Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Ferguson, and how much kids cost.

What Black Parents Tell Their Kids About Ferguson 

What Black Parents Tell Their Kids About Ferguson 

Slate's parenting podcast.
Aug. 28 2014 10:58 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “It Costs How Much???” Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on talking to kids about Ferguson and how much it costs to raise a child. 

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In this week’s edition of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate editor Allison Benedikt talks to freelance writer Stacia Brown and Dwayne Betts, author of the memoir A Question of Freedom, about how they discuss Ferguson and racism in America with their kids. Then, Slate business and technology editor Jessica Winter comes on to help dissect the latest numbers on how much it costs to raise a child. Plus, a listener call about sleepovers, and a special parenting fail from Slate politics editor Will Dobson.


Other items discussed in the show:

Mom (and guests) recommend:

Chris Wade recommends Dungeons and Dragons, and says it will teach your kids the interpersonal skills you lack.

Jessica Winter makes a plea for a publisher to release new copies of the great children’s book, Godzilla Likes to Roar. Check out pictures from the book and you will want the same.

Allison wants you to check out Jessica Grose’s Slate series, “Child Care Over There,” in which she interviews parents from around the world to find out how they handle child care dilemmas and logistics.

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