342 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 • 697 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.

    Quality Time in 3 Dimensions EP 342

    Quality Time in 3 Dimensions EP 342

    In today's episode, Laura and Sarah explore the concept of "Quality Time", one of Gary Chapman's 5 Love Languages. However, they don't limit the conversation to just partner quality time - they also discuss cultivating and deepening quality and connection time with kids and with themselves (with some side tangents about time with friends, too!).In the Q&A, a listener asks for details on Laura and Sarah's daily planning rituals.
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    • 38 min
    Your Media Consumption (Social + Beyond!) EP 41

    Your Media Consumption (Social + Beyond!) EP 41

    Today's episode is about media consumption, from books to movies to music and of course social media too. Sarah and Laura chat about ways to enjoy media more, cultivating an awareness of the types of media we choose to consume, and different feelings about their own personal social media use habits. In the Q&A, a listener asks for tips helping her rising 6th grader plan and organize around schoolwork.
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    • 42 min
    Love Your Job Again Ep 340

    Love Your Job Again Ep 340

    Sarah and Laura reflect back on jobs of the past (including the pretty distant past - remember video stores?) and then introduce an alliterative framework for loving your job more: Passion, People, Progress, and Pleasure.In the Q&A, Laura answers a listener question about her experiences in getting a family dog.
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    • 41 min
    Perimenopause + Much More with Endocrinologist Dr. Gillian Goddard Ep 339

    Perimenopause + Much More with Endocrinologist Dr. Gillian Goddard Ep 339

    In this episode, Sarah interviews Dr. Gillian Goddard, an NYC-based endocrinologist who will soon be launching a newsletter on navigating your health and hormones in the post-reproductive years.They discuss perimenopause and the late reproductive years, contraception at 40+, weight gain and perimenopause, estrogen + dementia, and more.In the Q&A, Laura and Sarah answer a listener query about charitable giving.
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    • 43 min
    Morning Routines! EP 338

    Morning Routines! EP 338

    Today's episode is all about morning routines, which is fitting since Sarah loves mornings and one of Laura's bestsellers is What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast!Sarah and Laura share their own AM routines in detail, from wakeup alarm to the start of the work day, plus variations on weekends and other scenarios. Then, they discuss some strategies for common morning challenges such as an early-waking baby, too little time for a workout, or super-early Zoom meetings.In the Q&A, they answer a listener question on transitions - how to handle the long transition times that inevitably occur with multiple young kids?
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    • 40 min
    Kid Stuff That Lasts: From Baby Gear to Media and Beyond Ep337

    Kid Stuff That Lasts: From Baby Gear to Media and Beyond Ep337

    In today's episode, Laura and Sarah share their tried-and-true kid product favorites -- everything from books to brands of clothing! Categories covered include books, magazines, movies/TV; toys; pumps + other baby gear; clothing; food-related. Emphasis is placed on items that made it through 6+ years of kid use!
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
697 Ratings

697 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.

addeems ,

Come from a place of privilege to enjoy

There is some very valuable discussion that occurs in the podcast but the ideal audience is not all inclusive. There certainly is a baseline level of privilege the ladies operate from that is not shared by some other working parents. Nothing to take away from the success of these hosts, but in particular do find Laura to have a condescending tone when it comes to answering questions and giving advice (e.g. genuine questions about how to balance a busy schedule met with in my opinion an ill received joke emphasizing how we’re all busy thereby downplaying the concern). Good content, just not for everyone. Helpful to have some thick skin to withstand the style of banter.

sammywhammy123 ,

Out of touch

I truly loved this podcast at first. I came to it from best laid plans but immediately was put off by Laura. Her advice is consistently out of touch with working parents and lacks any empathy for different life situations to her own very privileged one. The breaking point for me was when she discussed 5-8 pm as golden hours. I just could not believe this would be a time when anything gets done besides surviving. With two young kids and my husband and I both making under 70k as educators (a job we truly love) we’re trying to do it all but this podcast has become a source of completely unrealistic expectations and advice. We can’t afford to outsource anything and that is the case for the majority of working parents. I really wanted to like this and the concept is so good, but I think they’d benefit a lot in talking with true working class (or even just not high income AND working from home) parents to suggest actual strategies instead of ones they’ve never actually used besides outsourcing.

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