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May 20, 2020
After reading about people making coronavirus-shaped pinatas to enjoy smashing them to bits [https://www.clairescreativeadventures.com/lets-smash-the-coronavirus-with-art-diy-coronavirus-pinata/], we talked about all the other things (so many things) we'd like to bash with a mallet.
May 19, 2020
These two episodes of Veronica Mars were quite a combo platter of silly high school plots (mascot-stealing in "Betty and Veronica"; petty harassment in "Kanes and Abel's") and some pretty major progress toward solving the mystery of who killed Lilly Kane--as well as the related question of where is Veronica's mom. She's in rehab now! Next: S1E18, "Weapons of Class Destruction," and S1E19, "Hot Dogs."
May 18, 2020
This new reality may be driving us crazy, but lockdown accommodations have gone too far when kids can get driver's licenses without passing a real, in-person road-test. Not even virtual reality can solve every pandemic problem! Mentioned: The movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1698641/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1]; an episode of The Amazing Race from last season [https://ew.com/recap/the-amazing-race-season-31-episode-5/]; Google Arts and Culture virtual museum tours [https://artsandculture.google.com/partner].
May 17, 2020
Today’s a mini-rant day for just complaining about the constant calls we get from telemarketers and scammers. Leave us alone! Do we have to just stop answering the phone? How annoyed are you by junk calls these days?
May 16, 2020
When we read a Popsugar post about a mom's Facebook Live rant on her son's school's disgusting bathrooms [https://www.popsugar.com/moms/Mom-Facebook-Live-Video-Dirty-School-Bathrooms-43316063?ref=42927967], we knew we could come up with some good stuff to complain about too. You know us—we love a good rant!
May 15, 2020
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine shouts out Pepper, the American Hedgehog Warrior [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP0WAdmY0EEnfV2YFJ8Rfbw/videos], and her merch. Nicole's Instagram Minute offers @itsdougthepug [http://instagram.com/itsdougthepug], another cute critter who will brighten your day. And Terri's finally making her way through the excellent TV (The Book) by Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz [https://www.grandcentralpublishing.com/titles/alan-sepinwall/tv-the-book/9781455588190/].
May 14, 2020
As with every other event in American life, the Covid-19 pandemic comes with merchandise, and lots of it. Do you have any? Do you want any? Would you buy some from us? Mentioned: The Shop Forward [https://www.theshopforward.com/collections/corona], Jenny Lawson's raccoon face mask [https://www.zazzle.com/rory_the_raccoon_mask_as_requested_cloth_face_mask-256799784892640417], and social-distancing hats in a Chinese classroom [https://www.cnet.com/news/kids-in-china-head-back-to-school-wearing-social-distancing-hats/].
May 13, 2020
The pandemic has given us extra time to look around our homes and realize how much stuff we're holding on to that we don't need. What have you got that would make a good giveaway?
May 12, 2020
Now that Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist has wrapped up for the season, we're doubling up on Veronica Mars. This week's episodes featured good detecting, but poor judgement, on Veronica's part—along with the arrival of Alyson Hannigan as Logan's sister, Trina. Mentioned: Shaggy-haired teachers on My So-Called Life [https://youtu.be/8PZHQRFH4IU] and Once and Again [https://youtu.be/m2ecn0Evl4s].
May 11, 2020
In honor of Mother's Day, we decided to check in on some of favorite TV and movie moms and see how they might handle being locked down during a pandemic (like, how does Marge Simpson maintain that beehive without salon visits?).
May 10, 2020
Catherine’s “grocery fair” typo already gave us inspiration for a discussion of fantasy school fundraisers, and now we extend that to any sort of store we wish existed. “Try before you buy” seems to be a common theme of our retail dreams. What sort of shop do you wish you could find?
May 9, 2020
Terri had a major meltdown about a potential delegation fail, which got us wondering (and whining) about why it's so hard to hand off responsibilities to other members of our households.
