Best of Both Worlds Podcast

By Laura Vanderkam and Sarah Hart-Unger

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Love your career? Love your family? Best of Both Worlds is the show for you! Hosts Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It and a mom of four, and Sarah Hart-Unger, a practicing physician and mom of two (soon to be three!) discuss work/life balance, career development, parenting, time management, productivity, and making time for fun. Tune in each week for strategies to help you thrive in all spheres of life.

Episode Date
Laura's Post Baby Update! Ep 129
41:16
Today's episode features our first post-baby update from Laura!!  She shares her birth story, how recovery is going, childcare changes, and how her bigger kids are doing with their new little sibling!  Join us for this fun update.  In the Q&A, we address a listener question on handling first tri fatigue at work.  Is it something worth pushing through or time to take it easy?  Listen for our thoughts and tips for surviving that tough time.   
 
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Jan 21, 2020
A happy and organized two-career household, featuring Dr Gillian Goddard, endocrinologist & mother of 4. Ep 128
45:46
Dr Gillian Goddard is a private practice endocrinologist, working in NYC and living in the suburbs.   Her comments on Laura & Sarah's blogs have always been insightful and filled with good ideas, so they asked her to share more on the podcast!  As it turns out, Gillian does have a lot of things figured out (though she admits sometimes through trial and error!) and her tips and tricks were really fun to learn about.  Listen for her great insights into life with an au pair, home schedule management, and sharing responsibilities as parents.  In the intro, Sarah and Laura discuss Laura's 'maternity leave', and they answer a listener question about finding the daily grind overwhelming.  
 
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Jan 14, 2020
Favorite Things Episode. Ep 127
35:35

Join Sarah and Laura for their first official episode of 2020, where both Laura and Sarah share their ultimate lists of Favorite Things -- from workout gear to office supplies to beauty and beyond.  Then, they share a list of listener-contributed favorites!  Finally, in the Q&A they answer a question from a listener related to her husband's job choices:  should he "lean out" so that she can lean in?

Jan 07, 2020
2020 Goals! Ep 126
31:49

LV & SHU do their traditional yearly goals episode, sharing what they have in store for next year.  Sarah has changed her system a bit, and Laura has quarterly goals in multiple domains to share.  Work, fitness, family, and more are discussed in this episode!  In the Q&A, a listener writes in about her seven-year-old having meltdowns whenever she travels to work, and we give some tips and thoughts about what might help.

Dec 31, 2019
2019 - Year In Review. Ep 125
38:39
In this end of year episode, Laura and Sarah review hits, misses, joys and lessons learned in 2019.  Best (and worst) vacations and book recommendations included!  In the Q&A, we share our thoughts and advice on a listener's difficult situation -- she wants a 3rd child, but her parents have been vocal about their disapproval of that idea.  Definitely tough!
 
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Dec 24, 2019
Our first Mother-Daughter guest pair, with attorney Christy Higgins Wilcox and her mother, pediatrician Dr. Karen Higgins! Ep 124
37:57

We welcome our first mother-daughter pair to the show on this fascinating episode!  Dr. Karen Higgins became a pediatrician in the days that being a working mother was unusual and having a child during medical training essentially unheard of.  She went on to have 3 children during her 30+ year career as a practicing pediatrician in a small town in the midwest.  Her children were inspired and shaped by growing up in a two-career family, and Christie joins her mother today in this episode to talk about what that was like, and which lessons she has brought into her own life as a working mother to her now 5 year old.  In the introduction, Sarah and Laura discuss holiday plans (or lack thereof!), and they answer a winter-themed question about how to deal with that short post-nap window on weekends when it's already dark (and possibly cold) outside.

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Dec 17, 2019
The Holidays // Ask Us Anything Part 2. Ep 123
45:32

Welcome to Part 2 of our Ask Us Anything Series!  While we may not answer everything that comes our way, we answer some great ones in this episode -- from school choices to night nurses to career satisfaction to whether Laura is going for #6!  Enjoy this fun conversation as we head into the holiday season with an intro discussion about gifts, cards, holiday travel, and enjoying the winter season. 

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Dec 10, 2019
How to Raise Kids that are Prepared for the Future (and also: musings on homework!) with Diane Tavenner Ep: 122
46:59
Laura and Sarah open up with one of those topics parents love to discuss (but find very frustrating in practice) -- homework!  Specifically, the dilemma of how involved to get any assignments that come home from school.  Then, expert guest Diane Tavenner shares what she has learned about facilitating independence and preparing our next generation for a happy life.  She is an educator, charter school founder, and author of the recent release Prepared: What Kids Need For A Fulfilled Life.  In the Q&A, Laura and Sarah answer a listener question -- how to handle a friend who assumes you want to trade off in babysitting duties.

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Dec 03, 2019
Energy Management with Molly Fletcher. Ep 121
37:19
Molly Fletcher worked for years as a highly sought-after sports agent, representing over $500 million in athlete contracts at one point.  She is also the mother of 3 girls, all born in a 12-month span (her first daughter was quickly followed by twins!).   She certainly has learned a lot about managing her time and energy, and her new book The Energy Clock will be released in January of this year.  Laura and Sarah open with a discussion about what brings them energy and then chat with Molly about her career, family, and energy-building strategies.  In the Q&A, we answer a listener question about answering her 4 year old's query about why she goes to work.
 
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Nov 26, 2019
Ask Us Anything! Ep 120
40:54
They asked you answered!  In this episode, Laura and Sarah put out a call to Instagram to 'ask us anything!', and you all definitely delivered.  This fun episode covers a diverse array of topics, from school to sex to index fund bubbles and beyond!
 
