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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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Sep 27, 2016

StopwatchAll this week on Parenting Roundabout Speed Round, we'll be playing a game of "Would You Rather?" Today's question, chosen by Catherine, is: Would you rather be able to reverse one decision you make every day or stop time for ten seconds every day. And while all of us were underwhelmed by that ten-second time break, two of us were flat-out horrified at the notion of being able to act on our endless second-guessing (as detailed in Episode 136). Which option would you pick? State your case in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Sep 26, 2016

StopwatchAll this week on Parenting Roundabout Speed Round, we'll be playing a game of "Would You Rather?" Today's question, chosen by Amanda, is: Would you rather be able to talk your way out of anything or punch your way out of anything? Find out which of us is tired of having to just use her words, and share your own choice in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Sep 23, 2016

Word BubbleOn this week's group chat, we talk about how much we value our oft-neglected routines, figure out what to do with all that clutter our kids bring home, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, and hear about a new book from our friend Kathy Ceceri. Here's your road map to the episode:

11:08 Kids Aren't the Only Ones Who Value Routine — 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 our frustration over disrupted workflows and strategize ways to keep things on track. (Mentioned: Stephen Thompson's editing playlist; Wunderlist; iCalgmail Inbox.)

29:17 Speed Round: Awards and Artwork — Don't get us wrong, we sure do appreciate all the rewards and creativity our children bring back from their school and sports days. It's just ... where do you put it all?

37:01 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Catherine thinks Kaboom Play Everywhere looks cool; Terri enjoys using feedly and thinks you will too; and Nicole is curious about Stranger Things on Netflix. (Also mentioned: Canadian James Hinchcliffe on Dancing with the Stars.)

42:32 Interview of the Week: Kathy Ceceri — Kathy joins us again to tell us about her latest book, Edible Inventions, and some ways to bring the Maker Movement into the kitchen with fun projects like 3D printing with food, molecular gastronomy, and growing your own ingredients. (Mentioned: molecular mixology on Parks and Recreation.)

53:48 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri invites you to revisit all the live-tweeting she and Catherine have done on Storify; Nicole invites you to a webinar on inclusion; and Catherine invites you to do something about your messy family schedule with some calendar hacks for sports parents.

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.

Sep 22, 2016

StopwatchOn Tuesday we talked about procrastination, and one resource that's contributed heavily to our procrastination potential is Twitter. On today's episode, we share our favorite funny Twitter accounts. Follow them individually —@JoshMalina @Lin_Manuel  @Lesdoggg @NYTMinusContext @billyeichner @wilw @jimmyfallon — or all at once on our Twitter list. Who makes you laugh that we should be following? Comment here or on our Facebook page.

Sep 21, 2016

StopwatchIf you've been listening to our podcast for a while, you probably have a pretty good guess about who among us puts things off and who does things promptly. See if you're right and find out why we do what we do, and then — don't put it off — tell us where you stand in the comments or on our Facebook page.

Sep 20, 2016

StopwatchOn our Round 2 episode earlier today, Catherine and Terri chatted about an episode of Sports Night, "The Quality of Mercy at 29K," that focused on a character trying to figure out how to make a charitable difference with so many worthy causes angling for his donation. We pick up that theme in today's Speed Round, asking ourselves, "If you had a big pile of cash to donate, who would you give it to?" We pick our theoretical charitable projects, from funding special education to saving the world. Share the cause you'd give big to if you could in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Sep 20, 2016

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, we chat about the Emmys, the second episode of this season of Dancing With the Stars, and four more episodes of Sports Night. Here's your road map:

00:51 The Emmy Awards — We live-tweeted the ceremony and the red carpet, and give some thoughts now about Jimmy Kimmel's hosting, our general lack of stakes in the winners, and some rules that might help in the future. (Mentioned: Terri's 10-point scale for fancy dresses)

16:00 Dancing With the Stars — On the first of two episodes this week, there were no eliminations, just lots and lots of dancing and props and gimmicks and fire and zombies and what-all. Still, there's no disguising total lack of game. We predict "Go, Diego, Go" will be prophetic. You can watch all the dances on the Dancing With the Stars site. ... UPDATE: And indeed, as predicted, Jake was the first to depart, and looked way more comfortable, confident, and invested in his goodbye speech than he ever did on the dance floor. So no harm done there. Not sure we really needed a two-hour retrospective of the show's first two episodes to deliver that news, though.

27:08 Sports Night At the end of a longish podcast, we have a quick chat about our latest four episodes in our Sports Night watch: "The Quality of Mercy at 29K," "Shoe Money Tonight" (including the poker game above), "The Six Southern Gentleman of Tennessee," and "Smoky." (Mentioned: Discussion on Alan Sepinwall's blog about how Jeremy's poker game gambit should have ended.)

For next week's episode, we'll be watching Sports Night episodes "Small Town," "Rebecca," "Dana and the Deep Blue Sea," and "Sally" (watch along on ABC.com) as well as Dancing With the Stars and some new fall TV. But we'll be waiting to start Season 2 of The West Wing when the West Wing Weekly podcast gets to it.

Sep 19, 2016

StopwatchCatherine's son is still angling for an alpaca, and while none of us has ever had one of those in our backyard, we have occasionally accumulated less common pets than the dogs that regularly chime in on our episodes. What's the weirdest pet you've had? Tell us about it in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Sep 16, 2016

Word BubbleOn this week's group chat, we talk about the burden of decision-making, debate the pros and cons of school schedule changes, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, and hear Catherine's and Terri's impressions of the new ABC sitcom Speechless. Here's your road map to the episode:

6:47 Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears a Crown — 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 freedom. You'll also learn about Nicole's Mexican-food ordering strategy and why Catherine does the laundry in her kitchen.

21:11 Speed Round: Fast-and-Loose School Days — Wait ... a half day again? We whine about shifting school schedules and get a little schooling on why teachers are grateful.

29:18 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Catherine recommends ReviewMeta.com for keeping Amazon reviews honest; Terri was moved by a post by monthly Parenting Roundabout guest Robert Rummel-Hudson on the toll special-needs parenting (including, ahem, making decisions) takes on us; and Nicole likes bringing her radio station out of her car and into the house with iHeart Radio (on which you can also listen to this very podcast).

33:59 Speechless Pilot Preview — Terri's been eagerly awaiting the new ABC sitcom Speechless, starring (oh rarity for TV) a teen with cerebral palsy as a teen with cerebral palsy, plus Minnie Driver as his roughshod-running Mama Bear. When the pilot turned up on the ABC website, she watched it at once and urged Catherine to do so too to provide a non-special-needs-savvy POV. Listen to their review (but if you're severely spoiler-adverse, might want to go watch the pilot first). Also mentioned: Cerebral Palsy Foundation's interaction with the show, an interview with Minnie Driver and John Ross Bowie, and Zach Anner's review. (And indeed, that was Nicole's dog barking at Terri's dog through the Internet in the intro to this interview.)

50:32 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri had herself a little rant on her Too Old for Cool blog about too-folksy salespeople; Nicole offers some tips for teachers to make classrooms more inclusive; and Catherine shares some tricks for using screen time to increase kids' activity levels.

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.

Sep 15, 2016

StopwatchYesterday, we talked about clutter in the form of tiny little pieces of paper. Today, we move on to big pieces of plastic and metal in the form of obsolete electronics we just can't seem to get rid of. Bonus: Catherine's perfect rendition of the old Nokia ringtone. How many items are in your household electronics graveyard? Comment here or on our Facebook page.

Sep 14, 2016

StopwatchTheoretically, it's good to hold on to receipts to keep a record of purchases, confirm credit-card charges, and maybe support tax deductions. Practically, those little suckers add up quick into a monumental amount of clutter. We share our receipt struggles and welcome stories of yours. Comment here or on our Facebook page.

Sep 13, 2016

StopwatchDeliveries are popular among our podcast crew — everything from milk and eggs to prescriptions and dry-cleaning. But does anybody do emergency deliveries of that one thing in your recipe you found out is missing in mid-prep? Do you get stuff more complicated than pizza delivered? Confess in the comments or on our Facebook page.

Sep 13, 2016

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, we greet a new season of Dancing With the Stars, continue our Sports Night marathon, and watch along with the latest West Wing Weekly offering. Here's your road map:

00:38 Dancing With the Stars — The only eliminations on this first night of competition were of two men who stormed the stage to protest Ryan Lochte's participation and a group of women in the audience supporting them (see video for what the audience saw and Entertainment Weekly for what was really going on). The rest of the episode was perfectly pleasant, with nobody embarrassing themselves and only one contestant seeming genuinely befuddled about being there. You can see all the dances on the Dancing With the Stars site.

15:18 Sports Night marathon — This week's episodes up for discussion are Season 1's "Mary Pat Shelby," "The Head Coach, Dinner, and the Morning Mail," "Dear Louise," and "Thespis." If you want to watch along, ABC's offering the episodes for free (with commercials) on its website. (Also mentioned: Sorkinisms video.)