May 8, 2020
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole's Instagram Minute offers @d.a.d.n.o.t.e.s [https://www.instagram.com/d.a.d.n.o.t.e.s/], a sweet collection of lunchbox notes. Terri's grateful to the team at @uniteherehealth on Twitter [https://twitter.com/uniteherehealth/], especially Laura and Evelyn, for their kindness and customer service assistance. And Catherine lets us know about a brand-new book for parents of middle-schoolers: And Then They Stopped Talking to Me: Making Sense of Middle School, by Judith Warner [https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/534339/and-then-they-stopped-talking-to-me-by-judith-warner/].
May 7, 2020
Now that her daughter's high school will be offering a virtual graduation ceremony, Catherine is looking for ways to make watching the event feel special. For one thing, there will be a no-sweatpants dress code.
May 6, 2020
Just when we need them most, our household appliances seem to be protesting by falling apart. We're down half a dishwasher, a smoke alarm, a microwave, a stand mixer, and worst of all, a coffee maker.
May 5, 2020
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, we finished the season of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist with "Zoey's Extraordinary Dad." The season finale somehow tied up all loose ends while also leaving us confused about what just happened and what might come next. Mentioned: The Good Place Podcast's episode on the recent Parks and Rec Covid-19 special [https://www.nbc.com/the-good-place/exclusives/tgp-podcast/video/4161501].On Veronica Mars, the case of the week involved yet another family we've never seen or heard of before, and ended with the continuing rehabilitation of Logan as maybe not such a horrible person. Next: We'll watch two episodes, "Mars vs. Mars” and “Ruskie Business.”
May 4, 2020
Car insurers are compensating drivers for not driving, and colleges are refunding (at least some) room and board costs from abruptly cancelled sessions. Who else owes us some money?
May 3, 2020
As much as we love our computers and devices and online opportunities, it’s hard not to think sometimes that things were simpler when we couldn’t accidentally video ourselves or e-mail snark to the one person we didn't want to see it. On today's Speed Round, we confess to some recent tech screw-ups and wish we had bigger buttons and a longer undo time. How has technology embarrassed you lately?
May 2, 2020
We try to keep things steady and stress-free for the kiddos, but there's not much we can do about the routine-busting disruptiveness of a parent's job loss or change.
May 1, 2020
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole's Instagram Minute offers @commentsbycelebs, [https://www.instagram.com/commentsbycelebs/] because celebs are just like us: They comment on their friends' Instagram posts. Catherine suggests the pleasant distraction of Project Runway's season 18 [https://www.nbc.com/project-runway], and Terri's keeping herself on task with the Tomato Timer app [https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tomato-timer-time-manager/id1453228755].
April 30, 2020
Social isolation means anxiety, discouragement, and disappointment, but we're finding some ways to cheer ourselves up (most of them involve food and drink). Mentioned: How to have a virtual game night at Chris Loves Julia [https://www.chrislovesjulia.com/have-a-virtual-game-night-our-favorite-games-to-play-online/]; Applebee's Chicken Tenders Family Bundle [https://www.applebees.com/en/menu/family-bundle-meals/chicken-tenders-family-bundle-feeds-4].
April 29, 2020
We know life has changed forever because of the coronavirus outbreak. And that might be a good thing, if we never have to exchange awkward hugs and kisses with acquaintances again.
April 28, 2020
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist had an extraordinary guest star (Bernadette Peters!) and continued to under-use another extraordinary guest, Renee Elise Goldsberry. Next: The season finale, "Zoey's Extraordinary Dad."On Veronica Mars, the plot of "Clash of the Tritons" was full of holes, but we enjoyed watching Veronica's sleuthing skills. Next: "Lord of the Bling."
April 27, 2020
Thanks to the pandemic, the tables have turned: Instead of students pleading to be admitted to the colleges of their choice, universities are now scrambling for students. They have some ideas for incentives [https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/desperate-for-fall-enrollment-colleges-are-luring-students-with-campus-perks-and-cold-cash/2020/04/22/b6452686-84cd-11ea-a3eb-e9fc93160703_story.html], but so do we.
