Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The new SAT and Sheryl Sandberg’s “ban bossy” campaign.

If Girls Are Bossy, Maybe We Should Call Them Bossy

If Girls Are Bossy, Maybe We Should Call Them Bossy

Slate's parenting podcast.
March 13 2014 11:08 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “Don’t Be Bossy” 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 Todd Balf, author of an excellent New York Times Magazine piece on the story behind the revised SAT, and debate the merits of Sheryl Sandberg’s new campaign to ban the word “bossy.”


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Mom and Dad recommend:

Dan took his daughters to see a Story Pirates show, and loved it. (The show featured our awesome producer, Chris Wade, who Dan also recommends.)

Allison suggests checking out the “Classic Starts” series of children’s books, which features classic stories, slightly modified (and with illustrations!) to appeal to younger kids. She wants to read The Secret Garden to her kids next.

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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.