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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 Lisa Miller, the author of “Can Racism Be Stopped in the Third Grade?” an article on an experiment at a progressive private school, which aims to facilitate “authentic” conversations about race. Then Rachel Sklar, writer, entrepreneur, and cofounder of TheLi.st, comes in to talk about choosing to become a single mom at 41. Plus, parenting triumphs and fails, a listener asks about whether or not to “redshirt” her kindergarten-aged son, and Dan explains his hatred of Molly Weasley.
Items discussed in the show:
- “Can Racism Be Stopped in the Third Grade?” by Lisa Miller in New York magazine
- “I’m 41, Single and Pregnant” by Rachel Sklar on Medium
- DIY Parenting on MSNBC
- “The Mysterious and Alarming Rise of Single Parenthood in America” by Aparna Mathur, Hao Fu, and Peter Hansen in the Atlantic
- “Breadwinner Moms” by Wendy Wang, Kim Parker, and Paul Taylor at the Pew Research Center
- “Delay Kindergarten at Your Child’s Peril” by Sam Wang and Sandra Aamodt in the New York Times
- “Should Children Be Held Back for Kindergarten?” by Jennifer Breheny Wallace in the Wall Street Journal
Mom and Dad recommend:
Allison recommends CISV International, formerly known as Children's International Summer Villages.
Dan recommends the parenting blog, Baby Happy Pants.
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Podcast produced by Ann Heppermann. Our intern is Jessie Chasan-Taber.