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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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    Squeamish Feelings About a Sex-Ed Book

    Squeamish Feelings About a Sex-Ed Book

    On this episode: Jamilah Lemieux, Zak Rosen, and Elizabeth Newcamp are joined by Slate writer, Aymann Ismail, to talk about his piece, Closed Book. He tracked down one of the most challenged books—a health and sexual education book called It’s Perfectly Normal—to see why it’s being banned. It’s “particularly blunt and graphic” yet Aymann was surprised at the feelings of embarrassment and shame surfacing as he read the book. They talk about parent’s squeamish feelings when it comes to sexual education, why age-appropriate education is so important, and what these involuntary reactions have to do with book bans. 

    Recommendations: 
    Zak: Slow-Cooker Cauliflower, Potato and White Bean Soup
    Elizabeth: Make your own ‘choose your own adventure’ game.
    Jamilah: Connections

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    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson and Maura Currie.
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    • 32 min
    When Does Pushing Kids to Succeed Become Toxic?

    When Does Pushing Kids to Succeed Become Toxic?

    On this episode: Zak Rosen, Jamilah Lemieux, and Elizabeth Newcamp talk about toxic achievement culture.

    The three of them talk with Jennifer Breheny Wallace, journalist and author of Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic – And What We Can Do About It — about how we push our kids, and ourselves, even when we don’t need to.

    We also go over our week in parenting. And then, for Slate Plus, we’ll debrief on our conversation with Jennifer, and the hosts will discuss how they, and their kids, fall victim to toxic achievement culture.

    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. You can also call our phone line: (646) 357-9318. 

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    • 33 min
    Talking to Kids About Climate Change

    Talking to Kids About Climate Change

    On this episode: Zak Rosen, Jamilah Lemieux, and Elizabeth Newcamp talk about climate change and kids with Anya Kamenetz. Anya is a journalist who covers the intersection of the climate crisis and parenting in her newsletter, The Golden Hour. She is a former NPR education reporter and author of many books including, The Stolen Year. She has lots of wonderful information and advice for any caregiver who will be helping a kid navigate this crisis. 

    Recommendations 
    Jamilah: DenTek floss picks 
    Zak: Cleaning the dishwasher
    Anya: YouTube karaoke
    Elizabeth: Spyrogliphics 

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    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson and Maura Currie.
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    • 27 min
    If You’re Tracking Your Kids, Should You Tell Them?

    If You’re Tracking Your Kids, Should You Tell Them?

    On this episode: Zak Rosen, Jamilah Lemieux, and Elizabeth Newcamp talk about parenting digital citizens. 

    Elizabeth sits down with author and speaker Dr. Devorah Heitner about her latest book, Growing Up in Public. The book helps guide parents through navigating social media and phone usage for their kids — and the privacy, freedom, and surveillance issues that come along with phones. 

    We also go over our week in parenting. And then, for Slate Plus, we’ll debrief on our conversation with Devorah — and how the hosts handle screentime and internet access in their own households.

    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. You can also call our phone line: (646) 357-9318. 

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    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson and Maura Currie.
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    • 40 min
    Should I Give My Kid an Allowance?

    Should I Give My Kid an Allowance?

    On this episode: Zak Rosen, Jamilah Lemieux, and Elizabeth Newcamp tackle two listener questions. First: How young is too young for an allowance? The question-asker’s 4-year-old really likes asking for things when they go to the store and she’s wondering if an allowance will help him learn the value of money. Second: How to make time for playdates, especially when both parents work and the weekend is pretty packed.

    Recommendations: 
    Jamilah recommends Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Elizabeth recommends this fridge calendar
    Zak recommends The Eyes & the Impossible by Dave Eggers

    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. You can also call our phone line: (646) 357-9318. 

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    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson and Maura Currie.
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    • 31 min
    The Power Of Aunts and Uncles w/ Jake Gyllenhaal, Greta Caruso, and Dan Santat

    The Power Of Aunts and Uncles w/ Jake Gyllenhaal, Greta Caruso, and Dan Santat

    On this episode: Zak interviews Jake Gyllenhaal, Greta Caruso, and Dan Santat about their new book, The Secret Society of Aunts & Uncles. They dive into what makes that particular relationship so special, why it’s overlooked in children’s literature, and even what goes into crafting a kids book. 

    We also go over our week in triumphs and fails. Then, if you’re sticking around for Slate Plus, we share some Instagram accounts that are actually making our lives better.

    Zak recommends: 

    @owen.han


    @daily dad 


    @inspiredtowrite (author Amy McNee)


    Elizabeth recommends: 


    @games.4two (The Board Game Couple)


    @sexpositive_families

    @adailycloud


    Jamilah recommends: 

    @singleblackmotherhood

    @goodmoms_badchoices


    And of course, you can always follow your hosts on Instagram, too:

    Jamilah: @jamilahlemieux


    Zak: @bestadviceshow


    Elizabeth: @ejdn



    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. You can also call our phone line: (646) 357-9318. 

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    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson and Maura Currie.
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
977 Ratings

977 Ratings

CateBen ,

Love the chemistry

With Doyin, Lucy and Zak/Jamilah. I’ve been missing the old Carvel/Rebecca dynamic- it’s nice to see some fire and disagreement with the hosts!

georgiakirley ,

Love MADAF

Man, some of these reviews are really mean! I love this podcast and still listen even though my kids are grown. Current hosts have great chemistry together, IMO. All have interesting perspectives and I enjoy when previous host come for a visit.

meeting my needs so far! ,

30min format is so rushed!

I am a longtime listener and attempting to write a review that the hosts/makers will consider for improvement. The 30min format is not going well in my opinion. Sometimes I am checking my settings to see if the audio is sped up because hosts are talking so fast. The content feels way more rushed than it used to and the stories don’t get a chance to breathe. There are noticeably short segments before there’s another commercial. Also I love triumphs/fails/recommendations and they don’t consistently happen. Please bring back the old format!

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