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Oct 28, 2016

Word BubbleOn this week's group chat, we talked about neighborhood life; shared some family rules on our Friday speed round; shouted out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup; and had our monthly check-in with one of our favorite dads, Robert Rummel-Hudson. Here's your road map to the episode:

5:07 The People in Your Neighborhood — Maybe you still live in one of those everybody-knows-each-other, everybody-watches-everybody's-kids, nobody-calls-the-city-for-the-least-little-thing neighborhoods we remember from growing up. If so, where are you, and are there houses for sale? As the annual walk-around-and-knock-on-neighbors'-doors holiday approaches, we're wondering where all the warm neighborliness we remember from childhood went.

24:04 Speed Round: Family Rules — Halloween is also kids-running-across-the-street-in-the-dark night, so we wondered what kind of short-and-sweet, no-exceptions rules we've laid down for our kids in addition to "Look both ways!!!!"

28:45 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri is giving that blog recommendation from a recent Speed Round another whack, since the one she suggested just instituted a paywall. Go check out her replacement pick, A List of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago, quick before something happens to that one too. Meanwhile, Nicole has a warning about SnapChat, and Catherine recommends both an inspirational site from US Figure Skating and the inside-out carrot-cake cookies from Trader Joe's. Yum.

33:03 Interview of the Week: Robert Rummel-Hudson — This month, Terri talks with Rob about kids with special needs finding friendships in the mainstream world—and that means true two-way friendships, not being a well-loved pet. (In between these monthly chats, follow Rob's blog posts on the Support for Special Needs.)

47:59 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri would like you to check out our shiny new contributors page; Nicole has an article on her Inclusive Class site about grading tips for students with disabilities in the inclusive classroom; and Catherine has an article about Halloween party games 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.