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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.

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Speed-Round Sunday: Annoying Tasks We're Putting Off

April 11th, 2021


We give a shout-out to all that need-to-do stuff waiting on us, and then stuff it back in our purses and inboxes for a little while longer.

Second-Listen Saturday: When Best Friends Are Banned

April 10th, 2021


We react, with predictable skepticism, to a preschool that won't let kids use the term "best friend." Plus, how social media is actually good for …

The Olden Days

April 8th, 2021


This Buzzfeed article reminisced about things "kids today will never know" from the point of view of millennials []. We see your "DVD menu on …

Entitlement Opinions

April 7th, 2021


When the Huffington Post told us there were four things to do to avoid raising entitled kids [

What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Birthday” and Veronica Mars “Papa’s Cabin”

April 6th, 2021


On Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist this week, Zoey turned 30 and chose among the three attractive men fighting for her affections. Now will she stick …

Pandemic-Year Accomplishments

April 5th, 2021


It feels like everything has been on hold for over a year, but we found we have made some forward progress in categories such as TV Watched, Hours …

Speed-Round Sunday: What Reality Show Would You Go On?

April 4th, 2021


Since we're past the stage of life for shows like The Bachelor and Big Brother, we broadened our choice to Food Network and HGTV shows, and allowed ourselves to imagine we're foreign travelers and stars.

Second-Listen Saturday: Stage Mothers

April 3rd, 2021


We reflect on our many years of kid-performance experiences, from marching band to dance to water polo.

Roundabout Roundup: Glandex Soft Chews, EconTalk Podcast, and Redbubble

April 2nd, 2021


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole's dog, and her carpets, are benefiting from Glandex Anal Gland Soft Chew Treats [

Adjusting to Post-Pandemic Life

April 1st, 2021


While we're not there yet, eventually there will be a post-Covid reality. But how do you help kids get back to normal when there is no normal …

Your Kids, Your Choices

March 31st, 2021


A blog post titled "5 of Our Parenting Choices People Have an Opinion About" got us ranting about why everyone insists on caring about how other …

What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Memory” and Veronica Mars “Mars, Bars”

March 30th, 2021


Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist is back, and so is its general focus on White People Problems. But we're still rooting for Zoey and the gang (especially for the new love interests for Max and Mo). Next: "Zoey's …

Parenting Myth-Busting

March 29th, 2021


When we read "Doctors debunk 16 myths about raising kids" [], we had to jump in and debunk some of the debunking. …

Speed-Round Sunday: Our Dietary Restrictions

March 28th, 2021


Terri's trip to the Gluten Free and Allergy Friendly Expo (now called the Nourished Festival []) got us thinking about all the different allergy-accommodating foods available today …

Second-Listen Saturday: Feeling Powerless

March 27th, 2021


How does your family manage during power outages? Do you happily play board games by candlelight, or sit in corners clinging to your dead iPhones?

Roundabout Roundup: Majestic Pure Hair Mask, Eufy RoboVac, and Celestial Seasonings Fruit Tea Sampler

March 26th, 2021


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine's beautifying her hair with Majestic Pure's avocado and coconut hair mask []. …

Would You Do a Digital Detox?

March 25th, 2021


We obsess about's offer of cash in exchange for a digital detox (; no phones, TVs, computers, video games, smart devices). We …

Instagram for Kids: Dislike

March 24th, 2021


On this week's Round 3, we complain about the possibility of Instagram for Kids. This seems like a good idea for absolutely no one (except marketers …

What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars “Postgame Mortem”

March 23rd, 2021


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, Veronica Mars season 3 adds another murder into the mix. But what we really care about is the buddy comedy "Logan and Heather." We also listened to the Veronica Mars …

A Messy Mom Is a Good Mom

March 22nd, 2021


An article listing "14 Signs You're a Good Mom" [] got us talking about all those dead giveaways that a child lives in your house: toys in the bathtub, random detritus in …

Speed-Round Sunday: Road Trip Snacks

March 21st, 2021


​Snacks for the road! Two of us advocate for every kind of junk food, diets be darned, while one will allow for apples. We're leaving her at the side of the road.​

Roundabout Roundup: Clubhouse, Glutino Yogurt-Covered Pretzels, and Call the Midwife

March 19th, 2021


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Ever the early adopter, Terri has joined Clubhouse [] and is enjoying the …

Perils of Punctuality

March 18th, 2021


We respond to a tweet that asked, "Would you rather always be 10 minutes late or 20 minutes early?" by lamenting the awkwardness of being early, even …

Say Yes to Saying No

March 17th, 2021


Why is it that moms are always in charge of saying no, except to adding more work to our plates? We complain about the challenges of knowing when (and when not) to say no. Mentioned: The new Netflix movie Yes Day [

What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars, Season 3, Episodes 11 and 12

March 16th, 2021


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, the Logan-Veronica roller coaster is in full effect. Having gotten back together at the end of episode …

Advice for 18-Year-Olds

March 15th, 2021


An article titled "18 Things I Wish I Knew When I Turned 18" [] prompted us to wonder if …

Speed-Round Sunday: Seasonal Foods Out of Season

March 14th, 2021


Is it weird to eat hamburgers on a random Wednesday instead of at a cookout? Do you ever put a turkey with the trimmings on the table outside of Thanksgiving? We chat about the way certain foods get attached to certain …

Second-Listen Saturday: Horror Show

March 13th, 2021


Inspired by the movie A Quiet Place [], we pitch our scariest parenting-themed horror movie ideas, featuring crying babies, IEP meetings, and more.

Roundabout Roundup: Cat Window Perch, Hedgehog Dryer Balls, and Crossword Fiend

March 12th, 2021


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Nicole's cat is sitting pretty in a window perch hammock (

Bullying By Proxy

March 11th, 2021


Is warning your kids that someone might be mean to them in response to their actions just as bad as being mean to them yourself? We struggle with when to step in and when to zip our lips.

The Neverending Story of Household Tasks

March 10th, 2021


A Facebook post from Rookie Moms [] prompted us to muse about eliminating one thing we do each day in our homes so that we'd never have to do it again. Mentioned: …

What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars “Show Me the Monkey”

March 9th, 2021


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, Veronica Mars season 3, episode 10, was a nice, soothing, case-of-the-week plot. There was little else going on--except that the overall story arc is now "Who killed the …

Pandemic Life After One Year

March 8th, 2021


After nearly a year of coexisting with Covid, we take a look at what's changed (for better and worse) and what hasn't. We're still podcasting, for one thing!

Speed-Round Sunday: Technology Disappointments

March 7th, 2021


Why do Facebook Messenger, Fitbit, and autocorrect hate us so? What did we ever do to them?​

Second-Listen Saturday: Self-Care Stagnation

March 6th, 2021


With all these grown-up, independent kids, we should be doing great at exercising, scheduling medical appointments, and other important tasks. Just …

Roundabout Roundup: Name Your Device, BZees Sneakers, and Ink Master

March 5th, 2021


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Terri suggests livening up your lockdown life by giving your electronic devices names. Nicole's feet are happy in …

Good Parenting Decisions

March 4th, 2021


After reading an article called "The 5 Best Parenting Decisions I've Made so Far" [], we …

Easy Ways to Ruin a Kid’s Day

March 3rd, 2021


Having kids means your every move has potential to embarrass, annoy, or aggravate most of the members of your family.

What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars “Lord of the Pi’s” and “Spit and Eggs”

March 2nd, 2021


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, two episodes of Veronica Mars. We're not sure we'd call this season entertaining, exactly, but episode 9, "Spit and Eggs," had about three episodes' worth of plot. Some …

Trying On Job Titles

March 1st, 2021


"Homemaker" seems to be the IRS-official job title for what parents do, but we find it entirely inaccurate and insufficient. Can we get credit for some of the many jobs parenting entails, like tutor, therapist, and …

Speed-Round Sunday: Your Go-To Potluck Dish

February 28th, 2021


On Speed-Round Sunday, we share a mini episode from our past for your weekend listening pleasure. This one comes from a time when potlucks (and gatherings of any kind) were a thing.

Finding something that everyone will …

Second-Listen Saturday: Family Values

February 27th, 2021


​First, we have to figure out what values we value most; and then we have to try to teach them to our kids.

Roundabout Roundup: Uniqlo HeatTech, Hello BC, and Taylor Swift Rereleases

February 26th, 2021


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Catherine recommends Uniqlo's HeatTech layers if you're always cold []. …

Post-Pandemic Plans

February 25th, 2021


In a careful, knock-on-wood way, we are starting to think about post-pandemic plans, from big things (traveling and having kids back in a traditional …

One-Star Reviews of Parenting Experiences

February 24th, 2021


Inspired by a New Yorker article [], we give poor reviews to several parenting experiences we do not care to repeat, from dance …

What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars “Of Vice and Men”

February 23rd, 2021


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist is still on hiatus, so we watched season 3, episode 7 of Veronica Mars. This one finds Veronica in extreme peril not once but twice, but first …

Signs You’re the Parent of Teens or Young Adults

February 22nd, 2021


... who is also trying to work from home. During a global pandemic. We share the behind-the-scenes videos we'd film to tell you we're parenting teens …

Speed-Round Sunday: Would You Rather, Dessert Edition

February 21st, 2021


We do some quick takes on pies vs. cakes. Also cookies vs. brownies, hard ice cream vs. soft, and fruit vs. chocolate.

Second-Listen Saturday: Anger Management

February 20th, 2021


We discuss the anger styles of our kids, our spouses, and ourselves, and how they all mix together into a nice toxic soup.

Roundabout Roundup: Tiger Balm, Grounds and Hounds Coffee, and Rose Apothecary Shirt

February 19th, 2021


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Nicole is healing aches and pains with Tiger Balm [], while Terri is helping shelter …

Turning Into Our Mothers

February 18th, 2021


After reading an article reporting on scientific research about how alike mothers and daughters are [], we confess how much--or how little--we resemble our moms.

Do You Need a Primal Scream?

February 17th, 2021


The New York Times set up a primal scream hotline for moms []. Or you can visit to type away your frustrations. …

What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Reckoning” and Veronica Mars “Hi, Infidelity”

February 16th, 2021


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist takes on racism in the workplace in a thoughtful, well-done episode. …

Speed-Round Sunday: What Part of Town Do You Live In?

February 14th, 2021


Do you live uptown? Downtown? On the wrong side of the tracks? In the suburbs? We put ourselves on the map.

Second-Listen Saturday: The Sting of Rejection

February 13th, 2021


Surprise: We've found that helping our kids through painful setbacks is, well, painful.

Roundabout Roundup: Listen to Sassy, SmartLess, and Opera Browser

February 12th, 2021


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Catherine recommends the new podcast Listen to Sassy [], while Nicole is enjoying an …

Other People's Problems

February 11th, 2021


When our own problems seem overwhelming, it's very tempting to want to swap them for someone else's. But our advice in this situation is to be …

Adapting to Post-Pandemic Life

February 10th, 2021


With a return to normalcy on the horizon (right? maybe?), we wonder about some of the skills and habits that have atrophied over these many months of lockdown. Are they gone forever?

What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Trip” and Veronica Mars “President Evil”

February 9th, 2021


On Zoey, it turns out that Zoey's extraordinary trip does not mean that Zoey took Terri's advice to go on vacation. Nope, she goes on a drug trip with her neighbor Aidan and her CEO, Danny Michael Davis. This was not …

Like Parent, Like Child (Or Not)

February 8th, 2021


What happens when parents and kids experience a culture clash? Is it tougher to provide support when your child is very different from you, or is …

Speed-Round Sunday: Name a Significant Number in Your Life

February 7th, 2021


We scour the addresses, phone numbers, and birthdates of our lives to discover digits that seem to be following us around.

Second-Listen Saturday: Documenting Kids' Lives

February 6th, 2021


"Take a picture, it'll last longer." But will you be able to find it when you want to see it?

Roundabout Roundup: Zoom-In Feature on Mac, Kodiak Cakes Muffin Mixes, and Lupin

February 5th, 2021


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri wants you to know that you can save your eyes with a zoom-in feature on Mac [

Our Mostly Screen-Free Childhoods

February 4th, 2021


After a sanctimonious New York Times article on kids' screen time during the pandemic [], Indi Savarajiva countered with "Screen Time Cannot Be Worse …

Best and Worst Times of the Day

February 3rd, 2021


In a follow-up to our episode on whether we're morning people (spoiler: Nope), we discuss the best, and worst, times of day we experience as parents.

What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Employee” and Veronica Mars “Charlie Don’t Surf”

February 2nd, 2021


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, Zoey's "extraordinary" employee turns out to be unextraordinarily fired. And because two love interests for Zoey were not enough, we now have a third on the scene. Next: …

Ancestry Testing Surprises

February 1st, 2021


Nicole's results from AncestryDNA were a little unexpected, and gave her some new bragging rights in her family. Catherine's, from another purveyor, …

Speed-Round Sunday: Does Your Husband Wear Things Until They Completely Fall Apart?

January 31st, 2021


It's not just us, right? Wearing shirts so worn through that it looks like they've been in a knife fight is some kind of guy thing?

Second-Listen Saturday: This Is a Drill

January 30th, 2021


On Second-Listen Saturday, we share moments from past episodes for your weekend listening pleasure. This one harks back to a time when children went …

Roundabout Roundup: All in Motion Cargo Pants, Soul, and the I’m Fine Pullover

January 29th, 2021


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Following up on yesterday's episode on pandemic clothing, Nicole recommends a pair of comfy pants from Target [

When Products Try Too Hard to Be Helpful

January 27th, 2021


Not every product needs to come with an extra, like a chart to keep track of your face masks [

What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Dreams” and Veronica Mars “Wichita Linebacker”

January 26th, 2021


It's boyfriend troubles for both our heroines this week. Zoey's dreams are really nightmares, and poor Max can't seem to do anything to help her. Next week: "Zoey's Extraordinary Employee."

On Veronica Mars, Logan and …

Should Teens Counsel Other Teens?

January 25th, 2021


An article on peer support for mental health [] got us talking. Is this wise, or even practical? We're all for more mental health help, but …

Speed-Round Sunday: How Many Houses Have You Lived In?

January 24th, 2021


Nicole's got us all beat as we count up the houses, apartments, dorms, and other domiciles we've occupied in our lives.

Second-Listen Saturday: Helping Stressed-Out Kids

January 23rd, 2021


Stop the madness: When seventh-graders are taking SAT prep classes, that's a bad sign.

Roundabout Roundup: Too Long Didn’t Watch, IPOW Comfort Bike Seat, and A&D Ointment

January 22nd, 2021


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri's enjoying the Too Long, Didn't Watch podcast [

What Makes a Kitchen Tool Essential?

January 21st, 2021


While none of us are the primary chefs in our homes, we still have strong opinions about what kitchen gear is essential and what just takes up too …

Morning People vs. Middle-of-the-Night People

January 20th, 2021


Some are morning people, some are night owls, and some do their best work in the middle of the night. We think it's too bad that the early birds run …

What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Distraction” and Veronica Mars “My Big Fat Greek Rush Week”

January 19th, 2021


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, both our current watches have us worried about how the season will go. Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist seems to be floating away without the weight of Zoey's father's …

New Milestones for Older Kids

January 18th, 2021


As our kids get older, we have to look at milestones in new ways. What are we looking forward to with our adult and nearly adult children? Mentioned: …

Speed-Round Sunday: Phone Case Preferences

January 17th, 2021


Our case choices at the moment seem to be style over substance, but a big fat protective case can't fit in your pocket.

Second-Listen Saturday: What a Shame

January 16th, 2021


We go beyond (Hey, that's Nicole's dog, Missy!) to put others on notice for their shameful behavior.

Roundabout Roundup: Jackbox Games, NordicTrack Studio Cycle, and The Bible in a Year Podcast

January 15th, 2021


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine discovered the new-to-her suite of Jackbox Games []. Nicole invested in a …

Empty-Nest Careers

January 14th, 2021


As our kids need less hands-on attention, we speculate about how we should adapt our work life. Should we lean in to more responsibility, or check …

Reserving Our Judgment

January 13th, 2021


When it comes to parenting, judge not, lest ye be complained about on a podcast. An article ostensibly about being a strict parent, but really about …

What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Return” and Veronica Mars “Welcome Wagon”

January 12th, 2021


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, the return of two of our series watches: The new-right-now Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (season 2), and ​the throwing-it-back-to-2006 Veronica Mars (season 3). Zoey has lost …

Family Shout-Outs

January 11th, 2021


Given how often we complain about our husbands and kids here on the podcast, today we talked about some nice things they've done for us lately. Actually, our daughters got all the kudos this time around, so the boys are …

Speed-Round Sunday: How User-Friendly Is Your Alarm Clock?

January 10th, 2021


Checking out the Kickstarter for the super-duper Sandman Doppler clock radio [] got Terri wondering why ordinary clock radios are so @#$%@ inscrutable.

Second-Listen Saturday: Mom Friendships

January 9th, 2021


We turn to the one and only Ron Swanson (who inspired the phrase "child proximity associates") for a description of our current friendship life.

Roundabout Roundup: Zillow Gone Wild, Sandbox, and Fitbit Inspire 2

January 8th, 2021


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole's Instagram Minute returns with @ZillowGoneWild for a dose of real estate humor [

Looking Forward

January 7th, 2021


Like everyone else in the world, we are looking forward to 2021 being an improvement over 2020. Today we take a slightly cringy look back at our hopes for 2020, and come up with some new ones for 2021. Mentioned: Keep …

Resolutions for Our Families

January 6th, 2021


On Monday's episode, we made resolutions for ourselves. Today, we're pinning some goals on our husbands and kids. There are a few self-improvement …

What We’re Watching: Bridgerton

January 5th, 2021


On this week's Round 2, we bridge the gap between the old year and the new with Bridgerton, a ballgown- and plot-packed adaptation of the first book …

Resolutions Revisited

January 4th, 2021


Happy 2021, and welcome to a new year of Parenting Roundabout podcasts. Today we cast a look back at the resolutions we made for 2020 (to which the …

Speed-Round Sunday: Have You Ever Been Robbed?

January 3rd, 2021


A recent chat about losing things loaned leads us to today's discussion of actual deliberate theft. And mugging!​

Second-Listen Saturday: Celebrating 200 Episodes

January 2nd, 2021


We reflect on 200 podcast episodes: My, how we've changed, and grown, and spent a whoooole lot of time talking.

Seasonal Speed Round: New Year's Eve Memories

January 1st, 2021


We recall New Year's Eve (and New Year's Day) traditions and memories, like narrowly avoiding Y2K disaster and giving Times Square a wide berth. How do you celebrate?

Seasonal Speed Round: What Do You Do With Christmas Cards You Receive?

December 31st, 2020


When you receive holiday greeting cards, do you decorate with them? Make crafts with them? Let them collect in a pile on the table and leave them …

Seasonal Speed Round: Holiday Candy

December 30th, 2020


​Today's question: What is your favorite holiday candy? Or are you quite happy with everyday, year-round treats dressed up in holiday wrapping? (If …

Seasonal Speed Round: Holiday Food Picks

December 28th, 2020


Happy holidays! This week, we're bringing you a seasonal speed round from our past each day. We'll be back with a brand-new episode on January 4.

Speed-Round Sunday: Holiday Gifts for Pets

December 27th, 2020


On Speed-Round Sunday, we share a mini episode from our past for your weekend listening pleasure. Today's question: Do you buy holiday gifts for your …

Second-Listen Saturday: Holiday Traditions

December 26th, 2020


Family traditions rule this time of year, but sometimes they change with time and sometimes new members (or overzealous teachers) make for new …

Roundabout Roundup: Bond-Touch Bracelets, Ring Doorbell, and Acoustic Heartstrings

December 25th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine suggests Bond-Touch bracelets as a sweet gift option for long-distance couples. Nicole's finding her …

If Our Holidays Were a Movie

December 24th, 2020


If our family's experiences were turned into holiday movies, we'd get a little Home Alone, a little Hallmark hometown romance, and a little Krampus …

Holiday Hindsight

December 23rd, 2020


For our Round 3 this week, we look back at holiday traditions we kinda regret: The ones that we didn't continue, didn't start, or didn't nip in the …

What We're Watching: The Voice Finale and Baby Ballroom

December 22nd, 2020


After five hours of fanfare last week, The Voice came to an end and crowned 15-year-old Carter Rubin the winner. We're disappointed for our favorite, …

Most Memorable Christmases

December 21st, 2020


Merry Christmas week! We'll be talking about the holidays all week, and we're kicking it off with our most memorable family Christmases. Turns out …

Speed-Round Sunday: Regionalisms We Have Known

December 20th, 2020


We check in from California/Canada, New Jersey/California, and Wisconsin/New York to compare notes on the different way people talk about things like carbonated beverages, major driving thoroughfares, an Italian …

Second-Listen Saturday: Taking Care of Us

December 19th, 2020


Our methods may not be conventional, but we discover we're kind of good at self-care, as long as it takes ten minutes or less. Mentioned: last week's "issues" episode [

Roundabout Roundup: Taylor Swift’s “Evermore,” Kate Spade Outlet, and Hint Water

December 18th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri, our resident Swiftie, is loving Taylor Swift's latest album, "Evermore" [

She-Shed Dreams

December 17th, 2020


An article at Jezebel about she sheds [] got us thinking about our ideal just-for-us …

The Finals Countdown

December 16th, 2020


It's final exam season, so we lament our kids' current level of preparedness and recall our own. Some old habits die hard.

What We’re Watching: The Voice Top 5 Perform and Baby Ballroom

December 15th, 2020


The Voice's top 5 performance show was very entertaining, with skilled performers and a good variety of music. We're glad we have a rooting interest …

How Parents Can Pay It Forward

December 14th, 2020


After reading about a days-long pay-it-forward chain at a Dairy Queen drive-through in Minnesota [

Speed-Round Sunday: What Have You Loaned and Not Gotten Back?

December 13th, 2020


Gone, but not forgotten: Books, photos, and a stuffed cheetah just seem to have wandered away.

Second-Listen Saturday: We've Got Issues

December 12th, 2020


It's a recurring feature on the podcast: DIY therapy. This week, making kids' issues and struggles our own. So bad! So inevitable!

Roundabout Roundup: Netvue Camera, Folex Spot Remover, and WSJ Crosswords

December 11th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole purchased a Netvue security camera to spy on her pets when she's away from home [

‘Tis the Season to Shop Online

December 10th, 2020


This year more than ever, we have to shop online for Christmas gifts. One of us is almost done, one is just getting started, and one just wants to …

Holiday Traditions We Can Live Without

December 9th, 2020


Usually on Wednesdays we complain, but today we're actually not complaining about the way Covid is causing so many holiday season events to be …

What We’re Watching: The Voice Top 9 and Baby Ballroom

December 8th, 2020


On The Voice, the top 9 were revealed (last Tuesday) and performed (Monday night), and just like that, the finale is almost here! We're still rooting …

Not So Newsworthy

December 7th, 2020


After watching the coverage of Daphne, the koala that climbed into a family's Christmas tree [], we talked about what our families …

Speed-Round Sunday: Brands We're Really Loyal To

December 6th, 2020


​Whether it's computers, sneakers, iced tea, ketchup chips, or coffee creamers, we're true to our faves.

Second-Listen Saturday: Making Small Talk

December 5th, 2020


Is there a way to help kids and young adults learn how to gracefully merge onto the conversation highway?

Roundabout Roundup: Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions, Apple iPad with Pencil, and Ratatouille on TikTok

December 4th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Terri enjoyed the Taylor Swift documentary, Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions on Disney+ [

Flying Solo

December 3rd, 2020


We've said it before and we'll say it again: The pandemic has us craving alone time like never before. We'd like to work alone, travel alone, eat alone; it all sounds good! Mentioned: Eating Alone and Loving It at …

Keep Your Positive Spin to Yourself

December 2nd, 2020


For this week's rant, we take issue with a Pandemic Pollyanna who can't just enjoy a good complaint--she has to give everything a brighter side [

What We’re Watching: The Voice Top 17 Perform and Baby Ballroom

December 1st, 2020


On The Voice, we're jumping in to the season already in progress and trying to figure out what is going on. We know this much: We're rooting for Team …

Stop Stressing Over Screen Time

November 30th, 2020


We talk about recent research showing that parents' screen-time nagging doesn't really reflect kids' tech use later in life []. We're ineffectual, so we …

Speed-Round Sunday: How Many Computers Do You Have?

November 29th, 2020


We count up all our household computers — the living, the dead, the well-used, the idle, the laptops, the desktops, the iPads, and the ones that come …

Second-Listen Saturday: Force of Habit

November 28th, 2020


We have a checkered history when it comes to habit-forming. Does it count if we're good at creating the same good habits over and over again?

Roundabout Roundup: Nothing to See Here, Schitt’s Creek, Made for You and Maggie’s Song

November 27th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, we share warm and wonderful entertainment in several genres. Catherine recommends Kevin Wilson's book Nothing to …

Giving Thanks for the Little Things

November 26th, 2020


Today we're grateful for small wonders like mobile ordering, in-home room service, and next-day delivery. And of course, we are very thankful for …

Holiday Planning Perils

November 25th, 2020


Not only is the pandemic throwing a wrench in our holiday plans, but our own kids are too. We seem to have gone from doing holidays our parents' way …

What We’re Watching: DWTS Finale and Baby Ballroom

November 24th, 2020


On Dancing with the Stars, it's the season 29 finale! And, well, at least the show itself was fun? The results, however, were not to our liking. We …

Finding Positive Places Online

November 23rd, 2020


Sometimes you just need to look at cute puppies or pandas. On today's Round 1, we talked about online self-care: Visiting digital destinations that soothe and/or amuse, instead of causing stress. Get all the links at …

Speed-Round Sunday: Dealing with Creepy-Crawlies

November 22nd, 2020


On lizards in shoes, lake flies, ticks, and that moment you realize the bug you thought you captured to take outside is now probably crawling on you somewhere. Eek!

Second-Listen Saturday: Holiday Downsizing

November 21st, 2020


Normal Rockwell, we ain't: We talk about the pressure — external and internal — to have a portrait-worthy holiday and our attempts to bring …

Roundabout Roundup: Litter Genie, Your Topic Ideas, and Silk Almondmilk Creamers

November 20th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole recommends the Litter Genie for families with cats [

We Forgot What We Were Going to Say

November 19th, 2020


Whether it's advancing age, lack of sleep, or just 2020, we find ourselves feeling very forgetful. We shared a few of our reminder hacks, but welcome …

Keepa This Thing Away from Us

November 18th, 2020


Following up on last week's complaints about Moxie, the robot that socializes your kid, we now rant about Keepa, the "social distance trainer" that …

What We're Watching: DWTS Semi-Finals and Baby Ballroom

November 17th, 2020


On Dancing with the Stars, it was a finale-like semi-finals, with contemporary numbers and 10s raining down like confetti. Plus, a shocking elimination: Non-dancer Nelly made it to the finals while figure-skater Johnny …

Honoring the "Invisible Work of Parenting"

November 16th, 2020


Meghan Leahy is a parenting coach after our own heart: She's all about finding what works for you and your kids and ignoring the rest. We discuss a chapter titled "The Invisible Work of Parenting" from her excellent …

Speed-Round Sunday: Your Concert Bucket List

November 15th, 2020


​After crossing U2 off her bucket list, Nicole's wondering who we're still waiting to see (in the faraway, Covid-free future).

Second-Listen Saturday: Baby's First Heartbreak

November 14th, 2020


Nicole went to Canada and came home to a painful teen breakup. She's not planning to leave home ever again.

Roundabout Roundup: Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show, Why We Sleep, Car and Truck Remotes

November 13th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine recommends the Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show podcast [], a spin-off of …

Pandemic Thanksgiving Plans

November 12th, 2020


With gatherings and travel a no-go, we're brainstorming how else to observe Thanksgiving this year. Virtual Turkey Trot, anyone?

Socialization by Robots?

November 11th, 2020


Today's rant is brought to you by Moxie [], a robot that promises to teach your child social-emotional skills, mindfulness, and …

What We’re Watching: DWTS Icons Night and Baby Ballroom

November 10th, 2020


On Dancing With the Stars, Icons Night brought plenty of eyeliner and quite a few fun dances, along with a farewell to Backstreet Boy AJ McLean. Next: The semi-finals.

We're doubling up on dancing for a few weeks with …

Pet Parenting: Exotic Animal Edition

November 9th, 2020


We often talk about our dogs, and Catherine's family briefly had custody of a hedgehog. But even though it might be legal to keep a kangaroo, a …

Speed-Round Sunday: Funny Things That Calmed Your Baby or Young Child

November 8th, 2020


​A funny story from Ellie Kemper about what calmed her baby on a plane got us thinking about unusual things that comforted our little ones.

Second-Listen Saturday: Truths About Lying

November 7th, 2020


We wade into the treacherous waters of kids and lying: What are the best ways to react, and to teach them about honesty? (Surprise: There are no easy answers.)

Roundabout Roundup: Wedding Dance School, Downy Unstopables, and The Voice

November 6th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri invites brides- and grooms-to-be to check out Wedding Dance School, from Dancing with the Stars pros Pasha …

Yesterday’s Toys Today

November 5th, 2020


Hearing about Play-Doh's new line of Play-Doh for Grown-Ups (with scents like "Overpriced Latte" and "Lord of the Lawn") got us obsessing about other toys we loved and want to bring back. But we'll take our Play-Doh …

Unconstructive Criticism

November 4th, 2020


We once thought that as got older, our skin would toughen up and we'd be able to handle criticism. Turns out? Not so much! If you're going to leave …

What We’re Watching: DWTS Double Elimination and “On the Rocks”

November 3rd, 2020


On Dancing with the Stars, the double elimination turned out to be one elimination (bye, Crishell) and one withdrawal for medical reasons (get well soon, Jeannie). We're still voting for too many of the remaining …

Speed-Round Sunday: Our Long-Ago Proms

November 1st, 2020


Last Sunday, our topic was weddings. Today we finish our review of late spring/early summer with a look back at our long-ago proms.

Second-Listen Saturday: Dealing with Dating

October 31st, 2020


How much do we, can we, and should we oversee and intervene in the romantic lives of our teens and young adults? We're not sure, but Terri does have …

Roundabout Roundup: Focuspet Pet Beds, National Zoo Panda Cam, and Facebook Snooze

October 30th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole's Pet Stuff Minute gives you super-soft, doughnut-shaped pet beds [

Happy Pandemic Halloween

October 29th, 2020


We talked about Halloween last month, and today we're back to follow up on how we plan to observe it. After all, everyone needs candy right now.

What We’re Watching: DWTS Villains Night and Veronica Mars “Not Pictured”

October 27th, 2020


On Dancing with the Stars, we question whether Cruella de Vil is as evil as Freddy Krueger, and whether everyone needed to be wearing fake contact lenses along with their fake blood. Overall, we prefer our dancing to be …

What Moms of Teens Need

October 26th, 2020


After reading "Moms of Teens Need These 14 Gifts to Make Their Lives Easier," [] we talked about the …

Speed-Round Sunday: Board Games of Our Youth

October 25th, 2020


Here are all the games we could name from our childhood; we promise we didn't make them up. Not even "Barbie Dream Date."

Second-Listen Saturday: The Parenting We Got

October 24th, 2020


Were our parents good parents? We have no complaints. Well, maybe a few tiny ones. Mentioned: Transforming the Difficult Child by Howard Glasser; The …

Roundabout Roundup: Lazarus Naturals, Canva, Let’s Make Art

October 23rd, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole has found a calming CBD oil from Lazarus Naturals [] that works for her …

Motivating Online Learners

October 22nd, 2020


We obsess about how to motivate kids to do schoolwork in these strange times, when so many traditional incentives are unavailable to teachers, …

Paperwork and Printer Peeves

October 21st, 2020


On today's Round 3, we complain about paperwork: Filling it out, getting it where it needs to go, and especially, printing it out in the first place. Why are we still using paper at all anymore?

What We’re Watching: DWTS Top 11 and Veronica Mars “Happy Go Lucky”

October 20th, 2020


Dancing With the Stars is humming along, with its agreeable stars making progress and their pros cheering them on. We've had enough of the fake audience cheering for Tyra, though. Next week: Villains Night.

Speaking of …

Old Moms, New Tricks

October 19th, 2020


Kudos to Nicole, who has decided to go back to school and pursue a master's degree! That prompted us to talk about how well we're doing at learning …

Speed-Round Sunday: Are You Still Friends with Your Bridesmaids?

October 18th, 2020


Even though our ceremonies were back in the day before enormous wedding parties were a thing, we don't all have happy stories to tell.

Second-Listen Saturday: Our Most Memorable Years

October 17th, 2020


We take a cue from Dancing with the Stars and recall our Most Memorable Years. Nicole's is definitely dramatic enough for a barefoot contemporary …

Roundabout Roundup: Unfinished: Short Creek, Cozy Collapsible Cat Tunnel, and Laugh Lines by Alan Zweibel

October 16th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine's enjoying a new documentary podcast called Unfinished: Short Creek, and Nicole has found a cat tunnel …

Taking Social Life Online

October 15th, 2020


In the beginning of the pandemic, everything was on Zoom. Then we all got a bit of Zoom fatigue. Now we're realizing that if we want to keep friendships alive, we have to embrace virtual get-togethers.

Lockdown Breakdown, Part 2

October 14th, 2020


Earlier in the lockdown, we lamented the loss of several key appliances []. This unfortunate trend is continuing, plus we've added car …

What We’re Watching: DWTS ‘80s Night and Veronica Mars “Look Who’s Stalking”

October 13th, 2020


On Dancing with the Stars, '80s Night brought a lot of bad hair and costume cheesiness, along with the usual Too Much Tyra. While the dances weren't great, the stars are all showing a good deal of mirror ball spirit. …

Remote School Tech Troubles and Tips

October 12th, 2020


On today's Round 1, we're talking about some of the tech troubles that accompany virtual schooling (for parents, kids, and teachers) and how to …

Second-Listen Saturday: We Could Care, But We Choose Not To

October 10th, 2020


We had a bossy parenting article to discuss, but decided to give ourselves a break on that, along with lots of other things parents are probably supposed to be worrying about.

Roundabout Roundup: iOS 14, Pumie Toilet Bowl Ring Remover, and SkinnyPop Everything Bagel Popcorn Mini Cakes

October 9th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri is a fan of the latest update to the iOS operating system (although she has some free ideas for app …

What Cheers Us Up

October 8th, 2020


During these times. the need for pick-me-ups is pretty much constant. We obsess about what we do now to cheer ourselves up, and what we wish we could …

Are You Really Going to Buy That?

October 7th, 2020


On this week's Round 3, we complain about all the ways our family members spend money in ways we disapprove of: On luxury personal hygiene products, …

What We're Watching: DWTS Top 13 and Veronica Mars "Nevermind the Buttocks"

October 6th, 2020


On Dancing with the Stars,​ Tyra repeatedly reminded us that the show was live, and then proved it with an embarrassing fumble of the bottom two couples and the elimination. Get it together, DWTS! Next: '80s Night.

On …

Covid Consequences for Education

October 5th, 2020


On today's Round 1, we discuss a article, "How the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Affect an Entire Generation of Students." While only one of our …

Speed-Round Sunday: What We Never Leave Home Without

October 4th, 2020


Along with more obvious essentials like wallets, keys, and phones, we speak out for the need to have constant access to things like Band-aids, lip balm, and hand sanitizer. You never know when you'll need 'em! [This was …

Second-Listen Saturday: The Limits of Parenting

October 3rd, 2020


This article on what parenting can (and can't) do [] really rang true for us. Plus it led to another in our series of …

Roundabout Roundup: Nutella Biscuits, Boss Baby Brody, and Instrumental Music

October 2nd, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine discovered Nutella Biscuits at the Nutella Cafe [], and Nicole …

Worrying That Wasn’t Worth It

October 1st, 2020


We're obsessing about the things we once obsessed over (like reading logs and music practice). Now, we obsess over how much of a waste it was to spend time worrying about these things.

The Scariest Halloween Ever

September 30th, 2020


Like everything else in 2020, Halloween is shaping up to be different--and difficult--this year. We're not sure how or if or whether we should …

What We're Watching: DWTS Season 29 and Veronica Mars “I Am God”

September 29th, 2020


On Dancing With the Stars, it was a doubleheader for us as we covered last Tuesday's episode along with Monday's Disney Night. Overall, we're …

Parenting Past vs. Present

September 28th, 2020


A (judgy) article titled "10 Things Our Parents Did That Parents Today Should Bring Back" [

Speed-Round Sunday: Stuff We Need to Get Rid Of

September 27th, 2020


We checked out a Good Housekeeping list of 50 (Big and Little) Things It's Finally Time to Get Rid Of [] and found ourselves guilty of …

Second-Listen Saturday: Get Off Our Lawn

September 26th, 2020


We mostly reserve judgment over the ways millennial parents do things their own way. Well, we try. (Here's the far-judgier-than-we slideshow that prompted this chat [

Roundabout Roundup: SPRI Xertubes, Amazon Music, The Great British Baking Show

September 25th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole is upping her fitness game with a set of SPRI Xertubes [

Fledgling Financial Independence

September 24th, 2020


After reading this expert roundtable on the topic [

Pandemic Pity Party

September 23rd, 2020


We know we're blessed with health, food, family, and shelter. But we're still bummed out about all the things that have been taken away or changed …

What We’re Watching: Outlander and Veronica Mars “Plan B”

September 22nd, 2020


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2: We take a detour from the DWTS ballroom and drop in on 18th-century Scotland with the first three seasons of Outlander (available on Netflix). Catherine found that the show …

Winter Is Coming

September 21st, 2020


Not to stress you out further, but cold weather is drawing nearer. We talked about this smart article on small ways to prepare for a …

Speed-Round Sunday: We Never Do That Anymore

September 20th, 2020


We chat about things that have completely fallen out of our everyday routine, and hatch a plot to fool today's kids about what that ancient relic the …

Second-Listen Saturday: Our Canine Kids

September 19th, 2020


We recount just a few of the many ways that caring for our pets is remarkably like caring for our kids. For example, we feel like we're not that good at it.

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

September 18th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine's taking over her daughter's baking projects with Lazy Cake Cookies [

This Is Not a Drill

September 17th, 2020


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 …

Our Reasons for Rule-Breaking

September 16th, 2020


A post about rules for parents of college students [] put us on the defensive. We don't …

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

September 15th, 2020


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 …

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

September 13th, 2020


​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

September 12th, 2020


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 [

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

September 11th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole suggests @roomrater on Twitter [] for laughs and even some practical …

When Mama Bear Comes Out of Hibernation

September 10th, 2020


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 …

Creepy Tech Tools

September 9th, 2020


News about Amazon's new Halo health tracker [] got us complaining about giving up privacy in exchange for convenience. We don't necessarily want …

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

September 8th, 2020


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 …

Things We'd Just As Soon Stay Home For

September 7th, 2020


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 …

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

September 6th, 2020


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, …

Second-Listen Saturday: What Kids Are Watching

September 5th, 2020


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

September 4th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine's excited about the brand-new Phineas and Ferb the Movie [

Back-to-School Emotions

September 3rd, 2020


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 …

Don’t Make Us Watch Your Video

September 2nd, 2020


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 …

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

September 1st, 2020


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 …

College Drop-Off, Pandemic Style

August 31st, 2020


Last week, Catherine's daughter joined the shrinking ranks of college freshmen actually moving onto campus in this very weird time. She even brought …

Speed-Round Sunday: The Fidget Spinners of Our Day

August 30th, 2020


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.

Second-Listen Saturday: Our Lives Are Like a Bad TV Show

August 29th, 2020


Terri sometimes feels her life is a bad detective show. Catherine is stuck in a not-that-funny sitcom, and Nicole's family drama is exhaustingly …

Roundabout Roundup: Repurposed Tech, Peel-and-Stick Paper, Collapsible Popcorn Popper

August 28th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri is finding new uses for old technology, while Nicole is sprucing up old furniture and objects with …

The View from the Other Side of 50

August 27th, 2020


Now that all three of us have reached the mid-century mark, we can obsess about the benefits of being older, wiser, and much more willing to wear …

Parenting Through the (Kids’) Ages

August 26th, 2020


Parenting is hard no matter what age your kids are. This article calling out middle school as the toughest age to parent [

What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars “One Angry Veronica” and “Donut Run”

August 25th, 2020


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, a double dose of Veronica Mars, although both episodes were useless in their own ways. "One Angry Veronica" did nothing for the season-long arc, and "Donut Run" was based on …

Hand-Holders and Tether-Tuggers

August 24th, 2020


Need to use a leash/harness/tether on your kid? No judgment here; two of us have done it. A tweet from Today's Parent magazine about kids being …

Speed-Round Sunday: What Do You Lose Sleep Over?

August 23rd, 2020


Ah, sleep time, when the subconscious opens the door on every stupid thing you could possibly imagine worrying about or wondering about or thinking …

Second-Listen Saturday: The Push-Pull of Independence

August 22nd, 2020


It’s supposed to be a positive thing when kids get more independent. But we're both happy and thrown into existential crisis.

Roundabout Roundup: Anti-Contact Tool, Hanes Face Masks, Wild Company

August 21st, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole and her family are keeping germs away with the Clean Door Anti-Contact Tool [

Sweet Sleepover Dreams

August 20th, 2020


After hearing about an opportunity to sleep over at the last Blockbuster video store in the world [

Hygiene Hiccups

August 19th, 2020


We appreciate all the work that goes into pandemic protection cleaning and hygiene practices. But we've noticed that sometimes, a little flaw in the …

What We’re Watching: World of Dance Finale and Veronica Mars “My Mother, the Fiend”

August 18th, 2020


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2: World of Dance wrapped up with a second set of semi-finals and then a fizzle of a finale (partly thanks to the pending pandemic, but also, the performances peaked in the …

Dress Codes for Online Learning

August 17th, 2020


We talk about an Illinois school district that made the news for banning pajamas during remote schoolwork. While we agree that respect and routine …

Speed-Round Sunday: Memorable Concerts

August 16th, 2020


We reminisce about some concerts we've seen — and no lies on the list.

Second-Listen Saturday: The Competitive Sport of Raising Kids

August 15th, 2020


Nicole brings us this week's rant, about parents who elbow other kids out of the way to help their own offspring get ahead.

Roundabout Roundup: Taylor Swift’s Folklore, Luxe Bidet, Chipotle Cauliflower Rice

August 14th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, a real hodge-podge awaits you. Terri's loving Taylor Swift's surprise new album, "Folklore [

Corona Kitties and Other Obsessions

August 13th, 2020


Nicole's obsessed with her new kitten, and we've seen many other families bring home new pets (and toys like boats and motorcycles) during the …

Dreaming of Alone Time

August 12th, 2020


Thanks to pandemic restrictions, it's been months since any of us has been home alone. Instead of complaining, we dream about what we'd do with that elusive alone time if we had some. (Spoiler: We're a little out of …

What We’re Watching: World of Dance Semi-Finals 1 and Veronica Mars “Ahoy, Mateys!”

August 11th, 2020


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2: We're very displeased that World of Dance ended its first round of semi-finals by making children cry. We've been telling them for weeks not to! Next: We'll discuss the …

Our Isolation Essentials

August 10th, 2020


After seeing a few posts recommending college students pack a "bug-out bag" in case of Covid-19 isolation, we talked about what we'd need to pack up …

Speed-Round Sunday: Right-Handed or Left-Handed

August 9th, 2020


Statistics say 10 percent of the population is left-handed, but for our podcast, it's more like 33.3 percent. Guess which one of us is the leftie.​

Second-Listen Saturday: Mom Guilt

August 8th, 2020


In an episode from July 2017, we discuss guilt of the "it's not you, it's me" variety, as in "You should play the trombone because I didn't get to be …

Roundabout Roundup: Pier 1, Cameo, and Alberto VO5 Shampoo

August 7th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine shouts out Pier 1's going-out-of-business sales [] as a good resource for dorm and …

Dreading Distance Learning

August 6th, 2020


With many kids set to do some kind of distance learning in the fall, we obsess about how to keep them motivated and engaged. Starbucks gift cards only go so far.

Eliminating the Middle-Mom

August 5th, 2020


We lament and complain about how moms are always stuck in the middle, mediating between two other family members who clash. Can anyone tell us how to fix this (since running away from home isn't an option right now)?

What We’re Watching: World of Dance Duels 4 and Veronica Mars “Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner”

August 4th, 2020


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, World of Dance wrapped up the junior division duels with another talented rubber band, a semi-professional (?) hip-hop duo, and a troupe with a teen who's getting taller …

Household Hacks Making Us Happy

August 3rd, 2020


It's important to celebrate tiny victories when they happen, so here are our tales of upcycling, repairing, and cleaning success to inspire you. We owe it all (well, most of it) to YouTube. Mentioned: Cleaning expert …

Speed-Round Sunday: Not So Cool Anymore

August 2nd, 2020


We consider the degree to which the cool things of our youth — Walkman! Stirrup pants! The Seventies! — have not fared well with time.

Second-Listen Saturday: Balking About Talking About Money

August 1st, 2020


We talk about the weird ways having money, not having money, spending money, and not spending money can all make you feel ashamed. What's up with that?

Roundabout Roundup: Mophie Wireless Charging Pad, Goldbelly, and Family Secrets

July 31st, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: In her continuing series on Apple products and accessories, Terri shouts out Mophie's handy wireless charging pad [

Trendspotting Across the Generations

July 30th, 2020


When it comes to following--or even just noticing--trends, we find that our kids care a heck of a lot less than we did. But we're not necessarily …

Vanishing Victuals

July 29th, 2020


We're so grateful that we have the means to feed our families. We're just not sure how it is that they are eating so much. ​It may be time for a …

What We’re Watching: World of Dance Duels 3 and Veronica Mars “Rat Saw God”

July 28th, 2020


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, the duels continue on World of Dance with the junior division. That means teeny, tiny Savannah Manzel took on the caped ballroom troupe, the contemporary trio MDC3 faced off …

Family Bonding

July 27th, 2020


It's easy to bond with little kids, or it least it seems that way now that we're looking back. But we've found ways to bond with our teens and young …

Speed-Round Sunday: Weird Food Combinations

July 26th, 2020


We're not afraid to say we like these weird foods. Hear us justify our appreciation of rice cakes with margarine, Brussels sprouts, and Vegemite.

Second-Listen Saturday: The Ready-for-Kids Checklist

July 25th, 2020


We ask: How did you know you were ready for kids? And once you knew, did the universe help you out, or smack you around a little first?

Roundabout Roundup: Apple Magic Trackpad, Roomba, and Apple Card

July 24th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole discovered that the Apple Magic trackpad helps you look your best on video calls [

Mom Confessions

July 23rd, 2020


We admit it: Sometimes moms behave badly. We confess a few of our recent sins and ask for absolution in what will certainly not be a recurring …

The Slow, Bumpy Road to Independence

July 22nd, 2020


Helping kids learn independence is never easy. We share some wins, losses, and in-progresses to remind ourselves that this stuff takes time (and trial and error).

What We’re Watching: World of Dance Duels 2 and Veronica Mars “Blast from the Past”

July 21st, 2020


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2: World of Dance returned from an unexplained hiatus with another round of duels, along with the redemption round for the upper division. We're sorry to see Styles and Emma go, …

Pandemic Decision-Making

July 20th, 2020


The disruptions of the global pandemic mean making tough decisions about work and school with ever-changing information. It's hard for adults, and …

Speed Round: Have You Ever Been on a Cruise?

July 19th, 2020


We recall some cruises we have experienced, both life-changing and nausea-inducing, and wonder if we'd still enjoy them as much today.

Second-Listen Saturday: Teens and Screens

July 18th, 2020


We are very live-and-let-live when it comes to kids and technology, but we wonder whether teens need to have better manners when it comes to their …

Roundabout Roundup:, Subpar Parks, and Manhattan Beach

July 17th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri recommends for a daily dose of snark [], and Nicole's Instagram Minute also …

The Emptying Nest

July 16th, 2020


A month from now, Nicole's nest will be empty (at least of children; the pets are all staying). She's obsessing about her next steps, and we're here …

Simply Refusing to Simplify

July 15th, 2020


After watching a video on the 10 most important things to simplify [], we share our complaints with the minimalist life. You'll never catch us keeping it simple, thanks to …

What We’re Reading and Watching: The Heir Affair and Veronica Mars “Green-Eyed Monster”

July 14th, 2020


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, we promised you the second round of World of Dance duels, but it turns out they're airing tonight, July …

Smartphone Survey Says: Simmer Down

July 13th, 2020


Using smartphones even in the presence of our children may be smarter than we think, or at least not the "OMG PANIC" we have been led to believe. A recent study [

Speed-Round Sunday: Have You Ever Been in a Car Accident?

July 12th, 2020


Following up on our recent crisis chat, which included an account of Nicole's son's scary car crash, we talk about some other car accidents in our …

Second-Listen Saturday: Our Casa Is Not Your Casa

July 11th, 2020


We welcome visitors to our homes ... sort of. We prefer that they not stay too long, require us to take them to Disneyland, or venture out of their assigned areas.

Childproofing for Big Kids

July 9th, 2020


When kids are older, keeping them safe goes way beyond buckling them into a car seat and covering all the electrical outlets. You have to follow them …

Telling Parenting Like It Is

July 8th, 2020


How honest should you be with other parents about your life? Your honesty could really help another parent (see this Instagram post from …

What We’re Watching: World of Dance Duels 1 and Hamilton on Disney+

July 7th, 2020


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, World of Dance moves from Callbacks to Duels, and we're generally in agreement with the decisions the judges make (plus we're happy to see tWitch show up as a guest judge).

Tough Love Advice

July 6th, 2020


A discussion on the Bobby Bones podcast, along with our recent Second-Listen Saturday episode on marriage. prompted us to talk about whether marriage and parenting are hard (um, yes) and whether saying so to newlyweds …

Speed-Round Sunday: Why People Come to Us for Help

July 5th, 2020


If you want to find something, research something, or maybe get some under-qualified tech support, we're your girls.

Second-Listen Saturday: Married with Children

July 4th, 2020


We put our combined 68 years of marriage to the test to offer advice and cautionary tales. Mentioned: The trailer for an ABC sitcom, "Splitting Up Together" [].

Roundabout Roundup: iPhone SE, what_about_bunny, and Lenox Hill

July 3rd, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri's enjoying her new iPhone SE (which is not too big for her dainty hands). Nicole found another adorable dog …

Supporting Stressed-Out Kids

July 2nd, 2020


We sure try to help our kids when they feel stressed, but sometimes the result is more stress--for everyone. What do you do about stress-management …

The Work-Life Seesaw

July 1st, 2020


We're finding that the he always uneasy "balance" between work and life changes as kids grow. It's not less difficult; it's just different.

What We’re Watching: World of Dance Callbacks and Veronica Mars “Cheatty Cheatty Bang Bang”

June 30th, 2020


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, it was callbacks week on World of Dance, in which we got to see (sort of) 10 groups vie for four spots …

That First Apartment

June 29th, 2020


As Nicole's son gets ready to move into his (swanky) first place, we reminisce about a basement in Vancouver, a spacious abode in Kansas City, and an …

Speed-Round Sunday: Jobs We'd Be Bad At

June 28th, 2020


We'd like to think we're good at writing and teaching and maybe even podcasting, but there are some jobs that are just not for us.

Second-Listen Saturday: Dealing With Disappointment

June 27th, 2020


There's a very fine line between encouragement and overselling, and between our kids' disappointment and our own. We try to walk it ... very …

Roundabout Roundup: How to College, Shiny Pretties on TikTok, and USPS Informed Daily Delivery

June 26th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine learned How to College with a new book [

The Fancy Life

June 25th, 2020


Prompted by a wonderful Twitter thread [], we reminisce about what we thought was fancy …

We Should Have Known Better

June 24th, 2020


A DIY project that didn't quite get DI-done prompted us to complain about all those times when, as parents, we should have made better decisions--but …

What We’re Watching: World of Dance Qualifiers 4 and Veronica Mars “Driver Ed”

June 23rd, 2020


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, the World of Dance judges seemed a little grumpier in week 4 of the qualifiers, but we are still here for this mostly cheery show. Next week: the duels. Mentioned: Posts from …

Father’s Day vs. Mother’s Day

June 22nd, 2020


Let's just say celebrations differ depending on who's planning them, as these tweets outline [

Speed-Round Sunday: Our Stage Names

June 21st, 2020


This isn't one of those name games that uses the name of our childhood street or pet. We're just wondering whether we'd ditch our last names — which people find unaccountably confusing to pronounce — for something more …

Second-Listen Saturday: That's Gonna Cost You

June 20th, 2020


Teaching kids about money management and family finances is an ongoing project, with good, bad, and ugly lessons all around.

Roundabout Roundup: Blueair Air Purifiers, The Big Flower Fight, Gua Sha Facial Tool

June 19th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, three ways to calm. soothe, and self-care: Terri's air is cleaner with her new Blueair Blue Pure 411 air purifiers[

Families Share Everything, Even Germs

June 18th, 2020


As this Washington Post article notes, scientific advances like germ theory changed family culture [

Scary Advice

June 17th, 2020


We take issue with the anonymous person who coined the phrase, "Do something every day that scares you." We can't even brush our teeth every day, so give us a break, please!

What We’re Watching: World of Dance Qualifiers 1-3 and Veronica Mars “Normal Is the Watchword”

June 16th, 2020


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, we check out a new-to-us dance show: World of Dance. So far, so good; we love the variety of dance genres, group sizes, and ages of contestants. We'll be watching the show on …

Like Brother, Like Sister (or Not)

June 15th, 2020


You'll always parent your second child differently than your first. After all, they're different people. And standards slip when you're tired!

Speed-Round Sunday: How Do You Like Your Clothes to Fit?

June 14th, 2020


Do you like your clothes loose or tight-fitting? ​Maybe because we work at home in sweats and yoga pants, we're all for comfortable over constricting. But only really sloppy-looking sometimes.

Second-Listen Saturday: Wait for It

June 13th, 2020


When we were handing out awards recently, we should have had a category for Waiting: Best wait, worst wait, longest wait. Wait here, we have more to …

Roundabout Roundup: Miserable Men, WW Wins Donations, and Staples

June 12th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole's Instagram Minute returns with @miserable_men [https://wwhttps//]. Catherine …

Let's Keep Everything on Zoom

June 11th, 2020


We've found some big advantages to social distancing, such as abbreviated virtual meetings, curbside pickup shopping, and yard sign celebrations. We'd like to keep them around post-pandemic, please.

Laws of Parenting

June 10th, 2020


A tweet from @momsense_ensues inspired us to list all the many laws of parenting we've learned the hard way, like "You can never make a child eat, pee, or sleep."

What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars Season 1 Finale

June 9th, 2020


We're just discussing one episode of Veronica Mars today, but what an episode it is. The season 1 finale brings all kinds of revelations (including the huge one Terri predicted), action, and drama, plus the triumphant …

Pandemic Pets

June 8th, 2020


Pets can really make our time at home happier, as this Facebook post from the Bobby Bones Show notes []. We're even charmed by other people's pets and by …

Speed-Round Sunday: What Annoying Habit Bugs You the Most?

June 7th, 2020


Today's topic: Those things other people do that drive us up a wall. All we'll say here is, be careful eating around Nicole.

Second-Listen Saturday: Buyer Beware

June 6th, 2020


Spending money is stressful, especially when you need three cars in a few weeks or buy a whole house sight unseen. We did come up with a great idea …

Roundabout Roundup: Panasonic Cordless Phone System, Shark Apex Vacuum, and Sips By

June 5th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri found a Panasonic cordless phone system that meets her elusive landline needs, and Nicole's enjoying …

The New Normal

June 4th, 2020


We're starting to be able to get haircuts and dental cleanings again, and go out to restaurants. But with all the new rules and procedures, we're not …

Lockdown Life Trade-Offs

June 3rd, 2020


A survey found that two in five people think they've changed for the better due to the pandemic [

What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars “M.A.D.” and “A Trip to the Dentist”

June 2nd, 2020


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, first we have an episode that makes us squeamish because of the way it shames girls and gay people ("M.A.D."). And then we have one that makes us squeamish because we have to …

Pomp in Unusual Circumstances

June 1st, 2020


Catherine's daughter virtually graduated, and she gives the report on how it all went, from car parade to YouTube slide show. Mentioned: Gabrielle …

Speed-Round Sunday: Travel Planning

May 31st, 2020


(This is a flashback to a time when we could travel!) Maybe we'd feel more excited about a carefully planned-out trip if the work of making that …

Second-Listen Saturday: Crisis Management

May 30th, 2020


We're lucky that we haven't faced too many true-crisis situations in our families, but when we do, we tend to be of the "fix it now, fall apart later" type.

Roundabout Roundup: Karens Going Wild, Crown and Paw, and Schaefer Outfitter

May 29th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole's Instagram Minute brings us @karensgoingwild (; don't be a …

Pandemic Parenting Awards

May 28th, 2020


On our last Second-Listen Saturday, we replayed a discussion about special end-of-the-year awards we think parents should get [

Summer Job Search

May 27th, 2020


Summer is upon us and we're stumped. What jobs can our teens or young adults do, when service jobs seem risky (and less available, due to …

What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars “Weapons of Class Destruction” and “Hot Dogs”

May 26th, 2020


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, we're closing in on the end of season 1 of Veronica Mars, but not without a couple more cases of "Bad Things Happen to Neptune Students We've Never Heard Of." Plus, Terri …

The Summer of Our Discontent

May 25th, 2020


It's Memorial Day, so here comes summer! It's shaping up to be just as weird as spring was, but with even more angry letters to the editor and Facebook posts.

Speed-Round Sunday: Describe Your High-School Self

May 24th, 2020


You've seen that meme where you answer questions about your senior year in high school, right? There are way too many items on it for a Speed Round, …

Second-Listen Saturday: The Award Goes To...

May 23rd, 2020


We decided that parents aren't getting enough recognition for all they do (and don't do), so we've come up with some special awards for deserving parental behavior.

Roundabout Roundup: Twenty Thousand Hertz, NatGeoTravel, Amazing Race

May 22nd, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri enjoyed the "Pew Pew" episode of the Twenty Thousand Hertz podcast, all about the sounds in the original …

College Coronavirus Conundrum

May 21st, 2020


As an episode of the Freakonomics podcast outlines [], colleges and universities, and their …

Smash It Like a Pinata

May 20th, 2020


After reading about people making coronavirus-shaped pinatas to enjoy smashing them to bits [], we talked about all …

What We're Watching: Veronica Mars "Betty and Veronica" and "Kanes and Abel's"

May 19th, 2020


These two episodes of Veronica Mars were quite a combo platter of silly high school plots (mascot-stealing in "Betty and Veronica"; petty harassment …

In the Driver's Seat

May 18th, 2020


This new reality may be driving us crazy, but lockdown accommodations have gone too far when kids can get driver's licenses without passing a real, …

Speed-Round Sunday: Junk Phone Calls

May 17th, 2020


Today’s a mini-rant day for just complaining about the constant calls we get from telemarketers and scammers. Leave us alone! Do we have to just stop answering the phone? How annoyed are you by junk calls these days?

Second-Listen Saturday: Reading, Writing, and Ranting

May 16th, 2020


When we read a Popsugar post about a mom's Facebook Live rant on her son's school's disgusting bathrooms [

Roundabout Roundup: American Hedgehog Warrior, Doug the Pug, and TV (The Book)

May 15th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine shouts out Pepper, the American Hedgehog Warrior [

Commemorating Lockdown Life

May 14th, 2020


As with every other event in American life, the Covid-19 pandemic comes with merchandise, and lots of it. Do you have any? Do you want any? Would you …

Household Goods to Give Away

May 13th, 2020


The pandemic has given us extra time to look around our homes and realize how much stuff we're holding on to that we don't need. What have you got …

What We’re Watching: Veronica Mars “Mars vs. Mars” and “Ruskie Business”

May 12th, 2020


Now that Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist has wrapped up for the season, we're doubling up on Veronica Mars. This week's episodes featured good detecting, but poor judgement, on Veronica's part—along with the arrival of …

Pop-Culture Moms in Quarantine

May 11th, 2020


In honor of Mother's Day, we decided to check in on some of favorite TV and movie moms and see how they might handle being locked down during a pandemic (like, how does Marge Simpson maintain that beehive without salon …

Speed-Round Sunday: Stores We Wish Existed

May 10th, 2020


Catherine’s “grocery fair” typo already gave us inspiration for a discussion of fantasy school fundraisers, and now we extend that to any sort of …

Second-Listen Saturday: The Delicate Art of Delegating

May 9th, 2020


Terri had a major meltdown about a potential delegation fail, which got us wondering (and whining) about why it's so hard to hand off …

Roundabout Roundup: Dad Notes, Unite Here Health, and “And Then They Stopped Talking to Me”

May 8th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole's Instagram Minute offers @d.a.d.n.o.t.e.s [], a sweet collection …

Virtual Pomp and Circumstance

May 7th, 2020


Now that her daughter's high school will be offering a virtual graduation ceremony, Catherine is looking for ways to make watching the event feel …

Lockdown Breakdown (Appliance Edition)

May 6th, 2020


Just when we need them most, our household appliances seem to be protesting by falling apart. We're down half a dishwasher, a smoke alarm, a …

What We're Watching: ZEP "Zoey's Extraordinary Dad" and Veronica Mars "Lord of the Bling"

May 5th, 2020


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, we finished the season of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist with "Zoey's Extraordinary Dad." The season finale somehow tied up all loose ends while also leaving us confused …

Pandemic Rebates

May 4th, 2020


Car insurers are compensating drivers for not driving, and colleges are refunding (at least some) room and board costs from abruptly cancelled …

Speed-Round Sunday: Embarrassing Tech Mistakes

May 3rd, 2020


As much as we love our computers and devices and online opportunities, it’s hard not to think sometimes that things were simpler when we couldn’t …

Second-Listen Saturday: Change Is Hard

May 2nd, 2020


We try to keep things steady and stress-free for the kiddos, but there's not much we can do about the routine-busting disruptiveness of a parent's job loss or change.

