Parenting Roundabout

Parenting Roundabout

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Join parenting writers Terri Mauro, Catherine Holecko, and Nicole Eredics for a daily look at the things parents are talking about, complaining about, and obsessing about right now.


What We’re Watching: DWTS Top 11 and Veronica Mars “Happy Go Lucky”
Oct 20 • 24 min
Dancing With the Stars is humming along, with its agreeable stars making progress and their pros cheering them on. We’ve had enough of the fake audience cheering for Tyra, though. Next week: Villains Night.Speaking of villains, we also have had more than…
Old Moms, New Tricks
Oct 19 • 13 min
Kudos to Nicole, who has decided to go back to school and pursue a master’s degree! That prompted us to talk about how well we’re doing at learning new things, even in our (ahem) advancing age.
Speed-Round Sunday: Are You Still Friends with Your Bridesmaids?
Oct 18 • 5 min
Even though our ceremonies were back in the day before enormous wedding parties were a thing, we don’t all have happy stories to tell.
Second-Listen Saturday: Our Most Memorable Years
Oct 17 • 16 min
We take a cue from Dancing with the Stars and recall our Most Memorable Years. Nicole’s is definitely dramatic enough for a barefoot contemporary number, while Terri plans to rhumba with Sasha. Mentioned: Frankie Muniz’s memory loss quickstep on a 2017…
Roundabout Roundup: Unfinished: Short Creek, Cozy Collapsible Cat Tunnel, and Laugh Lines by Alan Zweibel
Oct 16 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine’s enjoying a new documentary podcast called Unfinished: Short Creek, and Nicole has found a cat tunnel toy to amuse her new kitten. Terri is catching up on audiobooks and recommends Laugh Lines: My Life Helping…
Taking Social Life Online
Oct 15 • 10 min
In the beginning of the pandemic, everything was on Zoom. Then we all got a bit of Zoom fatigue. Now we’re realizing that if we want to keep friendships alive, we have to embrace virtual get-togethers.
Lockdown Breakdown, Part 2
Oct 14 • 15 min
Earlier in the lockdown, we lamented the loss of several key appliances [https://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/lockdown-breakdown-appliance-edition]. This unfortunate trend is continuing, plus we’ve added car trouble into the mix.
What We’re Watching: DWTS ‘80s Night and Veronica Mars “Look Who’s Stalking”
Oct 13 • 25 min
On Dancing with the Stars, ’80s Night brought a lot of bad hair and costume cheesiness, along with the usual Too Much Tyra. While the dances weren’t great, the stars are all showing a good deal of mirror ball spirit. Next: “Top 11.”Meanwhile, in Neptune,…
Remote School Tech Troubles and Tips
Oct 12 • 14 min
On today’s Round 1, we’re talking about some of the tech troubles that accompany virtual schooling (for parents, kids, and teachers) and how to overcome them. Mentioned: “8 Tricks for Making Remote School Easier” at the Wall Street Journal…
Speed-Round Sunday: Weird Things That Make You Happy as an Adult
Oct 11 • 4 min
A cartoon from Hedger Humor for Babble [https://www.facebook.com/HedgerHumor/photos/a.633521596663665.1073741828.630201143662377/1785483274800819/?type=3&theater] got us thinking about the sweet simple things that make us happy now, in our grown-up years.
Second-Listen Saturday: We Could Care, But We Choose Not To
Oct 10 • 17 min
We had a bossy parenting article to discuss, but decided to give ourselves a break on that, along with lots of other things parents are probably supposed to be worrying about.​​
Roundabout Roundup: iOS 14, Pumie Toilet Bowl Ring Remover, and SkinnyPop Everything Bagel Popcorn Mini Cakes
Oct 9 • 9 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri is a fan of the latest update to the iOS operating system (although she has some free ideas for app developers). Nicole found a life-changing chemical-free toilet bowl cleaner thanks to TikTok…
What Cheers Us Up
Oct 8 • 11 min
During these times. the need for pick-me-ups is pretty much constant. We obsess about what we do now to cheer ourselves up, and what we wish we could be doing. Luckily, talking to each other helps.
Are You Really Going to Buy That?
Oct 7 • 11 min
On this week’s Round 3, we complain about all the ways our family members spend money in ways we disapprove of: On luxury personal hygiene products, on purchases they haven’t consulted us about, on items that contribute to general household clutter. It’s…
What We’re Watching: DWTS Top 13 and Veronica Mars “Nevermind the Buttocks”
Oct 6 • 27 min
On Dancing with the Stars,​ Tyra repeatedly reminded us that the show was live, and then proved it with an embarrassing fumble of the bottom two couples and the elimination. Get it together, DWTS! Next: ’80s Night.On Veronica Mars, never mind the…
Covid Consequences for Education
Oct 5 • 12 min
On today’s Round 1, we discuss a Vox.com article, “How the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Affect an Entire Generation of Students.” While only one of our kids is currently in a K-12 school, we still worry (a lot) about how all children, families, and teachers…
Speed-Round Sunday: What We Never Leave Home Without
Oct 4 • 3 min
Along with more obvious essentials like wallets, keys, and phones, we speak out for the need to have constant access to things like Band-aids, lip balm, and hand sanitizer. You never know when you’ll need ‘em! [This was recorded before the days when we…
Second-Listen Saturday: The Limits of Parenting
Oct 3 • 13 min
This article on what parenting can (and can’t) do [https://health.usnews.com/wellness/for-parents/articles/2017-09-20/what-parenting-can-and-cannot-do] really rang true for us. Plus it led to another in our series of “parenting books we could write,”…
Roundabout Roundup: Nutella Biscuits, Boss Baby Brody, and Instrumental Music
Oct 2 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine discovered Nutella Biscuits at the Nutella Cafe [https://www.nutella.com/us/en/nutella-cafe], and Nicole is charmed by Brody Schaffer (@BossBabyBrody on Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/bossbabybrody/]).…
Worrying That Wasn’t Worth It
Oct 1 • 12 min
We’re obsessing about the things we once obsessed over (like reading logs and music practice). Now, we obsess over how much of a waste it was to spend time worrying about these things.
The Scariest Halloween Ever
Sep 30 • 11 min
Like everything else in 2020, Halloween is shaping up to be different—and difficult—this year. We’re not sure how or if or whether we should accommodate any trick-or-treaters this year, unless we build a candy chute like this dad did…
What We’re Watching: DWTS Season 29 and Veronica Mars “I Am God”
Sep 29 • 23 min
On Dancing With the Stars, it was a doubleheader for us as we covered last Tuesday’s episode along with Monday’s Disney Night. Overall, we’re enjoying this crew of dancers (especially now that Carole Baskin has cat-walked off-stage). but host Tyra Banks?…
Parenting Past vs. Present
Sep 28 • 12 min
A (judgy) article titled “10 Things Our Parents Did That Parents Today Should Bring Back” [https://community.today.com/parentingteam/post/10-things-our-parents-did-that-parents-today-should-bring-back] got us ranting about the good reasons why some of…
Speed-Round Sunday: Stuff We Need to Get Rid Of
Sep 27 • 5 min
We checked out a Good Housekeeping list of 50 (Big and Little) Things It’s Finally Time to Get Rid Of [http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/g4272/things-its-time-to-get-rid-of/] and found ourselves guilty of having most of them hanging around.
Second-Listen Saturday: Get Off Our Lawn
Sep 26 • 22 min
We mostly reserve judgment over the ways millennial parents do things their own way. Well, we try. (Here’s the far-judgier-than-we slideshow that prompted this chat…
Roundabout Roundup: SPRI Xertubes, Amazon Music, The Great British Baking Show
Sep 25 • 6 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole is upping her fitness game with a set of SPRI Xertubes [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00067E4P4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1]. Terri’s shouting out Amazon Music for including our podcast…
Fledgling Financial Independence
Sep 24 • 12 min
After reading this expert roundtable on the topic [https://www.wsj.com/articles/expenses-for-adult-kids-which-ones-should-parents-stop-paying-for-11600009200], we obsessed about how and why and whether we’re encouraging our kids to manage their own money.…
Pandemic Pity Party
Sep 23 • 11 min
We know we’re blessed with health, food, family, and shelter. But we’re still bummed out about all the things that have been taken away or changed due to the pandemic. You know things are bad when we talk wistfully about public restrooms, airports, and…
What We’re Watching: Outlander and Veronica Mars “Plan B”
Sep 22 • 21 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2: We take a detour from the DWTS ballroom and drop in on 18th-century Scotland with the first three seasons of Outlander (available on Netflix). Catherine found that the show was just the escape she needed right…
Winter Is Coming
Sep 21 • 13 min
Not to stress you out further, but cold weather is drawing nearer. We talked about this smart Vice.com article on small ways to prepare for a pandemic-affected winter…
Speed-Round Sunday: We Never Do That Anymore
Sep 20 • 4 min
We chat about things that have completely fallen out of our everyday routine, and hatch a plot to fool today’s kids about what that ancient relic the phone booth was really used for.
Second-Listen Saturday: Our Canine Kids
Sep 19 • 21 min
We recount just a few of the many ways that caring for our pets is remarkably like caring for our kids. For example, we feel like we’re not that good at it.
Roundabout Roundup: Lazy Cake Cookies, Ref-N-Write, Where the Light Gets In
Sep 18 • 8 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine’s taking over her daughter’s baking projects with Lazy Cake Cookies [https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/dessert/cake/lazy-cake-cookies.html]. Nicole discovered a resource for academic writing called Ref-N-Write…
This Is Not a Drill
Sep 17 • 15 min
California’s El Dorado fire (the gender-reveal one) is burning very close to Nicole’s home, so she’s worrying about what to take if she has to evacuate. Aside from the essentials, there are some practical items she just won’t leave behind. Mentioned: Our…
Our Reasons for Rule-Breaking
Sep 16 • 14 min
A post about rules for parents of college students [https://grownandflown.com/parent-college-student-do-not-do/] put us on the defensive. We don’t need your stinkin’ rules! And anyway, they don’t apply to us. We have our reasons. Mentioned: Our rant on…
What We’re Watching: DWTS Season Premiere and Veronica Mars “The Rapes of Graff”
Sep 15 • 25 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, Dancing with the Stars is back! But Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews aren’t. We’re watching for some of our favorite pros and for stars like Justina Machado (of One Day at a Time, which we enjoyed), Skai Jackson,…
Back-to-School Supplies for Moms
Sep 14 • 10 min
Recently we talked about what supports teens need as they head back to school [https://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/back-to-school-emotions]. But this is also a stressful time for moms, especially this year. So we talked about what we need as…
Speed-Round Sunday: Things Our Mothers Did in the Kitchen That We Never Do
Sep 13 • 4 min
​We’re still in awe of how they put dinner on the table night after night. But the cooking grease under the sink or the alfalfa sprouts among the glassware? Not so much.
Second-Listen Saturday: Sibling Jealousy
Sep 12 • 14 min
Forget “growing out of it.” We think it might take a lifetime for kids to adjust to the fundamental unfairness of having a sibling. Mentioned: This article on little kids and jealousy…
Roundabout Roundup: Room Rater, Zelle, and Yoga with Adriene
Sep 11 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole suggests @roomrater on Twitter [https://twitter.com/ratemyskyperoom] for laughs and even some practical advice on setting up your space for video calls. Terri shouts out Zelle for your money-sharing needs…
When Mama Bear Comes Out of Hibernation
Sep 10 • 10 min
Our kids are older now and we encourage them to fight their own battles. But sometimes, mama bear has to step in and do some roaring and baring of claws (like Shirley MacLaine does for her sick daughter in “Terms of Endearment.”)
Creepy Tech Tools
Sep 9 • 11 min
News about Amazon’s new Halo health tracker [https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Halo-Fitness-And-Health-Tracker/dp/B07QK955LS] got us complaining about giving up privacy in exchange for convenience. We don’t necessarily want these gizmos for ourselves, but for…
What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars “Versatile Toppings” and “The Quick and the Wed”
Sep 8 • 19 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, two more episodes of Veronica Mars have us wondering why anyone lives in Neptune, really. The runaway bride from “The Quick and the Wed” had the right idea. Next week, we’ll watch season 2, episode 16, “The…
Things We’d Just As Soon Stay Home For
Sep 7 • 12 min
The pandemic is terrible and we would very much like it to be over. But at least it’s mitigated some awkward social situations, like home sales parties and forced waiting-room small talk. Let’s keep some social events online forever. Mentioned: Our June…
Speed-Round Sunday: One Place You Never Want to Go Back To
Sep 6 • 3 min
Maybe it’s the four-hour plane ride. Maybe it’s the old unhappy memories. Maybe it’s some recent memories that aren’t so great. For whatever reason, there are some places we’d really just as soon leave behind.
Second-Listen Saturday: What Kids Are Watching
Sep 5 • 12 min
Terri wondered whether she’s the only one whose children have abandoned shared TV watching in favor of random series on YouTube. (She’s not.)
Roundabout Roundup: Phineas and Ferb the Movie, Grandma Gets Real, and You Can Thank Me Later
Sep 4 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine’s excited about the brand-new Phineas and Ferb the Movie [https://disneyplusoriginals.disney.com/movie/phineas-and-ferb-the-movie-candace-against-the-universe]. Nicole’s Instagram Minute returns with…
Back-to-School Emotions
Sep 3 • 12 min
Like so many parents right now, we’re obsessed with meeting our kids’ emotional needs as they return to school (as outlined in this New York Times article [https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/25/well/family/teens-mental-health-needs.html]). Strategies include…
Don’t Make Us Watch Your Video
Sep 2 • 12 min
In the complaint department this week, we gripe about videos that could have been emails, videos that take way too long to get to the point, and the inability to speed through a video like you can a web page… or a podcast.
What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars “Rashard and Wallace Go to White Castle” and “Ain’t No Magic Mountain High Enough”
Sep 1 • 20 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, we watched two episodes of Veronica Mars that were mostly up-the-middle procedurals (Where’s the witness? Who took the money?) with just enough bus-crash and Logan-on-the-bridge plot to keep things moving. Next…
College Drop-Off, Pandemic Style
Aug 31 • 12 min
Last week, Catherine’s daughter joined the shrinking ranks of college freshmen actually moving onto campus in this very weird time. She even brought her own toilet paper, and lots of it.
Speed-Round Sunday: The Fidget Spinners of Our Day
Aug 30 • 6 min
Before there were computers and smartphones and fancy prefab fidget spinners, we kept ourselves distracted with … taking apart pens. Peeling pencil paint. Unwinding paper clips. Doodling. So much doodling.
Second-Listen Saturday: Our Lives Are Like a Bad TV Show
Aug 29 • 12 min
Terri sometimes feels her life is a bad detective show. Catherine is stuck in a not-that-funny sitcom, and Nicole’s family drama is exhaustingly dramatic. What TV show is your family inadvertently starring in?
Roundabout Roundup: Repurposed Tech, Peel-and-Stick Paper, Collapsible Popcorn Popper
Aug 28 • 6 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri is finding new uses for old technology, while Nicole is sprucing up old furniture and objects with peel-and-stick wallpaper…
The View from the Other Side of 50
Aug 27 • 12 min
Now that all three of us have reached the mid-century mark, we can obsess about the benefits of being older, wiser, and much more willing to wear comfortable shoes and stay home.
Parenting Through the (Kids’) Ages
Aug 26 • 9 min
Parenting is hard no matter what age your kids are. This article calling out middle school as the toughest age to parent [https://parentingteensandtweens.com/middle-school-the-hardest-years-of-your-life-as-a-mom/] got us complaining about pretty much all…
What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars “One Angry Veronica” and “Donut Run”
Aug 25 • 19 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, a double dose of Veronica Mars, although both episodes were useless in their own ways. “One Angry Veronica” did nothing for the season-long arc, and “Donut Run” was based on a faulty premise (although Terri’s…
Hand-Holders and Tether-Tuggers
Aug 24 • 11 min
Need to use a leash/harness/tether on your kid? No judgment here; two of us have done it. A tweet from Today’s Parent magazine about kids being either barnacles or bolters prompted us to talk about which kind of kids we had (and which kind we were).
Speed-Round Sunday: What Do You Lose Sleep Over?
Aug 23 • 3 min
Ah, sleep time, when the subconscious opens the door on every stupid thing you could possibly imagine worrying about or wondering about or thinking about, and these things parade across your consciousness. Meet some of our cast of thousands.
Second-Listen Saturday: The Push-Pull of Independence
Aug 22 • 13 min
It’s supposed to be a positive thing when kids get more independent. But we’re both happy and thrown into existential crisis.
Roundabout Roundup: Anti-Contact Tool, Hanes Face Masks, Wild Company
Aug 21 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole and her family are keeping germs away with the Clean Door Anti-Contact Tool [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08BY3GGYT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1], and on a related note, Catherine reports…
Sweet Sleepover Dreams
Aug 20 • 11 min
After hearing about an opportunity to sleep over at the last Blockbuster video store in the world [https://www.scarymommy.com/last-blockbuster-airbnb-bend-oregon/], we obsessed about cool slumber party venues, from malls, mattress stores, and museums to…
Hygiene Hiccups
Aug 19 • 16 min
We appreciate all the work that goes into pandemic protection cleaning and hygiene practices. But we’ve noticed that sometimes, a little flaw in the system kind of defeats the whole purpose.
What We’re Watching: World of Dance Finale and Veronica Mars “My Mother, the Fiend”
Aug 18 • 26 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2: World of Dance wrapped up with a second set of semi-finals and then a fizzle of a finale (partly thanks to the pending pandemic, but also, the performances peaked in the semi-finals and fell flat in the…
Dress Codes for Online Learning
Aug 17 • 14 min
We talk about an Illinois school district that made the news for banning pajamas during remote schoolwork. While we agree that respect and routine are both important, doesn’t everybody have bigger fish to fry here? (And don’t most adults wear the…
Speed-Round Sunday: Memorable Concerts
Aug 16 • 4 min
We reminisce about some concerts we’ve seen — and no lies on the list.
Second-Listen Saturday: The Competitive Sport of Raising Kids
Aug 15 • 19 min
Nicole brings us this week’s rant, about parents who elbow other kids out of the way to help their own offspring get ahead.
Roundabout Roundup: Taylor Swift’s Folklore, Luxe Bidet, Chipotle Cauliflower Rice
Aug 14 • 10 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, a real hodge-podge awaits you. Terri’s loving Taylor Swift’s surprise new album, “Folklore [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsZ6tROaVOQ&list=PLmU8B4gZ41icKdheg4d2KZBgDR1wSWfbH].” Nicole fulfilled her husband’s wish for a…
Corona Kitties and Other Obsessions
Aug 13 • 15 min
Nicole’s obsessed with her new kitten, and we’ve seen many other families bring home new pets (and toys like boats and motorcycles) during the pandemic. Did you develop a new obsession when so much else in life got cancelled? Mentioned: Covers for your…
Dreaming of Alone Time
Aug 12 • 12 min
Thanks to pandemic restrictions, it’s been months since any of us has been home alone. Instead of complaining, we dream about what we’d do with that elusive alone time if we had some. (Spoiler: We’re a little out of practice.)
What We’re Watching: World of Dance Semi-Finals 1 and Veronica Mars “Ahoy, Mateys!”
Aug 11 • 18 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2: We’re very displeased that World of Dance ended its first round of semi-finals by making children cry. We’ve been telling them for weeks not to! Next: We’ll discuss the second set of semi-finals (airing today,…
Our Isolation Essentials
Aug 10 • 12 min
After seeing a few posts recommending college students pack a “bug-out bag” in case of Covid-19 isolation, we talked about what we’d need to pack up if we had to seclude ourselves. Podcast mic is on the list!
Speed-Round Sunday: Right-Handed or Left-Handed
Aug 9 • 3 min
Statistics say 10 percent of the population is left-handed, but for our podcast, it’s more like 33.3 percent. Guess which one of us is the leftie.​
Second-Listen Saturday: Mom Guilt
Aug 8 • 21 min
In an episode from July 2017, we discuss guilt of the “it’s not you, it’s me” variety, as in “You should play the trombone because I didn’t get to be in the band when I was a kid.”
Roundabout Roundup: Pier 1, Cameo, and Alberto VO5 Shampoo
Aug 7 • 8 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine shouts out Pier 1’s going-out-of-business sales [https://www.pier1.com/] as a good resource for dorm and new-apartment shopping. Nicole’s Instagram Minute returns with Cameo, the celeb-connection service…
Dreading Distance Learning
Aug 6 • 14 min
With many kids set to do some kind of distance learning in the fall, we obsess about how to keep them motivated and engaged. Starbucks gift cards only go so far.
Eliminating the Middle-Mom
Aug 5 • 13 min
We lament and complain about how moms are always stuck in the middle, mediating between two other family members who clash. Can anyone tell us how to fix this (since running away from home isn’t an option right now)?
What We’re Watching: World of Dance Duels 4 and Veronica Mars “Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner”
Aug 4 • 20 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, World of Dance wrapped up the junior division duels with another talented rubber band, a semi-professional (?) hip-hop duo, and a troupe with a teen who’s getting taller before our eyes. On to the…
Household Hacks Making Us Happy
Aug 3 • 10 min
It’s important to celebrate tiny victories when they happen, so here are our tales of upcycling, repairing, and cleaning success to inspire you. We owe it all (well, most of it) to YouTube. Mentioned: Cleaning expert Vanesa Amaro on TikTok…
Speed-Round Sunday: Not So Cool Anymore
Aug 2 • 4 min
We consider the degree to which the cool things of our youth — Walkman! Stirrup pants! The Seventies! — have not fared well with time.
Second-Listen Saturday: Balking About Talking About Money
Aug 1 • 18 min
We talk about the weird ways having money, not having money, spending money, and not spending money can all make you feel ashamed. What’s up with that?
Roundabout Roundup: Mophie Wireless Charging Pad, Goldbelly, and Family Secrets
Jul 31 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: In her continuing series on Apple products and accessories, Terri shouts out Mophie’s handy wireless charging pad [https://www.zagg.com/en_us/wireless-charging-base-single-coil-apple-2019]. Nicole is dreaming about what…
Trendspotting Across the Generations
Jul 30 • 14 min
When it comes to following—or even just noticing—trends, we find that our kids care a heck of a lot less than we did. But we’re not necessarily taking that as a win.
Vanishing Victuals
Jul 29 • 13 min
We’re so grateful that we have the means to feed our families. We’re just not sure how it is that they are eating so much. ​It may be time for a padlock on the pantry.
What We’re Watching: World of Dance Duels 3 and Veronica Mars “Rat Saw God”
Jul 28 • 22 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, the duels continue on World of Dance with the junior division. That means teeny, tiny Savannah Manzel took on the caped ballroom troupe, the contemporary trio MDC3 faced off against a Japanese group, and two…
Family Bonding
Jul 27 • 12 min
It’s easy to bond with little kids, or it least it seems that way now that we’re looking back. But we’ve found ways to bond with our teens and young adults, too, even as the pandemic narrows and changes our world.
Speed-Round Sunday: Weird Food Combinations
Jul 26 • 4 min
We’re not afraid to say we like these weird foods. Hear us justify our appreciation of rice cakes with margarine, Brussels sprouts, and Vegemite.
Second-Listen Saturday: The Ready-for-Kids Checklist
Jul 25 • 20 min
We ask: How did you know you were ready for kids? And once you knew, did the universe help you out, or smack you around a little first?
Roundabout Roundup: Apple Magic Trackpad, Roomba, and Apple Card
Jul 24 • 9 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole discovered that the Apple Magic trackpad helps you look your best on video calls [https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MJ2R2LL/A/magic-trackpad-2-silver]. Catherine is entertained by her new Roomba…
Mom Confessions
Jul 23 • 10 min
We admit it: Sometimes moms behave badly. We confess a few of our recent sins and ask for absolution in what will certainly not be a recurring feature. We’re all done making mistakes now!
The Slow, Bumpy Road to Independence
Jul 22 • 12 min
Helping kids learn independence is never easy. We share some wins, losses, and in-progresses to remind ourselves that this stuff takes time (and trial and error).
What We’re Watching: World of Dance Duels 2 and Veronica Mars “Blast from the Past”
Jul 21 • 18 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2: World of Dance returned from an unexplained hiatus with another round of duels, along with the redemption round for the upper division. We’re sorry to see Styles and Emma go, because… wow. Next: Duels continue…
Pandemic Decision-Making
Jul 20 • 14 min
The disruptions of the global pandemic mean making tough decisions about work and school with ever-changing information. It’s hard for adults, and much, much harder for teens and their parents.
Speed Round: Have You Ever Been on a Cruise?
Jul 19 • 4 min
We recall some cruises we have experienced, both life-changing and nausea-inducing, and wonder if we’d still enjoy them as much today.
Second-Listen Saturday: Teens and Screens
Jul 18 • 15 min
We are very live-and-let-live when it comes to kids and technology, but we wonder whether teens need to have better manners when it comes to their phones. (Mentioned: A Round 2 [https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18922638] in which a mother-son argument is…
Roundabout Roundup: Despair.com, Subpar Parks, and Manhattan Beach
Jul 17 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri recommends Despair.com for a daily dose of snark [https://despair.com/], and Nicole’s Instagram Minute also brings some gentle sarcasm with @subparparks [https://www.instagram.com/subparparks/]. Catherine suggests…
The Emptying Nest
Jul 16 • 13 min
A month from now, Nicole’s nest will be empty (at least of children; the pets are all staying). She’s obsessing about her next steps, and we’re here to enable that fretting.
Simply Refusing to Simplify
Jul 15 • 11 min
After watching a video on the 10 most important things to simplify [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp9zZHqG3bA], we share our complaints with the minimalist life. You’ll never catch us keeping it simple, thanks to things like “kids” and “jobs” and…
What We’re Reading and Watching: The Heir Affair and Veronica Mars “Green-Eyed Monster”
Jul 14 • 17 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, we promised you the second round of World of Dance duels, but it turns out they’re airing tonight, July 14, so we’ll discuss them next week. Instead, we talked about The Heir Affair, a sequel to The Royal We by…
Smartphone Survey Says: Simmer Down
Jul 13 • 10 min
Using smartphones even in the presence of our children may be smarter than we think, or at least not the “OMG PANIC” we have been led to believe. A recent study [https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200708105939.htm] concluded that “smartphones…
Speed-Round Sunday: Have You Ever Been in a Car Accident?
Jul 12 • 4 min
Following up on our recent crisis chat, which included an account of Nicole’s son’s scary car crash, we talk about some other car accidents in our lives, including an impressively survivable off-a-cliff plummet and a welcoming back-into at the local…
Second-Listen Saturday: Our Casa Is Not Your Casa
Jul 11 • 18 min
We welcome visitors to our homes … sort of. We prefer that they not stay too long, require us to take them to Disneyland, or venture out of their assigned areas.
Roundabout Roundup: Bedsure Bedding, Storyworth, and No Stupid Questions
Jul 10 • 8 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole’s daughter loves her new Bedsure linens [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PWVTWBN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1], which were a bargain but don’t look it (or feel it). Catherine recommends a…
Childproofing for Big Kids
Jul 9 • 12 min
When kids are older, keeping them safe goes way beyond buckling them into a car seat and covering all the electrical outlets. You have to follow them on social media, for example. and figure out a way to make alcohol boring instead of tempting.
Telling Parenting Like It Is
Jul 8 • 13 min
How honest should you be with other parents about your life? Your honesty could really help another parent (see this Instagram post from @FruitsofMotherhood [https://www.instagram.com/p/CCKNYt2gbYc/?igshid=w21pdfee4ca4}). But is telling all betraying your…
What We’re Watching: World of Dance Duels 1 and Hamilton on Disney+
Jul 7 • 20 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, World of Dance moves from Callbacks to Duels, and we’re generally in agreement with the decisions the judges make (plus we’re happy to see tWitch show up as a guest judge).We had planned to discuss season 2,…
Tough Love Advice
Jul 6 • 11 min
A discussion on the Bobby Bones podcast, along with our recent Second-Listen Saturday episode on marriage. prompted us to talk about whether marriage and parenting are hard (um, yes) and whether saying so to newlyweds and new parents is helpful or not.
Speed-Round Sunday: Why People Come to Us for Help
Jul 5 • 3 min
If you want to find something, research something, or maybe get some under-qualified tech support, we’re your girls.
Second-Listen Saturday: Married with Children
Jul 4 • 21 min
We put our combined 68 years of marriage to the test to offer advice and cautionary tales. Mentioned: The trailer for an ABC sitcom, “Splitting Up Together” [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=denqJWOc6Go].
Roundabout Roundup: iPhone SE, what_about_bunny, and Lenox Hill
Jul 3 • 11 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri’s enjoying her new iPhone SE (which is not too big for her dainty hands). Nicole found another adorable dog on Instagram, what_about_bunny, and this one can talk (!) using a tool called Fluent Pet. Catherine binged…
Supporting Stressed-Out Kids
Jul 2 • 14 min
We sure try to help our kids when they feel stressed, but sometimes the result is more stress—for everyone. What do you do about stress-management mismatches?
The Work-Life Seesaw
Jul 1 • 13 min
We’re finding that the he always uneasy “balance” between work and life changes as kids grow. It’s not less difficult; it’s just different.
What We’re Watching: World of Dance Callbacks and Veronica Mars “Cheatty Cheatty Bang Bang”
Jun 30 • 21 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, it was callbacks week on World of Dance, in which we got to see (sort of) 10 groups vie for four spots in the competition. We also got to be dazzled by J-Lo’s collection of blinged-out drinking cups. Next week:…
That First Apartment
Jun 29 • 14 min
As Nicole’s son gets ready to move into his (swanky) first place, we reminisce about a basement in Vancouver, a spacious abode in Kansas City, and an unlocked door in Manhattan.
Speed-Round Sunday: Jobs We’d Be Bad At
Jun 28 • 3 min
We’d like to think we’re good at writing and teaching and maybe even podcasting, but there are some jobs that are just not for us.
Second-Listen Saturday: Dealing With Disappointment
Jun 27 • 16 min
There’s a very fine line between encouragement and overselling, and between our kids’ disappointment and our own. We try to walk it … very carefully. (Shout-out to our live studio audience: Nicole’s dog.)
Roundabout Roundup: How to College, Shiny Pretties on TikTok, and USPS Informed Daily Delivery
Jun 26 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine learned How to College with a new book [https://www.amazon.com/How-College-Before-Youre-There/dp/1250225183/]. Nicole found a nostalgic TikTok account called Shiny Pretties…
The Fancy Life
Jun 25 • 10 min
Prompted by a wonderful Twitter thread [https://twitter.com/Remember_Sarah/status/1273674758756786176], we reminisce about what we thought was fancy when we were kids, and wonder how our kids might respond to the same question.
We Should Have Known Better
Jun 24 • 11 min
A DIY project that didn’t quite get DI-done prompted us to complain about all those times when, as parents, we should have made better decisions—but forged ahead anyway.
What We’re Watching: World of Dance Qualifiers 4 and Veronica Mars “Driver Ed”
Jun 23 • 19 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, the World of Dance judges seemed a little grumpier in week 4 of the qualifiers, but we are still here for this mostly cheery show. Next week: the duels. Mentioned: Posts from Kristyn Burtt on WOD (and its…
Father’s Day vs. Mother’s Day
Jun 22 • 11 min
Let’s just say celebrations differ depending on who’s planning them, as these tweets outline…
Speed-Round Sunday: Our Stage Names
Jun 21 • 5 min
This isn’t one of those name games that uses the name of our childhood street or pet. We’re just wondering whether we’d ditch our last names — which people find unaccountably confusing to pronounce — for something more mellifluous.
Second-Listen Saturday: That’s Gonna Cost You
Jun 20 • 15 min
Teaching kids about money management and family finances is an ongoing project, with good, bad, and ugly lessons all around.
Roundabout Roundup: Blueair Air Purifiers, The Big Flower Fight, Gua Sha Facial Tool
Jun 19 • 10 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, three ways to calm. soothe, and self-care: Terri’s air is cleaner with her new Blueair Blue Pure 411 air purifiers[https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CV1H65W/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1]. Catherine…
Families Share Everything, Even Germs
Jun 18 • 11 min
As this Washington Post article notes, scientific advances like germ theory changed family culture [https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/05/01/germs-parenting-coronavirus/]. Will the current pandemic do the same? Terri thinks the coronavirus is no…
Scary Advice
Jun 17 • 9 min
We take issue with the anonymous person who coined the phrase, “Do something every day that scares you.” We can’t even brush our teeth every day, so give us a break, please!
What We’re Watching: World of Dance Qualifiers 1-3 and Veronica Mars “Normal Is the Watchword”
Jun 16 • 27 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, we check out a new-to-us dance show: World of Dance. So far, so good; we love the variety of dance genres, group sizes, and ages of contestants. We’ll be watching the show on Tuesday nights and discussing it…
Like Brother, Like Sister (or Not)
Jun 15 • 12 min
You’ll always parent your second child differently than your first. After all, they’re different people. And standards slip when you’re tired!
