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Mar 18, 2016

Word BubbleIf you notice that we seem to be talking VERY LOUDLY in today's podcast, it may be that we're all just sittin' too close to our mics, or it may be that today's topics bring out the rant in us. In real life, we cringe silently; in podcast life, we get our yell on. Here's a road map to what's riling us up this week.

00:48: Intros and What's New With You -- It doesn't help that most of us need a nap. Yet we soldier on, podcasting through our hacking coughs, headaches, neck aches, Daylight Saving jet lag, epic carpool hangover, sleep deprivation, and deadline stress. Would have maybe been a good week for some nice, quiet, friendly topics.

03:20: Being Embarrassed by Other Parents — Instead, we start out talking about those parents, the ones who ruin it for everyone, the ones who are the reason we can't have nice things, the ones that make us want to wear a T-shirt that says, "The opinions of other parents are not shared by me," or maybe, "I'm not with stupid." What can we do, besides passive-aggressively snark and eyeroll?

14:39: Nude Selfies? Yikes! — And speaking of mortifying things we feel powerless against, we now have to worry about our kids sending out naked pictures of themselves, or seeing naked pictures of their friends (or Kim Kardashian), or finding naked pictures on their teacher's phone, or having such a bad body image that they feel unfit to take naked pictures ... could people stop making parenting teen girls even MORE complicated, please?

27:57: Interview of the Week — All right, calm down. Grandparenting expert Susan Adcox is here to talk about families and sports, and although you might expect a grandparent to get snappy about the way parents today do things, she's actually quite supportive of our drive to be at every single sports event every one of our kids participate in.

39:47: Shameless Self-Promotion — And now, for the kind of shamelessness we can get behind: Terri touts the Round 2 entertainment podcasts she does with Catherine, on which they'll be covering a new season of Dancing With the Stars while continuing a Parks and Recreation marathon; Amanda shares 4 Hard Questions I Asked Myself After the 2016 LDA Conference; Catherine has advice on What Not to Feed Your Child Before They Play Sports; and Nicole really wants you to take her online workshop.

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 for the full recap experience.

Update: The story about the teacher was in South Carolina, not North Carolina, and the kid who stole the picture has since been arrested, which as parents of teens who sometimes do stupid things does not necessarily make us feel better.