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 commiseration. Except Nicole. She's not a team player! Mentioned: Young House Love Has a Podcast, NPR's LifeKit podcast, and Life Admin by Elizabeth Emens.
What We’re Watching: ZEP “Zoey’s Extraordinary Best Friend” and Veronica Mars “Credit Where Credit’s Due”
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 strategy for the viewing audience too. Next week: “Zoey’s Extraordinary Boss."
Over in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars solves a case of credit card fraud in “Credit Where Credit’s Due,” featuring a (mercifully, one-time-only) appearance by Paris Hilton. Next week: "Meet John Smith."
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 good old "Way to go!"
On Speed-Round Sunday, we share a mini episode from our past for your weekend listening pleasure.
Continuing 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 you spend on shampoo?
On Second-Listen Saturday, we share some fun moments from past episodes for your weekend listening pleasure.
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 bullies your child in a way you wouldn't tolerate from any other human on the planet. Do you quietly take one for the team? Or do you become That Parent who people will later say ruined it for everyone?
Want more? Listen to the rest of this November 2016 episode.
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Since it's Valentine's Day, check out Terri's Love Notes for Special Parents. Nicole's loving the Instagram account Pups of UPS, and Catherine recommends the lovely movie The Farewell.
Thanks as always to Jon Morin for our fun in-and-out music, which you hear on every episode.
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. For one thing, let's keep kids out of it!
We complain about ghosting (new name, old phenomenon) but also concede that sometimes, we'd like an "unfollow" feature IRL.
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 involved enough singing, dancing, and Mary Steenburgen to convince us to watch episode 2 ("Zoey's Extraordinary Best Friend").
And then, to fill the Kristen Bell-shaped hole in our hearts now that The Good Place is over, we're watching Veronica Mars (set in the pretty bad place of Neptune, California). If you missed this dark teen detective drama the first time around, join us now. We're also listening to an accompanying podcast, Veronica Mars Investigations. Next week: "Credit Where Credit's Due."
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 with our kids' friends.
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).