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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.
 
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In this episode, Laura and Sarah share a more intimate look at their highest and lowest parenting moments. Each of them discuss moments of pride . . . and those moments that are almost exactly the opposite. Finally, they end on a positive note, feedback-sandwich style: positive things they have noticed about each kid that make them feel happy and w…
 
It's a milestone to reach 200 episodes, and Sarah & Laura wanted to celebrate! In this episode, they chat about how the podcast got its start, when it could end, and various highs and lows. Sarah also describes the podcast-making process and how it's evolved. Then, both delve into favorite guests and episodes from the last 100, and big takeaways fr…
 
It's a summer fun episode! Laura and Sarah reminisce about summers past (day camp + the Jersey Shore figure prominently!) and then they move onto the Summer of 2021, which is looking at this point to be much better than Summer 2020. They discuss camps, potential travel, summer reading, and more! In the Q&A, Laura and Sarah answer a question relatin…
 
In this fun conversational episode, Sarah and Laura run through their top 5 pet peeves in life - plus a bonus! Themes include technology, people who not respect time or boundaries, and the concept of a "relaxing" vacation with toddlers. The Q&A features a listener contending with the rapidly changing financial landscape that can come with divorce. …
 
Curran Schiefelbein is a software engineer who has worked full time, part-time, and has stayed home at various points in her career. Her story is poignant and includes the tragic loss of her husband to illness, and she describes how she weathered returning to the workforce while learning to navigate her new life as a widow. In the introduction, Lau…
 
In this all Q&A episode, Laura and Sarah answer seven questions, including their very first audio query (submit your own if you would like -- just visit the show notes page on Laura's blog for details!). Topics covered include setting personal weekly goals, navigating grandparent gifts (with an aside on the accumulation of 'stuff'), transitioning f…
 
This episode is all about . . . email. That may sound dry, but both Laura and Sarah recently finished Cal Newport's A World Without Email (Laura reviewed in the WSJ!) and had many thoughts about the role our inboxes play in our lives, for better or (sometimes) for worse. They discuss their own inbox habits, tips for managing the deluge, and perhaps…
 
Sarah and Laura open with a travel discussion -- finally feeling like certain trips are safe to plan again! They discuss vacation rentals vs hotels and why both have moved towards the former for family trips! Then, they welcome You Need A Budget's founder and CEO Jesse Mecham for a fascinating discussion about the role of budgets and the benefits o…
 
This episode opens with a celebration of Annabel's 9th birthday (this week) which leads to a discussion on tweenhood and then puberty! Sarah shares her pediatric endocrinology expertise to discuss typical puberty and when it is 'normal' to start, and how it can vary depending on a number of factors. Then, Megan Hyatt Miller -- CEO of Michael Hyatt …
 
Laura discusses some progress on her house renovation front (did you know what "muntins" are?) and Sarah reveals her much (MUCH) lower scale recent home improvement. Then, Redfin's Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather joins Sarah to discuss current trends related to home buying and moving, as well as her own setup for making work and life fit together…
 
Laura and Sarah admit they do not have all the answers to the immense challenging that is parenting a toddler. But what you will find in this episode is plenty of commiseration about how tough the toddler parenting years can be, as well as tips that have helped us both in the past (and present, in Laura's case!). In the Q&A, they answer a fun Q&A f…
 
Laura and Sarah intended for this episode to be about getting out of ruts, but first, came a debate -- are ruts even a bad thing? Where does routine cross over into "rut" territory, and can that vary? They discuss individual tolerances to repetition and then dive into ideas for getting out of ruts, should you find yourself in one! In the Q&A, they …
 
In this episode, Sarah and Laura open by discussing their own podcast listening habits, from playback speed to queue management. Then, Laura interviews Dr. Christine Koh from the lovely podcast Edit Your Life! They chat about minimalism, and if that works for people with varied interests, how to manage your space during a pandemic, and the importan…
 
In this episode, Laura and Sarah discuss practices for both individuals and companies to promote wellness and engagement in the workplace. Sarah shares ideas from blog readers and her own experiences, and Laura adds what she has learned in her work and research so far. Then, both dissect their own levels of wellness (and Sarah delves into that of h…
 
This episode starts with a discussion of summer 2021: are camp spreadsheets yet in effect? Laura and Sarah discuss the merits of keeping things simple (especially this year!). Then, Laura interviews former WSJ journalist Joann Lublin about what she has discovered studying the ways executive mothers navigate work and life. (Her new book on the topic…
 
This episode is all about . . . fun! One of Laura's goals for the year was to cultivate more fun in her life, so this episode is an exploration of exactly what we find fun and how one might go about having more of it! In the Q&A, they answer a listener question looking for work-from-home lunch inspiration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit me…
 
Sarah and Laura open up with a discussion of winter doldrums (or lack thereof), and strategies for getting through February, which can feel like a long month (even though it's not!). Then, Sarah interviews Marlise Pierre-Wright, a 3rd-year medical student at Northwestern University and mother to a 5-month-old. Marlise made the decision to start her…
 
In this episode, Sarah and Laura talk about their current parenting stages, and then Sarah asks Laura all about issues pertaining to parenting tweens and teens, something Laura has been experiencing for the past few years. Topics discussed include getting one on one time, how involved to get with school work, current social life/screen time issues …
 
In this first episode of the new year, Laura and Sarah ponder 2021 exercise ambitions. Then, Dr. Christina Shenvi, an emergency medicine physician who also coaches medical students and faculty on productivity, joins Laura to discuss both of their favorite topics: time management! Christina shares how she teaches people to think about their time, an…
 
In the intro, Sarah and Laura talk a little about the entertainment they currently enjoy. Then, Laura interviews Kristen Meinzer, the co-host of Movie Therapy with Rafer & Kristen, and By the Book (with Jolenta Greenberg). They discuss how TV and movies are helping people get through the pandemic, and some good shows to check out now. They also tal…
 
It's another Q&A Mailbag episode! Topics are wide-ranging and fun, from travel tips (because someday we will travel again!), toy recommendations, postpartum fashion advice, postwork rituals, and conversation starters for your kids at dinner. Show sponsor: Sweaty Betty - for Power Leggings and more! Get 20% off your purchase by visiting http://sweat…
 
SHU opens up about her family's experience with COVD-19 and subsequent quarantine. Everyone is currently doing okay as this airs, so her story has a hopeful ending! She shares their story, from getting test results to being on home lockdown over winter break (and beyond). In the Q&A, a listener writes in about home office space, and Laura and Sarah…
 
In the intro, Laura and Sarah talk about current weekend days with kids. Then guest Simone de Munoz joins Sarah to chat about balancing her own life and work as a nonprofit analyst who also wrote her debut novel coming out next spring! Her novel is a thriller novel called Manflu about a pandemic and a vaccine scientist -- and oddly enough it was st…
 
It's an annual tradition - Laura and Sarah get together to review 2021 goals! Yes, this year may look different, but there are still lots of interesting things to pursue and think about. While it didn't come as easily as in years past, Laura and Sarah identified goals in the areas of work, family, personal, and relationships. If you're looking for …
 
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