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Feb 3, 2017

On this week’s group chat, we explore the sorry state of our social lives, assess our level of interest in the Super Bowl, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, and do some shameless self-promotion. Here’s your road map to the episode:

04:35 Online Butterflies, Offline Hermits — In these social media days, it’s all too easy to get the illusion of a social life without actually, you know, leaving the house and interacting with in-person humans. We consider how much our kids’ schedules and contacts construct our social world, and whether our parents had more fun when we were growing up than we manage to have now.

17:40 Friday Speed Round: Will You Be Watching the Super Bowl? — For some folks, Super Bowl parties are an extension of their bustling social lives. This year, if we watch at all, we’ll be doing it at home with the immediate family. Unless one of you wants to invite us over? 

22:16 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — For her instrumental music work-accompaniment needs, Terri put together a playlist on Apple Music of the Oscar nominated scores so she can both listen to non-distracting tunes and know something about at least one category (if you want to make one up on your own, refer to the list of nominees, but note that the La La Land cover you’re seeking for this purpose is not the one shown there; it’s this one). Meanwhile, Catherine enjoyed her bus-ride viewing of The BFG, and Nicole is busily doctoring up her photos with the Typic app.

26:42 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri wrote about “10 Things Parents Should Consider Bringing to an IEP Meeting” for the Friendship Circle blog; Nicole wants to remind everybody that together is better with a post on “10 Reasons for Inclusive Schools”; and Catherine has a post on VeryWell about “Kids’ Sports Surprises You Should Know About.”

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.