Join parenting writers Terri Mauro, Catherine Holecko, and Nicole Eredics for a weekly look at the things parents are talking about, complaining about, and obsessing about right now.
On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, Only Murders in the Building is back for season 2, and we're in. We have to show solidarity with our fellow podcasters, right? And also, Shirley MacLaine! Next: Season 2, episode 3, "The Last Day of Bunny Folger" (episodes drop on Tuesdays on Hulu, so listen to our discussions to prepare you for what's next).We're also going to return to the Mike Schur-iverse (since we are fans of Parks and Recreation and The Good Place) and watch Rutherford Falls on Peacock. While season 2 of that is out now as well, we'll start with season 1, episode 1, humbly titled "Pilot."
Catherine and Terri ponder whether they prefer trying out new TV, movies, and books or revisiting beloved favorites. Doesn't help that it's never been easier to find that old stuff, or just watch memorable scenes on YouTube over and over and over again.
Thanks to this roundup of campaign slogans from moms [https://wokesloth.com/mom-campaign-slogans/masha/], we brainstormed our own (Nicole had a little help from SloganGenerator.org) before deciding we probably—no, definitely—do not want any job we'd have to campaign for.
On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Catherine shouts out Shout--specifically, Shout Color Catchers [https://www.shoutitout.com/en-us/products/color-catcher-dye-trapping-sheet]. These dye-trapping sheets will save your red-and-white clothes from a pink future. Terri's recommending a cute children's book [https://www.harpercollins.com/products/stanley-the-dog-the-first-day-of-school-bobby-bones?variant=40051461685282] from her fave Bobby Bones, starring his bulldog Stanley.
Terri's family recently said a sad goodbye to their 21-year-old Jeep. Yet they shed nary a tear over the loss of a similarly dependable and long-tenured toaster. So we obsessed about what makes some objects meaningful, while others can be kicked to the curb without a second thought. Mentioned: The Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park, where you can visit cool objects like old-fashioned typewriters [https://www.menloparkmuseum.org/].
Wall Street Journal columnist Julie Jargon reeled us right in with a story titled "Moms are struggling with burnout. Is it more work to let dads help?" [https://www.wsj.com/articles/moms-are-struggling-with-burnout-is-it-more-work-to-let-dads-help-11654314523?st=jsdxio4of2nvye6&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink]. That headline was all we needed to share our own rants about the division of labor in our homes.
On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2: Girls5Eva season 2 ends with a knock-down, drag-out fight between two unlikely characters, and it's a joy to behold (and is being added to "Janet Kicks Some Demon Butt" [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJoJaRHtwhc] on Terri's fire-me-up playlist. This show is a delight and we're in for season 3 if there is one. Mentioned: Interviews with Renee Elise Goldsberry to read [https://www.vulture.com/article/renee-elise-goldsberry-girls5eva-season-two-interview.html] and listen to [https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-story-details/id1625012023].Next: Another show we enjoyed is back for season 2: Only Murders in the Building on Hulu. We'll start with the first episode, "Persons of Interest."
Dancing With the Stars pro Sharna Burgess recently did a sexy maternity photo shoot [https://www.today.com/parents/parents/brian-austin-green-sharna-burgess-maternity-shoot-rcna31473], so that got us talking about whether we'd ever want to do the same (uh, no) and what other milestones should be commemorated by a professional with a big camera. (And if you want to hear Catherine talk about her super non-sexy pregnancy rash, that episode is here: https://www.spreaker.com/user/parentingroundabout/how-we-became-mom.)
Nicole brought to our attention an article about American Dream Miami [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5862329/USs-biggest-mall-gets-ahead-Florida.html], soon to be the biggest mall in America, but not exactly our dream of the perfect mall. We'd skip the amusement park rides and ice-climbing wall and focus on things like roaming nail technicians, golf carts, and the ability to shop in peace. (Mentioned: Mall of America [https://mallofamerica.com/], West Edmonton Mall [http://www.wem.ca/], and American Dream Meadowlands [https://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2018/05/american_dream_megamall_opening_next_year.html], coming soon to Terri's neighborhood, yikes.)
