Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Raising generous kids and calling your mom.

J.K. Simmons Said to Call Our Moms. So We Called Our Moms.

J.K. Simmons Said to Call Our Moms. So We Called Our Moms.

Slate's parenting podcast.
Feb. 26 2015 10:20 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Call Your Mom Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on how to raise generous kids and calling your mom.

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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 Ron Lieber, author of the new book, The Opposite of Spoiled, about how to raise generous kids. Then, we take J.K. Simmons’ Oscar advice and call our moms. Plus, a listener asks about play date etiquette, and parenting triumphs and fails.  


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Mom and Dad recommend:

Allison recommends that you hate-watch The Slap [insert slap sound here] and then write in to explain to Allison why she likes it.


Dan recommends “The George Washington Game,” described in this New York Times piece.  

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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 human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.