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Nov 19, 2019
Couples That Work with author and dual-career marriage expert Jennifer Petriglieri. Ep 119
43:28
Jennifer Petriglieri is an associate professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD, a business school in France.  Her latest book, Couples that Work is an analysis of what exactly helps people in dual career couples lead successful and happy lives.  She is positive, research-based, and has learned some fascinating lessons about what major factors and practices are more likely to lead to a lasting marriage and satisfying career journey.  We know you will feel as empowered by her words as we were!  In the intro, Sarah talks about her 'busy season', and in the Q&A we answer a listener question on enjoying evenings with her toddler -- not always an easy feat!  
 
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Nov 12, 2019
Dealing with Stress, Low Moods & Bad Days. Ep 118
31:45
Everyone has low moods sometimes -- including Laura & Sarah!  This is a conversational episode about those times and what to do about them. Laura and Sarah share things that sometimes help, from to-do-list attack strategies to superficial solutions.  In the Q&A, they answer a listener's question about dealing with hormonal fluctuations, especially as these relate to workplace productivity & performance.  
 
 
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Nov 05, 2019
Evenings Routines & Logistics with Sarah Powers. Ep 117
52:37

We are excited to welcome podcast veteran Sarah Powers to our show today!  You may know her as 1/2 of the excellent podcast The Mom Hour, and she is the queen of family routines & logistics in our eyes, so we invited her to come on and talk about how she does evenings!  In the intro, we (Laura & Sarah) share our current routines, and then Sarah P walks us through a number of fantastic tips & hacks to make your evenings with kids run smoothly.  In our Q&A, we answer a listener's question about finding a nanny.

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Oct 29, 2019
The Dual-Career Couple with International Travel -- how Masha Saunders makes it work. Ep 116
38:22
Our guest today is Masha Saunders, a manager at a Big 4 accounting firm.  She shares her story about how she makes things work with both a toddler AND a partner that works in foreign service, often stationed in other countries for extended periods!  In the intro, Laura and Sarah discuss a much more low-key version of this -- handling solo parenting on weekends.  Our Q&A centers on a listener with a partner who is working extremely long hours trying to climb a career ladder -- how to cope, avoiding resentment, and figuring out if it's really worth it.  
 
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Oct 22, 2019
Q4 Goals: Growth & Progress. Ep: 115
32:35
We've entered the 4th quarter (and are solidly into the 4th quintile, if you subscribe to Sarah's method of dividing the year into five!), and so it's time for a goals update!  There is also a brief discussion about planning methods -- has electronic scheduling started to become a big part of our planning processes?  Listen to find out.
 
These goals episodes tend to be our most popular, so we hope you continue to enjoy us discuss our current progress & dreams for the next steps!  Laura is celebrating getting through her pregnancy, but she managed to do a lot more, too!  And Sarah has updates on goals related to work, life, family, and personal.  In the Q&A, we brainstorm answers to a listener question on low-cost but meaningful goals for a long maternity leave.  
 
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Oct 15, 2019
Cook Once and Eat All Week with Cassy Joy Garcia Ep: 114
44:32

It's fall - time for lots of cozy soups & stews at the family dinner table!  But if you're like us, you're not interested in standing over a pot and chopping for ingredients for hours each weeknight. 

We briefly review our current meal strategies, and then welcome the lovely Cassy Joy Garcia to our show today to showcase some strategies for those less keen on outsourcing the kitchen duties. 

Cassy Joy Garcia is the author of Cook Once, Eat All Week and the entrepreneur behind her brand and website, Fed and Fit.  While she loves to cook, Cassy has a toddler at home and was inspired to streamline her process.  She came up with this collection of recipes and techniques to bring home cooks the convenience of pre-prepped meals without the boredom factor of eating leftovers all week. 

We also enjoyed learning about her daily routines -- she has continued to grow her business after having her first child and generally has a very positive and infectious outlook on life.  We think you will really enjoy this episode!  In the Q&A, we do a total 180 and answer a 'juicier' listener question related to financial independence and our saving habits.

Oct 08, 2019
Pregnancy and Babies. Ep 113
46:49

As we announced on last week's very exciting episode, Laura is pregnant with baby #5! In this episode, we dive into all things pregnancy and baby, with plans & updates from Laura's journey.  Tune in to learn about how she handled the 'reveal' with her 4 big kids, and their reactions!  We also share your advice about the new favorite baby products out there -- it's amazing how fast things change.  In the Q&A, we answer a very well-timed listener question about taking maternity leave as the owner of your own business. 

Oct 01, 2019
An Important Announcement and Guest Calee Lee, President and Creator of Xist Publishing. Ep 112
40:01
This is a fun episode as the intro contains a very important and exciting announcement.  (Seriously, you WANT to hear this news!!!!).  Then, Laura and Sarah dive into one of their favorite topics -- books and reading, with today's focus on books and reading for kids!  The featured guest is Calee Lee, president, and creator of Xist Publishing, a publishing company focused on digital children's books (though they now do print, too!).  Calee tells us her story of how she created and grew her company, and the three of us chat about kids' reading habits, bedtime read-alouds, digital resources, and our favorite/least favorite kids' books!  In the Q&A, we answer a listener question about chores -- are there any consequences of outsourcing in terms of how it prepares our kids to survive in the real world?
 
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Sep 24, 2019
Money Conversations with Personal Finance Expert Jean Chatzky. Ep 111
46:39
Laura and Sarah bring some more financial talk to BOBW today with personal finance expert Jean Chatzky!  Jean discusses earning power, savings goals (including some hard numbers!), and we get into a mini-discussion of the Financial Independence movement.  She talks about finding a great financial advisor (love the idea of a "holistic" one!) and how to teach kids important financial lessons.  In the Q&A, Laura and Sarah answer a listener question related to ethical spending and philanthropy.  
 
