Slate’s parenting podcast on seeing a child through a psychotic break and when to try for a second kid.

Seeing a Child Through a Mental Health Crisis, on Slate’s Parenting Podcast

Seeing a Child Through a Mental Health Crisis, on Slate’s Parenting Podcast

Slate's parenting podcast.
June 1 2017 2:15 PM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “Bureaucratic Nightmare” Edition

Slate’s parenting podcast talks to a mother who saw her teen through a mental breakdown, and more.


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On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Carvell, and Gabe talk to Andee Brown, a Bay Area mother whose teenage son has been struggling with mental illness. (If you or a family member is going through something similar, help is available from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.) Then, a call from a mother who wants to know whether to try to adopt a second child while she fights cancer. Plus: parenting triumphs and fails, recommendations, and more.


  • Carvell (and his daughter Georgia) recommend Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper.
  • Gabe recommends the Osmo game system.
  • Rebecca recommends making a list of must-see movies and watching it with your kids.
  • On Slate Plus, Slate director of technology Greg Lavallee recommends the children’s bikes from Islabikes.

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Podcast produced by Benjamin Frisch.