349 episodes

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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    • 4.5 • 703 Ratings

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.

    Memory-Keeping, Traditions, and Celebrations! EP 349

    Memory-Keeping, Traditions, and Celebrations! EP 349

    Today's episode is dedicated to celebrating and preserving the moments that make up our lives, from the cutest baby phases to big milestones -- all of these things enrich our lives and have the power to turn the fleeting present moment into a deeper and more lasting experience. Laura and Sarah talk about the ways they preserve family (and personal) memories, and discuss the value and role of celebrations and traditions in their own families.In the Q&A, a listener writes in asking for fresh date night ideas!
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    • 36 min
    Slow Productivity & More with Cal Newport EP 348

    Slow Productivity & More with Cal Newport EP 348

    Laura and Sarah welcome Cal Newport to Best of Both Worlds to chat all things slow productivity and how Cal's stage of parenting influenced a lot of his current thinking around productivity, pacing, and getting things done.

    In the intro, Sarah and Laura discuss their own planning habits going back to childhood, and in the Q&A a listener writes in asking about how Laura and Sarah read blogs - do they browse through individual urls, or is there another way?Cal Newport's book Slow Productivity released in March 2024 and is available wherever books are sold.Sarah's recommended feed reader: Feedly
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    • 43 min
    Spring Mailbag! Kid bedtimes, household chores, 'split shift' childcare, and more EP 347

    Spring Mailbag! Kid bedtimes, household chores, 'split shift' childcare, and more EP 347

    Today's episode features a fresh crop of mailbag questions! Topics include:


    split shift childcare
    handling the daily household chores with young kids
    different formats for kid activities
    how has work / productivity changed since COVID
    thoughts on digital calendar frames
    retirement plans?
    dealing with kids that have disparate sleep needs
    how to handle the tension between wanting to stay up with teens and having your own morning routine
    the next 5 years of BOBW!

    Thank you to all for submitting questions - keep them coming! You can always find contact info on our websites, theshubox.com and lauravanderkam.com
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    • 37 min
    The Art of Endings with Emily P. Freeman EP 346

    The Art of Endings with Emily P. Freeman EP 346

    In today's episode, Laura chats with author Emily P. Freeman about endings, and in particular determining how and when to leave a situation that no longer fits.Emily's new March 2024 release is How to Walk into a Room: The Art of Knowing When to Stay and When to Walk Away, available wherever books are sold.In the Q&A, Sarah and Laura discuss their experiences in coming back from recent injuries.
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    • 35 min
    Getting to Know LV/SHU: A Fun Facts Episode EP 345

    Getting to Know LV/SHU: A Fun Facts Episode EP 345

    This episode is a departure from the usual topics + format, and is a chance to get to know Laura and Sarah just a little bit better as they share some very random things about themselves that (generally) have not been discussed on the podcast! From physical characteristics (flexibility + left-handedness) to Meyers-Briggs types to ideal superpower and much more - this is a fun conversational chat, recorded live together in Florida.
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    • 38 min
    Journey to Motherhood with Dr. Meggie Smith EP 344

    Journey to Motherhood with Dr. Meggie Smith EP 344

    Dr. Meggie Smith is a reproductive endocrinologist at Nashville Fertility Center and she shares her journey to motherhood today, from freezing her eggs during fellowship to moving forward with a pregnancy as a solo parent.In the Q&A, a listener writes in asking for advice on handling 1st trimester fatigue and nausea -- with respect to work, exercise, and more -- when she hasn't shared yet about her pregnancy.Meggie's Planner Pad:https://sugarpaper.com/products/family-planning-pad?variant=37715043877014&currency=USD&utm_medium=product_sync&utm_source=google&utm_content=sag_organic&utm_campaign=sag_organic&absrc=Google&abid=&abcampid=16881927835&gclid=Cj0KCQiA5-uuBhDzARIsAAa21T9sDxyQt6cxHlwkEwjjZIOuY-1-YafmOOqiha8eF0GcIkmwKlCYplsaApSOEALw_wcB&tw_source=google&tw_adid=&tw_campaign=16881927835&gad_source=1
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
703 Ratings

703 Ratings

Jen Kay Gee ,

Good content

I like the mix of topics discussed and variety of guest and host-led episodes. I find the topics relevant to my life.

I don’t think podcast content needs to be universally inclusive and find this podcast having a niche audience acceptable. I am in the target audience, and so I find the questions and suggested solutions feasible and give me ideas.

I really like Sarah. I find her a pleasure to listen to. She’s very positive and ambitious, yet very humble. She’s almost like your friend who always does what she supposed to do and makes you feel a little bit bad, but also inspires you to be a better person.

Laura, on the other hand is rude and comes across as really mean. She’s even mean to Sarah and sometimes mocks her. I don’t think she is a bad person, she just seems to have no self-awareness of her privileged position and makes no attempt empathize or acknowledge what others deal with. It’s almost like she never listens back to assess her performance and identify how she might improve.

Overall, I like the content, like Sarah, hope Laura does a little work on how she comes across.

Leo_CA10283 ,

Great content

I look forward to this podcast every week! I’m a working mom of two, and I love Laura and Sarah’s positive approach to having a career and enjoying motherhood, all without guilt. I’ve taken away so many useful tips and really appreciate the community they’ve built for working moms. I particularly love Laura’s career advice - any woman considering part time or making a big career move after having kids should hear what she has to say.

Katherine in MT ,

Good advice to live a joyful fulfilling life with kids & a big job!

I love how Laura and Sarah thoughtfully discuss important and useful topics related to work and family. Every episode has concrete tips as well as the camaraderie of knowing other moms out there have big, fulfilling careers. I feel like this podcast does its part to reduce pop culture/societal bias around “what a mom has to give up.” (As an attorney, former elected official, and now single mom, I am deeply familiar with this bias.) No, in fact we have plenty of time and energy for work and kids!

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