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Jun 24, 2016

Quote BubbleWe're having a little trouble with the space-time continuum today, but we'll battle through it to bring you a new group chat. Here's a road-map to our conversation.

1:11 Intros and What's New With You? — Nicole's son is on the road, and we're wondering to what degree he is fleeing for the border and whether he or just his girlfriend should come back from Canada. Fortunately, it's all good.

5:07 Parenting Fails — What's not so good is the way that even we alleged "parenting experts" screw up and fall short, on kind of a regular basis. We share some of our worst parenting moments, and hope you'll feel better about yours.

14:27 Bad Coworker Stories — Our discussion about our worst coworkers degenerates, as perhaps it must with writers, into a discussion of persnickety copy-editors trying to shoehorn lame generic terms for Velcro into our work. Then again, we can't all have stories as exciting as Nicole's great escape from a bad school principal.

29:48 Interview of the Week — Robert Rummel-Hudson joins us to talk about the fact that for parents of kids with special needs, parenting fails are both more serious and more frequent than for parents of typical kids. So this is the upbeat, happy part of the podcast, y'know?

42:30 Shameless Self-Promotion — We're self-promoting our social-media selves this week. You can find Amanda on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn; Nicole on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest; Catherine on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram; and Terri on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, LinkedIn, Periscope, and Snapchat (temauro).

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.