Managing Mean Girls
A truly sad advice column question at Slate got us complaining about mean girls and what to do about them, in your kids' lives and in your own. Step 1: Don't live in a small town.
What We’re Watching: Ted Lasso “Mom City” and Brothers and Sisters “Two Places”
On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, Ted Lasso approaches the end of season 3 (and possibly the entire series) with an episode that could alternatively be titled "Parents: They'll Mess You Up." Mentioned: The Philip Larkin poem Mae recites to Ted, "This Be the Verse," and Alan Sepinwall and the commenters on his Substack newsletter. Next: S3 E12, "So Long, Farewell."
On Brothers and Sisters, the brothers currently are doing more messing up than the parents, although there is plenty of messing up to go around. And we assume there will continue to be on the next episode, S2 E7, "36 Hours."
Memorable College Moments
An article at Grown & Flown titled "10 Moments From College That I Would Like to Relive" prompted us to talk about all those precious moments from that time in our lives (although there are precious few that we actually want to relive).
Speed-Round Sunday: Summer Reading
On Speed-Round Sunday, we share a mini episode from our past for your weekend listening pleasure.
This question about what our kids are reading this summer was mostly a confession of what they're not reading.
On Second-Listen Saturday, we share moments from past episodes for your weekend listening pleasure. This discussion is from August 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 when to let it become their obsession instead of ours.
Roundabout Roundup: Ashley McBryde Videos, L'Oreal Root Cover-Up Spray, and Queen Charlotte
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Terri recommends two Ashley McBryde songs, with accompanying videos, that are fun, fiery, and female-empowering: "Brenda Put Your Bra On" and "Bonfire at Tina's." Nicole's touching up her color with L'Oreal Paris Magic Root Cover Up Spray. And Catherine watched the Bridgerton spin-off/prequel Queen Charlotte on Netflix.
Thanks as always to Jon Morin for our fun in-and-out music, which you hear on every episode.
Moms’ Superhero Skills
A rather wide-ranging survey on moms' superheroic skills and traits, and their confidence in them, got us obsessing about skills we have--and wish we had.
Waiting Room Woes
Nicole's hours-long passport agency ordeal got us complaining about having to corral kids in waiting rooms and other boring places, and also appreciating the fact that we're past that stage of parenting now.
What We’re Watching: Ted Lasso “International Break” and Brothers and Sisters “Domestic Issues”
On this week's entertainment- themed episode, a delightful episode of Ted Lasso featured many character breakthroughs and lovely scenes, plus the return of Phoebe! Mentioned: Sam Richardson in The Afterparty. Next: S3 E11, "Mom City."
On Brothers and Sisters, more bad decisions, more secrets kept and revealed, and more accusations of bad mothering. So, par for the course. Next: S2 E6, "Two Places."
It's high school graduation season, so we talked senior pranks and other traditional observances, like senior skip day, cap decorating, and the smuggling of inflatable beach balls into the graduation ceremony.
Join parenting and education writers Terri Mauro, Catherine Holecko, and Nicole Eredics for daily chats on parenting teens and young adults (and a little TV-watching too).
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