Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Maternal mental illness and preschool graduation.

Preschool Graduation: Totally Adorable or Utterly Ridiculous?

Preschool Graduation: Totally Adorable or Utterly Ridiculous?

Slate's parenting podcast.
June 19 2014 10:16 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “Preschool Pomp and Circumstance” 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 talk to New York Times reporter Pam Belluck about her series on maternal mental illness. Then, preschool graduation. Does celebrating every transition turn your kids into egomaniacs?


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Resources for maternal mental illness:

Mom and Dad recommend:

Allison recommends “What Keeps You Awake at Night,” Betsy Morais’ New Yorker article on how you are your own worst enemy in the battle for more shut-eye.

Dan recommends the graphic novel This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, about beach friends who learn a little about love and sex, but not too much.

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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.