October 1, 2019
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, we keep busy with three episodes of TV and two accompanying podcasts. On Dancing with the Stars, the annoyingly dragged-out elimination was even more annoying because it was 100% unnecessary, as Ray Lewis withdrew due to injury. But in the meantime, don't sleep on Kate Flannery. You go, girl!The Good Place premiered ("A Girl From Arizona") with a little too much angst and worry for our heroes, although we very much enjoy the show's podcast [], hosted by Marc Evan Jackson and featuring this week actors D'Arcy Carden and Kirby Howell-Baptiste and writer Andrew Law.On The West Wing, it was a Leo-centric episode that is unfortunately one of John Spencer's last ("Running Mates"). Mentioned: The West Wing Weekly podcast [] and Michelle Obama's memoir, Becoming [].
September 30, 2019
A survey of teachers [] from architecture firm Corgan got us talking about classroom design, which Nicole turned from a passion into a day job (her blog, The Inclusive Class []). Mentioned: A story about a school in Washington that gave a boy with special needs a desk in a restroom [].
September 27, 2019
On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Catherine's excited about the Downton Abbey movie [], in theaters now; here's a recap [] of where the show left off). Terri will soon be attending the Nourished Festival in Secaucus, New Jersey [], and she can get you a free or discounted ticket; contact her on Twitter [] or Facebook []. And Nicole surprised us with an unexpected beauty product: Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs [].
September 26, 2019
Are you a stickler for rules, or the benevolent leader of a lawless land? Guess which one applies more to each of us.
September 25, 2019
Ever notice that moms are such good listeners that it basically becomes our full-time job? Sometimes we wish our kids would realize that dads have ears, too.
September 24, 2019
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, we said goodbye to our first star on Dancing with the Stars. We think we're in favor of the new voting system—but definitely not the protracted elimination scene.On The West Wing, President Bartlet got two world powers to put their disagreement on hold long enough for his daughter Ellie to be married (in "The Wedding"), while Josh's confidence cratered on the campaign trail. Mentioned: The West Wing Weekly podcast [].Next week, we'll continue with DWTS (Movie Night!) and The West Wing ("Running Mates"). We'll also enjoy the return of The Good Place, with its season four premiere.
September 23, 2019
When we heard that Disney has a bedtime hotline [in which characters tell kids to go to bed;], we started dreaming about other hotlines we could use—and which pop culture celebs should staff them.
September 20, 2019
On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Catherine's enjoying the latest iteration of The Great British Baking Show [on Netflix;]. Nicole's watching The Righteous Gemstones on HBO [], and Terri's singing the praises of that modern marvel, IMDB [].
September 19, 2019
Mom stress and worry is eternal, but we have some modern ways of dealing with it, from meds to apps and other tech. We also depend on those old stand-bys, fresh air and vegetables. Well, some of us do. [Mentioned: Trello,]
September 18, 2019
A McSweeney's list of surprising ways to injure yourself when you're over 40 [] prompted us to recount our own aches and pains, whether they're age-related or of other mysterious origin.
September 17, 2019
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, it was a double dose of dancing. So You Think You Can Dance crowned a winner (, the one who's been our pick all along!). And Dancing with the Stars returned with a new set, a new crop of "stars," some new pros, and the usual potential for a fun season. Mentioned: Comedian Ryan Hamilton's "adult fall" routine at, in honor of Christie Brinkley, and Annie Barrett's blog at Next week, DWTS week 2 (when we'll actually get to vote for our faves), and on West Wing, "The Wedding."
September 16, 2019
A New York Times article on Facebook groups for parents of college students ( got us chatting about whether these groups are a good idea for kids, parents, and us specifically (Nicole says Nope!​ but Catherine's keeping an open mind.)
September 13, 2019
On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Terri's loving Taylor Swift's latest album (music collection? bunch o' songs?), Lover ( Catherine approves of the redesign of the Infinite Campus parent portal ( And Nicole enjoys following the British royals on Instagram at KensingtonRoyal (William and Kate; and SussexRoyal (Harry and Meghan;
September 12, 2019
Terri has found the ultimate stool—er, tool—for thoroughly embarrassing her children. And she's sharing it with all of us!
September 11, 2019
Nicole is reeling from a string of unexpected, untimely bills, giving us a reason to complain about unnecessary emergency-room visits, overly thorough car mechanics, and other surprise hits to our budgets.