24:14 West Wing watch— Following along with the West Wing Weekly podcast, we watched the cliffhanger finale of Season 1, "What Kind of Day Has It Been?"

For next week's episode, we'll be watching Sports Night episodes "The Quality of Mercy at 29K," "Shoe Money Tonight," "The Six Southern Gentleman of Tennessee," and "Smoky," but since we'll have Sunday's Emmy ceremony to discuss, we're going to take two weeks to watch the two-part opener of West Wing Season 2, "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen."

 

Sep 12, 2016

StopwatchSchool's back in session, and all too soon it will be photo day, and after fighting with your kid over what's appropriate attire and hoping that someone combs that hair and hoping they don't use the same comb on everybody, you'll be waiting with anxious anticipation to see if 1) your kid looks any kind of good and 2) there's any kind of package you can afford. Do you buy school photos? What do you do with them afterward? Comment here or on our Facebook page.

Sep 9, 2016

Word BubbleOn this week's group chat, we talk about a news story that makes us wonder about school volunteering, recall our college living arrangements, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, and urge you to watch the Paralympics. Here's your road map to the episode:

05:29 No Good Deed Goes Unpunished — A series in the Los Angeles Times about a school dispute turned bizarrely criminal got us talking about school volunteering, PTA-ing, and disputes between adults that impact kids.

26:58 Speed Round: Our Dorm Life — Amongst the back-to-school pictures on our Facebook timelines we've noted some dorm move-in photos showing spaces way nicer than the ones we remember.

35:18 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri wants you to go as soon as this podcast is over and watch the six-part In the Heights documentary on our YouTube documentary playlist; Nicole's excited to have found the got it! app to save her from another math nightmare weekend; and Catherine feels similarly relieved to have found a language-learning app to help with Spanish class. (Also mentioned: our recent eps on music and documentaries.)

41:08 Hey, Go Watch the Paralympics! — In place of our usual interview, Catherine and Terri talked about the Paralympics opening ceremony (which they live-tweeted) and where to watch the events — check the Team USA site for NBC and livestream schedules and Paralympic.org for more livestreaming. And while you're at it, you can watch the whole opening ceremony (watch for Australia's excellent pants around 36:48), highlights, and Amy Purdy's dance on YouTube. (Also mentioned: a New York Times article on wheelchair racers Tatyana and Hannah McFadden.)

57:32 Shameless Self-Promotion — Nicole's too busy editing her book (has she mentioned she wrote a book?) to have anything to promote, but her The Inclusive Class website remains a great resource; Terri has added a folder of information on FASD to the Parent's Portfolio on her Mothers With Attitude site; and Catherine has a new article on "After-School Snacks That Can Double as Dinner."

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.

 

Sep 8, 2016

StopwatchIf books are a thing you enjoy having, you may have a system to keep them neat and orderly and easily found, or you may have them in random piles all over your living space. On today's Speed Round, we compare notes about our personal book organization or lack thereof. How are your books looking? Tell us in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Sep 7, 2016

StopwatchWhen it comes to the topic of high school football and whether we'll be hitting the bleachers this fall, Amanda sums it up well: "All of us have decided its All-American. None of us quite understand it, but we're trying awful hard." In today's speed round, we talk about whether we went to games as kids, whether our kids go, and whether we go now as parents. Are you ready for some football? Comment here or on our Facebook page.

Sep 6, 2016

StopwatchSo how sorry do we feel for kids who have to walk to school? Hmmm? Maybe not so sorry. On today's speed round, we chat about how our kids have gotten to school and all the times WE walked uphill both ways in the snow. What's the school transport situation in your neck of the woods? Share in the in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Sep 6, 2016

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, we discuss a new Hamilton fan-podcast, start our Sports Night marathon, and watch along with the latest West Wing Weekly offering. Here's your road map:

00:54 “The Room Where It's Happening” — We're all about all things Hamilton, so we were excited to hear about a podcast for and featuring superfine sounded right up our alley. While we can pick some nits with at least one of the first four episodes of The Room Where It's Happening, we'll keep listening along for sure. Hamilton!

12:09 Sports Night marathon — Having finished our Parks and Recreation marathon last week, we embark on another sitcom watch (for Catherine) and rewatch (for Terri). This week, we viewed and discussed Season 1 episodes "Pilot," "The Apology," "The Hungry and the Hunted" (including the scene above), and "Intellectual Property." If you want to watch along, ABC's offering the episodes for free (if you don't count the minutes of your life wasted on commercials) on its website. We'll also be referring back to Alan Sepinwall's rewatch from 2009, which is well worth reading along with.