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Sep 17, 2019
Grown and Flown author Lisa Heffernan. Ep 110
46:03
Whether you have a teen or are just curious as to what's up ahead (we are!), this episode is for you!  Laura and Sarah reminisce about their own pre-college days and the admissions process (both thick & thin envelopes arrived at Sarah's house in 1998!).  Today's teens deal with an entirely different set of challenges, and it's important to learn how we can help them thrive even if we don't entirely have our own experiences to draw from.  Our guest is author and teen/college years expert Lisa Heffernan, who runs a facebook group on this topic with over 100,000 members and just released a book, Grown and Flown: How to Support Your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults.  She has a lot of wisdom to impart for those with teens now - or for the future.  In the Q&A, we answer a listener question related to daycare costs.  
 
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Sep 10, 2019
Academics, Independence, and Adoption - Interview with Myleen Leary. Ep 109
42:17
Sarah and Laura open with a discussion of kids and independence, which is fitting because our guest is a strong independent woman herself!  Myleen Leary is a professor and shares her journey as a single parent and academic who made the choice to adopt two toddlers from abroad.  Her girls are now 9 and 11, and Myleen's career continues to thrive, and she shares how her unconventional journey helped her to bypass old assumption and patterns to enable her to create a life and family she loves.  In the Q&A, we tackle a planning question as a reader asks how to hold her planning time sacred among many competing priorities.  
 
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Sep 03, 2019
Happy 2nd birthday to BOBW! Ep 108
39:59
Happy 2nd birthday to BOBW!  Today's episode is a celebratory one, as the podcast achieves this exciting milestone and most likely is nearing the 1-million-download mark.  Laura and Sarah tell the story of how the podcast came to fruition and then go into a behind-the-scenes look on how the show gets made, from brainstorming to "pod prep: to post-episode processing.  They also review highs and lows, favorite guests, and some tense moments.  In the Q&A, they respond to a listener trying to decide between two great child care choices.  
 
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Aug 27, 2019
Welcome to the Back to School Blitz! Ep 107
49:37
It's that time of year -- welcome to the BOBW Back to School Blitz!  This episode features some favorite tips from Laura and Sarah, and a slew of great advice sourced from you, listeners & readers!  We talk activity schedules, planning, managing homework space, school involvement, supply shopping, lunch ideas, and more!  In the Q&A, we answer a listener question about transitioning from an hourly to an 'exempt' position, and ways to strategically use some of her newfound flexibility while keeping her employer and team satisfied.  
 
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Aug 20, 2019
Executive Coach Helen Dayen Interview. Ep 106
51:38
Sarah opens this episode discussing the challenge of finding alternative childcare -- a stressor no matter how many backup options you have.  Then, Sarah and Laura welcome guest Helen Dayen, a finance professional who has pivoted into executive coaching, and who managed to have her most successful year as a business owner after giving birth to twins!  She gives us the details on her logistics (Day In the Life is back!) and shares one of her favorite coaching frameworks for building influence and professional success.  In the Q&A, a listener writes in asking on ways to handle transitions during the workday.
 
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Aug 13, 2019
Fitting in Health (plus a family vacation postmortem!) Ep 105
49:56
In this episode, Sarah first dives into an analysis of their family's summer trip -- complete with the challenges of toddlerhood!  She reviews what worked and what didn't (sharing one fancy hotel room as a family going on the NEVER TO DO AGAIN list).  Then, Laura and Sarah explore ways to fit in different domains related to health, exercise, sleep, healthy eating, and mental health.  In the Q&A, we tackle a listener question on ramping up her career after a long time working at a part-time (8-12 h/week) level.  
 
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Aug 06, 2019
Julie Morganstern on Organizing and Time to Parent. Ep 104
43:32
In this episode, Laura and Sarah are thrilled to welcome organizing and time management expert Julie Morganstern!  She delves into organizing time vs space (with a great analogy), and then we discuss all things parenting.  Learn about the ambiguity in the parenting 'job description', and why it matters to clearly define what we do in this sphere.  Julie gets into the details, including the 4 facets of being a parent (Provide, Arrange, Relate, and Teach) AND the four essential aspects of self-care (Sleep, Exercise, Love, and Fun -- which form the handy acronym "SELF"!).  In this special edition Q&A, we pose listener questions to Julie!   
 
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Jul 30, 2019
The Au Pair Perspective: Voices from the agency and an actual au pair! Ep 103
32:25
In this episode, Laura and Sarah review their own childcare arrangements and the delve into one option that listeners have asked about for quite some time - au pairs!  This week's episode has two expert guests: Aimee Hall, a placement counselor with Cultural Care Au Pair and Felix, an au pair from Germany finishing up a successful 2-year stint with a family in DC. Learn about the logistics, tips, and benefits of having an au pair enter your home, as well as potential limitations.  In the Q&A, we address a listener eager to revamp her planning methods for the next academic year.  
 
Episode sponsors are Better Help and Circle.  
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Jul 23, 2019
Midsummer Report: Our Goals and Routines. Ep 102
47:57
In this episode, Laura and Sarah take a deep dive into their summer goals with a mid-summer check-in.  Some were hits and some were misses, but both are okay with that!  Then, both hosts discuss routines -- those that work, those that don't, and those that they want to spend more time thinking about.  From email habits to bedtime to yearly travel, there are so many repetitive cycles in life -- it's important to make sure things we do out of habit are what we actually want to be doing!  In the Q&A, we address a listener question on sleep troubles in young kids while traveling (spoiler alert: we hear you).  
 
Episode Sponsors are Better Help and Door Dash.
 
