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Jamilah Lemieux, Zak Rosen, and Elizabeth Newcamp share triumphs and fails and offer advice on parenting kids from toddler to teens. read less

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The three hosts of Mom and Dad Are Fighting | Slate's parenting show podcast understand a few things. Parenting is hard and can seem like a thankless job. And sometimes, parents need advice themselves instead of giving advice to their kids. The hosts want to help fellow parents and have a little fun doing so. This parenting show's advice can be serious, but the tone is not.

Jamilah Lemieux, Zak Rose, and Elizabeth Newcamp host Mom and Dad Are Fighting | Slate's parenting show. The three hosts are parents who enjoy talking about parenting—and giving advice. Jamilah cowrites Slate's "Care and Feeding" parenting column. Zak hosts The Best Advice Show podcast. And Elizabeth writes the family travel blog Dutch, Dutch Goose!

Slate readers contact the Mom and Dad Are Fighting | Slate's parenting show hosts. They are looking for advice on children and family issues. The readers are progressive, and so are the hosts. Many of the queries are what one might expect from the site's readership. A mom says her first-grade girl wants to be a boy. Her child is angry that the mom went to buy what the mother referred to as "girl sweaters." The hosts advise the mother to support her child's gender identity. In another episode, the hosts say parents should get trained in Narcan if they ever see an overdose.

Other episodes give friendship advice for both the children and the parents. Much of it involves kids feeling left out at parties. Youth sports is also a perennial topic on Mom and Dad Are Fighting. The hosts think it is a "time-consuming juggernaut." And parents seem flustered about how to get their kids away from their screens. The hosts also give advice on picky eaters.

In some episodes, guests come in to help with the advice. Comedian Ophira Eisenberg hosts the Parenting Is a Joke podcast. She and the Mom and Dad Are Fighting hosts shared funny parenting stories.

New episodes of Mom and Dad Are Fighting | Slate's parenting show podcast come out several times a week. Many parents will appreciate this program.

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Is My Son’s Play Becoming Toxic Masculinity?
Note: This episode contains discussions of murder and grief. Listener discretion is advised between 6:30 and 12:00 of this episode. You can read more about Sam Woll, a close friend of Zak’s family, here. On this episode: Jamilah Lemieux, Elizabeth Newcamp, and Zak Rosen help a listener who’s worried that her son’s play is skewing a little too much toward good guys, bad guys, and violence. What’s the difference between normal play and a red flag – and how can we make sure boys want to include girls? Zak found two great resources for this listener that we want to share: an article about violent play from, and a book called Under Deadman's Skin: Discovering the Meaning of Children's Violent Play. We also go over our week in triumphs and fails — and then, if you’re sticking around for Slate Plus, we discuss an episode of RadioLab that got us thinking about how kids change our perception of time. Join us on Facebook and email us at to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes. You can also call our phone line: (646) 357-9318.  If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows—you’ll also be supporting the work we do here on Mom and Dad are Fighting. Sign up now at to help support our work. Podcast produced by Maura Currie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit