Slate’s parenting podcast on the challenges of being a stepparent.

It’s Tough to Be a Good Stepparent, on Slate’s Parenting Podcast

It’s Tough to Be a Good Stepparent, on Slate’s Parenting Podcast

Slate's parenting podcast.
Sept. 14 2017 2:00 PM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “Competitive Stepparenting” Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast about how to be a good long-distance stepparent.


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On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Carvell, and Gabe answer a question from a listener who’s stepparenting under difficult circumstances. Plus: parenting triumphs and fails, recommendations, and more. And on Slate Plus this week: How much romantic privacy should we give teenagers.


  • Rebecca recommends letting your teen roam the city with Uber.
  • Gabe recommends Walter Martin’s album We’re All Young Together.
  • Carvell recommends Holes, the Disney movie based on the novel by Louis Sachar.

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Podcast produced by Daniel Schroeder.