Speed-Round Sunday: How Do You Like Your Clothes to Fit?
Jun 14 • 3 min
Do you like your clothes loose or tight-fitting? ​Maybe because we work at home in sweats and yoga pants, we’re all for comfortable over constricting. But only really sloppy-looking sometimes.
Second-Listen Saturday: Wait for It
Jun 13 • 15 min
When we were handing out awards recently, we should have had a category for Waiting: Best wait, worst wait, longest wait. Wait here, we have more to say about this topic.
Roundabout Roundup: Miserable Men, WW Wins Donations, and Staples
Jun 12 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole’s Instagram Minute returns with @miserable_men [https://wwhttps//instagram.com/miserable_men]. Catherine shouts out food donation via WW, formerly WeightWatchers [https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/wwgood], and…
Let’s Keep Everything on Zoom
Jun 11 • 12 min
We’ve found some big advantages to social distancing, such as abbreviated virtual meetings, curbside pickup shopping, and yard sign celebrations. We’d like to keep them around post-pandemic, please.
Laws of Parenting
Jun 10 • 10 min
A tweet from @momsense_ensues inspired us to list all the many laws of parenting we’ve learned the hard way, like “You can never make a child eat, pee, or sleep.”
What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars Season 1 Finale
Jun 9 • 35 min
We’re just discussing one episode of Veronica Mars today, but what an episode it is. The season 1 finale brings all kinds of revelations (including the huge one Terri predicted), action, and drama, plus the triumphant return of Backup the dog.We can sum…
Pandemic Pets
Jun 8 • 11 min
Pets can really make our time at home happier, as this Facebook post from the Bobby Bones Show notes [https://www.facebook.com/bobbybonesshow/posts/3515360098478669]. We’re even charmed by other people’s pets and by wild animals (but only some of them).
Speed-Round Sunday: What Annoying Habit Bugs You the Most?
Jun 7 • 3 min
Today’s topic: Those things other people do that drive us up a wall. All we’ll say here is, be careful eating around Nicole.
Second-Listen Saturday: Buyer Beware
Jun 6 • 16 min
Spending money is stressful, especially when you need three cars in a few weeks or buy a whole house sight unseen. We did come up with a great idea for HGTV, though. Call us!
Roundabout Roundup: Panasonic Cordless Phone System, Shark Apex Vacuum, and Sips By
Jun 5 • 10 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri found a Panasonic cordless phone system that meets her elusive landline needs, and Nicole’s enjoying vacuuming now that she has a Shark Apex lift-away vacuum cleaner. Catherine shouts out Sips By for all your…
The New Normal
Jun 4 • 11 min
We’re starting to be able to get haircuts and dental cleanings again, and go out to restaurants. But with all the new rules and procedures, we’re not sure we want to.
Lockdown Life Trade-Offs
Jun 3 • 9 min
A survey found that two in five people think they’ve changed for the better due to the pandemic [https://www.studyfinds.org/survey-2-in-5-adults-feel-theyve-changed-for-the-better-thanks-to-coronavirus-lockdown/]. We’re not ready to go that far, although…
What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars “M.A.D.” and “A Trip to the Dentist”
Jun 2 • 22 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, first we have an episode that makes us squeamish because of the way it shames girls and gay people (“M.A.D.”). And then we have one that makes us squeamish because we have to relive Shelly Pomroy’s party via…
Pomp in Unusual Circumstances
Jun 1 • 14 min
Catherine’s daughter virtually graduated, and she gives the report on how it all went, from car parade to YouTube slide show. Mentioned: Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom and her online graduation report [https://www.designmom.com/olives-online-graduation/].
Speed-Round Sunday: Travel Planning
May 31 • 4 min
(This is a flashback to a time when we could travel!) Maybe we’d feel more excited about a carefully planned-out trip if the work of making that happen didn’t always fall to us. As it is … there’s a lot to be said for just seeing what comes, right? Or do…
Second-Listen Saturday: Crisis Management
May 30 • 23 min
We’re lucky that we haven’t faced too many true-crisis situations in our families, but when we do, we tend to be of the “fix it now, fall apart later” type.
Roundabout Roundup: Karens Going Wild, Crown and Paw, and Schaefer Outfitter
May 29 • 9 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole’s Instagram Minute brings us @karensgoingwild (https://www.instagram.com/karensgoingwild/; don’t be a Karen). Catherine is very pleased with her supremely silly pet portraits from Crown and Paw…
Pandemic Parenting Awards
May 28 • 9 min
On our last Second-Listen Saturday, we replayed a discussion about special end-of-the-year awards we think parents should get [https://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/second-listen-saturday-the-award-goes-to]. So today, we’re obsessing about all…
Summer Job Search
May 27 • 10 min
Summer is upon us and we’re stumped. What jobs can our teens or young adults do, when service jobs seem risky (and less available, due to underemployed adults) ? We’re looking for answers, so if you have some, send them our way!
What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars “Weapons of Class Destruction” and “Hot Dogs”
May 26 • 22 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, we’re closing in on the end of season 1 of Veronica Mars, but not without a couple more cases of “Bad Things Happen to Neptune Students We’ve Never Heard Of.” Plus, Terri has an intriguing theory about who…
The Summer of Our Discontent
May 25 • 10 min
It’s Memorial Day, so here comes summer! It’s shaping up to be just as weird as spring was, but with even more angry letters to the editor and Facebook posts.
Speed-Round Sunday: Describe Your High-School Self
May 24 • 4 min
You’ve seen that meme where you answer questions about your senior year in high school, right? There are way too many items on it for a Speed Round, so we focused in on the nerd/jock questions to talk about our high-school identities. What was your high…
Second-Listen Saturday: The Award Goes To…
May 23 • 15 min
We decided that parents aren’t getting enough recognition for all they do (and don’t do), so we’ve come up with some special awards for deserving parental behavior.
Roundabout Roundup: Twenty Thousand Hertz, NatGeoTravel, Amazing Race
May 22 • 4 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri enjoyed the “Pew Pew” episode of the Twenty Thousand Hertz podcast, all about the sounds in the original Star Wars movies [https://www.20k.org/episodes/pewpew]. Nicole’s Instagram Minute brings us the beautiful…
College Coronavirus Conundrum
May 21 • 11 min
As an episode of the Freakonomics podcast outlines [https://freakonomics.com/podcast/covid-19-college/], colleges and universities, and their students and those students’ parents (like Catherine and Nicole), are facing a huge challenge when it comes to…
Smash It Like a Pinata
May 20 • 11 min
After reading about people making coronavirus-shaped pinatas to enjoy smashing them to bits [https://www.clairescreativeadventures.com/lets-smash-the-coronavirus-with-art-diy-coronavirus-pinata/], we talked about all the other things (so many things) we’d…
What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars “Betty and Veronica” and “Kanes and Abel’s”
May 19 • 17 min
These two episodes of Veronica Mars were quite a combo platter of silly high school plots (mascot-stealing in “Betty and Veronica”; petty harassment in “Kanes and Abel’s”) and some pretty major progress toward solving the mystery of who killed Lilly…
In the Driver’s Seat
May 18 • 12 min
This new reality may be driving us crazy, but lockdown accommodations have gone too far when kids can get driver’s licenses without passing a real, in-person road-test. Not even virtual reality can solve every pandemic problem! Mentioned: The movie…
Speed-Round Sunday: Junk Phone Calls
May 17 • 4 min
Today’s a mini-rant day for just complaining about the constant calls we get from telemarketers and scammers. Leave us alone! Do we have to just stop answering the phone? How annoyed are you by junk calls these days?
Second-Listen Saturday: Reading, Writing, and Ranting
May 16 • 12 min
When we read a Popsugar post about a mom’s Facebook Live rant on her son’s school’s disgusting bathrooms [https://www.popsugar.com/moms/Mom-Facebook-Live-Video-Dirty-School-Bathrooms-43316063?ref=42927967], we knew we could come up with some good stuff to…
Roundabout Roundup: American Hedgehog Warrior, Doug the Pug, and TV (The Book)
May 15 • 5 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine shouts out Pepper, the American Hedgehog Warrior [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP0WAdmY0EEnfV2YFJ8Rfbw/videos], and her merch. Nicole’s Instagram Minute offers @itsdougthepug…
Commemorating Lockdown Life
May 14 • 10 min
As with every other event in American life, the Covid-19 pandemic comes with merchandise, and lots of it. Do you have any? Do you want any? Would you buy some from us? Mentioned: The Shop Forward [https://www.theshopforward.com/collections/corona], Jenny…
Household Goods to Give Away
May 13 • 12 min
The pandemic has given us extra time to look around our homes and realize how much stuff we’re holding on to that we don’t need. What have you got that would make a good giveaway?
What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars “Mars vs. Mars” and “Ruskie Business”
May 12 • 23 min
Now that Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist has wrapped up for the season, we’re doubling up on Veronica Mars. This week’s episodes featured good detecting, but poor judgement, on Veronica’s part—along with the arrival of Alyson Hannigan as Logan’s sister,…
Pop-Culture Moms in Quarantine
May 11 • 11 min
In honor of Mother’s Day, we decided to check in on some of favorite TV and movie moms and see how they might handle being locked down during a pandemic (like, how does Marge Simpson maintain that beehive without salon visits?).
Speed-Round Sunday: Stores We Wish Existed
May 10 • 3 min
Catherine’s “grocery fair” typo already gave us inspiration for a discussion of fantasy school fundraisers, and now we extend that to any sort of store we wish existed. “Try before you buy” seems to be a common theme of our retail dreams. What sort of…
Second-Listen Saturday: The Delicate Art of Delegating
May 9 • 19 min
Terri had a major meltdown about a potential delegation fail, which got us wondering (and whining) about why it’s so hard to hand off responsibilities to other members of our households.
Roundabout Roundup: Dad Notes, Unite Here Health, and “And Then They Stopped Talking to Me”
May 8 • 10 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole’s Instagram Minute offers @d.a.d.n.o.t.e.s [https://www.instagram.com/d.a.d.n.o.t.e.s/], a sweet collection of lunchbox notes. Terri’s grateful to the team at @uniteherehealth on Twitter…
Virtual Pomp and Circumstance
May 7 • 13 min
Now that her daughter’s high school will be offering a virtual graduation ceremony, Catherine is looking for ways to make watching the event feel special. For one thing, there will be a no-sweatpants dress code.
Lockdown Breakdown (Appliance Edition)
May 6 • 11 min
Just when we need them most, our household appliances seem to be protesting by falling apart. We’re down half a dishwasher, a smoke alarm, a microwave, a stand mixer, and worst of all, a coffee maker.
What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Dad” and Veronica Mars “Lord of the Bling”
May 5 • 26 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, we finished the season of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist with “Zoey’s Extraordinary Dad.” The season finale somehow tied up all loose ends while also leaving us confused about what just happened and what might…
Pandemic Rebates
May 4 • 12 min
Car insurers are compensating drivers for not driving, and colleges are refunding (at least some) room and board costs from abruptly cancelled sessions. Who else owes us some money?
Speed-Round Sunday: Embarrassing Tech Mistakes
May 3 • 3 min
As much as we love our computers and devices and online opportunities, it’s hard not to think sometimes that things were simpler when we couldn’t accidentally video ourselves or e-mail snark to the one person we didn’t want to see it. On today’s Speed…
Second-Listen Saturday: Change Is Hard
May 2 • 19 min
We try to keep things steady and stress-free for the kiddos, but there’s not much we can do about the routine-busting disruptiveness of a parent’s job loss or change.
Roundabout Roundup: Project Runway, Comments by Celebs, and Tomato Timer
May 1 • 6 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole’s Instagram Minute offers @commentsbycelebs, [https://www.instagram.com/commentsbycelebs/] because celebs are just like us: They comment on their friends’ Instagram posts. Catherine suggests the pleasant…
Cheering Up While Locking Down
Apr 30 • 11 min
Social isolation means anxiety, discouragement, and disappointment, but we’re finding some ways to cheer ourselves up (most of them involve food and drink). Mentioned: How to have a virtual game night at Chris Loves Julia…
Pre-Pandemic Peeves
Apr 29 • 12 min
We know life has changed forever because of the coronavirus outbreak. And that might be a good thing, if we never have to exchange awkward hugs and kisses with acquaintances again.
What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Mother” and Veronica Mars “Clash of the Tritons”
Apr 28 • 20 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist had an extraordinary guest star (Bernadette Peters!) and continued to under-use another extraordinary guest, Renee Elise Goldsberry. Next: The season finale, “Zoey’s…
Creative College Perks
Apr 27 • 10 min
Thanks to the pandemic, the tables have turned: Instead of students pleading to be admitted to the colleges of their choice, universities are now scrambling for students. They have some ideas for incentives…
Speed-Round Sunday: Skills We’d Love to Learn
Apr 26 • 3 min
Catherine’s noticing of crafting moms on a skate-team bus made her think of what she’d like to learn how to do, and ask the rest of us for our skill wishes. Music and maintenance are at the top of our list. What’s on yours?
Second-Listen Saturday: Accentuate the Negative
Apr 25 • 11 min
We worry about a Time article [http://time.com/4604907/parents-dont-get-how-negative-they-seem-to-their-teenagers/] on the negative spin our kids may be putting on our helpful advice and support. Can we win? No, we cannot.
Roundabout Roundup: It’s Abandoned, Social Tea Biscuits, and Here for It
Apr 24 • 6 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole’s Instagram Minute offers @itsabandoned, a beautifully creepy account showing abandoned places [https://www.instagram.com/itsabandoned/]. Terri suggests Social Tea Biscuits…
Teens in the Time of Coronavirus
Apr 23 • 11 min
Opinions on what the current lockdown is doing to teens (especially high school seniors) range from “worst tragedy” to “will make a good story one day” to “don’t throw them a pity party!” We share ours, which you won’t be surprised to find are somewhere…
Locked Down with the Ones We Love
Apr 22 • 13 min
All this family together time is great. Just great! It’s a Norman Rockwell painting up in here every day. (Help!​)
What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Outburst” and Veronica Mars “Silence of the Lamb”
Apr 21 • 20 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, Zoey returns with an “Extraordinary Outburst.” This translates into rather a lot of yelling, but there’s also a lot of singing and dancing. We’ll take that as a win. Next: “Zoey’s Extraordinary…
Quarantine Regrets
Apr 20 • 14 min
Hindsight is 20/20 when it comes to the Great Staying Home of 2020. If we knew then what we knew now, we might have made some changes and some special purchases, big and small. Mentioned: “My coronavirus recovery mistake was watching Tiger King.”…
Speed-Round Sunday: Small House or Big Apartment
Apr 19 • 4 min
We debate a bit as to whether today’s Would You Rather question on where we’d rather live is about size of abode, freedom from yard work, or sharing walls with strangers. However we frame the question, though, we’ve got opinions. What would yours be? ​
Second-Listen Saturday: Sleepy and Sleepless
Apr 18 • 12 min
Reports on early school times for teens and whether it works against their actually, you know, learning things inspired us to chat about sleep patterns — our kids’ and our own. Or maybe, in the second case, “lack of sleep” patterns would be more…
Roundabout Roundup: Brian Grubb, Anxious Moms, Sparknotes, and Social Distancing Rules
Apr 17 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Twitter and Instagram feeds to cheer you during unprecedented times. Catherine chose @briancgrubb on Twitter, Nicole shouted out @anxiousmoms on Instagram, and Terri recommended @sparknotes and @quarantinerules on…
Surprising Things We Miss
Apr 16 • 9 min
A segment on the Poscast podcast about annoying things we miss during this period of social distancing inspired us to obsess about how we’d answer the same question. Who knew we’d miss driving, or traffic, or normal grocery shopping, to name a few?
Non-Coronavirus Complaints
Apr 15 • 16 min
For a change of pace, we decided to change the subject of today’s Round 3 and focus on some non-pandemic-related complaints. We think everyone is pretty clear on what those are. But dental work, customer service, and bureaucracy whines are evergreen.
What We’re Watching: One Day at a Time Season 4 and Veronica Mars “An Echolls Family Christmas”
Apr 14 • 15 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist took an extraordinary week off, so we checked in with one of our past watches: One Day at a Time, now relaunched on PopTV after Netflix inexplicably cancelled it. All our faves and…
How We Celebrate Now
Apr 13 • 12 min
Since we’ve been sheltering at home due to the pandemic, we’ve had several birthdays and now Easter to observe. While the pressure’s off to host a big party, the pressure’s ON to make sure that special occasions still feel special. Mentioned: Jesus Christ…
Speed-Round Sunday: What’s in the Trunk of Your Car?
Apr 12 • 4 min
Peek in our car trunks, and what will you find? Let’s just say that we’re safe from earthquakes and starvation, but we’re stumped when it comes to storing spare tires or removing dog hair. What’s in your trunk?
Second-Listen Saturday: Daughters and Dating
Apr 11 • 17 min
Our daughters don’t much want to hear our advice about dating, and maybe it’s just as well, because we’re not even sure whether dating’s a thing anymore, or whether “a thing” is dating, or why you can’t ask someone to a dance without roses and guinea…
Roundabout Roundup: TaxAct, Kale Salad, and Fountains of Wayne on NPR
Apr 10 • 6 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Nicole’s Instagram Minute brings us @kalesalad (https://www.instagram.com/kalesalad/; yes, Nicole recommended something with the words “kale” and “salad” in it!). Terri shouts out TaxAct [https://www.taxact.com/] for…
The Slightly Brighter Side
Apr 9 • 11 min
While there are really no pros to this pandemic, we are still trying to count our blessings, from health and shelter for our families to saving on gas and getting our walks in.
Social Distance Rules and Regulations
Apr 8 • 12 min
We want to follow the rules to keep everyone safe, but some social contact does seem essential. And also: Zoom, don’t fail us now [https://www.npr.org/2020/04/03/826129520/a-must-for-millions-zoom-has-a-dark-side-and-an-fbi-warning]! Mentioned: A NJ.com…
What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Silence” and Veronica Mars “Drinking the Kool-Aid”
Apr 7 • 28 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Silence” really did bring something extraordinary: a dance featuring American Sign Language and deaf performers. Bravo! Mentioned: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend song round-ups in memory of Adam…
Taking Stock of the Shopping Situation
Apr 6 • 11 min
We report in on what we have, what we don’t have, and what we might have stocked up on had we known we should be doing that.
Speed-Round Sunday: Our Least Favorite Errand
Apr 5 • 4 min
Groceries. Bank. Post Office. Bills. We lament some of our least-favorite errands, both out and about (we originally recorded this when we could actually go out and about) and online. What errands do you most hate (or love, for that matter)?
Second-Listen Saturday: What They’re Good At
Apr 4 • 15 min
An experienced mom recently told Catherine that she felt it was important for kids to have a talent, skill, interest, hobby — whatever — that they know they are good at. We certainly do agree, and yet … as with so many things about parenting, it’s easier…
Roundabout Roundup: Online Isolation Options, One Funny Mommy, What’s Wrong With Your Dog
Apr 3 • 4 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, online entertainment galore: Catherine shares writer Melisa Wells’s updated-daily list, Creative Ways to Connect and Learn While Social Distancing…
Safe-at-Home Socializing
Apr 2 • 12 min
It’s hard to stay connected while also staying socially distant, but our kids and communities are getting creative. We’d love to hear how your family is bridging the gap between keeping safe and keeping in touch.
Social Distance Discord
Apr 1 • 11 min
Social isolation judginess is all the rage, but are we judging those who are doing it wrong or judging the judgers?
What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Glitch” and Veronica Mars “Like a Virgin”
Mar 31 • 21 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Glitch” was, as predicted, that instead of hearing songs and seeing dances, Zoey was now performing them herself. So we got lots of fun dances, but the downside: No Neighbor Mo to help…
Quarantine Quests
Mar 30 • 13 min
Inspired by a slippery stairs competition (that ESPN has to air because there are no other sports), we talk about what records our family is going for as we shelter in place: Most chocolate chips used, best Coronavirus Scurry while walking, deepest…
Speed-Round Sunday: Your First Car
Mar 29 • 4 min
Our first cars were largely large—​the ones we learned to drive on, anyway. The first cars we bought were smaller, possibly explosive, and in one case not purchased until after marriage and family. ​
Second-Listen Saturday: We Don’t Get Out Much
Mar 28 • 13 min
On Second-Listen Saturday, we share some fun moments from past episodes for your weekend listening pleasure. This one’s from a time when staying in was actually optional. Thanks to social media, it’s all too easy to get the illusion of a social life…
Roundabout Roundup: Paint-by-Number Kits, The Tonight Show, Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels
Mar 27 • 6 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, stuff to do, eat, and watch while you’re stuck at home. Nicole recommends paint-by-number projects, Catherine suggests Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels (https://dotspretzels.com/; from North Dakota, not Maryland!), and Terri’s…
Quarantining with Kids
Mar 26 • 12 min
Life under house arrest is hard for adults. Add little kids into the mix and the degree of difficulty goes up considerably. This is your permission slip to skip structure (and constant sanitizing) and just do what works for your family.
College Re-Entry Complications
Mar 25 • 12 min
It’s hard enough for kids to make the transition from college life back to the family home under normal circumstances. When they have to do it under the threat of COVID-19, it’s an even rougher re-entry.
What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Confession” and Veronica Mars “The Girl Next Door”
Mar 24 • 22 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2: We got some heavy, heart-to-heart talks on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, but also lots of singing and dancing, up to and including an actual flash mob. Mentioned: The Good Place Podcast. Next: “Zoey’s…
Social Distancing, So Far
Mar 23 • 13 min
We check in on life under lockdown in California, New Jersey, and the Midwest. We’re united in our lack of toilet paper and our surplus of people in our space while we try to work.
Speed-Round Sunday: First Thing in the Morning
Mar 22 • 2 min
Shower? Breakfast? Paper? Yelling at kids to hurry up and get ready for school? There are all sorts of ways to start your day, but it shouldn’t surprise you that ours involve electronics and dogs. What do you do first thing?
Second-Listen Saturday: Sweating the Small Stuff
Mar 21 • 13 min
Borrowing a refrain from the Extra Hot Great podcast, we declare “I am not a crackpot” when we insist that buffets must have more than one item, Terri’s dishwasher is freakin’ LOUD, and teachers ought to, you know, like children.
Roundabout Roundup: My Sister the Serial Killer, Pretzel Pop Tarts, BestofNextDoor
Mar 20 • 6 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine recommends the book My Sister the Serial Killer [https://www.amazon.com/My-Sister-Serial-Killer-Novel/dp/0525564209/] (it’s not what you think), while Terri suggests snacking on Pretzel Pop Tarts…
Be Our Guest (Or Not)
Mar 19 • 10 min
We like the idea of houseguests, as long as they’re very occasional. And don’t stay too long. And don’t mind doing some cleaning and minor repairs while they’re here.
Follow Our Advice, Not Your Passion
Mar 18 • 11 min
Just like this writer at Grown and Flown [https://grownandflown.com/rethink-follow-your-passion/], we have some issues with the career advice that urges seekers to “follow their passion.” Because sometimes your passion just isn’t a job, and sometimes you…
What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Night Out” and Veronica Mars “Return of the Kane”
Mar 17 • 17 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, Zoey has an Extraordinary Night Out, with an extraordinary amount of singing and dancing (yay). Next on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: “Zoey’s Extraordinary Confession.” On Veronica Mars’s “Return of the Kane,”…
Everything Except This Podcast Is Cancelled
Mar 16 • 11 min
Since the coronavirus is definitely the only thing anyone is talking about, we talked about it too. But this was way back on Wednesday, March 11. Things have definitely changed since then: Two of Terri’s family members were laid off from work, Catherine’s…
Speed-Round Sunday: The Condition of Our Couches
Mar 15 • 4 min
Our couches get a workout, between dogs and kids and grown-ups who fall asleep there. We assess the sorry state of our sofas and congratulate Nicole on her shiny new, though still problematic, addition to the furniture family. What shape is your couch in?
Second-Listen Saturday: Whose Grade Is It Anyway?
Mar 14 • 12 min
Sure, we like our kids to do well in school. But should parents be obsessing about their kids’ grades? And fighting every dent in the GPA? And crowing about great grades on Facebook? We’re trying for that A in laid-back parenting, but it’s a super-hard…
Roundabout Roundup: Fruits of Motherhood, TENS Units, The Stranger
Mar 13 • 8 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole’s back with another funny, inspiring Instagram account: Fruits of Motherhood [https://www.instagram.com/fruitsofmotherhood/]. Catherine discovered a miracle-worker for her daughter’s painfully tight muscles, the…
Turning Negative Self-Talk Around
Mar 12 • 10 min
When kids say something like “I’m stupid,” a parent’s first instinct is to tell them they’re wrong. But in this case, our instincts are, well, wrong and stupid. What’s the best way to help kids who are down on themselves? Mentioned: The “growth mindset”…
This Grading System Gets an F
Mar 11 • 13 min
It’s time for one of our trademark rants, and this time we target a school grading system that is confusing, impractical, and just generally a nightmare for students and parents (and we’re guessing for teachers too). We give it an F.
What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Failure” and Veronica Mars “You Think You Know Somebody”
Mar 10 • 17 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: On Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Failure” seems to be betraying her brother, but for us it’s the lack of production numbers and laughs. Next: “Zoey’s Extraordinary Night Out.” On…
Which Generation Gets Parenting Right?
Mar 9 • 10 min
Who’s the better parent, you or your own mom or dad? After we read about a survey that asked parents this question [https://www.studyfinds.org/survey-3-in-4-parents-believe-theyre-better-moms-dads-than-their-own-folks/], we had to jump in with our…
Speed-Round Sunday: Curtains or Blinds?
Mar 8 • 3 min
We all agree that covering your windows is important (though some of Nicole’s neighbors? Not so much). But what are we covering them with? Blinds? Fresh new curtains? Old dirty curtains? Maybe a bedsheet in a pinch?
Second-Listen Saturday: Potted-Plant Parenting
Mar 7 • 16 min
It should come as no surprise that teens want their parents to be available but not intrusive. A New York Times article [http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/14/well/family/what-do-teenagers-want-potted-plant-parents.html?_r=1] considers that a good thing, but…
Roundabout Roundup: Alex & Ani, TikTok, Abandoned Republic
Mar 6 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine shouts out the Alex & Ani store in Cranston, RI, for giving her daughter’s team the VIP treatment. Nicole’s keeping up with the kids on TikTok, while Terri is reliving her youthful love of Banana Republic on…
Our Parenting Mantra
Mar 5 • 10 min
Go read the caption on this adorable photo James Van Der Beek posted on Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/p/B9CRnBQprAu/], then come back here for our discussion of just how right we think this dad of five gets it. He’s probably been listening to our…
Voluntary Retirement
Mar 4 • 11 min
Catherine’s about to enter semi-retirement from all her sports mom volunteer jobs, and Terri and Nicole are already there. We wonder what we’ll find to complain about now!
What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Neighbor” and Veronica Mars “The Wrath of Con”
Mar 3 • 16 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: On Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Zoey’s powers get her in trouble with neighbor Mo, and we trade growing complexity of plot (thumbs up) for big production numbers (thumbs down). Next: “Zoey’s Extraordinary…
Heirloom Hassles
Mar 2 • 11 min
Last week’s mention of “The Repair Shop” [https://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/roundabout-roundup-apple-music-playlists-sheraton-hotels-linens-the-repair-shop] got us talking about family heirlooms: What we have, what we care about, what we…
Speed-Round Sunday: One Thing You’d Change About Your Appearance
Mar 1 • 2 min
We hope you’re not surrounded by people who make you feel like something’s wrong with you. But come to think of it, there might be something we’d like to change about our appearance, just if we could do so magically, no big deal. Not to be ungrateful or…
Second-Listen Saturday: The Doctor Will See You Now
Feb 29 • 11 min
Do your kids represent themselves to their pediatrician, or are you the one doing all the talking? How can you transition teens and young adults to self-advocacy so you can be released from the room where it happens (and the pressure of being the family…
Roundabout Roundup: Apple Music Playlists, Sheraton Hotels Linens, The Repair Shop
Feb 28 • 6 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri enjoys listening to and creating playlists on Apple Music (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207542 or follow her at temauro [https://music.apple.com/profile/temauro]). Nicole enjoyed some restful sleep thanks to…
Tell Me You Love Me
Feb 27 • 10 min
How do you cope when you and your kids have a different idea about the ideal frequency of saying, or hearing, the words “I love you”? We obsess about what’s enough, too much, and just right.
Why Parents Never Get a Break on Bedtime
Feb 26 • 10 min
This article on parents staying up too late (in an attempt to get some kid-free time) got us complaining about how the bedtime struggles never really end when kids get older…
What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Boss” and Veronica Mars “Meet John Smith”
Feb 25 • 24 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist delivered a little less singing and a lot less dancing than we’d like, in “Zoey’s Extraordinary Boss.” We’re hoping next week’s “Zoey’s Extraordinary Neighbor” brings back the…
Checking Up on Checking In
Feb 24 • 13 min
After reading about this mom, who checks in with other parents when her teen goes to their homes [https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/teenagers/i-dont-care-if-other-parents-dont-do-i-do/], we talked about whether we do the same (or do…
Speed-Round Sunday: How Much Do You Pay for a Haircut?
Feb 23 • 3 min
Today’s question asks about how much we can bear to pay for hair cutting (and styling and coloring and what-all). Looking at our pictures, perhaps you can guess who among us cuts her own hair in order to avoid the $20 fee at the cheapest haircut place. Do…
Second-Listen Saturday: When Teasing Is All in the Family
Feb 22 • 12 min
When one loving parent thinks that gentle teasing is the best way to help a child get used to the way others may joke around, and the other loving parent knows that even gentle teasing is unappreciated by said child and should be cut out immediately, you…
Roundabout Roundup: Wahl Pet Deodorant, Plackers Flossers, Luden’s Wild Cherry Cough Drops
Feb 21 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole found a smelly-dog solution in Wahl Deodorizing and Refreshing Pet Deodorant [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GZQYKWW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1], Catherine is stockpiling a lifetime…
Life Skill Blind Spots
Feb 20 • 11 min
A tweet from @jdesmondharris on weird little things we just can’t manage to do got us obsessing about our own life skill failings, from legitimate flossing to whistling to following a recipe. What can you just not​ do?
The First Rule of Admin Club
Feb 19 • 12 min
You know all those annoying life admin tasks you have to do, like paying bills, filling out forms, and doing your taxes? We’re ready to handle them book-club style, with friends, coffee (or wine, pick your poison), and commiseration. Except Nicole. She’s…
What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Best Friend” and Veronica Mars “Credit Where Credit’s Due”
Feb 18 • 23 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: On Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist ​(“Zoey’s Extraordinary Best Friend”), Zoey tries to untangle the whys and hows of her power, and then thinks better of it. This is a good strategy for the viewing audience…
Why We Still Say “Good Job”
Feb 17 • 11 min
Yes, we’ve heard the mantra about praising effort, not outcome, and we get why it’s important. But we still think there’s a time and a place for a good old “Way to go!”
Speed Round Sunday: How Expensive Is Your Shampoo?
Feb 16 • 3 min
Continuing on our grooming theme from last week, we look at shampoos and wonder how much is appropriate to spend. Our preferences range from pricey salon selections to the bottom of the supermarket barrel. How much do you spend on shampoo?
Second-Listen Saturday: Clashes with Coaches
Feb 15 • 17 min
Your kid made the team—hooray! Your family is putting loads of money and time into making your athlete successful — yay! go! And then the coach bullies your child in a way you wouldn’t tolerate from any other human on the planet. Do you quietly take one…
Roundabout Roundup: Love Notes for Special Parents, Pups of UPS, The Farewell
Feb 14 • 6 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Since it’s Valentine’s Day, check out Terri’s Love Notes for Special Parents [https://www.byterrimauro.com/]. Nicole’s loving the Instagram account Pups of UPS [https://www.instagram.com/pupsofups/], and Catherine…
No Love for Valentine’s Day
Feb 13 • 10 min
We’re so glad to be past the Classroom Valentines stage of life, but we still have plenty of suggestions for how Valentine’s Day could be improved. For one thing, let’s keep kids out of it!
Ghostbusted
Feb 12 • 11 min
We complain about ghosting (new name, old phenomenon) but also concede that sometimes, we’d like an “unfollow” feature IRL.
What We’re Watching: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and Veronica Mars
Feb 11 • 21 min
With both of our TV watches over (sniff), we’ve lined up two replacements. First up, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, a high-concept drama that involved enough singing, dancing, and Mary Steenburgen to convince us to watch episode 2 (“Zoey’s Extraordinary…
Stuff We’ve (Not Quite) Stopped Caring About
Feb 10 • 12 min
When we read this list of 7 Things Moms of Teens Don’t Give a Crap About [https://grownandflown.com/moms-teens-dont-care-about/], we discovered we actually still do give a crap—especially when it comes to being friendly with our kids’ friends.
Speed Round Sunday: Bar Soap vs. Body Wash
Feb 9 • 2 min
On today’s speed round, we debate the merits of good old-fashioned bar soap vs. fancy and fragrant body wash. It was two against one, but you’ll have to listen to find out which won out. Do you have a shower-soap preference?
Second-Listen Saturday: Parenting Burnout
Feb 8 • 11 min
Our podcast is dedicated to the topics parents complain about, so we thought we’d discuss what can happen when you’re just overwhelmed with how much work parenting can be — physically, logistically, emotionally. Do you ever feel burned out as a parent?…
Roundabout Roundup: Luggage Check, Influencers in the Wild, Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice Herbal Tea
Feb 7 • 5 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Catherine makes the case for checking luggage when you fly (mentioned: her shout-out of Wheresmysuitcase.com…
Parenting Points Challenge
Feb 6 • 9 min
Just about any reality competition or game show would be way more challenging if you had kids in tow, so shouldn’t we be earning cash prizes and bedroom sets for everything we do each day?
Flaky Friends
Feb 5 • 10 min
On today’s Round 3, we’re complaining about friends who postpone plans again and again, and about how to teach our kids not to be those people.
What We’re Watching and Listening To: Good Place “Whenever You’re Ready” and West Wing Weekly “Tomorrow”
Feb 4 • 17 min
We weren’t, in fact, ready, but both of our show watches have come to an end. The Good Place’s series finale, “Whenever You’re Ready,” brought the series to a satisfying conclusion (Terri needed some convincing, but she got there). We appreciated the…
Vacation Reentry
Feb 3 • 12 min
When you return home after a vacation or some other disruption to your routine, do you unpack and re-combobulate immediately? Do you shove your suitcase in a corner and ignore it for a week? Or do you freeze, overwhelmed and unable to decide what to…
Speed Round Sunday: How Faithfully Do You Go to the Dentist?
Feb 2 • 5 min
Terri’s having a fight with her dentist. Nicole’s always shopping around for a better one. Catherine lives in dread of being sent back to the gum surgeon. We’re doing our best here to honor the concept of dentistry, but it’s complicated. Are you a…
Second-Listen Saturday: School (Mis)Communication
Feb 1 • 16 min
Catherine got a worrisome letter from her daughter’s school, and the fact that it turned out to be part of a giant clerical error didn’t keep her from wondering if there shouldn’t be a better way to deliver big bad news than a cold white piece of snail…
Roundabout Roundup: Wardrobe Tip, Revlon Hot Air Brush, Caulipower Pizza
Jan 31 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Terri has an organizational tip that helps you give older clothes some love. Meanwhile, Nicole’s loving her new Revlon one-step hair dryer and volumizer hot air brush…
Keeping Up with Family Rituals
Jan 30 • 11 min
When our kids were small, we couldn’t wait to get beyond hours-long bedtime routines and driving them all over the place. But now, we kinda miss those times—and enjoy revisiting them once in a while.
Maker of All Calls
Jan 29 • 12 min
On today’s episode, we complain about the division of household labor that puts us squarely in charge of all telephone transactions. Why, oh why, can’t anyone else in our house ever place a call?
What We’re Watching: Good Place “Patty” and West Wing “Tomorrow”
Jan 28 • 21 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: After watching “Patty,” the penultimate episode of The Good Place, Terri’s hoping for one more holy-mother-forking-shirtballs twist to make the show work for her. Next week: “Whenever You’re Ready.”On The…
Family-Watching
Jan 27 • 10 min
We talk about ourselves and our families a lot on this podcast. But off the air, we’re talking about other families we encounter out in the wild. Mentioned: Ellen Seidman’s blog, Love That Max [https://www.lovethatmax.com/].
Speed Round Sunday: What Natural Disasters Do You Deal With?
Jan 26 • 4 min
Earthquakes. Fires. Tornadoes. Floods. Hurricanes. Hurricane panics. We’ve seen ‘em all, and in some cases bought the insurance. What is Mother Nature up to in your part of the world?
Second-Listen Saturday: A Kinder Kind of Kid
Jan 25 • 19 min
A Washington Post article about the science of why your child is such an entitled brat…
Roundabout Roundup: Air Fryer, WW Snacks, Bolthouse Smoothies
Jan 24 • 9 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Catherine is cautiously optimistic about air frying (in this Breville Smart Oven [https://www.breville.com/us/en/products/ovens/bov900.html]), and Terri is enjoying lemon cookie mini bars…
Long-Distance Birthday Celebrations
Jan 23 • 11 min
Nicole had to deliver a birthday celebration to her away-at-college daughter, which got us obsessing about how we celebrate special days for special people in our lives, whether they are near or far.
Activity Annoyances
Jan 22 • 12 min
Yes, we know kids should be involved in activities, but does it have to be so hard to make time for practices/games/meetings/events, and transport everyone to and fro? (And the parking. Oh, the parking!)
What We’re Watching: Good Place “Mondays, Am I Right? and West Wing “Institutional Memory”
Jan 21 • 17 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, we’re charging toward the finish line with both of our shows. Our heroes are suddenly ballooning into the afterlife on The Good Place, and on The West Wing, we dive deeply and swoonily into the post-White…
All or Niksen
Jan 20 • 11 min
When we read about the Dutch concept of niksen, or basically doing nothing [https://www.scarymommy.com/we-all-need-niksen/], we had to talk about whether we can actually single-task, let alone zero-task.
Speed Round Sunday: Do You Ever Make Your Own Clothes?
Jan 19 • 3 min
Hobbies like sewing, knitting, and crocheting theoretically have as their end product something somebody can wear. For today’s question, we wanted to see if any of us are quite that industrious. Maybe our moms were, and maybe our daughters, but us? Listen…
Second-Listen Saturday: Their Own Two Feet
Jan 18 • 19 min
Kids will never learn how to survive failure if we don’t let them fail, sure, we know that, absolutely, and yet, who wants to stand back and let your kid fail? We’re finding the not intervening thing to be easier said than done, but on occasion we do…
Roundabout Roundup: Images of Canada, Wisconsin Life, Healthwarehouse.com
Jan 17 • 5 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Nicole loves the beautiful pictures of her home country at Images of Canada on Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/imagesofcanada/]. Catherine is shouting out Wisconsin Public Television’s shout-out to her daughter’s…
Daily Leaps of Faith
Jan 16 • 11 min
Sending our kids out into the big wide world everyday is tough, especially when we know all the little things they don’t quite know or aren’t quite good at. So how do we do it? We’ll meet you in the surveillance van. Bring some snacks.
Unhelpful Helping
Jan 15 • 11 min
To quote Free to Be You and Me, “Some kind of help is the kind of help we all can do without.” Specifically, when we ask for help, we would like to be relieved of the mental burden of whatever it is you’re helping us with. Please!
What We’re Watching: Good Place “You’ve Changed, Man” and West Wing “The Last Hurrah”
Jan 14 • 15 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, The Good Place is back with “You’ve Changed, Man,” which ends with yet another plan for the afterlife, as well as a jar full of marbleized Janets. There’s also plenty of planning on West Wing’s “The Last…
The Self-Care Struggle
Jan 13 • 12 min
We’ve all heard the buzzword, and we all know it’s good for us. That doesn’t make it any easier to make time for self-care—especially when our culture is all about toughing things out…
Speed Round Sunday: Your Most Recent Sick Day
Jan 12 • 4 min
Being sick is no fun, but sometimes, we wish for the ability to just put school or work on hold for 24 hours and take good care of ourselves. Sick days are few and far between for freelancers, alas, and even sparser for parents. Do you get a sick day…
Second-Listen Saturday: Story of Our Lives
Jan 11 • 14 min
Watching the NBC drama This Is Us got us thinking profound thoughts about the way our childhoods have formed the people we are now … and shallow thoughts about whether our own families would make for good TV shows. We take up that latter point today, and…
Roundabout Roundup: Uggs Insoles, GPS Dog Cat Tracker, Left Right Center Game
Jan 10 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Catherine’s feet are cozy thanks to Uggs insoles [https://www.ugg.com/women-footwear/sheepskin-insole/1101443.html], Nicole’s following her felines with a GPS pet tracker…
Haunted by High School
Jan 9 • 11 min
Not only are we obsessed with embarrassing things that happened to us in high school, we’re obsessed with trying to protect our kids from having the same obsession (and some of the other growing pains that come with adulthood).
Technical Difficulties
Jan 8 • 13 min
New phone frustration has us wondering if we’re too old to be technically savvy, or if it’s technology that needs to do a better job meeting our needs.
What We’re Watching: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and West Wing “Transition”
Jan 7 • 16 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine saw Star Wars: The Newest One and shares her thoughts. Then, she and Terri discuss West Wing’s “Transition.” We’re nearing the end of the series, but these last eps are a joy to watch. (We’re ahead of…
50 Ways to Celebrate a Birthday
Jan 6 • 11 min
2020 is going to be a big year for both Catherine and Nicole: They’ll both be celebrating (maybe observing is more accurate?) their 50th birthday. One thing we know for sure: They’re not having a wedding dress party…
Speed Round Sunday: If You Were Invisible, Where Would You Go?
Jan 5 • 2 min
Harry Potter had his invisibility cloak, and we’re jealous. If we had the power to move about undetected, just think of all the good intel we could gather about our kids’ school experience! What would you do with the power of invisibility?
Second-Listen Saturday: The Sacredness of Routine
Jan 4 • 18 min
As moms who work at home, we depend on some semblance of routine to keep us on task, and as much as we love our kids and spouses and want them to be around us every moment, forever and always, they do tend to mess with the way we do things. We talk about…
Speed Round: What We’re Looking Forward To in 2020
Jan 3 • 4 min
Terri’s keen to keep things status quo in this new year; Nicole is looking ahead to some professional changes and travel. Catherine is both excited for and dreading what’s coming in the fall of 2020.
Speed Round: Our Advice for New Parents
Jan 2 • 4 min
We always say that when it comes to parenting, we’ve been there, done that, bought the t-shirt. So today we share our hard-won advice with those new parents who are just joining the club.
Speed Round: Parenting Resolutions for 2020
Jan 1 • 5 min
This is a Speed Round with consequences, as we reveal our parenting resolutions for 2020. Two of us are trying to back off, while the third feels like she needs to lean in.
Speed Round: New Year’s Eve Memories
Dec 31, 2019 • 6 min
Today’s speed round topic: New Year’s Eve (and New Year’s Day) traditions and memories, like narrowly avoiding Y2K disaster and giving Times Square a wide berth. How do you celebrate?
Speed Round: Parenting Lessons Learned
Dec 30, 2019 • 4 min
We’re closing out 2019 and welcoming in 2020 with a week of speed rounds. Today’s topic: What’s something you did right in 2019?
Speed Round Sunday: What’s the Craziest Thing You’ve Done?
Dec 29, 2019 • 3 min
Whether it’s moving to a new country at a moment’s notice, moving to the big city with big dreams but no job, or traveling abroad without really being sufficiently worldly, we’ve done some things in our lives that still leave us a little aghast.
Second-Listen Saturday: Decisions, Decisions
Dec 28, 2019 • 14 min
We lament the fact that we have to make all the decisions in our families, at least partly because we won’t let anyone else do it. Well, two of us handle decision-making that way — find out which of us has discovered the blissful state of decision…
Roundabout Roundup: Apple Slicer, Mrs. Fletcher on HBO, Movie Mike’s Movie Podcast
Dec 27, 2019 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Catherine sings the praises of the simple apple slicer [https://www.amazon.com/Calphalon-Easy-Apple-Corer-Slicer/dp/B000SOAT0Y], while Nicole enjoys Mrs. Fletcher on HBO [https://www.hbo.com/mrs-fletcher] and Terri…
Anxiety-Fighting Foods
Dec 26, 2019 • 9 min
According to an article in US News and World Report [https://health.usnews.com/wellness/for-parents/articles/foods-for-anxiety-lower-kids-stress-levels-with-these-healthy-choices], eating foods including salmon, chickpeas, watercress, and sauerkraut could…
Scrooge Goes to a Baby Shower
Dec 25, 2019 • 12 min
On this day of gift-giving in honor of a baby, we discuss whether nontraditional baby shower gifts are an improvement on the basic baby blanket and onesie. Plus: Bonus complaining about how it’s harder than ever to buy gifts for our families.
What We’re Watching and Listening To: Holiday Edition
Dec 24, 2019 • 12 min
Special guest Nicole joins Terri and Catherine to talk seasonal entertainment… which she’s not actually consuming, as it turns out. Still, we manage to list a lot of our faves. For our holly jolly list with links, see…
(Never) Home Alone
Dec 23, 2019 • 14 min
Home Alone may be a hit holiday movie, but in our homes, the kids definitely want (or need) company, with one notable exception. A survey of social workers says 12 is the magic age [https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191025075904.htm]. We say…
Speed-Round Sunday: Which of Your Parents Are You Most Like?
Dec 22, 2019 • 4 min
In appearance, in temperament, in lying-down-in-a-dark-room-with-a-wet-rag-over-your-eyes anxiety, we all take after one or the other of our parents. Find out which side of the tree our apple doesn’t fall too far from, and then tell us who you take after
Second-Listen Saturday: We Are Family
Dec 21, 2019 • 18 min
Is your clan starting to look like something from “Modern Family”? Are you close to aunts and uncles and cousins and siblings, or happy staying as far away from any feud fodder as you can? Are your friends more your family than your family? We have an…
Roundabout Roundup: The Cloud, Costco Travel, and “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”
Dec 20, 2019 • 9 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Terri’s thankful for the cloud’s magic ability to make her life easier, while Nicole’s praising Costco Travel for saving her money on car rentals [https://www.costcotravel.com/Rental-Cars]. And Catherine enjoyed the…
The Rule of Age 10
Dec 19, 2019 • 10 min
Inspired by John and Sherry at Young House Love Has a Podcast [https://www.younghouselove.com/podcast-155/], we discuss the Rule of Age 10, which posits that your youthful obsessions can identify your calling in life. Turns out, this rule might be right…
Parenting Trends of the Decade
Dec 18, 2019 • 11 min
With the 2010s coming to an end, everyone’s talking about the bests of the decade. We, of course, had to talk about this topic our way: By complaining about parenting trends that trouble and annoy us. Mentioned: Our episode on college reveal events…
What We’re Watching: Making It Season 2 and West Wing “Requiem”
Dec 17, 2019 • 18 min
NBC made Making It into a two-week-long “event” instead of a season, and the show felt overpackaged. But we still enjoyed watching creative makers make things. Mentioned: The Extra Hot Great podcast discussion of the season…
It’s Nice to Be Needed
Dec 16, 2019 • 9 min
Sure, there are things we can (and probably really should) teach our grown and nearly-grown kids how to do. But then we’d be out of a job, and we kind of like this parenting gig.
Speed-Round Sunday: What’s on Your Bucket List?
Dec 15, 2019 • 2 min
A while back we talked on a Speed Round about places we’d like to visit, and thinking a little more along those lines, we share some other things we’d like to do before it’s too late, from education to travel to all being in the same room. Do you have a…
Second-Listen Saturday: Movin’ on Out
Dec 14, 2019 • 19 min
Is moving away from home an absolute rite of young adulthood that we must force our kids to engage in above all else? Or can we give the kids a break and let them stay in the nest while they struggle to get started in a crummy job market? We share our own…
Grab Bag: Family Tunes and Doggie Treats
Dec 13, 2019 • 19 min
It’s time for one last rummaging through the grab bag to end the week. Today, have some fun with a chat on our fave songs to entertain or maybe annoy our kids with, plus our thoughts on dogs’ birthday parties.
Grab Bag: Confusing Shoes, Comfort Food, and Curious Finds
Dec 12, 2019 • 17 min
From the grab bag today: Chats on comfort food and weird things we’ve found. But first, we’ll look back on that time when Nicole wore two different shoes. (While we’re at it, you might want to take a quick look to make sure yours match; we know how things…
Grab Bag: Bathroom Raves and Emoji Faves
Dec 11, 2019 • 18 min
For today’s grab bag selections, we have an important conversation from earlier this year on … um … Kim Kardashian’s bathroom, plus an emotional look at our favorite … emojis. Yeah, we’re a little goofy this week. Hope you can use a little of that today.
Grab Bag: Zombie Skillz and Parenting Chills
Dec 10, 2019 • 15 min
We’ll be back next week to chat about the whole season of “Making It,” along with the “West Wing” episode “Requiem.” Meanwhile, we pulled a couple of entertainment-related episodes out of our grab bag for today: a discussion of our relative merit in a…
Grab Bag: Peeves, Pets, and Picking Through the Trash
Dec 9, 2019 • 18 min
Last week we talked about releasing ourselves from unrealistic expectations and going for good-enough. Thanks to some unexpected travel and computer crises, our good-enough this week is a grab bag of past conversations that we found particularly silly and…
Speed-Round Sunday: The Scariest Places We’ve Been
Dec 8, 2019 • 3 min
From high cliffs to dark forests to a scene right out of a suspense movie, we share some scary spots we’ve found ourselves in.
Second-Listen Saturday: Choosing and Losing Your Battles
Dec 7, 2019 • 13 min
We’ve all had success with picking the issues we want to focus on with our kids, sure, of course we have. But when spouses choose different battles, kids get in on the action, and we can’t even win the fights we choose to engage in, things get complicated.
Roundabout Roundup: Nathan for You, SkinnyPop Gingerbread Cookie Kettle Corn, Olive Garden to Go
Dec 6, 2019 • 8 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Nicole’s binge-watching Nathan for You on Comedy Central [http://www.cc.com/shows/nathan-for-you], while Catherine enjoys SkinnyPop’s seasonal kettle corn [gingerbread cookie flavor;…
The Good-Enough Christmas
Dec 5, 2019 • 11 min
After complaining yesterday about obligatory holiday traditions, today we obsess about what makes a holiday good enough for our families (or, really, ourselves).
Holiday Requirements
Dec 4, 2019 • 9 min
A post at Scary Mommy [https://www.scarymommy.com/things-you-must-do-holidays/] got us talking about all the holiday stuff we once did—or did once, and decided that was plenty. Turns out we’re pretty good at pruning out unhappy seasonal obligations. Ho ho…
What We’re Watching: Making It “What Are You Made Of” and West Wing “Election Day, Part 2”
Dec 3, 2019 • 17 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, Making It [https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18922331] is back for a second season (well, a two-week “event” [https://www.nbc.com/making-it]), and we’re still all in, because Nick Offerman! Amy Poehler!…
All We Want for Christmas
Dec 2, 2019 • 13 min
A post on the blog Grown and Flown [https://grownandflown.com/dear-santa-15-things-mom-wants-christmas/?] got us thinking about our real Christmas wish lists, full of things you’ll never find at the mall or in Santa’s workshop.
Speed-Round Sunday: Where Do You Keep Your Family Photos?
Dec 1, 2019 • 4 min
Used to be, family photo clutter meant shoeboxes full of snapshots to sort through. Now it’s more likely to be thousands of phone-snapped images clogging up your cloud storage. We talk today about how and if we organize those precious pictures and whether…
Second-Listen Saturday: Control Freakiness
Nov 30, 2019 • 12 min
On Second-Listen Saturday, we share some fun moments from past episodes for your weekend listening pleasure.It’s just a love of efficiency, really. An enforcing of good manners, and why wouldn’t you? A fight to gain needed services and accommodations for…
Roundabout Roundup: Weekend Episodes, Google Scholar, and OpenTable
Nov 29, 2019 • 6 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Terri’s shouting out our new weekend schedule (look for Second-Listen Saturdays and Speed Round Sundays in your feed). Catherine’s counting on Google Scholar [https://scholar.google.com/] a lot these days, while Nicole’s…
Giving Thanks
Nov 28, 2019 • 10 min
We have so much to be thankful for upon this Thanksgiving Day: College and job opportunities for our kids, each other, our dear listeners … and GIFs. We love GIFs.
You’re Welcome, Kids!
Nov 27, 2019 • 9 min
​We provide our kids with all the essentials, from electricity to staving off disaster with our constant worrying, and we get nothing but grief for our grief!
DWTS Finale, Good Place “The Answer,” and West Wing “Election Day, Part 1”
Nov 26, 2019 • 25 min
On Dancing with the Stars, we have a winner: Hannah Brown, who triumphed over the judges’ barrage of 10s for Ally Brooke. Congratulations, Hannah (and her pro partner, Alan).On The Good Place, “The Answer” was all about love, and we loved this beautiful…
Thank You for Co-Parenting
Nov 25, 2019 • 13 min
We’re kicking off a week of gratitude by extending thanks and shout-outs to all of those people who have helped make our parenting journey just a little easier, from spouses and grandparents to pediatricians and carpool buddies.
Speed-Round Sunday: Which Screen Do You Watch Most?
Nov 24, 2019 • 4 min
Home TV screens are getting bigger, yet phone-size screens are more and more becoming the place our eyeballs soak up entertainment. We talked today about which screens we’re most likely to watch TV and movies on—theatre? television? laptop? iPad? phone?…
Second-Listen Saturday: When You Can’t Be Two Places at Once
Nov 23, 2019 • 15 min
We lament the dilemma of having to choose between two kids and their activities/events, and wish someone would get going with some cloning or time-travel tech to help us out.
Roundabout Roundup: WheresMySuitcase.com, Keurig.com, and DoorDash
Nov 22, 2019 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, we each shout out a handy-dandy delivery service. Catherine’s pick is WheresMySuitcase.com [https://wheresmysuitcase.com/], Terri’s is Keurig [https://www.keurig.com/content/beverages], and Nicole’s is DoorDash…
When Mom Can’t Fix It
Nov 21, 2019 • 12 min
It stinks for us moms when kids are discouraged and all the Band-aids and hugs in the world don’t make things better. And since their discouragements are our discouragements, we experience contact trauma.
Parenting Let-Downs
Nov 20, 2019 • 11 min
We’ve found that just like adulting, parenting isn’t always everything we thought it would be. (But we’re never disappointed by these kids of ours.) Mentioned: the FUBAR podcast [https://fubarpod.libsyn.com/].
What We’re Watching: DWTS Semi-Finals, Good Place “The Funeral to End All Funerals,” and West Wing “Welcome to Wherever You Are”
Nov 19, 2019 • 24 min
On Dancing with the Stars, remember last season, when Bobby Bones won [https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18922326] and everyone freaked the heck out? This season, the semi-final prompted the freaking out when the judges, having scored themselves into a…
Stymied by Streaming
Nov 18, 2019 • 12 min
We’re so overwhelmed by all the streaming services, cable channels, and other ways to procure and watch TV that we might just stick to podcasts.
Speed-Round Sunday: Have You Done Any Home Automation?
Nov 17, 2019 • 4 min
TV commercials for Alexa have got us thinking about our personal degree of home automation and whether we wish we were more hooked up. Are you living it up in a smart home?
Second-Listen Saturday: Kids and Money Money Money Money
Nov 16, 2019 • 19 min
A story about Nicole’s son’s internship in Japan leads into a discussion about young adults who don’t quite get that you can’t max out your credit cards, use up all your savings, run up an emergency-room bill, and not expect your Mom to freak the heck…
Roundabout Roundup: Queer Eye, Modern Love, and Mom
Nov 15, 2019 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, we each shout out a TV show we’re enjoying (see our Tuesday Round 2s for more). Catherine’s pick is Queer Eye on Netflix [https://www.netflix.com/title/80160037], Nicole’s is Modern Love on Amazon Prime…
Trendy … or Not
Nov 14, 2019 • 11 min
We’re still trying to understand what VSCO girls are, while helping kids navigate (or ignore) what’s trendy and what’s not.
Habit-Breaking and Habit-Forming
Nov 13, 2019 • 12 min
An article about addressing kids’ annoying habits (through positive reinforcement only, please!) got us complaining about just how hard it is to break our kids’ habits—and really, our own too [https://parenting.nytimes.com/preschooler/scolding-children].
DWTS Boy Bands and Girl Groups, Good Place “Help Is Other People,” and West Wing “Two Weeks Out”
Nov 12, 2019 • 25 min
On Dancing with the Stars, the dances were short, the evening was long, and Sean Spicer finally reached the end of his run. Next week, the five remaining dancers (Lauren Alaina, Ally Brooke, Hannah Brown, Kel Mitchell, and James Van Der Beek) face off in…
Parenting Do-Overs
Nov 11, 2019 • 11 min
Nicole’s dreaming about a few parenting decisions she’d like to do over, but Terri’s not ready to commit unless she can foresee all the possible outcomes.
Roundabout Roundup: Yogibo, PF Flyers, and Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Bars
Nov 8, 2019 • 9 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole and Terri discovered Yogibo beanbag furniture [https://www.yogibo.com/] during their mall meet-up; see photos at parentingroundabout.com. Terri’s also branching out from her beloved Converse shoes to PF Flyers…
Who’s Your Vent Buddy?
Nov 7, 2019 • 10 min
A post about the importance of having a “vent buddy” in your life [http://wellbody.net/posts/2019/05/20/why-having-vent-buddy-important-health/] got us obsessing about our own vent buddy situations, and our kids’ too. (That’s vent as in “rant and…
Hands Off the ABC Song
Nov 6, 2019 • 12 min
If you haven’t heard the new and “improved” (ahem) version of the ABC song, you can listen to it on Bobby Bones’s show [https://bobbybones.iheart.com/featured/bobby-bones/content/2019-10-28-viral-post-showing-new-abc-song-frustrating-the-internet/]. Then…
What We’re Watching: DWTS Dance-Offs and The Good Place “A Chip Driver Mystery”
Nov 5, 2019 • 16 min
On Dancing with the Stars, the dance-offs sent Kate Flannery dancing off into the sunset. We’ll miss her!On The Good Place, “A Chip Driver Mystery” was more misery than mystery, in our opinion, even if Brent did get punched in the face. Next week: “Help…
New Car Tech for Parents
Nov 4, 2019 • 12 min
After Terri and Nicole visited a Tesla showroom (during their historic IRL get-together [https://www.facebook.com/parentingroundabout/posts/2454339961288179]), we talked about all the ways we think our cars should be working for us. It’s another in our…
Roundabout Roundup: Hydroflask, “Tender at the Bone,” and “When Life Gives You Pears”
Nov 1, 2019 • 5 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole raves about her Hydroflask (https://www.hydroflask.com/, but she’s not a VSCO girl). Catherine and Terri both have memoirs to recommend: Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl…
How to Spook and Scare a Parent
Oct 31, 2019 • 9 min
On this Halloween day, we talk about what really makes parents scream, from head lice to forgotten homework to Caillou. Visit the Parenting House of Horrors… if you dare!
Halloween Hassles
Oct 30, 2019 • 8 min
Today we reveal ourselves to be, on the whole, Scrooges when it comes to Halloween—at least the answering-the-door-for trick-or-treaters part. Not the eating candy part, though.
What We’re Watching: DWTS Halloween Night, Good Place “Employee of the Bearimy” and West Wing “The Cold”
Oct 29, 2019 • 23 min
On Dancing with the Stars, Halloween Night gave the hair and makeup folks license to go even crazier than usual, and group dances meant a heroic performance from Kate Flannery as the sole female star on her team. Next week: Dance-Offs.On The Good Place,…
Parenting “Would You Rather”
Oct 28, 2019 • 10 min
Buzzfeed posed a series of Would You Rather questions on parenting topics to Jimmy Fallon [https://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/we-made-jimmy-fallon-answer-impossibly-hard-would]. This is right in our wheelhouse, so we challenged each other to some tricky…
Roundabout Roundup: Lenovo Yoga, Blundstone Boots, and Stegmann Clogs
Oct 25, 2019 • 8 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine finally (finally, finally) got a new laptop: A Lenovo Yoga 730 [https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/]. Nicole recommends Blundstone boots [https://www.blundstone.com/] for rainy weather (Terri also likes Bogs…
What We Look for in Our Kids’ Friends
Oct 24, 2019 • 11 min
How much influence can, and should, and did, we have over our kids’ social lives and choices? Like everything else in parenting, there’s never an easy answer.
Birthday Gift Grief
Oct 23, 2019 • 10 min
Should “fiver” birthday parties [https://www.popsugar.com/family/What-Fiver-Birthday-Party-45660067] replace the old-fashioned kind, where kids get 20 gifts of wildly varying desirability, appropriateness, and cost? Two out of three of your podcast hosts…
What We’re Watching: DWTS Week 6, Good Place “Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy” and West Wing “Duck and Cover”
Oct 22, 2019 • 23 min
This week’s Dancing with the Stars mystery theme turned out to be “80s Tunes and Uncontrollable Sobbing,” so that was fun. Our rooting interests are still hanging in there, so we’ll be back for next week’s Halloween Night.On The Good Place, Terri’s hunch…
Parenting Responsibility Relieved
Oct 21, 2019 • 12 min
As a blog post from Swistle [https://www.swistle.com/2019/10/15/one-of-the-big-reliefs-of-parenting-the-stage-of-kids-making-their-own-plans/] so rightly points out, there are some kid milestones that are accompanied by a huge sigh of parental relief. Of…
Roundabout Roundup: The Inventory, The Library Book, and Quaid in Full
Oct 18, 2019 • 5 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole’s checking out consumer site The Inventory [https://theinventory.com/]. Catherine read Susan Orlean’s The Library Book [https://amzn.to/2qa2LFX], and Terri’s enjoying Sarah D. Bunting’s new podcast, Quaid in Full…
Connecting with Faraway Kids
Oct 17, 2019 • 10 min
Nicole is obsessing about how to stay close to her daughter, who’s away at university, while Catherine anticipates that looming departure. (Terri, meanwhile, would like to disconnect just a little.)
Is High School Math Helpful?
Oct 16, 2019 • 11 min
After listening to a Freakonomics podcast episode [http://freakonomics.com/podcast/math-curriculum/] on high school math, we took on the topic as well, asking whether the current curriculum really serves kids’ needs today and for their future.
What We’re Watching: DWTS Disney Night and Good Place “Chillaxing”
Oct 15, 2019 • 13 min
On Dancing with the Stars, we saw 20 minutes of dancing amid two hours of Disney promos and lots of faffing-about filler. And then nobody was eliminated!The Good Place’s “Chillaxing” gave us more Chidi (yay!) but also more worries about what the Bad Place…
Perks of Parenthood
Oct 14, 2019 • 11 min
A HuffPo article on the sometimes unsung benefits of parenting [https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/amanda-haas/i-never-appreciated-these-parenting-perks-until-i-became-a-mom_a_23321700] had us reminiscing about naps, yoga pants, Arthur the aardvark, and dining…
Roundabout Roundup: Signup Genius, Satiregram, and Nourished Festival Treats
Oct 11, 2019 • 9 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine wouldn’t have survived the past week without Signup Genius [https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm]. Nicole found yet another sarcastic Instagram account to follow: satiregram…
The Runaway Volunteer Train
Oct 10, 2019 • 15 min
Sometimes as a parent, you accidentally raise your hand at precisely the wrong time, and then you find yourself in charge of catering six meals for 130 hungry high school students.
Care Packages
Oct 9, 2019 • 10 min
On Wednesdays we complain, and this week our target is care packages for kids away at college or camp. Turns out, we are not the kind of moms who care enough send care packages.
What We’re Watching: DWTS Week 4, Good Place “A Girl From Arizona Pt. 2,” and West Wing “Internal Displacement”
Oct 8, 2019 • 23 min
On Dancing with the Stars, there was no advertised theme, but we declared it “Songs Inappropriate for the Dance Night.” We’re still backing James, Kate, and Lauren as we roll into Disney Night next week.On The Good Place, we hope the gang is starting to…
Apple Watch This!
Oct 7, 2019 • 10 min
After we read the viral post [https://www.cbsnews.com/news/apple-watch-saves-life-hard-fall-apple-watch-series-4-falling-emergency-bob-burdett/] about how an Apple Watch can call 911 if it detects a “hard fall,” we came up with plenty of times and places…
Roundabout Roundup: Lauren Alaina, Canvas Champ, and Rob Lowe on Instagram
Oct 4, 2019 • 5 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri’s enjoying Lauren Alaina’s new single, “Getting Good” [https://youtu.be/xebJj6ONjks] (and Lauren on Dancing with the Stars…
Grow Up! No, Don’t!
Oct 3, 2019 • 11 min
Of course we want our kids to be independent. In theory. In reality? We need rosaries and bubble wrap to get through it.
Carpool Quandaries
Oct 2, 2019 • 10 min
Carpooling is a blessing and a curse, and a new app called Floc [https://www.myflocapp.com/] is trying to make it easier for parents. We can still find plenty of ways to complain about our own carpooling experiences (or lack thereof).
DWTS Week 3, Good Place Premiere, and West Wing “Running Mates”
Oct 1, 2019 • 26 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, we keep busy with three episodes of TV and two accompanying podcasts. On Dancing with the Stars, the annoyingly dragged-out elimination was even more annoying because it was 100% unnecessary, as Ray Lewis…
Classroom Design
Sep 30, 2019 • 15 min
A survey of teachers [https://www.corgan.com/story/lessons-from-teachers-how-classroom-design-impacts-teachers/] from architecture firm Corgan got us talking about classroom design, which Nicole turned from a passion into a day job (her blog, The…
Roundabout Roundup: Downton Abbey Movie, Nourished Festival, and Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs
Sep 27, 2019 • 8 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine’s excited about the Downton Abbey movie [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6398184/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1], in theaters now; here’s a recap…
House Rules
Sep 26, 2019 • 11 min
Are you a stickler for rules, or the benevolent leader of a lawless land? Guess which one applies more to each of us.
The One They Tell Everything To
Sep 25, 2019 • 10 min
Ever notice that moms are such good listeners that it basically becomes our full-time job? Sometimes we wish our kids would realize that dads have ears, too.
What We’re Watching: DWTS Week 2 and West Wing “The Wedding”
Sep 24, 2019 • 22 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, we said goodbye to our first star on Dancing with the Stars. We think we’re in favor of the new voting system—but definitely not the protracted elimination scene.On The West Wing, President Bartlet got two…
Parent Hotlines We’d Like to See
Sep 23, 2019 • 11 min
When we heard that Disney has a bedtime hotline [in which characters tell kids to go to bed; https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/parenting/2019/09/17/disney-bedtime-hotline-back-elsa-and-anna-yoda-more-get-kids-sleep/2346853001/], we started dreaming…
Roundabout Roundup: The Great British Baking Show, The Righteous Gemstones, and IMDB
Sep 20, 2019 • 6 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine’s enjoying the latest iteration of The Great British Baking Show [on Netflix; https://www.netflix.com/title/80063224]. Nicole’s watching The Righteous Gemstones on HBO…
Managing Stress and Worry
Sep 19, 2019 • 13 min
Mom stress and worry is eternal, but we have some modern ways of dealing with it, from meds to apps and other tech. We also depend on those old stand-bys, fresh air and vegetables. Well, some of us do. [Mentioned: Trello, https://trello.com/en-US]
Weird and Mysterious Injuries
Sep 18, 2019 • 10 min
A McSweeney’s list of surprising ways to injure yourself when you’re over 40 [https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/16-surprising-ways-to-injure-yourself-when-youre-over-40] prompted us to recount our own aches and pains, whether they’re age-related or of…
What We’re Watching: SYTYCD Finale and DWTS Premiere
Sep 17, 2019 • 15 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, it was a double dose of dancing. So You Think You Can Dance crowned a winner (https://www.instagram.com/bailrok/, the one who’s been our pick all along!). And Dancing with the Stars returned with a new set, a…
College Parent Facebook Groups
Sep 16, 2019 • 14 min
A New York Times article on Facebook groups for parents of college students (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/10/style/facebook-groups-college-parents.html) got us chatting about whether these groups are a good idea for kids, parents, and us specifically…
Roundabout Roundup: Taylor Swift, Infinite Campus, and Royals on Instagram
Sep 13, 2019 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri’s loving Taylor Swift’s latest album (music collection? bunch o’ songs?), Lover (https://amzn.to/2ZIwj9C). Catherine approves of the redesign of the Infinite Campus parent portal (https://www.infinitecampus.com/).…
How to Mortify Your Children
Sep 12, 2019 • 11 min
Terri has found the ultimate stool—er, tool—for thoroughly embarrassing her children. And she’s sharing it with all of us!
The No-Fun Financial Surprise
Sep 11, 2019 • 11 min
Nicole is reeling from a string of unexpected, untimely bills, giving us a reason to complain about unnecessary emergency-room visits, overly thorough car mechanics, and other surprise hits to our budgets.
What We’re Watching: SYTYCD Top 4 and West Wing “Undecideds”
Sep 10, 2019 • 26 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, there was so much dancing on So You Think You Can Dance. Yep, we think these kids can dance! The top 4 proved it by doing about a dozen routines each (or so it seemed). On The West Wing, we jumped ahead of…
Watching Our Kids’ Weight and Our Own
Sep 9, 2019 • 15 min
We follow up last week’s food fight chat (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18971910) with more on WW (https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/; formerly known as WeightWatchers): How it works (or doesn’t) for us, how it could be improved, and how in the world…
Roundabout Roundup: Ikea Bags, The Chef’s Line, and Spreaker
Sep 6, 2019 • 6 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole shouts out the Ikea bags beloved at college move-in time (https://amzn.to/2NI8Nal). Catherine’s enjoying The Chef’s Line on Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/title/81103517), and Terri tells us more about our new…
Making Our Kids’ Lives Easier
Sep 5, 2019 • 11 min
We try to set our kids up for success, one storage bin and phone alarm at a time. But they don’t always appreciate (or, let’s face it: notice) our efforts. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Family Food Fights
Sep 4, 2019 • 12 min
We complain about how hard it is for people with different priorities, preferences, and metabolisms to share a kitchen. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
What We’re Watching and Reading: SYTYCD Top 6 and “Evvie Drake Starts Over”
Sep 3, 2019 • 23 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: There was much dancing as the SYTYCD Top 6 showed off their stuff alongside several all-stars, including one of our faves, Gaby. We also read Linda Holmes’s debut novel, “Evvie Drake Starts Over”…
The College Drop-Off
Sep 2, 2019 • 13 min
Nicole has done it: She’s dropped off her baby at college! She fills us in on the logistical and emotional details. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Roundabout Roundup: StubHub, FedEx Office, and Sarcastic Mommy
Aug 30, 2019 • 10 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine had a good experience selling through StubHub (https://www.stubhub.com/sell/hub/). Terri got a warm welcome and some free electricity at a FedEx Office store (https://www.fedex.com/en-us/office.html). And…
Kids’ Big Decisions
Aug 29, 2019 • 13 min
It’s easy to obsess when our kids make big choices, like what college major to declare or what career to pursue. The hardest part might be deciding when to let it become their obsession instead of ours. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
High School Starts and Schedules
Aug 28, 2019 • 14 min
On today’s Round 3, we complain about high school schedules. Should teens really have to wake up so early? And what about block scheduling, where they’re in one classroom for 90 minutes straight? Mentioned: The Start School Later campaign…
What We’re Watching: SYTYCD Top 8 Perform and West Wing “The Al Smith Dinner”
Aug 27, 2019 • 22 min
On SYTYCD, the top 8 performed, and performed, and performed: Five dances each, in solos, duos, and groups. We’re tired just watching. Mentioned: To the Pointe with Kristyn Burtt (https://www.podcastone.com/To-The-Pointe-with-Kristyn-Burtt) and The Dance…
Weddings Past, Present, and Future
Aug 26, 2019 • 18 min
On today’s Round 1, we compare and contrast our own weddings with those of the Kids Today, with their barn venues and their candy buffets and their gender-switched wedding parties. Mentioned: This McSweeney’s Monologue…
Roundabout Roundup: Rome Cavalieri Hotel, Money Heist, and a Productive Playlist
Aug 23, 2019 • 8 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Nicole shouts out the Rome Cavalieri Hotel (https://romecavalieri.com/), where she spent her anniversary. Catherine’s hooked on Money Heist on Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/title/80192098), and Terri shares a guitar…
Mistakes That Are Definitely Not Our Fault
Aug 22, 2019 • 11 min
When you’re juggling as many balls as we are, sometimes one or two get dropped. We obsess about these mistakes, and particularly the shame of admitting to them right when we’ve worked up a good rant about how they’re someone else’s fault. Mentioned:…
The Costs of Raising Kids
Aug 21, 2019 • 15 min
A report on how much our little darlings cost us (https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/090415/cost-raising-child-america.asp) got us complaining about all the expenses we’ve covered over the years, from the predictable to the…
What We’re Watching: SYTYCD Top 10 Perform and West Wing “Here Today”
Aug 20, 2019 • 29 min
On SYTYCD, just when we’d kind of gotten over the heartbreak of eager young dancers not being chosen for the show, now we get the heartbreak of eliminations. So long, Eddie and Stephanie (but see you on tour). Speaking of heartbreak, West Wing crushed us…
Packing for College
Aug 19, 2019 • 15 min
Nicole’s back from vacation and now she’s getting her daughter packed up for college. Which means discussing the difference between “essentials” and “stuff that takes up a lot of space but won’t ever be used.” For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Roundabout Roundup: Summer of ‘69, BH90210, GG2D, Elta MD, Duolingo Podcasts and … Jorts?
Aug 16, 2019 • 9 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, it’s a supersized edition with Mimi and Stacy from Living the Second Act (https://livingthesecondact.com/)! At the time of recording, Stacy was eagerly anticipating BH90210 (https://www.fox.com/bh90210/), plus reading…
The Worrying Finish Line
Aug 15, 2019 • 11 min
We’re moms, so we obsess about our kids’ safety. And there’s really no point at which we will relax and just assume they’re good. Mimi Golub and Stacy Feintuch of Living the Second Act (https://livingthesecondact.com/) join us for this episode, and guess…
Our Kids and Their Virtual Lives
Aug 14, 2019 • 13 min
You know it’s getting bad when a mom wishes her daughter would just meet a guy in a bar already. Mimi Golub and Stacy Feintuch of Living the Second Act (https://livingthesecondact.com/) join us to complain about kids making real-life connections in…
What We’re Watching: SYTYCYD Top 10 Perform and West Wing “Mr. Frost”
Aug 13, 2019 • 26 min
On SYTYCD, we finally get to exercise our voting powers after this week’s episode! We’re choosing based on short-person solidarity and people we feel sorry for because of how they were judged and/or costumed. On The West Wing, we don’t just feel sorry for…
Talking With Mimi and Stacy of Living the Second Act
Aug 12, 2019 • 12 min
With Nicole enjoying a much-deserved vacation (happy anniversary!), we asked Mimi Golub and Stacy Feintuch of Living the Second Act (https://livingthesecondact.com/) to sit in for her. Today, we talk about their partnership and their site, devoted to…
Roundabout Rules Replay: Talking to a Brick Wall
Aug 9, 2019 • 11 min
(While we take a brief summer vacation, we’re sharing rules-related replays all week. Because what do parents love to talk, complain, and obsess about? Rules!) From March 6, 2019: We’ve tried cute little notes, temper tantrums, and repeating ourselves…
Roundabout Rules Replay: Changing Course While Parenting
Aug 8, 2019 • 18 min
(While we take a brief summer vacation, we’re sharing rules-related replays all week. Because what do parents love to talk, complain, and obsess about? Rules!) From February 5, 2018: Let’s say you’ve been lax on enforcing family rules, or realize you need…
Roundabout Rules Replay: Facing the Consequences
Aug 7, 2019 • 9 min
(While we take a brief summer vacation, we’re sharing rules-related replays all week. Because what do parents love to talk, complain, and obsess about? Rules!) From September 10, 2018: On today’s Round 3, we follow up on Monday’s 10 commandments talk with…
What We’re Watching: SYTYCD Top 10 Guys and “The Four Seasons”
Aug 6, 2019 • 18 min
Just like last week (http://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/what-were-watching-sytycd-top-10-girls-and-west-wing-message-of-the-week), “So You Think You Can Dance” brought us another perplexing round of cuts as the top 5 guys were named: Bailey,…
Roundabout Rules Replay: Commandments for How to Treat Parents
Aug 5, 2019 • 15 min
While we take a brief summer vacation, we’re sharing rules-related replays all week. Because what do parents love to talk, complain, and obsess about? Rules! (The exception to the rule: Watch for a brand-new Round 2 tomorrow.) From September 10, 2018: We…
Roundabout Roundup: Don’t Wait Up, Evvie Drake Starts Over, Louis Vuitton X
Aug 2, 2019 • 10 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Catherine checked out TV writer Liz Astrof’s memoir/essay collection/parenting book, Don’t Wait Up: Confessions of a Stay-at-Work Mom (https://amzn.to/2MfKwaQ). Terri read “Evvie Drake Starts Over”…
IP Theft, Aimless Emails, and Other Online Annoyances
Aug 1, 2019 • 13 min
Last week, we obsessed about (offline) manners and etiquette (http://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/iffy-etiquette), and today we focus on online manners that people really should know: Like, don’t steal other people’s stuff (text or images),…
Disappointing Kids’ Activities
Jul 31, 2019 • 13 min
On today’s Round 3, we complain about all those sports, activities, camps, and classes that we thought would be the answer to our prayers, but fell short (sometimes, way short). Who knew trying to help our kids find their passion and their tribe would be…
What We’re Watching: SYTYCD Top 10 Girls and West Wing “Message of the Week”
Jul 30, 2019 • 20 min
On SYTYCD, there was 55 minutes of dancing, and 5 minutes of “huh?” as the top 10 girls were reduced to the top 5: Anna, Madison, Mariah, Sophie, and Stephanie. On “The West Wing,” the message we took from “Message of the Week” (season 7) was, not…
Teensplaining
Jul 29, 2019 • 11 min
On today’s Round 1, we talk teensplaining: That lovely way that adolescents have of knowing everything and not being the least bit shy about sharing that knowledge, especially with their ignorant parents. From laundry to driving to law enforcement, our…
Roundabout Roundup: Cargospotter, The Ensemblist, Blown Away
Jul 26, 2019 • 6 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Nicole is fascinated by the YouTube channel Cargospotter (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA6aJAT9rH8vRwWGiGr2iqQ). Terri enjoys The Ensemblist podcast (http://www.theensemblist.com/), and Catherine’s watching “Blown…
Iffy Etiquette
Jul 25, 2019 • 16 min
We obsess about all those little details of social interactions that we feel unsure about (which means we are also worried about what we have, and haven’t, taught our kids about manners and etiquette). For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Competitive Mom Bragging
Jul 24, 2019 • 13 min
Another parent’s college admission post (in July!!) sent Catherine into a shame spiral. That prompted us to complain about not just mom bragging, but our irrational response to it. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
What We’re Watching: SYTYCD Academy 2 and West Wing “The Mommy Problem”
Jul 23, 2019 • 18 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: It was part 2 of the “So You Think You Can Dance” Academy, and a bunch of dancers thought wrong and were sent packing. Over on “The West Wing,” Santos hits the campaign trail hard in “The Mommy Problem,” a…
Milestones for Adults
Jul 22, 2019 • 14 min
We talk about a survey of major milestones (https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/life-events-age-study-marriage-first-home-poll-revealed-a8958996.html), and question how big of a milestone “learn how to iron” really is. Along the…
Roundabout Roundup: Hallow, The Mommy Confessions, Dirty Yoga
Jul 19, 2019 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri found a Catholic-friendly meditation app called Hallow (https://hallow.app/). Nicole’s following Allie Fisher, a funny (and helpful) mom on Twitter (https://twitter.com/momEconfessions) and Instagram…
Entrepreneurial Kids
Jul 18, 2019 • 12 min
An article on young people starting businesses (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/29/business/mom-can-i-stay-up-to-prepare-for-my-pitch.html) led us to ask whether our kids could capitalize on their obsessions. Either we don’t have enough imagination, or…
The Indignities of Aging
Jul 17, 2019 • 14 min
Terri may have just had a milestone birthday, but today Nicole is complaining about the little annoyances of aging. This is our reward for 20+ years of raising kids?! For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
What We’re Watching: SYTYCD Academy 1 and West Wing “The Ticket”
Jul 16, 2019 • 22 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2: 79 of the most wonderful dancers in the world arrive at the “So You Think You Can Dance” Academy, and many of them are quickly shooed out the door. Over on “The West Wing,” candidate Matt Santos is trying to…
Summer Camp Suggestions
Jul 15, 2019 • 13 min
AMC Theaters’ Summer Movie Camp (https://www.amctheatres.com/summer-movie-camp) got us talking: What other businesses would we like to see offer a summer deal for kids? We’re ready to drop our children off at any shopping mall, bowling alley, ice rink, or…
Roundabout Roundup: Parenting Young Adults with Special Needs in the Work World, Me to We, Big Sexy Hair Root Pump
Jul 12, 2019 • 5 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Terri has started a Facebook group called Parenting Young Adults with Special Needs in the Work World (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2442199885844845/), and she’d love for you to join. Catherine’s daughter had a great…
The Things Only Mom Knows
Jul 11, 2019 • 12 min
Inspired by “Don’t Let Her” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VVWgRufgIU), a sweet song from Walker Hayes (https://amzn.to/2L0FJKw), we obsess over all those details and quirks about our kids (and pets) that are important, but known only to us. For…
Boundaries for Boomerang Kids
Jul 10, 2019 • 11 min
An unwelcome visit from a live frog got Nicole thinking about setting boundaries and making rules. She has some complaints about what happens when your adult kids are your roommates. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
What We’re Watching and Reading: SYTYCD Auditions 5, The Outsiders, Out of My Mind, and My Oxford Year
Jul 9, 2019 • 22 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed episode, “So You Think You Can Dance” is back with more auditions. We hope we can remember who we’ve met thus far when they arrive at the Academy. With no West Wing Weekly podcast episode last week, we put off West Wing…
18 Summers
Jul 8, 2019 • 11 min
After reading yet another article (https://www.mother.ly/life/we-only-have-18-summers-together-my-baby) about how parents only have 18 summers with their kids (they show up every year), we respond with a hearty “So what?” We can come up with at least 18…
Roundabout Roundup: SnapTravel, Broadway Podcasts, and 1010!
Jul 5, 2019 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Nicole’s saving money on hotels with SnapTravel (https://www.snaptravel.com/). Terri recommends several Broadway podcasts: Geffen Playhouse Unscripted (https://www.podcastone.com/geffen-playhouse-unscripted), Billboard…
Changing Family Traditions
Jul 4, 2019 • 11 min
On this Fourth of July, we’re obsessing about what we’re not doing for this holiday and so many others. Things change and that can be hard to face. But as we so often do, we have a solution that’s a business idea for someone else to execute. For quotes,…
Fake Life Deadlines
Jul 3, 2019 • 13 min
As if birthdays weren’t enough pressure, Terri’s facing one that feels like New Year’s Day times 60: What should she do to celebrate? And what should she do to make it count and change her life for the better? She needs ideas. For quotes, archives, and…
What We’re Watching: Big Little Lies Season 2
Jul 2, 2019 • 12 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, a special guest star: Nicole Eredics joins us to talk season 2 of “Big Little Lies” on HBO. While she very much enjoyed season 1 (we talked about it in April 2017,…
Saying Too Much
Jul 1, 2019 • 15 min
Sometimes it’s tough to balance our kids’ right to privacy with our own need to fill a conversational void. Or our ability to think on our feet when we’re caught off-guard. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Roundabout Roundup: Wine Country, Anxious Little Pishy, and Cane’s Restaurant
Jun 28, 2019 • 4 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Catherine’s watching a cast of smart, funny women in a beautiful setting on “Wine Country” (https://www.netflix.com/title/80194950). Terri’s reading “Anxious Little Pishy” (https://amzn.to/2WLW73f), a helpful kids’ book…
Four Things That Define Us
Jun 27, 2019 • 10 min
At The Shop Forward (https://theshopforward.com/), which Terri recommended recently (http://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/roundabout-roundup-the-shop-forward-dormco-and-rory-omalley), you can customize a tote bag…
Pre-Travel Prep
Jun 26, 2019 • 11 min
Summer brings travel, and travel brings us such a lengthy list of to-dos and don’t-forgets that maybe it’s easier to just stay home. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
What We’re Watching: SYTYCD Auditions 4 and West Wing “2162 Votes”
Jun 25, 2019 • 20 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2: The judges’ auditions continue on “So You Think You Can Dance,” with more of the most! amazing! dancers! (and one token “no thanks”). On “The West Wing” season 6 finale, convention wheeling and dealing finally…
Dad Shaming
Jun 24, 2019 • 12 min
A recent poll of dads (https://mottpoll.org/reports/parenting-put-downs-how-criticism-impacts-fathers) finds that many of them feel “shamed” by comments about their parenting. We say “hey, that’s our turf! Move along!” And also, we prefer to call it…
Roundabout Roundup: Jamie Glowacki, NJ Special Olympics, and Emily McDowell
Jun 21, 2019 • 9 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Catherine gives a quick review of the book “Oh Crap! I Have a Toddler: Tackling These Crazy Awesome Years—No Time-Outs Required by Jamie Glowacki (https://amzn.to/2WGD9uN). Terri had a wonderful time at the New Jersey…
Graduation Parties
Jun 20, 2019 • 11 min
If you have a lot of high school grads in your life, you’re probably spending many a weekend afternoon at a grad party (or several). We obsess about whether these events are strictly necessary and how elaborate they should get. For quotes, archives, and…
Ambiguous Kid-Speak
Jun 19, 2019 • 11 min
We attempt to translate all those words kids say that mean everything and also nothing: “Sure.” “Okay.” “Later.” “Whatever.” If you want to listen, that’s “fine.” For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
What We’re Watching: SYTYCD Auditions 3 and West Wing “Things Fall Apart”
Jun 18, 2019 • 17 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, the “So You Think You Can Dance” lovefest continued in week three of the judges’ auditions. But on “The West Wing,” “Things Fall Apart” as the Democratic primary remains deadlocked and three astronauts’ lives…
End-of-Year Awards for Kids
Jun 17, 2019 • 12 min
On today’s Round 1, we’re talking about all those end-of-year awards that kids might get—if we gave them out at home instead of at school. Good job hanging up your bath towel! (Just kidding, they’ll never win that one.) For quotes, archives, and more,…
Roundabout Roundup: The Shop Forward, DormCo, and Rory O’Malley
Jun 14, 2019 • 5 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Terri’s browsing an online store that gives back (The Shop Forward, https://theshopforward.com/). Nicole is checking out a source for dorm-room supplies (DormCo, https://www.dormco.com/). Catherine is listening to actor…
We Need a Parenting Ghostwriter
Jun 13, 2019 • 10 min
A few weeks back, we identified lots of parenting tasks we’d like to outsource (http://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/outsourcing-options). Now, we’ve come up with a host of parenting problems we think a ghostwriter could handle for us. For…
Going to the Dentist
Jun 12, 2019 • 13 min
We revisit a past complaint target in a new way: First it was dental insurance (http://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/dental-dilemmas). Now we complain about dentists themselves, as Nicole deals with a belittling one and Terri finally resolves to…
What We’re Watching: SYTYCD Auditions 2 and West Wing “In God We Trust”
Jun 11, 2019 • 18 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, the superlatives were flying once again on “So You Think You Can Dance” as the judges auditioned many more of the most amazing dancers they have ever seen. Things were a little more reserved over on “The West…
High School Graduation
Jun 10, 2019 • 15 min
On today’s Round 1, we talk about high school graduation. Nicole’s daughter received her diploma last week, and we compare and contrast with our other kids’ experiences (past and future). For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Roundabout Roundup: Universal Homes, Write About Now, The Shrink Next Door
Jun 7, 2019 • 9 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Terri shouts out a fun and functional YouTube series called “Universal Homes” (https://www.yourcpf.org/accessibilityisbeautiful/). Catherine recommends an episode of the Write About Now podcast featuring writer Caroline…
Parents Tattling on Kids
Jun 6, 2019 • 13 min
Terri’s still obsessing over a years-old situation, while Nicole and Catherine have more recent experience: What do you do when you’re in a position to bust a kid for bad behavior? Do you tattle, or no? And if so, how? For quotes, archives, and more,…
Emergency Contact Forms
Jun 5, 2019 • 12 min
It’s another paperwork complaint: Choosing an emergency contact person to list on various and sundry forms. Turns out it’s even harder to select that person when they’d have to be responsible for our pets. Mentioned: Petego Pet Tube Kennel…
What We’re Watching: SYTYCD Premiere, Fosse/Verdon Finale
Jun 4, 2019 • 19 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, there was much dancing: A new season of “So You Think You Can Dance” debuted (https://www.fox.com/so-you-think-you-can-dance/), and Bob Fosse danced his last on the finale of “Fosse/Verdon.” Mentioned: An…
If Airlines Had Family Class
Jun 3, 2019 • 13 min
Hey, airlines: We have some brilliant ideas for you! There are so many ways you could make the air-travel experience easier and happier for families, and this whole episode is a brainstorming session just for you. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us…
Roundabout Roundup: Vdara Hotel, Hiking with Kevin Nealon, HP
May 31, 2019 • 6 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Nicole shouts out the Vdara (https://vdara.mgmresorts.com/en.html), the Las Vegas hotel with the handy robots mentioned on Monday’s episode. Terri discovered an amusing and adorable YouTube series…
Kids and Concerts
May 30, 2019 • 14 min
On this week’s Round 4, our kids aren’t obsessed with the K-pop boy band BTS, but Terri went to the concert anyway—twice! And that got us talking about our kids’ concert experiences, and our own. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Disgusting Things We Do for Our Dogs
May 29, 2019 • 12 min
Today’s Round 3 is not for the weak of stomach. Skip this one if you don’t want to join us in recalling and complaining about all the disgusting ways we’ve had to show love and care for our dogs. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
What We’re Watching: Fosse/Verdon “Nowadays,” West Wing “90 Miles Away”
May 28, 2019 • 13 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, the tumultuous story of the tumultuous Fosse-Verdon marriage continues on the “Fosse/Verdon” episode ”Nowadays” (but at least we get some musical numbers). Meanwhile, over on “The West Wing,” the show has…
What Robots Could Do for Us
May 27, 2019 • 14 min
After Nicole encountered a room-service delivery robot in Las Vegas, we talked about the many handy household uses we would have for robot technology. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Roundabout Roundup: Patient Portals, Killing Eve, The Allusionist
May 24, 2019 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, it’s kind of a life-or-death situation: Terri’s loving life with an online patient portal (https://www.healthit.gov/faq/what-patient-portal), while Nicole’s loving “Killing Eve”…
Finding the Will to Write Our Wills
May 23, 2019 • 11 min
If you’re a parent, it’s likely you’ve obsessed over this topic at some point: Writing a will, setting up a trust, creating an upon-my-demise plan. Not fun (although Nicole managed to find some humor), but very necessary. For quotes, archives, and more,…
Parenting Tasks We’d Like to Outsource
May 22, 2019 • 11 min
After reading an article about tasks parents are paying others to do (https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/05/10/outsourcing-parenting-rituals-to-pros/3643343002/), we came up with many more jobs we commonly complain about. We’re prepared to offload…
What We’re Watching: Fosse/Verdon Episodes 5 and 6, West Wing “La Palabra”
May 21, 2019 • 15 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, two heroes (?) are under increasing strain. On “Fosse/Verdon,” Bob Fosse goes from the psych ward to the cardiac unit (in “Where Am I Going?” and “All I Care About Is Love”). On “The West Wing,” candidate…
Connecting with Kids (or Trying To)
May 20, 2019 • 12 min
A recent post on the Today show site (https://community.today.com/post/5-easy-ways-to-build-your-relationship-with-your-teenager) got us talking today. It’s about “easy” (red flag!) ways to build your relationship with your teenager. Despite its…
Roundabout Roundup: Eat, Work, Love
May 17, 2019 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine’s eating Mann’s Superfood Blend (https://www.veggiesmadeeasy.com/products/power-blend/) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Terri has a new source for potential work at FlexJobs (https://www.flexjobs.com/). And…
Travel Trouble
May 16, 2019 • 12 min
On today’s Round 4, we obsess about online travel booking. Instead of being convenient, we find it’s usually far more trouble than it’s worth. Cross your fingers that Terri’s family isn’t sleeping in the car on their next trip. For quotes, archives, and…
Breaking Point
May 15, 2019 • 12 min
Our kids are in the hot seat on complaint day again this week. This time it’s because they have a bad habit of breaking our stuff… until we admit that we’re pretty good at breaking our own stuff. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Good Days and Very Dark Days
May 14, 2019 • 18 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, we’re continuing with “Fosse/Verdon” and watched episodes 3 and 4. “Me and My Baby” was a look back at Gwen Verdon’s traumatic early marriage, and “Glory” focused on Fosse and his demons. Rough stuff, but very…
Royal Advice
May 13, 2019 • 12 min
Since we’re so experienced at parenting, we thought the Duke and Duchess of Sussex needed to hear from us now that their son Archie has arrived. This was a good excuse for general Royal Baby gossip. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Roundabout Roundup: Sharing Is Caring
May 10, 2019 • 6 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup. Terri cared enough to share a very funny episode of 99% Invisible (https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/the-roman-mars-mazda-virus/). Nicole suggested ways for teachers to show students they care…
Screen Believers
May 9, 2019 • 13 min
The World Health Organization recently issued screen-time guidelines for kids (https://www.nbcnews.com/health/kids-health/no-screen-time-babies-only-1-hour-kids-under-5-n998051): No screens at all for babies under a year old, and one hour a day max for…
Life Lessons, Unlearned
May 8, 2019 • 13 min
In the complaint department today: We try and try to teach our kids basic life skills, like laundry and cooking. And yet (some of) them just don’t seem to get it. We’d like our appliances to step up and share some of the burden. For quotes, archives, and…
Fightin’ Words
May 7, 2019 • 14 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, we watched “Ghosts,” the last episode of season 3 of “One Day at a Time”—and probably the last episode ever. We hate to see it go (still mad at you, Netflix!), but we’re glad it happened. On our “The West Wing”…
Small Change
May 6, 2019 • 10 min
A “New York Times” (https://www.nytimes.com/) letter-writer prompted today’s chat when she wrote: “It is my belief that children often have more of an impact on changing their parents than parents may have on molding their children.” We can’t quite commit…
Roundabout Roundup: Successes Big and Small
May 3, 2019 • 9 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri had another “customer service via Twitter” success story thanks to Olive Garden (https://twitter.com/olivegarden). Nicole’s Livebinder on Modified Lessons for Students with Disabilities…
Weight Wait
May 2, 2019 • 12 min
Today’s obsession is a common one, we’ve found: Not just losing weight, but maintaining a weight loss. WeightWatchers will always welcome us back, but wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to go there? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Critter Report
May 1, 2019 • 15 min
Today we have some complaints about our (mostly) beloved pets: Cats are stalking lizards, a dog has herpes, and we’ve got a tortoise situation AND a hare situation. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Beginning and Ending
Apr 30, 2019 • 11 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, it’s the beginning of the end for “One Day at a Time.” We watched, and enjoyed, its second-to-last episode, “Drinking and Driving.” On “The West Wing,” it’s another campaign episode, “Freedonia,” as Matt Santos…
Trade-In Values
Apr 29, 2019 • 14 min
Target’s car-seat trade-in event (https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/planet/sustainable-products/car-seat-trade-in) is happening now, which got us thinking: We have a lot of other kid stuff we’d like to trade in for bigger and better…
Roundabout Roundup: Winners and Losers
Apr 26, 2019 • 8 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri recommends a winning podcast called This Had Oscar Buzz (http://thishadoscarbuzz.tumblr.com/), Nicole’s playing the “Game of Thrones” (https://www.hbo.com/game-of-thrones), and Catherine read a book for parents of…
Prom-Palooza
Apr 25, 2019 • 11 min
‘Tis the season for prom, so we’re obsessing about that this week. Are promposals a thing of the past? How about going with, you know, a date? Do you snap your own photos or hire a pro? We have questions! For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Dental Dilemmas
Apr 24, 2019 • 14 min
After ignoring it for years, we suddenly started to wonder if dental insurance is a must or a maybe. Our complaint: The math (surprise!) is complicated, at least here in the USA. Mentioned: Oscar insurance (https://www.hioscar.com/). For quotes, archives,…
TV Homework
Apr 23, 2019 • 15 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, we check out FX’s “Fosse/Verdon” (https://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/fosse-verdon), because we can’t resist a “Hamilton”-adjacent project. It takes some homework to put together the Broadway character jigsaw…
Bathroom Break
Apr 22, 2019 • 11 min
Nicole said everyone was talking about Kim Kardashian’s bathroom (https://jezebel.com/kim-kardashian-west-explains-her-sinks-1834125651), so we had to, too. The upshot: If we had Kim’s kash, we wouldn’t spend it on a sink with no basin, soap, or towels.…
Roundabout Roundup: Picks from Stage and Screen
Apr 19, 2019 • 6 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine got to see the beautiful musical “Come From Away” (https://comefromaway.com/). Nicole wants you to check out her daughter’s beautiful photography (https://photosbykristen.myportfolio.com/). Terri found Overcast…
Why We Love Our Kids’ Obsessions
Apr 18, 2019 • 10 min
A kid’s obsession can build self-esteem, lead to a career, or help you communicate when nothing else works. So what’s not to love? After all, as adults we have plenty of obsessions of our own (like, say, podcasting). For quotes, archives, and more, visit…
Doing Our Homework
Apr 17, 2019 • 12 min
This post on the “burden of parent homework” (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/27/well/family/the-burden-of-parent-homework.html) was the perfect prompt for our weekly Wednesday complaint session. No thank you to homework for preschoolers, to homework for…
TV Family Strife
Apr 16, 2019 • 14 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, our fave families are fighting. On “One Day at a Time,” Schneider’s mustache-twirling father came to visit, with possibly disastrous consequences. And on “The West Wing,” CJ and Abbey sparred over how to manage…
Playing Our Parental Roles
Apr 15, 2019 • 13 min
On this week’s Round 1, we’re talking about an article (https://bold.expert/from-philosopher-to-negotiator-these-parental-roles-help-kids-thrive/) that outlines some of the roles parents need to play to help kids thrive (it’s an interview with the…
Roundabout Roundup: Soothing and Salty
Apr 12, 2019 • 9 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri’s listening to Jonathan Coulton’s “Some Guys” album (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1367654906/some-guys-the-new-album-from-jonathan-coulton). Nicole’s following an Instagram account…
College Sticker Shock
Apr 11, 2019 • 14 min
First we were obsessed with the college application process (http://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/kids-and-rejection-college-acceptance-edition), then those who cheated on that process…
Say No to Naysaying
Apr 10, 2019 • 10 min
On today’s Round 3, we complain about people who doubt our kids’ abilities. And then we complain about ourselves for caring so much about proving them wrong. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Special Episodes That Succeed
Apr 9, 2019 • 12 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, two Very Special Episodes of TV. The “One Day at a Time” episode “Anxiety” was a well-done depiction of how anxiety really feels. And on “The West Wing,” we’re back on the campaign trail in a documentary-style…
Who’s Sorry Now?
Apr 8, 2019 • 11 min
On Round 1 this week, we’re talking about apologies. It’s not so simple to help our kids learn when and how to say “sorry” (https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2019-04-03/teaching-kids-the-importance-of-an-apology), especially if we want them…
Roundabout Roundup: Listen and Learn
Apr 5, 2019 • 5 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri has some encouraging words for parents of special needs every day on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/terri-mauro). Nicole is working on a new collaborative project called Inclusion from Square One…
The College Pressure Cooker
Apr 4, 2019 • 15 min
We’re still obsessing about college (http://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/rethinking-college) over here, because Nicole’s daughter is in the thick of decision time and Catherine’s is not far behind. How can you blame us, when the whole process…
Give Them Some Credit
Apr 3, 2019 • 11 min
We complain about a kid being rejected for a credit card (come on, Kohl’s (https://www.kohls.com/)! Otherwise, we love you!) and discuss how and when they should start building that all-important credit history. Mentioned: The “I have a credit card”…
Two Tight TV Families
Apr 2, 2019 • 15 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, we did not watch “The West Wing” episode that we promised last week. Instead, we tried out a promising new NBC sitcom, “Abby’s,” starring Natalie Morales and sharing some DNA with our beloved “Parks &…
On the Campaign Trail
Apr 1, 2019 • 11 min
Thanks to this roundup of campaign slogans from moms (https://wokesloth.com/mom-campaign-slogans/masha/), we brainstormed our own (Nicole had a little help from SloganGenerator.org) before deciding we probably—no, definitely—do not want any job we’d have…
Roundabout Roundup: Creative Inspiration
Mar 29, 2019 • 5 min
On today’s Roundabout Roundup, three picks that showcase creativity and inspiration: Momentum Dashboard (https://momentumdash.com/), Annie Kurzweg on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/anniegetyourgum/), and the book “The Hate U Give”…
Calling Out Our Husbands’ Habits
Mar 28, 2019 • 12 min
On today’s Round 4, true confessions about obsessions: Not ours, but our husbands. Catherine’s and Nicole’s are kindred spirits with a similar level of extra-ness when it comes to kitchen gadgets. Terri’s, meanwhile, is happy with an old TV show—but he…
Spring Break Sob Stories
Mar 27, 2019 • 10 min
On today’s Round 3, it’s complaint day, and we set our sights on spring break. The weather’s bad, the kids are bored, and the yard is full of dog poop. But Terri says we’ll miss it when it’s gone. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Small Screen, Big Issues
Mar 26, 2019 • 11 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, “One Day at a Time” returns (http://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/brothers-sisters-and-writers) to the sitcom way of tying up very real conversations with an unreal bow (in “The First Time”). On…
14 Ways to Ruin Your Kids’ Lives
Mar 25, 2019 • 12 min
Inspired by cartoonist Annie Kurzweg (https://www.instagram.com/anniegetyourgum/), we confess all the terrible things we do to torment our children: Looking at them! Looking at their phones! Speaking to them in front of peers! We are the worst. For…
Roundabout Roundup: Seeing Things Anew
Mar 22, 2019 • 9 min
On today’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine saw Melissa McCarthy in a new light in the movie “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4595882/), and Terri built herself a brand-new website (https://www.byterrimauro.com/) with Weebly…
Name That Mom Phrase
Mar 21, 2019 • 9 min
A Buzzfeed article (https://www.buzzfeed.com/alliehayes/reddit-moms-funny-catchphrases) obsessing about mom catchphrases naturally led us to do the same. At least one of us has upped her game by adding Broadway show tunes to her catchphrase repertoire.…
Last-Minute Shopping Emergencies
Mar 20, 2019 • 11 min
On this week’s Round 3, our complaint is with kids who suddenly need essentials like salt, black shoes, and Revolutionary War-era costumes at the eleventh hour. (And we have some suggested solutions for the business world.) For quotes, archives, and more,…
New Relationships and Cute Couples
Mar 19, 2019 • 13 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, we enjoyed the Valentine’s Day fun on “One Day at a Time”; it was our favorite episode of the season thus far. On “The West Wing,” new “couple” Josh Lyman and Congressman “Call me Matt!” Santos kicked off…
Rethinking College
Mar 18, 2019 • 14 min
We just talked about college decisions (http://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/kids-and-rejection-college-acceptance-edition) last week, but we had to revisit the topic after the Operation Varsity Blues scandal broke. Could it lead to more…
Roundabout Roundup: Success Stories and a New Shop
Mar 15, 2019 • 9 min
On today’s Roundabout Roundup, Catherine recaps her trip to the “Fixer-Upper” mecca (https://magnolia.com/) in Waco, Texas (mentioned: Chip Gaines’ book, “Capital Gaines,” https://amzn.to/2NR3PpI). Nicole shares a Twitter customer service victory (thanks,…
Unsound Sleep
Mar 14, 2019 • 11 min
Today’s obsession is sleep, and whether our kids are getting enough of it. Because when the kids aren’t sleeping, neither are the mothers. It’s quite the vicious cycle. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Kids and Rejection: College Acceptance Edition
Mar 13, 2019 • 12 min
Today’s obsession is sleep, and whether our kids are getting enough of it. Because when the kids aren’t sleeping, neither are the mothers. It’s quite the vicious cycle. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Old Chestnuts and New Beginnings
Mar 12, 2019 • 17 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, “One Day at a Time” serves up a classic sitcom plot in “Nip It in the Bud” (but at least the episode follows logically from the previous one). On “The West Wing,” the change that was a-comin’…
Remembering Luke Perry
Mar 11, 2019 • 10 min
Whether we watched him on “Beverly Hills 90210” in our college days, “John from Cincinnati” (http://parentingroundabout.libsyn.com/round-2-dwts-live-the-west-wing-and-john-from-cincinnati) in the more recent past, or “Riverdale” today, Luke Perry was a…
Roundabout Roundup: Handy, Comfy, Professional
Mar 8, 2019 • 8 min
On today’s Roundabout Roundup, Terri’s shouting out her public library’s (http://www.cliftonpl.org/clifton-library-about/clifton-library-wireless-printing) handy-dandy printing service. Nicole has revamped and relaunched her professional website…
Launching a Young Adult
Mar 7, 2019 • 11 min
With her daughter off to college soon, Nicole is obsessed with teaching independence and life skills. Terri and Catherine offer advice, despite having yet to push any of their children out of the nest. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Like Talking to a Brick Wall
Mar 6, 2019 • 11 min
We’ve tried cute little notes, temper tantrums, and repeating ourselves over and over (and over) again. And yet, our families ignore our wise counsel and basic rules. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Brothers, Sisters, and Writers
Mar 5, 2019 • 9 min
On this week’s entertainment-themed Round 2, “One Day at a Time” shows us what a daring sitcom it is by not having a phone go overboard (on “Hermanos”). It also introduces us to yet another relative we’ve never before seen or heard of. On our “West Wing”…
All-or-Nothing Activities
Mar 4, 2019 • 16 min
In this episode, we’re talking about kids today—or really, kids’ activities today and how they’re really kids’ and parents’ activities. Because why wouldn’t we want to balance parenting, working, family relationships, and maintaining a home with a…
Roundabout Roundup: Good Service, Four Ways
Mar 1, 2019 • 7 min
On today’s Roundabout Roundup, Catherine shouts out the Pocket Yoga app (http://www.pocketyoga.com/Apps/PocketYoga). Nicole reveals the hotel chain (https://towneplacesuites.marriott.com/) she raved about yesterday, and Terri thanks Mophie…
How Hotels Win Our Hearts
Feb 28, 2019 • 11 min
It turns out we’re all obsessed with certain hotel amenities. Free, fast Wifi is a given, but you can also make an impression with easy access to hot drinks, USB ports, lap desks, and Netflix. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Bothered by Baby Talk
Feb 27, 2019 • 10 min
Parents, trust us when we tell you we would rather listen to your child’s tantrum than your cringe-y baby talk. We usually try to show solidarity with other moms and dads, but it turns out this is where we draw the line. For quotes, archives, and more,…
A Big Benefit, a Big Summit, and a Big Actor
Feb 26, 2019 • 14 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2, “One Day at a Time” continues to befuddle us with its weird continuity situation (while still charming us with its actors). On “The West Wing,” the drama is high as President Bartlet tries to keep up during a China…
Casserole People vs. Spoon People
Feb 25, 2019 • 13 min
Inspired by Amy Brown’s podcast (https://www.podbean.com/media/share/dir-x3skc-59adb1b?fbclid=IwAR0Ev9pML7pCNb5bqGZ4tgoK8IgpdMRGqxxOLH9U75MDdcgkZD-6Q-JTgG0), today we’re talking about casseroles vs. spoons. Actually, we’re all confessing that when it’s…
Roundabout Roundup: Word Work, Word Play, and New Music
Feb 22, 2019 • 10 min
On today’s Roundabout Roundup, Terri is cautiously recommending a tool she’s long been leery of (Microsoft Word, http://office.com/), Catherine shares her latest time-wasting word game (Wordscapes,…
Motivating Kids to Move
Feb 21, 2019 • 12 min
There’s almost nothing more delicate than trying to encourage a kid to exercise (“Are you saying I’m fat?!”), which explains why we’re all a little obsessed with our children’s fitness habits. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Check-Out Line Chaos
Feb 20, 2019 • 10 min
Even though she’s moved on from having to wrangle small, grabby children in line at the store, Nicole still has some complaints about the system (or lack thereof). For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
In the Room and On the Couch
Feb 19, 2019 • 14 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2, “One Day at a Time” gives us the family-centered episode we were hoping for (“Outside”), but keeps all the characters couch-bound and Talking About Issues—never our favorite scenario. Meanwhile, on “The West Wing”…
Who’s Spying on Your Refrigerator?
Feb 18, 2019 • 11 min
When we heard that photos from inside a wifi-enabled refrigerator might be used in a dating app (https://bobbybones.iheart.com/featured/bobby-bones/content/2019-02-06-amys-pile-samsung-creates-app-to-date-based-on-your-refrigerator/%20), we started…
Roundabout Roundup: A Good-Dog Game, a Fresh Feed, a Shiny Site
Feb 15, 2019 • 4 min
On today’s Roundabout Roundup, Catherine’s looking forward to the upcoming card game from We Rate Dogs (https://www.chroniclebooks.com/we-rate-dogs-the-card-game.html), while Nicole recommends the Instagram feed Living the Second Act…
To Work or Not to Work
Feb 14, 2019 • 11 min
Terri’s been obsessing about her kids’ jobs for a while, and now Nicole is joining her. How much pressure should we put on our high-school students to be gainfully employed? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
The Unsolicited Schedule Shake-Up
Feb 13, 2019 • 12 min
Kids thrive on routines, but so do parents. So today we’re complaining about having to deal with changes to our daily habits—and the best ways to bug other people until they fix things. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
A New Season and a Promise of Change
Feb 12, 2019 • 14 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2, we return to our “West Wing” watch with the season 6 episode “A Change Is Gonna Come.” We are very much looking forward to some changes (say, no more clunky explanatory dialogue for CJ?). We also return to “One Day at…
See You in Court, Mom
Feb 11, 2019 • 9 min
If kids can sue their parents (https://news.iheart.com/featured/coast-to-coast-am/content/2019-02-04-indian-man-wants-to-sue-his-parents-for-giving-birth-to-him/) just for being born, do we need to be prepared to defend our every parenting decision in a…
Roundabout Roundup: Online Homes for Art, Gowns, and Podcast Love
Feb 8, 2019 • 8 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Catherine shares her brother’s new shop for customized art (https://timelineatlas.bigcartel.com/) that illustrates your life story (also on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/timeline_atlas/). Meanwhile, Nicole found…
The KonMaybe Method
Feb 7, 2019 • 14 min
Marie Kondo and her KonMari method are all over are social media feeds, thanks to her new Netflix show (https://www.netflix.com/title/80209379). So on today’s Round 4, we discuss our tidying-up takeaways. In a nutshell: We’re #KonMaybe. Also mentioned:…
The Mom Flu
Feb 6, 2019 • 11 min
Nicole has a cold, and she’s griping about how hard it is for moms to take a sick day. How come there’s no such thing as the mom flu, equivalent to the man flu? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
A Super Comedy and Somewhat Super Ads
Feb 5, 2019 • 22 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2, we paused our “West Wing” watch because the West Wing Weekly podcast (http://thewestwingweekly.com/) took a detour from its episode-by-episode schedule. Instead, we talked Super Bowl ads…
Second-Generation Phone Phobia
Feb 4, 2019 • 11 min
Today we’re talking about talking on the phone—more specifically, helping our kids make their own calls to employers and insurance companies and other fun places. Why can’t we do everything online, please? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Roundabout Roundup: Behind-the-Scenes Peeks and Bargain Buys
Feb 1, 2019 • 6 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Catherine’s shouting out Aviation Exploring (https://www.exploring.org/aviation/), which is giving her son an insider’s view of aviation careers. Terri’s going behind the scenes with the Dancing with the Stars pros on…
AirPods? More Like WherePods!
Jan 31, 2019 • 10 min
Many kids (and teens and young adults) that we know are obsessed with AirPods, Apple’s pricey wireless earbuds. Some are lucky enough to have their own. But how long will it be before they’re eaten by the sofa cushions? For quotes, archives, and more,…
To Snow Day or Not to Snow Day
Jan 30, 2019 • 11 min
Kids complain when they don’t get a snow day. Parents complain when they do AND when they don’t. This is why we don’t want to be the snow-day decision-makers. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Teary Times on The West Wing and The Good Place
Jan 29, 2019 • 22 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2, “The West Wing” tugged at our feelings in a sappy way (“The Dover Test”), while “The Good Place” did so in a much more heartbreaking season-ender (“Pandemonium”). For next week, we’ll watch “The West Wing” episode “A…
Careful with That College Reveal!
Jan 28, 2019 • 11 min
Apparently college reveal parties (https://grownandflown.com/college-reveal-parties)—and godmother proposals (https://www.purewow.com/news/godparent-proposal)—are a thing? Today we’re talking about the extra-ness of it all, and why you shouldn’t be…
Roundabout Roundup: Family Tracking, Funny Photos, No-Frills Lip Balm
Jan 25, 2019 • 7 min
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine’s tracking her family with the Life360 app (https://www.life360.com/), Nicole’s giggling at Old School Dads (https://www.instagram.com/oldschooldads/)—and Moms (https://www.instagram.com/oldschoolmoms/) on…
Skin Care Struggles
Jan 24, 2019 • 9 min
We got our skin care and beauty advice from Seventeen magazine, and our daughters get it from YouTube. Because they definitely don’t want to hear it from us. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Instant Adulthood
Jan 23, 2019 • 10 min
Happy birthday to Nicole’s daughter, who just turned 18! Who know that meant she was supposed to be a fully functioning, 100% independent adult overnight? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
A Silly West Wing and a Surreal Good Place
Jan 22, 2019 • 15 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2, it’s a missable episode of “The West Wing,” as Josh fails to understand the Internet yet again and the writers fail to live up to the snappy dialogue standards of Aaron Sorkin. On “The Good Place,” you would think a…
The No-Win Screen-Time Situation
Jan 21, 2019 • 11 min
The latest study on screen time (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190109114811.htm?fbclid=IwAR1vL8wb4YrqbqhkCj9CvqP3-xCIPWqdk1rpPICFTrJAWNpyxf24C93Alz4) and its evils left us sighing and justifying our lack of limits. Since we can’t seem to…
Roundabout Roundup: Better Hair, Better Concert, Better Decluttering
Jan 18, 2019 • 10 min
On the Roundabout Roundup this week: Catherine solved a hair problem (https://www.aveda.com/product/22901/62004/styling/blow-dry-spray/speed-of-light-blow-dry-accelerator-spray#/shade/6.7_fl_oz%2F200_ml) she didn’t know she had; Terri found a better way…
The Old College Try
Jan 17, 2019 • 12 min
What are parents obsessing about right now? At Nicole’s house, it’s everything about the going-to-college process, from applying to deciding to (of course) paying for it. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Jury Deliberations
Jan 16, 2019 • 16 min
Complaining about jury duty is a perennial topic, but we’ve managed to find a new, parenting-related twist on it. Would you make the same decision Terri’s making? (And would you feel guilty if you did?) For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
New Faces on The West Wing and The Good Place
Jan 15, 2019 • 19 min
On our entertainment-themed Round 2, we meet some new characters on “The West Wing” (thanks for the spoiler, opening credits). And on “The Good Place,” it’s yet another new place along with a new face (Nicole Byer from Nailed It,…
Should Parents Be Talking Out of School?
Jan 14, 2019 • 11 min
An incident at Catherine’s daughter’s high school got us talking about talking: As in, when parents gossip about what’s going on at school without knowing what’s actually going on. A bad idea? Yes. Kind of fun? Also yes. For quotes, archives, and more,…
Roundabout Roundup: Podcast, Playlist, Perfect Gift
Jan 11, 2019 • 11 min
On this week’s Round 5, our shout-outs: Nicole is listening to an Australian true-crime podcast called Teacher’s Pet (https://www.theaustralian.com.au/the-teachers-pet); Terri’s listening to her Apple Music “On Repeat” playlist…
Planners Parents Need
Jan 10, 2019 • 10 min
On today’s Round 4, calendars and planners: every parent needs one (or several), and if we could only find the perfect one, everything would just fall into place, right? We do have some specific ideas for all the planner-makers out there. For quotes,…
Car Trip Complaints
Jan 9, 2019 • 12 min
On today’s Round 4, calendars and planners: every parent needs one (or several), and if we could only find the perfect one, everything would just fall into place, right? We do have some specific ideas for all the planner-makers out there. For quotes,…
A West Wing Surprise and a Big Night
Jan 8, 2019 • 18 min
On today’s Round 2, two very different roles for Allison Janney: On “The West Wing” episode “Third-Day Story,” she’s competent press secretary CJ Cregg, and her life is about to change in a big way. And in the 1996 movie “Big Night,” she’s a competent…
Our Finger on the Pulse of Parenting Books
Jan 7, 2019 • 13 min
Happy New Year, and welcome to a new format for Parenting Roundabout! Instead of a lengthy group chat every Monday and mini-episodes the rest of the week, we’ll bring you a short segment every Monday through Friday covering, as usual, the things parents…
Speed Round: Holiday Travel
Dec 21, 2018 • 4 min
Today’s question: During the holiday break, would we rather stay home, or visit family, or take a vacation? It’s complicated. (Happy holidays to you, dear listeners! We will be taking our own winter vacation and will return with a new episode on Monday,…
Speed Round: Holiday Food Picks
Dec 20, 2018 • 10 min
When it comes to holiday foods and treats, Terri and Catherine are very much aligned. They’ll take everything Nicole doesn’t want, except possibly mince pie. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Holiday Shopping Challenges
Dec 19, 2018 • 8 min
It’s so noble when people don’t want anything. And yet so infuriating! For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: The West Wing and In Plain Sight
Dec 18, 2018 • 18 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode: 00:35 “The West Wing”: In “The Birnam Wood,” come for the lecture on the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate. Stay for the extended footage of a beloved character’s apparent demise! … 09:47 Challenge…
Episode 244: A Perennial Mom Debate
Dec 17, 2018 • 48 min
00:31 Surprise Hamster: Santa Claus did some unauthorized shopping. … 08:36 Clickbait Debate: A Buzzfeed article…
Speed Round: Holiday Gifts for Pets
Dec 14, 2018 • 5 min
Today’s question: Do you buy holiday gifts for your pets? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Holiday Movies Game
Dec 13, 2018 • 4 min
Today’s question is “How many of these holiday movies (https://www.buzzfeed.com/mjkiebus/rotten-tomatoes-top-christmas-movies) have you seen?” (With a secondary question of “Is that a holiday movie, really?”) For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Speed Round: Holiday Candy
Dec 12, 2018 • 4 min
Today’s question: What is your favorite holiday candy? Or are you quite happy with everyday, year-round treats dressed up in holiday wrapping? If this speed round makes you hungry, here is a recipe for peppermint bark…
Round 2: DWTS Juniors Finale, The Good Place, and The West Wing
Dec 11, 2018 • 27 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode: 00:31 Dancing with the Stars Juniors: We have a winner! And we’re very pleased to see Sky take home the trophy. … 09:58 The Good Place: Speaking of winning, this episode was the best of season 3…
Episode 243: True Lies
Dec 10, 2018 • 46 min
00:32 Tired Terri: Her new Fitbit may be contributing to Terri’s couch-sleeping, early-rising habits. … 06:50 Lies, White Lies, and Santa: Inspired by this Offspring article…
Speed Round: Watching Sports
Dec 7, 2018 • 6 min
Today’s question: What sports do you find the most boring to watch? The most exciting? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Do You Play Video Games?
Dec 6, 2018 • 3 min
From arcade games of yore to the e-sports of today: Do we play video games? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Big Box or Mom-and-Pop?
Dec 5, 2018 • 5 min
Today’s question: For shopping during the holiday season or any time of year, do you prefer the big box stores or small mom-and-pop shops? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Dancing with the Stars Jrs. and Dogs on Netflix
Dec 4, 2018 • 19 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode: 00:59 Dancing with the Stars Juniors: It’s the semi-finals, so the field is narrowed from four stars to… four! In a surprising twist, the producers opted not to torment the children this week.…
Episode 242: Parenting Dos and Don’ts
Dec 3, 2018 • 52 min
00:33 Lunch Delivery: Nicole’s daughter came up with a clever new solution to the old problem of the forgotten school lunch. … 06:29 Raising Kids Right: A Facebook post (https://www.facebook.com/grownandflown/posts/1477087385724670) prompted a discussion…
Speed Round Replay: Favorite Christmas Movies
Nov 30, 2018 • 3 min
(It’s that time of the year: Replay time, because we were unable to record new speed rounds for this week. But maybe this one is new to you!) Have a holly holly movie night with the films that fill us with holiday joy, including Love Actually…
Speed Round Replay: Gift Wrap or Gift Bags?
Nov 29, 2018 • 4 min
(It’s that time of the year: Replay time, because we were unable to record new speed rounds for this week. But maybe this one is new to you!) It’s the most gift-wrappy season of all. Do you play it fast and easy, or take a little time to wrestle with…
Speed Round Replay: Do You Switch Your Closet Over for the Season?
Nov 28, 2018 • 5 min
(It’s that time of the year: Replay time, because we were unable to record new speed rounds for this week. But maybe this one is new to you!) For those with petite closets and serious weather shifts, it’s time for the T-shirts and shorts to go away and…
Round 2: Dancing with the Stars Juniors and The West Wing Weekly
Nov 27, 2018 • 18 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode: 00:35 Dancing with the Stars Juniors: We’ve now divided the field into Big Kids and Littles, and guess what? We’re rooting for the little guys. … 09:08 The West Wing Weekly podcast: Instead of…
Cyber Monday Replay: Force of Habit
Nov 26, 2018 • 40 min
What with all the traveling, cooking, and eating last week, we could not record a new episode. So please enjoy this serving of leftovers from November 2017. We’ll have a new Round 2 for you tomorrow. … 01:09 Cyber Monday Shopping: Will we be proactive…
Speed Round: Events that Defy Explanation
Nov 23, 2018 • 8 min
We tell our tales of cars that pull off magical U-turns, a family assembling itself from across the globe, and close encounters with groundhogs. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Happy Thanksgiving
Nov 22, 2018 • 3 min
In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, we go around the virtual table and share what we’re grateful for this year. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Annoys You About Your Phone?
Nov 21, 2018 • 3 min
Can’t live with them, but definitely can’t live without them: Our phones and their pet peeves. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: DWTS Finale, DWTS Jrs., The Good Place and The West Wing
Nov 20, 2018 • 36 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode: 00:37 Dancing with the Stars: Unlikely champ Bobby Bones takes home the mirror ball! Mentioned: An early October episode of Bobby’s podcast (#141,…
Episode 241: Saying Goodbye to a Pet
Nov 19, 2018 • 56 min
00:32 High-School Graduation Gifts: Options range from “a pen” to “a trip to Iceland.” … 07:09 Losing a Pet: For Terri’s family, the loss is fresh. But we’ve all experienced the death of a beloved dog, and helping our kids through it. … 33:45 Speed Round:…
Speed Round: The Perfect Day
Nov 16, 2018 • 4 min
We’ll use our perfect day to catch up on our entertainment and just generally be slothful. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Overrated Vacations
Nov 15, 2018 • 5 min
Our thoughts on what’s overrated cover rather a lot of ground: Beaches. Amusement parks. Water parks. Camping. Leaving the house ever. See also: Our recent Speed Round on theory vs. reality…
Round 2: DWTS Semi-Finals, DWTS Jrs., The Good Place and The West Wing
Nov 14, 2018 • 32 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode: 00:32 Dancing with the Stars: It’s the semi-finals, and two stars are eliminated—one deserving and one maybe not so (but we have a theory about why it’s legit). Next week: The finale! … 16:10…
Speed Round: Most Recent Movie
Nov 13, 2018 • 3 min
Our entertainment-themed Round 2 will come to you tomorrow, so today we offer an entertainment-themed Speed Round: What is the last movie you watched? Terri’s is “Lady Bird,” and you can hear her thoughts about it on this July Round 2…
Episode 240: Hometowns and Heartache
Nov 12, 2018 • 50 min
00:27 California Here We Come: Catherine and her daughter headed to sunny SoCal for a skating competition, and Nicole gets to come and watch. … 05:25 Hometown Connections: While Terri has lived in New Jersey for many years, she grew up in Thousand Oaks,…
Speed Round: What Is Your Favorite Kitchen Smell?
Nov 9, 2018 • 3 min
None of us is an avid chef, but we are all very happy to eat delicious-smelling desserts, bread, and bacon. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: How Often Do You Check Your Phone?
Nov 8, 2018 • 6 min
Just how poor of an example are we setting for our kids, really? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Favorite School Subjects
Nov 7, 2018 • 4 min
Terri’s a writer through and through, so her favorite subject won’t surprise you. But Nicole’s and Catherine’s might. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, The Good Place, and The West Wing
Nov 6, 2018 • 24 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode: 00:30 Dancing with the Stars: On Country Night, it’s a double-elimination do-si-do. … 12:11 The Good Place: “A Fractured Inheritance” finds both Eleanor and Tahani reckoning with their childhoods.…
Episode 239: The World of Work
Nov 5, 2018 • 49 min
00:30 Busted: It was bound to happen sooner or later: Nicole’s daughter calls her out after a comment on Instagram. … 11:25 Career Check-In: Nicole is embarking on a new career, Catherine is pondering a switch from freelance to staff work, and Terri just…
Speed Round: Would You Rather: Careers
Nov 2, 2018 • 4 min
When given the choice between two occupations, we’ll always try to figure out which one has the lower potential for stress. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Would You Rather: Clothing Choices
Nov 1, 2018 • 6 min
If you peek in our closets, will you find quality or quantity? Flats or heels? Navy or black? Mentioned: Sherry from Young House Love and her minimalist wardrobe (https://www.younghouselove.com/minimal-closet-wardrobe/). For quotes, archives, and more,…
Speed Round: Would You Rather: Approaches to Life
Oct 31, 2018 • 10 min
It’s “Would You Rather?” week for all of our Speed Rounds, and today, we take on WYR questions about how we approach life (and chocolate). For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, DWTS Jrs, The Good Place and The West Wing
Oct 30, 2018 • 37 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode: 00:40 Dancing with the Stars: It’s Halloween Night, and we get a cringey show-mance and a “star” with unfortunate staying power. Mentioned: Frankie and Witney’s contemporary dance…
Episode 238: Spooky, Scary Childhood Fears
Oct 29, 2018 • 55 min
00:32 Volunteer Woes: Nicole was fired and Terri’s retired, leaving Catherine the only sucker who’s still putting in those volunteer hours. … 09:25 Childhood Fears: Some we’ve gotten over. Others have stayed with us. You just never know when Jaws is going…
Speed Round: Reality Check
Oct 26, 2018 • 5 min
We cop to those experiences that sound like a great idea, but kinda suck in reality. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Kind of Business Would You Start?
Oct 25, 2018 • 4 min
In case this podcast thing doesn’t take off, we have some other business ideas. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Health Procrastination
Oct 24, 2018 • 7 min
We know we should do all these important health tests and tasks, but we just don’t wanna. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: DWTS, DWTS Juniors, and The Good Place
Oct 23, 2018 • 35 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode: 00:28 Dancing with the Stars: Disney Night meant a lot of reenacting movies, visits from the Junior stars and pros, and a parting gift from Mickey. Mentioned: Kristyn Burtt on voting strategies…
Episode 237: Yearbooks of Today and Yesterday
Oct 22, 2018 • 57 min
00:32 Canada Calling: Nicole got to visit the motherland for her annual dose of autumn weather and ketchup chips. Mentioned: Prince Harry gives up alcohol during his wife’s pregnancy…
Speed Round: What Is the Last Thing You Googled?
Oct 19, 2018 • 4 min
Two of us are ashamed of our searches, while the third just needs a pretty hair-do. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Is the Perfect Outdoor Temperature?
Oct 18, 2018 • 4 min
We try to appreciate those (very few and far between) days when the weather is just perfect. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Is Your Ideal Ice Cream Sundae?
Oct 17, 2018 • 6 min
Our discussion of sundae toppings leads Terri on a walk down SoCal memory lane. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: DWTS, DWTS Juniors, The Good Place and The West Wing
Oct 16, 2018 • 31 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode: 00:39 Dancing with the Stars: Trio Night ends on a downbeat note, with excellent dancer Tinashe going home and Grocery Store Joe… not going home. Mentioned: This adorable number from Nastia Liukin…
Episode 236: How to Ace a Parent-Teacher Conference
Oct 15, 2018 • 46 min
00:32 Sanitation Situation: People in Catherine’s town have big thoughts and feelings about garbage and recycling bins. … 07:04 Meet the Teachers: ’Tis the season for parent-teacher conferences. With many (many, many) meetings in our pasts, we have advice…
Speed Round: What’s the Longest You’ve Stayed in the Hospital?
Oct 12, 2018 • 3 min
We’ve been pretty darn lucky. Our family members, not so much. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Single Thing Makes You Most Nostalgic?
Oct 11, 2018 • 3 min
Songs and shows from our youth, and the tappity-tap of an old-timey typewriter, bring back beautiful memories. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Do You Have a Dining Room?
Oct 10, 2018 • 2 min
Open-concept homes may be all the rage, but at least one of us has a dedicated dining space—sometimes even used for meals! For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, DWTS Jrs., The Good Place and The West Wing
Oct 9, 2018 • 36 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode: 00:36 Dancing with the Stars: This season’s was a surprisingly upbeat edition of My Most Memorable Year, with fewer sob stories and more enjoyable dances. … 15:22 DWTS Juniors: Terri reports on…
Episode 235: Beyond Tiger Moms and Helicopter Parents
Oct 8, 2018 • 39 min
00:31 Hospital Stay: Nicole gives an update on a hospital visit that kept her from podcasting last week. … 07:15 The Fill-in-the-Blank Parent: First it was tiger moms, then helicopter parents, then lawnmower parents and even elephant parents…
Speed Round: What’s the Weirdest Thing You’ve Found?
Oct 5, 2018 • 7 min
Inspired by this post at Go Fug Yourself (https://www.gofugyourself.com/unclaimed-baggage-by-jen-doll-09-2018), we tell our tales of finding weird (sometimes disturbing!) items. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Solids or Prints?
Oct 4, 2018 • 3 min
When it comes to our clothing choices, are we bold and bright or solid and simple? (Or “whatever hides the dirt”?) For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Bonus Round 2: DWTS Las Vegas Night
Oct 3, 2018 • 18 min
Instead of our usual Wednesday Speed Round, today we bring you a bonus Round 2 so we can cover Dancing with the Stars’ Tuesday night edition. Hear our thoughts on voting, time management, and costuming shenanigans—and even the dancing. For quotes,…
Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, The Good Place, and The West Wing
Oct 2, 2018 • 26 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode: 00:40 Dancing with the Stars: It was New York Night, which turned out to mean Broadway, the subway, and skyscraper-high scores from the judges. … 11:04 The Good Place: We’re in our happy place now…
Roundabout Replay: Giving Ourselves a Break
Oct 1, 2018 • 48 min
(In lieu of a brand-new episode today, please enjoy this October, 2017, flashback. We’ll be back with a new Round 2 tomorrow and new speed rounds for the rest of the week.) … 01:03 Post-Renovation Debrief: Terri’s bathroom reno is complete, but it will…
Speed Round: How Much Sleep Do You Want?
Sep 28, 2018 • 3 min
In our dreams, we would get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. But we never dream, because we don’t get that much sleep. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Are You Happy with Your Phone?
Sep 27, 2018 • 3 min
Our kids may nag us regularly about upgrades, but we’re pretty content with our phones—cracks and all. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Bonus Round 2: DWTS Elimination
Sep 26, 2018 • 10 min
Instead of our usual Speed Round, today we bring you a speedy Round 2 so we can cover the “Dancing with the Stars” Tuesday night edition—in which the first star is sent on her way. Plus, we got a preview of “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors,” coming next…
Round 2: Dancing with the Stars and West Wing
Sep 25, 2018 • 29 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode: 00:30 Dancing with the Stars: Season 27 kicks off with an onslaught of sparkles and stars (some starrier than others). … 16:10 The West Wing: We found this week’s episode, “Full Disclosure,” much…
Episode 234: Big Kids, Big Decisions
Sep 24, 2018 • 56 min
00:31 Traffic Rant: Terri’s tearing her hair out over the poor parking etiquette on her street. … 13:36 Too Old to Fail: …but too young to make smart decisions. That’s the pickle we find ourselves in as our kids grow up and have to make life-determining…
Speed Round: What Word Does Not Describe You?
Sep 21, 2018 • 2 min
Is there just one word that sums up who we are not? For at least two of us, there is. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Would You Rather: Summer Foods vs. Fall Foods
Sep 20, 2018 • 9 min
Summer offers delicious food and drink, but then again, so does fall. Don’t make us choose! For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Who Loses Things at Your House?
Sep 19, 2018 • 5 min
Which of us are the losers in our households, and which the finders? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: West Wing, Elementary, and Fixer Upper
Sep 18, 2018 • 26 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode: 00:40 The West Wing: Terri had to pass on “An Khe,” an episode loaded with false notes and overly easy drama. … 09:45 Challenge Round: Elementary: Terri challenged Catherine to try this…
Episode 233: Risky Business
Sep 17, 2018 • 55 min
00:32 Pet Roundabout: Time for a quick status check on the animal members of our households. … 12:30 Safety vs. Strength: Do we want our kids to take risks in order to become strong? Would it surprise you to learn we can’t answer such a black-and-white…
Speed Round: Do You Like Spicy Food?
Sep 14, 2018 • 4 min
One of us is at the top of the spice chain … but only the New Jersey-level spice chain. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What’s On Your Fridge?
Sep 13, 2018 • 5 min
We’ve talked about what’s inside our refrigerators (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18922813) before. Now, we want to know what’s stuck to the outside. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Do Your Kids Have a Curfew?
Sep 12, 2018 • 5 min
What time do your kids turn into pumpkins, and who makes the rules? (Turns out, it’s not always the parents.) For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance Finale and Making It Finale
Sep 11, 2018 • 31 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast: 00:52 So You Think You Can Dance: We have a winner, and it’s Hannahlei. Power to the tiny, bendy, teen-aged dancers! We congratulate her, and feel sure we’ll see many of the top 10 again…
Episode 232: Commandments and Consequences
Sep 10, 2018 • 46 min
00:32 Shoe Situation: Wearing two different shoes all day: Cause for concern, or fashion statement? … 08:28 Thou Shalt Obey These Rules: We set out to make a list of 10 Commandments for How to Treat Parents. Guess how many we actually came up with? ……
Speed Round: What Are You Watching on TV?
Sep 7, 2018 • 7 min
Since Nicole doesn’t usually join in on the Round 2 fun, we each give a little report on what’s on our TVs these days. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Who’s Buying?
Sep 6, 2018 • 6 min
If you take us out to lunch, we will gladly pay our share and maybe even yours too. (Just please, take us out to lunch!) For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Emoji Do You Use the Most?
Sep 5, 2018 • 7 min
Back in 2016, we shared our most frequently used emojis (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18922749). Has anything changed in two years? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: SYTYCD Top 4 Perform, Making It, and West Wing
Sep 4, 2018 • 31 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode: 00:35 So You Think You Can Dance: No eliminations, as the top 4 performed a total of 14 different dances for our review. Did those dances help us decide who to vote for, or were they TMI? … 12:20…
Episode 231: Vacation Dreams
Sep 3, 2018 • 44 min
00:31 School Security: We would like our kids to be able to move about freely, but also stay safe. It’s a conundrum. … 10:26 Vacations We Need: Inspired by a Facebook post (https://www.facebook.com/grownandflown/posts/1498189386947803), we dream up…
Speed Round: What Baby and Little Kid Stuff Have You Saved?
Aug 31, 2018 • 5 min
Turns out we’re better at passing along clothes, toys, and baby gear than we are at tossing birthday cards (with a few special exceptions, of course). For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: College Essay Tips from an Expert
Aug 30, 2018 • 18 min
Hafeez Lakhani, from Lakhani Coaching (https://www.lakhanicoaching.com/philosophy/), is Nicole’s guest on this special Speed Round. Hafeez gives us insight into what universities are looking for, tips for writing a winning essay, and valuable advice on…
Speed Round: What Do You Do with Birthday Cards?
Aug 29, 2018 • 4 min
Birthday cards: Lovingly selected, handsomely paid for, proudly displayed. And then what? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: SYTYCD Top Six Perform, Making It, and West Wing
Aug 28, 2018 • 36 min
00:33 So You Think You Can Dance: In this blink-and-you’ve-missed it season, the Top Four have been named, and there are just two episodes left to go. … 12:34 The West Wing: We finally reached Terri’s breaking point: She couldn’t bear to watch Toby’s…
Episode 230: Parenting Job Descriptions
Aug 27, 2018 • 45 min
00:31 College Competition: When do teens have time to live their lives, if they’re so busy stocking up good deeds for their college apps? … 12:55 Parents for Hire: We take a look at our LinkedIn profiles and wonder whether we should add positions like…
Speed Round: What Apps Have You Actually Paid For?
Aug 24, 2018 • 4 min
We share those few apps that actually make the leap from free to premium—and whether those few bucks were really well-spent. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Kind of Playlist Do You Need?
Aug 23, 2018 • 5 min
Forget the running playlist, the breakup playlist, and the poolside playlist. We have some other ideas for songs to live by. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What’s the Last Photo You Took?
Aug 22, 2018 • 6 min
It’s time to return to the urgent question of most recent photos on our phones (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18922795), and this crop is more exciting than last time: A memorable souvenir, a nimbler-than-expected dog, and some possibly illegal…
Round 2: SYTYCD Top Eight Perform, Making It, and West Wing
Aug 21, 2018 • 35 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast: 00:45 So You Think You Can Dance: Turns out it was Prop Night on SYTYCD, starting with a group number featuring giant rubber bands (?!). Aside from that one, we liked most of the dances this week.…
Episode 229: Born Too Late, or Too Early
Aug 20, 2018 • 39 min
00:31 Spirit Week: Nicole has questions about her daughter’s high school’s interpretation of a theme. …09:42 What We Missed Out On: New parents today have access to tons of cool gear we never got to use, and we’re sad about that. But we’re also…
Speed Round: What Kid Activities Did You Enjoy Most?
Aug 17, 2018 • 5 min
Not all of our children’s activities are exactly fun for us, but there are those things that became as much a part of our social life as our kids’. On today’s Speed Round, we give a cheer for team sports and marching band. And fancy cupcakes! For quotes,…
Speed Round: Senior Pictures
Aug 16, 2018 • 8 min
In our day, senior photos involved slapping on some sort of drape-like thing and smiling pretty. Now, there are whole photo shoots, with props and costumes and locations and enormous pricey package and photographer salesmanship. We wonder if it’s all…
Speed Round: The Doctor Will See You Eventually
Aug 15, 2018 • 8 min
Doctors whose office is closed when you’re sick. Orthodontists who don’t keep kid hours. What we wish phone physicians could do. Yep, we’ve got a few things to say about the availability of medical professionals. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us…
Round 2: SYTYCD Top Ten Perform, Making It, and West Wing
Aug 14, 2018 • 38 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast: 00:21 So You Think You Can Dance: In a non-shocking elimination, two dancers are sent home. Also non-shockingly, we have some complaints about the producing and judging. … 14:30 The West Wing:…
Episode 228: Those Little-Kid Days
Aug 13, 2018 • 37 min
00:28 School Days: Nicole’s daughter is starting her senior year, and Catherine’s paying fees for the whole year to come. Mentioned: Last week’s Speed Round on morning routines (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18922361). … 07:43 Parenting Tiny Tots: We…
Speed Round: Favorite Book Series
Aug 10, 2018 • 5 min
Nicole’s favorite TV series has let her down this season, so she’s picked a book series as her fave, and Catherine and Terri followed suit. Our picks: Sue Grafton (https://amzn.to/2KukaNT) mysteries, Harry Potter audiobooks (https://amzn.to/2M0LUOT), and…
Speed Round: Pet Patrol
Aug 9, 2018 • 5 min
Loud bark-y dogs, stealth hedgehogs, attack ants, and black pooches playing speed bump in the dark are on the job of defending our homes. Play it safe—stay away! For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What’s the Last Photo Someone Took of You?
Aug 8, 2018 • 3 min
On this week’s group chat (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18922361), we talked about first day of school snapshots of our kids, but when’s the last time we were the focus of the photo? Our pic picks commemorate international travel and a local sporting…
Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance, West Wing, and Making It
Aug 7, 2018 • 32 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast: 00:37 So You Think You Can Dance: Finally, the live shows begin! In two shocking surprises, someone tap-danced, and Terri preferred a contemporary routine over a ballroom one. … 11:40 West Wing:…
Episode 227: Back-to-School Traditions and Regrets
Aug 6, 2018 • 42 min
00:31 Critter Update: What’s going on with Terri’s ant invasion and Nicole’s personal zoo? … 08:04 Back to School, Back to Guilt: An article about back-to-school traditions (https://www.yourmodernfamily.com/back-to-school-traditions/) has us feeling…
Speed Round: What Age Is Best?
Aug 3, 2018 • 6 min
In a question that proved almost too hypothetical to answer, we try to determine what age we’d like to remain forever and ever. Two of us are going for 30, and the other one can’t quite commit. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Speed Round: Local Beauty
Aug 2, 2018 • 6 min
We look at the pretty places near our homes, from a New York City skyline view to the California beaches—with a stop in the Midwest for historic homes and ice shanties. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Pick Two
Aug 1, 2018 • 4 min
A Facebook post (https://www.facebook.com/thescarymommy/posts/10156176255313301) inviting us to keep only two from a list of (allegedly) crucial items made us realize we can get by with some basic essentials. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance, West Wing, and My So-Called Life
Jul 31, 2018 • 37 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast: … 00:35 So You Think You Can Dance: Just like last week, 10 dancers were whittled down to 5, and we have complaints about a lot of it. Mentioned: This “lyrical hip hop”…
Episode 226: Name That Tune
Jul 30, 2018 • 40 min
00:32 Hedgehog Happenings: Catherine reports on her spiky houseguest, and Terri also has some guests (overstaying their welcome). … 08:54 Sing a Song: We name the tunes that put little ones to sleep, perk up a road trip—check out Terri’s creative…
Speed Round: What’s on Your Coffee Table?
Jul 27, 2018 • 7 min
If you think we live in pristine houses with immaculate furnishings and tables accented just so … you haven’t listened to this podcasts before, have you? Nah, our coffee tables are a mess, but a generally amusing mess, we hope. Mentioned: Little Free…
Speed Round: Stressful Slang
Jul 26, 2018 • 10 min
Nicole’s enjoying #Australian slang, Catherine not enjoying being called “extra,” and Terri just wishes people would stop making language harder. Mentioned: the website Urban Dictionary (https://www.urbandictionary.com); the book “What Did You Say? What…
Speed Round: Busted Air-Conditioning Blues
Jul 25, 2018 • 9 min
While Terri waits for her central air to be repaired, she’s collecting tips on how to hack some chill, or just general gripes about the difficulty of keeping one’s cool when things get hot. Mentioned: our earlier episode on Thermostat Wars…
Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance, West Wing, and Lady Bird
Jul 24, 2018 • 32 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast: … 00:45 So You Think You Can Dance: The heartbreak continues, as we just barely met the top 10 women and 5 of them are gone at the end of an hour. … 10:45 The West Wing: Bartlet’s finally coming…
Episode 225: We’ll Be the Judge
Jul 23, 2018 • 45 min
00:27 Plane Plague Tales: Nicole’s back from Australia, and she brought home an unwelcome souvenir. … 07:47 Kids in Flight: Speaking of planes, is it ever okay for parents to luxuriate in first class…
Speed Round: Would You Rather: New Entertainment or Old Favorites?
Jul 20, 2018 • 7 min
Today’s speed round is a Speed Round 2, with Catherine and Terri bringing their Tuesday entertainment chat to Friday for a special round of “Would You Rather.” In this case, they ponder whether they prefer trying out new TV, movies, and books or…
Speed Round: Helping Children Understand Inclusion
Jul 19, 2018 • 4 min
We’ve talked a lot about inclusion on this podcast (did you hear that Nicole wrote a book (https://amzn.to/2Ng1Tpu)?), and today we welcome author Ann Yurcek to tell us about an inclusion resource designed for parents and teachers to read with kids. Hear…
Speed Round: How Has Humor Helped Your Parenting?
Jul 18, 2018 • 7 min
Our guest for today’s Speed Round is Tim J. Myers (http://www.timmyersstorysong.com/TM_Website/Glad_to_Be_Dad_by_Tim_Myers.html), author of Glad to Be Dad (https://amzn.to/2Laan3R), who shares some of those stories of family life that you just might as…
Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance, West Wing, and Royal Pains
Jul 17, 2018 • 31 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast: … 00:34 So You Think You Can Dance: We tried to skip the audition process. Turns out we failed, because the Academy is just “gotcha! more auditions!” … 12:07 The West Wing: On “Disaster Relief,”…
Episode 224: Sick-Day Sampler
Jul 16, 2018 • 25 min
00:50 Plane Plague: With one podcaster down for the count, we bring you an assortment of our past conversations on sickness and health. Your road map: 01:07 When Parents Get Sick: When Mom or Dad is under the weather, does everything stop? Does life go…
Speed Round Flashback: Inclusion in Action
Jul 13, 2018 • 7 min
[This week’s speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Nicole. No surprise that she picked this one from April 2018.] Hey, did you hear that Nicole wrote a book? And it’s finally here! We celebrate her book-release day with a little talk about…
Speed Round Flashback: What Weird Food Combinations Do You Really Enjoy?
Jul 12, 2018 • 4 min
[This week’s speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Nicole. This one originally ran in April 2017.] On today’s Speed Round, we talked weird foods we’re not afraid to say we like. Hear us justify our appreciation of rice cakes with margarine,…
Speed Round Flashback: Have You Had Any Weird Pets?
Jul 11, 2018 • 5 min
[This week’s speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Nicole. This one originally ran in September 2016.] Catherine’s son is still angling for an alpaca (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18923055), and while none of us has ever had one of…
Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance, The West Wing, and The Martian
Jul 10, 2018 • 36 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast: 00:36 So You Think You Can Dance: After giving up on this show two years ago (during an ill-fated “next generation” season featuring tweens, https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18923119), we are…
Summer Rerun: Teaching Kids Resilience
Jul 9, 2018 • 45 min
[We’re taking turns picking out some favorite episodes to share with you on weeks when vacations disrupt our usual chattiness. Nicole raided our archives for today’s full episode (from January 29, 2018) and the speed rounds you’ll hear on Wednesday,…
Speed Round: What Would Your Dream Mall Have?
Jul 6, 2018 • 7 min
Nicole brought to our attention an article about American Dream Miami (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5862329/USs-biggest-mall-gets-ahead-Florida.html), soon to be the biggest mall in America, but not exactly our dream of the perfect mall. We’d…
Speed Round: What Could You Eat Forever and Never Get Tired Of?
Jul 5, 2018 • 3 min
There are plenty of foods we have limited interest in, or enjoy in small amounts, or enjoy not at all. But is there anything we can imagine indulging in again and again and forever? Hear what salty, cheese-y, and sweet stuff makes our list. For quotes,…
Speed Round: Would You Rather Get Over It or Get Even?
Jul 4, 2018 • 3 min
Sure, it’s healthy to let things go, and to appreciate that the only people we can change are ourselves. But can we always manage that? Do we still try to get even with people? Or just yell at them in our heads? It’s complicated. For quotes, archives, and…
Round 2: Trophy Wife, The West Wing, and Burn Notice
Jul 3, 2018 • 27 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast: … 00:37 Trophy Wife: We come to the end of this one-season wonder, wistfully. It’s quirky and sweet and you should watch it (for free on the ABC website, https://abc.go.com/shows/trophy-wife). ……
Episode 223: Summer Then and Now
Jul 2, 2018 • 35 min
00:30 Greek Salad Truths: Catherine has just returned from Greece, and can confirm: There should be no lettuce in your “Greek” salad. … 07:47 What I Did on My Summer Vacation: It’s no surprise that our kids’ experiences are a lot less free-range than our…
Speed Round Flashback: Would You Rather Be a Superhero or a Sidekick?
Jun 29, 2018 • 3 min
[This week’s speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Terri. This one originally ran in September 2016, and includes our old friend Amanda Morin.] You might expect people who talk as much as we do to be ready for a little action, but when it…
Speed Round Flashback: Would You Rather Reverse Decisions or Stop Time?
Jun 28, 2018 • 3 min
[This week’s speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Terri. This one originally ran in September 2016, and includes our old friend Amanda Morin.] All this week on Parenting Roundabout Speed Round, we’ll be playing a game of “Would You…
Speed Round Flashback: Would You Rather—Dessert Edition
Jun 27, 2018 • 5 min
[This week’s speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Terri. This one originally ran in August 2017.] We do some quick takes on pies vs. cakes. Also cookies vs. brownies, hard ice cream vs. soft, and fruit vs. chocolate. Mentioned: discussions…
Round 2: Trophy Wife, The West Wing, and Coco
Jun 26, 2018 • 25 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast: 00:47 Trophy Wife: Terri has figured out why this show works: Its pleasantly surprising plot pivots, like the Scandal parody in “The Minutes.” … 06:25 The West Wing: The First Lady is still mad,…
Summer Rerun: Our Lives Are Like a Bad TV Show
Jun 25, 2018 • 44 min
[We’re taking turns picking out some favorite episodes to share with you on weeks when vacations disrupt our usual chattiness. Terri raided our archives for today’s full episode (from August 11, 2017) and the speed rounds you’ll hear on Wednesday,…
Speed Round: What Cast or Actor Would You Like to Hang Out With for a Day?
Jun 22, 2018 • 4 min
We can’t really enter the imaginary worlds of our favorite movies, TV shows, and plays, but we could theoretically hang with the folks who make them happen. On today’s Speed Round, we pick some entertainers we’d like to entertain us in person. For quotes,…
Speed Round: Have You Ever Dug Something Out of the Garbage and Eaten It?
Jun 21, 2018 • 6 min
So someone throws, say, a PERFECTLY GOOD banana muffin into the trash, one you had planned to eat for breakfast, and it’s in a SEALED BAG, and it’s in the kitchen trash that got emptied not THAT long ago, and you can find it to fish it out, would it be…
Speed Round: Would You Take Three Years and Travel the World?
Jun 20, 2018 • 5 min
On a recent Speed Round (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18922397), in the course of a different discussion, Catherine mentioned this question: “If someone paid you to travel the world for the next three years, would you go?” We thought that sounded like…
Round 2 Flashback: Spoiler Phobia and Fading Family Dramas
Jun 19, 2018 • 22 min
[Catherine and Terri are taking a vacation week on Round 2 and bringing you excerpts from a couple of entertainment-related episodes from way back in 2015. Next week’s episode is new, though, as are all our other episodes this week.] 00:35: From Round 2,…
Episode 222: Carpenters and Gardeners
Jun 18, 2018 • 36 min
00:32 Rory the Hedgehog: Catherine catches us up on her prickly summer visitor. … 08:23 Are You a Carpenter or a Gardener? Our discussion of this article on parenting styles…
Speed Round Flashback: Student Awards We’d Like to See
Jun 15, 2018 • 6 min
[This week’s speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Catherine. This one originally ran in October 2017.] To follow up our serious conversation (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18922585) on possible additions to valedictorian in honoring…
Speed Round Flashback: Favorite Regional Foods
Jun 14, 2018 • 3 min
[This week’s speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Catherine. This one originally ran back in January.] From cheesesteaks to gelato, barbecue to ketchup chips, we shout out some location-specific specialties we love. For quotes, archives,…
Speed Round Flashback: Why Would You Ask Me That?
Jun 13, 2018 • 5 min
[This week’s speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Catherine. This one originally ran back in February.] Whether they’re questions we don’t want to answer in front of our kids or questions that throw us into an existential career crisis, we…
Round 2: Trophy Wife, The West Wing, and White Collar
Jun 12, 2018 • 23 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast: 00:28 Trophy Wife: We both say “Awww” to a brand-new twist on the sitcom wedding—and “oh my” to Megan Mullally as Kate’s terrible mother—in “The Wedding,” parts 1 and 2. … 06:41 The West Wing:…
Summer Rerun: Other People’s Parenting
Jun 11, 2018 • 45 min
[We’re taking turns picking out some favorite episodes to share with you on weeks when vacations disrupt our usual chattiness. Catherine raided our archives for today’s full episode (from January 15, 2018) and the speed rounds you’ll hear on Wednesday,…
Speed Round: Pizza or Pasta?
Jun 8, 2018 • 3 min
We’re not unanimous on this important issue of the day, though Catherine can’t imagine there’d even be any question. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: How Dog-Friendly Is Your Neighborhood?
Jun 7, 2018 • 5 min
Terri’s just trying to walk her dog around her nice suburban neighborhood. Why are people treating her like public enemy #1? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Would You Rather—Musical Genius vs. Fluent in a Language
Jun 6, 2018 • 3 min
We borrowed a question Catherine saw on an AV Club interview (https://www.avclub.com/david-sedaris-on-his-most-overrated-book-and-how-bad-pe-1826126615) for today’s Speed Round: “Would you rather be fluent in another language or a genius at one…
Round 2: Trophy Wife, The West Wing, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Jun 5, 2018 • 25 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode: 00:56 Trophy Wife: We tried to tell Kate not to go into business with Jackie (“Foxed Lunch”), but she wouldn’t listen. She does throw a great party, though (“Happy Bert Day”). … 07:41 The West…
Episode 221: Privacy Policies
Jun 4, 2018 • 46 min
00:32 Live and In Person: Nicole and Catherine got to see each other IRL! Terri joined via Photoshop. … 11:52 Love Is an Open Door: With six teens and young adults among us, there is a lot of disappearing into bedrooms. The challenge: Striking a balance…
Speed Round: Would You Want a Convertible?
Jun 1, 2018 • 3 min
They look fun, but some of us don’t live in places with a super-long pleasant-outdoor-air season. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Do You Read Advice Columns?
May 31, 2018 • 3 min
People have problems, and they put up with way more than they ought to. That’s what we’ve learned from reading advice columns like Dear Abby and Ask Amy and Carolyn Hax. It’s a fun escape from our own infuriating family members and insensitive…
Speed Round: How Often Do You Change Your Profile Picture?
May 30, 2018 • 3 min
Nicole frequently cycles her profile, but Terri’s more set-it-and-forget-it, and Catherine’s got a go-to childhood photo that endears her to Skype callers. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Trophy Wife, The West Wing Weekly, and Grey’s Anatomy
May 29, 2018 • 26 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:32 Trophy Wife: We’re still laughing at this show every week, but we have some questions about the ads on the ABC app.09:33 The West Wing Weekly: Instead of an episode of The West Wing and its…
Episode 220: Mildly Peevish
May 28, 2018 • 42 min
00:37 Shopping Shocker: You won’t believe the article of clothing Catherine purchased for herself. 09:48 Gentle Ranting: We tried to rant about our kids, but it didn’t really work out. We reserve the right to try again at any time.25:02 Speed Round:…
Speed Round: Would You Get Another Pet?
May 25, 2018 • 6 min
Nicole’s getting some pressure to add a puppy to the family. Though we’re pretty sure she’s gonna cave, we talk about all the reasons why we should stand pat with the pets we have. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Does Your Pet Have Any Funny Habits or Irrational Fears?
May 24, 2018 • 7 min
We’ve talked about our dogs plenty on this podcast, so consider this listing of their fears and desires and coffee-stealing habits more as a review than a revelation. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Have You Ever Been Bitten by an Animal?
May 23, 2018 • 5 min
We have tales of being bit by dogs and monkeys and even bicycles, but we’re not holding grudges. (If those lizards menacing Nicole ever do attack, though, they’re dead to us.) For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Dancing with the Stars Finale, Trophy Wife, and The West Wing
May 22, 2018 • 30 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:37 Dancing with the Stars Athletes: Nice try, DWTS, but this idea did not really work for us (we could have been convinced otherwise if Sharna had won the trophy).10:21 Trophy Wife: This show…
Episode 219: When Best Friends Are Banned
May 21, 2018 • 49 min
00:32 Lake Fly Season: Keep your mouth closed and your umbrellas at the ready if you visit Catherine this week.08:26 BFFN (Best Friends For Now): We react, with predictable skepticism, to a preschool that won’t let kids use the term “best friend.” Plus,…
Speed Round: Beverage Choice Overload
May 18, 2018 • 4 min
Nicole’s encounter with a soda machine bearing many options she’d never heard of got us talking about what we get when we go to fill up our cups. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Do You Wear Sandals?
May 17, 2018 • 5 min
It’s a good time to set feet free from shoes and socks. But sandals can be problematic if your spouse disapproves, you have a foot condition that requires sturdier footwear, or your part of the country demands pricey versions. For quotes, archives, and…
Speed Round: Will You Be Watching the Royal Wedding?
May 16, 2018 • 5 min
Is even a big fancy wedding with lots of people in hats worth getting up at 4 a.m. for? We think the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might be, particularly if we can find the right Twitter commentary. Mentioned: @fuggirls; our Round 2 chat on…
Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, Trophy Wife, and The West Wing
May 15, 2018 • 29 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:44 Dancing with the Stars Athletes: Week 3 and it’s already the semi-finals? We are not in favor of this shortened season business (nor did we approve of who got sent home and who got to…
Episode 218: Stage Mothers
May 14, 2018 • 52 min
00:31 Earthquake! Nicole was jolted awake by a quake—and the realization that she’s not going to survive an apocalypse.08:58 Stars of Stage, Screen, and Ice: We reflect on our many years of kid-performance experiences, from marching band to dance to water…
Speed Round: Do You Send Birthday Cards in the Mail?
May 11, 2018 • 4 min
It’s the kind of thing we’d love to say that we do—especially Terri, who used to work for Hallmark—but between the cost and the time and the organization needed to actually buy and mail something, we’re not exactly on it. For quotes, archives, and more,…
Speed Round: Do You Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday?
May 10, 2018 • 4 min
We love our dogs so much we talk about them all the time on their podcast (and sometimes you can even hear them in the background), but birthday celebrations? Maybe a spoonful of peanut butter and a pat on the head. For quotes, archives, and more, visit…
Speed Round: Thermostat Wars
May 9, 2018 • 4 min
Catherine confesses to some passive-aggressive temperature shifting, Nicole declares her intention to keep her home “Canada cold” year-round, and Terri’s New Jersey tough with a less-chilly AC setting. What’s your thermostat setting of choice? For quotes,…
Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, Trophy Wife, and The West Wing
May 8, 2018 • 33 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:35 Dancing with the Stars Athletes: We said goodbye to both basketball players this week, meaning the remaining competitors are evenly split between figure skaters and people Terri will root…
Episode 217: Spoilers
May 7, 2018 • 50 min
00:31 Movin’ On Up: Nicole’s son is graduating from college, and we have a business idea for white-hat hackers.7:01 Who Are You Calling Over-Indulgent?: It’s time for another discussion of “a parenting article that made Terri go ‘hmph!’” Say it with us:…
Speed Round: What’s a TV Plot Twist That Has Stunned You?
May 4, 2018 • 5 min
We recall some shocking plot developments that took us by surprise … and mourn the fact that watching things months after the fact on our DVRs means it’s hard to be shocked anymore. Mentioned: The Extra Hot Great Canon episode on a Melrose Place twist.…
Speed Round: How Do You Protect Your Privacy Online?
May 3, 2018 • 6 min
We know we should be more careful, but finding the balance between staying safe on the Internet and having fun on it is getting harder and harder to strike. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Do You Have a Favorite Talk Show Host?
May 2, 2018 • 6 min
From the latest in late night to our college daytime-show faves, we talk talk-show hosts and who we remember most fondly. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, One Day at a Time, and The West Wing
May 1, 2018 • 30 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:32 Dancing with the Stars Athletes: In a four-week season, the premiere was especially brutal, with two eliminations. As for your podcasters, we are Team (Recent) Figure Skaters and Team Please…
Episode 216: Feeling Powerless
Apr 30, 2018 • 43 min
00:31 Conference Recap: Catherine reported on the Untitled Town Book and Author Festival she attended. Also mentioned: Katherine Reynolds Lewis and her recent Speed Round interview.6:53 When the Power Is Out: How does your family manage during power…
Speed Round: What’s Your Favorite Spring Flower?
Apr 27, 2018 • 4 min
In praise of Catherine’s hearty peonies, Nicole’s too-fast-fading tulips, and any flower that’s not making Terri sneeze. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Do You Answer the Door?
Apr 26, 2018 • 7 min
Spam phone calls are bad enough, but what about when salespeople come to your door—do you open it or hide until they go away? Or what if it’s a kid selling cookies? Or a neighbor with a dead goose? We assess our degree of welcoming on today’s Speed Round.…
Speed Round: Have You Been to a Conference?
Apr 25, 2018 • 6 min
Catherine’s plans to attend a local writer’s conference, and that inspired Terri to share her formative experience with the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference in the mid-’80s and Nicole to recall a particularly great teacher’s conference full of math…
Round 2: One Day at a Time, Trophy Wife, and Nailed It
Apr 24, 2018 • 24 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:36 One Day at a Time: Things get pretty dark for our heroine in “Hello, Penelope,” but she has an unlikely savior—and makes a pretty great discovery in “Storage Wars.” 8:30 Trophy Wife: Episodes…
Episode 215: Share and Share Alike
Apr 23, 2018 • 39 min
00:32 OTT Proms: Forget the school gym or a de-iced hockey rink. Nowadays, schools are putting on their parties at racetracks!7:07 Sharing Is Caring: A viral post about not sharing got us talking about the tricky business of sharing vs. having…
Speed Round: Inclusion in Action
Apr 20, 2018 • 7 min
Hey, did you hear that Nicole wrote a book? And it’s finally here! We celebrate her book-release day with a little talk about Inclusion in Action: Practical Strategies to Modify Your Curriculum and why you should run out right now and buy it. For quotes,…
Speed Round: Do You Participate in Surveys?
Apr 19, 2018 • 4 min
Seems like hardly a day goes by without a survey of some sort accosting us via e-mail or phone. Do we share our opinions? Pass the opportunity by? Only respond if it’s some fun BuzzFeed thing? It’ll only take you five minutes to find out. For quotes,…
Speed Round: The Good News About Bad Behavior
Apr 18, 2018 • 7 min
On a special speed round, friend of the podcast Katherine Lewis shares some of what she learned while researching her new book, The Good News About Bad Behavior. Visit Katherine at katherinerlewis.com. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Round 2: One Day at a Time, Trophy Wife, and He’s Just Not That Into You
Apr 17, 2018 • 24 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:51 One Day at a Time: In the season 2 episode “Exclusive,” we get a look at the dating difficulties of today (and Rita Moreno in a mini-catfight). The other episode we watched, “What Happened,”…
Episode 214: Horror Show
Apr 16, 2018 • 39 min
00:31 Baby Driver: Catherine’s daughter is now licensed to drive, despite a mishap during her road test.04:20 Frightening Films: Inspired by the movie A Quiet Place, we pitch our scariest parenting-themed horror movie ideas, featuring crying babies, IEP…
Speed Round: Celebration Traditions
Apr 13, 2018 • 5 min
It’s family birthday season for Catherine and Terri, and book launch season for Nicole, so it seems like a good time to review our celebration traditions, from ceremonial plates to congratulation cheesecakes to paying too much for dinner. For quotes,…
Speed Round: Creating Passwords vs. Cleaning Toilets?
Apr 12, 2018 • 4 min
A tweet about a survey saying Americans would rather clean a toilet than create a new password they’d then have to remember got us thinking … really? Really? I mean, it’s not like we’re wild about either, but that doesn’t seem like a reasonable…
Speed Round: Stress Awareness Month
Apr 11, 2018 • 5 min
April is Stress Awareness Month, so we took a little look at the stress situation in our personal homes. And we don’t even mention the stress of putting out a daily podcast. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: One Day at a Time, The West Wing, and But Enough About Me
Apr 10, 2018 • 30 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:37 One Day at a Time: In season 2’s “Lockdown,” we feel for Penelope when her Alone/Boyfriend Time is cruelly interrupted by a neighborhood lockdown (and a shoe-horned gun-control discussion).…
Episode 213: What’s Your Excuse?
Apr 9, 2018 • 46 min
00:32 Birthday Week: It’s official. All our kids are now Facebook-legal (13 and up).8:16 Self-Care Stagnation: With all these grown-up, independent kids, we should be doing great at exercising, scheduling medical appointments, and other important tasks.…
Speed Round: Gas or Electric?
Apr 6, 2018 • 4 min
The gas line work being done in Terri’s neighborhood, as mentioned in yesterday’s Speed Round, is good for a second topic as we discuss gas vs. electric, if that’s even a thing. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Do You Chat with Workers in Your House?
Apr 5, 2018 • 5 min
Gas line work in Terri’s neighborhood and the need for a young fellow to come in the house and turn stuff off and on led her to wonder: Is it good manners to chat in a friendly way with workfolk in your home, or should you just shut up and leave them to…
Speed Round: Top Sheet or No Top Sheet?
Apr 4, 2018 • 4 min
Like folks didn’t already have enough to disagree about these days, top sheets have become a hot topic on the Internet. (Or they were when we recorded this. Given the lifespan of Internet hot topics, people have probably moved on to some other ridiculous…
Round 2: One Day at a Time, The West Wing, Trophy Wife, and Go On
Apr 3, 2018 • 28 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:30 One Day at a Time: We continue season 2 with “To Zir with Love” and “Roots,” which had a nice balance of Big Issues and Rita Moreno Zingers.7:25 The West Wing: The season 4 episode…
Episode 212: Family Values
Apr 2, 2018 • 37 min
00:32 SAT Triumph: Nicole and her daughter got a happy middle-of-the-night surprise.7:10 Valuable Advice: First, we have to figure out what values we value most; and then we have to try to teach them to our kids.19:32 Speed Round: Not-So-Fond Memories:…
Speed Round: Amusement Park or Beach?
Mar 30, 2018 • 5 min
This or that: sand and a sunburn or roller coasters and expensive fun? We’re not all that enthusiastic about either one, TBH. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What’s the Worst Diet You’ve Been On?
Mar 29, 2018 • 6 min
It’s a delicate subject, but we do all have some bad diet story or other, from grapefruits to cabbage to partial vegan. There’s one we give thumbs-up to, too. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What World Monument Would You Visit?
Mar 28, 2018 • 3 min
We’re dreaming again on today’s Speed Round, this time about an all-expenses-paid trip to whatever world monument we’d like to see. Special guest appearance by Nicole’s dog Missy, who probably just wants to visit the backyard. For quotes, archives, and…
Round 2: One Day at a Time and Two Biopics
Mar 27, 2018 • 28 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:31 One Day at a Time: Season 2 kicks off with some serious conversations about race, immigration, and the stress of juggling everything. Since we recorded, we have learned that the show has been…
Episode 211: Anger Management
Mar 26, 2018 • 42 min
00:36 Woot Canal: Like C.J. Cregg before her, Nicole had a “woot canaw.” And it turns out we all have dental time bombs ticking away in our mouths.05:27 Seeing Red: We discuss the anger styles of our kids, our spouses, and ourselves, and how they all mix…
Speed Round: What Did You Google Last?
Mar 23, 2018 • 4 min
Some days your searches are all business, sometimes you’re falling down a reality TV rabbit hole, and sometimes, you’re all about the podcast topics. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Splurges
Mar 22, 2018 • 4 min
Our splurges aren’t exactly extravagant, but our teeth, hair, and Fitbits have been the beneficiaries of some special spending. But are we always happy with the results? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Most-Liked Social Media Posts
Mar 21, 2018 • 5 min
Even if you’re not a teenager living and dying by the amount of likes your posts receive, it’s always nice to get some attention for the things we put on Facebook and Instagram and what-all. Today, we chat about some of our most satisfyingly appreciated…
Round 2: One Day at a Time, The West Wing, and Ocean’s Eleven
Mar 20, 2018 • 28 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:31 One Day at a Time: We close out season 1 with “Quinces,” an episode we enjoyed very much. Overall, cheers to Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, and Stephen Tobolowsky for their excellence. On to…
Episode 210: The Sting of Rejection
Mar 19, 2018 • 45 min
00:32 Injury Report: Terri’s husband is sidelined, which means many different challenges.5:45 When Kids Face Rejection: We’ve found that helping our kids through painful setbacks is, well, painful. 25:45 Speed Round: Life-Changing Apps: We haven’t found…
Speed Round: What’s Your Favorite Weekend Day?
Mar 16, 2018 • 3 min
Having picked our favorite weekday [https://www.spreaker.com/user/11518155/speed-round-whats-your-favorite-day-of-t], we now turn our attention to Saturday and Sunday, and wonder whether there’s a definitive fave or “it depends.” For quotes, archives, and…
Speed Round: What Was Your Most Memorable Birthday?
Mar 15, 2018 • 3 min
Things that make for memorable birthdays: proximity to weddings, proximity to big cross-country moves, proximity to alcohol. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What’s Your Favorite US City?
Mar 14, 2018 • 5 min
From the West Coast to the East Coast, from the suburbs to the sprawl, we shout out some cities we’ve loved or liked or had mixed feelings about. It’s complicated. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Family Viewing, One Day at a Time, and Sing Street
Mar 13, 2018 • 21 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:36 Family TV Habits: When we’re not watching, what’s on TV? Terri’s husband and Catherine’s son might be kindred TV spirits.8:42 One Day at a Time: We’re still entertained by this show, but…
Episode 209: Peers, Protests, and Pressure
Mar 12, 2018 • 40 min
00:31 SAT Aftermath: The test may be over, but the stress is still lingering.6:09 About the Walkout: When students walk out of class this Wednesday, Nicole’s daughter won’t be among them. But don’t judge her motives.22:10 Speed Round: After-School Snacks:…
Speed Round: What Did You Last Order from Amazon?
Mar 9, 2018 • 5 min
From vitamins to pop-sockets to surprise boxes, we talk about our latest purchases and some Prime particulars. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What’s Your Favorite Girl Scout Cookie?
Mar 8, 2018 • 2 min
It’s that time of year when we start dreaming about Thin Mints and Samoas and those peanut-butter sandwich cookies we can’t remember the name of. Mmmm, cookies. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Do You Name Your Car?
Mar 7, 2018 • 5 min
Do you identify your car by something impersonal like color, make, or who drives it? Or have you come up with a more creative tag, like Blueberry or Marge? We fall more on the boring side, but Toyota’s nagging Nicole to up her game. For quotes, archives,…
Round 2: Oscars, One Day at a Time, and The West Wing
Mar 6, 2018 • 34 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:30 The Oscars: Have we seen these movies? Barely! But will that stop us from commenting about attire and random clip montages? Not at all!20:15 One Day at a Time: Episodes 7 and 8 of season 1…
Episode 208: Documenting Kids’ Lives
Mar 5, 2018 • 44 min
00:31 Warnings: We have a public service announcement about a phone scam, and some questions about the anonymous skunk in our Google doc.05:58 Take a Picture, It’ll Last Longer: But will you be able to find it when you want to see it?21:23 Speed Round:…
Speed Round: Sofa Pillow Overload
Mar 2, 2018 • 6 min
It’s nice, value-for-money-wise, to get lots of lovely throw pillows with a new sofa and love seat, but when there are so many that there’s no room for humans to sit, things start getting out of hand. Of course, it doesn’t help that we can’t quite throw…
Speed Round: Kids and Inappropriate Weather Wear
Mar 1, 2018 • 6 min
From Wisconsin and New Jersey, where kids wear shorts when it’s freezing, to Southern California, where kids wear woolens when it’s warm, we discuss kids not dressing for the actual weather and wonder whether we should care. For quotes, archives, and…
Speed Round: How Useful Would You Be in a Zombie Apocalypse?
Feb 28, 2018 • 4 min
A chat about our zombie survival skills gets sidetracked by our musing about how people in breakdown-of-civilization movies somehow always have access to contact-lens solution. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Black Panther, One Day at a Time, and A Is for Alibi
Feb 27, 2018 • 24 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:53 Black Panther: Catherine saw the highly anticipated film at the beginning of its run, and loved its production design, bad-ass women, and layered storyline.06:58 One Day at a Time: This week,…
Episode 207: Helping Stressed-Out Kids
Feb 26, 2018 • 41 min
00:32 The Flu Strikes Again: It’s traveled from Terri’s house to Catherine’s. Watch out, Nicole!05:05 Stop the Madness: When seventh-graders are taking SAT prep classes, that’s a bad sign.24:36 Speed Round: What Parents Teach: We think one lesson should…
Speed Round: Overrated Books, Movies, and TV
Feb 23, 2018 • 8 min
Nicole’s questioning of her husband’s movie taste led us to a chat about works of entertainment we just can’t get on the bandwagon with, from Harry Potter (gasp!) to This Is Us (no!). For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Speed Round: Are You a Covers Stealer?
Feb 22, 2018 • 5 min
Covers flinging, pillow stealing, preferred bed size, dog bed hogs, and more bedtime issues have our attention today. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Winter Olympic Ticket Wishes
Feb 21, 2018 • 5 min
Upside: No constant blather from NBC commentators. Downside: Below-zero temps. Though we like watching the Winter Olympics just fine, we’re not so sure what we’d want tickets for. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: One Day at a Time, The West Wing, and My Next Guest
Feb 20, 2018 • 33 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:31 One Day at a Time: The great and good Rita Moreno continues to delight in this show that is very good, but not quite great. Mentioned: Moreno on WTF with Marc Maron.09:58 The West Wing:…
Episode 206: Mom Friendships
Feb 19, 2018 • 52 min
00:33 Lenten Sacrifices: Tread lightly, for Terri has given up coffee for the next 40 days.07:15 Child Proximity Associates: We turn to the one and only Ron Swanson for a description of our current friendship life.28:40 Speed Round: High-School Subjects:…
Speed Round: What Time of Day Do You Most Dread?
Feb 16, 2018 • 5 min
It’s that time of day that goes by really slow. Or that time of day that goes by way too fast. And maybe, depending on who you’re talking to, those are the same time of day. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What’s in Your Freezer?
Feb 15, 2018 • 5 min
Depending on which one of us you’re visiting, you might find barbecue sauce, bread, or waffles. But don’t count on ice cubes. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Do You Buy Used Items?
Feb 14, 2018 • 6 min
We’ve had some luck buying stuff from Goodwill and giving stuff away on Freecycle. Also mentioned: Craigslist, Oodle, Sell.com, Facebook Marketplace, NextDoor.com. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: One Day at a Time, The West Wing, and Company
Feb 13, 2018 • 33 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:47 One Day at a Time: With The Good Place in the void for now, we checked out Netflix’s re-imagining of the classic 70s sitcom. Rita Moreno and Justina Machado as mother and daughter are good…
Episode 205: What a Shame
Feb 12, 2018 • 47 min
00:33 Up in the Air: While her daughter travels, Nicole is more dependent on WiFi than ever.07:40 You Should Be Ashamed: We go beyond dogshaming.com (Hey, that’s Nicole’s dog, Missy!) to put others on notice for their shameful behavior.29:50 Speed Round:…
Speed Round: Updating the Board Games of Our Youth
Feb 9, 2018 • 4 min
We think Clue, Careers, and that game Catherine’s family got at a garage sale could use some freshening up. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Husbands and Hobbies
Feb 8, 2018 • 4 min
Nicole recently discovered a surprising hobby of her hubby’s, which made her wonder whether Terri’s and Catherine’s spouses also have unexpected interests. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Why Would You Ask Me That?
Feb 7, 2018 • 4 min
Whether they’re questions we don’t want to answer in front of our kids to questions that throw us into an existential career crisis, we recall some questions we wish we’d never been asked. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Round 2: The Good Place, The West Wing, and Godless
Feb 6, 2018 • 37 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:31 The Good Place: In the season 2 finale, Eleanor went back to Arizona (maybe?) and Ted Danson went back behind a bar. And we went into mourning at the thought of waiting until fall to see them…
Episode 204: Changing Course While Parenting
Feb 5, 2018 • 49 min
00:32 Cruising vs. Camping: Nicole and her college student have different ideas about spring break travel.7:09 Course-Correcting as a Parent: Let’s say you’ve been lax on enforcing family rules, or realize you need some different ones. Is there a way to…
Speed Round: What’s Your Favorite Kind of Cake?
Feb 2, 2018 • 4 min
Some of us have specific requirements for cake, but others? You had us at “cake.” For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Three Easy Ways to Help Your Child with Separation Anxiety
Feb 1, 2018 • 2 min
On a special Speed Round, guest Jeanette Bradley shares some quick techniques for getting kids over separation anxiety. A fourth way: Jeanette’s book, ”Love, Mama,” available now. Visit Jeanette at www.jeanettebradley.com and on Twitter @JeanetteBradley.…
Speed Round: What’s Your Favorite Beverage?
Jan 31, 2018 • 5 min
We have our faves, sure, but it depends on whether we’re at a restaurant or home; or it’s morning or evening; or we’re in the US or Canada. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: The Good Place, The West Wing, and How to Deal
Jan 30, 2018 • 28 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:45 The Good Place: We’re watching with bated breath as this season nears its close; we’re already worried about how we’ll be left hanging for months after next week’s ep!10:35 The West Wing:…
Episode 203: Teaching Kids Resilience
Jan 29, 2018 • 44 min
00:27 Travels with Catherine: We know you’ll be jealous when you hear where Catherine stopped on her 15-hour trip from Wisconsin to Kansas.06:22 The Buzz About Bouncing Back: “Resilience” is a big buzzword in parenting and education, but what does it even…
Speed Round: What TV Channel Do You Wish Existed?
Jan 26, 2018 • 6 min
Though it seems like we already have too many channels to watch, we can still think of a few we wish we could see — whether they don’t exist yet or our cable companies limit us. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What TV or Movies Do You Refuse to Watch?
Jan 25, 2018 • 3 min
We try to avoid the sounds of human suffering and anguish, whether from ”Criminal Minds” or ”The Bachelor” or sports. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Do You Play Video Games?
Jan 24, 2018 • 5 min
We talk about the video games we’ve played, the video games we’ve watched other people play, and the apps we’d like to call video games. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: The Good Place, The West Wing, and Little House on the Podcast
Jan 23, 2018 • 26 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:37 The Good Place: The gang travels to the Bad Place HQ, apparently via the Wayback Machine.08:47 The West Wing: Yay, West Wing is back, and also sends us back in time—to Brooklyn in the 1950s…
Episode 202: This Is a Drill!
Jan 22, 2018 • 45 min
00:29 Kristen Goes North: Nicole’s daughter is planning a trip to the motherland.07:20 Way Beyond Fire Drills: What happens at school when there’s a real lockdown or a fake earthquake? Nothing good—but we don’t have any better ideas, either.26:00 Monday…
Speed Round: What First Attracted You to Your Spouse?
Jan 19, 2018 • 4 min
Did he have a nice hairdo? Did he wear a very stylish shirt? Was he simply, blessedly available? We look back at the things that made our guys stand out. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What’s Your Favorite Poem?
Jan 18, 2018 • 5 min
Whether you’re into hifalutin rhymes, delightful children’s verse, or stuff that will make Terri have to dig out the bleep sound effect again, we’ve got some poetry for you.(The childhood-wall-hanging text Nicole couldn’t remember, BTW, isn’t really a…
Speed Round: Would You Go Back to School?
Jan 17, 2018 • 4 min
Whether for an advanced degree, motivation to finish a project, or a chance for random people to destroy our will to create, we contemplate returning to school. Or, you know, not. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: The Good Place and Suits
Jan 16, 2018 • 22 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:33 The Good Place: Terri has a theory about the connection between this show and a classic movie… and she’s not alone!09:56 Challenge Round: Suits: Terri challenged Catherine to watch an episode…
Episode 201: Other People’s Parenting
Jan 15, 2018 • 44 min
00:31 Homework Crisis: What assignment did Catherine’s son leave to the last minute? Recording a podcast!06:43 Just Trying to Help!: Step in, and you’re judgey. Ignore, and you’re heartless. What do you do when another parent is in a jam… in public?23:50…
Speed Round: Smoothies vs. Shakes
Jan 12, 2018 • 5 min
Here’s a this or that for you: delicious ice-cream-rich beverage or something people use to hide spinach and worse? Yeah, Nicole and Terri are all-in for milkshakes. Catherine … well, we’ll stay her friend, we guess, but we’re not going to drink anything…
Speed Round: Do You Buy Concert T-Shirts?
Jan 11, 2018 • 4 min
We’ve got our piles of past concert souvenirs, sure, but the cost of doing memorabilia business has gotten to us in recent years. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Favorite Regional Foods
Jan 10, 2018 • 3 min
From cheesesteaks to gelato, barbecue to ketchup chips, we shout out some location-specific specialties we love. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Golden Globes, The Good Place, and Bridesmaids
Jan 9, 2018 • 32 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:30 The Golden Globes: Awards season is here. We start with a show that’s mercifully filler-free, but so chockablock with awards that it’s hard to keep up. Also, #Oprahsglasses4Prez.15:06 The…
Episode 200: Reflections on 200 Podcast Episodes
Jan 8, 2018 • 43 min
00:37 Hawaii Report: Catherine shares some highlights of her trip; Terri’s just glad her fellow podcaster didn’t stumble into an episode of Hawaii Five-0.10:21 Celebrating 200 Episodes: My, how we’ve changed, and grown, and spent a whoooole lot of time…
Speed Round: This or That—Activities Edition
Jan 5, 2018 • 8 min
Printing or cursive? Board games or card games? Painting or drawing? Writing or reading? Hear our answers to this latest batch of questions and play along! For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Who Has Been the Biggest Influence on Your Life?
Jan 4, 2018 • 4 min
We give credit to the people who have made us who we are today, for better or worse. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Chore Did You Most Dislike Growing Up?
Jan 3, 2018 • 3 min
Back in our day, children, we had to haul firewood! Bring up our laundry all the way from the basement. Even practice the flute! For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: The Good Place and The Revolution Was Televised
Jan 2, 2018 • 32 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:35 Vacation Entertainment: Who would watch a goofy movie musical set on a Greek island on Christmas Day, or read a 750-page doorstop called Winter’s Tale at the beach? We would! Mentioned: The…
Episode 199: Best of 2017
Jan 1, 2018 • 36 min
00:28 USA! USA! Nicole’s family is celebrating their first decade in the United States with a party. Mentioned: Factile, an online Jeopardy-style game maker, and Larry Ferlazzo’s blog.04:50 Resolutions Review: Catherine and Terri set some goals back in…
Speed Round: Children’s Book Heroes and Heroines
Dec 29, 2017 • 3 min
We pay tribute to a few characters we identified with as kids and one who speaks more to our current parenting identity. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Looking Ahead to 2018
Dec 28, 2017 • 4 min
The future’s so bright, we’ve gotta watch televised sports, renovate our home, and publish books. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Three Things that Make Us Happy
Dec 27, 2017 • 5 min
In this holiday week, we’re focusing on happy things, like having family around us, and maybe having podcasting friends around us too. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: The Good Place, The West Wing, and The Big Family Cooking Showdown
Dec 26, 2017 • 31 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:35 The Good Place: It’s season 2! Hang onto your hats, lest you drown in a chowder fountain.11:57 The West Wing: We still can’t explain the title of “Arctic Radar,” but enjoyed this episode for…
Christmas Regift: Holiday Traditions and Wistful Wishes
Dec 25, 2017 • 49 min
Merry Christmas! Today, we’re flashing back to a holiday episode that first aired on December 16, 2016.06:02 ‘Tis the Season — Family traditions rule this time of year, but sometimes they change with time and sometimes new members (or overzealous…
Speed Round: Gift Wrap or Gift Bags?
Dec 22, 2017 • 4 min
It’s the most gift-wrappy time of the year. Do you play it fast and easy or take a little time to wrestle with rolls of paper? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Do You Do With Christmas Cards You Receive?
Dec 21, 2017 • 4 min
Decorate with them? Make crafts with them? Let them collect in a pile on the table and leave them there until March? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Favorite Comfort Food
Dec 20, 2017 • 3 min
We know we shouldn’t be turning to food to make us feel better, but … mashed potatoes are delicious. And warm bread. And ketchup chips. And Cheez-Its. Excuse us, but we’re going to go raid the kitchen right now. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Round 2: The Good Place, The West Wing, and Moana
Dec 19, 2017 • 29 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:48 The Good Place: The twist at the end of season 1 was every bit as good as we hoped, even though we knew it was coming. Mentioned: This video of the reveal to the cast.10:35 The West Wing:…
Episode 198: Taking Care of Us
Dec 18, 2017 • 41 min
00:30 Holiday Prep: Let’s just say we’re not the type of people who buy all their Christmas gifts in July.06:42 Self-Care: Our methods may not be conventional, but we discover we’re kind of good at self-care, as long as it takes ten minutes or less.…
Speed Round: Neighborhood Holiday Decorations
Dec 15, 2017 • 6 min
We’ve noticed an uptick in inflatables and projections; when did those become such a thing? We’re divided on whether they should be put away immediately or deserve an A for effort. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: How Neighborly Is Your Neighborhood?
Dec 14, 2017 • 4 min
When it comes to neighbors, some of ours are good friends we’ll miss when they move, some are like grandparents to our kids, and some we barely wave at from our driveways. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Do You Buy Service Agreements for Products?
Dec 13, 2017 • 3 min
Seems whenever we buy an appliance or furniture or anything tech-y, we’re offered the opportunity to shell out some additional money to extend a warranty or compensate for possible damage. Do we pay our money, or do we take our chances? Depends on whether…
Round 2: The Good Place, The West Wing, and Waitress
Dec 12, 2017 • 33 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:34 The Good Place: We’re in the home stretch of season 1 (episodes 9, 10, and 11). Complications are multiplying, robots are rebooting, and we’re still laughing.08:18 The West Wing: ”Process…
Episode 197: We’ve Got Issues
Dec 11, 2017 • 43 min
00:37 Holiday Baking: Nicole worries about homemade goodies for a party, and Catherine (“Turnips!”) and Terri (“Storebought!”) try to help. Mentioned: Speed rounds on memory and wholesale club shopping.06:07 What’s Theirs Is Ours: It’s a recurring feature…
Speed Round: Do You Shop in Wholesale Stores?
Dec 8, 2017 • 4 min
Sometimes bulk buying at places like Costco makes sense, but other times, we’d just as soon go to the regular grocery store a whole bunch of times during the week. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Facial Hair for Men: Pro or Con?
Dec 7, 2017 • 4 min
A funny article by Brian Grubb of Uproxx on “The Mustaches of Godless, Ranked” inspired us to see if we had strong feelings ourselves about men’s mustaches and beards. Which led to another question: Is it possible to order your husband to grow some facial…
Speed Round: Dry Skin Remedies (and Whining)
Dec 6, 2017 • 6 min
It’s dry-skin season, at least for the two non-Californians among us, and that means either disgusting greasy lotion stickiness or constant itching. Terri’s hoping for some go-to moisturizer tips. Maybe you have some? Help out in the comments. (Mentioned:…
Round 2: The Good Place and Hill Street Blues
Dec 5, 2017 • 29 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:01:12 The Good Place: Things heat up for Eleanor in episodes 6, 7, and 8 of season 1, as she narrowly avoids a trip to the Bad Place (for now).12:52 Challenge Round: Hill Street Blues: Terri…
Episode 196: Making Small Talk
Dec 4, 2017 • 49 min
00:32 It’s Getting Cold in Here: Two out of three of us are shivering through this podcast. The transplanted Canadian just wishes she were.04:55 Teaching the Art of Conversation: Is there a way to help kids and young adults learn how to gracefully merge…
Speed Round: Favorite Christmas Movies
Dec 1, 2017 • 3 min
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for watching those films that fill us with holiday joy, including Love Actually, Elf, and … Toy Story? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Do You Switch Your Closet Over for the Season?
Nov 30, 2017 • 5 min
For those with petite closets and serious weather shifts, it’s the most arduous time of the year as the T-shirts and shorts go away and the sweaters and long pants emerge. No need for that in your life? Know that Terri is super-jealous. For quotes,…
Speed Round: Invent a New School or Personal Holiday
Nov 29, 2017 • 4 min
“Homework Catch-Up Day,” “Stress Overload Day,” “I Can’t Find Two Matching Shoes” Day, and other day-off excuse we’d like to be able to make. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: The Good Place, The West Wing, The Big Sick
Nov 28, 2017 • 31 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:34 The Good Place: We gobbled up three episodes (“Tahani Al-Jamil,” “Jason Mendoza,” and “Category 55 Emergency Doomsday”) like so much Thanksgiving gravy and stuffing. Mmm, stuffing.07:52 The…
Episode 195: Force of Habit
Nov 27, 2017 • 39 min
Welcome to our new schedule: Group chats every Monday morning, with Round 2 on Tuesdays and speed rounds Wednesday through Friday.00:31 Cyber Monday Shopping: Will we be proactive about replacing things that are about to break or just keep clinging to…
Turkey Day Replay: How Early Is Too Early for Christmas Music?
Nov 24, 2017 • 4 min
From November 29, 2016: The seasonal music switch is officially flipped now to Christmas tunes, whether we like it or not. And since so many folks seem to be picking not at this post-Thanksgiving moment, we thought we’d figure out when exactly we think…
Turkey Day Replay: Holiday Foods We Love or Loathe
Nov 23, 2017 • 10 min
From November 27, 2016: Happy Thanksgiving! Are you eating a lot of traditional family foods today? Do many of them involve cream-of-mushroom soup, marshmallows, or Jello? We run through the many possibilities for turkey-day cuisine and draw the line at…
Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, The West Wing, and Thanksgiving TV Comedies
Nov 22, 2017 • 42 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:42 Dancing with the Stars: We have a winner! And a couple hours of faffing about! And a merciful lack of barefoot contemporaries! And shirtless reindeers!15:47 The West Wing: Speaking of…
Turkey Day Replay: Foods Our Kids Won’t Eat
Nov 21, 2017 • 5 min
From November 4, 2016: It’s no surprise that some of our kids won’t eat vegetables, but do we really have a kid who won’t eat chocolate? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Turkey Day Replay: Where Do You Stow Your Winter Gear?
Nov 20, 2017 • 7 min
From December 2, 2016: Maybe you decorate your home with trees and ornaments and wreaths this time of year, or maybe you just decorate with the jackets and scarves and gloves and hats and boots that get flung about. Since none of us has a glorious…
Turkey Day Replay: Norman Rockwell We Ain’t
Nov 17, 2017 • 41 min
00:32 Podcast Listening Habits: We discover that in our own listening, we love starting the week with shiny new episodes, so we’ll be shaking up our Parenting Roundabout schedule starting Monday, November 27. For today, we offer you a second helping of…
Speed Round: If You Had to Live in the Last TV Show You Watched, Where Would You Be?
Nov 16, 2017 • 4 min
Catherine’s going to debate camp, Nicole’s ending up in Chicago with the Gallaghers, and Terri will either be old-person out with NYC twentysomethings or living out her days in a sparkly ballroom. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Speed Round: Do You Keep Your Children’s Old Toys?
Nov 15, 2017 • 6 min
There’s a nostalgic tug that keeps us from throwing away those toys our kids outgrew … and also a sharp memory of how much money we paid for that stuff. Let’s just go with the sentimental angle, shall we? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, The West Wing, and Beauty and the Beast
Nov 14, 2017 • 33 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:44 Dancing with the Stars: “Iconic Dances” night with a side of injuries meant even more pressure on the remaining stars. Good luck in the finals, everybody!13:32 The West Wing: The gang heads…
Speed Round: Do You Ever Read Your Horoscope?
Nov 14, 2017 • 3 min
When it comes to horoscopes, we’ve read them and we’ve even written them. The believing part, though? Depends what they’ve got to say. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: How Many Cookbooks Are in Your Kitchen?
Nov 13, 2017 • 5 min
Brainstorming Speed Round questions in the kitchen brought last week’s topics on Tupperware and refrigerators, and today’s on those collections of recipes we may only admire from afar. Mentioned: A Man, A Can, a Plan, Australian Women’s Weekly cookbooks.…
Episode 194: Healing a Kid’s Broken Heart
Nov 10, 2017 • 49 min
00:32 Winter Weather: Not only is snow in the forecast for Catherine, her daughter has to learn to drive in it.07:19 Baby’s First Heartbreak: Nicole went to Canada and came home to a painful teen breakup. She’s not planning to leave home ever again.…
Speed Round: How Organized Is Your Refrigerator?
Nov 9, 2017 • 3 min
Organized? We’re just happy if people know generally which quadrant to look for stuff in, and to keep stuff out of the corner where everything freezes. (Mentioned: Tupperware edition.) For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Speed Round: Baths or Showers?
Nov 8, 2017 • 2 min
Is the relaxation of soaking in a tub worth the hassle of cleaning a tub? We’re not so sure. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Dancing in the West Wing with All of Me
Nov 7, 2017 • 33 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:43 Dancing with the Stars: The remaining stars danced in couples and in trios, with varying degrees of success, but we enjoyed seeing some of the past contestants come back. (Aww, Laurie!)12:03…
Speed Round: Favorite Easy Household Fixes
Nov 7, 2017 • 7 min
Terri’s ongoing war with coffee-dive-bombing gnats led to a chat about satisfying homemade fixes for everyday annoyances … like apple-cider-vinegar traps for GNATS GNATS GNATS! (Mentioned: our Tupperware abundance.) For quotes, archives, and more, visit…
Speed Round: How Many Pieces of Tupperware Do You Have in Your Kitchen Right Now?
Nov 6, 2017 • 5 min
How is it we have so many? They multiply, don’t you think? And why can we never find the right lid? We compare notes on plastic-food-storage-container overload in a speed round that turns into a mini-rant. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Episode 193: Truths About Lying
Nov 3, 2017 • 44 min
00:37 Autumn in Vancouver: Nicole is stocking up on ketchup chips, but is still waiting for an opportunity to wear her raincoat.05:03 White Lies and Gray Areas: We wade into the treacherous waters of kids and lying: What are the best ways to react, and to…
Speed Round: What’s Your Favorite Single-Use Kitchen Gadget?
Nov 2, 2017 • 3 min
Whether we’re trying to pry off a lid, cut up an apple, or toss something hot, sometimes the humblest tools are the most useful. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What’s with Trader Joe’s?
