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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.6 • 16 Ratings

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: “Glassworks,” HARDY’s “Quit!!”, and Refusing to Simplify

    Weekly Roundup: “Glassworks,” HARDY’s “Quit!!”, and Refusing to Simplify

    Here's what's on our minds (and playlists) this week:

    Catherine's library find is a book she judged by its cover. Glassworks's art and blurbs appealed enough for Catherine to give this debut novel by Olivia Wolfgang-Smith a try (it also happens to be on the Staff Picks table at her library right now, chosen by another staff member). It's a creative, but uneven, tale of four generations trying, and often failing, to connect with and support one another.

    Terri's random recommendation is the latest album (collection of songs?) from HARDY, titled "Quit!!" She's enjoying the artist's transition from country music to F-bomb-laden hard rock. 

    In the archives, we revisit a rant from four years ago: Simply Refusing to Simplify, about the (many) issues we have with listicle-format advice on minimalism.

    Next week's lineup: A Gentleman in Moscow E3, "The Last Rostov," on Tuesday, July 23Lost S1 E3, "Tabula Rasa," on Wednesday, July 24Weekly roundup on Thursday, July 25
    Until then (and anytime you're in need), the archives are available.

    • 19 min
    Parenting Tips from “Lost” S1 E2, “Pilot Part 2”

    Parenting Tips from “Lost” S1 E2, “Pilot Part 2”

    Each Wednesday, we discuss an older entertainment property, and currently, that's Lost. Happily for Catherine, the second part of the pilot was much less migraine-inducing than the first part. The castaways are likely not as happy, as they are dealing with mysterious monsters, mysterious fellow passengers, and mysterious raw fish dishes. As for parenting, we're giving Michael a pass for now, but he's going to need to step up his game.

    Next Wednesday, we'll discuss season 1, episode 3, "Tabula Rasa." We'll be back tomorrow with a roundup of some of our favorite segments from our recent Weekly Roundup format.

    • 16 min
    Parenting Tips from “A Gentleman in Moscow” E2, “An Invitation”

    Parenting Tips from “A Gentleman in Moscow” E2, “An Invitation”

    On Tuesdays, we share our thoughts on a newer entertainment property. Currently, that's A Gentleman in Moscow, a limited series on Paramount+. "An Invitation," the second episode of eight, did in fact bring a couple of invitations (some threatening, some not), along with a secret expansion of the Count's living quarters and--sadly—the departure of his young friend, Nina.

    Next Tuesday, we'll discuss the third episode of the series, "The Last Rostov." We'll be back tomorrow with a discussion of our other current TV watch/rewatch, Lost. 

    • 16 min
    Weekly Roundup: “Animalphabet,” Too Old for Cool on Substack, and Picking Your Battles

    Weekly Roundup: “Animalphabet,” Too Old for Cool on Substack, and Picking Your Battles

    Each Thursday, join us for a weekly roundup that's an update on our most recent podcast format. We'll bring you a library find, an update from Terri on life or pop culture or whatever's on her mind, and a pick from our archives.

    Catherine's library find this week is a lushly illustrated children's picture book called Animalphabet by Julia Donaldson, with art by Sharon King-Chai, because there's always room for another animal alphabet book (especially when it's this beautiful). Mentioned: Some of Donaldson's other titles, Room on the Broom, The Gruffalo, and The Gruffalo's Child (all illustrated by Axel Scheffler). 

    Terri's random recommendation is the exciting news that she has started a Substack newsletter! Find out more and subscribe: Too Old for Cool. It's free (although you're welcome to pay her if you'd like).

    In the archives, we revisit a classic from two years ago: Choosing Your Parenting Battles.

    Next week's lineup: 
    A Gentleman in Moscow E2, "An Invitation," on Tuesday, July 16Lost S1 E2, "Pilot Part 2," on Wednesday, July 17Weekly roundup on Thursday, July 18
    Until then (and anytime you're in need), the archives are available.

    • 17 min
    Parenting Tips from “Lost” S1 E1, “Pilot Part 1”

    Parenting Tips from “Lost” S1 E1, “Pilot Part 1”

    Each Wednesday, we discuss an older entertainment property--something one or both of us has watched and wants to revisit, or something we missed the first time around. We're kicking it off with Lost, which premiered almost 20 years ago. Terri enjoyed it, in all its convoluted weirdness. Catherine hasn't seen it before, but is willing to risk migraines to find out more.

    Next Wednesday, we'll discuss season 1, episode 2, "Pilot Part 2." We'll be back tomorrow with a roundup of some of our favorite segments from our recent Weekly Roundup format.

    • 17 min
    Parenting Tips from “A Gentleman in Moscow” E1, “A Master of Circumstance”

    Parenting Tips from “A Gentleman in Moscow” E1, “A Master of Circumstance”

    Welcome to a new and improved Parenting Roundabout podcast! About a year after our last reinvention, we're switching things up again. As parents and parenting writers, we can’t help but see everything through a parenting lens. But as our kids have become adults, we find ourselves more interested in getting caught up on movies and streaming than on going over the same parenting topics over and over.

    So since we’re pretty sure we can find parenting wisdom anywhere, we’re going to talk about what we’re watching, what we thought about it, and maybe what we can learn from it, if only what not to do.

    On Tuesdays, we’ll share our thoughts on a newer entertainment property. We’re kicking it off with A Gentleman in Moscow, a limited series on Paramount+ that premiered at the end of March. It's based, pretty faithfully so far, on a 2016 book of the same name by Amor Towles, which Catherine loved but Terri has not read. And it stars Ewan McGregor, who is fully inhabiting the titular gentleman. He's not a parent, but he's destined to take on a paternal role as the series continues. Mentioned: An episode of the Godsplaining podcast on the novel.

    Next Tuesday, we'll discuss the second episode of the series, "An Invitation." We'll be back tomorrow with a discussion of an older property. We're kicking it off with Lost, which premiered almost 20 years ago. And on Thursday, we'll bring you a roundup with some of our favorite segments from our recent Weekly Roundup format.

    • 16 min

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