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Jun 3, 2016

Word bubblePro podcasting tip from Terri: If you're trying to podcast and people can't seem to hear you, check the mute button on your microphone. It's that thing that's flashing in your face. After a false start due to self-made technical difficulties, we come to you without a scintillating eyebrow discussion but with some other topics of interest. Here's your road map to our conversation:

0:43 Intros and What's New With You — So we're a little slap-happy, but it's a Friday. What better time? (If Amanda's mention of slapsgiving makes you want to go watch How I Met Your Mother clips instead of listening to this podcast, we understand.

4:00 School Traditions — It's the time of year for graduations and field days and other events that schools schedule at the least convenient times possible just to stick it to working parents one last time.

14:31 Party Permutations — Speaking of celebrations, an article on "dadchelor" parties had us shaking our heads — dudes, just make the baby shower coed already. But it got us thinking of some more valid variations we could totally get behind.

22:18 Interview of the Week — Pediatric OT Meghan Corridan chatted with Catherine about manipulative toys. No, not toys that secretly manipulate you into buy more — they're talking Legos and all of the many alternatives.

35:52 Shameless Self-Promotion — Amanda thinks you should all go buy her books The Everything Kids’ Learning Activities Book and On-the-Go Fun for Kids so you have a million things to do with your kids this summer AND keep them learning; Catherine has some "Summer Activities for Bored Kids" on her verywell site; Terri recommends taking a look at our Tumblr page for listening and looking at pullquotes; and Nicole has an article of interest on accommodations and modifications.

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.