This Was Not in the Parenting Handbook

On this week’s episode: Jamilah is joined by Rebecca Lavoie to answer this week’s listener questions from moms contemplating changing schools because their biracial daughter is bothered about not fitting in, and a mother whose childcare provider is offering to do it for free. How can she ensure her neighbor is properly compensated for this service? For Slate Plus, Jamilah and Rebecca take advantage of Dan’s absence and respond to his article “The Decade in Dads” article with the Decade in Moms. Sign up for Slate Plus here.


Jamilah recommends My Quotable Kid: A Parents’ Journal of Unforgettable Quotes.

Rebecca recommends recording your kids, stashing the audio away and surprising yourself with this self-made time capsule years later.

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Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.



Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in California.

Rebecca Lavoie is a host of the podcasts Crime Writers On … and … These Are Their Stories: The Law and Order Podcast. She is the co-author of four books with her husband, Kevin Flynn: Our Little Secret, Legally Dead, Notes on a Killing, and Dark Heart.

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