Roundabout Roundup: Project Runway, Comments by Celebs, and Tomato Timer

May 1st, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole's Instagram Minute offers @commentsbycelebs, [] because celebs …

Cheering Up While Locking Down

April 30th, 2020


Social isolation means anxiety, discouragement, and disappointment, but we're finding some ways to cheer ourselves up (most of them involve food and …

Pre-Pandemic Peeves

April 29th, 2020


We know life has changed forever because of the coronavirus outbreak. And that might be a good thing, if we never have to exchange awkward hugs and kisses with acquaintances again.

What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Mother” and Veronica Mars “Clash of the Tritons”

April 28th, 2020


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist had an extraordinary guest star (Bernadette Peters!) and continued to …

Creative College Perks

April 27th, 2020


Thanks to the pandemic, the tables have turned: Instead of students pleading to be admitted to the colleges of their choice, universities are now …

Speed-Round Sunday: Skills We'd Love to Learn

April 26th, 2020


Catherine's noticing of crafting moms on a skate-team bus made her think of what she'd like to learn how to do, and ask the rest of us for our skill wishes. Music and maintenance are at the top of our list. What's on …

Roundabout Roundup: It’s Abandoned, Social Tea Biscuits, and Here for It

April 24th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole's Instagram Minute offers @itsabandoned, a beautifully creepy account showing abandoned places [

Teens in the Time of Coronavirus

April 23rd, 2020


Opinions on what the current lockdown is doing to teens (especially high school seniors) range from "worst tragedy" to "will make a good story one …

Locked Down with the Ones We Love

April 22nd, 2020


All this family together time is great. Just great! It's a Norman Rockwell painting up in here every day. (Help!​)

What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Outburst” and Veronica Mars “Silence of the Lamb”

April 21st, 2020


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, Zoey returns with an "Extraordinary Outburst." This translates into rather a lot of yelling, but there's also a lot of singing and dancing. We'll take that as a win. Next: …

Quarantine Regrets

April 20th, 2020


Hindsight is 20/20 when it comes to the Great Staying Home of 2020. If we knew then what we knew now, we might have made some changes and some special purchases, big and small. Mentioned: "My coronavirus recovery …

Speed-Round Sunday: Small House or Big Apartment

April 19th, 2020


We debate a bit as to whether today's Would You Rather question on where we'd rather live is about size of abode, freedom from yard work, or sharing …

Second-Listen Saturday: Sleepy and Sleepless

April 18th, 2020


Reports on early school times for teens and whether it works against their actually, you know, learning things inspired us to chat about sleep …

Roundabout Roundup: Brian Grubb, Anxious Moms, Sparknotes, and Social Distancing Rules

April 17th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Twitter and Instagram feeds to cheer you during unprecedented times. Catherine chose @briancgrubb on Twitter, …

Surprising Things We Miss

April 16th, 2020


A segment on the Poscast podcast about annoying things we miss during this period of social distancing inspired us to obsess about how we'd answer the same question. Who knew we'd miss driving, or traffic, or normal …

Non-Coronavirus Complaints

April 15th, 2020


For a change of pace, we decided to change the subject of today's Round 3 and focus on some non-pandemic-related complaints. We think everyone is pretty clear on what those are. But dental work, customer service, and …

What We’re Watching: One Day at a Time Season 4 and Veronica Mars “An Echolls Family Christmas”

April 14th, 2020


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist took an extraordinary week off, so we checked in with one of our past watches: One Day at a Time, now relaunched on PopTV after Netflix …

How We Celebrate Now

April 13th, 2020


Since we've been sheltering at home due to the pandemic, we've had several birthdays and now Easter to observe. While the pressure's off to host a big party, the pressure's ON to make sure that special occasions still …

Speed-Round Sunday: What's in the Trunk of Your Car?

April 12th, 2020


Peek in our car trunks, and what will you find? Let's just say that we're safe from earthquakes and starvation, but we're stumped when it comes to storing spare tires or removing dog hair. What's in your trunk?

Second-Listen Saturday: Daughters and Dating

April 11th, 2020


Our daughters don’t much want to hear our advice about dating, and maybe it’s just as well, because we’re not even sure whether dating’s a thing anymore, or whether “a thing” is dating, or why you can’t ask someone to a …

Roundabout Roundup: TaxAct, Kale Salad, and Fountains of Wayne on NPR

April 10th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Nicole's Instagram Minute brings us @kalesalad (; yes, Nicole recommended …

The Slightly Brighter Side

April 9th, 2020


While there are really no pros to this pandemic, we are still trying to count our blessings, from health and shelter for our families to saving on gas and getting our walks in.

Social Distance Rules and Regulations

April 8th, 2020


We want to follow the rules to keep everyone safe, but some social contact does seem essential. And also: Zoom, don't fail us now [

What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Silence” and Veronica Mars “Drinking the Kool-Aid”

April 7th, 2020


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, "Zoey's Extraordinary Silence" really did bring something extraordinary: a dance featuring American Sign Language and deaf performers. Bravo! Mentioned: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend …

Taking Stock of the Shopping Situation

April 6th, 2020


We report in on what we have, what we don't have, and what we might have stocked up on had we known we should be doing that.

Speed-Round Sunday: Our Least Favorite Errand

April 5th, 2020


Groceries. Bank. Post Office. Bills. We lament some of our least-favorite errands, both out and about (we originally recorded this when we could …

Second-Listen Saturday: What They're Good At

April 4th, 2020


An experienced mom recently told Catherine that she felt it was important for kids to have a talent, skill, interest, hobby — whatever — that they …

Roundabout Roundup: Online Isolation Options, One Funny Mommy, What’s Wrong With Your Dog

April 3rd, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, online entertainment galore: Catherine shares writer Melisa Wells's updated-daily list, Creative Ways to Connect and Learn While Social Distancing [

Safe-at-Home Socializing

April 2nd, 2020


It's hard to stay connected while also staying socially distant, but our kids and communities are getting creative. We'd love to hear how your family is bridging the gap between keeping safe and keeping in touch.

Social Distance Discord

April 1st, 2020


Social isolation judginess is all the rage, but are we judging those who are doing it wrong or judging the judgers?

What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Glitch” and Veronica Mars “Like a Virgin”

March 31st, 2020


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, "Zoey's Extraordinary Glitch" was, as predicted, that instead of hearing songs and seeing dances, Zoey was now performing them herself. So we got lots of fun dances, but …

Quarantine Quests

March 30th, 2020


Inspired by a slippery stairs competition (that ESPN has to air because there are no other sports), we talk about what records our family is going …

Speed-Round Sunday: Your First Car

March 29th, 2020


Our first cars were largely large—​the ones we learned to drive on, anyway. The first cars we bought were smaller, possibly explosive, and in one case not purchased until after marriage and family. ​

Second-Listen Saturday: We Don't Get Out Much

March 28th, 2020


On Second-Listen Saturday, we share some fun moments from past episodes for your weekend listening pleasure. This one's from a time when staying in was actually optional. Thanks to social media, it’s all too easy to get …

Roundabout Roundup: Paint-by-Number Kits, The Tonight Show, Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels

March 27th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, stuff to do, eat, and watch while you're stuck at home. Nicole recommends paint-by-number projects, Catherine …

Quarantining with Kids

March 26th, 2020


Life under house arrest is hard for adults. Add little kids into the mix and the degree of difficulty goes up considerably. This is your permission …

College Re-Entry Complications

March 25th, 2020


It's hard enough for kids to make the transition from college life back to the family home under normal circumstances. When they have to do it under …

What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Confession” and Veronica Mars “The Girl Next Door”

March 24th, 2020


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2: We got some heavy, heart-to-heart talks on Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, but also lots of singing and dancing, up to and including an actual flash mob. Mentioned: The Good …

Social Distancing, So Far

March 23rd, 2020


We check in on life under lockdown in California, New Jersey, and the Midwest. We're united in our lack of toilet paper and our surplus of people in our space while we try to work.

Speed-Round Sunday: First Thing in the Morning

March 22nd, 2020


Shower? Breakfast? Paper? Yelling at kids to hurry up and get ready for school? There are all sorts of ways to start your day, but it shouldn't …

Second-Listen Saturday: Sweating the Small Stuff

March 21st, 2020


Borrowing a refrain from the Extra Hot Great podcast, we declare "I am not a crackpot" when we insist that buffets must have more than one item, Terri's dishwasher is freakin' LOUD, and teachers ought to, you know, like …

Roundabout Roundup: My Sister the Serial Killer, Pretzel Pop Tarts, BestofNextDoor

March 20th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine recommends the book My Sister the Serial Killer [] (it's not what you think), while Terri suggests snacking …

Be Our Guest (Or Not)

March 19th, 2020


We like the idea of houseguests, as long as they're very occasional. And don't stay too long. And don't mind doing some cleaning and minor repairs while they're here.

Follow Our Advice, Not Your Passion

March 18th, 2020


Just like this writer at Grown and Flown [], we have some issues with the career advice that …

What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Night Out” and Veronica Mars “Return of the Kane”

March 17th, 2020


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, Zoey has an Extraordinary Night Out, with an extraordinary amount of singing and dancing (yay). Next on Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist: "Zoey's Extraordinary Confession." On …

Everything Except This Podcast Is Cancelled

March 16th, 2020


Since the coronavirus is definitely the only thing anyone is talking about, we talked about it too. But this was way back on Wednesday, March 11. Things have definitely changed since then: Two of Terri's family members …

Speed-Round Sunday: The Condition of Our Couches

March 15th, 2020


Our couches get a workout, between dogs and kids and grown-ups who fall asleep there. We assess the sorry state of our sofas and congratulate Nicole …

Second-Listen Saturday: Whose Grade Is It Anyway?

March 14th, 2020


Sure, we like our kids to do well in school. But should parents be obsessing about their kids' grades? And fighting every dent in the GPA? And …

Roundabout Roundup: Fruits of Motherhood, TENS Units, The Stranger

March 13th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole's back with another funny, inspiring Instagram account: Fruits of Motherhood [

Turning Negative Self-Talk Around

March 12th, 2020


When kids say something like "I'm stupid," a parent's first instinct is to tell them they're wrong. But in this case, our instincts are, well, wrong and stupid. What's the best way to help kids who are down on …

This Grading System Gets an F

March 11th, 2020


It's time for one of our trademark rants, and this time we target a school grading system that is confusing, impractical, and just generally a …

What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Failure” and Veronica Mars “You Think You Know Somebody”

March 10th, 2020


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: On Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, "Zoey's Extraordinary Failure" seems to be betraying her brother, but for us it's the lack of production numbers and laughs. Next: "Zoey's …

Which Generation Gets Parenting Right?

March 9th, 2020


Who's the better parent, you or your own mom or dad? After we read about a survey that asked parents this question [

Speed-Round Sunday: Curtains or Blinds?

March 8th, 2020


We all agree that covering your windows is important (though some of Nicole's neighbors? Not so much). But what are we covering them with? Blinds? …

Second-Listen Saturday: Potted-Plant Parenting

March 7th, 2020


It should come as no surprise that teens want their parents to be available but not intrusive. A New York Times article [

Roundabout Roundup: Alex & Ani, TikTok, Abandoned Republic

March 6th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine shouts out the Alex & Ani store in Cranston, RI, for giving her daughter's team the VIP treatment. …

Our Parenting Mantra

March 5th, 2020


Go read the caption on this adorable photo James Van Der Beek posted on Instagram [], then come back here for our discussion of just how right we think this dad of five gets it. …

Voluntary Retirement

March 4th, 2020


Catherine's about to enter semi-retirement from all her sports mom volunteer jobs, and Terri and Nicole are already there. We wonder what we'll find …

What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Neighbor” and Veronica Mars “The Wrath of Con”

March 3rd, 2020


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: On Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Zoey's powers get her in trouble with neighbor Mo, and we trade growing complexity of plot (thumbs up) for big production numbers (thumbs …

Speed-Round Sunday: One Thing You'd Change About Your Appearance

March 1st, 2020


We hope you're not surrounded by people who make you feel like something's wrong with you. But come to think of it, there might be something we'd …

Second-Listen Saturday: The Doctor Will See You Now

February 29th, 2020


Do your kids represent themselves to their pediatrician, or are you the one doing all the talking? How can you transition teens and young adults to …

Roundabout Roundup: Apple Music Playlists, Sheraton Hotels Linens, The Repair Shop

February 28th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri enjoys listening to and creating playlists on Apple Music ( or …

Tell Me You Love Me

February 27th, 2020


How do you cope when you and your kids have a different idea about the ideal frequency of saying, or hearing, the words "I love you"? We obsess about what's enough, too much, and just right.

Why Parents Never Get a Break on Bedtime

February 26th, 2020


This article on parents staying up too late (in an attempt to get some kid-free time) got us complaining about how the bedtime struggles never really …

What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Boss” and Veronica Mars “Meet John Smith”

February 25th, 2020


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist delivered a little less singing and a lot less dancing than we'd like, in "Zoey's Extraordinary Boss." We're hoping next
week's "Zoey's …

Checking Up on Checking In

February 24th, 2020


After reading about this mom, who checks in with other parents when her teen goes to their homes [], we talked about …

Speed-Round Sunday: How Much Do You Pay for a Haircut?

February 23rd, 2020


Today's question asks about how much we can bear to pay for hair cutting (and styling and coloring and what-all). Looking at our pictures, perhaps …

Second-Listen Saturday: When Teasing Is All in the Family

February 22nd, 2020


When one loving parent thinks that gentle teasing is the best way to help a child get used to the way others may joke around, and the other loving parent knows that even gentle teasing is unappreciated by said child and …

Roundabout Roundup: Wahl Pet Deodorant, Plackers Flossers, Luden’s Wild Cherry Cough Drops

February 21st, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole found a smelly-dog solution in Wahl Deodorizing and Refreshing Pet Deodorant [

Life Skill Blind Spots

February 20th, 2020


A tweet from @jdesmondharris on weird little things we just can't manage to do got us obsessing about our own life skill failings, from legitimate …

The First Rule of Admin Club

February 19th, 2020


You know all those annoying life admin tasks you have to do, like paying bills, filling out forms, and doing your taxes? We're ready to handle them book-club style, with friends, coffee (or wine, pick your poison), and …

What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Best Friend” and Veronica Mars “Credit Where Credit’s Due”

February 18th, 2020


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: On Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist ​("Zoey's Extraordinary Best Friend"), Zoey tries to untangle the whys and hows of her power, and then thinks better of it. This is a good …

Why We Still Say "Good Job"

February 17th, 2020


Yes, we've heard the mantra about praising effort, not outcome, and we get why it's important. But we still think there's a time and a place for a …

Speed Round Sunday: How Expensive Is Your Shampoo?

February 16th, 2020


Continuing on our grooming theme from last week, we look at shampoos and wonder how much is appropriate to spend. Our preferences range from pricey salon selections to the bottom of the supermarket barrel. How much do …

Second-Listen Saturday: Clashes with Coaches

February 15th, 2020


Your kid made the team—hooray! Your family is putting loads of money and time into making your athlete successful — yay! go! And then the coach …

Roundabout Roundup: Love Notes for Special Parents, Pups of UPS, The Farewell

February 14th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Since it's Valentine's Day, check out Terri's Love Notes for Special Parents []. …

No Love for Valentine’s Day

February 13th, 2020


We're so glad to be past the Classroom Valentines stage of life, but we still have plenty of suggestions for how Valentine's Day could be improved. …


February 12th, 2020


We complain about ghosting (new name, old phenomenon) but also concede that sometimes, we'd like an "unfollow" feature IRL.

What We’re Watching: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and Veronica Mars

February 11th, 2020


With both of our TV watches over (sniff), we've lined up two replacements. First up, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, a high-concept drama that …

Stuff We've (Not Quite) Stopped Caring About

February 10th, 2020


When we read this list of 7 Things Moms of Teens Don't Give a Crap About [], we discovered we actually still do give a crap—especially when it comes to being friendly …

Speed Round Sunday: Bar Soap vs. Body Wash

February 9th, 2020


On today's speed round, we debate the merits of good old-fashioned bar soap vs. fancy and fragrant body wash. It was two against one, but you'll have …

Second-Listen Saturday: Parenting Burnout

February 8th, 2020


Our podcast is dedicated to the topics parents complain about, so we thought we’d discuss what can happen when you’re just overwhelmed with how much work parenting can be — physically, logistically, emotionally. Do you …

Roundabout Roundup: Luggage Check, Influencers in the Wild, Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice Herbal Tea

February 7th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Catherine makes the case for checking luggage when you fly (mentioned: her shout-out of [

Parenting Points Challenge

February 6th, 2020


Just about any reality competition or game show would be way more challenging if you had kids in tow, so shouldn't we be earning cash prizes and …

Flaky Friends

February 5th, 2020


On today's Round 3, we're complaining about friends who postpone plans again and again, and about how to teach our kids not to be those people.

What We’re Watching and Listening To: Good Place “Whenever You’re Ready” and West Wing Weekly “Tomorrow”

February 4th, 2020


We weren't, in fact, ready, but both of our show watches have come to an end. The Good Place's series finale, "Whenever You're Ready," brought the series to a satisfying conclusion (Terri needed some convincing, but she …

Vacation Reentry

February 3rd, 2020


When you return home after a vacation or some other disruption to your routine, do you unpack and re-combobulate immediately? Do you shove your …

Speed Round Sunday: How Faithfully Do You Go to the Dentist?

February 2nd, 2020


Terri's having a fight with her dentist. Nicole's always shopping around for a better one. Catherine lives in dread of being sent back to the gum …

Second-Listen Saturday: School (Mis)Communication

February 1st, 2020


Catherine got a worrisome letter from her daughter's school, and the fact that it turned out to be part of a giant clerical error didn't keep her …

Roundabout Roundup: Wardrobe Tip, Revlon Hot Air Brush, Caulipower Pizza

January 31st, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Terri has an organizational tip that helps you give older clothes some love. Meanwhile, Nicole's loving her new …

Keeping Up with Family Rituals

January 30th, 2020


When our kids were small, we couldn't wait to get beyond hours-long bedtime routines and driving them all over the place. But now, we kinda miss …

Maker of All Calls

January 29th, 2020


On today's episode, we complain about the division of household labor that puts us squarely in charge of all telephone transactions. Why, oh why, …

What We’re Watching: Good Place “Patty” and West Wing “Tomorrow”

January 28th, 2020


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: After watching "Patty," the penultimate episode of The Good Place, Terri's hoping for one more …


January 27th, 2020


We talk about ourselves and our families a lot on this podcast. But off the air, we're talking about other families we encounter out in the wild. Mentioned: Ellen Seidman's blog, Love That Max [

Speed Round Sunday: What Natural Disasters Do You Deal With?

January 26th, 2020


Earthquakes. Fires. Tornadoes. Floods. Hurricanes. Hurricane panics. We've seen 'em all, and in some cases bought the insurance. What is Mother Nature up to in your part of the world?

Second-Listen Saturday: A Kinder Kind of Kid

January 25th, 2020


A Washington Post article about the science of why your child is such an entitled brat [

Roundabout Roundup: Air Fryer, WW Snacks, Bolthouse Smoothies

January 24th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Catherine is cautiously optimistic about air frying (in this Breville Smart Oven []), and Terri is enjoying lemon cookie mini …

Long-Distance Birthday Celebrations

January 23rd, 2020


Nicole had to deliver a birthday celebration to her away-at-college daughter, which got us obsessing about how we celebrate special days for special …

Activity Annoyances

January 22nd, 2020


Yes, we know kids should be involved in activities, but does it have to be so hard to make time for practices/games/meetings/events, and transport …

What We’re Watching: Good Place “Mondays, Am I Right? and West Wing “Institutional Memory”

January 21st, 2020


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, we're charging toward the finish line with both of our shows. Our heroes are suddenly ballooning into the afterlife on The Good Place, and on The West Wing, we dive deeply …

All or Niksen

January 20th, 2020


When we read about the Dutch concept of niksen, or basically doing nothing [], we had to talk about whether we can actually single-task, let alone zero-task.

Speed Round Sunday: Do You Ever Make Your Own Clothes?

