Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Do back off on your kids’ homework, don’t freak out about lice.

Want Your Kids to Succeed at School? Don’t Help Them With Their Homework.

Want Your Kids to Succeed at School? Don’t Help Them With Their Homework.

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March 27 2014 10:29 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “Live and Let Lice” Edition

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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 interview reporter Dana Goldstein about the surprising findings of a study on how parental involvement impacts a child’s success at school and talk about lice—specifically, a sane new policy that lets kids with lice stay in school.


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Mom and Dad recommend:

Dan says to buy Mad Libs for your kids. They are ____ and your children will ____ them.

Allison suggests sobbing once a week. To facilitate, she recommends NBC’s Parenthood.

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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.