Today, true confessions about obsessions: Not ours, but those of our husbands. Catherine's and Nicole's partners are kindred spirits with a similar level of extra-ness when it comes to kitchen gadgets. Terri's, meanwhile, is happy with an old TV show—but he needs to watch every single one, thank you very much.
On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Catherine reviews two airplane-watch-quality movies: Death on the Nile and House of Gucci (mostly, she's just proud to have watched two relatively new movies). Terri shouts out Glad You're Here: Two Unlikely Friends Breaking Bread and Breaking Fences, a book by Walker Hayes and Craig Allen Cooper that inspired an episode of the podcast a few weeks back. Mentioned: The Tender Bar, a movie we watched for Round 2, and the book that it's based on. Visit https://parentingroundabout.com for links to everything discussed.
Nicole is away this week, and Catherine and Terri are feeling the effects of having been away (read: a ton of extra work). So this week, we're talking, complaining and obsessing about jobs and work by revisiting, and updating, some past discussions on that topic. Today, we return to a question we first asked in September, 2021: "What's your retirement plan?"
Nicole is away this week, and Catherine and Terri are feeling the effects of having been away (read: a ton of extra work). So this week, we're talking, complaining and obsessing about jobs and work by revisiting, and updating, some past discussions on that topic. Today, we hop back to "The Work-Life Seesaw," from July 2020, and see how it's going on that teeter-totter today.
On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, we're into the second half of Girls5Eva season 2, and the girls are busy working on their album. Also getting questionable cosmetic procedures, pursuing questionable theories about their lost bandmate Ashley, and staging a questionable Star Search rematch with Mario Cantone. Plus, Daniel Breaker finally gets to sing! Next: The final two episodes of this season, "Returnity" and "Tour Mode."
Nicole is away this week, and Catherine and Terri are feeling the effects of having been away (read: a ton of extra work). So this week, we're talking, complaining and obsessing about jobs and work by revisiting, and updating, some past discussions on that topic. Today, we hop way back to 2018's "Career Check-In" and then check back in on how the work world is treating us today.
We can't really enter the imaginary worlds of our favorite movies, TV shows, and plays, but we could theoretically hang with the folks who make them happen. On today's Speed Round, we pick some entertainers we'd like to entertain us in person.
Inspired by cartoonist Annie Kurzweg [https://www.instagram.com/anniegetyourgum/], we confess all the terrible things we do to torment our children: Looking at them! Looking at their phones! Speaking to them in front of peers! We are the worst.
On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Nicole shouts out an effective, easy-to-use essential: The ChomChom pet hair remover [https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BAGTNAQ?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details]. Terri's enjoying the adorableness of Joshua Shaw, @upsidedownandcute on Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/upsidedownandcute/]. And Catherine escaped for a few hours by watching the latest Downton Abbey movie, Downton Abbey: A New Era [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11703710/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1]. Mentioned: Downton Abbey: The Exhibition [https://www.downtonexhibition.com/].
After reading about a study showing that women aren't as good at promoting themselves as men are [https://characterlab.org/tips-of-the-week/how-did-you-do/], we complained about the modern need to promote yourself in order to get anywhere. We'd just like you to listen without us having to tell you how great we are, okay?
On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, episodes 3 and 4 of Girls5Eva bring us more silliness as the girls finagle their way into a rap video and Summer must resist her parents' call for her to take a purity pledge in the wake of her divorce. Next week: “Leave a Message If You Love Me” and “B.P.E."
So someone throws, say, a PERFECTLY GOOD banana muffin into the trash, one you had planned to eat for breakfast, and it's in a SEALED BAG, and it's in the kitchen trash that got emptied not THAT long ago, and you can find it to fish it out, would it be THAT terrible to rescue it and slather it with butter and eat it? It wouldn't, would it? Would it?