April 26, 2020
Catherine's noticing of crafting moms on a skate-team bus made her think of what she'd like to learn how to do, and ask the rest of us for our skill wishes. Music and maintenance are at the top of our list. What's on yours?
April 25, 2020
We worry about a Time article [http://time.com/4604907/parents-dont-get-how-negative-they-seem-to-their-teenagers/] on the negative spin our kids may be putting on our helpful advice and support. Can we win? No, we cannot.
April 24, 2020
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole's Instagram Minute offers @itsabandoned, a beautifully creepy account showing abandoned places [https://www.instagram.com/itsabandoned/]. Terri suggests Social Tea Biscuits [https://www.amazon.com/Social-Biscuit-12-35-Ounce-Boxes-Pack/dp/B000FA38Z4] for your social isolation dieting needs, and Catherine recommends the optimistically funny book Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America by R. Eric Thomas [https://www.amazon.com/Here-Save-Your-America-Essays-ebook/dp/B07RNGV7VH/].
April 23, 2020
Opinions on what the current lockdown is doing to teens (especially high school seniors) range from "worst tragedy" to "will make a good story one day" to "don't throw them a pity party!" We share ours, which you won't be surprised to find are somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. Mentioned: "Why teens may never be the same after the pandemic" on CNN [https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/16/us/teens-coronavirus-coping-wellness-trnd/index.html]
April 22, 2020
All this family together time is great. Just great! It's a Norman Rockwell painting up in here every day. (Help!​)
April 21, 2020
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, Zoey returns with an "Extraordinary Outburst." This translates into rather a lot of yelling, but there's also a lot of singing and dancing. We'll take that as a win. Next: "Zoey's Extraordinary Mother."Veronica Mars took a turn for the serious this week, with a serial killer lurking in Neptune and Veronica uncovering a years-old switched-at-birth situation in "Silence of the Lamb." Next: "Clash of the Tritons."
April 20, 2020
Hindsight is 20/20 when it comes to the Great Staying Home of 2020. If we knew then what we knew now, we might have made some changes and some special purchases, big and small. Mentioned: "My coronavirus recovery mistake was watching Tiger King." [https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/15/opinions/recovering-coronavirus-tiger-king-mistake-dent/index.html]
April 19, 2020
We debate a bit as to whether today's Would You Rather question on where we'd rather live is about size of abode, freedom from yard work, or sharing walls with strangers. However we frame the question, though, we've got opinions. What would yours be? ​
April 18, 2020
Reports on early school times for teens and whether it works against their actually, you know, learning things inspired us to chat about sleep patterns — our kids' and our own. Or maybe, in the second case, "lack of sleep" patterns would be more appropriate. (Mentioned: the app Calming Lia.)
April 17, 2020
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Twitter and Instagram feeds to cheer you during unprecedented times. Catherine chose @briancgrubb on Twitter, Nicole shouted out @anxiousmoms on Instagram, and Terri recommended @sparknotes and @quarantinerules on Twitter. Plus, thank you to Rhoberta Shaler at Podcast Magazine for a lovely review of our show. Read it on page 87, and sign up for your free subscription to get upcoming issues. Visit parentingroundabout.com for all the links.
April 16, 2020
A segment on the Poscast podcast about annoying things we miss during this period of social distancing inspired us to obsess about how we'd answer the same question. Who knew we'd miss driving, or traffic, or normal grocery shopping, to name a few?
April 15, 2020
For a change of pace, we decided to change the subject of today's Round 3 and focus on some non-pandemic-related complaints. We think everyone is pretty clear on what those are. But dental work, customer service, and bureaucracy whines are evergreen.
April 14, 2020
On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist took an extraordinary week off, so we checked in with one of our past watches: One Day at a Time, now relaunched on PopTV after Netflix inexplicably cancelled it. All our faves and yours are back, except the full-length theme song.In Neptune, it's not Easter but Christmas ("An Echolls Family Christmas"). This was a fun whodunit ep, as Veronica and Keith worked parallel cases centered on the Echolls's home. Next week: "Silence of the Lamb," and "Zoey's Extraordinary Outburst."
