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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.

Best of Both Worlds Podcast Laura Vanderkam and Sarah Hart-Unger

    • Business
    • 4.5 • 590 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.

    Body Image: Thoughts and Discussion

    Body Image: Thoughts and Discussion

    * Trigger warning -- if you are sensitive to conversations about weight or body size, you may want to skip this episode **
    In this episode, Sarah and Laura tackle a sensitive topic that is relevant to many women - body image. Sarah and Laura have somewhat differing personal approaches to this sensitive topic, so they unpack those and discuss their histories with body image over the years, including interactions with pregnancy and nursing.
    In the Q&A, a listener writes in asking about whether it makes sense to stop work to pick children up from school when they are able to do so (ie, remote and/or flexible work).
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    • 48 min
    Finding Home Wherever You Are with Melody Warnick

    Finding Home Wherever You Are with Melody Warnick

    In this episode, Laura discusses here own thoughts about place and choosing where to live, and then interviews Melody Warnick, an expert on place attachment. They explore the power of place and the newfound flexibility many remote workers have found in the current era.
    In the Q&A, Laura answers a listener question about starting a podcast.
    Melody's latest book: If You Could Live Anywhere: The Surprising Importance of Place in a Work-from-Anywhere World
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    • 48 min
    Summertime Chat with Author Mary Laura Philpott

    Summertime Chat with Author Mary Laura Philpott

    Sarah and Laura open with an update on their summer reading lives. Then, Laura interviews listener-requested memoirist Mary Laura Philpott, author of Bomb Shelter and I Miss You When I Blink.
    In the Q&A, a listener with a 4 month old and 4 year old writes in wondering when she will be able to effectively plan her days again.
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    • 49 min
    Ask Me Anything (Sarah & Laura in PHL!)

    Ask Me Anything (Sarah & Laura in PHL!)

    In today's fun episode, Sarah and Laura are once again together in the same recording space -- this time Laura's home office, outside of Philadelphia!
    This episode is an on-the-cuff Ask Me Anything, with questions pulled from Laura's Instagram followers. They chat favorite podcasts to listen to, dream trips, podcast income, nanny driving logistics, and more!

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    • 42 min
    Work, Life, and Parenting a Child with Complex Needs with Alyce Thompson

    Work, Life, and Parenting a Child with Complex Needs with Alyce Thompson

    In the intro, Laura and Sarah discuss some recent (very minor) challenges. Then, Sarah and Alyce have a rich conversation about Alyce's experiences raising a daughter with Dravet Syndrome, a genetic form of epilepsy that carries additional complications and challenges.
    Alyce is a lawyer married to another lawyer, and she shares tips on their sharing of childcare duties, ways to stay emotionally connected, and so much more. Resource mentioned by Alyce: Courageous Parent Network
    In the Q&A, a scientist listener writes in for ideas on how to make the most of $2000 in professional development funds.

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    • 1 hr
    Mid-Year Goals: Check In & Triage!

    Mid-Year Goals: Check In & Triage!

    At the halfway point of 2022, Sarah and Laura chat about goals! Sarah discusses various ways of looking at our progress and the year thus far, and the two discuss their goals in several different categories:
    1) done/successful
    2) in progress & looking hopeful
    3) still interested but looking less hopeful
    4) those that need to be tabled or abandoned altogether
    In the Q&A, they answer an interesting question about what they choose NOT to spend money on.
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
590 Ratings

590 Ratings

jhevers ,

My top 5 go-to listens

I have been listening to this podcast since the first episode. I have enjoyed the growth they have made as a podcast and how they have adapted with the changes in the world through the conversations they have and the guest they invite on. I had my twin babies right at the time they started this podcast and now they are five and I’ve added another baby. Their podcast has been really valuable from baby years through kindergarten years and thinking about the next stages. Both of the podcast hosts are very inspirational and I admire the choices they have made in their lives and how they share their life advice on the podcast. It’s a really great space for a working mom and they do a great job bringing valuable content to the show. I really feel inspired listening to the show and want to reach for more in my work and personal life from the ideas they share. Thanks Laura and Sarah!

Tmarie423 ,

Entitled and privledged

This podcast would be more impactful if hosts were clear on their target audience. I have listened for two years and have grown more and more disappointed with the amount of privilege and entitlement in each episode. I would love to hear more about how to find a balance when you can’t outsource and pay for extra help at every turn. I know there are working parents who do this amazingly well and cannot afford a full time nanny or house manager. The lack of diversity in guests is disappointing too.

Snowcrush2017 ,

A working mom’s best friend

Such an important podcast - I’m not sure what I would do without you two! You’ve made me think differently about my career, salary, investing, childcare, and what it means to have it all. Thank you for your candid conversations and all of the personal details you share that help make the abstract concrete. Always exciting to see a new episode published, especially interviews with the fantastic guests you bring on. I would feel so alone as a working mom without you.

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