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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,
complaining about, and obsessing about right now.

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Jan 20, 2017

On this week's group chat, we talk about grades and how much we should care about them, talk about celebrating big birthdays on our Friday speed round, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, chat with pediatric OT Meghan Corridan, and do some shameless self-promotion. Here's your road map to the episode:

03:26 We Give Ourselves an A+ — 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 class.

16:12 Speed Round: Big Birthdays — Nicole's daughter's sweet 16 got us thinking about how we celebrate our kids' landmark birthdays, and whether we're slackers if they don't involve catering halls and limos.

22:58 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri is amazed to have a good word to say about Microsoft Word; Catherine's happy about that surprisingly effective OTC flu med she found in her closet; and Nicole likes her virtual reality viewer

28:32 Interview of the Week: Meghan Corridan — We check in with Meghan once a month, and this time around she's got some cool (but not cold) indoor snow play ideas for kids. Get the details on the items mentioned on her blog, MAC&Toys.

37:23 Shameless Self-Promotion — Catherine has more snow day ideas in an article for VeryWell; Nicole invites you to listen to her and Terri's previous podcast on her Inclusive Class site; and Terri wrote about some ways Hollywood could increase respect for people with disabilities on the Friendship Circle site.

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.

Jan 19, 2017

StopwatchWhen it comes to exercise, some of it is best done in groups, some with maybe one or two agreeable companions, and some all alone. We compare our exercise-company preferences in today's episode. Are you a person who needs people to exercise with? Tell us in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Jan 18, 2017

StopwatchYesterday, we talked about how we keep kids amused on car trips. But car trips can be tedious for adults too, even if there are no kids yelling "Are we there yet?" from the backseat. On today's Speed Round, we talk about the things we use to keep ourselves occupied, from doing work to, well, listening to podcasts! How do you stay alert? Comment here or on our Facebook page.

Jan 17, 2017

Quote BubbleOn this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri continue watching The Great American Baking Show and The West Wing, plus tee up a new challenge for each other. Here’s your road map:

00:33 Great American Baking Show — And just like that, this show rolls to a gentle, buttery stop as Amanda is crowned the winner. Now she gets to go home to her cute kids, leaving us to wonder what just happened here and exactly how long she and Stephanie were stuck in that tent. We’d watch this again, but we don’t have much faith that ABC will whip up another season.

11:44 The West Wing Weekly — In “Bartlet’s Third State of the Union,” the First Lady kicks some butt and both CJ and Ainsley lose their pants, and we enjoyed both the episode and the TWWW commentary. Next up: “The War at Home.”

17:25 Challenge Round — In a new weekly feature, Terri challenges Catherine to watch the Great Performances documentary, “In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams.”

Next time, we’ll discuss that show and then it will be Catherine’s turn to issue a challenge. Plus we’ll keep up with The West Wing. Join us!

Jan 17, 2017

StopwatchThe era of personal electronics and in-car DVD players has certainly made things easier, but a lengthy road trip can still be a test of a parent's creativity and endurance. We share some of our strategies for keeping kids distracted, and dream of a full-trip-length Lin-Manuel Miranda mixtape to get us through. How do you keep your young passengers happy? Share your tricks in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Jan 16, 2017

StopwatchAfter talking about claustrophobia in a chat about riding up the St. Louis Arch on Episode 152, Terri asked her fellow podcasters about their particular phobias. Turns out we're none of us much fond of enclosed spaces, underground places, and flying down a steep slope on skis. What's your phobia? Share it in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Jan 13, 2017

Word BubbleOn this week’s group chat, we talk about our recent winter travel, share some tourist-attraction disappointments on our Friday speed round, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, and do some shameless self-promotion. Here’s your road map to the episode:

02:42 What We Did on Our Winter Vacation — Being in charge of everybody’s good time can make a vacation not so much fun for Mom. Ditto sub-par wifi. But we made it through our recent sojourns to Arizona, the Catskills, and Luge Camp. Bringing work along, it turns out, helps.  

13:16 Speed Round: Tourism Fails — While we’re on the topic of travel, we recall some less-than-impressive tourist attractions we’ve paid money for, including un-PC tour guides, a cement penny, and an elevator ride that’s not for the faint of heart.

