Slate’s parenting podcast on empathy in toddlers and more.

Slate’s Parenting Podcast: Yes, 2-Year-Olds Can Empathize

Slate’s Parenting Podcast: Yes, 2-Year-Olds Can Empathize

Slate's parenting podcast.
June 8 2017 3:12 PM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “Empathy Redux” Edition

Slate’s parenting podcast gets help with a question it screwed up the first time.


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On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Carvell, and Gabe revisit a question from the May 25 episode, with some help from UCLA researcher Nicole McDonald, who studies the development of empathy. Plus: parenting triumphs and fails, recommendations, and more. And on Slate Plus this week, Slate contributor Isaac Butler describes how an inopportune metaphor screwed up his family’s morning.


  • Rebecca recommends sending your kids on a photography scavenger hunt.
  • Gabe recommends David Wiesner’s Flotsam.
  • Carvell recommends Google Slides.

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Podcast produced by Benjamin Frisch.