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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.

Terri Mauro, Catherine Holecko, and Nicole Eredics


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    Lovable Loser Week: When Products Try Too Hard to Be Helpful

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 13:12

    As the year draws to a close, we've been looking back on our 2021 episodes and found some that were just hanging out there sadly at the bottom of the download tally. So this week, we're going to highlight some of our favorite least-listened-to episodes of 2021.Today's episode comes from January. We discussed how not every product needs to come with an extra, like a chart to keep track of your face masks [https://www.parenting.com/child/gear/crayola-kids-face-masks/], or be called a "system." Slow your roll and just let us live, please. Mentioned: Queen Mathilde of Belgium and her coordinating masks [https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8527209/Queen-Mathilde-King-Philippe-Belgium-coordinate-masks-outfits.html].

    Lovable Loser Week: Empty Nest Careers

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 11:51

    As the year draws to a close, we've been looking back on our 2021 episodes and found some that were just hanging out there sadly at the bottom of the download tally. So this week, we're going to highlight some of our favorite least-listened-to episodes of 2021.Today's episode comes from January, when we speculated about how we should adapt our work life as our kids need less hands-on attention. Should we lean in to more responsibility, or check out? Mentioned: A behind-the-scenes look at the Bridgerton costumes ([https://fb.watch/2VRFRZoBRD/], and speaking of entertainment, Round 2 will be back next Tuesday with a discussion of the first two episodes of Ted Lasso, season 2.

    Lovable Loser Week: Family Performance Reviews

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 10:34

    As the year draws to a close, we've been looking back on our 2021 episodes and found some that were just hanging out there sadly at the bottom of the download tally. So this week, we're going to highlight some of our favorite least-listened-to episodes of 2021.​Today's episode comes from February, when we took a cue from writer Emma Beddington at the Guardian [https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/09/almost-a-year-working-from-home-time-for-my-family-performance-review] and provided performance reviews for our households, including family members and other important employees (like the dishwasher and the Internet service).

    Speed-Round Sunday: Kids and Inappropriate Winter Wear

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 6:09

    From Wisconsin and New Jersey, where kids wear shorts when it's freezing, to Southern California, where kids wear woolens when it's warm, we discuss kids not dressing for the actual weather and wonder whether we should care.

    Second-Listen Saturday: Careful with That College Reveal!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2021 11:02

    ​​​Apparently college reveal parties (and godmother proposals) are a thing? Today we're talking about the extra-ness of it all, and why you shouldn't be tempted to tempt fate like this.

    Roundabout Roundup: Walker Hayes ‘AA,' O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop, Rocket Fizz

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 6:12

    On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Terri's listening to Walker Hayes' new song, "AA," on repeat [https://youtu.be/hp6T14iP2C4]. Nicole cleaned up a big mess with her O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop [https://www.target.com/p/o-cedar-easywring-spin-mop-and-bucket-system/-/A-50335649#lnk=sametab]. And Catherine's shouting out Rocket Fizz [https://rocketfizz.com/], a candy store where you can buy mushroom-flavored candy canes, pickle cotton candy, and ranch-dressing soda (along with actually good candy and other treats).

    Family Splurges

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 12:34

    Inspired by this cute story [https://tasteofcountry.com/walker-hayes-fancy-like-promise-christmas-blowups/] about the singer Walker Hayes buying blow-up Christmas decorations for each of his six kids, we talked about what we'd splurge on for our families if we had the opportunity.

    Car Features We'd Like to See

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 14:23

    Nicole follows @mobile_mama [https://www.tiktok.com/@mobile_mama], a reviewer who evaluates cars based on their mom-friendliness, on TikTok. That inspired us to complain about our own cars, and suggest the features that would make us happier in our vehicles.

    What We're Watching: tick, tick … BOOM!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 18:03


    On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: Since we've professed interested in both musical theatre and anything Lin-Manuel Miranda does, we had to watch tick, tick ... BOOM! on Netflix. It's a movie adaption of Jonathan Larson's autobiographical show of the same name, and Andrew Garfield is captivating as Larson. Get out your Broadway bingo cards when you watch, because the cameos come fast and furious. Next week: Ted Lasso, season 2, episodes 1 ("Goodbye, Earl") and 2 ("Lavender").


    Podcasts for Our Kids

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 12:54

    Since our offspring grew up in the olden days before kids' podcasts were a thing (and neither were moms' podcasts), we talk about what shows they would have been into--or the messages we'd have wanted to deliver via podcast. Mentioned: The Wondery network's podcasts for kids [https://wondery.com/genre/kids-family/].

    Speed-Round Sunday: How Useful Would You Be in a Zombie Apocalypse?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 4:36

    A chat about our zombie survival skills gets sidetracked by our musing about how people in breakdown-of-civilization movies somehow always have access to contact-lens solution.