April 13, 2020
Since we've been sheltering at home due to the pandemic, we've had several birthdays and now Easter to observe. While the pressure's off to host a big party, the pressure's ON to make sure that special occasions still feel special. Mentioned: Jesus Christ Superstar on YouTube; it's expired now, but Andrew Lloyd Webber will be releasing a new show every weekend on his The Shows Must Go On channel.
April 12, 2020
Peek in our car trunks, and what will you find? Let's just say that we're safe from earthquakes and starvation, but we're stumped when it comes to storing spare tires or removing dog hair. What's in your trunk?
April 11, 2020
Our daughters don’t much want to hear our advice about dating, and maybe it’s just as well, because we’re not even sure whether dating’s a thing anymore, or whether “a thing” is dating, or why you can’t ask someone to a dance without roses and guinea pigs. Like they say on Facebook, “it’s complicated.”
April 10, 2020
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Nicole's Instagram Minute brings us @kalesalad (https://www.instagram.com/kalesalad/; yes, Nicole recommended something with the words "kale" and "salad" in it!). Terri shouts out TaxAct [https://www.taxact.com/] for both its ease of use and its procastination-beating, good-deed-doing promotion: File your tax return with TaxAct by 4/15 and they'll donate 10 meals to the Feeding America COVID-19 Response Fund [https://www.feedingamerica.org/take-action/coronavirus]. Catherine remembers the late Adam Schlesinger with this performance at NPR's Tiny Desk [https://www.npr.org/2011/10/06/140998957/fountains-of-wayne-tiny-desk-concert]. (Another wonderful tribute is at Rolling Stone [https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/adam-schlesinger-fountains-of-wayne-essential-songs-976093].)
April 9, 2020
While there are really no pros to this pandemic, we are still trying to count our blessings, from health and shelter for our families to saving on gas and getting our walks in.
April 8, 2020
We want to follow the rules to keep everyone safe, but some social contact does seem essential. And also: Zoom, don't fail us now [https://www.npr.org/2020/04/03/826129520/a-must-for-millions-zoom-has-a-dark-side-and-an-fbi-warning]! Mentioned: A NJ.com article titled "Sorry, hanging out while 6 feet apart isn't coronavirus social distancing, expert says." [https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2020/03/sorry-hanging-out-while-6-feet-apart-isnt-coronavirus-social-distancing-expert-says.html]
April 7, 2020
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, "Zoey's Extraordinary Silence" really did bring something extraordinary: a dance featuring American Sign Language and deaf performers. Bravo! Mentioned: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend song round-ups in memory of Adam Schlesinger.On Veronica Mars, Veronica got involved in a touchy-feely, huggy-squeezy cult, and decided not to find out who's her daddy. Mentioned: Jonathan Bennett (who played Mooncalf Casey) on Dancing with the Stars. Next: "An Echolls Family Christmas" and we'll also discuss the first three episodes of the new season of One Day at a Time (available on PopTV and TVLand). For links and an episode transcript, please visit parentingroundabout.com.
April 6, 2020
We report in on what we have, what we don't have, and what we might have stocked up on had we known we should be doing that.
April 5, 2020
Groceries. Bank. Post Office. Bills. We lament some of our least-favorite errands, both out and about (we originally recorded this when we could actually go out and about) and online. What errands do you most hate (or love, for that matter)?
April 4, 2020
An experienced mom recently told Catherine that she felt it was important for kids to have a talent, skill, interest, hobby — whatever — that they know they are good at. We certainly do agree, and yet ... as with so many things about parenting, it’s easier said than done.