Better Help, a convenient online counseling resource to enable you to get help at your own pace and on your own time.  BetterHealth offers licensed professional counselors who are specialized in multiple realms -- from depression, anxiety and stress to family conflicts, sleep issues, and grief management.  All sessions are fully confidential, and they offer 3000 US licensed therapists across all 50 states.  Best of all, it's a truly affordable option - Best of Both Worlds Podcast listeners get 10% off your first month with discount code bestof.  Get started at betterhelp.com/bestof!
 
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Jul 16, 2019
Fran Hauser: The Myth of the Nice Girl. Ep 101
42:30
Laura and Sarah open by chatting about summer (Happy 4th!) and debating whether they consider themselves 'nice'.  Fran Hauser is a successful media executive, best known for launching people.com from the ground up.  She is now succeeding independently as a startup investor (focusing on female founders) and author.  Her book, The Myth of the Nice Girl, has received accolades in the business literature sphere.  She joins Laura and Sarah to discuss her experiences in leading with empathy and kindness, and what she has learned about 'nice' women over the course of her career.  In the Q&A, Laura and Sarah answer a listener questioner about reading (or disappearing) during children's activities and making the best use of that time.
 
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Jul 09, 2019
From zero to 4 kids in under a year: an adoptive journey with clinical pharmacist Andrea Walter. Ep 100
40:49
Laura and Sarah celebrate turning 100 (quite senior in the podcasting world).  Then, guest Andrea Walter joins in to tell her family's fascinating story of adoptive parenting.  We get insight into both the highs and lows of their journey and what it is like to grow from a family of 2 to 6 in a brief time span.  We also get a classic Day In the Life from this clinical pharmacist (her job sounds great to Sarah!).  In the Q&A, we answer a listener question about last names and marriage - to change or not to change?
 
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Jul 02, 2019
Kids at Different Ages & Stages. Ep 99
42:27
This episode opens with an in-depth analysis of the challenges of big kids vs little ones, and then we delve into Laura's summer spreadsheet (fun!), and then we get into the challenges, benefits, and myths about having kids in different stages of life.  Some things are tough (spoiler alert: toddlers are hard no matter what!) but others haven't been nearly as bad as we feared!  We also discuss the strategies we use to make sure each kid gets some individual time.  In the Q&A, we answer a listener question about adding a third kid to the family -- specifically, does it get easier after the baby phase?
 
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Jun 25, 2019
Frugal Parenting Tips & Tricks. Ep 98
41:38
We bring you a multitude of FRUGAL parenting tips for today's much-requested episode!  From the library (everyone's favorite frugal resource) to childcare swaps to cheap diapers, we delve into strategies big and small to make parenting a more cost-effective venture.  Many of the tips in this episode were sent in by listeners, and we were grateful for so many of your ideas!   We also discuss summer plans and address a listener question about MOM GUILT - a perennial emotion that we would both love to reframe.
 
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BetterHelp, a convenient online counseling resource to enable you to get help at your own pace and on your own time.  BetterHelp offers licensed professional counselors who are specialized in multiple realms -- from depression, anxiety and stress to family conflicts, sleep issues, and grief management.  All sessions are fully confidential, and they offer 3000 US licensed therapists across all 50 states.  Best of all, it's a truly affordable option - Best of Both Worlds Podcast listeners get 10% off your first month with discount code bestof.  Get started at betterhealth.com/bestof!
Jun 18, 2019
Data-driven parenting (that might even make your life easier!) with Prof. Emily Oster. Ep 97
42:32

Laura and Sarah discuss their latest favorite podcasts and are then joined by Emily Oster, a Ph.D. in economics and a professor at Brown University.  She is the author of recent release Crib Sheets: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, and she was inspired to dig deep into the data on how we parent when she first became a mother herself.  She and her (economist) husband now have 2 children, and we have a great and enlightening discussion on parenting myths and tropes that have no support in actual data.  In the Q&A, Laura and Sarah address a listener question about time estimation and avoiding overwork, particularly when transitioning from one field to another.

Jun 11, 2019
Superficial Things Part Deux. Ep 96
42:15

Back by popular demand, Laura and Sarah revisit... well, many superficial things!  From diet and fitness to (ahem) cosmetic enhancements, we discuss our favorites and go off on a few tangents.  In the Q&A, we answer a question submitted by a "paper-geek with to-do lists, a posted weekly menu plan, paper wall calendar for the family, and personal day planner" who admits that even she gets planning fatigue.  Laura and Sarah discuss this well-known phenomenon and discuss how they cope.

Jun 04, 2019
Finding Your Crew (or Cru!) with Tiffany Dufu. Ep 95
33:47

Tiffany Dufu is the author of Drop the Ball, a book about eliminating excess and focusing on what matters so that women, in particular, can pursue their biggest dreams.  She has since created and is now leading her own business dedicated to helping women find their "Cru" -- think of a diverse and supportive network of local peers.  She is an inspiring and passionate speaker and her love of the week might be our favorite yet!  In the Q&A, Laura and Sarah answer a listener question about early bedtimes for babies.

May 28, 2019
Lean In or Leaning Out: Thoughts on a recent Facebook rant that went viral. Ep 94
37:42

In this episode, Laura & Sarah share their thoughts on the recent viral facebook rant from a working mother with 3 kids, in which she ended with "I don't know about you, but I'm ready to lean OUT."  There may be a rant-induced rant in here somewhere!  We also talk about work updates, some minor changes to the podcast, and answer a question from a listener who is a self-described  "Type A perfectionist upholder" and wants to work on lowering her standards. 

