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

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

    Weekly Roundup: Earthquake and Eclipse, “Reservation Dogs” S3, “Luigi, the Spider Who Wanted to Be a Kitten,” and Adult Kids’ Homework

    Weekly Roundup: Earthquake and Eclipse, “Reservation Dogs” S3, “Luigi, the Spider Who Wanted to Be a Kitten,” and Adult Kids’ Homework

    On our latest weekly roundup, we belatedly share our experiences with recent natural phenomena. Don't worry, Terri survived the Great New Jersey Earthquake. Mentioned: Catherine's report on the August 2017 solar eclipse.

    What we're watching: Thanks to our two-by-two watch schedule, we got a perfect pair of Reservation Dogs episodes this week. "House Made of Bongs" flashed back to 1976, and a fateful outing for Maximus, Bucky, Brownie, Irene, Mabel, and Fixico. Then "Frankfurter Sandwich" reassembled several members of that generation to spend time with Cheese out in the woods.

    Catherine's library find this week is the recently published Luigi, the Spider Who Wanted to Be a Kitten by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. Arachnophobes should look away, but everyone else will be charmed by this adorable critter.

    In the archives, we revisit episodes in which we discussed dealing with kids' homework (April 17, 2019); our kids' obsessions (April 18, 2019); and kids' stuff side hustles (April 18, 2022). Mentioned: Taylor Swift playlists and a Joe Diffie Hixtape.

    Next week, we'll return to Reservation Dogs season 3, E7 ("Wahoo!") and E8 ("Send It"). Until then (and anytime you're in need), the archives are available.

    • 53 min
    Weekly Roundup: Youth Sports, “Reservation Dogs” S3, “Great Circle,” and Serial Commas

    Weekly Roundup: Youth Sports, “Reservation Dogs” S3, “Great Circle,” and Serial Commas

    On our latest weekly roundup, we find that we're still involved in "youth" sports, even though our kids are well past the age of T-ball and tot soccer.

    What we're watching: Reservation Dogs season 3 brought two very different episodes. "Deer Lady" gave us both the origin story of this character and a gut-wrenching look at Indian boarding school history. "Friday" bought comic relief with a day at the IHS clinic as the kids served their punishment for running away to California.

    Catherine's library find this week is Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead, the epic tale of a female aviator born in 1914. It's complex, sweeping, and full of adventure. Mentioned: Previous pick The Strange Case of Dr. Couney.

    In the archives, we revisit episodes in which we discussed saying no to naysaying (April 10, 2019); people asking us for help (April 11, 2017); and how we treat ourselves (April 14, 2016). Mentioned: The movie Champions, a PSA starring its actor Madison Tevlin, and a post Terri wrote on the same topic; Oat Nog and Oats Overnight.

    Next week, we'll return to Reservation Dogs season 3, E5 ("House Made of Bongs") and E6 ("Frankfurter Sandwich"). Until then (and anytime you're in need), the archives are available.

    • 42 min
    Weekly Roundup: New Office Amenities, “Reservation Dogs” S3, “Rick the Rock of Room 214,” and Adult Kids’ Birthdays

    Weekly Roundup: New Office Amenities, “Reservation Dogs” S3, “Rick the Rock of Room 214,” and Adult Kids’ Birthdays

    On our latest weekly roundup, Terri has been spiffing up her office by returning the walls to their original blank slate and adding a coffee and tea station. Mentioned: Electric kettles from Amazon Basics and Cuisinart.

    What we're watching: We return to Reservation Dogs for season 3. The first two episodes, "BUSSIN'" and "Maximus," give Bear his spotlight and his odyssey into oddity and wisdom.

    Catherine's library find this week is a follow-up to The World's Best Class Plant: This time, we meet Rick the Rock of Room 214, who wants to leave the classroom and go on an adventure out in the world. Rick's creators are author by Julie Falatko and illustrator Ruth Chan. Mentioned: Pet Rocks.

    In the archives, we revisit episodes in which we discussed birthday celebrations for big kids (April 5, 2023); family financial planning (April 4, 2022); and the last photo on our phones (April 6, 2017). Mentioned: IFoundaQuiltedHeart.com.

