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Nov 11, 2016

Word BubbleOn this week's group chat, we talk about grown-ups who bully our kids; wonder if our families could figure out how to pay bills without us; shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup; revisit an episode from our early days; and engage in some shameless self-promotion. Here's your road map:

6:39 Bad Sports — Your kid made the team — hooray! Your family is putting loads of money and time into making your athlete successful — yay! go! And then the coach bullies your child in a way you wouldn't tolerate from any other human on the planet. Do you quietly take one for the team? Or do you become That Parent who people will later say ruined it for everyone? 

24:28 Speed Round: Could They Handle It? — We don't like to think about this, but if for some reason we were not around to do all the things we do every day without even realizing it, how long would it take before our families were awash in unpaid bills and unexpected deliveries and missed deadlines?

30:10 Parenting Roundabout Roundup — Terri's excited about the Hamilton Mixtape; Catherine liked a Decider interview with Speechless dad John Ross Bowie; and Nicole is up to her ears in cheese from Wisconsin's

35:02 Interview of the Week: Parent Bullies — The topic of bullying coaches reminded us of an episode we did way back in the early days of Parenting Roundabout about parents who bully other parents. We're dropping an excerpt from that March 26, 2014, conversation here in place of an interview this week, but you can hear the whole sound-challenged thing here

42:35 Shameless Self-Promotion — Terri started a new gig as blog manager for Friendship Circle this month and invites you to come and visit; Nicole welcomes you to her Inclusive Class Facebook page; and if you've been wondering if your kid really needs a Fitbit, Catherine has the article for you.

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.