Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Travel sports teams for kids and Primates of Park Avenue.

Travel Sports for Kids: How Intense Is Too Intense?

Travel Sports for Kids: How Intense Is Too Intense?

Slate's parenting podcast.
June 4 2015 10:38 AM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Your Kids Are Not Getting Scholarships Edition

Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast on the endless hell of travel sports teams and wealthy motherhood. 

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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 John O'Sullivan, the founder of the Changing the Game Project, about the tyranny of youth sports. Then Wednesday Martin, author of Primates of Park Avenue, visits the show to talk about “intensive mothering” and how the rich parent their kids. Plus triumphs and fails, and a listener calls in to ask about letting her 12-year-old child read YA books with adult themes.


This week on Slate Plus, we talk with Slate news editor Chad Lorenz about a white-noise-and-baby-related fail.

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Mom and Dad recommend:


Allison recommends “We Bidens, an American Family” by Evan Osnos and Sheryl Sandberg’s Facebook post about mourning the death of her husband, Dave Goldberg.

Dan recommends The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy by Michael F. Patton, especially for teenagers.

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Slate Plus members: Check out The History of American Slavery, the new Slate Academy podcast co-hosted by Jamelle Bouie and Rebecca Onion.  

Email us at to tell us what you thought of today’s show and give us ideas for what we should cover in the next edition. Got questions that you’d like us to answer on a future episode? Call and leave us a message at 424-255-7833.

And finally: Come to our live show in Durham, North Carolina on June 7 with special guest Mac McCaughan!

Podcast produced by Ann Heppermann. Our intern is Jessie Chasan-Taber.

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.