Slate’s parenting podcast talks to Suzanne Bouffard about pre-kindergarten.

Why Does Pre-K Matter, and What Makes It Work, on Slate’s Parenting Podcast

Why Does Pre-K Matter, and What Makes It Work, on Slate’s Parenting Podcast

Slate's parenting podcast.
Sept. 28 2017 2:00 PM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “Parenting Obsolescence” Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast about why pre-K matters and how to make it work.


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On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Carvell, and Gabe talk to Suzanne Bouffard, author of The Most Important Year: Pre-Kindergarten and the Future of Our Children, then answer a question from a listener whose stepdaughter no longer wants to make the trip to her father’s house on weekends. Plus: parenting triumphs and fails, recommendations, and more. And on Slate Plus this week, Slate designer Holly Allen shares a horrifying near-fail involving a 9-year-old boy and a box of teeth.


  • Rebecca recommends getting a dog.
  • Carvell recommends giving a kid a hug and a kiss on the forehead when that kid annoys you.
  • Gabe recommends Owl Babies by Martin Waddell.

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