Mom & Dad: The “Toys or Trash” Edition


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On this week’s episode: Elizabeth, Jamilah, and Zak help a parent who is sick of their generous neighbors constantly sending over hand-me-down toys. The letter writer is already running out of space in their house. Is it OK to simply refuse? Can they donate the toys? Would tossing the toys crush the neighbors’ generous spirit? Then they answer a question from a dad whose daughter needs surgery. How can he explain the procedure without frightening her?

On Slate Plus, the hosts talk about how this time of year forces families to really figure out how they’re celebrating the holidays and, in turn, how religion operates within their family. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at to listen and support our work.


Zak recommends @MenWithThePot on Instagram

Jamilah recommends Love Life on HBO

Elizabeth recommends a printable Christmas reading calendar.

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Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.

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