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Why Do Working Parents Have Disdain for Stay-at-Home Parents?

Why Do Working Parents Have Disdain for Stay-at-Home Parents?

Slate's parenting podcast.
Nov. 20 2014 10:08 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Disdaingate Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on the tension between stay-at-home parents and working ones.


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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 unpack Dan’s recent admission that he has “secret disdain” for stay-at-home parents. Where does this disdain come from? Why is this such a charged issue? The hosts talk about the economic realities of stay-at-home parents with Pew Research’s Gretchen Livingston, and then call Elise, a Mom and Dad listener (and stay-at-home mom) who challenged Dan after the episode in question. Plus triumphs and fails, angry emails, and recommendations.


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Allison recommends the real first book of the Chronicles of Narnia (OR IS IT), The Magician’s Nephew.

Dan recommends Shirley Jackson’s sweet and tart memoir of stay-at-home momhood, Life Among the Savages.

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.

Allison Benedikt is Slate’s executive editor. Follow her on Twitter.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s culture department. He is writing a book called How to Be a Family and co-writing, with Isaac Butler, an oral history of Angels in America.