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The Reality Show That Inspired Me to Let My Kids Walk to the Bus Stop by Themselves

The Reality Show That Inspired Me to Let My Kids Walk to the Bus Stop by Themselves

Slate's parenting podcast.
Jan. 29 2015 10:16 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “If I Only Had a Girl” Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on a new reality show about free-range kids, gender disappointment, and a film critic’s essay about watching movies with her daughter.


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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 Lenore Skenazy, whose reality show, World’s Worst Mom, attempts to turn extreme helicopter moms into free-range parents. Then they discuss how watching movies with kids can transform your way of looking at art with Slate’s film critic Dana Stevens. Plus, a listener call about being disappointed about your baby’s gender, and parenting triumphs and fails.  


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Mom and Dad recommend:

Dan recommends singing karaoke with your kids as an activity that groups of mixed genders and ages can enjoy together. (It’s also a great way to learn about all the swears in songs you didn’t know had any swears at all in them.)


Allison recommends The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak (for kids) and The Americans (for parents).

This week’s advertisers are:

  • The chapter book The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell.
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Podcast produced by Ann Hepperman.

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.