21:31 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri is enjoying her new laptop’s snappy Gelaskins outfit; Catherine just can’t stop playing Starbucks for Life; and Nicole’s using My Fitness Pal for her New Year’s resolution. 

25:56 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri wrote posts for Friendship Circle on New Year’s resolutions for parents of kids with special needs (easy ones, don’t worry) and feel-good special-needs stories from 2016; Nicole has gathered the top 5 posts on inclusion on her Inclusive Class site; and Catherine wrote about why risk-taking is healthy for kids on her VeryWell site.

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.

Jan 12, 2017

StopwatchTime for a little truth in business cards. We need ones that confirm our status as family insurance case managers, celebrate our skating-judge-wranging abilities, and put our volunteering on a professional footing. What should your business card say? Tell us in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Jan 11, 2017

StopwatchYesterday, we talked about how many states we've been to. Today, to keep things fair for our Canadian podcaster, we went north of the border and tallied up the provinces we've visited. Nicole's really just happy we've remembered some of their names. Have you done much Canadian sight-seeing? Share in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Jan 10, 2017

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri continue watching The Great American Baking Show and turn a wary (and confused) eye on the Golden Globes. Here’s your road map:

00:30 Golden Globes - Despite podcasting about pop culture every week, we found it hard to keep track of the dizzying array of presenters, categories, and nominees chucked at us during this ceremony. Terri mentioned her favorite awards-show opening numbers: Jimmy Fallon at the Emmys in 2010 and Neil Patrick Harris at the Tonys in 2013 (lyrics by our beloved Lin-Manuel Miranda).

15:37 Great American Baking Show - Speaking of confounding, this competition show is pretty half-baked, but we enjoyed Patisserie Week and its cruel crullers anyway. We were sorry to see sweet Jennie go home, though. We’ll be tuning in next week (for one hour? Two? Your guess is as good as ours) to see what the finalists whip up.

We’ll also get back into our West Wing re-watch next week, along with The West Wing Weekly podcast, and maybe even kick off a new series marathon. If you have a request or a suggestion, let us know in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Jan 10, 2017

StopwatchAs a relative newcomer to the US, Nicole’s well behind Catherine and Terri in the “states visited” count. Surely she’ll show us up, though, in tomorrow’s question on how many Canadian provinces we’ve been to. What’s your state tally? Would it be significantly different if we included airport stops or excluded drive-throughs and rest-stop meals? Count ’em up in the comments or on our Facebook page.

Jan 9, 2017

StopwatchAt least in the snowier parts of the US, it's the season for skiing, sledding, snowshoe-ing, hockey playing, ice fishing, and all manner of winter sports. On today's episode, we assess our level of enthusiasm for snow fun and discuss our history with cold-weather endeavors. Are you a winter sports fan? Tell us your favorites in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Jan 6, 2017

Word bubbleHappy 2017! But before we’re totally done with 2016, Catherine and Terri take a little look back at the pop culture resolutions they made and sort of kept, and the episodes of the past year that got the most listens.

01:06 Our Resolution Scorecard — So on our last Round 2 of 2015, we made some bold predictions for 2016. DVRs would be cleaned out. New shows would be watched. Marathons would be conducted. Oscar nominees would be seen. Some of those things happened — we did indeed marathon Parks and Recreation as resolved, and what fun that was. Some of those things were a partial success — Catherine saw a few nominees, though possibly after the Oscars. And some of those things we never got to, like Terri’s intention to watch Breaking Bad or read one of Catherine's book-club books. Better luck next year? We make some new promises, and you'll have to check back in 2018 to see how we did.

18:39 Most Popular Episode of 2016 — That would be Episode 120: Saving Face on Facebook. Apparently, griping about Facebook is something everybody wants in on, so we'll have to schedule more of it for 2017. Listen to a couple of extended clips from our conversation, which (like the Speed Round that follows) includes Nicole Eredics and our departed member, Amanda Morin.

34:47 Most Popular Speed Round of 2016 — We waxed nostalgic about school supplies, and people listened. Join us in listening again to Terri pleading for confirmation that somebody other than her has heard of Pee-Chee folders (correct spelling).

