Keep Your Head Above Water

On this week’s episode: Dan, Jamilah, and guest host Greg Lavallee answer listener questions from a parent whose daughter is afraid of the water and a mom who needs a response strategy for a disrespectful kiddo. For Slate Plus, the hosts strategize date night. Are microdates the solution to a busy schedule? Or is it worth the effort of hiring a babysitter to go out? Sign up for Slate Plus here.


Jamilah recommends a newfangled entertainment destination… a place where you could spend hours without spending any money…. The MALL.

Greg recommends Shashibo, a mesmerizing magnetic puzzle.

Dan recommends Boom Blast Stix for little kids and Telestrations for bigger ones.

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Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.


Dan Kois is an editor and writer at Slate. He’s the author of How to Be a Family and the co-author of The World Only Spins Forward.

Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in Brooklyn, New York.

Greg Lavallee is the director of technology at Slate.

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