May 21, 2019
Our unofficial mother's day episode with Double Shift podcast host Katherine Goldstein. Ep 93
42:15
This episode features Katherine Goldstein, host of The Double Shift, a podcast about the lives of mothers.  Learn about how she got into the podcasting business, and how we all feel like there continue to be gaps (and opportunities!) in the podcasting sphere when it comes to working motherhood.  She shares with us her experiences as a relatively new parent finding her groove (her child is now 3), and her lovely Friday evening ritual.  In the Q&A, we address an emotionally charged question about overwork and resentment.
May 14, 2019
All About Camp with Author Audrey Monke. Ep 92
45:46

This episode is all about camp!  Laura and Sarah chat about their camp experiences and plans for their children.  Guest Audrey Monke is the author of the book Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets For Raising Kids Who Will Become Thriving Adults -- out on the same day as this episode's initial release.  Audrey is also a camp co-director and mother of 5 herself, and she explains why camp can be so good for kids.  We also dive into the role of technology (or absence of tech!) at camp, good ages for starting, and what to do with a homesick or reluctant camper.  In the Q&A, we answer a physician's question about call and a possible job change out of academic medicine.

May 07, 2019
Weekends Revisited. Ep 91
45:42

In this episode, Laura and Sarah recap their spring breaks - Sarah gives the lowdown on their Disney Cruise and Laura reveals their destination (chosen a mere 10 days before vacation started!).  Then, the conversation moves WEEKENDS -- something that had been discussed before on the show, but that seemed important enough to revisit!  Sarah and Laura talk about the differences in weekend experience with and without a toddler (they are significant!) and each shares updated ingredients for an ideal weekend.  In the Q&A, Laura addresses a listener whose supervisor will not allow her to work from home when her infant is sick, despite the fact that there is no consistent policy at the company.  

Apr 30, 2019
Leadership and Motherhood in the European Union: an interview with Sharon Van Herel
50:07

Today's episode features a guest all the way in the Netherlands!  Sharon Van Herel is a Dutch insurance executive and has made a somewhat unusual choice for their region to stay full time after having children.  She talks about leadership, the part-time glass ceiling, differences between Europe (and between European countries) in terms of maternity leave and childcare policies, and more!  Sarah also discusses some upcoming transitions at work and our Q&A is inspired by one of the more controversial plotlines on the popular show This Is Us.  

Apr 23, 2019
Children's Activities. Ep 89
36:24

In this episode, Laura and Sarah talk all about children's activities.  Ballet, robotics, karate, wrestling, swim - these are just a few options in the wide world of extracurriculars available for kids these days!  We delve into questions like how much is too much, and how we handle it when kids want to abruptly quit something.  In the Q&A, we answer a listener question about pregnancy - did we enjoy it, and does it get easier after the first time?

Apr 16, 2019
Childcare Tips, Tricks, and Hacks. Ep 88
35:55

Today's episode is a crowd-sourced round up of childcare tips, tricks, and hacks!  Our readers & listeners contributed their best tips and submitted them via blogs, emails, and Instagram.  There were so many great ones that this may be just part 1!  We delve into daycare, finding date night babysitters, the au pair option and managing nanny care.  In the Q&A, we address a listener's question about her nanny: how reasonable is it to expect her caregiver to help with household tasks in addition to providing childcare?

Apr 09, 2019
Goals Update. Ep 87
41:37

It's another goal-focused episode!  Laura and Sarah go through their 2019 goals and how things are going - Q1 specifically.  In our usual fashion, we address goals in categories: work, relationship/family, and personal.  In the Q&A, we answer a listener question about dealing with unexpected days of lost work - specifically the attitude side of things, rather than the logistics! 

Apr 02, 2019
Self Care. Ep 86
38:23

In this episode, Laura & Sarah delve into the mysterious topic of SELF-CARE.  First, we discuss -- what is it?  Is it something specific, fixed, or more relative?  Then, we get into our favorite self-care rituals and themes, self-care martyrdom on social media, and self-care vs treats.  In the Q&A, we address a tough listener question about whether our podcast advice applies to those without the ability to outsource.

Mar 26, 2019
Our First Male Guest. Ep 85
34:11

In this special episode, we interview our first male guest.  Josh Unger is a vascular surgeon with 3 young children ages 1 to almost 7.  He is very passionate about work, his family life, and our podcast.  He also happens to be Sarah's husband!  Join us as he discusses how he and Sarah met, the challenges of balancing work life with 3 kids, and what he considers his own personal 'midlife crisis' (don't worry, no flashy red sports cars have been purchased!).  

Mar 19, 2019
Juliet's School of Possibilities. Ep 84
30:41
In this special book-focused episode, Laura and Sarah chat about Laura's new release - Juliet's School fo Possibilities, a fable on time management, which is out TODAY!  We get into the genesis of this idea, explore the (juicy) characters, and find out what Laura is thinking about doing next.  In the Q&A, we address a listener who has the (great) problem of two enticing job offers - which to choose?  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mar 12, 2019
Travel. Ep 83
40:07

Travel is the topic of today's episode as we get closer to spring break for many of you!  Laura and Sarah share upcoming travel plans and then chat with Jody Robbins, a family travel expert based on Canada.  She shares some great family travel hacks as well as pro tips on top Canadian destinations for families.  In the Q&A, we tackle a great question from a mother of a one-year-old who plays well independently -- what to do while you're with him, but not necessarily providing active parenting?

Mar 05, 2019
Life Management Systems. Ep 82
52:10
Life Management Systems - From swapping out work/kid bags to bedtime routines, Laura and Sarah chat about the systems that are currently working for their families.  Hot topics also include laundry, homework, date nights, and morning routines.  Join us as we lament always forgetting the socks at bouncy house places!  In the Q&A, we answer a listener's query about starting a side hustle as a new mother to an 8-month-old.
Feb 26, 2019
Consulting with Amy Rasdal of Billable with Baby. Ep 81
41:54

In this episode, Laura and Sarah interview Amy Rasdal, an independent consultant who also runs Billable with Baby, where she helps other women set up their own successful consulting practices.  She talks about growing up as a "Silicon kid", her role as a corporate superhero, and the best parts of doing remote work.  She also gives some very practical advice -- including her take on what 80% of independent consultants charge per hour!  Sarah & Laura also give some general life updates, talk about reading (not happening quite as much as last year), and address a great listener question: What would you do with two kid-free weeks at home?

