Parenting and family advice: Elder care and narcissistic children.

Oh God, Is My Kid a Narcissist?!

Oh God, Is My Kid a Narcissist?!

Slate's parenting podcast.
March 12 2015 10:04 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “Is My Kid a Narcissist?!” Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on how to teach your kids that they aren’t better than everyone else, elder care, and day-care scofflaws.

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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 to researcher Eddie Brummelman of the University of Amsterdam about a new study on what makes for narcissistic kids. Then, we talk elder care with George Hodgman, author of the new memoir Bettyville. Plus, a listener asks about what to do when a day-care center isn’t following the law, and Dan thinks Allison’s fail isn’t really a fail.


Items discussed in the show:

Mom and Dad recommend:

Allison rescinds her recommendation of The Slap [insert slap sound here].


Allison recommends the New York Times Magazine profile of middle-distance runner Mary Cain, “Mary Cain Is Growing Up Fast,” by Elizabeth Weil.

Dan recommends Drew Weing’s Web comic for 7- to 12-year-olds, The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo.

Dan and Allison both recommend figuring out how to pronounce “Weil” and “Weing” before you go on a podcast and talk about them.

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Podcast produced by Ann Hepperman.

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.