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Jamilah Lemieux, Zak Rosen, and Elizabeth Newcamp share triumphs and fails and offer advice on parenting kids from toddler to teens.

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Jamilah Lemieux, Zak Rosen, and Elizabeth Newcamp share triumphs and fails and offer advice on parenting kids from toddler to teens.

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    How Schools Failed the Reading Test

    How Schools Failed the Reading Test

    On this episode: We’re going to be talking about why so many kids (and adults) have a difficult time reading. As Emily Hanford, host of Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong, discovered—some US schools are not actually teaching kids how to read. Instead of teaching research-backed skills that kids need in order to become strong readers, an idea has taken hold in the US education system that students can learn the general gist of words. For some students, this teaching method is good enough. But for others, these teaching methods can actually make learning to read more difficult. 

    Sold a Story Resources: 
    Science of Reading List
    Discussion Guide 

    Recommendations:
    Zak: Establishing a kids table for sporadic use at home
    Elizabeth: AdSuMuDi Card Game and the online version.  
    Jamilah: Cobra Kai
     
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    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson and Maura Currie.

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    • 37 min
    Putting Nighttime Worries to Bed

    Putting Nighttime Worries to Bed

    On this episode: Jamilah, Zak, and Elizabeth help a little girl who has been having racing thoughts at bedtime. She’s gone through a lot of change recently and her step-mom is trying to help her process her anxieties, which tend to present themselves as she’s trying to fall asleep. 

    Resources mentioned: 
    Headspace
    Circle Round 
    Peace Out
    Little Stories for Tiny People
    A Kids Book about Anxiety
    Big Life Journal
    Help Your Dragon Deal With Anxiety
    Llamaste and Friends

    Then on Slate Plus: they discuss the recent discourse around Marie Kondo “kind of giving up” on tidying now that she has three children. 

    Also, catch Jamilah on Slate's ICYMI: Has the Internet Made Parenting Easier?
    
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    • 28 min
    Heartbreak on the Horizon

    Heartbreak on the Horizon

    On this episode: Zak and Jamilah are joined by Carvell Wallace, former MADAF co-host and new co-host of Slate’s How To! podcast. Up first, they help a teen that is potentially facing his first heartbreak. The girl he’s been hanging out with just found out her ex wants her back—and she’s actually considering it. Our letter writer doesn’t know how to help her son through his first major relationship hurdle.

    Recommendations: 
    Jamilah: Supplementing box cake mix with pudding mix and an extra egg. 
    Carvell: Our Universe 
    Zak: Magic Trash by J. H. Shapiro and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

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    • 29 min
    To Snitch or Not to Snitch: Shoplifting Edition

    To Snitch or Not to Snitch: Shoplifting Edition

    On this episode: Zak and Jamilah are joined by former MADAF co-host and new co-host of Slate’s How To! podcast, Carvell Wallace. They dive into some tricky triumphs and fails about independence, maturity, and making end’s meet. They then answer a question from a parent who has learned her daughter’s friends are stealing makeup that they can afford to buy. Should their parents be informed? Finally, on Slate Plus, they discuss the great sleepover debate.

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    Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes. 

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    • 29 min
    No, You Can’t Marry Your Mom

    No, You Can’t Marry Your Mom

    On this episode: Elizabeth, Jamilah, and Zak answer a question about a princess-obsessed little girl who keeps asking if she can marry her mom. The mom finds it sweet but doesn’t know how to respond. 

    Recommendations: 
    Jamilah: Vintage Contemporaries by Dan Kois  
    Zak: Keep Going First Aid Kit
    Elizabeth: Help Your Kids with Adolescents by DK. 

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    • 23 min
    Shame On You Too

    Shame On You Too

    On this episode: Elizabeth, Jamilah, and Zak catch up on their week in parenting—which includes a lunchbox meltdown, a terrible board game, and bribing a kid to verbalize his emotions. Then they talk about parent shaming and share some wild listener submitted stories. Finally, on Slate Plus, they talk about the thing many parents are missing.  

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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
959 Ratings

959 Ratings

Eraquin ,

One of my very favorite podcasts

I love this show so much!

No shade to the current hosts, but I highly recommend going back to early 2017 when Carvell and Rebecca joined the show and listening through all of the episodes those two are on. They have so many incredibly thoughtful, personal, and funny discussions. The conversations from that time are so comforting, I’ve been listening to them lately when I can’t sleep.

There are now more ads and less content, but I still look forward to this show every week and enjoy the current contributors.

thimsciv ,

They are called children for a reason

They eat dirt so why would you allow they to choose who they ‘think’ they want to be for the rest of their lives at 5
Dumb parents

Reviewer DLB ,

diverse voices but prejudiced comments

I unsubscribed today after being a long time listener. I can no longer support Slate or the “Mom & Dad are Fighting” podcast when their contributor (Dan Kois) is repeatedly tolerated in expressing prejudice towards a group of people (disdain for SAHMs) based on their career and parenting circumstances.

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