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

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Aug 26, 2016

Word BubbleOn this week's group chat, we talk about kids moving out on their own, discuss how likely we are to take selfies, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, and talk back-to-school with guest Robert Rummel-Hudson. Here's your road map to the episode:

04:22 Nests, Empty or Not — 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 movin' out stories and wonder what's next for our kids.

23:54 Speed Round: To Selfie or Not to Selfie? — We admit to some ambivalence about taking our own photos, and wish for some sort of at-home chin-slimming selfie stick.

30:42 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri is getting some calorie-counting help from SparkPeople; Catherine is enjoying getting boxes of ingredients and recipes from one of those blogger-cliche meal-prep services; and Nicole has been enjoying ordering out via computer.

38:50 Interview of the Week — Robert Rummel-Hudson joins us, as he does once a month, to talk with Terri about the particular challenges of back-to-school for students with disabilities and their parents.

52:37 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri has some thoughts about kids and lying on her Mothers With Attitude site; Catherine has updated her article on using books to teach sportsmanship; and Nicole would like you to vote for her SXSW panel.

Thanks as always to Jon Morin for producing our podcast and 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.

Aug 25, 2016

StopwatchWhether it's finding the right shoe size, shopping at stores we don't have handy to us, or picking up whatever odd thing we want whenever we want it, we're unanimous in feeling that online shopping rules. On today’s Speed Round, we share our favorite shopping sites, and we’d like to go visit yours too. Share them in the comments here or on our Facebook page, or tweet us @RoundAboutChat.

Aug 24, 2016

StopwatchSome people enjoy being hung upside down, whipped around corners, corkscrewed, and jammed by centrifugal force. In today's Speed Round, we declare whether we're among them or prefer to keep our feet on solid ground and look up in terror. Share your roller-coaster emotions in the comments here or on our Facebook page, or tweet us @RoundAboutChat.

Aug 23, 2016

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, we discuss the closing ceremonies of Rio 2016, watch our next to last batch of Parks and Recreation episodes, and check in on the latest West Wing Weekly offering. Here's your road map:

00:57 Olympics closing ceremonies — Rio's closing party had lots of color and activity, lots of relaxed athletes, and lots of selfies with Simone Biles.

14:10 Parks and Recreation marathon — Also getting close to its closing ceremonies is our Parks and Recreation watch, as we knock out the middle four episodes of Season 7: "Gryzzlbox" (see video), "Save JJ's," "Donna & Joe," and "Ms. Ludgate-Dwyer Goes to Washington."

24:18 West Wing watch— Following along with the West Wing Weekly podcast, we watched "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet." Jen Barkley would never have left such a memo mess, Mandy.

For next week's episode, we'll be watching our last four Parks and Rec eps (sniff!): "Pie-Mary," "The Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show," "Two Funerals," and "One Last Ride," and the West Wing episode "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet." Watch along! And if you want to join us for a Sports Night watch when we're done with Parks and Rec and get a weekly double-dose of Sorkin, you can watch it for free on ABC.com (if you can stand all the ads).

Aug 23, 2016

StopwatchFries. Chips. Doritos. Can these truly be called junk food if they are, after all, full of potato and corn vegetable-y goodness? We debate and get ourselves all in the mood for a snack on today's episode. What's your junk food of choice? Confess in the comments or on our Facebook page, or tweet at us @RoundAboutChat.

Aug 22, 2016

StopwatchWhen you inevitably have a problem with your computer or phone, what's your first move? Googling for fellow sufferers? Turning the thing off and on? Giving it a good smack? Maybe just calling for a tech-competent spouse? We share our tech-rescue strategies in today's speed round and would love to hear yours. Share them in the comments here or on our Facebook page, or tweet us @RoundAboutChat.

Aug 19, 2016

Quote BubbleToday on the podcast, we'll be talking about the infinitely wise (if hard to stick to) parenting strategry of choosing your battles, reveal our #first7jobs, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, and lament the veritable forest of paperwork it takes to get a kid through school. Here's your road map to the episode:

04:34 You Choose, You Lose — 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.

18:12 Speed Round: #first7jobs — We've all seen the hashtag, now here's how we'd answer the call. It's a diverse batch of occupations, but Nicole's still had the oddest job among us.

