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Feb 24, 2017

On this week’s group chat, we talk about kids and sleep (and adults and no sleep); recognize some important family milestones; shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup; hear an interview with occupational therapist Meghan Corridan; and do some shameless self-promotion. Here’s your road map to the episode:

06:14: Sleepy and Sleepless  — Reports on early school times for teens and whether it works against their actually, you know, learning things inspired us to chat about sleep patterns — our kids' and our own. Or maybe, in the second case, "lack of sleep" patterns would be more appropriate. (Mentioned: the app Calming Lia.)

18:32: Friday Speed Round: Milestones — We add to our earlier list of big-kid milestones with some more recent additions.

22:47: Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri's been enjoying the playlists Lin-Manuel Miranda has been sharing on Twitter; Catherine enjoyed an interview with the Monopoly thimble by NPR's Linda Holmes; and Nicole clued us in on the totally fun-sounding Game of Phones.

27:02 Interview of the Week — As she does once a month, pediatric OT Meghan Corridan chatted with Catherine about fun things to do with kids. This time, she has some good playthings for breaking out of the winter doldrums. Find more information about many of the items she mentioned on her blog.

35:37 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri has some funny date night ideas for parents of kids with special needs; Catherine wrote about how a family garden can improve your health; and Nicole shares a list of podcasts on special needs and special education.

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. If you're reading this on our podcast page, check out the new design! Give the comments a spin and see if they work here, 'kay?