40:22 Most Popular Round 2 of 2016 — Of all the entertainment-related Round 2s Catherine and Terri did last year, the one that got the most downloads wasn't the one about the Oscars or the Paralympics but The Great British Baking Show. Listen again to our conversation about that most genteel of competitions, and if you liked that, why not come on across the pond and watch The Great American Baking Show with us. We'll be talking about it again on Tuesday.

Thanks as always to Jon Morin for our fun in-and-out music. Thanks to you, too, for listening to us this past year. And thanks to Terri’s dog, My Girl, for all the toenail taps and collar jingling throughout the podcast. We hear you, pooch.

If you're reading this somewhere without hyperlinks, come to http://parentingroundabout.com for the full recap experience.

Jan 5, 2017

StopwatchEverybody's got an opinion, and a strong opinion about something or other. Us? We're a little on the snobby side about TV we don't like and hotels that don't meet our standards, and if you're an adult padding downstairs to a hotel breakfast in your jammies and bare feet? Yeah, we're judging. What are you a snob about? Tell us in the comments here or on our Facebook page. (Hope it's not about podcasts.)

 

Jan 4, 2017

StopwatchSay, hypothetically, you weren't ridiculously overworked and had time to hit a museum in some mythical free time. Would it be the art, history, or science variety. We've got one vote for each on our panel. Break our tie by sharing your choice in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Jan 3, 2017

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri continue watching The Great American Baking Show and listening to The West Wing Weekly podcast. Plus, Catherine read two books! Here’s your road map:

01:05 The Great American Baking Show — We don’t understand the rules or the plan here (or the appeal of oeufs en neige), but our sweet tooths are perfectly happy to go along for the ride. Next time: French pastries … we think.

13:17 Winter Vacation Reading — Catherine managed to read two books over the winter break, and she shares her thoughts on The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton and Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld’s modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

20:55 The West Wing Weekly — A peek into Josh and Hrishi’s podcasting process has us comparing and contrasting with our own rather less professional approach (call it folksy!).

Next week, we continue with The Great American Baking Show and report on the Golden Globe awards. We’ll be live-tweeting those on Sunday, January 8, too, so join us on Twitter for that. Plus, check out what we’re looking forward to in pop culture this year on Parenting Roundabout Episode 150. We’d love to hear your picks, too. Share in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Jan 3, 2017

StopwatchThe person in front of Nicole at the Starbucks drive-through bought her coffee the other day, and she wondered if Catherine and Terri had similar stories to tell of stranger-ly kindness. To the person who brushed the snow off Catherine's car and the guy from the utility company who fixed Terri's heater, we say, huzzah! What kindness have you delivered or received lately? Share in the comments or on our Facebook page.

 

Jan 2, 2017

StopwatchA new year has begun, with unlimited potential (for good or bad, we suppose), and it got use thinking about what we'd like an unlimited supply of if we had a chance to choose. While Terri went a little big-picture with her pick, Catherine and Nicole will be waiting for Honest Tea and Air Canada, respectively, to make their wishes come true. What would you like to have always on hand? Share in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Dec 23, 2016

We'll Just Be Over Here PhotosynthesizingOn this week's group chat, we discuss yet another new parenting philosophy, confess our childhood misdeeds on our Friday speed round, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, look forward to upcoming pop culture offerings, and do some shameless self-promotion. Here's your road map to the episode:

03:00 "Potted-Plant Parenting" — It should come as no surprise that teens want their parents to be available but not intrusive. A New York Times article considers that a good thing, but some of us aren't so sure.

18:50 Speed Round: What Did You Get in Trouble for as a Kid? — It's hard to believe since we're such upstanding citizens now, but in our day we got in trouble for selling stuff in the schoolyard and staying out to all hours. Getting in trouble for sass? Not so surprising.

22:31 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri one-ups Catherine's bluetooth shower fan with a bluetooth toothbrush; Catherine likes an article about Why You Should Avoid Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain; and Nicole appreciates the ease of giveaways using Rafflecopter.