22:04 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri is winning some stress battles with the help of the apps Flow and Stress Baal; Catherine suggests a Donors Choose project to look into; and Nicole has been binge-watching Broad City on Comedy Central and thinks you should be too.

25:50 Interview of the Week — It's that time again when educators test parents' penmanship and patience with forms on top of forms on top of forms. Nicole schools guest Maureen Wallace on the true purpose behind all that paperwork practice.

37:54 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri is previewing some fall TV on her blog Too Old for Cool; Catherine has an article on the benefits of sports for kids; and Nicole shares some easy ways to teach students with intellectual disabilities.

Thanks as always to Jon Morin for producing our podcast and 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.

Aug 18, 2016

StopwatchWe chatted about back-to-school shopping for a recent group chat, and we got nostalgic for our younger days in a speed round earlier this week, so today we combine the two and feel some nostalgia for the school supplies of our youth, from metal lunch boxes to Trapper Keepers to Pee-Chee folders (c'mom, someone besides Terri remembers Pee-Chee folders, right? right?) Tell us about the school supplies you remember fondly on our Facebook page, or tweet us at @RoundAboutChat.

Aug 17, 2016

StopwatchIs your fridge always well-stocked? Or might you come back from a long trip to find a few dicey condiments hanging out together? We told about the staples of our refrigerator shelves, from more parsley than anyone could ever use to a particular brand of dairy creamer. What's in your icebox, no matter what? Tell us in the comments on our Facebook page or tweet us at @RoundAboutChat.

Aug 16, 2016

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, we discuss the Great British Baking Show, watch the first four episodes of Parks and Recreation Season 7, and check in on the latest West Wing Weekly offering. Here's your road map:

00:36 British Bakers — Catherine's been watching The Great British Baking Show on PBS, Terri caught a little on Netflix, and we're not sure we're both watching the same season, but we agree that it has the perfect mixture of well-mannered competition, adorable accents, and delicious-looking baked goods.

10:30 Parks and Recreation marathon — This week, we discussed the first four episodes of the future-set final season: "2017," "Ron & Jammy," "William Henry Harrison," and (the quite wonderful) "Leslie and Ron," which resolves a four-episode Knope-Swanson feud with, among other things, Leslie's unique rendition of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" as shown above.

24:18 West Wing watch— Following along with the West Wing Weekly podcast, we watched "Six Meetings Before Lunch." Like the podcasters, we can't quite figure out which six interactions made up those six meetings either.

For next week's episode, we'll be watching half of Parks and Rec's remaining eight episodes with "Grizzylbox," "Save JJ's," "Donna and Joe," and "Ms. Ludgate-Dwyer Goes to Washington," and the West Wing episode "Let Bartlet e Bartlet." Watch along! And if you want to join us for a Sports Night watch when we're done with Parks and Rec and get a weekly double-dose of Sorkin, you can watch it for free on ABC.com (warning: the ads truly are endless).

Aug 16, 2016

StopwatchTom Petty, Nicky Minaj, Justin Timberlake, and Hamilton (Hamilton!) are among our recent music purchases — some of them even in old-school physical CD form! Have you purchased any music lately that you're willing to confess? Do so in the comments on our Facebook page or tweet us @RoundAboutChat.

[Terri feels compelled to add as an update that the Tom Petty CD in question is Damn the Torpedoes, which does not in fact have "Free Fallin'" on it, but does have "Refugee" and "Here Comes My Girl" and "Don't Do Me Like That" and other classics, plus "Louisiana Rain,” the intro which makes her think something is wrong with the car every time.]

Aug 15, 2016

StopwatchWhether it's someplace we actually lived or just wished we could, we talk today about places we remember fondly from our youth or young adulthood. And learn, as so often happens, that some things are better in our imaginations than in actual fact. Does our chat bring some beloved spot to mind? Share it in the comments on our Facebook page.

Aug 12, 2016

Quote BubbleToday on the podcast, we’re going to confess our control-freak tendencies, dig into what we’re complaining about right now, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, and hear an interview with Amanda and Jon about traveling without kids. Here's your road map to the episode:

07:00 Control Freakiness — 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 one's child, as any good Mama Bear would do. So why do people say “control freak” like it's a bad thing?

19:40 Speed Round: What We're Complaining About Right Now — Besides everyone not getting with our control-freak rules and doing things right, that is.