    Second-Listen Saturday: Skin-Care Struggles

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 9:21

    We got our skin care and beauty advice from Seventeen magazine, and our daughters get it from YouTube. Because they definitely don't want to hear it from us.

    Thanksgiving Rewind: 2017

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 7:44

    This Thanksgiving week, we're checking in on our discussions from past years to see how our objects of gratitude have changed, or not. Today, in honor of Black Friday, we look at what our purchasing plans were back in 2017.Thank you, as always, for listening, this week and every week. We'll be back with new episodes on Monday, November 29.

    Thanksgiving Rewind: 2018

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 7:13

    This Thanksgiving week, we're checking in on our discussions from past years to see how our objects of gratitude have changed, or not. Today, we flash back to 2018, with a chat on gratefulness and a look at favorite holiday movies. Because 'tis the season for those again. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Thanksgiving Rewind: 2019

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 10:53

    This Thanksgiving week, we're checking in on our discussions from past years to see how our objects of gratitude have changed, or not. Today, we travel back to the fall of 2019, when we had no idea what was about to hit us.

    What We're Watching: Ted Lasso and Only Murders in the Building Season 1 Finales

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 15:15

    On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, we wrapped up season 1 of both of the series we've been catching up on. Ted Lasso's "The Hope That Kills You" was every bit as bittersweet and heartwarming as the rest of the season, and we're looking forward to season 2.On Only Murders in the Building, "Open and Shut" finally brought a resolution to the mystery, along with two classic TV/movie tropes [http://quarterbacks.org/Roger_Ebert_Glossary_of_Movie_Terms/]: the law of economy of characters (ah, so that's whodunit) and the fallacy of the talking killer (ah, that's how they done it). For this one, we may not be back in for season 2.Next week: Before diving into season 2 of Ted Lasso, we'll take a detour to New York City of the late 1980s and watch Tick... Tick... BOOM, the autobiographical musical from Rent's Jonathan Larson, on Netflix [https://www.netflix.com/title/81149184].

    Thanksgiving Rewind: 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 10:45

    This Thanksgiving week, we're checking in on our discussions from past years to see how our objects of gratitude have changed, or not. Today, we're flashing back just one year, to the first Covid Thanksgiving.

    Speed-Round Sunday: Overrated Books, Movies, and TV

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 8:21

    Nicole's questioning of her husband's movie taste led us to a chat about works of entertainment we just can't get on the bandwagon with, from Harry Potter (gasp!) to This Is Us (no!).

    Second-Listen Saturday: Instant Adulthood

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 10:01

    Happy birthday to Nicole's daughter, who just turned 18! Who know that meant she was supposed to be a fully functioning, 100% independent adult overnight?

    Roundabout Roundup: Dexter: New Blood, Red (Taylor's Version), and Blair Braverman

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 9:14

    On this week's Roundabout Roundup, something to watch, to listen to, and to read: Nicole's excited for the return of Dexter in Dexter: New Blood on Showtime. Terri's listening to Red (Taylor's Version), Taylor Swift's latest, on repeat (and watching this short film). And Catherine's reading Blair Braverman, on Twitter and in her books Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube and Dogs on the Trail. Head to https://parentingroundabout.com for all the links.

    The High Price of Parenting

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 11:15

    Last week, we talked about parenting costs that are worth paying. Today, the flip side: Prices we paid very grudgingly or not at all. Mentioned: "People Are Sharing Things They Think Are Way Overpriced" at Buzzfeed [https://www.buzzfeed.com/mellohy/people-shared-12-things-they-think-are-way-too-ove-zzeztpw0b].

    Who Has the Time?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 13:11

    If you already have your home decorated for Christmas, complete with wrapped gifts under the tree, this episode may not be for you. Or maybe it is, so you can tell us how exactly you found time to do all that. Because if we found that time, we'd probably sleep through it. Mentioned: Nicole's former podcast, The Inclusive Class [http://www.theinclusiveclass.com/2019/05/the-inclusive-class-podcast.html].

    What We're Watching: Ted Lasso and Only Murders in the Building S1 E9

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 15:45

    On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, we're at the penultimate episode of season one for both series, so these episodes were all about putting the pieces in place. On Ted Lasso, that meant forgiveness and apologies and learning and growing (mentioned: the Extra Hot Great podcast's recent discussion of the show [https://www.extrahotgreat.com/380]). On Only Murders in the Building, it meant pointing us toward the final suspect, whom no one suspected up to this point.Next week: We're serving delicious Thanksgiving leftovers for all our other episodes, but Round 2 will be new because we want to watch the finales of both shows: "The Hope That Kills You" (Ted Lasso) and "Open and Shut."

    What's Your Mom Flex?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 11:51

    After Roxy (grrfeisty on Instagram) posted about her "mom flex" [https://www.instagram.com/p/CWFLMz2tN5z/], we got over our fear of parenting jinxes to talk about our own flexes. We're not taking credit for these accomplishments, of course, but we're happy they happened.

