Mom and Dad Are Fighting: the Every Student Succeeds Act, dads at the mall.

How to Rebuild Trust After You Hit Your Kid in a Parenting Meltdown

How to Rebuild Trust After You Hit Your Kid in a Parenting Meltdown

Slate's parenting podcast.
Dec. 17 2015 3:59 PM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Dan Goes to the Mall Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on the new No Child Left Behind Act, plus Dan interviews dads at the mall.  

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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 Sarah Carr, editor at Columbia Journalism School’s the Teacher Project, on the Every Student Succeeds Act. Then, Dan takes a trip to the mall. Plus triumphs and fails, and family therapist Dan Griffin answers a listener’s email on how to rebuild trust after hitting your child.

This week on Slate Plus, Faith Smith unveils a very relatable fail, which she handled in an extremely unique way.

Mom and Dad recommend:

Dan recommends the picture book, Divorce is the Worst by Anastasia Higginbotham. He also recommends his own game, Ace of Hates, which is now for sale.

Allison recommends a fun family outing: cutting down your own Christmas tree. Here’s the one she and her family visited.

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.