Parenting discussion on quantity time versus quality time.

Tracking Down a Childhood Bully 40 Years Later (Audio)

Tracking Down a Childhood Bully 40 Years Later (Audio)

Slate's parenting podcast.
April 9 2015 9:08 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting, the “Quantity Time” Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast discuss quality time vs. quantity time, plus a new memoir about tracking down a childhood bully 40 years later.

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In this week’s edition of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate editor Dan Kois and special guest host Jessica Roake talk to All Joy and No Fun author Jennifer Senior about her proposal that parents take family leave during their kids’ teenage years. Then, author Allen Kurzweil calls in to discuss Whipping Boy, his memoir of tracking down his grade-school bully. Plus, listener responses to our last episode on guns in the home, a listener asks about a babysitter who keeps surprising her, triumphs and fails, and recommendations.


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Mom and Dad recommend:

Dan recommends Seraphina, an exciting YA fantasy adventure by Rachel Hartman.


Jessica recommends Ellis Paul’s delightful album of folk songs about American heroes, The Hero in You.

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Podcast produced by Ann Hepperman.

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.

Jessica Roake, a frequent Slate contributor, lives in Washington, D.C.