Feb 19, 2019
Moving. Ep 80
35:00
Sarah has just moved -- blog, home, schools, and all!  So, the two of us talk about the challenges and logistics around moving, from packing to integrating at a new school.  We also talk about using tiny slices of time (inspired by the minutes I'll be losing on my commute!).  In our Q&A, we discuss a listener's dilemma -- should she keep her job even if the commute is about to double?  
Feb 12, 2019
Vacations with Kids. Ep 79
27:47

Gearing up for spring break (or even summer)?  In this episode, Laura and Sarah get into traveling with kids, and particularly the planning aspects.  We chat about how much energy we like to expend on vacations with kids, how far in advance we tend to set things, up, and more.

Feb 05, 2019
Katie Forrest. Ep 78
39:30

In today's episode, Laura and Sarah chat with Katie Forrest, UK criminal defense attorney, and mother to a 10-year-old girl with special needs.  She also manages to write novels on the side!  We both learned a lot about how she handles the challenges that come with raising her daughter while continuing to achieve in both work and her creative endeavors.  To open up, Laura and Sarah also revisit "superficial things".  Our question is a great one about sleep deprivation and sharing that very challenging aspect of parenting with your partner.

Jan 29, 2019
Mailbag Part Deux. Ep 77
45:43

Welcome to our second mailbag Q&A episode! For this fun and spontaneous episode (recorded together from Philadelphia!), Laura and Sarah asked listeners (via Instagram) for some spur-of-the-moment questions - and provided honest, off-the-cuff answers.  Topics range from enneagram types to dealing with in-laws, and everything in between!  

Jan 22, 2019
A Mindful Return to Work after Baby with attorney and entrepreneur Lori Mihalich-Levin. Ep 76
57:09

Lori is an attorney, mother of 2, and runs a side business coaching women on creating a mindful return to work after maternity leave.  Lori dishes about her daily life in DC with her involvement in all of these important areas, and we talk about the highlights of what she's learned as a post-leave-mentor, from common pitfalls to pumping adventures.  Sarah also shares her post-pumping thoughts (hint: her life is much easier now!).   In the Q&A, we discuss whether it makes sense to 'batch' your kids in activities or the doctor's office.  

Jan 15, 2019
Organizing in 2019 with Lisa Woodruff from Organize365. Ep 75
44:18

In this episode, Laura and Sarah take on the question of what it actually means to be organized, and Lisa joins us in the interview segment with popular tips and tricks from her own organizing programs and podcast. In the Q&A, we discuss a reader's question on pregnancy, baby, and parenting books.

Jan 08, 2019
Designing 2019. Ep 74
29:18

Laura and Sarah dive into 2019 with this episode on 2019 goals for each quarter (or quintile, in SHU's case). In the Q&A, we answer a listener question on maternity leave: what is the right length, and does Sarah wish she could have taken more?

Jan 01, 2019
2018 in review!
26:22

Happy holidays and we hope this light and shorter episode helps to get some of you through long-haul holiday travel to some fun destinations! Sarah and Laura are excited about winter weather (well - Sarah is!) and enjoy going through 2018 highlights, from personal to professional to family!  We spend some extra time on our favorite books of the year and our biggest achievements of 2018.  In the Q&A, we talk about entertaining young children through those long winter days.

Dec 25, 2018
Our Money Stories. Ep 72
56:19

In this episode, Laura and Sarah dip a toe into somewhat controversial waters and talk about money: making it, spending it, and their history and feelings about it. Find out whose kids get allowances and who is using a handbag held together with dental floss . . . 

In the Q&A, we address making the most of family travel when loved ones are separated in far-flung regions.
Dec 18, 2018
Mel Johnson. Ep 71
40:51

Guest Mel Johnson joins Sarah and Laura all the way from the UK to talk about single motherhood by choice. She gives us insight into the process, her decision making, and what it's like to parent as an SMBC (single mother by choice). Laura and Sarah also discuss holiday prep, and Sarah celebrates being DONE with pumping (she's excited!), and our Q&A listener question tackles the holidays and what to do when your nature (introverted, task-oriented, upholder) clashes with that of your relatives. 

Dec 11, 2018
Work hacks (and happy birthday Laura!)
42:32

This episode will release on a milestone birthday for Laura (listen to find out which one!). Join Laura and Sarah as they trade their favorite strategies for getting work done with efficiency and a minimum of angst (hint: so much of this is about finding focus and avoiding overload and distraction!).  In the Q&A, they talk fitness with a listener who wanted tips on fitting workouts into an already-full life.

Dec 04, 2018
Achieving success in law while building big family. Ep 69
40:46

Kathleen Burns is a partner at a large law firm -- and she achieved this status while having 4 children in the span of 6 years! While Kathleen is truly in the thick of it (her children are 1.5, 3, 5, and 7), she has a number of strategies that help keep her work and home life fitting together well.  And as a maternity leave veteran x 4, she helps answer a listener question about maternity leave - both how to prepare, and what it's like to come back.  Sarah also talks about her family's upcoming move.

Nov 27, 2018
Living with Illness. Ep 68
51:26

Emily Garnett is an attorney and mother of a 3-year-old who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in November of 2017. We had an inspiring, moving, and educational conversation with her about illness, uncertainty, logistics in the face of a true challenge, and resilience.  Laura and Sarah also talk about Thanksgiving and gratitude, and in the Q&A, a listener asks about how a planner might contribute to the "invisible workload" of women (and how to avoid it!).

