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If you're growing a business, starting a business, or figuring out the madness of entrepreneurship and you're thinking about having kids, this podcast is for you. We go in-depth with founders and entrepreneurial parents about what it really takes to have babies, grow businesses, and stay sane. And get a little bit of sleep.

Startup Parent Sarah K Peck

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 127 Ratings

If you're growing a business, starting a business, or figuring out the madness of entrepreneurship and you're thinking about having kids, this podcast is for you. We go in-depth with founders and entrepreneurial parents about what it really takes to have babies, grow businesses, and stay sane. And get a little bit of sleep.

    WWC is back! Our Community to Support Women in Leadership

    WWC is back! Our Community to Support Women in Leadership

    #186 — The Wise Women's Council is back and accepting enrollments for our Class of 2022. We only open once per year for enrollment, so whether you've been a longtime listener or a brand-new listener, check out our leadership incubator and community for executive, entrepreneurial moms navigating both life and business at the same time. 

    Applications close March 1, 2022 this year. Apply at startupparent.com/wwc

    Last year's Wise Women's Council was amazing. Full stop. Here's what some of our alumni have said:

    "It made me feel seen and less alone."⁠

    "What I didn't expect was just how expansive WWC was for me. The people I met, what I learned both about myself and the world – it truly expanded what I thought was possible about working parenthood."⁠

    "WWC brings these incredible women together, and you form relationships over 9 months that approximate the closeness of many-years-long friendships. You learn things about yourself that you didn't know before. You unlock ways of understanding the world outside of where you were before"⁠

    "There is no way to describe what it feels like to be validated. So much of being a women and more so a mom makes one feel invisible. In this space I felt seen and heard by really smart, funny, and fearless parents."⁠

    👆 THIS is what the alumni from WWC have said about what The Wise Women's Council is like. I didn't edit their words or tell them what to say.

    If you're looking to join a supportive, expansive, brilliant group of women founders, leaders & business creatives, then check out The Wise Women's Council. We only open once a year for applications to join.⁠

    APPLY HERE → www.startupparent.com/wwc⁠

    📌 Our application deadline is March 1, 2022. 

    The program runs March 28 - Nov 3, 2022.


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    • 17 min
    The First Year of Parenting: What I Wish I’d Known — Vanessa Van Edwards

    The First Year of Parenting: What I Wish I’d Known — Vanessa Van Edwards

    #185 — Vanessa Van Edwards learned right away that being an expert in behavioral science did not translate into innate parenting know-how.

    An author, speaker, and lead investigator with Science of People, Vanessa first appeared on Episode #96 of Startup Parent. She returned for Episode #104, in which she busted some myths about the first weeks of parenthood.

    Now, she’s opening up about the first year, explaining that while some phases do indeed “go by so fast,” others can feel like a slog, but telling parents that it goes by so fast is not, well, helpful. We dig into the nitty-gritty of the first year of parenting, what surprised us, what we wish we’d known, and the milestones most parenting books miss.

    We also talk about miscarriage, and Vanessa also speaks honestly about the experience of having a miscarriage at eight weeks, and the physicality of it—many people talk about the emotional experience, but she wasn’t prepared for how long it would take, and what her body would go through in the experience.

    Tune in to this episode to hear Vanessa’s take on what the first year of parenting was like for her, how it affected her perspective on work and friendships, and also how the pandemic (and parenting) might also be an opportunity for a fresh start.

    Episodes mentioned: 


    Episode #96, our first interview with Vanessa on Startup Parent. 
    Episode #104, in which she busted some myths about the first weeks of parenthood.


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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Writing About Your Family on Twitter: Where’s the Line? — Comedic Writer James Breakwell, aka Xploding Unicorn

    Writing About Your Family on Twitter: Where’s the Line? — Comedic Writer James Breakwell, aka Xploding Unicorn

    #184 — Growing up, James Breakwell never had to think about what jobs he wasn’t allowed to pursue. That changed when he had kids.

    As the father of four girls — one of whom recently said she wants to be a construction worker, and another who asked if she could be the Pope — he’s had to put himself in the shoes of the females surrounding him at home.

    As an author and internet personality behind the popular Twitter account @XplodingUnicorn, James is best known for his viral tweets depicting hilarious snippets of conversations with his daughters.

    In this interview with our first startup dad, he gets real about how he navigates building a public persona based on his family life — including how much to share and what to withhold.