April 3, 2020
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, online entertainment galore: Catherine shares writer Melisa Wells's updated-daily list, Creative Ways to Connect and Learn While Social Distancing [https://www.melisawells.com/2020/03/22/creative-ways-to-connect-and-learn-while-social-distancing-a-guide-to-the-silver-linings/]. Nicole's found another Instagram account that makes her chuckle: @onefunnymommy [https://www.instagram.com/onefunnymommy/], while Terri's giggling at the dogs on Reddit's WhatsWrongWithYourDog [https://www.reddit.com/r/WhatsWrongWithYourDog/].
April 2, 2020
It's hard to stay connected while also staying socially distant, but our kids and communities are getting creative. We'd love to hear how your family is bridging the gap between keeping safe and keeping in touch.
April 1, 2020
Social isolation judginess is all the rage, but are we judging those who are doing it wrong or judging the judgers?
March 31, 2020
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, "Zoey's Extraordinary Glitch" was, as predicted, that instead of hearing songs and seeing dances, Zoey was now performing them herself. So we got lots of fun dances, but the downside: No Neighbor Mo to help out, as nearly the entire episode was set at Zoey's workplace. Next: "Zoey's Extraordinary Silence."In Neptune, Veronica Mars sorted out an awful girl-shaming situation at her school, and also took a field trip to Death Row to see the man convicted of killing her friend Lilly. He had some unrelated, and devastating, exposition to share. Next: "Drinking the Kool-Aid."
March 30, 2020
Inspired by a slippery stairs competition (that ESPN has to air because there are no other sports), we talk about what records our family is going for as we shelter in place: Most chocolate chips used, best Coronavirus Scurry while walking, deepest freezer dive... What events are happening at your house?
March 29, 2020
Our first cars were largely large—​the ones we learned to drive on, anyway. The first cars we bought were smaller, possibly explosive, and in one case not purchased until after marriage and family. ​
March 28, 2020
On Second-Listen Saturday, we share some fun moments from past episodes for your weekend listening pleasure. This one's from a time when staying in was actually optional. Thanks to social media, it’s all too easy to get the illusion of a social life without actually, you know, leaving the house and interacting with in-person humans. We consider how much our kids’ schedules and contacts construct our social world, and whether our parents had more fun when we were growing up than we manage to have now.
March 27, 2020
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, stuff to do, eat, and watch while you're stuck at home. Nicole recommends paint-by-number projects, Catherine suggests Dot's Homestyle Pretzels (https://dotspretzels.com/; from North Dakota, not Maryland!), and Terri's shouting out Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show: At Home" editions [https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLykzf464sU98lwxyHHBqnqx-r0xtOMLjt]. Also heartwarming: the #SunshineSongs effort from Laura Benanti on Instagram, and the similar #heyJenlookatme from Jennifer Garner.
March 26, 2020
Life under house arrest is hard for adults. Add little kids into the mix and the degree of difficulty goes up considerably. This is your permission slip to skip structure (and constant sanitizing) and just do what works for your family.
March 25, 2020
It's hard enough for kids to make the transition from college life back to the family home under normal circumstances. When they have to do it under the threat of COVID-19, it's an even rougher re-entry.
March 24, 2020
On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2: We got some heavy, heart-to-heart talks on Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, but also lots of singing and dancing, up to and including an actual flash mob. Mentioned: The Good Place Podcast. Next: "Zoey's Extraordinary Glitch."Heavy themes are par for the course on Veronica Mars, but "The Girl Next Door" (played by Jessica Chastain!) went extra far in that direction. We did appreciate the Weevil-Logan buddy comedy, though. Mentioned: Veronica Mars Investigations podcast. Next: "Like a Virgin."
March 23, 2020
We check in on life under lockdown in California, New Jersey, and the Midwest. We're united in our lack of toilet paper and our surplus of people in our space while we try to work.
March 22, 2020
Shower? Breakfast? Paper? Yelling at kids to hurry up and get ready for school? There are all sorts of ways to start your day, but it shouldn't surprise you that ours involve electronics and dogs. What do you do first thing?
March 21, 2020
Borrowing a refrain from the Extra Hot Great podcast, we declare "I am not a crackpot" when we insist that buffets must have more than one item, Terri's dishwasher is freakin' LOUD, and teachers ought to, you know, like children.
