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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

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    • 4.5 • 599 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.

    Routines with Routine-Crafting Expert Ashley Brown

    Routines with Routine-Crafting Expert Ashley Brown

    In this episode, Sarah and Laura open by sharing some recent routine wins, and then Ashley joins Sarah to chat all about routine building, troubleshooting, her pivot from nursing to owning her own business, and much much more. Ashley has a launched her very own routine-building planner -- find it at routineandthings.com !
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    • 50 min
    Quiet Quitting, Beautiful Boundaries, and Fall Fun

    Quiet Quitting, Beautiful Boundaries, and Fall Fun

    In this episode, Laura and Sarah dissect the "quiet quitting" phenomenon and come up with alternative solutions -- perhaps beautiful boundaries or powerful prioritization would suit you better! Then, they delve into Fall Fun and what might be on their lists this year, from scented candles to fall reading and apple desserts.
    In the Q&A, a listener writes in asking for where to find time to handle all the 'little life admin' tasks that come along, especially with kids in the picture.
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    • 37 min
    College: Applications, Choices & More with Laura Clarke, College Admissions Advisor

    College: Applications, Choices & More with Laura Clarke, College Admissions Advisor

    Laura and Sarah open with a discussion of their own college application journeys, remembering the word processor days of yore (!). Then, Laura Clarke joins host Laura for a fascinating discussion on the current state of college admissions, college selection, and beyond. In the Q&A, a listener writes in asking about spacing between kids - should she go for #3 shortly after #2?
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    • 50 min
    End-of-Summer Notes & Reflections

    End-of-Summer Notes & Reflections

    In this episode, Laura and Sarah do a summer postmortem of sorts: what worked, what didn't, and what will be good to keep in mind for future summer planning? Sarah also shares some big news in her work/career life. In the Q&A, they address a listener question looking for inspiration on ways to enjoy a slower season at work after a blistering 2021.
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    • 39 min
    Annual Back to School Bonanza!

    Annual Back to School Bonanza!

    In this episode, Laura and Sarah have their annual back to school chat! Laura has 5 kids in 4 schools, and Sarah has 3 kids in 1 school -- one can guess who has the more complex logistics!
    They discuss this year's challenges and plans, delving into kids' activities, tech, school supply shopping, morning routines, and more!
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    • 41 min
    Elder Care Essentials with Expert Lauren Smith

    Elder Care Essentials with Expert Lauren Smith

    This has been a much-requested topic - how do we support our family members who may be growing older and needing more help while still in the busy kid-years?
    Lauren Smith is a gerontologist and licensed nursing home administrator, currently working as a consultant working with multiple healthcare entities to plan for emergencies; she is also a mother of 3 (ages 3, 6, & 8). Lauren shares lots of wisdom from what she has observed in families over the years, and discusses strategies for navigating this difficult life stage.
    In the Q&A, a listener writes in asking for guidance in dealing with "non-work, non-urgent unappealing tasks" -- she struggles and ends up putting them off week after week.
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
599 Ratings

599 Ratings

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$4,429 Home coffee maker

Yes, if I had a plumber-installed $4,429 coffee maker in my kitchen, it would be on my love list, too.
I wasn’t sure why I’ve been feeling bad after listening to this podcast, I love them both individually, but that confirmed it for me. It’s totally fine if some relate, I just don’t, so it’s hard to listen to.
I would love to plan and pay for my upcoming vacations for the next year, but darn it if my husband isn’t holding out for a better offer, too!

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!

Kiddynurse ,

Re: Trampolines

Disappointed to hear the pediatrician talk about plans to have her family go on a trampoline. In 2018, there were over 300,000 injuries related to trampolines.

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