Slate’s parenting podcast on stepparent problems and toddler tantrums.

My Son Has Started Calling His Stepmother “Mommy,” on Slate’s Parenting Podcast

My Son Has Started Calling His Stepmother “Mommy,” on Slate’s Parenting Podcast

Slate's parenting podcast.
Nov. 23 2017 2:00 PM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “Who’s Your Mommy?” Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast about stepparent problems and saying no to a toddler.

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On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Carvell, and Gabe answer questions from listeners about problems with a stepmother and how to say no to a toddler. Plus: parenting triumphs and fails, recommendations, and more. And on Slate Plus this week, Culture Gabfest host Julia Turner shares a parenting hack for dealing with piles of children’s artwork.

Items discussed on the show: “New Mommy a Lot Prettier,” on the Onion. (Trigger warning: maternal heartbreak.)


  • Carvell recommends SET: The Family Game of Visual Perception.
  • Rebecca recommends using old holiday cards in next year’s gift tags. (You kind of have to hear her explain it.)
  • Gabe recommends eating Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant.

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Podcast produced by Benjamin Frisch.