March 20, 2020
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine recommends the book My Sister the Serial Killer [https://www.amazon.com/My-Sister-Serial-Killer-Novel/dp/0525564209/] (it's not what you think), while Terri suggests snacking on Pretzel Pop Tarts [https://www.amazon.com/PopTarts-Pretzel-Cinnamon-8-Toaster-Pastries/dp/B082Z9K1TL/]. And on Nicole's Instagram Minute: Best of NextDoor [https://www.instagram.com/bestofnextdoor/].
March 19, 2020
We like the idea of houseguests, as long as they're very occasional. And don't stay too long. And don't mind doing some cleaning and minor repairs while they're here.
March 18, 2020
Just like this writer at Grown and Flown [https://grownandflown.com/rethink-follow-your-passion/], we have some issues with the career advice that urges seekers to "follow their passion." Because sometimes your passion just isn't a job, and sometimes you don't want to ruin your passion by turning it into a job.
March 17, 2020
On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, Zoey has an Extraordinary Night Out, with an extraordinary amount of singing and dancing (yay). Next on Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist: "Zoey's Extraordinary Confession." On Veronica Mars's "Return of the Kane," the Bad Dads of Neptune show their true colors, and Jane Lynch pops in too. Next: "The Girl Next Door."
March 16, 2020
Since the coronavirus is definitely the only thing anyone is talking about, we talked about it too. But this was way back on Wednesday, March 11. Things have definitely changed since then: Two of Terri's family members were laid off from work, Catherine's kids schools are converting to digital learning this week, most churches have gone virtual, and Nicole's daughter won't get to become a citizen at the LA Convention Center with 10,000 other people.
March 15, 2020
Our couches get a workout, between dogs and kids and grown-ups who fall asleep there. We assess the sorry state of our sofas and congratulate Nicole on her shiny new, though still problematic, addition to the furniture family. What shape is your couch in?
March 14, 2020
Sure, we like our kids to do well in school. But should parents be obsessing about their kids' grades? And fighting every dent in the GPA? And crowing about great grades on Facebook? We're trying for that A in laid-back parenting, but it's a super-hard class.
March 13, 2020
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole's back with another funny, inspiring Instagram account: Fruits of Motherhood [https://www.instagram.com/fruitsofmotherhood/]. Catherine discovered a miracle-worker for her daughter's painfully tight muscles, the TENS unit [https://www.healthline.com/health/transcutaneous-electrical-nerve-stimulation-unit]. And Terri learned that a TV show can be hilarious entertaining even when you don't actually watch it: The Stranger on Netflix [https://www.netflix.com/title/81001209].
March 12, 2020
When kids say something like "I'm stupid," a parent's first instinct is to tell them they're wrong. But in this case, our instincts are, well, wrong and stupid. What's the best way to help kids who are down on themselves? Mentioned: The "growth mindset" concept [https://www.mindsetworks.com/science/].
March 11, 2020
It's time for one of our trademark rants, and this time we target a school grading system that is confusing, impractical, and just generally a nightmare for students and parents (and we're guessing for teachers too). We give it an F.
March 10, 2020
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: On Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, "Zoey's Extraordinary Failure" seems to be betraying her brother, but for us it's the lack of production numbers and laughs. Next: "Zoey's Extraordinary Night Out." On Veronica Mars , last week we didn't get enough Keith Mars, and this week we didn't get enough Wallace. However, we did get rid of Troy, which is a win {"You Think You Know Somebody"). Next: "The Return of the Kane."
March 9, 2020
Who's the better parent, you or your own mom or dad? After we read about a survey that asked parents this question [https://www.studyfinds.org/survey-3-in-4-parents-believe-theyre-better-moms-dads-than-their-own-folks/], we had to jump in with our thoughts. Nicole has a clear answer, but Terri and Catherine weren't quite ready to declare victory.