Nov 20, 2018
Gemma Hartley. Ep 67
47:43

In this thought-provoking episode, we pick apart the concept of emotional labor with Gemma Hartley, whose Harper·s Bazaar article Women Aren·t Nags · We·re Just Fed Up went viral last year. Gemma is releasing a book on the subject the day this episode airs called Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward.  Gemma talks about why she feels doing less isn’t always the answer, her feelings on 50/50 splits, and much more.  In the intro, Sarah admits she may have planning fatigue, and a listener writes in about whether to prioritize job satisfaction/opportunity vs being home to greet kids after school.

Nov 13, 2018
Plannerpalooza Part 2. Ep 66
46:51

Welcome to this year·s Plannerpalooza! Last year, Sarah took a deep dive into her own planning techniques and the system she·s honed for herself over the years. This year, she delves into 10 fantastic paper planner options! There is something for everyone on this list, from giant daily custom planners to beautiful goal setting planners and beyond.  If you’re looking for some visual aids, she is featuring reviews weekly of these products (theshubox.com) most Fridays until the new year.  In the Q&A, we answer a listener question about how to make use (or not) of a morning hour when there’s an 8 year old looking for attention.

Nov 06, 2018
Kimmery Martin. Ep 65
40:34

In this episode, Sarah and Laura chat with Kimmery Martin, emergency medicine physician AND author of the delicious, popular, and medically-inspired novel, The Queen of Hearts. We learn about how her career has taken unexpected turns, her advice to other aspiring authors with day jobs, her workday habits, and we even get a glimpse into her next project.  In the Q&A, we tackle a question about handling winter illnesses, and we announce our survey — please take the time to respond if you can! 

Oct 30, 2018
Mailbag. Ep 64
36:53

In this special MAILBAG episode, Laura & Sarah chat about Halloween and then address some great listener questions. We get into kid room-sharing, dealing with the unpredictable nature of parenting as a type A personality, fresh starts at work,  and dealing with a dysfunctional work cycle of overwhelm/recovery.  Listen and then submit your question for a future episode!

Oct 23, 2018
Dr. Stacey Simon PhD, a scientist who researches sleep. Ep 63
43:28

Our guest this week is Dr. Stacey Simon Ph.D., a scientist who researches sleep - a fascinating and incredibly important subject! She delves into sleep training basics, sleep needs over the age spectrum, and variations in sleep from child to child. We also learn how she makes her life work as a full-time sleep psychologist and mother of 3, including twins!  Laura and Sarah also discuss work plans for next year and their own sleep habits.  In the Q&A, we answer a tough question about whether to stick out a job that has great benefits but is no longer stimulating.  

Oct 16, 2018
Meagan Francis... a self-described "entrepreneur, conversationalist, and mother of invention". Ep 62
54:55

Meagan Francis is a self-described "entrepreneur, conversationalist, and mother of invention." She hosts the popular Mom Hour podcast, and now runs her own podcast network as well! She is also a mother of 5 and has recently gone through a divorce. She has plenty of wisdom to impart in this episode, including my favorite quote:  "Just because I can do something doesn’t mean I should.” 

Oct 09, 2018
List of 100 Dreams. Ep 61
38:31

Laura came up with the concept of creating a list of 100 dreams in one of her earlier books, 168 Hours, and both Laura and Sarah have a great time revisiting some vintage lists and sharing what is on their new ones. We talk dreams big and little, from fitness and travel aspirations to big family and career goals. In our Q&A, we handle a topic that is frequently mentioned - ways to deal with feeling completely overloaded and overwhelmed.  

Oct 02, 2018
Anne Johnson Landry. Ep 60
43:55

Running for office is an intense experience - and so is having an 18-month old! Anne Johnson Landry chats with us about it is possible to do both, sharing her experience of hitting the campaign trail during those toddler days. Sarah recaps their big summer trip out west, and our Q&A is from a sleep-deprived mother of twins.

Sep 25, 2018
Thriving as a working mother with author Jessica Turner. Ep 59
01:02:49

Jessica Turner is known for her gorgeous crafting and her popular blog in addition to writing two books and sustaining a full-time job! She's also a mother of two, and she shares a glimpse of her multi-faceted life with us on this episode. Jessica's blog is The Mom Creative and her book Stretched Too Thin is out this week. In addition, we discuss Sarah's latest pumping/nursing update and Laura's Disney planning.  We also answer a very detailed (but insightful) listener question about working part-time.

Sep 18, 2018
Mistakes, regrets, and uncertainty. Ep 58
53:33

In this reflective episode, we discuss mistakes and missteps we have made over the years, both big and small. We wonder what life would have been life had we chosen differently, from career choices to website hosting platforms! We also have some fun book talk, and answer a listener question about increased efficiency and reaping the time dividends that come with getting more done in less time.

Sep 11, 2018
Exercise, motherhood, and more with Another Mother Runner's Sarah Bowen Shea. Ep 57

A very special crossover episode, featuring Sarah Bowen Shea from Another Mother Runner! Laura and I are longtime fans of Sarah's writing and podcast, and as we are both mothers -- and runners -- we were thrilled when one of our listeners suggested this combo episode!  We discuss different ways to enjoy running, from detailed training plans to Laura's running streak (is it still going?  Listen to find out . . .).  We also chat about back to school and answer a question about screen time.

Sep 04, 2018
Exercise, motherhood, and more with Another Mother Runner's Sarah Bowen Shea. Ep 57

A very special crossover episode, featuring Sarah Bowen Shea from Another Mother Runner! Laura and I are longtime fans of Sarah's writing and podcast, and as we are both mothers -- and runners -- we were thrilled when one of our listeners suggested this combo episode!  We discuss different ways to enjoy running, from detailed training plans to Laura's running streak (is it still going?  Listen to find out . . .).  We also chat about back to school and answer a question about screen time.

