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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 Mike Pesca, host of Slate’s The Gist, about why he’ll let his kids play tackle football. Then, Allison and Dan debate how childless (or child-free!) people should decide whether to have kids at all. Then, Dan and Allison debate the merits of the family dinner. Plus a listener call about books featuring great female heroes, and parenting triumphs and fails.
Other items discussed on the show:
- American Girl’s book The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls
- “What If You Just Don’t Know If You Want Kids?” by Ann Friedman
- “Why Are Women Switching From the Pill to the Pull-Out Method?” by Amanda Marcotte
- “I Am More Than OK With Not ‘Having It All’ ” by Kate Harding
- “Difference Maker” by Meghan Daum
Here’s the list of books with great heroines recommended by Dan and Amy Blaine, intrepid librarian at Jamestown Elementary in Arlington, Virginia:
Mom and Dad recommend:
Dan recommends two middle-grade books by S.S. Taylor and Katherine Roy: The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon and The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton’s Lair.
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Mom and Dad Are Fighting is produced by Ann Hepperman. The executive producer of Slate podcasts is Andy Bowers.
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