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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: Lazy Cake Cookies, Ref-N-Write, Where the Light Gets In

On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine's taking over her daughter's baking projects with Lazy Cake Cookies []. Nicole discovered a resource for academic writing called Ref-N-Write []. And Terri enjoyed Kimberly Williams-Paisley's memoir, Where the Light Gets In, on Audible [].


This Is Not a Drill

California's El Dorado fire (the gender-reveal one) is burning very close to Nicole's home, so she's worrying about what to take if she has to evacuate. Aside from the essentials, there are some practical items she just won't leave behind. Mentioned: Our discussion of quarantine "bug-out bags" [].


Our Reasons for Rule-Breaking

A post about rules for parents of college students [] put us on the defensive. We don't need your stinkin' rules! And anyway, they don't apply to us. We have our reasons. Mentioned: Our rant on the advice "do something that scares you" (no thanks) [].


What We’re Watching: DWTS Season Premiere and Veronica Mars “The Rapes of Graff”

On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, Dancing with the Stars is back! But Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews aren't. We're watching for some of our favorite pros and for stars like Justina Machado (of One Day at a Time, which we enjoyed), Skai Jackson, Johnny Weir, and (surprise) Nev Schulman and Nelly. After watching Veronica Mars season 2, episode 16, we hatch a plan to pack all the characters we like into a minivan and drive it far, far away from Neptune. Next: "Plan B" (maybe this...


Back-to-School Supplies for Moms

Recently we talked about what supports teens need as they head back to school []. But this is also a stressful time for moms, especially this year. So we talked about what we need as our kids return to class (and what we don't need, like more videos from the principal []). Mentioned: Poolside remote learning in Mexico...


Speed-Round Sunday: Things Our Mothers Did in the Kitchen That We Never Do

​We're still in awe of how they put dinner on the table night after night. But the cooking grease under the sink or the alfalfa sprouts among the glassware? Not so much.


Second-Listen Saturday: Sibling Jealousy

Forget "growing out of it." We think it might take a lifetime for kids to adjust to the fundamental unfairness of having a sibling. Mentioned: This article on little kids and jealousy [] and this image of inclusion [].


Roundabout Roundup: Room Rater, Zelle, and Yoga with Adriene

On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole suggests @roomrater on Twitter [] for laughs and even some practical advice on setting up your space for video calls. Terri shouts out Zelle for your money-sharing needs []. Catherine recommends Yoga with Adriene for hundreds of free yoga videos on every conceivable theme [].


When Mama Bear Comes Out of Hibernation

Our kids are older now and we encourage them to fight their own battles. But sometimes, mama bear has to step in and do some roaring and baring of claws (like Shirley MacLaine does for her sick daughter in "Terms of Endearment.")


Creepy Tech Tools

News about Amazon's new Halo health tracker [] got us complaining about giving up privacy in exchange for convenience. We don't necessarily want these gizmos for ourselves, but for other people in our lives? Maybe! Mentioned: NBA players' magic Covid-detecting rings [].


What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars “Versatile Toppings” and “The Quick and the Wed”

On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, two more episodes of Veronica Mars have us wondering why anyone lives in Neptune, really. The runaway bride from "The Quick and the Wed" had the right idea. Next week, we'll watch season 2, episode 16, "The Rapes of Graff" (another stellar title choice from these writers) and begrudgingly enter the ballroom for the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars​ without our dear Tom Bergeron.


Things We'd Just As Soon Stay Home For

The pandemic is terrible and we would very much like it to be over. But at least it's mitigated some awkward social situations, like home sales parties and forced waiting-room small talk. Let's keep some social events online forever. Mentioned: Our June episode on pandemic pivots we like, such as Zoom IEP meetings [].


Speed-Round Sunday: One Place You Never Want to Go Back To

Maybe it's the four-hour plane ride. Maybe it's the old unhappy memories. Maybe it's some recent memories that aren't so great. For whatever reason, there are some places we'd really just as soon leave behind.


Second-Listen Saturday: What Kids Are Watching

Terri wondered whether she's the only one whose children have abandoned shared TV watching in favor of random series on YouTube. (She's not.)


Roundabout Roundup: Phineas and Ferb the Movie, Grandma Gets Real, and You Can Thank Me Later

On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine's excited about the brand-new Phineas and Ferb the Movie []. Nicole's Instagram Minute returns with @grandmagetsreal and her Barbie-based creations []. Terri recommends Robin Harms's novella You Can Thank Me Later, which she enjoyed on Audible...


Back-to-School Emotions

Like so many parents right now, we're obsessed with meeting our kids' emotional needs as they return to school (as outlined in this New York Times article []). Strategies include redecorating and a kitten.


Don’t Make Us Watch Your Video

In the complaint department this week, we gripe about videos that could have been emails, videos that take way too long to get to the point, and the inability to speed through a video like you can a web page... or a podcast.


What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars “Rashard and Wallace Go to White Castle” and “Ain’t No Magic Mountain High Enough”

On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, we watched two episodes of Veronica Mars that were mostly up-the-middle procedurals (Where's the witness? Who took the money?) with just enough bus-crash and Logan-on-the-bridge plot to keep things moving. Next week: S2E14, "Versatile Toppings," and S2E15, "The Quick and the Wed."


College Drop-Off, Pandemic Style

Last week, Catherine's daughter joined the shrinking ranks of college freshmen actually moving onto campus in this very weird time. She even brought her own toilet paper, and lots of it.


Speed-Round Sunday: The Fidget Spinners of Our Day

Before there were computers and smartphones and fancy prefab fidget spinners, we kept ourselves distracted with ... taking apart pens. Peeling pencil paint. Unwinding paper clips. Doodling. So much doodling.