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

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

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    The "Family History Fiasco" Edition

    The "Family History Fiasco" Edition

    On this week’s episode: Elizabeth, Zak, and guest co-host Jaime Green attempt to fix a communication disaster. Our listener received some long-awaited genetic testing results and she was crushed when her partner seemingly couldn’t care less. Can she make him care? Then Elizabeth talks with Larissa Maloney of Active Kids 2.0 about how parents and kids can stay active at home. On Slate Plus, Jaime’s extremely relatable article about how hard it is to be a parent of a kid under five inspired a cathartic round of screaming into the void. 

    Recommendations:
    Zak recommends Le Petit Chef by Opinel. 
    Jaime recommends Mommastrong. 
    Elizabeth recommends A Year of Wonder: Classical Music For Everyday by Clemency Burton-Hill. 

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

    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.

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    • 52 min
    The "Is Elmo Petty?" Edition

    The "Is Elmo Petty?" Edition

    On this week’s episode: Jamilah, Elizabeth, and Zak open up their cookbooks and share their favorite kid-friendly vegetarian recipes. They also debate how to help kids form sibling bonds that will last long after childhood. Then, we are joined by Rachelle Hampton and Madison Malone Kircher, hosts of ICYMI, Slate’s podcast about internet culture. They explain Elmo’s viral feud with a pet rock. If you want to hear even more, check out their episode. Elmo also joined our show if you want to take a listen. 
    In Slate Plus, the hosts are revealing what games and books they can’t live without right now. 
    Recommendations:
    Elizabeth recommends writing and submitting poetry. There are additional resources on Poetry Teatime. 
    Zak recommends using musicals to transition your kids to more grown-up music. 
    Jamilah recommends checking out her Instagram or Twitter to read her big story that’s being published today!
    Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes. 
    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.
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    • 56 min
    The “Hey… How Are You?” Edition

    The “Hey… How Are You?” Edition

    On this week’s episode: Zak, Jamilah, and Elizabeth help a mom understand her new step-daughter’s personal boundaries and love language. 
    Then they have some wonderful tips for a mom of twins who has quite the conundrum. One of her daughters has needed a lot of medical care and procedures, including brain surgery. Now her other daughter, who is non-medically complex, is jealous of all the attention her sister is receiving and asking to go to the doctor daily. How can she make sure the needs of both of her daughters are met? 
    In Slate Plus, the hosts are spiraling about the future—and those summer camp applications that are starting to pop up certainly aren’t helping. 
    Recommendations:
    Jamilah recommends Trader Joe’s Southern Greens Blend and Fermented Garlic. 
    Elizabeth recommends the podcasts How to Be an Earthling and Who, When, Wow! 
    Zak recommends taking yourself on a solo date! 
    Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes. 
    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.
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    • 44 min
    The Best of 2021 Edition

    The Best of 2021 Edition

    On this week’s episode: Our favorite Plus segments of 2021. We revisit one of the funniest—yet most horrifying—bathroom discoveries. We uncover the soundtracks to our parenting and brainstorm the School House Rock songs we need right now. We also gripe about Yes Day and hide from our kids. 
    Don't miss the member-exclusive segment on MADAF every week. Sign up for Slate Plus now at slate.com/momanddadplus and you'll also get to skip the ads, read everything on Slate.com, and support this show.
    Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes. 
    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    The “Stay in Your Own Candy Cane Lane” Edition

    The “Stay in Your Own Candy Cane Lane” Edition

    On this week’s episode: Elizabeth, Jamilah, and Zak advise a mom who is feeling hurt that her mother-in-law has swooped in and taken over traditional “mom moments” behind her back. Is there a way to politely tell her that she needs to stay in her own lane? Then the hosts share the most useful piece of advice they received this year. In Slate Plus, they play a round of holiday hot takes which includes the classic conundrum: should you just tell your kids Santa’s a myth? 

    Recommendations:
    Naima recommends Roc, which you can watch on Pluto. 
    Henry recommends Nocs Provisions Zoom Tube. 
    Oliver recommends the app hoopla. 
    Teddy recommends Story Time Chess. 
    Noa recommends peeling grapes to make them juicer. 

    Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes. 
    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.
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    • 45 min
    The “Bah Humbug” Edition

    The “Bah Humbug” Edition

    On this week’s episode: Elizabeth, Jamilah, and Zak help a parent who feels conflicted about traveling to see family during the holidays. They love their relatives and rarely see them, but they are exhausted and not so excited to make the trek this year. Should they still go? Then, a listener’s toddler is afraid of everything. How can they validate their child’s experience while helping them navigate a sometimes scary world?  

    On Slate Plus, the hosts talk about Zak’s quarantine ennui. He’s been marooned at home for days and days. Will this pandemic ever end? Commiseration ensues. 

    Recommendations:
    Zak recommends playing catch with balloons (rather than heavier balls) with your littles
    Jamilah recommends buying a synthetic Christmas tree
    Elizabeth recommends Tiny Schoolhouse Calendars 
    Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes. 

    Podcast produced by Zak Rosen. 
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
926 Ratings

926 Ratings

warrior possum ,

Great Podcast

Even if you don’t have kids.

responsble hunan ,

Review

Stop with the drugs! I really hate it. Super terrible especially for parents who do not need to be distracted from taking care of their children! Stop stop stop!

I would just like to agree with other comments that the constant referral to drug use is normalizing a very bad choice for a parent to make -especially a single parent solely in charge. I used to find show amusing.. Now i often find it disgusting and misguided. I’m sure there must be a responsible adult willing to take J’s place. Even if the hosts insist on drug use in their home lives, please do not suggest that it is reasonable and healthy for others. I do not want stressed people to start this habit. Some of the medical research suggests young smokers of thc may be particularly susceptible to covid 19 and that this explains why our younger people get sick more than those elsewhere. J has mentioned vaping. STOP IT!!

dodgefan ,

Rookie dad a failed experiment

Echoing the assessments of others, the advice and hot takes from the rookie dad of a three month old makes this podcast less valuable and less engaging. Slate has plenty of parents with more experience under their belts to draw upon while Dan is out - take advantage!

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