    Next week, we'll return to Reservation Dogs season 3, E3 ("Deer Lady") and E4 ("Friday"). Until then (and anytime you're in need), the archives are available.

    • 52 min
    Weekly Roundup: Eras Tour Movie, “Girls5Eva” S3, Whose Poo? Series, and Embarrassing Our Kids

    Weekly Roundup: Eras Tour Movie, “Girls5Eva” S3, Whose Poo? Series, and Embarrassing Our Kids

    On our latest weekly roundup, Terri (a true Senior Swiftie) is watching the Eras Tour on Disney+ and marveling at the spectacle.

    What we're watching: Also a spectacle, of a different kind, is season 3 of Girls5Eva. The gang goes on tour and tremendous silliness ensues, as you would expect from this show. Mentioned: Joe Reid at This Had Oscar Buzz.

    Catherine's library find this week is a nonfiction series for kids called Whose Poo?. It's yet another example of smart people figuring out how to teach science and encourage reluctant readers through bodily functions.

    In the archives, we revisit episodes in which we discussed how to ruin kids' lives (March 25, 2019); anger management (March 26, 2018); and parent-friendly restaurant ratings (March 27, 2015). Mentioned: Annie Kurzweg and The Leighton Show on Instagram, HARDY's the mockingbird and THE CROW album, "Song for the Dumped" by Ben Folds Five, "Ben Franklin's Song" by the Decemberists, and an upcoming AppleTV+ series on Franklin.

    Next week, we'll return to Reservation Dogs for season 3. We'll watch the first two episodes: "BUSSIN'" and "Maximus." Until then (and anytime you're in need), the archives are available.

    • 45 min
    Weekly Roundup: Texting Etiquette, “Reservation Dogs” S2, “The World’s Best Class Plant,” and Running Late

    Weekly Roundup: Texting Etiquette, “Reservation Dogs” S2, “The World’s Best Class Plant,” and Running Late

    On our latest weekly roundup, we are still trying to teach our kids about conveying urgency in their texts.

    What we're watching: We finished season 2 of Reservation Dogs with episodes 9 ("Offerings") and 10 ("I Still Believe"), two more opportunities to weep through our laughter and cheer on the Rez Dogs as they finally make it all the way to California.

    Catherine's library find this week is a sweet picture book called The World's Best Class Plant by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Lynnor Bontigao, and starring a surprisingly cool spider plant named Jerry.

    In the archives, we revisit episodes in which we discussed the perils of punctuality (March 18, 2021); (not) following your passion (March 18, 2020); and the sting of rejection (March 19, 2018). Mentioned: "I'm Just Ken" at the Oscars; our episode Working Hard, or Hardly Working?.

    Next week, we'll watch Girls5Eva (which has moved to Netflix) and talk about all of season 3. Until then (and anytime you're in need), the archives are available.

    • 45 min
    Weekly Roundup: Baking Injury, “Reservation Dogs” S2, “The Strange Case of Dr. Couney,” and Unsound Sleep

    Weekly Roundup: Baking Injury, “Reservation Dogs” S2, “The Strange Case of Dr. Couney,” and Unsound Sleep

    On our latest weekly roundup, we start with a cautionary tale about baking your own bread: It could lead to an ER visit.

    What we're watching: On season 2 of Reservation Dogs, episodes 7 ("Stay Gold Cheesy Boy") and 8 ("This Is Where the Plot Thickens") could not have been more different. One focused on Cheese and his big heart, and the other on Big and an unintentional acid trip that led to some real-life trippiness. We'd watch #7 again and again, and are delighted that it's in the Extra Hot Great Canon. But once was enough for #8.

    Catherine's library find this week is The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies by Dawn Raffel. It caught her eye because the author was one of Catherine's bosses at her first job after college. Plus, it does sound like a fascinating tale. Mentioned: Empire of the Sum and Pockets: An Intimate History of How We Keep Things Close.

    In the archives, we revisit episodes in which we discussed a clickbait complaint (March 15, 2023); unsound sleep (March 14, 2019); and memorable birthdays (March 15, 2018). 

    Next week, we'll watch the final two episodes of Reservation Dogs, season 2: E9 “Offerings" and E10 “I Still Believe.” Until then (and anytime you're in need), the archives are available.

    • 46 min

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