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A weekly look at the things parents are talking about, complaining about, and obsessing about right now.

A weekly look at the things parents are talking about, complaining about, and obsessing about right now.
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A weekly look at the things parents are talking about, complaining about, and obsessing about right now.

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College Parent Facebook Groups

9/16/2019
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A New York Times article on Facebook groups for parents of college students (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/10/style/facebook-groups-college-parents.html) got us chatting about whether these groups are a good idea for kids, parents, and us specifically (Nicole says Nope!​ but Catherine's keeping an open mind.)

Duration:00:16:12

Roundabout Roundup: Taylor Swift, Infinite Campus, and Royals on Instagram

9/13/2019
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On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Terri's loving Taylor Swift's latest album (music collection? bunch o' songs?), Lover (https://amzn.to/2ZIwj9C). Catherine approves of the redesign of the Infinite Campus parent portal (https://www.infinitecampus.com/). And Nicole enjoys following the British royals on Instagram at KensingtonRoyal (William and Kate; https://www.instagram.com/kensingtonroyal) and SussexRoyal (Harry and Meghan; https://www.instagram.com/sussexroyal/).

Duration:00:09:28

How to Mortify Your Children

9/12/2019
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Terri has found the ultimate stool—er, tool—for thoroughly embarrassing her children. And she's sharing it with all of us!

Duration:00:13:15

The No-Fun Financial Surprise

9/11/2019
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Nicole is reeling from a string of unexpected, untimely bills, giving us a reason to complain about unnecessary emergency-room visits, overly thorough car mechanics, and other surprise hits to our budgets.

Duration:00:12:54

What We're Watching: SYTYCD Top 4 and West Wing "Undecideds"

9/10/2019
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On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, there was so much dancing on So You Think You Can Dance. Yep, we think these kids can dance! The top 4 proved it by doing about a dozen routines each (or so it seemed). On The West Wing, we jumped ahead of the West Wing Weekly podcast to discuss the episode "Undecideds," which we decided we liked a lot more than the previous debate episode. Next week, there will be so much dancing that there will be no room for a West Wing. We'll watch the...

Duration:00:28:03

Watching Our Kids' Weight and Our Own

9/9/2019
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We follow up last week's food fight chat (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18971910) with more on WW (https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/; formerly known as WeightWatchers): How it works (or doesn't) for us, how it could be improved, and how in the world they thought "WW for kids" (https://www.healthline.com/health-news/weight-watchers-has-an-app-for-kids-some-parents-are-upset) was a good idea.

Duration:00:17:07

Roundabout Roundup: Ikea Bags, The Chef's Line, and Spreaker

9/6/2019
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On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Nicole shouts out the Ikea bags beloved at college move-in time (https://amzn.to/2NI8Nal). Catherine's enjoying The Chef's Line on Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/title/81103517), and Terri tells us more about our new podcast home on Spreaker (https://www.spreaker.com/explore). For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.

Duration:00:08:04

Making Our Kids' Lives Easier

9/5/2019
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We try to set our kids up for success, one storage bin and phone alarm at a time. But they don't always appreciate (or, let's face it: notice) our efforts. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.

Duration:00:12:39

Family Food Fights

9/4/2019
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We complain about how hard it is for people with different priorities, preferences, and metabolisms to share a kitchen. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.

Duration:00:13:30

What We're Watching and Reading: SYTYCD Top 6 and "Evvie Drake Starts Over"

9/3/2019
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On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: There was much dancing as the SYTYCD Top 6 showed off their stuff alongside several all-stars, including one of our faves, Gaby. We also read Linda Holmes's debut novel, "Evvie Drake Starts Over" (https://amzn.to/2Hnkyii), and found it just as charming as we'd hoped it would be. Next week, it's the SYTYCD Top 4 and West Wing's "Undecideds." For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.

Duration:00:25:20

The College Drop-Off

9/2/2019
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Nicole has done it: She's dropped off her baby at college! She fills us in on the logistical and emotional details. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.

