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.
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].
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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").
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/].
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.
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!
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].
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.
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].
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].
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."
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.
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/].)
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].
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."
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].
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.
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).
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].
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.
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?
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."
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.
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].
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].