons of adventurous parenting with Slate's Amanda Hess. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom And Dad Are Fighting: Live And Let Lice Edition

    Mar 27 2014

    Slate's Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois discuss why you should not help your kids with their homework with journalist Dana Goldstein, and whether or not head lice are really that big of a deal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom And Dad Are Fighting: Don't Be So Bossy Edition

    Mar 13 2014

    Slate's Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois talk about new changes with the SAT with author Todd Balf, and discuss Sheryl Sandberg's "Ban Bossy" campaign. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom And Dad Are Fighting: The City vs. Suburbs Edition

    Feb 27 2014

    Listen to Slate's parenting podcast about losing the Asperger's diagnosis, and the great debate: Where is it better to raise kids, in the city or the suburbs? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom And Dad Are Fighting: Everything Is Awesome Edition

    Feb 13 2014

    Slate's Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt talk to the creators of American Promise, a documentary that follows two black boys from kindergarten through high school graduation, and discuss the Lego Movie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom And Dad Are Fighting: I Am The Standard Edition

    Jan 30 2014

    Slate's Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt discuss gap years before college and are joined by author Jennifer Senior to discuss "All Joy and No Fun", her new book about modern parenting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom And Dad Are Fighting: The Be Present Edition

    Jan 16 2014

    Slate's Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt discuss the pros and cons of summer camp and are joined by blogger Carla Naumburg to talk about mindful parenting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom And Dad Are Fighting: The Holiday Swirl Edition

    Dec 19 2013

    Slate's Dan Kois and Allison Benedikt discuss parental "hate reads", and are joined by author Susan Katz Miller to talk about holidays in interfaith families. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mom and Dad Are Fighting Ep. 1: Don't Test My Kids

    Dec 05 2013

    In the debut episode of Slate's new parenting podcast, Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois discuss the small but growing number of parents who opt their children out of standardized tests, and the new Disney movie Frozen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices