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Join parenting and education writers Terri Mauro, Catherine Holecko, and
Nicole Eredics for a weekly look at the things parents are talking about,
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Dec 9, 2016

Episode 148: The Doctor Will See You NowOn this week's group chat, we discuss kids speaking up for themselves at the doctor; talk about holiday decorating on our Friday speed round; shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, hear part two of our interview with occupational therapist Meghan Corridan; and do some shameless self-promotion. Here's your road map to the episode:

05:30 Kids Flying Solo at the Doctor — 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 medical caseworker)? Finding the right doctor helps, unsurprisingly.

17:20 Speed Round: Holiday Decorating — Having discussed holiday music, we now address decorating: whether or not you do it at all, how much do you do, do you do the inside, the outside, both, neither, and when? We are just filled with the Christmas spirit, y'all.

24:14 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri recommends Moana again, this time for the way both parents, amazingly for a Disney movie, are both alive throughout; Catherine enjoyed a blog post on Magpie Musing about people-watching in NYC (and also thinks you should be watching Martha and Snoop on VH1); and Nicole recommends the movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople

27:03 Interview of the Week — Pediatric occupational therapist Meghan Corridan joins Catherine for part two of their conversation about Meghan’s annual holiday gift guide. This week, she focuses on toys, games, and activities that help build social and emotional skills. Toys mentioned: Make a Face! from Moon Picnic, Eggspressions from Hape, Friends and Neighbors--The Helping Game from Peaceable Kingdom, Many Moods of Me Journal from Klutz, and Kindness Kit from Craft-tastic.

36:29 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri suggests checking her Friendship Circle post "Find the Perfect Toys with These Special-Needs Gift Guides" again for new additions; Nicole is giving away books on inclusion by Julie Causton on her Inclusive Class website; and Catherine has an article on VeryWell on pedometer activities for kids.

Thanks as always to Jon Morin for our fun in-and-out music. If you're reading this somewhere without hyperlinks, come to http://parentingroundabout.com for the full recap experience.

Dec 8, 2016

StopwatchCome to think of it, this probably would have been a better topic for summer, but we all eat ice cream even when it's icy out, right? Listen to hear our favorite flavors and one not-so-fave, then share your picks and pans in the comment here or on our Facebook page.

Dec 7, 2016

StopwatchShower? 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? Tell us in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Dec 6, 2016

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri check in with a new TV series and an old one, plus the latest in Hamilton- and Lin-Manuel Miranda-related pop culture. Here's your road map:

00:35 The Great American Baking Show - The Great British Baking Show has pitched its enormous tent on American soil, and we are basking in its warm, comfortable, sweet-smelling glow.

10:11 The Hamilton Mixtape - Maybe you've heard that we're fans of Hamilton and its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda? In news that shocks no one, we love the new Hamilton Mixtape, as will as Lin-Manuel's interview with Marc Maron and his turn on Drunk History (even if he didn’t seem all that drunk to us).

16:26 The West Wing - Along with the West Wing Weekly podcast, we watched "Noel," a particularly fine season-2 episode guest-starring Adam Arkin (and the delightfully snobby Paxton Whitehead; see video above).

For next week's episode, we'll watch The West Wing episode "The Leadership Breakfast" and see how the American bakers do on their attempts to bake bread. Join us!

Dec 6, 2016

StopwatchSometimes in our lives, time is worth more than money, and we can spend for convenience without hyperventilating Other times, when money is not so easy to come by, we're willing to invest more of that time thing. In today's episode, we take a moment out from frantic online shopping to assess where we're at with this issue right now. You can do the same in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Dec 5, 2016

StopwatchOur 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? Share in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Dec 2, 2016

Word BubbleOn this week's group chat, we discuss parental teasing; talk about winter gear on our Friday speed round; shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, hear an interview with occupational therapist Meghan Corridan, and do some shameless self-promotion. Here's your road map to the episode:

07:27 Teasing Tension — 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 wind up with escalating tension, and who needs another source of that this time of year? 

19:18 Speed Round: Where Do You Stow Your Winter Gear? — Maybe you're decorating your home with trees and ornaments and wreaths right now, or maybe you're just decorating it with jackets and scarves and gloves and hats and boots. Since none of us has a glorious HGTV-touted mud room, we talk about where that stuff gets kept, or flung. 

26:42 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri enjoys the procrastinator-friendly sales at Calendars.com; Nicole also has an online store to recommend, The Grommet
and Catherine's a little more high-minded, with an article on Common Sense Media on helping kids spot fake news

30:36 Interview of the Week — Pediatric occupational therapist Meghan Corridan talks to Catherine about her annual holiday gift guide, featuring dozens of suggestions for toys, games, and activities. This week, she focuses on products that are new in 2016. Come back next week for more highlights from the gift guide. (Also mentioned: Meghan's last chat with us, about coloring and activity books for two.)

43:20 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri shared a few articles from her new Friendship Circle gig: "20 Things Every Parent of a Child with Special Needs Can Be Thankful For," "Find the Perfect Toys with These Special-Needs Gift Guides," and "15 Special-Needs Toys and Tools That Make Great Gifts"; Nicole also has a Friendship Circle article, on the difference between inclusive and self-contained classrooms
and Catherine has an article on VeryWell, on the best kids' toys for active play.

Thanks as always to Jon Morin for our fun in-and-out music. If you're reading this somewhere without hyperlinks, come to http://parentingroundabout.com for the full recap experience.

Dec 1, 2016

StopwatchWe 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? Tell us what's on your windows in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Nov 30, 2016

On this week’s episode of Parenting Roundabout’s entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri take a break from all the TV they’ve been watching. Instead, they report on a book and two movies, and (because they can’t stay away from TV for too long) talk about what show to watch next. Here’s your road map:

01:24 The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George – Much like The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, we found this to be a super-book-clubby kind of book, featuring literary prescriptions and even recipes. Terri’s positive it would not be for her, but Catherine found some qualities she liked. Also mentioned: Last month’s book club pick, The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid.

12:50 Thanksgiving Weekend Movies – Terri saw Disney’s Moana, some of Catherine’s family took in Allied, and Catherine hit Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with her Harry-Potter-obsessed son and several other family members. Terri appreciated Moana’s animation magic and Catherine enjoyed the critter magic in Fantastic Beasts.

24:12 New TV – We take a cue from our friends at The West Wing and ask, “What’s next?” now that we’re finished with both Sports Night and Dancing with the Stars. After a spin through several decades worth of series options, we choose a winner: The Great American Baking Show, premiering December 1 on ABC.

For next week’s episode, we’ll return to The West Wing with the episode “Noel” and see if the American bakers are worth their sugar and flour. Join us!

Nov 30, 2016

StopwatchAre you in a "you drive it, you fill it up" household, or is gassing up the vehicles part of the dividing up of household duties? Surprisingly, the one of us who lives in the easiest state for gas-getting is the least likely to do it. Tell us about your fill-up situation in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Nov 29, 2016

StopwatchThe 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 the carols and crooning about chestnuts should properly begin. Day after Thanksgiving? December 1? Two weeks before? Eve of? Share what you'd decree if you were the Master of Mall Music in the comments or on our Facebook page.

Nov 28, 2016

StopwatchThe great deal Terri got on a laptop on a bygone Cyber Monday got us thinking about the computers we're using now and whether we're due for an upgrade. Is this your long weekend for tech-shopping? Tell us in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Nov 25, 2016

Quote BubbleOn this week's group chat, we talk about special-occasion pressure, discuss the start of the holiday shopping season on our Friday speed round, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, take a quiz about table manners, and do some shameless self-promotion. Here's your road map to the episode:

05:55 Holiday Downsizing — Extended family all loving and rosy-cheeked around a food-stacked table is a heartwarming image, but the fact of it sometimes gives us heartburn. We talk about the pressure — external and internal — to have a portrait-worthy holiday and our attempts to bring expectations down to snapshot size.

17:45 Speed Round: Do You Shop on Black Friday? — Some folks can't wait to hit the stores for bargains, some would rather jump off a cliff than go fight strangers for sales items, and some find the whole idea of making Thanksgiving weekend all about commerce offensive. Turns out, we're not quite any of those.

23:21 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri enjoys just looking at the homepage loop for the time-tracking site toggl (click on the little speaker in the corner for the perfect accompaning music); Catherine enjoyed a roundup of Fitness Marshall dance videos on Buzzfeed; and Nicole appreciated an article about coaches apropos to our discussion last week

25:49 A Well-Mannered Quiz — In place of our usual interview segment, and since you'll be listening to this a day after a big judge-y family meal, Catherine came up with a quiz about etiquette rules for children that may have you using your napkin a whole new way.

41:24 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri shared a special-needs version of the "Would You Rather" meme; Catherine offered some help on dealing with sports parent burnout; and Nicole will have an article up on the Friendship Circle blog any time now.

Thanks as always to Jon Morin for our fun in-and-out music. If you're reading this somewhere without hyperlinks, come to http://parentingroundabout.com for the full recap experience.

Nov 24, 2016

StopwatchHappy Thanksgiving! We hope you're not surrounded by nitpicky family members 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 anything. If you could change something, what would it be? Theoretically speaking? Comment here or on our Facebook page.

 

Nov 23, 2016

StopwatchWe seem to be talking about grooming a lot this week, and today's question asks about how much we can bear to pay for hair cutting (and styling and coloring and what-all). Looking at the pictures on our homepage, perhaps you can guess who among us cuts her own hair in order to avoid the $20 fee at the cheapest haircut place. Do you pay big bucks or pinch pennies when it comes to haircuts? Comment here or on our Facebook page.

Nov 23, 2016

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri discuss the two-part finale of Dancing With the Stars, finish off their Sports Night episodes, and continue on with West Wing season 2. Here's your road map:

00:29 Dancing With the Stars — And just like that, with two last days of sparkles and silliness, another season of Dancing With the Stars twirls away. We discuss whether the final three and the final winner were to our liking. 

14:51 Sports Night — And just like that, with three episodes of gloom and doom, our Sports Night watch is over. We would miss the banter a lot more if we weren't already getting a second dose from The West Wing.

22:16 The West Wing — Keeping pace with the West Wing Weekly Podcast, we watched "Gallileo," the season-2 episode on which, quite frankly, people were being way too snotty.

For next week's episode, we'll be ... well, not watching DWTS and not watching Sports Night, and not watching West Wing either since the West Wing Weekly is taking a week off. Fortunately, Catherine's got a book-club pick to talk about — The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George— and you can tune in to see what else we come up with.

Nov 22, 2016

StopwatchContinuing on our grooming theme for the 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? Confess in the comments or on our Facebook page.

Nov 21, 2016

StopwatchThis turned out to be kind of a grooming-themed week of speed rounds, and we're starting out with a discussion 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? Name it in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Nov 18, 2016

Quote BubbleOn this week's group chat, we talk about parenting and work burnout; look for our own traits, good or bad, in our kids; shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup; chat with Robert Rummel-Hudson about the ABC series Speechless; and engage in some shameless self-promotion. Here's your road map to the episode:

05:15 Enough Already— 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? Are you already weeping in a dark room while you listen to this? Us too.

21:44 Speed Round: Do Your Kids Take After You? — Recently on a speed round, we talked about which of our parents we're most like. So today, we’re asking what traits of yourself you see in your kids — and is that good or bad?

27:49 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri likes the Lin-Manuel Miranda merch at TeeRico, while Catherine and Nicole both touted Buzzfeed articles: on finding your dog's proper Hogwarts house and hacking Thanksgiving dinner, respectively.

30:12 Interview of the Week: Robert Rummel-Hudson — We've devoted our interview segment to ABC's new sitcom Speechless a couple of times on this podcast before, but it's still delighting us sufficiently that we're going to talk about it again, this time with monthly contributor Robert Rummel-Hudson (watch the “bulletproof” scene he mentions at left or on YouTube).

45:38 Shameless Self-Promotion — Catherine has an article on VeryWell about encouraging kids to play oustside, and Nicole and Terri want you to follow their less-popular Twitter presences, @NicoleEredics and @SNNewsTweets.

Thanks as always to Jon Morin for our fun in-and-out music. If you're reading this somewhere without hyperlinks, come to http://parentingroundabout.com for the full recap experience. 

Nov 17, 2016

StopwatchTerri'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 faithful dentist-goer? Report in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Nov 16, 2016

StopwatchEarthquakes. Fires. Tornados. 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? Share in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Nov 15, 2016

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri watched the next to last week of Dancing With the Stars, the next to last batch of Sports Night episodes, and a real turkey of a West Wing episode (in the nicest way possible). Here's your road map:

00:32 Dancing With the Stars — Hey, it's the semifinals already, and we're feeling pretty good about having pegged four of the final five from the first day. By the end of the episode, though, one of our favorites fell prematurely away. Jana must be stopped!

08:22 Sports Night — Up this week are "The Local Weather," "Draft Day: Part I: It Can't Rain at Indian Wells," "Draft Day: Part II: The Fall of Ryan O'Brian," and "April is the Cruelest Month." Otherwise known as, "that run of episodes where Jeremy was really kind of a jerk."

17:28 The West Wing — Keeping pace with the West Wing Weekly Podcast, we watched "Shibboleth," the season-2 Thanksgiving episode with the turkeys, the knife, the refugees, and Leo's sister.

For next week's episode, we'll be finishing up our Sports Night watch with "Bells and a Siren," "La Forza Del Destino," and "Quo Vadimus" (watch along on ABC.com), as well as Dancing With the Stars and The West Wing season-2 episode "Galileo."

Nov 15, 2016

StopwatchHobbies 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 and see, then tell us about your personal handicraftiness in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Nov 14, 2016

StopwatchBeing 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 sometimes? Tell us what it's like in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Nov 11, 2016

Word BubbleOn this week's group chat, we talk about grown-ups who bully our kids; wonder if our families could figure out how to pay bills without us; shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup; revisit an episode from our early days; and engage in some shameless self-promotion. Here's your road map:

6:39 Bad Sports — 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 for the team? Or do you become That Parent who people will later say ruined it for everyone? 

24:28 Speed Round: Could They Handle It? — We don't like to think about this, but if for some reason we were not around to do all the things we do every day without even realizing it, how long would it take before our families were awash in unpaid bills and unexpected deliveries and missed deadlines?

30:10 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri's excited about the Hamilton Mixtape; Catherine liked a Decider interview with Speechless dad John Ross Bowie; and Nicole is up to her ears in cheese from Wisconsin's fromagination.com.

35:02 Interview of the Week: Parent Bullies — The topic of bullying coaches reminded us of an episode we did way back in the early days of Parenting Roundabout about parents who bully other parents. We're dropping an excerpt from that March 26, 2014, conversation here in place of an interview this week, but you can hear the whole sound-challenged thing here

42:35 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri started a new gig as blog manager for Friendship Circle this month and invites you to come and visit; Nicole welcomes you to her Inclusive Class Facebook page; and if you've been wondering if your kid really needs a Fitbit, Catherine has the article for you.

Thanks as always to Jon Morin for our fun in-and-out music. If you're reading this somewhere without hyperlinks, come to http://parentingroundabout.com for the full recap experience.

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