Parenting podcast on All Joy and No Fun and the pros and cons of gap years.

Can I Make My Kids Take a Gap Year After High School?

Can I Make My Kids Take a Gap Year After High School?

Slate's parenting podcast.
Jan. 30 2014 10:35 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “I Am the Standard” Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast about Jennifer Senior’s book on modern parenting and whether high-school grads should take gap years.

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In this week’s edition of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois are joined by New York magazine’s Jennifer Senior to discuss her new book, All Joy and No Fun, about the dilemmas of modern parenting. Then Dan and Allison debate gap years—can Dan somehow make taking a year off between high school and college mandatory for his children?


Other items discussed in the show:

Mom and Dad recommend:

Allison and her kids love White Fang, Jack London’s classic story of a wolf’s encounter with civilization.

Dan recommends the late Pete Seeger’s album Children’s Concert at Town Hall, especially the song “Be Kind to Your Parents.”

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Allison Benedikt is Slate’s executive editor. Follow her on Twitter.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.