September 10, 2019
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, there was so much dancing on So You Think You Can Dance. Yep, we think these kids can dance! The top 4 proved it by doing about a dozen routines each (or so it seemed). On The West Wing, we jumped ahead of the West Wing Weekly podcast to discuss the episode "Undecideds," which we decided we liked a lot more than the previous debate episode. Next week, there will be so much dancing that there will be no room for a West Wing. We'll watch the SYTYCD finale and the debut of the latest season of Dancing with the Stars​.
September 9, 2019
We follow up last week's food fight chat ( with more on WW (; formerly known as WeightWatchers): How it works (or doesn't) for us, how it could be improved, and how in the world they thought "WW for kids" ( was a good idea.
September 6, 2019
On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Nicole shouts out the Ikea bags beloved at college move-in time ( Catherine's enjoying The Chef's Line on Netflix (, and Terri tells us more about our new podcast home on Spreaker ( For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
September 5, 2019
We try to set our kids up for success, one storage bin and phone alarm at a time. But they don't always appreciate (or, let's face it: notice) our efforts. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
September 4, 2019
We complain about how hard it is for people with different priorities, preferences, and metabolisms to share a kitchen. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
September 3, 2019
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: There was much dancing as the SYTYCD Top 6 showed off their stuff alongside several all-stars, including one of our faves, Gaby. We also read Linda Holmes's debut novel, "Evvie Drake Starts Over" (, and found it just as charming as we'd hoped it would be. Next week, it's the SYTYCD Top 4 and West Wing's "Undecideds." For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
September 2, 2019
Nicole has done it: She's dropped off her baby at college! She fills us in on the logistical and emotional details. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 30, 2019
On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Catherine had a good experience selling through StubHub ( Terri got a warm welcome and some free electricity at a FedEx Office store ( And Nicole's laughing with Sarcastic Mommy on Twitter ( For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 29, 2019
It's easy to obsess when our kids make big choices, like what college major to declare or what career to pursue. The hardest part might be deciding when to let it become their obsession instead of ours. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 28, 2019
On today's Round 3, we complain about high school schedules. Should teens really have to wake up so early? And what about block scheduling, where they're in one classroom for 90 minutes straight? Mentioned: The Start School Later campaign ( For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 27, 2019
On SYTYCD, the top 8 performed, and performed, and performed: Five dances each, in solos, duos, and groups. We're tired just watching. Mentioned: To the Pointe with Kristyn Burtt ( and The Dance Room (, both podcasts where you can hear from the eliminated contestants each week. On our West Wing Watch, "The Al Smith Dinner" was a refreshing return to a rock-solid, political-procedural episode of the show. We also enjoyed the returns of Donna Moss and Will Bailey. Next week, we'll skip West Wing and discuss Evvie Drake Starts Over (, the new novel from our podcast inspiration Linda Holmes ( For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 26, 2019
On today's Round 1, we compare and contrast our own weddings with those of the Kids Today, with their barn venues and their candy buffets and their gender-switched wedding parties. Mentioned: This McSweeney's Monologue ( from a barn that would prefer not to host your Pinterest wedding, thanks anyway. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 23, 2019
On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Nicole shouts out the Rome Cavalieri Hotel (, where she spent her anniversary. Catherine's hooked on Money Heist on Netflix (, and Terri shares a guitar instrumental playlist by Austin VanDeSteeg (; it's perfect music to work to. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 22, 2019
When you're juggling as many balls as we are, sometimes one or two get dropped. We obsess about these mistakes, and particularly the shame of admitting to them right when we've worked up a good rant about how they're someone else's fault. Mentioned: Low-Effort Ways to Annoy Your Teen ( from Annie Get Your Gum. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 21, 2019
A report on how much our little darlings cost us ( got us complaining about all the expenses we've covered over the years, from the predictable to the (unpleasantly) surprising. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 20, 2019
On SYTYCD, just when we'd kind of gotten over the heartbreak of eager young dancers not being chosen for the show, now we get the heartbreak of eliminations. So long, Eddie and Stephanie (but see you on tour). Speaking of heartbreak, West Wing crushed us with "Here Today." This episode is hard to watch, and not just because it's poorly lit and shot from weird angles the entire time. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 19, 2019
Nicole's back from vacation and now she's getting her daughter packed up for college. Which means discussing the difference between "essentials" and "stuff that takes up a lot of space but won't ever be used." For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 16, 2019
