Parenting podcast on guns in the home and sex ed classes.

How Do I Ask Other Parents If They Have Guns in Their Homes?

How Do I Ask Other Parents If They Have Guns in Their Homes?

Slate's parenting podcast.
March 26 2015 9:51 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The “Tampon Falling Out of Your Ear” Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on a revolutionary new sex ed class and how to ask other parents about guns in their homes.

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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 New York Times Magazine reporter Bonnie Rochman about a remarkable Seattle-area parent-and-kid sex ed class. Then, we talk about guns in the home. How do you ask other parents about guns in their houses? What should kids know about guns? A parent advocate from the Brady Center and a mom who teaches a gun-safety class weigh in. Plus, a listener asks about morning routines, triumphs and fails, and recommendations.


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Mom and Dad recommend:

Dan recommends In Mary’s Garden, a great picture book by his high school classmate Tina Kugler and her husband, Carson Kugler.


Allison recommends the app iMotion to make stop-motion movies with your kids.

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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.