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Join parenting writers Terri Mauro, Catherine Holecko, and Nicole Eredics for a daily look at the things parents are talking about, complaining about, and obsessing about right now.

Join parenting writers Terri Mauro, Catherine Holecko, and Nicole Eredics for a daily look at the things parents are talking about, complaining about, and obsessing about right now.


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Join parenting writers Terri Mauro, Catherine Holecko, and Nicole Eredics for a daily look at the things parents are talking about, complaining about, and obsessing about right now.




Roundabout Roundup: Bedsure Throw Blanket, Shop Forward Mom Collection, and Marc Anthony Strictly Curls

On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole has found the softest, fuzziest warm blanket []. Terri's doing some post-Mother's Day shopping for herself at The Shop Forward [], and Catherine's experimenting with newfound curly hair using Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Curl Defining Lotion [].


The Perfect Personalized Subscription Box

You can get a themed collection of just about anything delivered to you on a regular basis these days. But so far we haven't found boxes especially for old people, hungry expat Canadians, or podcasters. Get on that, marketers. Mentioned: Sips By teas [] and Cost Plus World Market [].


A New Benefit Plan for Moms

Terri's son's employer offers some useful benefits to part-timers. As this mom gig we have means way more than full-time hours, we'd like to see some better benefits in our contracts too.


What We're Watching: ZEP "Zoey's Extraordinary Session" and the Veronica Mars Movie

On Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, we got the back story on Zoey and Mo, Zoey and Max, Zoey and SprqPoint, and even David and Emily. And most delightfully, we got Peter Gallagher, since the episode was mostly flashback. Next: "Zoey's Extraordinary Goodbye." From San Francisco, we headed south to Neptune for the fan-funded 2014 movie Veronica Mars. While it was fun to see the gang get back together, we didn't appreciate where it left Weevil, or the fact that beloved dad Keith had little to...


The Nice Things Kids Do

Last week, we bragged about all the nice things we do for our kids []. Today, we check in to see if they ever return the favor (even when it's not Mother's Day).


Speed-Round Sunday: Do You Have Houseplants?

Catherine and Terri both have black thumbs, but Nicole ... ah, Nicole used to be a houseplant person. Listen to her sad, sad plant story. (Mentioned: her "Coming to America" miniseries,


Second-Listen Saturday: Carpenters and Gardeners

Our discussion of this article on parenting styles [] devolved into a plan for Terri and Nicole to build a trellis and Catherine to buy it.


Roundabout Roundup: Prancer the Chihuahua, Sanpellegrino Aranciata Rossa, and Kami Cotler on Facebook

On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine urges you to read about Prancer the chihuahua [], the "chucky doll in a dog's body" who was recently adopted (and now has an Instagram account [] too). NIcole's savoring a sweet treat: Sanpellegrino Aranciata Rossa...


Happy Mother’s Day, Mom

Our moms have taken their lumps on this podcast a time or two, so today we share some of the things we appreciate about them and what they've done for us. It's our Mother's Day gift. Mentioned: StoryWorth on Roundabout Roundup [].


Just Trying to Help

Catherine complains about trying, and failing, to help her kid with schoolwork. Terri and Nicole offer a ton of helpful suggestions--most of which have already, well, been tried and failed. But they might help someone else! Mentioned: Our discussion on motivating kids to learn from last fall [].


What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Double Date” and Veronica Mars Season 3 Finale

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist returned after a short vacation and proceeded to meddle in and muddle up everyone's love life, including her own. Can't a heroine be happy once in awhile? Next: "Zoey's Extraordinary Session." On Veronica Mars, at long last, we came to the finale of season 3, "The Bitch Is Back." While not one but two plot points were recycled (sex tapes! Secret societies), we did enjoy seeing Veronica up to her old tricks, smoking out bad guys and exacting revenge. Next: we'll...


The Nice Things We Do

We list some of the favors and gestures we offer our kids just to be nice. Of course, "nice" is sometimes in the eye of the beholder.


Speed-Round Sunday: What TV Show Should Be Revived?

We long for the return of The Brady Bunch, thirtysomething, and Trading Spaces. (And also kind of butcher the Brady Bunch theme song.)


Second-Listen Saturday: Privacy Policies

With six teens and young adults among us, there is a lot of disappearing into bedrooms. The challenge: Striking a balance between privacy and family time.


Roundabout Roundup: Instagram Babies, Apple Watch, and Cards for a Cause

On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: If your Instagram feed is baby-deficient, Terri has the solution: Follow Dancing with the Stars pros Lindsay Arnold [] and Witney Carson []. Nicole is enjoying her new Apple Watch [] (even if it does nag her to exercise). Catherine's Cards with a Cause collection [], purchased via a fundraiser, has come in very handy.


Parent-Child Learning

After reading this New York Times article [] about parents and kids taking classes and learning new skills together, we obsessed about what we might try to master alongside our offspring. Nicole is hoping someone offers a course on concert-going.


Give Us Credit for Worrying

A New York Times article [] about the cognitive labor that moms do (like anticipating problems and worrying about them until they're done) had us nodding vigorously in agreement. Mentioned: Research on the topic by Allison Daminger [].


What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars Season 3 Episodes 18 and 19

On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist was off, so we took on two episodes of Veronica Mars, season 3: "I Know What You'll Do This Summer" and "Weevils Wobble But They Don't Go Down." Veronica solves two cases-of-the-week and we also hit the plot point Terri's been dreading: A sex tape starring Veronica and ... Piz?! Next week: We close out season 3 with "The Bitch Is Back," and the accompanying episodes of the Veronica Mars Investigations podcast (for...


Grandparenting Roundabout

Jumping off an article on Grown and Flown, we talk about how we were grandparented, how our kids were, and how our kids' kids will be when it's our turn. You'll hear about it on our spin-off podcast!


Speed-Round Sunday: Your Next Home-Renovation Project

On Speed-Round Sunday, we share a mini episode from our past for your weekend listening pleasure. This week: With Terri's bathroom finally finished (yay!), she's thinking of which disaster in her home will move to the front of the line. Catherine and Nicole don't have to think very hard to imagine their next project either. The joys of home ownership.