    Full show notes at startupparent.com/184


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    How Brands Mess Up Marketing To Women with Amber Anderson

    How Brands Mess Up Marketing To Women with Amber Anderson

    #183 — Creative dynamo Amber Anderson is the founder of Tote & Pears, a branding and marketing agency with a female focus. For her, becoming an entrepreneur was about more than the business. It was about creating possibilities for her family, establishing a set of core values for her family, and aligning her business values and family needs holistically.

    We first interviewed Amber on Episode #029 all about the birth of her son and her business. We invite her back to talk about what marketing to women looks like, how brands and agencies can better understand their target audience, and how to build a business that works for you and your family.

    Tune in to this episode to hear returning guest Amber describe how she aligns family values with work values, the rebranding of her marketing to become female-focused, and why she is committed to keeping work and home life intertwined (while keeping her work weeks around 40-50 hours).

    Full show notes at startupparent.com/183


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    • 56 min
    Is The Pandemic Messing Up Our Kids? Dr. Courtney Bolton, PhD

    Is The Pandemic Messing Up Our Kids? Dr. Courtney Bolton, PhD

    #182 — How badly is this year, this pandemic, messing up our kids and us, as parents? Dr Courtney Bolton has a PhD in counseling clinical and school psychology, and she is a parenting coach focused on evidence-based strategies for the development of kids. She's a mom of four and she helps parents make contextual, intentional parenting decisions that work for them and their families. I asked her to join me to talk about parenting, stress, and the pandemic.

    In this episode, we talk about: 


    How to help little ones manage their emotional and mental understanding of all that's changed — and specific tools for how to talk to our kids across age groups.
    How to help parents deal with all of the stress and life changes that are happening.
    Stress strategies for dealing with the coming months and not calling it "new normal" but really naming what it is and what's happening.
    The grief and loss that's happening in so many different ways in our homes, including the loss of income, work, career, meaning, purpose, and time.
    How to talk to kids about loss and grief.
    The 6 P's framework she has for recentering and adjusting as a parent.

    Also, because we're in a pandemic, you'll hear our kids in the background, and we have to move offices to make this interview work. This was recorded at the end of last summer, but like the music, better late than never.

    Browse all episodes at startupparent.com/podcast or check out the complete show notes at startupparent.com/182


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Designing For Resilience (with co-host Cary Fortin)

    Designing For Resilience (with co-host Cary Fortin)

    #181 - Welcome back to co-host Cary Fortin! We're back for another friendship episode, where Sarah and Cary talk about business design, parenting stress, and dealing with the pandemic. In this episode, we take you behind the scenes of The Wise Women's Council and the Class of 2021, and the ways that we think about community design and creating strong containers for personal growth.

    If you haven't heard the story of how the Wise Women's Council started, listen in as Sarah describes what it took to create a program while pregnant with her second kiddo (and with a toddler at home). Business as usual wouldn't work, so she thought differently about what a mastermind community might look like, and how to bring a network of teachers in so that she could run a program while also taking leave in the middle of her own program.

    In this episode:


    How too much ego can get you into trouble if you design a business where you (and your personality) has to be at the center of the business.
    How we are scaling the Wise Women's Council and what it looks like to grow a program and a community while maintaining intimacy.
    The container and the structure set-up, and the work it takes, to create truly intimate and honest conversational space.
    What many business owners miss when trying to create strong communities.
    Some of the lessons learned from running masterminds, retreats, and events for over a decade, and how to create a great program and experience.

    This episode is a casual conversation with lots of sideways chatter and banter between long-term friends Cary and Sarah. We also have episodes with guest experts and speakers, but this one includes everything that friends talk about (including adult language), so listen with headphones if you have kids around.

    Browse all episodes at startupparent.com/podcast or check out the complete show notes at startupparent.com/181


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    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
127 Ratings

127 Ratings

kalebjake ,

Real, raw, hilariously relatable

Listening to this podcast feels like you have a best friend in your pocket - a fascinating, curious, and clever best friend who can always make you crack a smile.

Sarah never shies away from the weird and uncomfortable parts of parenting. Instead, she pushes through those boundaries and humanizes the experience of, well, being HUMAN.

…and she does it all with a witty curiosity that makes you crave more.

(Please give us more!)

aseoconnor ,

A must listen for anyone for anyone who manages or hires humans.

The startup parent podcast dives into issues in business that I never considered before. It's a must listen for any leader who wants to better understand how to help their colleagues and employees grow their families as you scale your business

Ellerbell5 ,

Amazing advice, every episode is 🔥

So glad to have found this podcast. Sarah keeps it so real and reminds me that it’s ok to feel overwhelmed, and it’s ok to be honest and say parenting is hard! This podcast helps to keep me sane.

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