358 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 five, and Sarah Hart-Unger, a practicing physician and mom of 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 • 709 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 five, and Sarah Hart-Unger, a practicing physician and mom of 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.

    Modern Friendship with Anna Goldfarb EP 358

    Modern Friendship with Anna Goldfarb EP 358

    Sarah and Laura open today's episode discussing the ways that they keep their friendships (both near + far-flung) alive. Then, Laura interviews Anna Goldfarb, author of Modern Friendship (released just last week!) -- a practical look at how to make and strengthen friendships as an adult in the current very digital world.In the Q&A, Laura and Sarah answer respond to a question about how to best respond when close couple friends are getting a divorce. Additional wisdom from listeners who have been through this welcome!
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    • 38 min
    Myths of Working Parenthood EP 357

    Myths of Working Parenthood EP 357

    In today's episode, Laura and Sarah do a deep analysis of some common myths about working parenthood, from "A stranger will raise your baby!" to "You'll never get any free time every again" to "I can't take on this leadership role, I have (insert # here) kids!" -- and many more.This episode goes out especially to anyone just beginning their parenting journey and wondering whether to believe the hype, but it's also valuable reflection for seasoned parents who continue to both enjoy work and life.In the Q&A, Sarah and Laura chat about a question that came up recently through their Patreon (for more, visit http://patreon.com/bestofbothworldspod ) : "Is it okay to work less than 40 hours if I'm getting my work done?"
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    • 48 min
    Parenting in the Teen Years with Ellen Galinsky EP 356

    Parenting in the Teen Years with Ellen Galinsky EP 356

    In today's episode, Sarah and Laura open with a discussion of teen parenting (mostly with Laura's experience so far!) and then Sarah interviews Ellen Galinsky, longtime researcher and author about all things related to teenhood, as inspired by Galinsky's recent book: The Breakthrough Years: A New Scientific Framework for Raising Thriving Teens.One thing that sets Galinsky apart is how positive she is about this phase of life. Of course there are challenges, but there are so many wonderful things about this incredibly important developmental phase.You can find Ellen's new book wherever books are sold, or visit her website:https://ellengalinsky.comIn the Q&A, Laura and Sarah answer a question about going from 3 kids to more -- how do you know whether to go for it?
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    • 41 min
    Conquer the World in 40 Hours a Week EP 355

    Conquer the World in 40 Hours a Week EP 355

    Today's episode is all about building career capital and raising your profile without working around the clock. Sarah and Laura discuss their own work hours, and then discuss strategies in 4 categories listed below:- Building a schedule that prioritizes space for the important- Minimizing other work and making life sustainable- Paying into career capital accounts- Be everyone's favorite to work with!In the Q&A, a listener asks how to tactfully get chattier coworkers to give her some space during downtime so that she can be productive.
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    • 41 min
    Packing Like a Pro & Travel Q&A EP 354

    Packing Like a Pro & Travel Q&A EP 354

    In today's episode, Laura and Sarah open with some recent travel planning talk, and then delve into all things packing! They share thoughts on carry-on vs check, current luggage situations, packing processes, and include a discuss ion on packing cubes and the merits of unpacking at your destination.Then, they address some listener travel questions. Topics include managing selective eaters on international trips, ski school, and ideas for one parent traveling with her 3 + 5 year old.
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    • 41 min
    Negotiating Well with Kathryn Valentine EP 353

    Negotiating Well with Kathryn Valentine EP 353

    Today's episode features Kathryn Valentine specializes in Gendered Negotiation, or how to negotiate successfully as a woman.  Sarah and Laura chat about their feelings around negotiation, and then Kathryn joins Laura to discuss ways to negotiate successfully --including some strategies specifically for women, who have been shown to face different challenges in negotiation.In the Q&A, a listener writes in asking about kid/teen chores - how do you manage chore expectations if older kids are busy with activities?
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
709 Ratings

709 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.

KGuido ,

Was great. Unfollowed bc Laura is out of touch.

Years ago I found this podcast helpful. However in recent years I’ve been turned off by the tone deafness, particularly of Laura. For me the HUGE turn off is Laura dismissing everyone’s time/flexibility. She seems to think everyone is their own boss and can turn work on or off whenever they want. She constantly says how everyone inflates their hours. She is an author and speaker and has that flexibility, but I’m willing to bet there are many listeners in corporate America with bosses, clients and investors that bring urgent fire drills and create a lack of flexibility that she just doesn’t get. I’m not new in my career, I have a masters and am in my 40s and many careers you still need to answer to someone. I just unfollowed this show because I got so mad at Laura basically every recent episode.

LisaCNg ,

Totally real motherhood podcast

Love how real these two hosts are about their motherhood journey. Love their advice, tips, and more than motherhood episodes. They understand there isn’t ever only one solution to an issue and that us moms are more than just moms.

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