31:14 West Wing watch— Following along with the West Wing Weekly podcast, we watched "Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics," and particularly enjoyed the podcast's interview with Bill O'Brien, who played Joey Lucas's interpreter Kenny.

For next week's episode, our Sorkin double-feature will be Sports Night episodes "Mary Pat Shelby," "The Head Coach, Dinner, and the Morning Mail," "Dear Louise," and "Thespis," and the West Wing Season 1 finale, "What Kind of Day Has It Been?" Watch with us!

Sep 5, 2016

StopwatchDocumentaries are a constant viewing choice in two out of three of our homes, anyway. Listen to us talk about the documentaries we've particularly enjoyed or remembered; view those docs or trailers for them on our YouTube playlist (plus some others we remembered after the podcast), and comment here or on our Facebook page to tell us what we should be checking out.

Sep 2, 2016

Word BubbleOn this week's group chat, we talk about just how extended our family is right now, discuss our hobbies or lack thereof, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, and talk back-to-school with pediatric OT Meghan Corridan. Here's your road map to the episode:

07:17 We Are Family — 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 extended talk about extended family.

25:30 Speed Round: Do You Have a Hobby? — Does podcasting count?

30:19 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri is looking forward to the Paralympics (which you can watch on an NBC station somewhere on your dial or streaming online); Catherine thinks Nalgene's Lunch Buddy lunchbox is pretty cool, even if her kids don't; and Nicole recommends the Flightview app for following a loved one's flight.

36:00 Interview of the Week — Meghan Corridan joins Catherine, as she does once a month, to give us some advice from a pediatric OT. This week's topic is back-to-school supplies and organization.

51:05 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri has resources for parents preparing to inform teachers about their kids in the Parent's Portfolio on her Mothers With Attitude site; Catherine has a new article on 7 Ways to Raise a Physically Confident Kid; and Nicole invites you to visit the Inclusive Class on Pinterest.

Thanks as always to Jon Morin for producing our podcast and for our fun in-and-out music. This is Jon's last episode with us, so if there's a noticeable drop in quality after this ep, don't blame him. We very much appreciate his heroic efforts to make us sound even a little bit professional.

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

 

Sep 1, 2016

StopwatchFor some folks, a dream car involves a specific make and model. For others, it's the features inside that count. Hear what we're looking for in our ideal wheels and then let us know about your dreams in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Aug 31, 2016

StopwatchDo you have your eye on any of the new TV shows coming our way this new fall season? Terri's looking forward to Speechless, Amanda can't wait for a new season of Scandal, Catherine is anticipating another round/trainwreck of Dancing With the Stars, and Nicole is really holding out until spring, when House of Cards returns. What are you looking forward to? Tell us in the comments here or on our Facebook page

Aug 30, 2016

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, we discuss the newly announced cast for the latest season of Dancing With the Stars, finish our Parks and Recreation marathon, and check in on the latest West Wing Weekly offering. Here's your road map:

00:39 Dancing With the Stars "Ryan Lochte, you've at the least embarrassed yourself on an international stage and at worst done something that could land you in a Rio lock-up. What's next?" "I'm going on Dancing With the Stars!" This is the show we know and love, folks. Embrace it. (As mentioned, see the Twitter list of DWTS gossip from @kdoucet83 Terri's been following. And you can see the full list of teams on the DWTS site.)

8:58 Parks and Recreation marathon — We chat about the final four episodes of the series — "Pie-Mary," "The Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show" (which includes the ad above), "Two Funerals," and "One Last Ride." And then we look ahead to the Sports Night marathon we'll be starting next week. You can watch it for free on the ABC site if you don't mind commercials less clever than the one for Verizon Chipotle Exxon.

24:33 West Wing watch— Following along with the West Wing Weekly podcast, we watched "Mandatory Minimums."

For next week's episode, we'll be watching the first four episodes of Sports Night and the West Wing Season 1 ep "Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics." Watch along!

Aug 30, 2016

StopwatchWe've chatted about magazines before, and today we're checking in to see whether and what we're still reading. Maybe not so much with the glossy paper these days, but if you broaden the definition to include online magazines and blogs and even, ahem, podcasts, then sure, we're still into magazines. What magazine-like content do you consume? Share in the comments here or on our Facebook page, or tweet to us @RoundAboutChat.

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