    Speed-Round Sunday: Are You a Covers-Stealer?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 5:06

    Covers flinging, pillow stealing, preferred bed size, dog bed hogs, and more bedtime issues have our attention today.

    Second-Listen Saturday: The No-Win Screen-Time Situation

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 10:45

    The latest study on screen time and its evils [https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190109114811.htm] left us sighing and justifying our lack of limits. Since we can't seem to cut back on our own use, it's hardly fair to make our kids go screen-free, is it? (Mentioned: teen calls police when dad takes away cell phone [https://bobbybones.iheart.com/content/2019-01-15-teenager-calls-police-on-her-father-after-he-took-away-her-cell-phone/].)

    Roundabout Roundup: Uncommon Caribbean, Facebook Groups, and Anti-Fatigue Floor Mat

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 6:07

    On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Catherine shouts out the travel site and shop Uncommon Caribbean [https://www.uncommoncaribbean.com/], for a beautiful look at that part of the world. Terri's enjoying Facebook groups [https://www.facebook.com/groups/] for making her feed more fun. And Nicole's feeling (a tiny bit) better about doing dishes with her new anti-fatigue comfort floor mat [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08KT4MH2R/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1].

    Parenting Money Well Spent

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 13:10

    We obsess about the parenting purchases, big and small, that were worth every penny. It's hard to put a price tag on cozy family time (or more freedom for Mom).

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    Holiday Happenings and Headaches

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 11:20

    When you have adult children, and they have significant others, holiday planning gets complicated. It was easier with little kids, who didn't have commitments--or opinions.

    What We're Watching: Ted Lasso and Only Murders in the Building, S1 E8

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 18:39

    On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, Ted Lasso gave us a rollicking episode starring the Diamond Dogs (the advice-giving posse of Coach Beard, Nate, and Higgins) and Ted hustling Rebecca's reptilian ex, Rupert. Next: "All Apologies."On Only Murders in the Building, the podcasters bring in their loyal fans to help them crack the case--except they get it all wrong, and the poisoner in the building strikes again. Next: "Double Time."

    Tattoo Talk

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 13:30

    Have you had your body engraved with a permanent piece of art? Would you ever? What about us, and our kids? We're talking about it all on this episode.

    Speed-Round Sunday: What Time of Day Do You Most Dread?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 5:09

    It's that time of day that goes by really slow. Or that time of day that goes by way too fast. And maybe, depending on who you're talking to, those are the same time of day.

    Second-Listen Saturday: The Old College Try

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 11:43

    What are parents obsessing about right now? At Nicole's house, it's everything about the going-to-college process, from applying to deciding to (of course) paying for it.

    Roundabout Roundup: Nostalgic Playlist, 45-Snack Care Package, and Invisibilia Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 7:54

    On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Terri suggests revisiting the hits of the '70s with her Apple Music playlist, "Sounds Like Old Times" [https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/sounds-like-old-times/pl.u-11GGyUo8A0r]. Nicole's shouting out a snack care package that she sent to her son, a busy medical student [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08BPJYFBV/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1]. And Catherine's listening to the Invisibilia podcast's friendship season [https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510307/invisibilia]. Mentioned: "Nun of Us Are Friends" [https://www.npr.org/2021/09/16/1037902699/nun-of-us-are-friends] and "A Friendly Ghost Story" [https://www.npr.org/2021/09/13/1036637594/a-friendly-ghost-story].

    How Far Would You Go to Help Your Kid?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 15:59

    Inspired by a recent episode of Only Murders in the Building, we're obsessing about how far might go to fix things for our kids. While we wouldn't send someone else to prison in their place, sometimes there's a fine line between advocacy and interference.

    Parent Saving Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 9:41

    As recompense for Daylight Saving Time, we have decided to declare Parent Saving Time that we can implement whenever we need to spring forward or fall back an hour. Our kids will never be late for school again!

    What We're Watching: Ted Lasso and Only Murders in the Building S1 E7

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 18:06

    On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2: Ted Lasso's "Make Rebecca Great Again" brought all the feels, as Ted faced his divorce papers, Nate faced his fears and gave an insulting pep talk, and Richmond faced a team it hadn't beaten in 60 years. Next: "The Diamond Dogs" (season 1, episode 8). On Only Murders in the Building, "The Boy From 6B," provided a ton of exposition with almost no dialogue. It was a clever, creative way to suggest two new suspects for Tim Kono's murder. Next: "Fan Fiction" (also season 1, episode 8).

    The Perils of Praise

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 11:46

    Parents always hear that positive reinforcement and praise are critical when raising kids, but we've encountered a few children who kinda hate being told how great they are.

