Parenting Roundabout

Parenting Roundabout

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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April 10, 2021 26 min
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 kids' friendships.
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On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine is enjoying the latest Starbucks iced tea [https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/2123226/iced?parent=%2Fdrinks%2Ficed-teas%2Ficed-black-teas] along with the current Earth Month game (https://www.starbucksearthmonthgame.com/, designed to promote plant-based drinks). Nicole is indulging her online shopping habit by following Buzzfeed Shopping on Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/bu...
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April 8, 2021 14 min
This Buzzfeed article reminisced about things "kids today will never know" from the point of view of millennials [https://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/funny-kids-today-will-never-know-tweets]. We see your "DVD menu on repeat" and raise you "staticky TV because the channel went off the air at midnight" and more old-timey stuff our kids don't get.
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April 7, 2021 11 min
When the Huffington Post told us there were four things to do to avoid raising entitled kids [https://www.huffpost.com/entry/4-things-parents-do-that-inadvertently-raise-entitled-kids_l_606208a1c5b67593e05b000b?fbclid=IwAR3qq2kDOi_IgpD8GdV5GI8DEQwkxeH3xzifMloy3c2arAnIcuRBfvRx-BE], we had to push back (as is our way). What does entitlement really mean, anyway?
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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 with him, or will the pendulum swing yet again? Next week: "Zoey's Extraordinary Mystery."

Over on Veronica Mars, Veronica wrapped up the mystery of who killed Dean O'Dell. So now we're left wondering what she'll do for the rest of season 3. Next: "Un-Amer...
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April 5, 2021 11 min
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 Worked, and Plants Nurtured.
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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.
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We reflect on our many years of kid-performance experiences, from marching band to dance to water polo.
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On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole's dog, and her carpets, are benefiting from Glandex Anal Gland Soft Chew Treats [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01L2K1R76/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1]. Terri surprised herself by enjoying the EconTalk podcast [https://www.econtalk.org/], and Catherine is buying cute gifts from Redbubble [https://www.redbubble.com/[.
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April 1, 2021 13 min
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 anymore? Mentioned: "What is scaffold parenting? It could be the key to help kids adjust to post-pandemic life" by Harold Koplewicz [https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/health-wellness/2021/02/18/covid-19-return-normal-may-mean-scaffolding-parenting-help-kids/6781737002/].
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March 31, 2021 13 min
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 families raise their kids. We judge those who would judge others.
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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 Extraordinary Birthday."

On Veronica Mars, the coach's murder turns out to be merely a case-of-the-week that lasted two weeks. But the bodies keep piling up: Mindy O'Dell's ex, Steve, is dead by ...
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March 29, 2021 12 min
When we read "Doctors debunk 16 myths about raising kids" [https://www.businessinsider.com/experts-debunk-16-myths-about-parenting-younger-children-toddlers-2020-3], we had to jump in and debunk some of the debunking. After all, our mantra is "every family is different, every child is different" and sometimes that means those myths ring a little bit true.
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Terri's trip to the Gluten Free and Allergy Friendly Expo (now called the Nourished Festival [https://nourishedfestival.com/about-us]) got us thinking about all the different allergy-accommodating foods available today and whether we really have to have that restriction to enjoy them.
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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?
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On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine's beautifying her hair with Majestic Pure's avocado and coconut hair mask [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Y29JGSK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1]. Nicole is loving her new Eufy robot vacuum [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07R295MLS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1], and Terri is adding variety to her dail...
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March 25, 2021 14 min
We obsess about Reviews.org's offer of cash in exchange for a digital detox (https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/20/us/stay-away-from-screens-challenge-trnd/index.html; no phones, TVs, computers, video games, smart devices). We think $2,400 is a pretty nice sum for a 24-hour-long nap.
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March 24, 2021 13 min
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 looking to sell stuff to pre-teens).
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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 Investigations episode "There's Gotta Be a Poughkeepsie Mortem," which pointed out the Dick and Madison ret-conning that's happening this season. Next: Veronica Mars season 3 episodes 14 and 15, &...
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March 22, 2021 11 min
An article listing "14 Signs You're a Good Mom" [https://www.scarymommy.com/messy-mom-good-mom/] got us talking about all those dead giveaways that a child lives in your house: toys in the bathtub, random detritus in all kinds of odd places, and so on. We agree with the author's conclusion that these are all signs that a mom has her priorities (if not her stuff) in the right place.
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