25:55 Round 2 Special — In a bonus edition of their Tuesday Round 2 entertainment-themed episodes, Catherine and Terri look ahead to the pop culture coming their way in 2017. (Mentioned: Jimmy Fallon's opening Emmys number from 2010; may he come up with something as wonderful for the Golden Globes.)

33:04 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri wrote a post for Friendship Circle on "8 Ways NOT to Find a Winter Coat for Your Child with Sensory Issues"; Nicole has an infographic on her Inclusive Class blog about "10 Tips for Grading Students with Disabilities Graphic"; and Catherine invites everybody to her About Family Fitness Facebook page.

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 22, 2016

StopwatchSome of our Speed Round topics are just frivolous or fun, and some offer an opportunity to find out things we never knew about each other. This one may be revealing, or it may just be a really short conversation. You got any ink? Tell us about it in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Dec 21, 2016

StopwatchIt's a stressful time of year, but c'mon, there's got to be something good going on. For today's Speed Round, we challenged each other to come up with something good that happened over the past week. From good grades to package deliveries to the simple joys of adulting, we came through. What good thing happened to you? Recall it in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Dec 20, 2016

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri check in with Netflix’s original series The Crown, and continue watching The Great American Baking Show and The West Wing. Here’s your road map:

00:33 The Great American Baking Show — We continue to enjoy this comforting dish of not-fierce competition. This week, the bakers took on pies, tarts, and other pastries, and we waited with baited breath to find out if their bottoms were soggy. Next time: chocolate!

12:00 The Crown — Catherine watched this Netflix original 10-parter, and compares it with Downton Abbey and Wolf Hall (at least in this edition, Claire Foy plays a queen who gets to keep her head).

20:16 The West Wing Weekly — This week’s episode, “The Drop-In,” featured that scoundrel Lord John Marbury, plus a powerful scene with our beloved C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) and Rocky Carroll as comedian Corey Sykes.

We’ll be taking next week off from the podcast, but join us in 2017 as we continue with The Great American Baking Show and The West Wing, plus pick up some shiny new pop culture to consume. Happy new year!

Dec 20, 2016

StopwatchYou don't have to listen to our podcast very much to know that we're dog-friendly. Our episodes are often punctuated by barking or collar-jingling or toenail tip-tapping, and even the intro of our weekly group chat features a woof. So we have to answer this question carefully if there's going to be mention of felines, but at least one of us is cat-friendly too. Do you choose sides when it comes to cats or dogs? Have your say in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Dec 19, 2016

StopwatchOur 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. Listen to our first-car stories and share yours in the comment here or on our Facebook page.

Dec 16, 2016

Parenting Roundabout Episode 149On this week's group chat, we discuss holiday traditions, list some things we wish we could put on a wish list, share some stuff we love on the Roundabout Roundup, have a chat with Robert Rummel-Hudson, and do some shameless self-promotion. Here's your road map to the episode:

05:31 'Tis the Season — Traditions rule this time of year, but sometimes traditions change with time and the nearness of family, and sometimes new members (or overzealous teachers) make for new traditions. We share our family traditions and wish Catherine all kinds of luck on that big card-sending dream.

17:20 Speed Round: Wishful Wishing — Terri's post on the Friendship Circle blog listing things we wish we could get as gifts inspired this week's special Speed Round. Wouldn't you really love to find a nice nap all wrapped up for you?

24:45 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri is still digging Apple Music; Catherine's excited to be able to download stuff from Netflix; and Nicole is all about that Panera Bread app.

29:02 Interview of the Week — On our monthly visit with Robert Rummel-Hudson (author of Schuyler's Monster and blogger at Support for Special Needs), the topic under discussion is protest fatigue. Is it worth all the anger and upset to call out every case of injustice against people with disabilities? How can we possibly draw a line about which ones aren't worth caring about? (For more of Rob's thoughts on the subject, and a link to Schuyler's video mentioned in our conversation, read his post today on Support for Special Needs.)

46:14 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri already did her shameless self-promotion up in the Speed Round, but she suggests you go check out the Friendship Circle blog anyway and see what else she's been up to; Nicole is still giving away books on inclusion by Julie Causton on her Inclusive Class website, so get to it; and Catherine has an article on VeryWell on holiday-themed games 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.

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