The Longest Shortest Time

The Longest Shortest Time

By: Hilary Frank and Stitcher

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The parenting show for for everyone. Hosted by This American Life contributor and author Hillary Frank. A Stitcher Production.

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What traditions should you pass down to your kids when you and your partner come from completely different cultures? And why does keeping those rituals alive even matter? The Mash-Up Americans help us navigate family life in hyphenated America. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! This episode is brought to you by Halo Top, SockFancy, Fracture, Sun Basket, and Detour.

What's the best way for white parents to talk to their kids about race? We called in Dr. Brigitte Vittrup, who studies children's racial attitudes, to help us out—and to answer questions about cringeworthy moments with your own kids. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! This episode is brought to you by Total Wireless, Squarespace, Sun Basket and Kopari.

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We’ve been thinking, there’s so much parenting media out there, but it's pretty species-ist, right? It’s all about how to get your human baby to eat, how to get your human kid to take a bath. We wanted to know: is there anything we can learn from the ways animals take care of their kids that we can take back to our human families? To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. This episode is brought to you by This episode is brought to you by Google Play, WGU, Sunbasket, ThirdLove, Grove Collaborative. Use the links here for a special discount.

As an only child, KJ Dell’Antonia always wanted a big happy family… but once she got one, she found out the “happy” part doesn’t come standard. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. This episode is brought to you by Coffee and Crayons, Google Play, Lands’ End (code: SCHOOL40), Honest Tea, and Kind Snacks (code: LONGSHORT). Use the links here for a special discount.

When 9-year-old Meera was adopted from Korea, there were lots of new things that would take some getting used to… starting with her new mom’s exotic pet. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. This episode is brought to you by Google Play, Honest Tea, Grove Collaborative, Burrow (code: LONGSHORT75), and Land’s End (code: SCHOOL40). Use the links here for a special discount.

#166 Dear Mister Rogers

07/25/2018

30:45

When Ben was a kid, his mom helped him write an innocent letter to his favorite television friend. The reply took Ben by surprise, and changed the way they thought of his hero forever. Tune in for stories of how Fred Rogers left a mark, and why his words still resonate. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. This episode is brought to you by Google Play, Mom & Dad Are Fighting, Third Love, Care.com, Sun Basket Also, Hillary Frank's Weird Parenting Wins book is coming! Many of you are in it. Pre-order here.

Stephanie never wanted kids.... but then she met Joey. Tune in to hear them answer a series of questions intended to help them determine if they want a future as parents together. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. This episode is brought to you by Ladder, PottyMD (code: LONGSHORT), SAS Footwear (code: LONGSHORT), ThirdLove and Sun Basket. Also, Hillary Frank's Weird Parenting Wins book is coming! Many of you are in it. Pre-order here.

When Al Letson was 23, he found out he was the father to a 6-year-old boy he’d never met. Years later, another son entered his life, and this one was white. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. This episode is brought to you by Ladder, Circle Round, Fully, Care/Of (code: LONGSHORT) and SAS Shoes (code: LONGSHORT) Also, Hillary Frank's Weird Parenting Wins book is coming! Many of you are in it. Pre-order here.

#163 How to Hear a Smile

06/06/2018

32:34

When Kristen's son was 5 weeks old, she got an email from BabyCenter saying that all of her hard work would soon be repaid: she'd get to see her baby's first smile. Problem is, Kristen can't see. Tune in to hear Kristen's creative solution to seeing a smile through blindness. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. This episode is brought to you by the CDC's Child Development Milestone App, SAS Shoes (code: LONGSHORT), Third Love and StoryWorth. Also, Hillary Frank's Weird Parenting Wins book is coming! Many of you are in it. Pre-order here.

Cecile Richards, former head of Planned Parenthood, is a troublemaker -- a quality she got from her mom, Ann Richards, who went from frustrated housewife to firecracker governor of Texas. Cecile talks about watching that transformation, and how Ann's legacy is living on in the record number of women and moms running for office. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. Splendid Table, Stitcher Premium, Sun Basket, SAS Shoes (code: LONGSHORT) and Thomas’ English Muffins. Also, Hillary Frank's Weird Parenting Wins book is coming! Many of you are in it. Pre-order here.

The imaginary friends you have when you’re little can be great practice for dealing with very real hard stuff as a grown-up. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. This episode is brought to you by Fully, Brains On, Thomas’ English Muffins, and SAS Shoes (code: LONGSHORT). Use the links and codes here for a special discount. Also, Hillary Frank's Weird Parenting Wins book is coming! Many of you are in it. Pre-order here.

A glimpse into the weird, fun, and often dark world of imaginary companions. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com! Sign up for our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram. This episode is brought to you by March of Dimes, SAS Footwear (code: LONGSHORT), Thomas' English Muffins, Casper and ThirdLove.