On this week's Roundabout Roundup, it's a supersized edition with Mimi and Stacy from Living the Second Act (! At the time of recording, Stacy was eagerly anticipating BH90210 (, plus reading Elin Hildebrand's Summer of '69 ( Mimi's binge-watching Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce ( and slathering on Elta MD sunscreens ( Catherine is virtuously listening to Duolingo's French podcast ( And Terri? Terri is singing a love song to jorts ( For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 15, 2019
We're moms, so we obsess about our kids' safety. And there's really no point at which we will relax and just assume they're good. Mimi Golub and Stacy Feintuch of Living the Second Act ( join us for this episode, and guess what? They live and die by the GPS tracker, just like we do. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 14, 2019
You know it's getting bad when a mom wishes her daughter would just meet a guy in a bar already. Mimi Golub and Stacy Feintuch of Living the Second Act ( join us to complain about kids making real-life connections in today's tech-centric world. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 13, 2019
On SYTYCD, we finally get to exercise our voting powers after this week's episode! We're choosing based on short-person solidarity and people we feel sorry for because of how they were judged and/or costumed. On The West Wing, we don't just feel sorry for the way the writers treated the character of Toby in "Mr. Frost." We feel MAD! Next week, two dancers will be eliminated on So You Think You Can Dance, and we'll seethe through West Wing's "Here Today." For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 12, 2019
With Nicole enjoying a much-deserved vacation (happy anniversary!), we asked Mimi Golub and Stacy Feintuch of Living the Second Act ( to sit in for her. Today, we talk about their partnership and their site, devoted to telling the stories of women and men who are in that second act stage of life. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 9, 2019
(While we take a brief summer vacation, we're sharing rules-related replays all week. Because what do parents love to talk, complain, and obsess about? Rules!) From March 6, 2019: We've tried cute little notes, temper tantrums, and repeating ourselves over and over (and over) again. And yet, our families ignore our wise counsel and basic rules. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 8, 2019
(While we take a brief summer vacation, we're sharing rules-related replays all week. Because what do parents love to talk, complain, and obsess about? Rules!) From February 5, 2018: Let's say you've been lax on enforcing family rules, or realize you need some different ones. Is there a way to steer the whole crew in a new direction? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 7, 2019
(While we take a brief summer vacation, we're sharing rules-related replays all week. Because what do parents love to talk, complain, and obsess about? Rules!) From September 10, 2018: On today's Round 3, we follow up on Monday’s 10 commandments talk with our plans for the consequences we think rule-breakers should face. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 6, 2019
Just like last week (, "So You Think You Can Dance" brought us another perplexing round of cuts as the top 5 guys were named: Bailey, Benjamin, Eddie, Ezra, and Gino. Goodbye, tapper we've never seen before (Aleksandr)! Goodbye, professional DWTS troupe member (Vlad)! Then, instead of a "West Wing" episode, we got our dose of Alan Alda this week in the form of his 1981 movie, "The Four Seasons." He does just about everything except dance in this one. Next week on "So You Think You Can Dance," the top 10 perform. On "The West Wing," we'll watch season 7, episode 4, "Mr. Frost." For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 5, 2019
While we take a brief summer vacation, we're sharing rules-related replays all week. Because what do parents love to talk, complain, and obsess about? Rules! (The exception to the rule: Watch for a brand-new Round 2 tomorrow.) From September 10, 2018: We set out to make a list of 10 Commandments for How to Treat Parents. Guess how many we actually came up with? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at
August 2, 2019
We've got it all this week: Fiction, nonfiction, and very expensive luggage!
August 1, 2019
Email's been around for a long time at this point. You'd think people would know how to use it.
July 31, 2019
We moms have good intentions, but our kids have crashed and burned out of a lot of activities.
July 30, 2019
We continue to be perplexed by SYTYCD's timeline and judging, and by the world of politics.
July 29, 2019
Who better to explain laundry than a teen who's never done it?
July 26, 2019
On our picks this week, cool pilots, actors, and artists all show off their skills.
July 25, 2019
We worry about what we don't know about manners and therefore have not taught our kids.
July 24, 2019
We try to be happy for other kids when their moms brag on them, but it's so hard!
July 23, 2019
Thanks to SYTYCD and West Wing, we know that dancing and politics are not careers for us.
July 22, 2019
We agree, it's a big deal to buy a car or get a job. But we have some more milestones to recognize.
July 19, 2019
Our picks this week help you meditate, exercise, and remind you you're not alone as a mom.
July 18, 2019
We'd love to turn our kids' interests into money-makers, but we've struck out so far.
July 17, 2019
As we begin to enjoy the free time that comes with having older kids, our bodies demand attention.
