Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Early bedtimes and summer pinkie swears.

Why Do We Care What Time Other Parents Put Their Kids to Bed?

Why Do We Care What Time Other Parents Put Their Kids to Bed?

Slate's parenting podcast.
May 26 2016 11:34 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Extreme Bedtime Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast about absurdly early bedtimes and summer pinkie swears.


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In this week’s parenting podcast, Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois talk to Melinda Wenner Moyer about absurdly early kids’ bedtimes and introduce a new summer tradition. Plus a listener call about a tough childcare decision, triumphs and fails, and recommendations.

This week on Slate Plus, DoubleX Gabfest and Invisibilia host Hanna Rosin reveals a special bar mitzvah–themed parenting triumph and fail.   

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Mom and Dad recommend:

Dan recommends watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with your kids, as long as you are OK with swears.

Allison recommends taking your kids to work on Take Your Kids to Work Day (officially called Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day) and getting your company to do it up right.

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

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Podcast produced by Ann Heppermann. 

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.