January 19th, 2020


Hobbies like sewing, knitting, and crocheting theoretically have as their end product something somebody can wear. For today's question, we wanted to see if any of us are quite that industrious. Maybe our moms were, and …

Second-Listen Saturday: Their Own Two Feet

January 18th, 2020


Kids will never learn how to survive failure if we don't let them fail, sure, we know that, absolutely, and yet, who wants to stand back and let your …

Roundabout Roundup: Images of Canada, Wisconsin Life,

January 17th, 2020


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Nicole loves the beautiful pictures of her home country at Images of Canada on Instagram [

Daily Leaps of Faith

January 16th, 2020


Sending our kids out into the big wide world everyday is tough, especially when we know all the little things they don't quite know or aren't quite good at. So how do we do it? We'll meet you in the surveillance van. …

Unhelpful Helping

January 15th, 2020


To quote Free to Be You and Me, "Some kind of help is the kind of help we all can do without." Specifically, when we ask for help, we would like to …

What We’re Watching: Good Place “You’ve Changed, Man” and West Wing “The Last Hurrah”

January 14th, 2020


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, The Good Place is back with "You've Changed, Man," which ends with yet another plan for the afterlife, …

The Self-Care Struggle

January 13th, 2020


We've all heard the buzzword, and we all know it's good for us. That doesn't make it any easier to make time for self-care--especially when our …

Speed Round Sunday: Your Most Recent Sick Day

January 12th, 2020


Being sick is no fun, but sometimes, we wish for the ability to just put school or work on hold for 24 hours and take good care of ourselves. Sick …

Second-Listen Saturday: Story of Our Lives

January 11th, 2020


Watching the NBC drama This Is Us got us thinking profound thoughts about the way our childhoods have formed the people we are now ... and shallow …

Haunted by High School

January 9th, 2020


Not only are we obsessed with embarrassing things that happened to us in high school, we're obsessed with trying to protect our kids from having the …

Technical Difficulties

January 8th, 2020


New phone frustration has us wondering if we're too old to be technically savvy, or if it's technology that needs to do a better job meeting our …

What We’re Watching: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and West Wing “Transition”

January 7th, 2020


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine saw Star Wars: The Newest One and shares her thoughts. Then, she and Terri discuss West Wing's "Transition." We're nearing the end of the series, but these last eps …

50 Ways to Celebrate a Birthday

January 6th, 2020


2020 is going to be a big year for both Catherine and Nicole: They'll both be celebrating (maybe observing is more accurate?) their 50th birthday. …

Speed Round Sunday: If You Were Invisible, Where Would You Go?

January 5th, 2020


Harry Potter had his invisibility cloak, and we're jealous. If we had the power to move about undetected, just think of all the good intel we could …

Second-Listen Saturday: The Sacredness of Routine

January 4th, 2020


As moms who work at home, we depend on some semblance of routine to keep us on task, and as much as we love our kids and spouses and want them to be around us every moment, forever and always, they do tend to mess with …

Speed Round: What We’re Looking Forward To in 2020

January 3rd, 2020


Terri's keen to keep things status quo in this new year; Nicole is looking ahead to some professional changes and travel. Catherine is both excited …

Speed Round: Our Advice for New Parents

January 2nd, 2020


We always say that when it comes to parenting, we've been there, done that, bought the t-shirt. So today we share our hard-won advice with those new parents who are just joining the club.

Speed Round: Parenting Resolutions for 2020

January 1st, 2020


This is a Speed Round with consequences, as we reveal our parenting resolutions for 2020. Two of us are trying to back off, while the third feels …

Speed Round: New Year’s Eve Memories

December 31st, 2019


Today's speed round topic: New Year's Eve (and New Year's Day) traditions and memories, like narrowly avoiding Y2K disaster and giving Times Square a wide berth. How do you celebrate?

Speed Round: Parenting Lessons Learned

December 30th, 2019


We're closing out 2019 and welcoming in 2020 with a week of speed rounds. Today's topic: What's something you did right in 2019?

Speed Round Sunday: What's the Craziest Thing You've Done?

December 29th, 2019


Whether it's moving to a new country at a moment's notice, moving to the big city with big dreams but no job, or traveling abroad without really being sufficiently worldly, we've done some things in our lives that still …

Second-Listen Saturday: Decisions, Decisions

December 28th, 2019


We lament the fact that we have to make all the decisions in our families, at least partly because we won't let anyone else do it. Well, two of us handle decision-making that way — find out which of us has discovered …

Roundabout Roundup: Apple Slicer, Mrs. Fletcher on HBO, Movie Mike’s Movie Podcast

December 27th, 2019


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Catherine sings the praises of the simple apple slicer [

Scrooge Goes to a Baby Shower

December 25th, 2019


On this day of gift-giving in honor of a baby, we discuss whether nontraditional baby shower gifts are an improvement on the basic baby blanket and onesie. Plus: Bonus complaining about how it's harder than ever to buy …

What We’re Watching and Listening To: Holiday Edition

December 24th, 2019


Special guest Nicole joins Terri and Catherine to talk seasonal entertainment... which she's not actually consuming, as it turns out. Still, we …

(Never) Home Alone

December 23rd, 2019


Home Alone may be a hit holiday movie, but in our homes, the kids definitely want (or need) company, with one notable exception. A survey of social …

Speed-Round Sunday: Which of Your Parents Are You Most Like?

December 22nd, 2019


In appearance, in temperament, in lying-down-in-a-dark-room-with-a-wet-rag-over-your-eyes anxiety, we all take after one or the other of our parents. Find out which side of the tree our apple doesn't fall too far from, …

Second-Listen Saturday: We Are Family

December 21st, 2019


Is your clan starting to look like something from "Modern Family"? Are you close to aunts and uncles and cousins and siblings, or happy staying as far away from any feud fodder as you can? Are your friends more your …

Roundabout Roundup: The Cloud, Costco Travel, and “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”

December 20th, 2019


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Terri's thankful for the cloud's magic ability to make her life easier, while Nicole's praising Costco Travel for …

The Rule of Age 10

December 19th, 2019


Inspired by John and Sherry at Young House Love Has a Podcast [], we discuss the Rule of Age 10, which …

Parenting Trends of the Decade

December 18th, 2019


With the 2010s coming to an end, everyone's talking about the bests of the decade. We, of course, had to talk about this topic our way: By complaining about parenting trends that trouble and annoy us. Mentioned: Our …

What We’re Watching: Making It Season 2 and West Wing “Requiem”

December 17th, 2019


NBC made Making It into a two-week-long "event" instead of a season, and the show felt overpackaged. But we still enjoyed watching creative makers make things. Mentioned: The Extra Hot Great podcast discussion of the …

It's Nice to Be Needed

December 16th, 2019


Sure, there are things we can (and probably really should) teach our grown and nearly-grown kids how to do. But then we'd be out of a job, and we …

Speed-Round Sunday: What's on Your Bucket List?

December 15th, 2019


A while back we talked on a Speed Round about places we'd like to visit, and thinking a little more along those lines, we share some other things we'd like to do before it's too late, from education to travel to all …

Second-Listen Saturday: Movin' on Out

December 14th, 2019


Is moving away from home an absolute rite of young adulthood that we must force our kids to engage in above all else? Or can we give the kids a break …

Grab Bag: Family Tunes and Doggie Treats

December 13th, 2019


It's time for one last rummaging through the grab bag to end the week. Today, have some fun with a chat on our fave songs to entertain or maybe annoy our kids with, plus our thoughts on dogs’ birthday parties.

Grab Bag: Confusing Shoes, Comfort Food, and Curious Finds

December 12th, 2019


From the grab bag today: Chats on comfort food and weird things we’ve found. But first, we’ll look back on that time when Nicole wore two different …

Grab Bag: Bathroom Raves and Emoji Faves

December 11th, 2019


For today’s grab bag selections, we have an important conversation from earlier this year on … um … Kim Kardashian’s bathroom, plus an emotional look at our favorite … emojis. Yeah, we’re a little goofy this week. Hope …

Grab Bag: Zombie Skillz and Parenting Chills

December 10th, 2019


We’ll be back next week to chat about the whole season of "Making It," along with the “West Wing” episode “Requiem.” Meanwhile, we pulled a couple of …

Grab Bag: Peeves, Pets, and Picking Through the Trash

December 9th, 2019


Last week we talked about releasing ourselves from unrealistic expectations and going for good-enough. Thanks to some unexpected travel and computer crises, our good-enough this week is a grab bag of past conversations …

Speed-Round Sunday: The Scariest Places We've Been

December 8th, 2019


From high cliffs to dark forests to a scene right out of a suspense movie, we share some scary spots we've found ourselves in.

Second-Listen Saturday: Choosing and Losing Your Battles

December 7th, 2019


We've all had success with picking the issues we want to focus on with our kids, sure, of course we have. But when spouses choose different battles, kids get in on the action, and we can't even win the fights we choose …

Roundabout Roundup: Nathan for You, SkinnyPop Gingerbread Cookie Kettle Corn, Olive Garden to Go

December 6th, 2019


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Nicole's binge-watching Nathan for You on Comedy Central [], while Catherine …

The Good-Enough Christmas

December 5th, 2019


After complaining yesterday about obligatory holiday traditions, today we obsess about what makes a holiday good enough for our families (or, really, …

Holiday Requirements

December 4th, 2019


A post at Scary Mommy [] got us talking about all the holiday stuff we once did--or did once, …

What We're Watching: Making It “What Are You Made Of” and West Wing “Election Day, Part 2”

December 3rd, 2019


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, Making It [] is back for a second season (well, a two-week "event" []), and we're still all in, because …

All We Want for Christmas

December 2nd, 2019


A post on the blog Grown and Flown [] got us thinking about our real Christmas …

Speed-Round Sunday: Where Do You Keep Your Family Photos?

December 1st, 2019


Used to be, family photo clutter meant shoeboxes full of snapshots to sort through. Now it's more likely to be thousands of phone-snapped images …

Second-Listen Saturday: Control Freakiness

November 30th, 2019


On Second-Listen Saturday, we share some fun moments from past episodes for your weekend listening pleasure.

It's just a love of efficiency, really. …

Roundabout Roundup: Weekend Episodes, Google Scholar, and OpenTable

November 29th, 2019


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Terri's shouting out our new weekend schedule (look for Second-Listen Saturdays and Speed Round Sundays in your …

Giving Thanks

November 28th, 2019


We have so much to be thankful for upon this Thanksgiving Day: College and job opportunities for our kids, each other, our dear listeners ... and …

You’re Welcome, Kids!

November 27th, 2019


​We provide our kids with all the essentials, from electricity to staving off disaster with our constant worrying, and we get nothing but grief for our grief!

DWTS Finale, Good Place “The Answer,” and West Wing “Election Day, Part 1”

November 26th, 2019


On Dancing with the Stars, we have a winner: Hannah Brown, who triumphed over the judges' barrage of 10s for Ally Brooke. Congratulations, Hannah …

Thank You for Co-Parenting

November 25th, 2019


We’re kicking off a week of gratitude by extending thanks and shout-outs to all of those people who have helped make our parenting journey just a …

Speed-Round Sunday: Which Screen Do You Watch Most?

November 24th, 2019


Home TV screens are getting bigger, yet phone-size screens are more and more becoming the place our eyeballs soak up entertainment. We talked today about which screens we're most likely to watch TV and movies …

Second-Listen Saturday: When You Can't Be Two Places at Once

November 23rd, 2019


We lament the dilemma of having to choose between two kids and their activities/events, and wish someone would get going with some cloning or …

Roundabout Roundup:,, and DoorDash

November 22nd, 2019


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, we each shout out a handy-dandy delivery service. Catherine’s pick is [], Terri’s is Keurig [

When Mom Can’t Fix It

November 21st, 2019


It stinks for us moms when kids are discouraged and all the Band-aids and hugs in the world don't make things better. And since their discouragements are our discouragements, we experience contact trauma.

Parenting Let-Downs

November 20th, 2019


We've found that just like adulting, parenting isn't always everything we thought it would be. (But we're never disappointed by these kids of ours.) …

What We’re Watching: DWTS Semi-Finals, Good Place “The Funeral to End All Funerals,” and West Wing “Welcome to Wherever You Are”

November 19th, 2019


On Dancing with the Stars, remember last season, when Bobby Bones won [] and everyone freaked the heck out? This season, the semi-final prompted the freaking out when the judges, …

Stymied by Streaming

November 18th, 2019


We're so overwhelmed by all the streaming services, cable channels, and other ways to procure and watch TV that we might just stick to podcasts.

Speed-Round Sunday: Have You Done Any Home Automation?

November 17th, 2019


TV commercials for Alexa have got us thinking about our personal degree of home automation and whether we wish we were more hooked up. Are you living it up in a smart home?

Second-Listen Saturday: Kids and Money Money Money Money

November 16th, 2019


A story about Nicole’s son’s internship in Japan leads into a discussion about young adults who don’t quite get that you can’t max out your credit …

Roundabout Roundup: Queer Eye, Modern Love, and Mom

November 15th, 2019


On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, we each shout out a TV show we’re enjoying (see our Tuesday Round 2s for more). Catherine’s pick is Queer Eye on …

Trendy ... or Not

November 14th, 2019


We’re still trying to understand what VSCO girls are, while helping kids navigate (or ignore) what’s trendy and what’s not.

Habit-Breaking and Habit-Forming

November 13th, 2019


An article about addressing kids’ annoying habits (through positive reinforcement only, please!) got us complaining about just how hard it is to …

DWTS Boy Bands and Girl Groups, Good Place “Help Is Other People,” and West Wing “Two Weeks Out”

November 12th, 2019


On Dancing with the Stars, the dances were short, the evening was long, and Sean Spicer finally reached the end of his run. Next week, the five remaining dancers (Lauren Alaina, Ally Brooke, Hannah Brown, Kel Mitchell, …

Parenting Do-Overs

November 11th, 2019


Nicole’s dreaming about a few parenting decisions she’d like to do over, but Terri’s not ready to commit unless she can foresee all the possible …

Roundabout Roundup: Yogibo, PF Flyers, and Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Bars

November 8th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Nicole and Terri discovered Yogibo beanbag furniture [] during their mall meet-up; see …

Who’s Your Vent Buddy?

November 7th, 2019


A post about the importance of having a "vent buddy" in your life [] got us obsessing about our own vent buddy situations, and our kids' too. …

Hands Off the ABC Song

November 6th, 2019


If you haven't heard the new and "improved" (ahem) version of the ABC song, you can listen to it on Bobby Bones's show [

What We’re Watching: DWTS Dance-Offs and The Good Place “A Chip Driver Mystery”

November 5th, 2019


On Dancing with the Stars, the dance-offs sent Kate Flannery dancing off into the sunset. We'll miss her!

On The Good Place, "A Chip Driver Mystery" was more misery than mystery, in our opinion, even if Brent did get …

New Car Tech for Parents

November 4th, 2019


After Terri and Nicole visited a Tesla showroom (during their historic IRL get-together [

Roundabout Roundup: Hydroflask, “Tender at the Bone,” and “When Life Gives You Pears”

November 1st, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Nicole raves about her Hydroflask (, but she's not a VSCO girl). Catherine and Terri …

How to Spook and Scare a Parent

October 31st, 2019


On this Halloween day, we talk about what really makes parents scream, from head lice to forgotten homework to Caillou. Visit the Parenting House of Horrors... if you dare!

Halloween Hassles

October 30th, 2019


Today we reveal ourselves to be, on the whole, Scrooges when it comes to Halloween—at least the answering-the-door-for trick-or-treaters part. Not …

What We’re Watching: DWTS Halloween Night, Good Place “Employee of the Bearimy” and West Wing “The Cold”

October 29th, 2019


On Dancing with the Stars, Halloween Night gave the hair and makeup folks license to go even crazier than usual, and group dances meant a heroic …

Parenting "Would You Rather"

October 28th, 2019


Buzzfeed posed a series of Would You Rather questions on parenting topics to Jimmy Fallon [

Roundabout Roundup: Lenovo Yoga, Blundstone Boots, and Stegmann Clogs

October 25th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Catherine finally (finally, finally) got a new laptop: A Lenovo Yoga 730 []. Nicole …

What We Look for in Our Kids' Friends

October 24th, 2019


How much influence can, and should, and did, we have over our kids' social lives and choices? Like everything else in parenting, there's never an …

Birthday Gift Grief

October 23rd, 2019


Should "fiver" birthday parties [] replace the old-fashioned kind, where kids get …

What We’re Watching: DWTS Week 6, Good Place “Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy” and West Wing “Duck and Cover”

October 22nd, 2019


This week's Dancing with the Stars mystery theme turned out to be "80s Tunes and Uncontrollable Sobbing," so that was fun. Our rooting interests are …

Roundabout Roundup: The Inventory, The Library Book, and Quaid in Full

October 18th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Nicole's checking out consumer site The Inventory []. Catherine read Susan Orlean's The …

Connecting with Faraway Kids

October 17th, 2019


Nicole is obsessing about how to stay close to her daughter, who's away at university, while Catherine anticipates that looming departure. (Terri, …

Is High School Math Helpful?

October 16th, 2019


After listening to a Freakonomics podcast episode [] on high school math, we took on the topic as …

What We’re Watching: DWTS Disney Night and Good Place “Chillaxing”

October 15th, 2019


On Dancing with the Stars, we saw 20 minutes of dancing amid two hours of Disney promos and lots of faffing-about filler. And then nobody was eliminated!

The Good Place's "Chillaxing" gave us more Chidi (yay!) but also …

Perks of Parenthood

October 14th, 2019


A HuffPo article on the sometimes unsung benefits of parenting [] had us reminiscing about naps, yoga …

Roundabout Roundup: Signup Genius, Satiregram, and Nourished Festival Treats

October 11th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Catherine wouldn't have survived the past week without Signup Genius []. …

The Runaway Volunteer Train

October 10th, 2019


Sometimes as a parent, you accidentally raise your hand at precisely the wrong time, and then you find yourself in charge of catering six meals for …

Care Packages

October 9th, 2019


On Wednesdays we complain, and this week our target is care packages for kids away at college or camp. Turns out, we are not the kind of moms who …

What We’re Watching: DWTS Week 4, Good Place “A Girl From Arizona Pt. 2,” and West Wing “Internal Displacement”

October 8th, 2019


On Dancing with the Stars, there was no advertised theme, but we declared it "Songs Inappropriate for the Dance Night." We're still backing James, …

Apple Watch This!

October 7th, 2019


After we read the viral post [] about how an Apple Watch can call 911 if it detects a "hard fall," we came …

Roundabout Roundup: Lauren Alaina, Canvas Champ, and Rob Lowe on Instagram

October 4th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Terri's enjoying Lauren Alaina's new single, "Getting Good" [] (and Lauren on Dancing with the Stars [

Grow Up! No, Don't!

October 3rd, 2019


Of course we want our kids to be independent. In theory. In reality? We need rosaries and bubble wrap to get through it.

Carpool Quandaries

October 2nd, 2019


Carpooling is a blessing and a curse, and a new app called Floc [] is trying to make it easier for parents. We can still …

DWTS Week 3, Good Place Premiere, and West Wing “Running Mates”

October 1st, 2019


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, we keep busy with three episodes of TV and two accompanying podcasts. On Dancing with the Stars, the annoyingly dragged-out elimination was even more annoying because it …

House Rules

September 26th, 2019


Are you a stickler for rules, or the benevolent leader of a lawless land? Guess which one applies more to each of us.

The One They Tell Everything To

September 25th, 2019


Ever notice that moms are such good listeners that it basically becomes our full-time job? Sometimes we wish our kids would realize that dads have …

What We’re Watching: DWTS Week 2 and West Wing “The Wedding”

September 24th, 2019


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, we said goodbye to our first star on Dancing with the Stars. We think we're in favor of the new voting system—but definitely not the protracted elimination scene.

On The …

Parent Hotlines We’d Like to See

September 23rd, 2019


When we heard that Disney has a bedtime hotline [in which characters tell kids to go to bed;

Roundabout Roundup: The Great British Baking Show, The Righteous Gemstones, and IMDB

September 20th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Catherine's enjoying the latest iteration of The Great British Baking Show [on Netflix;

Managing Stress and Worry

September 19th, 2019


Mom stress and worry is eternal, but we have some modern ways of dealing with it, from meds to apps and other tech. We also depend on those old …

Weird and Mysterious Injuries

September 18th, 2019


A McSweeney's list of surprising ways to injure yourself when you're over 40 [] prompted us to recount our own aches and pains, …

What We’re Watching: SYTYCD Finale and DWTS Premiere

September 17th, 2019


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, it was a double dose of dancing. So You Think You Can Dance crowned a winner (, the one who's been our pick all along!). And Dancing with …

College Parent Facebook Groups

September 16th, 2019


A New York Times article on Facebook groups for parents of college students (

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

September 13th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Terri's loving Taylor Swift's latest album (music collection? bunch o' songs?), Lover ( …

How to Mortify Your Children

September 12th, 2019


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

The No-Fun Financial Surprise

September 11th, 2019


Nicole is reeling from a string of unexpected, untimely bills, giving us a reason to complain about unnecessary emergency-room visits, overly …

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

September 10th, 2019


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 …

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

September 6th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Nicole shouts out the Ikea bags beloved at college move-in time ( Catherine's enjoying …

Making Our Kids' Lives Easier

September 5th, 2019


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

Family Food Fights

September 4th, 2019


We complain about how hard it is for people with different priorities, preferences, and metabolisms to share a kitchen. For quotes, archives, and …

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

September 3rd, 2019


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, …

The College Drop-Off

September 2nd, 2019


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, …

Roundabout Roundup: StubHub, FedEx Office, and Sarcastic Mommy

August 30th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Catherine had a good experience selling through StubHub ( Terri got a warm welcome and some free electricity at a FedEx Office store (

Kids' Big Decisions

August 29th, 2019


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 …

High School Starts and Schedules

August 28th, 2019


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 …

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

August 27th, 2019


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 …

Weddings Past, Present, and Future

August 26th, 2019


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 …

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

August 23rd, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Nicole shouts out the Rome Cavalieri Hotel (, where she spent her anniversary. …

Mistakes That Are Definitely Not Our Fault

August 22nd, 2019


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 …

The Costs of Raising Kids

August 21st, 2019


A report on how much our little darlings cost us ( got us complaining about all the expenses we've covered over the years, …

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

August 20th, 2019


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 …

Packing for College

August 19th, 2019


Nicole's back from vacation and now she's getting her daughter packed up for college. Which means discussing the difference between "essentials" and …

Roundabout Roundup: Summer of '69, BH90210, GG2D, Elta MD, Duolingo Podcasts and ... Jorts?

