363 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 • 719 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.

    Mailbag! Podcasting/business questions, back-to-work advice, dream travel destinations, and more! EP 363

    Mailbag! Podcasting/business questions, back-to-work advice, dream travel destinations, and more! EP 363

    In today's episode, Laura and Sarah chat live, answering listener questions about a variety of topics! Topics include:- all about the podcast itself (the time it takes, division of labor, etc)- advice for returning to work part time- dream travel destinations- thoughts about future child care arrangements- ways to address loaded questions at work after mat leave return- where do all the episode / blog post / writing ideas come from!
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    • 36 min
    Intentional Subtraction with Amy Laski of the Difference Lab EP 362

    Intentional Subtraction with Amy Laski of the Difference Lab EP 362

    In today's episode, Sarah interviews Amy Laski of the Difference Lab., and they discuss the idea of intentional subtraction -- removing things rather than just shuffling priorities or succumbing to "cram-it-all-in syndrome". Sarah and Laura discuss their own thoughts on this concept, and then Amy joins Sarah to provide her in-depth perspective on this idea and how it can be applied in both personal and business settings. She also shares her career path and her current day-in-the-life with 3 tweens/teens at home.In the Q&A, Laura and Sarah address a listener question on kid 1:1 days. Does it need to be a full day, or do other variations work?
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    • 38 min
    The Best Career Advice and Much More with Jessi Hempel EP 361

    The Best Career Advice and Much More with Jessi Hempel EP 361

    In today's episode, Laura and Sarah open with a discussion of how much their own jobs have changed in the last decade. Then, Laura interviews Jessi Hempel, host of the Hello Monday Podcast on navigating work/life issues, and they also discuss how parenting roles and expectations might be different (or not!) in a two-mom or two-dad household.In the Q&A, Sarah and Laura provide tips for a listener looking for ideas on resetting or momentum planning after a big goal of accomplishment (like achieving tenure!)
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    • 41 min
    Mid-Year Check In 2024! EP 360

    Mid-Year Check In 2024! EP 360

    In their traditional midyear episode, Laura and Sarah share progress (or lack thereof, as it may apply!) on 2024 goals, halfway in. They discuss goals in the domains off work, relationships/family, and personal/self, as well as provide updates on daily habits + long term goals.In the Q&A, they address a common question as to where they KEEP all of these goals!
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    • 42 min
    Summer Struggles: Bedtime, Bathing Suits, Bugs & Beyond EP 359

    Summer Struggles: Bedtime, Bathing Suits, Bugs & Beyond EP 359

    In today's episode, Sarah and Laura tackle some common struggles, starting with BEDTIME. They discuss struggles and strategies in each category, including bathing suit shopping, summer uniforms, kids' summer assignments, screen time dilemmas, and more.In the Q&A, a listener already thinking about *next* academic year writes in asking about creating a "last minute school request" emergency kit.
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    • 39 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
719 Ratings

719 Ratings

d0hnuts ,

My sistas from another mista

I have a toddler and work a demanding job (my husband works an even more demanding job with lots of travel so I feel like a single mother often). I have 3 older sisters but none of them have kids nor demanding jobs. This podcast has saved me in so many ways bc I feel like there are great tips and female camaraderie. I feel like I’m not alone when it comes to juggling parenting and having a career. On top of that i absolutely love all of Laura’s books, and anything that has to do with time management, organization, and tips that help my sanity (example: golden hour tips). The books and this podcast have been game changing and I really hope they keep this alive for many years to come.

Cara Buzzi ,

Hard to listen to…

Been a long time listener but lately it’s just been hard. I’m sorry but Laura actively mocking Sarah (especially during the Cal Newport interview!!!!) was such a turn off. Never mind the fact that Cal was genuinely interested in what Sarah had to say. Please also don’t act like sleepless nights is a working mom myth from the baby years. I’m sorry but there are LOADS of us whose kids (KIDS not babies!)don’t sleep. Seven years of sleep deprivation being tossed aside like a silly “myth” was a little insulting as I know my husband and I are far from the only ones…I am just bringing up two solid examples but there are so many more. Working moms, not just those in the 1%, deserve better.

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Both worlds mom and business unite here!

I really appreciated your recent episode “Summer Struggles.” I always look forward to your new episodes. Thank you for this because I love both my boys and biz.

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