27:30 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri is (surprise!) loving Lin-Manuel Miranda singing Disney tunes on Instagram, Catherine is enchanted by Pottermore, and Nicole is feeling for Aly Raisman's parents in the Olympics clip of them squirming through their gymnast daughter's performance.

31:20 Interview of the Week — From the Parenting Roundabout vaults comes a never-aired chat between Amanda and her husband, Jon (our fearless producer), about taking a trip together without the kids.

42:17 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri has a new blog post on back to school for control-freak moms, Catherine has an article on active games for family night, and you can still get a look at Nicole's webinar on inclusion.

Thanks as always to Jon Morin for producing our podcast and 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.

Aug 11, 2016

StopwatchThis week, we've talked about our favorite apps and favorite viral videos, so today we figured we'd look at one more item of online importance: those little images that express our moods. What's your most-used emoji? Comment on our Facebook page or tweet it at us on Twitter @RoundAboutChat.

Aug 10, 2016

StopwatchViral videos are fun to watch and great for procrastination purposes. So of course, we have our favorites, maybe so many that it's hard to choose one. For today's episode, anyway, we picked these as our faves:

+ Terri: Lin-Manuel Miranda at the White House Poetry Jam
+ Amanda: Cat hitting stuffed tiger
+ Nicole: JK wedding entrance dance
+ Catherine: Wisdom teeth extraction zombie apocalypse prank

We've set up a YouTube playlist for watching these and other videos we like. Which ones should we add? Comment on the playlist or our Facebook page, or tweet us @RoundAboutChat to let us know about the videos you love.

Aug 9, 2016

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, we discuss the Rio Olympics opening ceremony and opening week, watch the last four episodes of Parks and Recreation Season 6, and check in on the latest West Wing Weekly offering. Here's your road map:

00:54 Olympics! — We enjoyed live-tweeting the opening ceremony, squirmed right along with Aly Raisman's parents over women's gymnastics, and otherwise enjoyed having sports of all sorts all over our TVs again. (As mentioned: Go Fug Yourself coverage.)

20:47 Parks and Recreation marathon — This week, we discussed the last episodes of Season 6: "Prom," "Flu Season 2," "One in 8,000," and "Moving Up."

38:50 West Wing watch— Following along with the West Wing Weekly podcast, we watched "The White House Pro-Am."

For next week's episode, we'll be starting Parks and Rec's seventh and final season with "2017," "Ron & Jammy," "William Henry Harrison," and "Leslie and Ron," and the West Wing episode "Six Meetings Before Lunch." Watch along!

 

Aug 9, 2016

StopwatchThe Olympics are in full swing, and that means we have our every-four-years opportunity to take in some beach volleyball, some synchronized diving, some killer ping-pong, and lots and lots of other sports that make our hearts stop in anticipation of a victory, a screw-up, or a scary-looking injury. Which sports are you most eager to watch? Tell us in the comments on our Facebook page or tweet us @RoundAboutChat.

Aug 8, 2016

StopwatchWhen it comes to apps, we're looking for song titles, we're looking for pretty pictures, we're looking for a ride, and we're looking for an ATM in our vicinity. In today's ep, we sing the praises of Shazam, Soundhound, Uber, Instagram, and Around Here. What apps are making you happy right now? Tell us in the comments on our Facebook page or by tweeting us @RoundAboutChat.

Aug 5, 2016

Quote BubbleHey, you spend enough time listening to the radio in cars with kids, you get to drop Twenty One Pilots references. With that refrain ringing in our heads, we chat about stress monsters and generational social-media divides and traveling with kids, as well as share some cool stuff we've seen and done this week. Here's your road map:

7:01 Raging Stress-Monsters — Who's stressed among us? Who isn't? With back-to-school, insurance paperwork, book edits, joblessness, and general excessive summertime togetherness plaguing us, we're all in need of a little serenity. What works? We're still looking.

24:05 Friday Speed Round: Social Media Self-Esteem — We all know it's good to feel good about yourself, but is liking your posts on social media an acceptable thing or an embarrassing faux pas? Turns out, we're on the wrong side of the generational divide on that one.