March 8, 2020
We all agree that covering your windows is important (though some of Nicole's neighbors? Not so much). But what are we covering them with? Blinds? Fresh new curtains? Old dirty curtains? Maybe a bedsheet in a pinch?
March 7, 2020
It should come as no surprise that teens want their parents to be available but not intrusive. A New York Times article [http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/14/well/family/what-do-teenagers-want-potted-plant-parents.html?_r=1] considers that a good thing, but some of us aren't so sure.
March 6, 2020
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine shouts out the Alex & Ani store in Cranston, RI, for giving her daughter's team the VIP treatment. Nicole's keeping up with the kids on TikTok, while Terri is reliving her youthful love of Banana Republic on Abandoned Republic (also on Facebook). Mentioned: Periscope was the app Grandma Terri was trying to recall. Visit https://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog for links to everything!
March 5, 2020
Go read the caption on this adorable photo James Van Der Beek posted on Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/p/B9CRnBQprAu/], then come back here for our discussion of just how right we think this dad of five gets it. He's probably been listening to our podcast to acquire this wisdom.
March 4, 2020
Catherine's about to enter semi-retirement from all her sports mom volunteer jobs, and Terri and Nicole are already there. We wonder what we'll find to complain about now!
March 3, 2020
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: On Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Zoey's powers get her in trouble with neighbor Mo, and we trade growing complexity of plot (thumbs up) for big production numbers (thumbs down). Next: "Zoey's Extraordinary Failure."In Neptune, Veronica dons an array of costumes to solve the Veronica Mars case of the week, "The Wrath of Con," and we trade Keith Mars screen time for lots of Lilly flashbacks. Next: "You Think You Know Somebody."
March 2, 2020
Last week's mention of "The Repair Shop" [https://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/roundabout-roundup-apple-music-playlists-sheraton-hotels-linens-the-repair-shop] got us talking about family heirlooms: What we have, what we care about, what we might pass on to our kids (whether they like it or not).
March 1, 2020
We hope you're not surrounded by people who make you feel like something's wrong with you. But come to think of it, there might be something we'd like to change about our appearance, just if we could do so magically, no big deal. Not to be ungrateful or anything. If you could change something, what would it be? Theoretically speaking?
February 29, 2020
Do your kids represent themselves to their pediatrician, or are you the one doing all the talking? How can you transition teens and young adults to self-advocacy so you can be released from the room where it happens (and the pressure of being the family medical caseworker)? Finding the right doctor helps, unsurprisingly.
February 28, 2020
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri enjoys listening to and creating playlists on Apple Music (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207542 or follow her at temauro [https://music.apple.com/profile/temauro]). Nicole enjoyed some restful sleep thanks to Sheraton Hotels' linens [https://www.sheratonstore.com/category.aspx?bedding], and Catherine enjoys the sweet TV show The Repair Shop on Netflix [https://www.netflix.com/title/81224128].
February 27, 2020
How do you cope when you and your kids have a different idea about the ideal frequency of saying, or hearing, the words "I love you"? We obsess about what's enough, too much, and just right.
February 26, 2020
This article on parents staying up too late (in an attempt to get some kid-free time) got us complaining about how the bedtime struggles never really end when kids get older [https://www.parents.com/news/can-we-talk-about-the-fact-that-parents-stay-up-too-late/]. They're just different. As in, parents of older kids struggle to stay up past their kids' bedtimes, instead of the other way around.
February 25, 2020
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist delivered a little less singing and a lot less dancing than we'd like, in "Zoey's Extraordinary Boss." We're hoping next week's "Zoey's Extraordinary Neighbor" brings back the razzmatazz. Meanwhile, in Neptune, the Veronica Mars case of the week had a rather heartwarming ending. At least her client found his parent, while Veronica is still searching for hers. Next week: "The Wrath of Con."
February 24, 2020
After reading about this mom, who checks in with other parents when her teen goes to their homes [https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/teenagers/i-dont-care-if-other-parents-dont-do-i-do/], we talked about whether we do the same (or do anything else that might make us Those Weird Parents).