August 16th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup, it's a supersized edition with Mimi and Stacy from Living the Second Act (! At the time of recording, Stacy was eagerly anticipating BH90210 (

The Worrying Finish Line

August 15th, 2019


We're moms, so we obsess about our kids' safety. And there's really no point at which we will relax and just assume they're good. Mimi Golub and …

Our Kids and Their Virtual Lives

August 14th, 2019


You know it's getting bad when a mom wishes her daughter would just meet a guy in a bar already. Mimi Golub and Stacy Feintuch of Living the Second …

What We're Watching: SYTYCYD Top 10 Perform and West Wing "Mr. Frost"

August 13th, 2019


On SYTYCD, we finally get to exercise our voting powers after this week's episode! We're choosing based on short-person solidarity and people we feel …

Talking With Mimi and Stacy of Living the Second Act

August 12th, 2019


With Nicole enjoying a much-deserved vacation (happy anniversary!), we asked Mimi Golub and Stacy Feintuch of Living the Second Act (

Roundabout Rules Replay: Talking to a Brick Wall

August 9th, 2019


(While we take a brief summer vacation, we're sharing rules-related replays all week. Because what do parents love to talk, complain, and obsess …

Roundabout Rules Replay: Changing Course While Parenting

August 8th, 2019


(While we take a brief summer vacation, we're sharing rules-related replays all week. Because what do parents love to talk, complain, and obsess …

Roundabout Rules Replay: Facing the Consequences

August 7th, 2019


(While we take a brief summer vacation, we're sharing rules-related replays all week. Because what do parents love to talk, complain, and obsess …

Roundabout Rules Replay: Commandments for How to Treat Parents

August 5th, 2019


While we take a brief summer vacation, we're sharing rules-related replays all week. Because what do parents love to talk, complain, and obsess …

Roundabout Roundup: Don't Wait Up, Evvie Drake Starts Over, Louis Vuitton X

August 2nd, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Catherine checked out TV writer Liz Astrof's memoir/essay collection/parenting book, Don't Wait Up: Confessions of …

Disappointing Kids' Activities

July 31st, 2019


On today's Round 3, we complain about all those sports, activities, camps, and classes that we thought would be the answer to our prayers, but fell …

What We're Watching: SYTYCD Top 10 Girls and West Wing "Message of the Week"

July 30th, 2019


On SYTYCD, there was 55 minutes of dancing, and 5 minutes of "huh?" as the top 10 girls were reduced to the top 5: Anna, Madison, Mariah, Sophie, and Stephanie. On "The West Wing," the message we took from "Message of …


July 29th, 2019


On today's Round 1, we talk teensplaining: That lovely way that adolescents have of knowing everything and not being the least bit shy about sharing …

Roundabout Roundup: Cargospotter, The Ensemblist, Blown Away

July 26th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Nicole is fascinated by the YouTube channel Cargospotter (

Iffy Etiquette

July 25th, 2019


We obsess about all those little details of social interactions that we feel unsure about (which means we are also worried about what we have, and haven't, taught our kids about manners and etiquette). For quotes, …

Competitive Mom Bragging

July 24th, 2019


Another parent's college admission post (in July!!) sent Catherine into a shame spiral. That prompted us to complain about not just mom bragging, but …

What We're Watching: SYTYCD Academy 2 and West Wing "The Mommy Problem"

July 23rd, 2019


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: It was part 2 of the "So You Think You Can Dance" Academy, and a bunch of dancers thought wrong and were sent packing. Over on "The West Wing," Santos hits the campaign …

Milestones for Adults

July 22nd, 2019


We talk about a survey of major milestones (

Roundabout Roundup: Hallow, The Mommy Confessions, Dirty Yoga

July 19th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Terri found a Catholic-friendly meditation app called Hallow ( Nicole's following Allie …

The Indignities of Aging

July 17th, 2019


Terri may have just had a milestone birthday, but today Nicole is complaining about the little annoyances of aging. This is our reward for 20+ years …

What We're Watching: SYTYCD Academy 1 and West Wing "The Ticket"

July 16th, 2019


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2: 79 of the most wonderful dancers in the world arrive at the “So You Think You Can Dance” Academy, and …

Summer Camp Suggestions

July 15th, 2019


AMC Theaters' Summer Movie Camp ( got us talking: What other businesses would we like to see offer a …

Roundabout Roundup: Parenting Young Adults with Special Needs in the Work World, Me to We, Big Sexy Hair Root Pump

July 12th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Terri has started a Facebook group called Parenting Young Adults with Special Needs in the Work World (

The Things Only Mom Knows

July 11th, 2019


Inspired by "Don't Let Her" (, a sweet song from Walker Hayes (, we obsess over all those details and quirks about our kids (and pets) that are …

Boundaries for Boomerang Kids

July 10th, 2019


An unwelcome visit from a live frog got Nicole thinking about setting boundaries and making rules. She has some complaints about what happens when …

What We're Watching and Reading: SYTYCD Auditions 5, The Outsiders, Out of My Mind, and My Oxford Year

July 9th, 2019


On this week's entertainment-themed episode, “So You Think You Can Dance” is back with more auditions. We hope we can remember who we've met thus far when they arrive at the Academy. With no West Wing Weekly podcast …

18 Summers

July 8th, 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 …

Roundabout Roundup: SnapTravel, Broadway Podcasts, and 1010!

July 5th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Nicole's saving money on hotels with SnapTravel ( Terri recommends several Broadway …

Changing Family Traditions

July 4th, 2019


On this Fourth of July, we're obsessing about what we're not doing for this holiday and so many others. Things change and that can be hard to face. …

Fake Life Deadlines

July 3rd, 2019


As if birthdays weren't enough pressure, Terri's facing one that feels like New Year's Day times 60: What should she do to celebrate? And what should …

What We're Watching: Big Little Lies Season 2

July 2nd, 2019


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, a special guest star: Nicole Eredics joins us to talk season 2 of “Big Little Lies” on HBO. While she …

Saying Too Much

July 1st, 2019


Sometimes it's tough to balance our kids' right to privacy with our own need to fill a conversational void. Or our ability to think on our feet when we're caught off-guard. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Roundabout Roundup: Wine Country, Anxious Little Pishy, and Cane's Restaurant

June 28th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Catherine's watching a cast of smart, funny women in a beautiful setting on “Wine Country” (

Pre-Travel Prep

June 26th, 2019


Summer brings travel, and travel brings us such a lengthy list of to-dos and don't-forgets that maybe it's easier to just stay home. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

What We're Watching: SYTYCD Auditions 4 and West Wing "2162 Votes"

June 25th, 2019


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2: The judges' auditions continue on “So You Think You Can Dance,” with more of the most! amazing! dancers! (and one token "no thanks"). On “The West Wing” season 6 finale, …

Roundabout Roundup: Jamie Glowacki, NJ Special Olympics, and Emily McDowell

June 21st, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Catherine gives a quick review of the book “Oh Crap! I Have a Toddler: Tackling These Crazy Awesome Years--No Time-Outs Required by Jamie Glowacki ( Terri had …

Graduation Parties

June 20th, 2019


If you have a lot of high school grads in your life, you're probably spending many a weekend afternoon at a grad party (or several). We obsess about …

Ambiguous Kid-Speak

June 19th, 2019


We attempt to translate all those words kids say that mean everything and also nothing: "Sure." "Okay." "Later." "Whatever." If you want to listen, that's "fine." For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

What We're Watching: SYTYCD Auditions 3 and West Wing "Things Fall Apart"

June 18th, 2019


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, the “So You Think You Can Dance” lovefest continued in week three of the judges' auditions. But on “The West Wing,” "Things Fall Apart" as the Democratic primary remains …

End-of-Year Awards for Kids

June 17th, 2019


On today's Round 1, we're talking about all those end-of-year awards that kids might get—if we gave them out at home instead of at school. Good job …

Roundabout Roundup: The Shop Forward, DormCo, and Rory O'Malley

June 14th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Terri's browsing an online store that gives back (The Shop Forward, Nicole is …

We Need a Parenting Ghostwriter

June 13th, 2019


A few weeks back, we identified lots of parenting tasks we'd like to outsource ( Now, we've come up with a host of parenting problems we think a …

Going to the Dentist

June 12th, 2019


We revisit a past complaint target in a new way: First it was dental insurance ( Now …

What We're Watching: SYTYCD Auditions 2 and West Wing "In God We Trust"

June 11th, 2019


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, the superlatives were flying once again on “So You Think You Can Dance” as the judges auditioned many more of the most amazing dancers they have ever seen. Things were a …

High School Graduation

June 10th, 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 …

Roundabout Roundup: Universal Homes, Write About Now, The Shrink Next Door

June 7th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Terri shouts out a fun and functional YouTube series called "Universal Homes" (

Parents Tattling on Kids

June 6th, 2019


Terri's still obsessing over a years-old situation, while Nicole and Catherine have more recent experience: What do you do when you're in a position …

Emergency Contact Forms

June 5th, 2019


It's another paperwork complaint: Choosing an emergency contact person to list on various and sundry forms. Turns out it's even harder to select that person when they'd have to be responsible for our pets. Mentioned: …

What We're Watching: SYTYCD Premiere, Fosse/Verdon Finale

June 4th, 2019


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, there was much dancing: A new season of “So You Think You Can Dance” debuted (, and Bob Fosse danced his last on the finale of …

If Airlines Had Family Class

June 3rd, 2019


Hey, airlines: We have some brilliant ideas for you! There are so many ways you could make the air-travel experience easier and happier for families, …

Roundabout Roundup: Vdara Hotel, Hiking with Kevin Nealon, HP

May 31st, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Nicole shouts out the Vdara (, the Las Vegas hotel with the handy robots …

Kids and Concerts

May 30th, 2019


On this week's Round 4, our kids aren't obsessed with the K-pop boy band BTS, but Terri went to the concert anyway—twice! And that got us talking about our kids' concert experiences, and our own. For quotes, archives, …

Disgusting Things We Do for Our Dogs

May 29th, 2019


Today's Round 3 is not for the weak of stomach. Skip this one if you don't want to join us in recalling and complaining about all the disgusting ways we've had to show love and care for our dogs. For quotes, archives, …

What We’re Watching: Fosse/Verdon “Nowadays,” West Wing “90 Miles Away”

May 28th, 2019


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, the tumultuous story of the tumultuous Fosse-Verdon marriage continues on the “Fosse/Verdon” episode …

What Robots Could Do for Us

May 27th, 2019


After Nicole encountered a room-service delivery robot in Las Vegas, we talked about the many handy household uses we would have for robot …

Roundabout Roundup: Patient Portals, Killing Eve, The Allusionist

May 24th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup, it's kind of a life-or-death situation: Terri's loving life with an online patient portal (

Finding the Will to Write Our Wills

May 23rd, 2019


If you're a parent, it's likely you've obsessed over this topic at some point: Writing a will, setting up a trust, creating an upon-my-demise plan. …

Parenting Tasks We’d Like to Outsource

May 22nd, 2019


After reading an article about tasks parents are paying others to do (, we came up with many more jobs we commonly …

What We’re Watching: Fosse/Verdon Episodes 5 and 6, West Wing “La Palabra”

May 21st, 2019


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, two heroes (?) are under increasing strain. On “Fosse/Verdon,” Bob Fosse goes from the psych ward to the cardiac unit (in "Where Am I Going?" and "All I Care About Is …

Connecting with Kids (or Trying To)

May 20th, 2019


A recent post on the Today show site ( got us talking today. It's about "easy" (red flag!) ways to build your relationship with …

Roundabout Roundup: Eat, Work, Love

May 17th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Catherine's eating Mann's Superfood Blend ( for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Terri has a new source for potential work at …

Travel Trouble

May 16th, 2019


On today's Round 4, we obsess about online travel booking. Instead of being convenient, we find it's usually far more trouble than it's worth. Cross your fingers that Terri's family isn't sleeping in the car on their …

Breaking Point

May 15th, 2019


Our kids are in the hot seat on complaint day again this week. This time it's because they have a bad habit of breaking our stuff... until we admit that we're pretty good at breaking our own stuff. For quotes, archives, …

Good Days and Very Dark Days

May 14th, 2019


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, we're continuing with “Fosse/Verdon” and watched episodes 3 and 4. "Me and My Baby" was a look back at Gwen Verdon's traumatic early marriage, and "Glory" focused on Fosse …

Royal Advice

May 13th, 2019


Since we're so experienced at parenting, we thought the Duke and Duchess of Sussex needed to hear from us now that their son Archie has arrived. This was a good excuse for general Royal Baby gossip. For quotes, …

Roundabout Roundup: Sharing Is Caring

May 10th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup. Terri cared enough to share a very funny episode of 99% Invisible (

Screen Believers

May 9th, 2019


The World Health Organization recently issued screen-time guidelines for kids ( No screens at all for babies under a …

Life Lessons, Unlearned

May 8th, 2019


In the complaint department today: We try and try to teach our kids basic life skills, like laundry and cooking. And yet (some of) them just don't seem to get it. We'd like our appliances to step up and share some of …

Fightin' Words

May 7th, 2019


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, we watched "Ghosts," the last episode of season 3 of “One Day at a Time”—and probably the last episode ever. We hate to see it go (still mad at you, Netflix!), but we're glad …

Small Change

May 6th, 2019


A “New York Times” ( letter-writer prompted today's chat when she wrote: "It is my belief that children often have more of …

Roundabout Roundup: Successes Big and Small

May 3rd, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Terri had another "customer service via Twitter" success story thanks to Olive Garden (

Weight Wait

May 2nd, 2019


Today's obsession is a common one, we've found: Not just losing weight, but maintaining a weight loss. WeightWatchers will always welcome us back, …

Critter Report

May 1st, 2019


Today we have some complaints about our (mostly) beloved pets: Cats are stalking lizards, a dog has herpes, and we've got a tortoise situation AND a hare situation. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Beginning and Ending

April 30th, 2019


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, it's the beginning of the end for “One Day at a Time.” We watched, and enjoyed, its second-to-last episode, "Drinking and Driving." On “The West Wing,” it's another campaign …

Trade-In Values

April 29th, 2019


Target's car-seat trade-in event ( is happening now, which got us thinking: We have a lot of other kid stuff we'd like …

Roundabout Roundup: Winners and Losers

April 26th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Terri recommends a winning podcast called This Had Oscar Buzz (, Nicole's …


April 25th, 2019


'Tis the season for prom, so we're obsessing about that this week. Are promposals a thing of the past? How about going with, you know, a date? Do you snap your own photos or hire a pro? We have questions! For quotes, …

Dental Dilemmas

April 24th, 2019


After ignoring it for years, we suddenly started to wonder if dental insurance is a must or a maybe. Our complaint: The math (surprise!) is complicated, at least here in the USA. Mentioned: Oscar insurance (

TV Homework

April 23rd, 2019


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, we check out FX's “Fosse/Verdon” (, because we can't resist a “Hamilton”-adjacent project. It takes some homework to put …

Bathroom Break

April 22nd, 2019


Nicole said everyone was talking about Kim Kardashian's bathroom (, so we had …

Roundabout Roundup: Picks from Stage and Screen

April 19th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Catherine got to see the beautiful musical “Come From Away” ( Nicole wants you to check …

Why We Love Our Kids' Obsessions

April 18th, 2019


A kid's obsession can build self-esteem, lead to a career, or help you communicate when nothing else works. So what's not to love? After all, as …

Doing Our Homework

April 17th, 2019


This post on the "burden of parent homework" ( was the perfect prompt for our weekly Wednesday complaint session. No thank you to …

TV Family Strife

April 16th, 2019


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, our fave families are fighting. On “One Day at a Time,” Schneider's mustache-twirling father came to visit, with possibly disastrous consequences. And on “The West Wing,” CJ …

Roundabout Roundup: Soothing and Salty

April 12th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Terri's listening to Jonathan Coulton's "Some Guys" album (

College Sticker Shock

April 11th, 2019


First we were obsessed with the college application process (

Say No to Naysaying

April 10th, 2019


On today's Round 3, we complain about people who doubt our kids' abilities. And then we complain about ourselves for caring so much about proving them wrong. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Special Episodes That Succeed

April 9th, 2019


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, two Very Special Episodes of TV. The “One Day at a Time” episode "Anxiety" was a well-done depiction of how anxiety really feels. And on “The West Wing,” we're back on the …

Who's Sorry Now?

April 8th, 2019


On Round 1 this week, we're talking about apologies. It's not so simple to help our kids learn when and how to say "sorry" (

Roundabout Roundup: Listen and Learn

April 5th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Terri has some encouraging words for parents of special needs every day on Soundcloud (

The College Pressure Cooker

April 4th, 2019


We're still obsessing about college ( over here, because Nicole's daughter is in …

Give Them Some Credit

April 3rd, 2019


We complain about a kid being rejected for a credit card (come on, Kohl's (! Otherwise, we love you!) and discuss how and when …

Two Tight TV Families

April 2nd, 2019


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, we did not watch “The West Wing” episode that we promised last week. Instead, we tried out a promising new NBC sitcom, “Abby’s,” starring Natalie Morales and sharing some DNA …

On the Campaign Trail

April 1st, 2019


Thanks to this roundup of campaign slogans from moms (, we brainstormed our own (Nicole had a …

Roundabout Roundup: Creative Inspiration

March 29th, 2019


On today's Roundabout Roundup, three picks that showcase creativity and inspiration: Momentum Dashboard (, Annie Kurzweg on Instagram (, and the book …

Calling Out Our Husbands' Habits

March 28th, 2019


On today's Round 4, true confessions about obsessions: Not ours, but our husbands. Catherine's and Nicole's are kindred spirits with a similar level …

Spring Break Sob Stories

March 27th, 2019


On today's Round 3, it's complaint day, and we set our sights on spring break. The weather's bad, the kids are bored, and the yard is full of dog …

Small Screen, Big Issues

March 26th, 2019


On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, “One Day at a Time” returns ( to the sitcom way of tying up very real conversations with an …

14 Ways to Ruin Your Kids' Lives

March 25th, 2019


Inspired by cartoonist Annie Kurzweg (, 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 …

Roundabout Roundup: Seeing Things Anew

March 22nd, 2019


On today's Roundabout Roundup: Catherine saw Melissa McCarthy in a new light in the movie "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" (, and Terri built herself a brand-new website (

Name That Mom Phrase

March 21st, 2019


A Buzzfeed article ( obsessing about mom catchphrases naturally led us to do the same. At least one of us has upped her game by adding Broadway show …

Last-Minute Shopping Emergencies

March 20th, 2019


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 …

New Relationships and Cute Couples

March 19th, 2019


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, we enjoyed the Valentine's Day fun on “One Day at a Time”; it was our favorite episode of the season thus far. On “The West Wing,” new "couple" Josh Lyman and Congressman …

Roundabout Roundup: Success Stories and a New Shop

March 15th, 2019


On today's Roundabout Roundup, Catherine recaps her trip to the “Fixer-Upper” mecca ( in Waco, Texas (mentioned: Chip Gaines' …

Unsound Sleep

March 14th, 2019


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. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Kids and Rejection: College Acceptance Edition

March 13th, 2019


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. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Old Chestnuts and New Beginnings

March 12th, 2019


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, “One Day at a Time” serves up a classic sitcom plot in "Nip It in the Bud" (but at least the episode …

Remembering Luke Perry

March 11th, 2019


Whether we watched him on “Beverly Hills 90210” in our college days, “John from Cincinnati” (

Roundabout Roundup: Handy, Comfy, Professional

March 8th, 2019


On today's Roundabout Roundup, Terri's shouting out her public library's (

Launching a Young Adult

March 7th, 2019


With her daughter off to college soon, Nicole is obsessed with teaching independence and life skills. Terri and Catherine offer advice, despite …

Like Talking to a Brick Wall

March 6th, 2019


We've tried cute little notes, temper tantrums, and repeating ourselves over and over (and over) again. And yet, our families ignore our wise counsel …

Brothers, Sisters, and Writers

March 5th, 2019


On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, “One Day at a Time” shows us what a daring sitcom it is by not having a phone go overboard (on "Hermanos"). It also introduces us to yet another relative we've never before …

All-or-Nothing Activities

March 4th, 2019


In this episode, we're talking about kids today—or really, kids' activities today and how they're really kids' and parents' activities. Because why …

Roundabout Roundup: Good Service, Four Ways

March 1st, 2019


On today's Roundabout Roundup, Catherine shouts out the Pocket Yoga app ( Nicole reveals the hotel chain (

How Hotels Win Our Hearts

February 28th, 2019


It turns out we're all obsessed with certain hotel amenities. Free, fast Wifi is a given, but you can also make an impression with easy access to hot drinks, USB ports, lap desks, and Netflix. For quotes, archives, and …

Bothered by Baby Talk

February 27th, 2019


Parents, trust us when we tell you we would rather listen to your child's tantrum than your cringe-y baby talk. We usually try to show solidarity …

A Big Benefit, a Big Summit, and a Big Actor

February 26th, 2019


On our entertainment-themed Round 2, “One Day at a Time” continues to befuddle us with its weird continuity situation (while still charming us with its actors). On “The West Wing,” the drama is high as President Bartlet …

Roundabout Roundup: Word Work, Word Play, and New Music

February 22nd, 2019


On today's Roundabout Roundup, Terri is cautiously recommending a tool she's long been leery of (Microsoft Word,, Catherine …

Motivating Kids to Move

February 21st, 2019


There's almost nothing more delicate than trying to encourage a kid to exercise ("Are you saying I'm fat?!"), which explains why we're all a little obsessed with our children's fitness habits. For quotes, archives, and …

Check-Out Line Chaos

February 20th, 2019


Even though she's moved on from having to wrangle small, grabby children in line at the store, Nicole still has some complaints about the system (or …

In the Room and On the Couch

February 19th, 2019


On our entertainment-themed Round 2, “One Day at a Time” gives us the family-centered episode we were hoping for ("Outside"), but keeps all the characters couch-bound and Talking About Issues—never our favorite …

Who's Spying on Your Refrigerator?