A Buzzfeed article obsessing about mom catchphrases [https://www.buzzfeed.com/alliehayes/reddit-moms-funny-catchphrases] naturally led us to do the same. At least one of us has upped her game by adding Broadway show tunes to her catchphrase repertoire.
We're off this week, but bringing you some past discussions on summer-y topics to kick off the season. This one comes from June 2019.Hey, airlines: We have some brilliant ideas! There are so many ways you could make the air-travel experience easier and happier for families, and this whole episode is a brainstorming session just for you.
We're off this week, but bringing you some past discussions on summer-y topics to kick off the season. This one comes from July 2021.After a recent mention of summer camp for kids, we started dreaming about the amenities we'd like to see at mom camp. Let us know if there's one out there that offers robot butlers, doctors on call, and hot tubs for everyone. Mentioned: The luxury suites aboard the Queen Mary, featured in the movie Let Them All Talk [https://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/what-were-watching-let-them-all-talk-and-veronica-mars-keep-calm-and-party-on].
We're off this week, but bringing you some past discussions on summer-y topics to kick off the season. This one comes from July 2019.After reading yet another article about how parents only have 18 summers with their kids (they show up every year), we respond with a hearty "So what?" We can come up with at least 18 things about summer with kids that we're glad to be done with.
On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, we return to an old favorite: Girls5Eva, which is back for season 2. It's just as goofy and fun the second time around, as the girls are trying to get back in the game with a new record deal. Next week: Episode 3, "Who U Know," and 4, "Can't Wait 2 Wait."
We're off this week, but bringing you some past discussions on summer-y topics to kick off the season. This one comes from June 2019.On today's Round 1, we talk about high school graduation. Nicole's daughter received her diploma last week, and we compare and contrast with our other kids' experiences (past and future).
On a recent Speed Round, in the course of a different discussion, Catherine mentioned this question: "If someone paid you to travel the world for the next three years, would you go?" We thought that sounded like a Speed Round in its own right, and now here it is! Although come to think of it, we're not so interested in the offer, unless Nicole's demands are met, anyway.
On this week's Round 3, our complaint is with kids who suddenly need essentials like salt, black shoes, and Revolutionary War-era costumes at the eleventh hour. (And we have some suggested solutions for the business world.)
On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Terri's found a new podcast to enjoy: Naked Lunch from Phil Rosenthal and David Wild [https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1620018481]. Nicole's cruising around on her new Aventon e-bike [http://www.aventon.com/]. And Catherine's playing an online game called Follow the Herd [https://www.followtheherd.org/game/].
An article summarizing a blatant case of baby name stealing [https://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/2572726/stolen-baby-name-reddit/] got us complaining about the people involved in this situation, who really were awful to each other. But then one of us confessed to a milder instance of name... sharing, let's just say.
On this week's entertainment-themed episode: The season finales of both our series! Bridgerton finally arrived at Kate and Anthony's happy ending, but there were quite unhappy endings for several other characters. We await season 3 with some trepidation, because of the Bridgerton boys' tendency to lunkheadedness (looking at you, Colin).On The Afterparty, the mystery is finally solved, with the help of eyewitness testimony from little Maggie (Brett and Zoe's daughter). Did we figure it out before we were told? Nope, but we did enjoy the ride and will likely watch when the show returns for season 2.Next: Season 2 of another show we enjoyed very much: Girls5Eva on Peacock. We'll watch two episodes a week, so first up are "Album Mode" and "Triumphant Return to the Studio."
The Japanese TV show Old Enough (available on Netflix [https://www.netflix.com/title/81506279]) features teeny, tiny children going out in the world to run errands. It got us talking about how this would play in the U.S. (uh, it wouldn't). Mentioned: Saturday Night Live's spoof on the show [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhGTtWsW9F8].