July 16, 2019
We finally get to the Academy on SYTYCD and the general election campaign on West Wing!
July 15, 2019
We think other businesses should join movie theaters and bowling alleys in offering special keep-your-kids-busy-for-cheap deals.
July 12, 2019
Shout-outs to a new Facebook support group, a sexy hair product, and a service organization.
July 11, 2019
Even when partners share the parenting load, there are some details that only moms know.
July 10, 2019
Living with adult kids is hard. Charge them some psychic rent so they don't get off scot-free!
July 9, 2019
Five weeks of SYTYCD auditions at least introduced us to many dancers. Plus: We read some books!
July 8, 2019
Spare us the sappy sentiments about summer with kids. It's not all sunshine and popsicles!
July 5, 2019
We recommend new ways to save money, waste time, and listen to people talk about Broadway.
July 4, 2019
Today may be a holiday in the USA, but we're not celebrating it the way we usually do.
July 3, 2019
We complain about birthdays: Not the growing older part--the pressure to make them count part.
July 2, 2019
Special guest Nicole (Eredics) talks about Nicole (Kidman) and the Big Little Lies moms.
July 1, 2019
Moms sometimes blurt out info we shouldn't (then come up with the perfect response after).
June 28, 2019
This week's recommendations offer funny (a movie), helpful (a book), and tasty (a restaurant).
June 27, 2019
We take on the challenge of using four things to tell the world who we are.
June 26, 2019
Speaking of dad shaming: When he travels. all he has to do is pack and go. Not so for mom.
June 25, 2019
The SYTYCD judges hand out golden tickets like candy, while one candidate finally rises to the top on West Wing.
June 24, 2019
It's not just a mom thing: Dads feel shamed by comments about their parenting too.
June 21, 2019
This week's recs: a parenting book, a special Special Olympics, and clever cards and gifts .
June 20, 2019
Are you throwing a grad party? How big? How fancy? And will there be a chocolate fountain?
June 19, 2019
We'd like a kid translator for those words that mean everything and nothing, like "Okay" and "Fine."
June 18, 2019
On SYTYCD, we're ready to move on from auditions. On West Wing, the Dems need to move on from the primaries.
June 17, 2019
Schools give them, so we thought we could award some for behavior at home, too.
June 14, 2019
Our recs this week include shopping solutions and an often inspiring podcast.
June 13, 2019
Ever notice how many parenting tasks require writing skills? We're hiring!
June 12, 2019
We just want our dental visits to be pain-free and covered by insurance. Why is this so hard?
June 11, 2019
We watch amazing dancers dance amazingly on SYTYCD, and amazing actors eat ice cream on WW.
June 10, 2019
We raise a glass (definitely not a beach ball) to Nicole's daughter, a new high school graduate!
June 7, 2019
Get ready to add to your podcast and YouTube queues with these shout-outs.
June 6, 2019
Instead of having to tell on a kid directly, we'd like some kind of parenting tip line.
June 5, 2019
Why is choosing an emergency contact person so hard? Especially when it's for our pets?!
June 4, 2019
SYTYCD kicks off with the Best! Dancers! Ever! and we say goodbye to Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon.
June 3, 2019
Our heads are in the clouds as we dream about how airlines could better serve families.
May 31, 2019
We hook you up: A hotel with robots, a fun person to hike with, and easy access to ink.
May 30, 2019
Our kids skipped obsession with pop stars, but not every parent is so lucky.
May 29, 2019
This episode may have a "clean" rating, but it's not for the weak-stomached. Pets are gross!
May 28, 2019
Fosse/Verdon continues to bring the dark backstory, while West Wing becomes a spy novel.
May 27, 2019
If robots can vacuum and deliver shopping, how about cleaning tile and picking up clutter?
May 24, 2019
We're loving a podcast, a TV show, and an online convenience.
May 23, 2019
No one likes to think about it, but everyone has to do it: You need a will!
May 22, 2019
Wouldn't it be nice to hire someone to fill out forms, attend meetings, and more?
May 21, 2019
It's hard work being a Broadway and film director, or a third-place candidate for President.
May 20, 2019
Our teens and young adults mostly want us to butt out, but we've found ways to stay close.
May 17, 2019
We're eating veggies, looking for work, and shouting out a school we love.
May 16, 2019
Nicole wants a refund: Terri hopes she actually has a room as we obsess about online travel sites.
May 15, 2019
Kids are champs at breaking our stuff. Then again, we do a pretty good job of it too.
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