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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.




Speed Round: Inclusion in Action

Hey, did you hear that Nicole wrote a book? And it's finally here! We celebrate her book-release day with a little talk about Inclusion in Action: Practical Strategies to Modify Your Curriculum and why you should run out right now and buy it.


Speed Round: Do You Participate in Surveys?

Seems like hardly a day goes by without a survey of some sort accosting us via e-mail or phone. Do we share our opinions? Pass the opportunity by? Only respond if it's some fun BuzzFeed thing? It'll only take you five minutes to find out.


Speed Round: The Good News About Bad Behavior

On a special speed round, friend of the podcast Katherine Lewis shares some of what she learned while researching her new book, The Good News About Bad Behavior. Visit Katherine at


Round 2: One Day at a Time, Trophy Wife, and He's Just Not That Into You

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:51 One Day at a Time: In the season 2 episode "Exclusive," we get a look at the dating difficulties of today (and Rita Moreno in a mini-catfight). The other episode we watched, "What Happened," lets us glimpse some of the family's origin story. 05:58 Trophy Wife: Episodes 2 and 3 of this one-season sitcom explore what happens in a busy blended family after the dating's done. 13:10 Challenge Round: He's Just Not That Into You:...


Episode 214: Horror Show

00:31 Baby Driver: Catherine's daughter is now licensed to drive, despite a mishap during her road test. 04:20 Frightening Films: Inspired by the movie A Quiet Place, we pitch our scariest parenting-themed horror movie ideas, featuring crying babies, IEP meetings, and more. 15:08 Speed Round: Parent-Spotting: We talk about those dead giveaways that allow us to spot fellow moms and dads in the wild. 24:50 Roundabout Roundup: Baggallini bags, Terri's dog My Girl on Twitter, and "What Your...


Speed Round: Celebration Traditions

It's family birthday season for Catherine and Terri, and book launch season for Nicole, so it seems like a good time to review our celebration traditions, from ceremonial plates to congratulation cheesecakes to paying too much for dinner.


Speed Round: Creating Passwords vs. Cleaning Toilets?

A tweet about a survey saying Americans would rather clean a toilet than create a new password they'd then have to remember got us thinking ... really? Really? I mean, it's not like we're wild about either, but that doesn't seem like a reasonable comparison.


Speed Round: Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month, so we took a little look at the stress situation in our personal homes. And we don't even mention the stress of putting out a daily podcast.


Round 2: One Day at a Time, The West Wing, and But Enough About Me

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:37 One Day at a Time: In season 2's "Lockdown," we feel for Penelope when her Alone/Boyfriend Time is cruelly interrupted by a neighborhood lockdown (and a shoe-horned gun-control discussion). Mentioned: One of Alan Sepinwall's columns on the show. 6:41 The West Wing: "Angel Maintenance" and its accompanying West Wing Weekly podcast episode gave us lots of behind-the-scenes on both the real and fictional Air Force One. Plus, an...


Episode 213: What's Your Excuse?

00:32 Birthday Week: It's official. All our kids are now Facebook-legal (13 and up). 8:16 Self-Care Stagnation: With all these grown-up, independent kids, we should be doing great at exercising, scheduling medical appointments, and other important tasks. Just guess how that's going! 23:35 Speed Round: Paw Patrol: Jeff Goldblum and Bill Murray suggest you bring your pooch along when you see their movie, Isle of Dogs. For the sake of everyone's sanity, we're going to pass. (Mentioned: Selma...


Speed Round: Gas or Electric

The gas line work being done in Terri's neighborhood, as mentioned in yesterday's Speed Round, is good for a second topic as we discuss gas vs. electric, if that's even a thing.


Speed Round: Do You Chat with Workers in Your House?

Gas line work in Terri's neighborhood and the need for a young fellow to come in the house and turn stuff off and on led her to wonder: Is it good manners to chat in a friendly way with workfolk in your home, or should you just shut up and leave them to do their thing? So of course, she checked in with Catherine and Nicole for a consensus.


Speed Round: Top Sheet or No Top Sheet?

Like folks didn't already have enough to disagree about these days, top sheets have become a hot topic on the Internet. (Or they were when we recorded this. Given the lifespan of Internet hot topics, people have probably moved on to some other ridiculous triviality by now.) We give our opinion on this vital issue, and though we do not agree, we remain civil. It can be done, people.


Round 2: One Day at a Time, The West Wing, Trophy Wife, and Go On

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:30 One Day at a Time: We continue season 2 with "To Zir with Love" and "Roots," which had a nice balance of Big Issues and Rita Moreno Zingers. 7:25 The West Wing: The season 4 episode "Privateers" also gave us one day at a time, with all sorts of problems for our heroes to take on in 18 hours. The West Wing Weekly podcast was full of good guests, including Ethel Beavers! 17:34 Challenge Round: Trophy Wife and Go On: Terri...


Episode 212: Family Values

00:32 SAT Triumph: Nicole and her daughter got a happy middle-of-the-night surprise. 7:10 Valuable Advice: First, we have to figure out what values we value most; and then we have to try to teach them to our kids. 19:32 Speed Round: Not-So-Fond Memories: There are some parts of our parenting pasts that we are happy to leave in the past. 30:16 Roundabout Roundup: Proposed inclusive emojis, "Stop Asking About My Kid's College Plans," "Who or What Is Hamilton? An ignorant Brit's guide to the...


Speed Round: Amusement Park or Beach?

This or that: sand and a sunburn or roller coasters and expensive fun? We're not all that enthusiastic about either one, TBH.


Speed Round: What's the Worst Diet You've Been On?

It's a delicate subject, but we do all have some bad diet story or other, from grapefruits to cabbage to partial vegan. There's one we give thumbs-up to, too.


Speed Round: What World Monument Would You Visit?

We're dreaming again on today's Speed Round, this time about an all-expenses-paid trip to whatever world monument we'd like to see. Special guest appearance by Nicole's dog Missy, who probably just wants to visit the backyard.


Round 2: One Day at a Time and Two Biopics

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:31 One Day at a Time: Season 2 kicks off with some serious conversations about race, immigration, and the stress of juggling everything. Since we recorded, we have learned that the show has been renewed for season 3. Way to go, team! 7:27 I, Tonya: Catherine watched the Oscar-nominated film about Tonya Harding, starring Margot Robbie and our pal Allison Janney. It's a must-watch for even casual skating fans (just be ready for...


Episode 211: Anger Management

00:36 Woot Canal: Like C.J. Cregg before her, Nicole had a "woot canaw." And it turns out we all have dental time bombs ticking away in our mouths. 05:27 Seeing Red: We discuss the anger styles of our kids, our spouses, and ourselves, and how they all mix together into a nice toxic soup. 19:08 Speed Round: Being Put on the Spot: Hey, other parents, please don't make us do your dirty work for you, okay? (It makes us mad.) 29:01 Roundabout Roundup: Blessings upon Ashley from Aramark Payment...


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