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In this week’s edition of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate editor Allison Benedikt talks to freelance writer Stacia Brown and Dwayne Betts, author of the memoir A Question of Freedom, about how they discuss Ferguson and racism in America with their kids. Then, Slate business and technology editor Jessica Winter comes on to help dissect the latest numbers on how much it costs to raise a child. Plus, a listener call about sleepovers, and a special parenting fail from Slate politics editor Will Dobson.
Other items discussed in the show:
- Laura Helmuth on why Portland should not drain its reservoir (and hence, Allison should not drain her bathtub) every time someone pees in it.
- “The Talk,” by Bijan Stephen.
- “What Black Parents Tell Their Sons About the Police,” by Jazmine Hughes.
- “A Doctor’s Guide to the Sleepover” in the New York Times.
- The USDA’s report on how much it costs to raise children in America.
- Slate’s Jordan Weissmann on the report.
- The New York Times on how much Americans shell out for pregnancy and childbirth.
Mom (and guests) recommend:
Chris Wade recommends Dungeons and Dragons, and says it will teach your kids the interpersonal skills you lack.
Allison wants you to check out Jessica Grose’s Slate series, “Child Care Over There,” in which she interviews parents from around the world to find out how they handle child care dilemmas and logistics.
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