Duration:00:14:12

Roundabout Roundup: StubHub, FedEx Office, and Sarcastic Mommy

8/30/2019
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On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Catherine had a good experience selling through StubHub (https://www.stubhub.com/sell/hub/). Terri got a warm welcome and some free electricity at a FedEx Office store (https://www.fedex.com/en-us/office.html). And Nicole's laughing with Sarcastic Mommy on Twitter (https://twitter.com/sarcasticmommy4). For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.

Duration:00:11:28

Kids' Big Decisions

8/29/2019
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It's easy to obsess when our kids make big choices, like what college major to declare or what career to pursue. The hardest part might be deciding when to let it become their obsession instead of ours. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.

Duration:00:14:52

High School Starts and Schedules

8/28/2019
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On today's Round 3, we complain about high school schedules. Should teens really have to wake up so early? And what about block scheduling, where they're in one classroom for 90 minutes straight? Mentioned: The Start School Later campaign (https://www.startschoollater.net/). For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.

Duration:00:14:11

What We're Watching: SYTYCD Top 8 Perform and West Wing "The Al Smith Dinner"

8/27/2019
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On SYTYCD, the top 8 performed, and performed, and performed: Five dances each, in solos, duos, and groups. We're tired just watching. Mentioned: To the Pointe with Kristyn Burtt (https://www.podcastone.com/To-The-Pointe-with-Kristyn-Burtt) and The Dance Room (https://www.podcastone.com/the-dance-room), both podcasts where you can hear from the eliminated contestants each week. On our West Wing Watch, "The Al Smith Dinner" was a refreshing return to a rock-solid, political-procedural episode...

Duration:00:22:25

Weddings Past, Present, and Future

8/26/2019
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On today's Round 1, we compare and contrast our own weddings with those of the Kids Today, with their barn venues and their candy buffets and their gender-switched wedding parties. Mentioned: This McSweeney's Monologue (https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/im-a-barn-and-i-dont-want-to-host-your-wedding) from a barn that would prefer not to host your Pinterest wedding, thanks anyway. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.

Duration:00:18:27

Roundabout Roundup: Rome Cavalieri Hotel, Money Heist, and a Productive Playlist

8/23/2019
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On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Nicole shouts out the Rome Cavalieri Hotel (https://romecavalieri.com/), where she spent her anniversary. Catherine's hooked on Money Heist on Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/title/80192098), and Terri shares a guitar instrumental playlist by Austin VanDeSteeg (https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/guitar-instrumentals/pl.u-MDAWvJjFWLjbR8P); it's perfect music to work to. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.

Duration:00:08:21

Mistakes That Are Definitely Not Our Fault

8/22/2019
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When you're juggling as many balls as we are, sometimes one or two get dropped. We obsess about these mistakes, and particularly the shame of admitting to them right when we've worked up a good rant about how they're someone else's fault. Mentioned: Low-Effort Ways to Annoy Your Teen (https://www.instagram.com/p/B1Bpr_XAUTC/) from Annie Get Your Gum. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.

Duration:00:11:36

The Costs of Raising Kids

8/21/2019
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A report on how much our little darlings cost us (https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/090415/cost-raising-child-america.asp) got us complaining about all the expenses we've covered over the years, from the predictable to the (unpleasantly) surprising. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.

Duration:00:15:48

What We're Watching: SYTYCD Top 10 Perform and West Wing "Here Today"

8/20/2019
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On SYTYCD, just when we'd kind of gotten over the heartbreak of eager young dancers not being chosen for the show, now we get the heartbreak of eliminations. So long, Eddie and Stephanie (but see you on tour). Speaking of heartbreak, West Wing crushed us with "Here Today." This episode is hard to watch, and not just because it's poorly lit and shot from weird angles the entire time. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at http://parentingroundabout.com.

Duration:00:29:20