February 18th, 2019


When we heard that photos from inside a wifi-enabled refrigerator might be used in a dating app (

Roundabout Roundup: A Good-Dog Game, a Fresh Feed, a Shiny Site

February 15th, 2019


On today's Roundabout Roundup, Catherine's looking forward to the upcoming card game from We Rate Dogs (

To Work or Not to Work

February 14th, 2019


Terri's been obsessing about her kids' jobs for a while, and now Nicole is joining her. How much pressure should we put on our high-school students …

The Unsolicited Schedule Shake-Up

February 13th, 2019


Kids thrive on routines, but so do parents. So today we're complaining about having to deal with changes to our daily habits—and the best ways to bug other people until they fix things. For quotes, archives, and more, …

A New Season and a Promise of Change

February 12th, 2019


On our entertainment-themed Round 2, we return to our “West Wing” watch with the season 6 episode "A Change Is Gonna Come." We are very much looking forward to some changes (say, no more clunky explanatory dialogue for …

Roundabout Roundup: Online Homes for Art, Gowns, and Podcast Love

February 8th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Catherine shares her brother's new shop for customized art ( that illustrates your life story (also on Instagram at

The KonMaybe Method

February 7th, 2019


Marie Kondo and her KonMari method are all over are social media feeds, thanks to her new Netflix show ( So on today's Round 4, we discuss our tidying-up takeaways. In a nutshell: …

The Mom Flu

February 6th, 2019


Nicole has a cold, and she's griping about how hard it is for moms to take a sick day. How come there's no such thing as the mom flu, equivalent to …

A Super Comedy and Somewhat Super Ads

February 5th, 2019


On our entertainment-themed Round 2, we paused our “West Wing” watch because the West Wing Weekly podcast ( took a …

Second-Generation Phone Phobia

February 4th, 2019


Today we're talking about talking on the phone—more specifically, helping our kids make their own calls to employers and insurance companies and other fun places. Why can't we do everything online, please? For quotes, …

Roundabout Roundup: Behind-the-Scenes Peeks and Bargain Buys

February 1st, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Catherine's shouting out Aviation Exploring (, which is giving her son an insider's view of aviation careers. Terri's going behind the scenes with …

AirPods? More Like WherePods!

January 31st, 2019


Many kids (and teens and young adults) that we know are obsessed with AirPods, Apple's pricey wireless earbuds. Some are lucky enough to have their …

To Snow Day or Not to Snow Day

January 30th, 2019


Kids complain when they don't get a snow day. Parents complain when they do AND when they don't. This is why we don't want to be the snow-day decision-makers. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Teary Times on The West Wing and The Good Place

January 29th, 2019


On our entertainment-themed Round 2, “The West Wing” tugged at our feelings in a sappy way ("The Dover Test"), while “The Good Place” did so in a much more heartbreaking season-ender ("Pandemonium"). For next week, …

Roundabout Roundup: Family Tracking, Funny Photos, No-Frills Lip Balm

January 25th, 2019


On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Catherine's tracking her family with the Life360 app (, Nicole's giggling at Old School …

Skin Care Struggles

January 24th, 2019


We got our skin care and beauty advice from Seventeen magazine, and our daughters get it from YouTube. Because they definitely don't want to hear it from us. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Instant Adulthood

January 23rd, 2019


Happy birthday to Nicole's daughter, who just turned 18! Who know that meant she was supposed to be a fully functioning, 100% independent adult …

A Silly West Wing and a Surreal Good Place

January 22nd, 2019


On our entertainment-themed Round 2, it's a missable episode of “The West Wing,” as Josh fails to understand the Internet yet again and the writers fail to live up to the snappy dialogue standards of Aaron Sorkin. On …

Roundabout Roundup: Better Hair, Better Concert, Better Decluttering

January 18th, 2019


On the Roundabout Roundup this week: Catherine solved a hair problem (

The Old College Try

January 17th, 2019


What are parents obsessing about right now? At Nicole's house, it's everything about the going-to-college process, from applying to deciding to (of …

Jury Deliberations

January 16th, 2019


Complaining about jury duty is a perennial topic, but we've managed to find a new, parenting-related twist on it. Would you make the same decision …

New Faces on The West Wing and The Good Place

January 15th, 2019


On our entertainment-themed Round 2, we meet some new characters on “The West Wing” (thanks for the spoiler, opening credits). And on “The Good …

Should Parents Be Talking Out of School?

January 14th, 2019


An incident at Catherine's daughter's high school got us talking about talking: As in, when parents gossip about what's going on at school without …

Roundabout Roundup: Podcast, Playlist, Perfect Gift

January 11th, 2019


On this week's Round 5, our shout-outs: Nicole is listening to an Australian true-crime podcast called Teacher's Pet (

Planners Parents Need

January 10th, 2019


On today's Round 4, calendars and planners: every parent needs one (or several), and if we could only find the perfect one, everything would just …

Car Trip Complaints

January 9th, 2019


On today's Round 4, calendars and planners: every parent needs one (or several), and if we could only find the perfect one, everything would just …

A West Wing Surprise and a Big Night

January 8th, 2019


On today's Round 2, two very different roles for Allison Janney: On “The West Wing” episode "Third-Day Story," she's competent press secretary CJ …

Our Finger on the Pulse of Parenting Books

January 7th, 2019


Happy New Year, and welcome to a new format for Parenting Roundabout! Instead of a lengthy group chat every Monday and mini-episodes the rest of the week, we'll bring you a short segment every Monday through Friday …

Speed Round: Holiday Travel

December 21st, 2018


Today's question: During the holiday break, would we rather stay home, or visit family, or take a vacation? It's complicated. (Happy holidays to you, …

Speed Round: Holiday Food Picks

December 20th, 2018


When it comes to holiday foods and treats, Terri and Catherine are very much aligned. They'll take everything Nicole doesn't want, except possibly …

Speed Round: Holiday Shopping Challenges

December 19th, 2018


It's so noble when people don't want anything. And yet so infuriating! For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Round 2: The West Wing and In Plain Sight

December 18th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:35 “The West Wing”: In "The Birnam Wood," come for the lecture on the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate. Stay for the extended footage of a beloved character's …

Episode 244: A Perennial Mom Debate

December 17th, 2018


00:31 Surprise Hamster: Santa Claus did some unauthorized shopping. … 08:36 Clickbait Debate: A Buzzfeed article (

Speed Round: Holiday Gifts for Pets

December 14th, 2018


Today's question: Do you buy holiday gifts for your pets? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: Holiday Candy

December 12th, 2018


Today's question: What is your favorite holiday candy? Or are you quite happy with everyday, year-round treats dressed up in holiday wrapping? If …

Round 2: DWTS Juniors Finale, The Good Place, and The West Wing

December 11th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:31 Dancing with the Stars Juniors: We have a winner! And we're very pleased to see Sky take home the trophy. … 09:58 The Good Place: Speaking of winning, …

Episode 243: True Lies

December 10th, 2018


00:32 Tired Terri: Her new Fitbit may be contributing to Terri's couch-sleeping, early-rising habits. … 06:50 Lies, White Lies, and Santa: Inspired …

Speed Round: Watching Sports

December 7th, 2018


Today's question: What sports do you find the most boring to watch? The most exciting? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: Do You Play Video Games?

December 6th, 2018


From arcade games of yore to the e-sports of today: Do we play video games? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: Big Box or Mom-and-Pop?

December 5th, 2018


Today's question: For shopping during the holiday season or any time of year, do you prefer the big box stores or small mom-and-pop shops? For …

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars Jrs. and Dogs on Netflix

December 4th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:59 Dancing with the Stars Juniors: It's the semi-finals, so the field is narrowed from four stars to... four! In a surprising twist, the producers opted not …

Episode 242: Parenting Dos and Don'ts

December 3rd, 2018


00:33 Lunch Delivery: Nicole's daughter came up with a clever new solution to the old problem of the forgotten school lunch. … 06:29 Raising Kids …

Speed Round Replay: Favorite Christmas Movies

November 30th, 2018


(It's that time of the year: Replay time, because we were unable to record new speed rounds for this week. But maybe this one is new to you!) Have a …

Speed Round Replay: Gift Wrap or Gift Bags?

November 29th, 2018


(It's that time of the year: Replay time, because we were unable to record new speed rounds for this week. But maybe this one is new to you!) It's the most gift-wrappy season of all. Do you play it fast and easy, or …

Speed Round Replay: Do You Switch Your Closet Over for the Season?

November 28th, 2018


(It's that time of the year: Replay time, because we were unable to record new speed rounds for this week. But maybe this one is new to you!) For those with petite closets and serious weather shifts, it's time for the …

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars Juniors and The West Wing Weekly

November 27th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:35 Dancing with the Stars Juniors: We've now divided the field into Big Kids and Littles, and guess what? We're rooting for the little guys. … 09:08 The West …

Cyber Monday Replay: Force of Habit

November 26th, 2018


What with all the traveling, cooking, and eating last week, we could not record a new episode. So please enjoy this serving of leftovers from …

Speed Round: Events that Defy Explanation

November 23rd, 2018


We tell our tales of cars that pull off magical U-turns, a family assembling itself from across the globe, and close encounters with groundhogs. For …

Speed Round: Happy Thanksgiving

November 22nd, 2018


In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, we go around the virtual table and share what we're grateful for this year. For quotes, archives, and more, …

Speed Round: What Annoys You About Your Phone?

November 21st, 2018


Can't live with them, but definitely can't live without them: Our phones and their pet peeves. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Round 2: DWTS Finale, DWTS Jrs., The Good Place and The West Wing

November 20th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:37 Dancing with the Stars: Unlikely champ Bobby Bones takes home the mirror ball! Mentioned: An early October episode of Bobby's podcast (#141,

Episode 241: Saying Goodbye to a Pet

November 19th, 2018


00:32 High-School Graduation Gifts: Options range from "a pen" to "a trip to Iceland." … 07:09 Losing a Pet: For Terri's family, the loss is fresh. …

Speed Round: The Perfect Day

November 16th, 2018


We'll use our perfect day to catch up on our entertainment and just generally be slothful. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: Overrated Vacations

November 15th, 2018


Our thoughts on what's overrated cover rather a lot of ground: Beaches. Amusement parks. Water parks. Camping. Leaving the house ever. See also: Our recent Speed Round on theory vs. reality (

Round 2: DWTS Semi-Finals, DWTS Jrs., The Good Place and The West Wing

November 14th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:32 Dancing with the Stars: It's the semi-finals, and two stars are eliminated—one deserving and one maybe not so (but we have a theory about why it's legit). …

Speed Round: Most Recent Movie

November 13th, 2018


Our entertainment-themed Round 2 will come to you tomorrow, so today we offer an entertainment-themed Speed Round: What is the last movie you watched? Terri's is “Lady Bird,” and you can hear her thoughts about it on …

Episode 240: Hometowns and Heartache

November 12th, 2018


00:27 California Here We Come: Catherine and her daughter headed to sunny SoCal for a skating competition, and Nicole gets to come and watch. … 05:25 …

Speed Round: What Is Your Favorite Kitchen Smell?

November 9th, 2018


None of us is an avid chef, but we are all very happy to eat delicious-smelling desserts, bread, and bacon. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: How Often Do You Check Your Phone?

November 8th, 2018


Just how poor of an example are we setting for our kids, really? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: Favorite School Subjects

November 7th, 2018


Terri's a writer through and through, so her favorite subject won't surprise you. But Nicole's and Catherine's might. For quotes, archives, and more, …

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, The Good Place, and The West Wing

November 6th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:30 Dancing with the Stars: On Country Night, it's a double-elimination do-si-do. … 12:11 The Good Place: "A Fractured Inheritance" finds both Eleanor and …

Episode 239: The World of Work

November 5th, 2018


00:30 Busted: It was bound to happen sooner or later: Nicole's daughter calls her out after a comment on Instagram. … 11:25 Career Check-In: Nicole …

Speed Round: Would You Rather: Careers

November 2nd, 2018


When given the choice between two occupations, we'll always try to figure out which one has the lower potential for stress. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: Would You Rather: Clothing Choices

November 1st, 2018


If you peek in our closets, will you find quality or quantity? Flats or heels? Navy or black? Mentioned: Sherry from Young House Love and her minimalist wardrobe (

Speed Round: Would You Rather: Approaches to Life

October 31st, 2018


It's "Would You Rather?" week for all of our Speed Rounds, and today, we take on WYR questions about how we approach life (and chocolate). For …

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, DWTS Jrs, The Good Place and The West Wing

October 30th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:40 Dancing with the Stars: It's Halloween Night, and we get a cringey show-mance and a "star" with unfortunate staying power. Mentioned: Frankie and Witney's …

Episode 238: Spooky, Scary Childhood Fears

October 29th, 2018


00:32 Volunteer Woes: Nicole was fired and Terri's retired, leaving Catherine the only sucker who's still putting in those volunteer hours. … 09:25 …

Speed Round: Reality Check

October 26th, 2018


We cop to those experiences that sound like a great idea, but kinda suck in reality. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: What Kind of Business Would You Start?

October 25th, 2018


In case this podcast thing doesn't take off, we have some other business ideas. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: Health Procrastination

October 24th, 2018


We know we should do all these important health tests and tasks, but we just don't wanna. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Round 2: DWTS, DWTS Juniors, and The Good Place

October 23rd, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:28 Dancing with the Stars: Disney Night meant a lot of reenacting movies, visits from the Junior stars and pros, and a parting gift from Mickey. Mentioned: …

Episode 237: Yearbooks of Today and Yesterday

October 22nd, 2018


00:32 Canada Calling: Nicole got to visit the motherland for her annual dose of autumn weather and ketchup chips. Mentioned: Prince Harry gives up …

Speed Round: What Is the Last Thing You Googled?

October 19th, 2018


Two of us are ashamed of our searches, while the third just needs a pretty hair-do. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: What Is the Perfect Outdoor Temperature?

October 18th, 2018


We try to appreciate those (very few and far between) days when the weather is just perfect. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: What Is Your Ideal Ice Cream Sundae?

October 17th, 2018


Our discussion of sundae toppings leads Terri on a walk down SoCal memory lane. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Round 2: DWTS, DWTS Juniors, The Good Place and The West Wing

October 16th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:39 Dancing with the Stars: Trio Night ends on a downbeat note, with excellent dancer Tinashe going home and Grocery Store Joe... not going home. Mentioned: …

Episode 236: How to Ace a Parent-Teacher Conference

October 15th, 2018


00:32 Sanitation Situation: People in Catherine's town have big thoughts and feelings about garbage and recycling bins. … 07:04 Meet the Teachers: 'Tis the season for parent-teacher conferences. With many (many, many) …

Speed Round: What's the Longest You've Stayed in the Hospital?

October 12th, 2018


We've been pretty darn lucky. Our family members, not so much. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: What Single Thing Makes You Most Nostalgic?

October 11th, 2018


Songs and shows from our youth, and the tappity-tap of an old-timey typewriter, bring back beautiful memories. For quotes, archives, and more, visit …

Speed Round: Do You Have a Dining Room?

October 10th, 2018


Open-concept homes may be all the rage, but at least one of us has a dedicated dining space—sometimes even used for meals! For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, DWTS Jrs., The Good Place and The West Wing

October 9th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:36 Dancing with the Stars: This season's was a surprisingly upbeat edition of My Most Memorable Year, with fewer sob stories and more enjoyable dances. … …

Episode 235: Beyond Tiger Moms and Helicopter Parents

October 8th, 2018


00:31 Hospital Stay: Nicole gives an update on a hospital visit that kept her from podcasting last week. … 07:15 The Fill-in-the-Blank Parent: First …

Speed Round: Solids or Prints?

October 4th, 2018


When it comes to our clothing choices, are we bold and bright or solid and simple? (Or "whatever hides the dirt"?) For quotes, archives, and more, …

Bonus Round 2: DWTS Las Vegas Night

October 3rd, 2018


Instead of our usual Wednesday Speed Round, today we bring you a bonus Round 2 so we can cover Dancing with the Stars' Tuesday night edition. Hear our thoughts on voting, time management, and costuming shenanigans—and …

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, The Good Place, and The West Wing

October 2nd, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:40 Dancing with the Stars: It was New York Night, which turned out to mean Broadway, the subway, and skyscraper-high scores from the judges. … 11:04 The Good …

Roundabout Replay: Giving Ourselves a Break

October 1st, 2018


(In lieu of a brand-new episode today, please enjoy this October, 2017, flashback. We'll be back with a new Round 2 tomorrow and new speed rounds for the rest of the week.) … 01:03 Post-Renovation Debrief: Terri's …

Speed Round: How Much Sleep Do You Want?

September 28th, 2018


In our dreams, we would get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. But we never dream, because we don’t get that much sleep. For quotes, archives, …

Speed Round: Are You Happy with Your Phone?

September 27th, 2018


Our kids may nag us regularly about upgrades, but we're pretty content with our phones—cracks and all. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Bonus Round 2: DWTS Elimination

September 26th, 2018


Instead of our usual Speed Round, today we bring you a speedy Round 2 so we can cover the “Dancing with the Stars” Tuesday night edition—in which the first star is sent on her way. Plus, we got a preview of “Dancing …

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars and West Wing

September 25th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:30 Dancing with the Stars: Season 27 kicks off with an onslaught of sparkles and stars (some starrier than others). … 16:10 The West Wing: We found this …

Episode 234: Big Kids, Big Decisions

September 24th, 2018


00:31 Traffic Rant: Terri's tearing her hair out over the poor parking etiquette on her street. … 13:36 Too Old to Fail: ...but too young to make smart decisions. That's the pickle we find ourselves in as our kids grow …

Speed Round: What Word Does Not Describe You?

September 21st, 2018


Is there just one word that sums up who we are not? For at least two of us, there is. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: Would You Rather: Summer Foods vs. Fall Foods

September 20th, 2018


Summer offers delicious food and drink, but then again, so does fall. Don't make us choose! For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: Who Loses Things at Your House?

September 19th, 2018


Which of us are the losers in our households, and which the finders? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Round 2: West Wing, Elementary, and Fixer Upper

September 18th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:40 The West Wing: Terri had to pass on "An Khe," an episode loaded with false notes and overly easy drama. … 09:45 Challenge Round: Elementary: Terri …

Episode 233: Risky Business

September 17th, 2018


00:32 Pet Roundabout: Time for a quick status check on the animal members of our households. … 12:30 Safety vs. Strength: Do we want our kids to take …

Speed Round: Do You Like Spicy Food?

September 14th, 2018


One of us is at the top of the spice chain ... but only the New Jersey-level spice chain. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: What's On Your Fridge?

September 13th, 2018


We've talked about what's inside our refrigerators ( before. Now, we want to know what's stuck to the outside. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: Do Your Kids Have a Curfew?

