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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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    What We're Watching: Only Murders in the Building “Persons of Interest” and “Framed”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 15:17

    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."

    Opting Out of Holidays

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 13:49

    On this Independence Day, we talk about declaring our independence from holiday rituals and traditions that don't work for our families. Like, you know, fireworks (loud! flashy! lots of waiting around! No thanks).

    Speed-Round Sunday: Would You Rather: New Entertainment or Old Favorites?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2022 6:43

    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.

    Second-Listen Saturday: On the Campaign Trail

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2022 10:46

    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.

    Roundabout Roundup: Shout Color Catchers and Stanley the Dog: The First Day of School

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 5:11

    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.

    Objects of Sentimentality

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 10:52

    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/].

    Delegation Dangers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 10:25

    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.

    What We're Watching: Girls5Eva “Returnity” and “Tour Mode”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 13:42

    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."

    Events Worthy of a Photo Shoot

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 14:00

    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.)

    Speed-Round Sunday: What Would Your Dream Mall Have?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 6:43

    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.)

    Second-Listen Saturday: Calling Out Our Husbands' Habits

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2022 11:30

    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.

    Roundabout Roundup: Glad You're Here, Death on the Nile, and House of Gucci

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 10:41

    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.

    Life Updated: Retirement Planning

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 18:23

    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?"

    Life Updated: The Work-Life Seesaw

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 20:34

    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.

    What We're Watching: Girls5Eva “Leave a Message If You Love Me” and “B.P.E.”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 10:19

    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."

    Life Updated: The World of Work

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 31:34

    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.

    Speed-Round Sunday: What Cast or Actor Would You Like to Hang Out With for a Day?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 4:16

    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.

    Second-Listen Saturday: 14 Ways to Ruin Your Kids' Lives

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2022 11:36

    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.

    Roundabout Roundup: ChomChom Pet Hair Remover, @UpsideDownandCute, and Downton Abbey: A New Era

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 9:04

    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/].

    Teacher Gift Questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 12:30

    After the crew on the Bobby Bones Show discussed the appropriateness of wine as a teacher gift [https://overcast.fm/+5VzIbx_Ys/4:12], we also obsessed about what we've given (and received).

    Self-Promotion Struggles

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 15:59

    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?

    What We're Watching: Girls5Eva “Who U Know” and “Can't Wait 2 Wait”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 15:12

    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."

    We'll Miss You, Missy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 12:51

    Nicole's dog, Missy, passed away recently. Since she's been a presence on the podcast over the years, today's episode is all about Missy and her exploits. It won't be the same without her.

    Speed-Round Sunday: Have You Ever Dug Something Out of the Garbage and Eaten It?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 6:28

    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?

    Second-Listen Saturday: Name That Mom Phrase

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2022 9:04

    ​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.

    Summer Sampler: If Airlines Had Family Class

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 14:07

    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.

    Summer Sampler: Packing Our Bags for Mom Camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 11:03

    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].

    Summer Sampler: 18 Summers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 11:02

    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.

    What We're Watching: Girls5Eva “Album Mode” and “Triumphant Return to the Studio”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 18:04

    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."

    Summer Sampler: High School Graduation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 15:25

    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).

    Speed-Round Sunday: Would You Take Three Years and Travel the World?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2022 4:53

    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.

    Second-Listen Saturday: Last-Minute Shopping Emergencies

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 11:21

    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.)

    Roundabout Roundup: Naked Lunch Podcast, Aventon E-Bikes, and Follow the Herd

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 7:29

    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/].

    The Art of Grudge-Holding

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 10:49

    Terri recently found out that someone's been holding a grudge against her for more than a decade, so we obsessed about grudges we've held and been the target of. Turns our our memories can be pretty long too.

    Baby Name Thievery

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 15:01

    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.

    What We're Watching: Bridgerton “The Viscount Who Loved Me” and The Afterparty “Maggie”

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 27:28

    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."

    Old Enough

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 13:39

    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].

    Speed-Round Sunday: How Dog-Friendly Is Your Neighborhood?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2022 5:39

    Terri's just trying to walk her dog around her nice suburban neighborhood. Why are people treating her like public enemy #1?

    Second-Listen Saturday: Unsound Sleep

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2022 10:27

    ​Today's obsession is sleep, and whether our kids are getting enough of it. Because when the kids aren't sleeping, neither are the mothers. It's quite the vicious cycle.

    Roundabout Roundup: Singo, @MenWiththePot, Reusable Bags

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 9:09

    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/].

    Parent Ditch Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 10:53

    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?

    Puzzling Purchases

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 11:19

    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.

    What We're Watching: Bridgerton “Harmony” and The Afterparty “Danner”

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 22:17

    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."

    Baby Formula Fears

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 11:33

    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].)

    Speed-Round Sunday: Would You Get Another Pet?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2022 6:04

    Nicole's getting some pressure to add a puppy to the family. Though we're pretty sure she's gonna cave, we talk about all the reasons why we should stand pat with the pets we have.​

    Second-Listen Saturday: Rethinking College

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2022 13:26

    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].)

    Roundabout Roundup: Taylor Farms Chopped Kits, Puffs Plus Lotion, and KIND Frozen Treat Bars

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 9:13

    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].

    Scooting to a Street Near You

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 15:02

    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/].

    Senior Skip Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 11:58

    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].

    What We're Watching: Bridgerton “The Choice” and The Afterparty “Zoe”

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 20:54

    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."

    Working Parent Shame

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 17:49

    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.

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