On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Catherine's shouting out Singo, a fun twist on Bingo [https://www.playsingo.com/]. Nicole's Instagram Minute returns with @MenWiththePot [https://www.instagram.com/menwiththepot/]. And Terri has a triumph of pack-ratting to shout out: Her state is now requiring the use of reusable bags, and she is ready [https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/environment/2022/05/04/nj-plastic-bag-ban-date/9568824002/].
Last week's chat about senior skip day [https://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/senior-skip-day] got us obsessing about what we'd do with a skip day of our own. What we really need is a way to peace out from parental worrying. Who's got that figured out?
After we heard about a little boy who commandeered his mom's phone to order 31 McDonald's cheeseburgers via Doordash [https://www.today.com/food/people/2-year-old-orders-31-mcdonalds-cheeseburgers-doordash-rcna29331], we complained about our family members and their buying habits.
On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2: The Bridgertons and the Sharmas try to show their "Harmony" in the face of the ton's disdain, and it doesn't go well. Anthony and Kate get a brief moment of happiness, but it doesn't last because this isn't the final episode of the season. However, next week is: "The Viscount Who Loved Me."On The Afterparty, we get Detective Danner's backstory this week, but we're still waiting to find out 1) who killed Xavier and 2) where is Jennifer 2 and 3) where is Jennifer 2's husband? It'll all get wrapped up next week: "Maggie."
While we are past (way past) the baby formula stage, we feel for the parents who are struggling to find what they need to feed their little ones. And we certainly know well the frustrating feeling of hearing advice from people who don't get it. Repeat after us: Every family is different! (And here's some real advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics for families who can't find infant formula [https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Are-there-shortages-of-infant-formula-due-to-COVID-19.aspx].)
We just talked about college decisions recently [http://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/kids-and-rejection-college-acceptance-edition], but we had to revisit the topic after the Operation Varsity Blues scandal broke. Could it lead to more transparency in the admissions process? (Mentioned: Felicity Huffman on Sports Night [http://parentingroundabout.libsyn.com/round-2-two-podcasts-and-a-sitcom].)
On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Nicole shocks us all by enjoying salad: Taylor Farms Chopped Kits [https://www.taylorfarms.com/chopped-kits/]. Catherine also suggests a tasty bite: KIND Frozen treat bars [https://www.kindsnacks.com/frozen-treat-bars/]. And remember last week, when Catherine recommended Puffs the play [https://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/roundabout-roundup-puffs-the-play-fancii-desk-fan-and-thedad]? This week, Terri's shouting out the other Puffs (the kind you blow your nose in) for handling an allergy attack with tender loving care [https://puffs.com/en-us/shop-products/lotion-tissue/puffs-plus-lotion].
Now that Bird scooters [https://www.bird.co/] have arrived in Catherine's small town, we obsessed about other goods and services that we think should just appear when and where we need them, from pacifiers to vacuum cleaners to Starbucks coffee. Mentioned: Evo's car share service in Vancouver [https://evo.ca/].
We complain (lightly) about this seasonal ritual, and discuss whether or not parents and schools should look the other way or take a stand. Mentioned: The Afterparty episode "High School," in which youthful indiscretions have long-lasting consequences [https://www.parentingroundaboutpodcast.com/blog/what-were-watching-bridgerton-an-unthinkable-fate-and-the-afterparty-high-school].
On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2: The queen has planned a lavish wedding for Edwina and Anthony, so there's no stopping them now, right? Wrong! Also wrong: The queen's spy who thinks he has identified Lady Whistledown. Next: "Harmony."On The Afterparty, it's Zoe's turn to tell her story and she does so in an animated film starring Regular Zoe, Fun Zoe, Tiny Rage Zoe, and more. But we're still no closer to knowing who killed Xavier. Next: "Danner."
A BBC article titled "The Parental Shame That Haunts Working Parents" [https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20220121-the-parental-shame-that-haunts-working-parents] got us talking about the shame we've experienced, whether it comes from community members, relatives, ourselves, or our quite ungrateful children.