Sep 04, 2018
Exercise, motherhood, and more with Another Mother Runner's Sarah Bowen Shea. Ep 57
58:53

A very special crossover episode, featuring Sarah Bowen Shea from Another Mother Runner! Laura and I are longtime fans of Sarah's writing and podcast, and as we are both mothers -- and runners -- we were thrilled when one of our listeners suggested this combo episode!  We discuss different ways to enjoy running, from detailed training plans to Laura's running streak (is it still going?  Listen to find out . . .).  We also chat about back to school and answer a question about screen time.

Sep 04, 2018
How to Be A Happier Parent with guest KJ Dell’Antonia. Ep 56
41:26

What a great topic - who doesn·t want to be happier as a parent!? KJ Dell·Antonia joins Laura LIVE in a Philadelphia hotel room to discuss this great topic and her new book. We delve into travel, homework, and getting kids to do chores. That last part is challenging, but according to KJ very worth it!  In our Q&A we talk about having childcare providers in the home.

Aug 28, 2018
Happy 1st Birthday to Us, and Back to School! Ep 55
43:37

Happy 1st Birthday to Us, and Back to School! Laura and Sarah revisit some of their favorite episodes, moments, and even a few of their low moments! They also get into the spirit of the Back to School season, discussing school supplies, homework, and the increasingly complex puzzle of after-school activities.  In the Q&A, we address a listener’s backpack woes.

Aug 21, 2018
Shila Henderson Interview. Ep 54
31:58

Shila Henderson, mom of 10, talks about the adventures of raising a megafamily.

Aug 14, 2018
Sarah Baldwin Interview. Ep 53
49:06

Sarah Baldwin, an academic dean and vice president, speaks about the challenges · and rewards · of special needs parenting.

Aug 07, 2018
Myths of the Two-Travel Couple. Ep 52
46:08

Laura and Sarah unpack 5 myths surrounding couples with two big travel-heavy jobs.  Spoiler:  it’s doable!  Sarah also talks about the challenges of being on call, and on our Q&A, a business owner explores the possibility of shifting her hours without compromising company productivity or making waves with her staff.

Jul 31, 2018
Manoush Zomorodi Interview. Ep 51
39:22

Laura and Sarah have a conversation with Manoush Zomorodi of Note To Self podcast fame, now running her own production company and producing her own independent podcast ZigZag!  We discuss her fascinating career journey, kids + tech, and much more.  In addition, Laura and Sarah talk about summer camp & travel plans, and they address a listener question that invokes Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies.

Jul 24, 2018
Tiffany King Interview. Ep 50
45:44

Laura and Sarah discuss getting dinner on the table with Tiffany King, author of Eat at Home Tonight.

Jul 17, 2018
Heidi Grant Interview. Ep 49
53:56

Laura and Sarah talk with Dr. Heidi Grant, social psychologist, speaker, & author of "Reinforcements: How to Get People to Help You".

Jul 10, 2018
Mom Guilt. Ep 48
47:54

Laura and Sarah discuss the phenomenon of Mom Guilt. 

Jul 03, 2018
Goals. Ep 47
47:47

Laura and Sarah discuss their 2018 goals.

Jun 26, 2018
Parita Kuttappan Interview. Ep 46
40:37

Laura and Sarah interview working mother and blogger Parita Kuttappan.

Jun 19, 2018
Superficial Things. Ep 45
47:16

Laura and Sarah discuss superficial things.

Jun 12, 2018
Tonya Dalton Interview. Ep 44
46:22

Laura and Sarah interview Tonya Dalton, Founder and CEO of Inkwell Press.

Jun 05, 2018
Off The Clock. Ep 43
49:14

Laura and Sarah discuss Laura's new book "Off The Clock".

May 29, 2018
Challenging Times. Ep 42
44:33

Laura and Sarah discuss how to get through the challenging times.

May 22, 2018
Dr. Ellen Goldstein Interview. Ep 41
48:58

Laura and Sarah speak with Dr. Ellen Goldstein, mom, board-certified OB-GYN, specialty-trained Reproductive Endocrinologist, and Infertility physician.

May 15, 2018
Becky Diffen Interview. Ep 40
47:04

Laura and Sarah discuss stay-at-home Dads with working mother and attorney Becky Diffen.

May 08, 2018
Time Tracking. Ep 39
47:44

Sarah talks time tracking with podcast partner and author Laura Vanderkam.

May 01, 2018
Meredith Monday Schwartz Interview. Ep 38
51:45

Laura and Sarah speak with CEO of "Here Comes The Guide" Meredith Monday Schwartz on how she makes work and life fit together.

Apr 24, 2018
Katherine Reynolds Lewis Interview. Ep 37
50:14

Laura and Sarah interview Katherine Reynolds Lewis, an award-winning independent journalist, speaker, and author of The Good News About Bad Behavior.

Apr 17, 2018
The Deena Kastor Interview. Ep 36
38:07

Laura and Sarah discuss work/life balance with an elite runner, Olympic Medalist, and Mom Deena Kastor.

Apr 10, 2018
Birthday Parties. Ep 35
40:02

Laura and Sarah discuss all things brithday party related.

Apr 03, 2018
Career Crafting. Ep 34
43:01

Laura and Sarah duscuss career crafting. How to shape your job to work for you!

Mar 27, 2018
Swati Singh Interview. Ep 33
44:59

Laura and Sarah talk work/life balance with ER Physician and Mom Swati Singh.

Mar 20, 2018
Interview with Hannah Olsen. Ep 32
43:01

Laura and Sarah interview librarian Hannah Olsen on how she blends work & life.

Mar 13, 2018