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July 3 2014 10:21 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “Magic Beer Fridge” Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on talking to your kids about peer pressure and periods.

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In this week’s edition of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate editor Dan Kois and his special guest host, Dear Prudence columnist Emily Yoffe, talk about helping your kids to resist peer pressure. A listener calls asking about expressing affection towards other people’s kids. And finally, the joyous arrival of “Aunt Flo”: How should you talk to your kids about menstruation?

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Other items discussed in the show:

  • The Momastery blog post on talking to your kids about peer pressure.
  • The Parents.com article on diffusing peer pressure by proposing alternative activities.
  • The Helloflo ad for the period starter kit.
  • The Boston Globe article about how to talk to your daughter about periods.

Mom and Dad recommend:

Emily recommends Dad Is Fat, comedian Jim Gaffigan’s book about having five kids under the age of 8 in a two-bedroom walkup.

Dan recommends the picture book The Pilot and the Little Prince by Peter Sís, about the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. You can also read a conversation between the three-time Caldecott winner Sís and his editor at the Slate Book Review.

Email us at momanddad@slate.com to tell us what you thought of today’s show and give us ideas for what we should cover in the next edition. Got questions that you’d like us to answer on a future episode? Call and leave us a message at 424-255-7833.

Dan Kois is Slate's culture editor and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.

Emily Yoffe is a regular Slate contributor. She writes the Dear Prudence column. 

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