Nov 1, 2017 • 4 min
Nicole doesn’t get why people love Trader Joe’s and Terri’s still holding a grudge because they didn’t hire her family members, but Catherine would go in a minute if there was one near her. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Round 2: Dancing with College Kids in the Good Place
Oct 31, 2017 • 34 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode:00:36 Dancing with the Stars: Terri discovered that she can enjoy a contemporary routine, but neither of us enjoyed the very rushed double elimination that ended the Halloween episode. Mentioned:…
Speed Round: Candy “This or That”
Oct 31, 2017 • 8 min
We’ve previously gone on record with our dessert decisions (or indecisiveness). Today, in honor of Halloween and bags of sweets coming into homes everywhere for moms to pick through, we play “this or that” with hard candy vs. gummy, chocolate pure vs.…
Speed Round: Student Awards We’d Like to See
Oct 30, 2017 • 5 min
Last Monday, we talked seriously about some possible additions to valedictorian in honoring high-school seniors. Today, we take a lighter look, prompted by former teacher Nicole who has been making her list. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Episode 192: Dealing with Dating
Oct 27, 2017 • 57 min
00:38 Homecoming: Nicole gets to visit Canada, and the season of autumn. She packed sweaters!06:33 The Romantic Lives of Our Teens and Young Adults: How much do we, can we, and should we oversee and intervene in our kids’ dating lives? We’re not sure, but…
Speed Round: What Hobby Do You Have That’s for Someone Much Older Than You?
Oct 26, 2017 • 3 min
To be honest, we have some hobbies and habits that make us wonder just how over the hill we are. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Is There a Product You Take for Granted That You Can’t Find Anymore?
Oct 25, 2017 • 5 min
Have you seen the pictured remove-dog-hair-from-upholstery item in a store anywhere? Let Nicole know, would ya? She’s searching for that, and Terri is ordering off-brand zinc oxide from Amazon, all because stores do not seem to be stocking our faves. For…
Round 2: Dancing in the West Wing with the Goon Squad
Oct 24, 2017 • 37 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:41 Dancing with the Stars: Movie Night brought us everything from a hockey-themed paso doble to a classic Rhumba for a Dead Person to a pretty unfortunate blue wig.11:13 The West Wing: Part 2 of…
Speed Round: Should Teens Trick-or-Treat?
Oct 24, 2017 • 3 min
Some folks want to put limits on who gets to hit us up for candy, but we’re more likely to impose a minimum age limit. (You want candy for your baby? Really?) For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Beyond Valedictorians
Oct 23, 2017 • 8 min
With some school districts considering ditching the valedictorian designation due to out-of-control competitiveness, we propose some other efforts we’d like to see honored. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Episode 191: The Parenting We Got
Oct 20, 2017 • 50 min
00:29 Canada Mourns: Nicole is saddened by the loss of two important Canadians, actor John Dunsworth and Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip.06:40 Were Our Parents Good Parents? We have no complaints. Well, maybe a few tiny ones. Mentioned: Transforming the…
Speed Round: Do You Have a Garden?
Oct 19, 2017 • 5 min
Having talked about things growing indoors, we move to the wild outdoors to see if Catherine and Terri can at least make things grow in the yard and if Nicole can rise above her houseplant trauma and join the scorpions and tarantulas for some gardening.…
Speed Round: Do You Have Houseplants?
Oct 18, 2017 • 7 min
Catherine and Terri both have black thumbs, but Nicole … ah, Nicole used to be a houseplant person. Listen to her sad, sad plant story. (Mentioned: her “Coming to America” miniseries.) For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Round 2: Dancing with Time Zones and Junebugs
Oct 17, 2017 • 41 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:40 Dancing with the Stars: It was Disney Night, so we got wigs, jungle creatures, and one slow waltz of awkwardness, plus said goodbye to Sasha (the star, not the pro). Mentioned: Maks’s…
Speed Round: How Many TVs Do You Have?
Oct 17, 2017 • 4 min
As we did a while back about computer screens, we count up the number of TV screens in our homes. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What TV Show Would You Like to See Revived?
Oct 16, 2017 • 5 min
We long for the return of The Brady Bunch, thirtysomething, and Trading Spaces. (And also kind of butcher the Brady Bunch theme song.)
Episode 190: Our Most Memorable Years
Oct 13, 2017 • 45 min
00:31 Renovating in Secret: Home repairs continue, but please don’t tell the city inspectors.08:33 We Remember It Well: We take a cue from Dancing with the Stars and recall our Most Memorable Years. Nicole’s is definitely dramatic enough for a barefoot…
Speed Round: Do You Answer the Phone If You Don’t Recognize the Number?
Oct 12, 2017 • 3 min
Seems like actually answering one’s home phone is an activity of the past, like being excited about the mail delivery. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Time Does Your Mail Come? (And Do You Care?)
Oct 11, 2017 • 4 min
With direct deposit and online bill-paying, the daily mail delivery has become less of a thing. But it’s still a nice distraction for freelance writers and dogs. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Dancing and Romantic Comedy-ing with the Stars
Oct 10, 2017 • 34 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:56 Dancing with the Stars: The cry-fest known as “My Most Memorable Year” was actually pretty enjoyable to watch, even with all the dramatically barefoot contemporary numbers.14:11 The West Wing…
Speed Round: What’s Your Next Home-Renovation Project?
Oct 10, 2017 • 5 min
With Terri’s bathroom finally finished (yay!), she’s thinking of which disaster in her home will move to the front of the line. Catherine and Nicole don’t have to think very hard to imagine their next project either. The joys of home ownership. For…
Speed Round: Are You a Digital Hoarder?
Oct 9, 2017 • 7 min
If you think we’re the kind of people who keep our digital storage neat and trim, you’ve forgotten that Nicole’s phone has nine screens of apps. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Episode 189: Gimme a Break!
Oct 6, 2017 • 47 min
00:31 Post-Renovation Debrief: Terri’s bathroom reno is complete, but it will never be perfect. Just like our reflections in every mirror we encounter.05:11 We Could Care, But We Choose Not To: We had a bossy parenting article to discuss, but decide to…
Speed Round: Do You Have a Special Pen?
Oct 5, 2017 • 3 min
Terri needs her black stick pen to do her crosswords, Nicole clings to her trusty Parenting Roundabout pen, and Catherine talked pens with her asbestos testing guy. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Are You Looking Forward to on Fall TV?
Oct 4, 2017 • 4 min
We’re looking forward to returning shows This Is Us, Speechless, and Scorpion, and curious about The Good Doctor, but already we’re behind in our viewing. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Dancing with the Stars and Winston Churchill
Oct 3, 2017 • 33 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:31 Dancing with the Stars: Guilty Pleasures night was also Happy Judges night and Let’s Not Ruin Our Mood by Eliminating Anyone night.16:39 The West Wing Weekly: The podcast did a listener…
Speed Round: Should Twitter Go to 280?
Oct 3, 2017 • 4 min
Twitter’s apparent intention to switch to a 280-character limit from 140 has us mourning that poetic short form and dreading longer rants to read. (Mentioned: @Lin_Manuel, @MayorEmanuel). For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Speed Round: What Annoying Task Are You Currently Putting Off?
Oct 2, 2017 • 6 min
We give a shout-out to all that need-to-do stuff waiting on us, and then stuff it back in our purses and inboxes for a little while longer. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Episode 188: Parenting Is Not a Panacea
Sep 28, 2017 • 46 min
00:31 Our Handyman Friends: Catherine got some good news on a household project, which led to a discussion of how familiar we are with some of the folks who visit our homes.07:04 The Limits of Parenting: This article on what parenting can (and can’t) do…
Speed Round: What Facebook Group Do You Wish Existed?
Sep 28, 2017 • 3 min
Catherine belongs to a group for displaced magazine editors, and that got us thinking what other niches of professional and personal interest we’d like to be able to crawl into. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Dancing with the Stars and Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Sep 27, 2017 • 32 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:41 Dancing with the Stars: We cover four hours of dancing in about 11 minutes, plus award our own prizes for Entertainment and Enthusiasm to two of the stars.11:36 The West Wing: The drama…
Speed Round: Have You Traveled by RV?
Sep 27, 2017 • 3 min
It seems like a good idea at the time, but are we really ready to roll in a humongous moving house? Nicole shares her dream. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Reality Show Would You Go On?
Sep 26, 2017 • 4 min
Since we’re past our stage of life for shows like The Bachelor and Big Brother, we broadened our choice to Food Network and HGTV shows, and allowed ourselves to imagine we’re foreign travelers and stars. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Speed Round: Do You Have Any Dietary Restrictions?
Sep 25, 2017 • 6 min
Terri’s upcoming trip to the Gluten Free and Allergy Friendly Expo got us thinking about all the different allergy-accommodating foods available today and whether we really have to have that restriction to enjoy them. For quotes, archives, and more, visit…
Episode 187: Get Off Our Lawn
Sep 22, 2017 • 45 min
00:31 Parental Independence: Catherine’s son is walking to and from school by himself, and it’s a beautiful thing.04:45 Kids (Parenting Kids) Today: We mostly reserve judgment over the ways millennial parents do things their own way. Well, we try. (Here’s…
Speed Round: Who Do You Fangirl Over?
Sep 21, 2017 • 3 min
Terri already had her fangirl experience (listen to the podcast ep and check out the book mentioned), but Rob Lowe, Jared Leto (conditionally), and Lin-Manuel Miranda are still on our list. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Speed Round: Road-Trip Snacks
Sep 20, 2017 • 5 min
Snacks for the road! Two of us advocate for every kind of junk food, diets be darned, while one will allow for apples. We’re leaving her at the side of the road. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, the Emmys, and More
Sep 19, 2017 • 37 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:34 Dancing with the Stars: The season kicked off this week with an appealing and promising cast of characters. Fingers crossed that it will continue that way! (Mentioned: the chat on Annie…
Speed Round: Are There Foods You Limit to Certain Seasons or Occasions?
Sep 19, 2017 • 4 min
Is it weird to eat hamburgers on a random Wednesday instead of at a cookout? Do you ever put a turkey with the trimmings on the table outside of Thanksgiving? We chat about the way certain foods get attached to certain times. For quotes, archives, and…
Speed Round: Are You a Candle Person?
Sep 18, 2017 • 4 min
The school year has started, and soon kids will be bringing fundraising catalogs home from school for our perusal. We chat about whether we’re eager to buy candles for a cause, or have all the scented wax we can stand, thanks. For quotes, archives, and…
Episode 186: Our Canine Kids
Sep 15, 2017 • 57 min
00:31 Reno Report: Terri’s master bath is getting a makeover, and we get a progress report (there is some!).07:57 Pupper Parenting: We recount just a few of the many ways that caring for our pets is remarkably like caring for our kids. For example, we…
Speed Round: What Animal Are You Most Afraid Of?
Sep 14, 2017 • 3 min
Following up on yesterday’s chat about zoo animals we love, we talk about animals we’re somewhat less fond of (that is, hiding from right now). For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What’s Your Favorite Zoo Animal?
Sep 13, 2017 • 3 min
We’re talking about our fave koalas and pandas and trained seals, and Nicole’s dog is eating noisily in the background to represent for domesticated critters. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Here Comes Dancing with the Stars (and Lots More)
Sep 12, 2017 • 37 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:40 Dancing with the Stars: We preview the stars (or “stars”) who’ll appear this season. We’ll be watching, so check back every Tuesday for our recap.07:55 John from Cincinnati: The last two…
Speed Round: What’s the Worst Physical Pain You’ve Ever Felt?
Sep 12, 2017 • 2 min
Cringe with us as we recall labor without drugs. Mighty migraines. Gum surgery. And strep toe. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Technology Disappointments
Sep 11, 2017 • 5 min
Why do Facebook Messenger, Fitbit, and autocorrect hate us so? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Episode 185: Apples, Oranges, and Sibling Jealousy
Sep 8, 2017 • 41 min
00:31 Aloha: Speaking of jealousy, Nicole and Terri are feeling a few pangs over Catherine’s Christmas plans.07:15 Sibling Jealousy: Forget “growing out of it.” We think it might take a lifetime for kids to adjust to the fundamental unfairness of having a…
Speed Round: How Much Do You Agonize Before You Post Something on Social Media?
Sep 7, 2017 • 4 min
We admit to some posting paralysis when it comes to tossing off comments, updates, and tweets. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Did You Want to Be When You Grew Up?
Sep 6, 2017 • 3 min
Our childhood aspirations ranged from doctors to lawyers to linguists, but only one of us got our dream from Day One. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: The Big Sick, John from Cincinnati, and Amelie
Sep 5, 2017 • 28 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:54 The Big Sick: Catherine entered an actual movie theater to see this movie, which is a delightful take on the cross-cultural rom-com.07:30 John from Cincinnati: Episodes 7 and 8 were a bit…
Speed Round: Can You Parallel Park?
Sep 5, 2017 • 4 min
Parallel parking used to be a thing that new drivers had to learn and old drivers took pride in. Self-parking cars haven’t stopped that just yet. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Do You Make Your Bed?
Sep 4, 2017 • 4 min
Theoretically, making your bed lets you start off each day with one thing accomplished, but who has time for hospital corners? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Episode 184: Career Counseling
Sep 1, 2017 • 49 min
00:33 Sunrise, Sunset: School is starting, and Catherine’s daughter has a strange tradition.07:05 Triple Career Crisis: Turns out all three of us are at career crossroads, so we try to counsel each other on how to proceed.31:10 Friday Speed Round: Who’s…
Speed Round: How Do You Know What Day It Is?
Aug 31, 2017 • 3 min
Who tells you the date? A calendar? Your phone? Your computer? We compare notes and even learn a new trick. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What’s Your Go-To Potluck Dish?
Aug 30, 2017 • 4 min
Finding something that everyone will enjoy and won’t sit idly growing cold in the back corner of the table? It’s stressful! For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: DWTS, The West Wing, and John from Cincinnati
Aug 29, 2017 • 29 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:40 Dancing with the Stars Pros: Before heading to D.C., we made a quick stop in the Ballroom to discuss the pros who will be competing in the upcoming season. (Stars will be announced September…
Speed Round: What Is Your Go-To Birthday Gift?
Aug 29, 2017 • 3 min
We are glad to be living in the age of the gift card, let’s just say. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Would You Rather—Dessert Edition
Aug 28, 2017 • 4 min
We do some quick takes on pies vs. cakes. Also cookies vs. brownies, hard ice cream vs. soft, and fruit vs. chocolate. Mentioned: discussions on bake sales, raisins (38:15) and refrigerator freezers (29.12). For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Episode 183: Kids These Days!
Aug 25, 2017 • 44 min
00:32 Eclipse Report: Catherine traveled to a country road along the Path of Totality to watch the eclipse, and says it really was worth it.12:30 What Kids Are Watching: Terri wondered whether she’s the only one whose children have abandoned shared TV…
Speed Round: What Part of Town Do You Live In?
Aug 24, 2017 • 5 min
Uptown? Downtown? On the wrong side of the tracks? In the suburbs? We put ourselves on the map. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Could You Win a Gold Medal In?
Aug 23, 2017 • 3 min
We wonder which of our talents would gain us world ranking if we could make any activity an Olympic sport. What would you be a contender in? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: DWTS Live, The West Wing, and John from Cincinnati
Aug 22, 2017 • 38 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:37 Dancing with the Stars Live Show: We chat with a friend of the podcast who got to see the DWTS tour when it came to Milwaukee earlier this summer.15:14 The West Wing: In another twist on the…
Speed Round: What’s the First App You Open in the Day?
Aug 22, 2017 • 3 min
Maybe we’ll start the day by clearing out that e-mail inbox … just as soon as we finish this game. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: When You Make a Call, Would You Rather Talk or Leave a Message?
Aug 21, 2017 • 3 min
Thanks, technology, for making it easy for us to be hostile introverts! For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Episode 182: School-Year Milestones
Aug 18, 2017 • 55 min
00:32 Incoming Australians! Nicole has visitors; later in the episode, we’ll discuss how they can earn their keep.10:43 Milestones to Love and Hate: It’s back-to-school time, so we’re thinking about all the good-news/bad-news milestones we might be…
Speed Round: Name a Significant Number in Your Life
Aug 17, 2017 • 5 min
We scour the addresses, phone numbers, and birthdates of our lives to discover digits that seem to be following us around. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Kind of Art Do You Enjoy the Most?
Aug 16, 2017 • 4 min
Monet, the pre-Raphaelites, and the textile work of folksy artist collective the GAP have caught our eye. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Master of None, The West Wing, and 30 Rock
Aug 15, 2017 • 33 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:43 Master of None: We say “buona notte” to this season, having liked it quite a bit (Catherine) and with some reservations (Terri).11:37 The West Wing: In contrast with Dev’s misery on MoN,…
Speed Round: How Different Was Your Life Exactly One Year Ago?
Aug 15, 2017 • 4 min
In the past year, our kids have started high school, started driving, and started new jobs. And us? We’re working, publishing, and podcasting on. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Does Your Husband Wear Things Until They Completely Fall Apart?
Aug 14, 2017 • 7 min
It’s not just us, right? Wearing shirts so worn through that it looks like they’ve been in a knife fight is some kind of guy thing? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Episode 181: Our Lives Are Like a Bad TV Show
Aug 11, 2017 • 43 min
00:31 Back to School: Nicole’s daughter headed back to school, which somehow led us to reminisce about Gym Classes of Our Past.07:35 All the Drama, None of the Fame and Fortune: Terri sometimes feels her life is a bad detective show. Catherine is stuck in…
Speed Round: How Many Houses Have You Lived In?
Aug 10, 2017 • 6 min
Nicole’s got us all beat as we count up the houses, apartments, dorms, and other domiciles we’ve occupied in our lives. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Food That You Hated as a Kid Will You Eat Now?
Aug 9, 2017 • 3 min
Yesterday, we talked about foods we loved as kids that we’d leave now, and today we flip the question to tally the foods we’ve grown up to enjoy. (Still no to liver, thanks.) For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Master of None, The West Wing, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Aug 8, 2017 • 36 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:33 Master of None: Terri tends to like every other episode of this show, and this week’s “Amarsi Un Po” was the “nope” after the “yes!” of last week’s. (But the aerial footage of Manhattan at…
Speed Round: What Foods You Loved as a Kid Do You Hate Now?
Aug 8, 2017 • 4 min
Hate’s a strong word, but Nicole might use it to describe her grown-up feelings for Shake-and-Bake chicken. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Kind of Case Do You Have for Your Phone?
Aug 7, 2017 • 6 min
Our case choices at the moment seem to be style over substance, but a big fat protective case can’t fit in your pocket (mentioned: PopSockets, iPhone leather case). For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Episode 180: The Push-Pull of Independence
Aug 4, 2017 • 45 min
Excuse the thunderstorms and technical difficulties in this week’s episode. Just keepin’ it real for y’all.00:32 Doggie Diagnosis: Think good thoughts for Nicole’s pooch, who is going in for cancer surgery soon (but she’s going to be fine!).08:10 It’s…
Speed Round: What’s Your Favorite Game Show?
Aug 3, 2017 • 2 min
Is it possible that our Canadian member is the only one who doesn’t pick Canadian-hosted Jeopardy? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: How Late Do You Stay Awake?
Aug 2, 2017 • 3 min
Turns out we’re two night owls and one “don’t you dare bother me after 11 p.m.!” For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: The Emoji Movie (!), Plus TV and Movies That Actually Made Us :)
Aug 1, 2017 • 31 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:34 The Emoji Movie: It’s true, Catherine took one for the team and saw this with her son. Her review is a sad face and a thumbs down.07:35 Master of None: This week’s “Thanksgiving” episode gave…
Speed Round: What Were You Obsessed with as a Kid?
Aug 1, 2017 • 4 min
Yesterday, we talked about what’s obsessing us now, as, you know, old people. Today, we share what we were into as kids. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Are You Obsessed About Right Now?
Jul 31, 2017 • 4 min
Catherine’s trying to duck a movie, Nicole needs her Canadian iced tea, and Terri would like you to make our podcast stats move, please. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Episode 179: The Competitive Sport of Raising Kids
Jul 28, 2017 • 50 min
00:31 Bathroom Beautification: Terri’s master bath is getting a spruce-up, to ensure that the floor doesn’t cave in.06:22 You Win Some, You Lose Some: Nicole brings us this week’s rant, about parents who elbow other kids out of the way to help their own…
Speed Round: How User-Friendly Is Your Clock Radio?
Jul 27, 2017 • 5 min
Checking out the Kickstarter for the super-duper Sandman Doppler clock radio got Terri wondering why ordinary clock radios are so @#$%@ inscrutable. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: How Do You Get Your Music?
Jul 26, 2017 • 3 min
We’re listening to Spotify, Apple Music, satellite radio, and iTunes purchases … yet it’s hard to let those old physical music-bearers go. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Master of None, The West Wing, and Elizabethtown
Jul 25, 2017 • 27 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:48 Master of None: “Door 3” brought us back to more conventional storytelling, and got us thinking about a totally different show (“My Grandmother’s Ravioli,” with Mo Rocca); we’re looking…
Speed Round: Have You Ever Been Robbed?
Jul 25, 2017 • 5 min
A chat last week about losing things loaned leads us to today’s discussion of actual deliberate theft. And mugging! For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Regionalisms We Have Known
Jul 24, 2017 • 7 min
We check in from California/Canada, New Jersey/California, and Wisconsin/New York to compare notes on the different way people talk about things like carbonated beverages, major driving thoroughfares, an Italian favorite, and coffee. (Mentioned: podcast…
Episode 178: The Guilt Game
Jul 21, 2017 • 48 min
00:31 Camp Report, and an Apology: Catherine’s son successfully brought home three dirty rags from camp, and Terri has a correction on last week’s episode.08:23 Mom Guilt, Subtype 214A: We discuss guilt of the “it’s not you, it’s me” variety, as in “You…
Speed Round: Are You a Leader or a Follower?
Jul 20, 2017 • 2 min
If called on to lead, oh, all right, we’ll do it — but we’d rather be the workhorse or the puppet-master. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Have You Loaned and Not Gotten Back?
Jul 19, 2017 • 5 min
Books, photos, and a stuffed cheetah just seem to have wandered away. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Spanning the Globe with Master of None, The Royal We, and More
Jul 18, 2017 • 35 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast, featuring NYC, DC, LA, and London:00:40 Master of None: This week’s episode, “New York I Love You,” takes a masterful spin through a few of NYC’s 8 million stories. Mentioned: Making the Sausage…
Speed Round: What Was Your Worst Hairstyle?
Jul 18, 2017 • 3 min
Let’s just say that perms have not been our friends. Also, if your hairstylist is wielding a shaver? Ask. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Is the Last Photo Someone Took of You?
Jul 17, 2017 • 3 min
We’ve been recently captured with lunch companions, new jewelry, and trolls. For photos, quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Episode 177: Balking at Talking About Money
Jul 14, 2017 • 46 min
00:31 A New Fitness Trend: Why and how is trying on clothes like working out at the gym?06:33 Shame-Rich and Cash-Poor: We talk about the weird ways having money, not having money, spending money, and not spending money can all make you feel ashamed.…
Speed Round: Would You Renew Your Wedding Vows?
Jul 13, 2017 • 3 min
We’re just glad we got our guys to participate the first time around. Why push our luck? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What’s the Yummiest Thing in Your Fridge Right Now?
Jul 12, 2017 • 3 min
Some of our yummiest things didn’t even last long enough to be talked about. (Though Nicole’s showing some heroic cheesecake restraint.) For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Wonder Woman, Master of None, and The West Wing
Jul 11, 2017 • 28 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:01:48 Wonder Woman: Catherine and her daughter thought this super-heroine summer movie was wonderful, if not super-surprising.08:52 Master of None: In season 2, episode 5, Dev goes on a terrible…
Speed Round: What’s the Last (Non-Online) Store You Went To?
Jul 11, 2017 • 3 min
We’re always on our computers and all about the online shopping, but occasionally we have to go to an actual brick-and-mortar non-virtual emporium. Can we even remember the last time? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Speed Round: Favorite Instagram Accounts
Jul 10, 2017 • 3 min
Mentioned: Awkward Family Photos, Images of Canada, The Well-Dressed House, Poppystone, and … something called PR Podcast! For links, quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Episode 176: The Ready-for-Kids Checklist
Jul 7, 2017 • 55 min
00:31 Congratulations, Nicole! She finished editing her book manuscript, so all that’s left is waiting for fame and fortune to arrive.07:24 Ready for Kids … or Not: We ask: How did you know you were ready for kids? And once you knew, did the universe help…
Speed Round: Do You Have Any Brands You’re Really Loyal To?
Jul 6, 2017 • 4 min
Whether it’s computers, sneakers, iced tea, ketchup chips, or coffee creamers, we’re true to our faves. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Battle of the Network Stars, Master of None, and The West Wing
Jul 5, 2017 • 26 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:01:01 Battle of the Network Stars: Well, that was a thing that happened, and we’re not sure it should happen again. Joshua Malina, you’re our only hope! (Mentioned: Dan Fienberg’s BONS review; the…
Speed Round: How Do You Deal with Creepy-Crawlies?
Jul 5, 2017 • 7 min
On lizards in shoes, lake flies, ticks, and that moment you realize the bug you thought you captured to take outside is now probably crawling on you somewhere. Eek! For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: How Do You Feel About Fireworks?
Jul 4, 2017 • 3 min
Happy Fourth of July! Will you be enjoying today’s pyrotechnic displays or just providing moral support to your freaked-out dog? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: If You Could Master Any Form of Dancing, Which One Would It Be?
Jul 3, 2017 • 3 min
Ballroom? Latin? Tap? That annoying barefoot contemporary stuff Terri hates on the TV dance shows? We name the styles we’d learn if we could. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Episode 175: Teens and Screens
Jun 30, 2017 • 42 min
00:32 Delegation Fail: Terri tried to stay out of the doctor visiting, but the doctor had other ideas.06:45 Teen Screen Queens: We are very live-and-let-live when it comes to kids and technology, but we wonder whether teens need to have better manners…
Speed Round: What Was Your Favorite Cartoon as a Child?
Jun 29, 2017 • 3 min
When we took on the question of favorite childhood cartoon, there was some confusion over comic strips vs. animation. So we answered both. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Who’s on Your Concert Bucket List?
Jun 28, 2017 • 4 min
After crossing U2 off her bucket list, Nicole’s wondering who we’re still waiting to see. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Master of None and a Double Dose of the West Wing
Jun 27, 2017 • 21 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:01:15 Master of None: Season 2, episode 3 gave us a light-hearted, but still thoughtful, take on religion, and featured Aziz Ansari’s real-life parents being charming as they play his character…
Speed Round: What Is the Last Thing You Fixed?
Jun 27, 2017 • 3 min
Just how handy are we? We can fix stuff, sure! And also, call the Geek Squad. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Licorice — Black, Red, or No Thanks?
Jun 26, 2017 • 3 min
On the hot topic of licorice, we have divisive opinions on black licorice, and we’re particularly unsure about the salted kind Catherine brought back from Iceland. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Episode 174: Our Casa Is Not Your Casa
Jun 23, 2017 • 55 min
00:31 Travel Report: Catherine is back from Iceland, which she loved despite the prevalence of dried fish; and she recommends the tour company Pink Iceland to anyone who’s thinking of visiting.09:42 Terms and Conditions Apply: We welcome visitors to our…
Episode 173: On the Road Again
Jun 9, 2017 • 46 min
00:31 Ice, Ice, Iceland: Catherine and her son are headed to Iceland. Wish them luck with the jetlag, and the part where the kids have to sing in Icelandic. 04:15 It’s a Very Special Episode: Since Nicole is down with the flu and Catherine’s headed…
Speed Round: How Many Computers Do You Have in Your House?
Jun 8, 2017 • 4 min
We count up all our household computers — the living, the dead, the well-used, the idle, the laptops, the desktops, the iPads, and the ones that come into our lives for only a school year. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Speed Round: What Is the Worst Thing About Going to the Doctor?
Jun 7, 2017 • 3 min
It’s important to look after our health, sure, but some of the stuff we have to put up with before and during that exam make us kind of sick of it. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Round 2: Master of None, West Wing, and Cougar Town
Jun 6, 2017 • 27 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:47 Master of None: In the second episode of this season, Dev’s very tall pal Arnold comes for a visit. We enjoyed the height-mismatched pair’s warm relationship and how they supported each other…
Speed Round: Is Your Husband Still Friends with His Groomsmen?
Jun 6, 2017 • 3 min
Last week, we checked in to see whether we’re still friends with the women in our wedding party. Did our husbands do any better with the guys who stood up with them? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Funny Things That Calmed Your Baby or Young Child
Jun 5, 2017 • 5 min
A funny story from Ellie Kemper about what calmed her baby on a plane got us thinking about unusual things that comforted our little ones. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Episode 172: One Size Never Fits All
Jun 2, 2017 • 57 min
00:31 Boarding School Dreams: Catherine’s daughter is angling to move away from home three years early. She’ll have to win the lottery first, though.06:07 Alert! Silent Tragedy!: An alarmist blog post prompted a discussion of it as representative of so…
Speed Round: Our Long-Ago Proms
Jun 1, 2017 • 6 min
On last week’s group chat, we talked about graduations, and earlier this week, our topic was weddings. Today we finish our review of late spring/early summer with a look back at our own long-ago proms. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Speed Round: Board Games of Our Youth
May 31, 2017 • 4 min
Here are all the games we could name from our childhood. Go to parentingroundabout.com for links to prove we didn’t make them up. Not even “Barbie Dream Date.”• Othello• Perfection• Trivial Pursuit• Trouble• What Shall I Wear?• Monopoly• Life• Sorry•…
Round 2: Cooking with Master of None, West Wing, and Chef
May 30, 2017 • 33 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed (and cooking-themed, it turns out) podcast:00:31 Master of None: Allora, Catherine loved the first episode of season 2 of this Netflix original series created by Aziz Ansari (in which our hero, Dev,…
Speed Round: Are You Still Friends with Your Bridesmaids?
May 30, 2017 • 5 min
Even though our ceremonies were back in the day before enormous wedding parties were a thing, we don’t all have happy stories to tell. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Weird Things That Make You Happy as an Adult
May 29, 2017 • 4 min
A cartoon from Hedger Humor for Babble (go look at it now, we’ll wait) got us thinking about the sweet simple things that make us happy now, in our grown-up years. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Episode 171: End-of-the-School-Year Stress
May 26, 2017 • 55 min
00:32 Desk Excavation: Next week, Terri may be podcasting from her new/old office. Stay tuned!06:19 Stop the Calendar, We Want to Get Off: It’s late May, and you know what that means: Parents nationwide are frantically attending graduations, assemblies,…
Speed Round: What Do You Never Leave Home Without?
May 25, 2017 • 3 min
Along with more obvious essentials like wallets, keys, and phones, we speak out for the need to have constant access to things like bandaids, lip balm, and hand sanitizer. You never know when you’ll need ‘em! For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Round 2: Dancing with the Goldfinch in the West Wing
May 24, 2017 • 33 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:37 Dancing with the Stars Finale: One of our favorites, Rashad Jennings (and Emma), won the Mirror Ball, but only after the show tossed in one last shocking! elimination!17:55 The West Wing:…
Speed Round: Air-Conditioning or Open Windows?
May 24, 2017 • 3 min
Some prefer the fresh air; some prefer to never ever be hot; and some can’t quite figure out where the line between pleasant and sweltering falls. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Stuff We Need to Get Rid Of
May 23, 2017 • 5 min
We checked out a Good Housekeeping list of 50 (Big and Little) Things It’s Finally Time to Get Rid of and found ourselves guilty of having most of them hanging around. For links, quotes, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: Things We Used to Do All the Time That We Never Do Anymore
May 22, 2017 • 4 min
We chat about things that have completely fallen out of our everyday routine, and hatch a plot to fool today’s kids about what that ancient relic the phone booth was really used for. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Episode 170: Married with Children
May 19, 2017 • 45 min
00:32 Reunion Report: Catherine went back to school for a college reunion, which baffled our resident Canadian.08:27 How to Live Happily Ever After: We put our combined 68 years of marriage to the test to offer advice and cautionary tales. (Mentioned: The…
Speed Round: Things Our Mothers Did in the Kitchen That We Never Do
May 18, 2017 • 4 min
We’re still in awe of how they put dinner on the table night after night. But the cooking grease under the sink or the alfalfa sprouts among the glassware? Not so much. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.
Speed Round: What Is One Place You Never Ever Want to Go Back To?
May 17, 2017 • 4 min
Maybe it’s the four-hour plane ride. Maybe it’s the old unhappy memories. Maybe it’s some recent memories that aren’t so great. For whatever reason, there are some places we’d really just as soon leave behind. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at…
Round 2: Dancing (with Controversy) in the West Wing
May 16, 2017 • 26 min
Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed podcast:00:57 Dancing with the Stars: It’s the semi-finals! The question of whether this is a dance contest or a popularity contest rages on, and takes down a serious contender in Simone Biles.15:30 The…
Speed Round: The Fidget Spinners of Our Day
May 16, 2017 • 6 min
Before there were computers and smartphones and fancy prefab fidget spinners, we kept ourselves distracted with … taking apart pens. Peeling pencil paint. Unwinding paper clips. Doodling. So much doodling. (For more on fidget spinners, listen to our…