Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Quitting activities and parenting with chronic pain.

Is It OK to Let Your Kid Quit an Activity?

Is It OK to Let Your Kid Quit an Activity?

Slate's parenting podcast.
Jan. 16 2015 1:21 PM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The I Quit Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on when to let your kids quit activities, and parenting with chronic pain. 

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In this week’s edition of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois talk about when it’s OK to let your kid quit an activity. Then, they talk to writer and mother Sarah Erdreich about what it’s like to be a parent with chronic pain. Plus, a listener call about butt jokes, and parenting triumphs and fails.  


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Dan recommends the new movie, Paddington, which he says both kids and parents will dig.

Allison recommends Togetherness, the new HBO show by Jay and Mark Duplass, which is all about marriage after kids, and is both very funny and extremely difficult to watch. But worth it.

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Allison Benedikt is Slate’s executive editor. Follow her on Twitter.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.