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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.

    Calorie-Counting Grandma

    Calorie-Counting Grandma

    On this week’s episode: Dan, Jamilah, and Elizabeth debate how to deal with a calorie-counting grandmother whose obsession with body image may rub off on her grandkids. They also answer a question from a mom looking for tips for how to better handle her young child’s anxiety. 

    In Slate Plus: Shasha Léonard is here to hear your screams into the void. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work.

    Recommendations:

    Elizabeth recommends spending time watching animals on Explore.org. 

    Jamilah recommends Okocat Unscented Natural Wood Clumping Cat Litter. 

    Dan recommends Go With the Flow by Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann. 


    Additional Recommendations:
    Mom and Dad are Fighting: What to Expect When You’re Unexpectedly the First Lady
    The Kids Are Asleep, the hilarious Slate Live show. Catch it via Slate’s Facebook or YouTube on Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT. 

    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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    • 55 min
    Should You Redshirt Your Kindergartener?

    Should You Redshirt Your Kindergartener?

    This episode is brought to you by Target. See how easy it is to get ready for school this year, with Target.

    On this week’s bonus episode: Elizabeth and Jamilah are joined by Slate Writer Ruth Graham to discuss whether or not parents should hold their kindergarten-aged children back a year. For some kids, kindergarten is their first introduction to a classroom setting. Is it worth waiting until in-person classes are safe? Or should kindergarteners start getting used to virtual learning? 

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    • 26 min
    So… You Want to Be a Homeschooler?

    So… You Want to Be a Homeschooler?

    On this week’s episode: Jamilah, Dan, and Elizabeth debate the pros and cons of learning pods and homeschooling for the upcoming school year. Why are people doing it? Who does it benefit? Who does it harm? Then, for parents who have decided to homeschool their own children due to health concerns, Elizabeth talks homeschooling 101 with two homeschool extraordinaires: Monica Olivera of MommyMaestra and Latonya Moore of Joy in the Ordinary. 

    In Slate Plus: Allison Benedikt debriefs Dan on her kids’ in-person summer camp experience. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work.

    Recommendations:

    Dan recommends the board game Betrayal At House On The Hill. 

    Elizabeth recommends a kid-friendly meditation device called Zenimal. 

    Jamilah recommends The Kids Are Asleep. Stream the hilarious Slate Live show via Slate’s Facebook or YouTube on Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT. 

    Additional Recommendations:
    The Latest in School Segregation: Private Pandemic ‘Pods’ by Clara Totenberg Green. 
    Homeschooling Laws By State 
    Rainbow Resource Center

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Bosslady in Crisis Edition

    Bosslady in Crisis Edition

    On this week’s episode: Elizabeth, Jamilah, and Dan answer a question from a boss who is trying to figure out how her company can support employees who are caring for kids. They also talk with Slate’s Rachelle Hampton about student loan debt. She has some advice for parents sending their kids to college about deciding when and if debt is worth it.

    In Slate Plus: Should parents tickle their children? Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work.

    Recommendations:

    Dan recommends pickleball, small tennis or enormous human sized ping pong. But whichever way you look at it, pickleball is a great sports equalizer and a lot of fun. 

    Jamilah recommends A Kids Book About Divorce by Ashley Simpo.

    Elizabeth recommends Rocket to the Moon!: Big Ideas That Changed the World by Don Brown and Junior Ranger NASA badges. 

    Additional Recommendations:
    Debt Nation by Rachelle Hampton.
    The Six-Hour Workday Graphic

    Catch Jamilah’s new Slate Live show: The Kids Are Asleep. Catch the next show on Thursday July 23 at 7:00 p.m. PST. Stream it on Slate’s Facebook page or YouTube channel. 

    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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    • 54 min
    The Teacher Roundtable Edition

    The Teacher Roundtable Edition

    On this week’s episode: Dan is joined by four of Slate’s Ask a Teacher columnists to candidly discuss back to school plans. Brandon Hersey, Cassy Sarnell, Matthew Dicks, and Amy Scott outline their district’s plans and debate if current guidance, or lack of guidance, is enough to keep students and staff safe. If the school opts for a version of in-person classes, can teachers keep everyone safe? What will happen if, or when, a student or teacher gets sick? Will online education be effective, especially for students whose parents are working or don’t have the proper resources to attend online classes?

    In Slate Plus: Triumphs and Fails from Dan and Amy Scott. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work.

    Recommendations:

    Dan recommends a classic southern dessert: Banana Pudding. 

    Catch Jamilah’s new Slate Live show: The Kids Are Asleep. Catch the first show on Thursday July 16 at 7:00 p.m. PST. Stream it on Slate’s Facebook page or YouTube channel. 

    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. 
     
    Thank you to Brandon Hersey, Cassy Sarnell, Matthew Dicks, and Amy Scott for their insight. 
     
    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. 
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    • 49 min
    The Toddler On the Run Edition

    The Toddler On the Run Edition

    On this week’s episode: Jamilah, Dan, and Elizabeth weigh in with their best tactics to locate a young child in an emergency. They also answer a question from a mom who really wants to give her young daughter a sibling but is debating if the extra chaos is worth it. 

    In Slate Plus: Summer camp-esk activities that kids can do independently. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work.

    Recommendations:

    Dan recommends Doodleville by Chad Sell.

    Elizabeth recommends DIY tie-dye masks. 

    Jamilah recommends You Were Born For This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance by Chani Nicholas. 


    Additional Recommendations and Resources: 

    Jamilah’s new Slate Live show: The Kids Are Asleep. Catch the first show on Thursday July 16 at 7:00 p.m. PST. Stream it on Slate’s Facebook page or YouTube channel. 

    Taking Cara Babies

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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
833 Ratings

833 Ratings

gigera ,

Very good

I’ve been listening to this podcast for a while. I have to say that I’m not the biggest fan of the new host Elizabeth. She seems like a nice person, but if sometimes feels like she’s trying to portray her life in a way that is very idyllic. She’s a mommy blogger, So do it makes sense, but I find her input a little too “perfect,” especially considering how vulnerable the other hosts seem to be about their struggles as parents.

bgood05 ,

Love all the perspectives

As a teacher and a parent I love this podcast and I find myself recommending it to both my colleagues at work and fellow parents. Although I miss some of the old guests (RIP) I love the current panel too. They have great discussions I appreciate their thoughtful advice. As my kids age I find myself going back and listening to old episodes that now take on new meaning to me as a parent. Great content - 5 Stars!

knucklehead1946 ,

Heard Jamilah....

...call everyone who isn’t a Democrat a deplorable. Said we’re at war. Unifying is your intent... right moon cricket?

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