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Oct 21, 2016

Word BubbleOn this week's group chat, we talk about the dreaded Letter from the School; share some favorite quotes from past podcasts on our Friday speed round; shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup; and listen to an interview about accommodating kids with food allergies at Halloween. Here's your road map to the episode:

5:59 Keep Me Informed ... But Not Like This — Catherine got a worrisome letter from her daughter's school, and the fact that it turned out to be part of a giant clerical error didn't keep her from wondering if there shouldn't be a better way to deliver big bad news than a cold white piece of snail mail. But is there really any good way to get bad news about your kid? 

21:51 Speed Round: Our Favorite Amanda Quotes — We're sadly losing our weekly chance to chat with Amanda Morin, and in tribute, we've picked out some of our favorite Amanda quotes to share, including the inspiration for our very first quote graphic and the uplifting slogan we repeat at the beginning of every week. We'll miss you, Amanda, as we carry on now as a threesome instead of a foursome. But we're glad to have hundreds of fun episodes to look back on and listen to.

25:40 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri recommends an article, a podcast, and a video interview with Alex Lacamoire, arranger and orchestrator for Hamilton; Catherine reminds us that early voting is a helpful option for parents; and Nicole's latest game addiction is Bejeweled Stars.

30:09 Interview of the Week: Gina Clowes — With Halloween right around the corner, Terri talked with Gina Clowes, National Director of Training for FARE and founder of the Allergy Moms online support group, about overcoming some of the challenges of the holiday for kids with food allergies and their families. (Mentioned: Teal Pumpkin Project)

42:27 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri has a blog post about why kids with food allergies are ground zero for inclusion; Nicole is still excited about her upcoming SXSW panel on "Learning the Undeniable Truth About inclusion"; and Catherine has an article about brain breaks 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 for the full recap experience.