30:12 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — On our weekly gathering of things we've seen and appreciated this week, Catherine recommends an Alpha Mom article by Mir Kamin on other kids sucking the joy out of beloved activities; Nicole plugs her webinar on inclusive education for the first of two times on this episode; and Terri likes a backpack luggage-tag checklist that our absent member, Amanda Morin, wrote about on Understood.org.

32:45 Interview of the Week — Catherine's monthly chat with pediatric OT Meghan Corridan offers some fun ideas on getting a young child through a European vacation. Speaking of stressful situations. (See the adorable photo of Meghan's daughter mentioned in this segment here.)

46:58 Shameless Self-Promotion — Catherine shares an article on how to be a good sports parent; Terri is taking parenting advice from Parks and Recreation again; and, hey, have you heard Nicole's doing a webinar?

Thanks as always to Jon Morin for producing our podcast and 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.

Aug 4, 2016

StopwatchThe idea of writing down all your thoughts and feelings sounds ... inspiring? terrifying? like a waste of good blog material? On today's Speed Round, we chat about our journaling experiences or lack thereof. Are you a journaler? Tell us about it in the comments on our Facebook page.

Aug 3, 2016

StopwatchThe weird things that wind up finding a home on our desks get their moment in the spotlight today, from bamboo plants to chicken coupons to bottles of badges. What's weird on your desk? Comment on our Facebook page, or tweet us a picture at @RoundAboutChat.

Aug 2, 2016

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, we discuss The Rosie Project, four episodes of Parks and Recreation, and the latest West Wing Weekly offering. Here's your road map:

00:35 The Rosie Project — Graeme Simsion's novel was a hit with Catherine's book club. Mentioned in this segment: our earlier Round 2 on the Broadway version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; the sequel to this book, The Rosie Effect; and some takes on the book from readers on the spectrum.

13:40 Parks and Recreation marathon — This week, we watched the Season 6 episodes "Anniversaries," "The Wall," "New Slogan," and "Galentine's Day."

30:00 West Wing watch — Following along with the West Wing Weekly podcast, we watched "20 Hours in L.A."

For next week's episode, we'll be finishing Parks and Rec's sixth season with "Prom," "Flu Season 2," "One in 8,000," and "Moving Up," and the West Wing episode "The White House Pro-Am." Watch along!

Aug 2, 2016

StopwatchChances are, you've seen your child's favorite movie so many times you almost have it memorized. Sometimes all that repetition is painful, but sometimes we're happy to flop down and share the story again. For today's Speed Round, we named some movies that we enjoy on endlessly repeating viewings just as much as our kids do. What's on replay at your house? Name it in the comments on our Facebook page or tweet us @RoundAboutChat.

Aug 1, 2016

StopwatchTwo of us have never actually sat on a jury, but the other two have some stories to tell. Listen to our tales of trials far from the conventions of TV legal drama, and share your own stories in the comments on our Facebook page.

 

Jul 29, 2016

Word BubbleOn today’s podcast, we’re going to talk about how old our kids were when they got phones, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Round-Up, and chat with Robert Rummel-Hudson about special-needs sports — but first, we’re going to take a little trip to the mall for some back-to-school shopping. Here's your road map to the episode:

5:08 Back to Back-to-School Shopping — For the first time, Terri has no one going back to any kind of school, so Catherine and Nicole school her in what Back to School 2016 is looking like. For more on shopping with kids, listen to last week's podcast, which included a discussion of trendy vs. affordable.)

21: 25 Friday Speed Round — How old should kids be when they get their own phone? And just how smart should those phones be?

27:14 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri enjoyed the Special Needs Parent Pokémon Go on the blog Love That Max; Catherine and her son are excited for the new Harry Potter book; and Nicole recommends the app Venmo for, among other things, getting money to your kid on shopping trips. Also mentioned in this segment: our recent episodes on kids and money and Pokémon Go.

32:11 Interview of the Week — Robert Rummel Hudson makes his monthly visit to the podcast to talk with Terri about what we like a lot and like less about special-needs sports.

45:04 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri wants you to share this next time that "cut-and-paste for the kids with special needs!" meme comes around; Nicole invites you to an online course she's teaching on “Why Inclusion Works in an Educational Setting”; and Catherine has an article on her Verywell site on Olympics-inspired fitness for kids

Thanks as always to Jon Morin for producing our podcast and 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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