Slate’s parenting podcast on teenage hygiene and political slogans on toddlers’ clothes.

Can I Make My Toddler Wear Slogans He Doesn’t Understand, on Slate’s Parenting Podcast

Can I Make My Toddler Wear Slogans He Doesn’t Understand, on Slate’s Parenting Podcast

Slate's parenting podcast.
Aug. 2 2018 2:00 PM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “Sand Couch” Edition

Slate’s parenting podcast wonders whether it’s OK to make your toddler wear political slogans he doesn’t understand.

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On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Carvell, and Gabe answer a question from a listener who’s wondering whether she can put her 2-year-old son in a T-shirt that might spark controversy, and another who’s worried about her teenager’s hygiene. Plus: parenting triumphs and fails, recommendations, and more. And on Slate Plus this week: Allison Benedikt joins to ask what to tell a kid who asks if people are “good” or “bad.”

Discussed on the show: This short film by Carvell’s son Ezra.


  • Rebecca recommends Amazing Interiors on Netflix.
  • Gabe recommends having upside-down dinner.
  • Carvell recommends Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

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Podcast produced by Benjamin Frisch.