    Speed-Round Sunday: What's in Your Freezer?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 5:10

    Depending on which one of us you're visiting, you might find barbecue sauce, bread, or waffles. But don't count on ice cubes.

    Second-Listen Saturday: Jury Deliberations

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 15:38

    Complaining about jury duty is a perennial topic, but we've managed to find a new, parenting-related twist on it. Would you make the same decision Terri's making? (And would you feel guilty if you did?)

    Roundabout Roundup: Meland Halloween Inflatables, Cecilia's Farms Dried Bartlett Pears, and Harvest Snaps

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 5:50

    On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Speaking of Halloween decorations (as we were yesterday), Nicole's recommending her cute, kid-friendly Halloween monster inflatable [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B094J4P7DG/]. Catherine and Terri are both shouting out tasty treats (though Nicole might consider them a trick for their fruit and vegetable content): Cecilia's Farms Dried Bartlett Pears [https://www.ceciliasfarm.com/product/barlett-pears-large-halves/] and parmesan and roasted garlic Harvest Snaps [https://harvestsnaps.com].

    Do You Decorate for Halloween?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 13:20

    Is it just us our neighborhoods, or are people getting way more into Halloween decor than they used to? From the cute to the gory, we're seeing inflatables, lights, and plastic props take over. Catherine and Nicole are joining in in their own way, while Terri's admiring from afar.

    Feelings About Fundraisers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 14:23

    If you're a parent, you've dealt with fundraisers, whether as an annoyance or an essential way to allow your child to participate in an activity (or, most likely, a little bit of both). While nothing can touch Girl Scout cookies as the thing we most want to shell out for, we've come across a few others that are worthwhile. As for everything else, can we just Venmo a donation?

    What We're Watching: Ted Lasso and Only Murders in the Building S1 E6

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 18:57

    On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, Ted Lasso continued with its bittersweet tugs on our hearts in "Two Aces." We got to meet the "Golden retriever puppy of a man," Dani Rojas, but also saw Ted lose a big battle when Jamie returned to a different football club. Next: S1E7, "Make Rebecca Great Again."On Only Murders in the Building, we learned some important new facts about the Tim Kono case, and also confirmed that Oliver will eat just about anything, as long as it's free. Next: S1E7, "The Boy From 6B."

    Parenting Jinxes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 10:54

    It's a very common piece of parenting advice: Positive reinforcement! Praise kids when they do something right! But we're afraid of jinxing ourselves when we do this. So we tend to back slowly away.

    Speed-Round Sunday: Do You Buy Used Items?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 6:43

    We've had some luck buying stuff from Goodwill and giving stuff away on Freecycle. Also mentioned: Craigslist, Oodle, Sell.com, Facebook Marketplace, NextDoor.com.

    Second-Listen Saturday: Should Parents Be Talking Out of School?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 10:39

    An incident at Catherine's daughter's high school got us talking about talking: As in, when parents gossip about what's going on at school without knowing what's actually going on. A bad idea? Yes. Kind of fun? Also yes.

    Roundabout Roundup: Authory, Guttylief Lumbar Support Pillow, and Culver's Pumpkin Concrete Mixer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 6:32

    On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Speaking of roundups, Terri has rounded up much of her online writing at Authory, a service for creating a digital portfolio [https://authory.com/TerriMauro?mode=visitor]. Nicole's working more comfortably with her new memory foam lumbar support pillow from Guttylief [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B098STRTM1/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1]. And Catherine's loving Culver's Salted Caramel Pumpkin Concrete Mixer, which is like a slice of pumpkin pie in a milkshake [https://www.culvers.com/menu-and-nutrition/fresh-frozen-custard/concrete-mixers/menu-item-details/salted-caramel-pumpkin-concrete-mixer-mini].

    Parenting Wish Lists

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 12:38

    Today, we obsess about what we'd put on a parenting wish list at this stage of the game. Our picks range from the mundane and practical to the truly fantastical.

    Dance Differences

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 14:52

    We thought we were going to complain about the challenges of raising boys vs. girls, especially when it comes to attending school events and dances. But we ended up complaining about the perils of social insecurity for kids--and parents--of any gender.

    What We're Watching: Ted Lasso and Only Murders in the Building S1 E5

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 19:34

    On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, "Tan Lines" is a bittersweet episode of Ted Lasso, with a big win and an even bigger loss for Ted. Next week: S1E6, "Two Aces."On Only Murders in the Building, the "Twist" of the episode title is dealt with fairly quickly, after a highly improbable car chase. But we're not here for the verisimilitude. Next week: S1E6, "To Protect and Serve." Mentioned: TV critic Brian Grubb tweeting about the show [https://twitter.com/briancgrubb/status/1448322932070141954] and the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast discussing it [https://podcasts.apple.com/am/podcast/only-murders-in-the-building/id278974813?i=1000534652726].

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