Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Putting the family dog to sleep and great dads.

What It’s Like for Parents and Kids to Put the Family Dog to Sleep  

What It’s Like for Parents and Kids to Put the Family Dog to Sleep  

Slate's parenting podcast.
June 9 2016 11:24 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Dogs and Dads Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast about putting the family dog to sleep and great dads. 


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In this week’s parenting podcast, Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois talk about the tough choices and conversations that go along with putting the family dog to sleep. Then, for Father’s Day, Slate staffers share great stories about their dads, step-dads, and father figures in their lives. Plus parenting triumphs and fails, recommendations, and a listener call about how scary you can be to your children, which we get help answering from Dr. Robin Berman.

This week on Slate Plus, Allison and Dan share their own dad stories.

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Mom and Dad recommend:

Dan recommends Paper Girls, by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, for teenagers.

Allison recommends Shivers: The Pirate Who’s Afraid of Everything, by Annabeth Bonder-Stone and Connor White (and, gasp, says The Westing Game is not all that for her kids right now).

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

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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 culture department. He is writing a book called How to Be a Family and co-writing, with Isaac Butler, an oral history of Angels in America.