Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Advice from Dear Prudence, explaining the news to kids.

How We Talk to Our Kids—or Try Not to Talk to Our Kids—About Tragic Events in the News

How We Talk to Our Kids—or Try Not to Talk to Our Kids—About Tragic Events in the News

Slate's parenting podcast.
Dec. 3 2015 11:52 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Dear Prudence Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on how to explain tragic events to your kids, plus parenting advice from new Prudie Mallory Ortberg. 

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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 are joined by Mallory Ortberg, Slate’s new Dear Prudence, to take your parenting questions. Then, teacher, storyteller, and parent Matthew Dicks talks about how to discuss tragic events in the news with your kids. Plus, triumphs and fails and Dan sings.

This week on Slate Plus, Political Gabfester David Plotz shares a dilemma he faced in Penn Station.

Mom and Dad recommend:

Dan recommends the graphic novel by Emily Flake, Mama Tried.


Allison recommends a blast from the toy past, Lite Brite.

This week’s advertisers are Little Passports, Prudential, and Boll and Branch.

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Podcast produced by Ann Heppermann. Our intern is Shiva Bayat.

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.