Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Back-to-school season from a teacher’s perspective, and new findings on parents’ and children’s math anxiety.

How Do I Keep From Giving My Math Anxiety to My Kids?

How Do I Keep From Giving My Math Anxiety to My Kids?

Slate's parenting podcast.
Aug. 27 2015 3:53 PM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Back to School Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on sending your children back to school.


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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 University of Chicago professor Sian Beilock about parents’ and children’s math anxiety. Then elementary school teacher Matt Dicks reports from the first day of school while the wounds are still fresh. Plus, Rebecca Onion, Slate’s history writer, and her mother join us to answer a listener’s question about being a scholarship student at a private school, and parenting triumphs and fails.

This week on Slate Plus, Slate’s Julia Turner, editor in chief; Laura Moser, education writer; Doug Harris, director of technology; and Heidi Strom Moon, product manager, discuss their children’s first days of school. 

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Mom and Dad recommend:

Allison recommends the two-part This American Life episode The Problem We All Live With and Wonder by R.J. Palacio for young readers.

Dan recommends Flop to the Top! by Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing for new readers and Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson for teens.

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Podcast produced by Ann Heppermann. Our intern is Jessie Chasan-Taber.

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.