February 23, 2020
Today's question asks about how much we can bear to pay for hair cutting (and styling and coloring and what-all). Looking at our pictures, perhaps you can guess who among us cuts her own hair in order to avoid the $20 fee at the cheapest haircut place. Do you pay big bucks or pinch pennies when it comes to haircuts?
February 22, 2020
When one loving parent thinks that gentle teasing is the best way to help a child get used to the way others may joke around, and the other loving parent knows that even gentle teasing is unappreciated by said child and should be cut out immediately, you wind up with escalating tension, and who needs another source of that?
February 21, 2020
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole found a smelly-dog solution in Wahl Deodorizing and Refreshing Pet Deodorant [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GZQYKWW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1], Catherine is stockpiling a lifetime supply of Plackers flossers [https://www.amazon.com/Plackers-Micro-Dental-Floss-Picks/dp/B07S3B9YNX/], and Terri's finding comfort in Luden's Wild Cherry cough drops [https://www.amazon.com/Ludens-Cherry-Throat-Soothes-Tastes/dp/B005GECIAU/].
February 20, 2020
A tweet from @jdesmondharris on weird little things we just can't manage to do got us obsessing about our own life skill failings, from legitimate flossing to whistling to following a recipe. What can you just not​ do?
February 19, 2020
You know all those annoying life admin tasks you have to do, like paying bills, filling out forms, and doing your taxes? We're ready to handle them book-club style, with friends, coffee (or wine, pick your poison), and commiseration. Except Nicole. She's not a team player! Mentioned: Young House Love Has a Podcast [https://www.younghouselove.com/podcast-161/], NPR's LifeKit podcast [https://www.npr.org/2019/09/23/763605807/paperwork-appointments-and-repairs-managing-adult-responsibilities], and Life Admin by Elizabeth Emens [https://www.elizabethemens.com/].
February 18, 2020
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: On Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist ​("Zoey's Extraordinary Best Friend"), Zoey tries to untangle the whys and hows of her power, and then thinks better of it. This is a good strategy for the viewing audience too. Next week: “Zoey’s Extraordinary Boss." Over in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars solves a case of credit card fraud in “Credit Where Credit’s Due,” featuring a (mercifully, one-time-only) appearance by Paris Hilton. Next week: "Meet John Smith."
February 17, 2020
Yes, we've heard the mantra about praising effort, not outcome, and we get why it's important. But we still think there's a time and a place for a good old "Way to go!"
February 16, 2020
Continuing on our grooming theme from last week, we look at shampoos and wonder how much is appropriate to spend. Our preferences range from pricey salon selections to the bottom of the supermarket barrel. How much do you spend on shampoo?
February 15, 2020
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?
February 14, 2020
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Since it's Valentine's Day, check out Terri's Love Notes for Special Parents [https://www.byterrimauro.com/]. Nicole's loving the Instagram account Pups of UPS [https://www.instagram.com/pupsofups/], and Catherine recommends the lovely movie The Farewell [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8637428/].
February 13, 2020
We're so glad to be past the Classroom Valentines stage of life, but we still have plenty of suggestions for how Valentine's Day could be improved. For one thing, let's keep kids out of it!
February 12, 2020
We complain about ghosting (new name, old phenomenon) but also concede that sometimes, we'd like an "unfollow" feature IRL.
February 11, 2020
With both of our TV watches over (sniff), we've lined up two replacements. First up, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, a high-concept drama that involved enough singing, dancing, and Mary Steenburgen to convince us to watch episode 2 ("Zoey's Extraordinary Best Friend").​And then, to fill the Kristen Bell-shaped hole in our hearts now that The Good Place is over, we're watching Veronica Mars (set in the pretty bad place of Neptune, California). If you missed this dark teen detective drama the first time around, join us now. We're also listening to an accompanying podcast, Veronica Mars Investigations [https://www.veronicamarsinvestigations.com/vmi/1-01]. Next week: "Credit Where Credit's Due."
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