September 12th, 2018


What time do your kids turn into pumpkins, and who makes the rules? (Turns out, it's not always the parents.) For quotes, archives, and more, visit …

Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance Finale and Making It Finale

September 11th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:52 So You Think You Can Dance: We have a winner, and it's Hannahlei. Power to the tiny, …

Episode 232: Commandments and Consequences

September 10th, 2018


00:32 Shoe Situation: Wearing two different shoes all day: Cause for concern, or fashion statement? … 08:28 Thou Shalt Obey These Rules: We set out …

Speed Round: What Are You Watching on TV?

September 7th, 2018


Since Nicole doesn't usually join in on the Round 2 fun, we each give a little report on what's on our TVs these days. For quotes, archives, and …

Speed Round: Who's Buying?

September 6th, 2018


If you take us out to lunch, we will gladly pay our share and maybe even yours too. (Just please, take us out to lunch!) For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: What Emoji Do You Use the Most?

September 5th, 2018


Back in 2016, we shared our most frequently used emojis ( Has anything changed in two years? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Round 2: SYTYCD Top 4 Perform, Making It, and West Wing

September 4th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:35 So You Think You Can Dance: No eliminations, as the top 4 performed a total of 14 different dances for our review. Did those dances help us decide who to …

Episode 231: Vacation Dreams

September 3rd, 2018


00:31 School Security: We would like our kids to be able to move about freely, but also stay safe. It's a conundrum. … 10:26 Vacations We Need: …

Speed Round: What Baby and Little Kid Stuff Have You Saved?

August 31st, 2018


Turns out we're better at passing along clothes, toys, and baby gear than we are at tossing birthday cards (with a few special exceptions, of course). For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: College Essay Tips from an Expert

August 30th, 2018


Hafeez Lakhani, from Lakhani Coaching (, is Nicole's guest on this special Speed Round. Hafeez gives us …

Speed Round: What Do You Do with Birthday Cards?

August 29th, 2018


Birthday cards: Lovingly selected, handsomely paid for, proudly displayed. And then what? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Round 2: SYTYCD Top Six Perform, Making It, and West Wing

August 28th, 2018


00:33 So You Think You Can Dance: In this blink-and-you've-missed it season, the Top Four have been named, and there are just two episodes left to go. … 12:34 The West Wing: We finally reached Terri's breaking point: …

Episode 230: Parenting Job Descriptions

August 27th, 2018


00:31 College Competition: When do teens have time to live their lives, if they're so busy stocking up good deeds for their college apps? … 12:55 …

Speed Round: What Apps Have You Actually Paid For?

August 24th, 2018


We share those few apps that actually make the leap from free to premium—and whether those few bucks were really well-spent. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: What Kind of Playlist Do You Need?

August 23rd, 2018


Forget the running playlist, the breakup playlist, and the poolside playlist. We have some other ideas for songs to live by. For quotes, archives, …

Speed Round: What's the Last Photo You Took?

August 22nd, 2018


It's time to return to the urgent question of most recent photos on our phones (, and this crop is more exciting than last time: A memorable souvenir, a nimbler-than-expected …

Round 2: SYTYCD Top Eight Perform, Making It, and West Wing

August 21st, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:45 So You Think You Can Dance: Turns out it was Prop Night on SYTYCD, starting with a group number featuring giant rubber bands (?!). Aside from that one, we …

Episode 229: Born Too Late, or Too Early

August 20th, 2018


00:31 Spirit Week: Nicole has questions about her daughter's high school's interpretation of a theme. …09:42 What We Missed Out On: New parents today …

Speed Round: What Kid Activities Did You Enjoy Most?

August 17th, 2018


Not all of our children's activities are exactly fun for us, but there are those things that became as much a part of our social life as our kids'. On today's Speed Round, we give a cheer for team sports and marching …

Speed Round: Senior Pictures

August 16th, 2018


In our day, senior photos involved slapping on some sort of drape-like thing and smiling pretty. Now, there are whole photo shoots, with props and …

Speed Round: The Doctor Will See You Eventually

August 15th, 2018


Doctors whose office is closed when you're sick. Orthodontists who don't keep kid hours. What we wish phone physicians could do. Yep, we've got a few …

Round 2: SYTYCD Top Ten Perform, Making It, and West Wing

August 14th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:21 So You Think You Can Dance: In a non-shocking elimination, two dancers are sent home. Also non-shockingly, we have some complaints about the producing and …

Episode 228: Those Little-Kid Days

August 13th, 2018


00:28 School Days: Nicole's daughter is starting her senior year, and Catherine's paying fees for the whole year to come. Mentioned: Last week's …

Speed Round: Favorite Book Series

August 10th, 2018


Nicole's favorite TV series has let her down this season, so she's picked a book series as her fave, and Catherine and Terri followed suit. Our …

Speed Round: Pet Patrol

August 9th, 2018


Loud bark-y dogs, stealth hedgehogs, attack ants, and black pooches playing speed bump in the dark are on the job of defending our homes. Play it safe—stay away! For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: What's the Last Photo Someone Took of You?

August 8th, 2018


On this week's group chat (, we talked about first day of school snapshots of our kids, but when's the last …

Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance, West Wing, and Making It

August 7th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:37 So You Think You Can Dance: Finally, the live shows begin! In two shocking surprises, someone tap-danced, and Terri preferred a contemporary routine over …

Episode 227: Back-to-School Traditions and Regrets

August 6th, 2018


00:31 Critter Update: What's going on with Terri's ant invasion and Nicole's personal zoo? … 08:04 Back to School, Back to Guilt: An article about …

Speed Round: What Age Is Best?

August 3rd, 2018


In a question that proved almost too hypothetical to answer, we try to determine what age we'd like to remain forever and ever. Two of us are going for 30, and the other one can't quite commit. For quotes, archives, and …

Speed Round: Local Beauty

August 2nd, 2018


We look at the pretty places near our homes, from a New York City skyline view to the California beaches--with a stop in the Midwest for historic homes and ice shanties. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: Pick Two

August 1st, 2018


A Facebook post ( inviting us to keep only two from a list of (allegedly) crucial items made us realize we can get by with some basic essentials. For …

Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance, West Wing, and My So-Called Life

July 31st, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: … 00:35 So You Think You Can Dance: Just like last week, 10 dancers were whittled down to 5, and we have complaints about a lot of it. Mentioned: This "lyrical …

Episode 226: Name That Tune

July 30th, 2018


00:32 Hedgehog Happenings: Catherine reports on her spiky houseguest, and Terri also has some guests (overstaying their welcome). … 08:54 Sing a Song: We name the tunes that put little ones to sleep, perk up a road …

Speed Round: What's on Your Coffee Table?

July 27th, 2018


If you think we live in pristine houses with immaculate furnishings and tables accented just so ... you haven't listened to this podcasts before, …

Speed Round: Stressful Slang

July 26th, 2018


Nicole's enjoying #Australian slang, Catherine not enjoying being called "extra," and Terri just wishes people would stop making language harder. …

Speed Round: Busted Air-Conditioning Blues

July 25th, 2018


While Terri waits for her central air to be repaired, she's collecting tips on how to hack some chill, or just general gripes about the difficulty of …

Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance, West Wing, and Lady Bird

July 24th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: … 00:45 So You Think You Can Dance: The heartbreak continues, as we just barely met the top 10 women and 5 of them are gone at the end of an hour. … 10:45 The …

Episode 225: We'll Be the Judge

July 23rd, 2018


00:27 Plane Plague Tales: Nicole's back from Australia, and she brought home an unwelcome souvenir. … 07:47 Kids in Flight: Speaking of planes, is it …

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

July 20th, 2018


Today's speed round is a Speed Round 2, with Catherine and Terri bringing their Tuesday entertainment chat to Friday for a special round of "Would …

Speed Round: Helping Children Understand Inclusion

July 19th, 2018


We've talked a lot about inclusion on this podcast (did you hear that Nicole wrote a book (, and today we welcome author …

Speed Round: How Has Humor Helped Your Parenting?

July 18th, 2018


Our guest for today's Speed Round is Tim J. Myers (, author of Glad to Be Dad (, who shares some of those stories of …

Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance, West Wing, and Royal Pains

July 17th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: … 00:34 So You Think You Can Dance: We tried to skip the audition process. Turns out we failed, because the Academy is just "gotcha! more auditions!" … …

Episode 224: Sick-Day Sampler

July 16th, 2018


00:50 Plane Plague: With one podcaster down for the count, we bring you an assortment of our past conversations on sickness and health. Your road map: 01:07 When Parents Get Sick: When Mom or Dad is under the weather, …

Speed Round Flashback: Inclusion in Action

July 13th, 2018


[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Nicole. No surprise that she picked this one from April 2018.] Hey, did you hear …

Speed Round Flashback: What Weird Food Combinations Do You Really Enjoy?

July 12th, 2018


[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Nicole. This one originally ran in April 2017.] On today's Speed Round, we talked …

Speed Round Flashback: Have You Had Any Weird Pets?

July 11th, 2018


[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Nicole. This one originally ran in September 2016.] Catherine's son is still …

Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance, The West Wing, and The Martian

July 10th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:36 So You Think You Can Dance: After giving up on this show two years ago (during an ill-fated "next generation" season featuring tweens,

Summer Rerun: Teaching Kids Resilience

July 9th, 2018


[We're taking turns picking out some favorite episodes to share with you on weeks when vacations disrupt our usual chattiness. Nicole raided our …

Speed Round: What Would Your Dream Mall Have?

July 6th, 2018


Nicole brought to our attention an article about American Dream Miami (

Speed Round: What Could You Eat Forever and Never Get Tired Of?

July 5th, 2018


There are plenty of foods we have limited interest in, or enjoy in small amounts, or enjoy not at all. But is there anything we can imagine indulging …

Speed Round: Would You Rather Get Over It or Get Even?

July 4th, 2018


Sure, it's healthy to let things go, and to appreciate that the only people we can change are ourselves. But can we always manage that? Do we still try to get even with people? Or just yell at them in our heads? It's …

Round 2: Trophy Wife, The West Wing, and Burn Notice

July 3rd, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: … 00:37 Trophy Wife: We come to the end of this one-season wonder, wistfully. It's quirky …

Episode 223: Summer Then and Now

July 2nd, 2018


00:30 Greek Salad Truths: Catherine has just returned from Greece, and can confirm: There should be no lettuce in your "Greek" salad. … 07:47 What I …

Speed Round Flashback: Would You Rather Be a Superhero or a Sidekick?

June 29th, 2018


[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Terri. This one originally ran in September 2016, and includes our old friend …

Speed Round Flashback: Would You Rather Reverse Decisions or Stop Time?

June 28th, 2018


[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Terri. This one originally ran in September 2016, and includes our old friend …

Speed Round Flashback: Would You Rather—Dessert Edition

June 27th, 2018


[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Terri. This one originally ran in August 2017.] We do some quick takes on pies vs. cakes. Also cookies vs. brownies, hard ice cream vs. soft, and fruit …

Round 2: Trophy Wife, The West Wing, and Coco

June 26th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:47 Trophy Wife: Terri has figured out why this show works: Its pleasantly surprising plot pivots, like the Scandal parody in "The Minutes." … 06:25 The West …

Summer Rerun: Our Lives Are Like a Bad TV Show

June 25th, 2018


[We're taking turns picking out some favorite episodes to share with you on weeks when vacations disrupt our usual chattiness. Terri raided our …

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

June 22nd, 2018


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 …

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

June 21st, 2018


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 …

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

June 20th, 2018


On a recent Speed Round (, in the course of a different discussion, Catherine mentioned this question: "If …

Round 2 Flashback: Spoiler Phobia and Fading Family Dramas

June 19th, 2018


[Catherine and Terri are taking a vacation week on Round 2 and bringing you excerpts from a couple of entertainment-related episodes from way back in 2015. Next week's episode is new, though, as are all our other …

Episode 222: Carpenters and Gardeners

June 18th, 2018


00:32 Rory the Hedgehog: Catherine catches us up on her prickly summer visitor. … 08:23 Are You a Carpenter or a Gardener? Our discussion of this article on parenting styles (

Speed Round Flashback: Student Awards We'd Like to See

June 15th, 2018


[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Catherine. This one originally ran in October 2017.] To follow up our serious …

Speed Round Flashback: Favorite Regional Foods

June 14th, 2018


[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Catherine. This one originally ran back in January.] From cheesesteaks to gelato, barbecue to ketchup chips, we shout out some location-specific …

Speed Round Flashback: Why Would You Ask Me That?

June 13th, 2018


[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Catherine. This one originally ran back in February.] Whether they’re questions we don’t want to answer in front of our kids or questions that throw us …

Round 2: Trophy Wife, The West Wing, and White Collar

June 12th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:28 Trophy Wife: We both say "Awww" to a brand-new twist on the sitcom wedding—and "oh …

Summer Rerun: Other People's Parenting

June 11th, 2018


[We're taking turns picking out some favorite episodes to share with you on weeks when vacations disrupt our usual chattiness. Catherine raided our …

Speed Round: Pizza or Pasta?

June 8th, 2018


We're not unanimous on this important issue of the day, though Catherine can't imagine there'd even be any question. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: How Dog-Friendly Is Your Neighborhood?

June 7th, 2018


Terri's just trying to walk her dog around her nice suburban neighborhood. Why are people treating her like public enemy #1? For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: Would You Rather—Musical Genius vs. Fluent in a Language

June 6th, 2018


We borrowed a question Catherine saw on an AV Club interview (

Round 2: Trophy Wife, The West Wing, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

June 5th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:56 Trophy Wife: We tried to tell Kate not to go into business with Jackie ("Foxed …

Episode 221: Privacy Policies

June 4th, 2018


00:32 Live and In Person: Nicole and Catherine got to see each other IRL! Terri joined via Photoshop. … 11:52 Love Is an Open Door: With six teens …

Speed Round: Would You Want a Convertible?

June 1st, 2018


They look fun, but some of us don't live in places with a super-long pleasant-outdoor-air season. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: Do You Read Advice Columns?

May 31st, 2018


People have problems, and they put up with way more than they ought to. That's what we've learned from reading advice columns like Dear Abby and Ask …

Speed Round: How Often Do You Change Your Profile Picture?

May 30th, 2018


Nicole frequently cycles her profile, but Terri's more set-it-and-forget-it, and Catherine's got a go-to childhood photo that endears her to Skype …

Round 2: Trophy Wife, The West Wing Weekly, and Grey's Anatomy

May 29th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast:

00:32 Trophy Wife: We're still laughing at this show every week, but we have some questions about the ads on the ABC app.

09:33 The West Wing Weekly: Instead of …

Episode 220: Mildly Peevish

May 28th, 2018


00:37 Shopping Shocker: You won't believe the article of clothing Catherine purchased for herself. 

09:48 Gentle Ranting: We tried to rant about our kids, but it didn't really work out. We reserve the right to try again …

Speed Round: Would You Get Another Pet?

May 25th, 2018


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 …

Speed Round: Does Your Pet Have Any Funny Habits or Irrational Fears?

May 24th, 2018


We've talked about our dogs plenty on this podcast, so consider this listing of their fears and desires and coffee-stealing habits more as a review than a revelation. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: Have You Ever Been Bitten by an Animal?

May 23rd, 2018


We have tales of being bit by dogs and monkeys and even bicycles, but we're not holding grudges. (If those lizards menacing Nicole ever do attack, …

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars Finale, Trophy Wife, and The West Wing

May 22nd, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast:

00:37 Dancing with the Stars Athletes: Nice try, DWTS, but this idea did not really work …

Episode 219: When Best Friends Are Banned

May 21st, 2018


00:32 Lake Fly Season: Keep your mouth closed and your umbrellas at the ready if you visit Catherine this week.

08:26 BFFN (Best Friends For Now): We …

Speed Round: Beverage Choice Overload

May 18th, 2018


Nicole's encounter with a soda machine bearing many options she'd never heard of got us talking about what we get when we go to fill up our cups. For …

Speed Round: Do You Wear Sandals?

May 17th, 2018


It's a good time to set feet free from shoes and socks. But sandals can be problematic if your spouse disapproves, you have a foot condition that requires sturdier footwear, or your part of the country demands pricey …

Speed Round: Will You Be Watching the Royal Wedding?

May 16th, 2018


Is even a big fancy wedding with lots of people in hats worth getting up at 4 a.m. for? We think the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might …

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, Trophy Wife, and The West Wing

May 15th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast:

00:44 Dancing with the Stars Athletes: Week 3 and it's already the semi-finals? We are not in favor of this shortened season business (nor did we approve of who …

Episode 218: Stage Mothers

May 14th, 2018


00:31 Earthquake! Nicole was jolted awake by a quake—and the realization that she's not going to survive an apocalypse.

08:58 Stars of Stage, Screen, …

Speed Round: Do You Send Birthday Cards in the Mail?

May 11th, 2018


It's the kind of thing we'd love to say that we do—especially Terri, who used to work for Hallmark—but between the cost and the time and the organization needed to actually buy and mail something, we're not exactly on …

Speed Round: Do You Celebrate Your Dog's Birthday?

May 10th, 2018


We love our dogs so much we talk about them all the time on their podcast (and sometimes you can even hear them in the background), but birthday …

Speed Round: Thermostat Wars

May 9th, 2018


Catherine confesses to some passive-aggressive temperature shifting, Nicole declares her intention to keep her home "Canada cold" year-round, and …

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, Trophy Wife, and The West Wing

May 8th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast:

00:35 Dancing with the Stars Athletes: We said goodbye to both basketball players this week, meaning the remaining competitors are evenly split between figure …

Episode 217: Spoilers

May 7th, 2018


00:31 Movin' On Up: Nicole's son is graduating from college, and we have a business idea for white-hat hackers.

7:01 Who Are You Calling …

Speed Round: What's a TV Plot Twist That Has Stunned You?

May 4th, 2018


We recall some shocking plot developments that took us by surprise ... and mourn the fact that watching things months after the fact on our DVRs means it's hard to be shocked anymore. Mentioned: The Extra Hot Great …

Speed Round: How Do You Protect Your Privacy Online?

May 3rd, 2018


We know we should be more careful, but finding the balance between staying safe on the Internet and having fun on it is getting harder and harder to …

Speed Round: Do You Have a Favorite Talk Show Host?

May 2nd, 2018


From the latest in late night to our college daytime-show faves, we talk talk-show hosts and who we remember most fondly. For quotes, archives, and …

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, One Day at a Time, and The West Wing

May 1st, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode:

00:32 Dancing with the Stars Athletes: In a four-week season, the premiere was especially brutal, with two eliminations. As for your podcasters, we are Team …

Episode 216: Feeling Powerless

April 30th, 2018


00:31 Conference Recap: Catherine reported on the Untitled Town Book and Author Festival she attended. Also mentioned: Katherine Reynolds Lewis and …

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite Spring Flower?

April 27th, 2018


In praise of Catherine's hearty peonies, Nicole's too-fast-fading tulips, and any flower that's not making Terri sneeze. For quotes, archives, and …

Speed Round: Do You Answer the Door?

April 26th, 2018


Spam phone calls are bad enough, but what about when salespeople come to your door—do you open it or hide until they go away? Or what if it's a kid selling cookies? Or a neighbor with a dead goose? We assess our degree …

Speed Round: Have You Been to a Conference?

April 25th, 2018


Catherine's plans to attend a local writer's conference, and that inspired Terri to share her formative experience with the Santa Barbara Writer's …

Round 2: One Day at a Time, Trophy Wife, and Nailed It

April 24th, 2018


Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode:

00:36 One Day at a Time: Things get pretty dark for our heroine in "Hello, Penelope," but she has an unlikely savior—and makes a pretty great discovery in …

Episode 215: Share and Share Alike

April 23rd, 2018


00:32 OTT Proms: Forget the school gym or a de-iced hockey rink. Nowadays, schools are putting on their parties at racetracks!

7:07 Sharing Is Caring: …

Speed Round: Inclusion in Action

April 20th, 2018


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: …

Speed Round: Do You Participate in Surveys?

April 19th, 2018


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 …

Speed Round: The Good News About Bad Behavior

April 18th, 2018


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 For quotes, …

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

April 17th, 2018


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 …

Episode 214: Horror Show

April 16th, 2018


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 …

Speed Round: Celebration Traditions

April 13th, 2018


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 …

Speed Round: Creating Passwords vs. Cleaning Toilets?

April 12th, 2018


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 ... …

Speed Round: Stress Awareness Month

April 11th, 2018


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. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

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

April 10th, 2018


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 …

Episode 213: What's Your Excuse?

April 9th, 2018


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 …

Speed Round: Gas or Electric?

April 6th, 2018


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. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us …

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

April 5th, 2018


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 …

Speed Round: Top Sheet or No Top Sheet?

April 4th, 2018


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 …

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

April 3rd, 2018


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 …

Episode 212: Family Values

April 2nd, 2018


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 …

Speed Round: Amusement Park or Beach?

March 30th, 2018


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

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

March 29th, 2018


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. For quotes, archives, and more, visit us at

Speed Round: What World Monument Would You Visit?

March 28th, 2018


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 …

Round 2: One Day at a Time and Two Biopics

March 27th, 2018


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 recor