67 episodes

Turns out children arrive with no manual. There's no coherent online tutorial.
Between staying up to date with emerging technologies and balancing work and home life in an industry that often requires un-timeable bug fixes, on call schedules, and more, working parents are balancing a lot.
Parents are also exploring additional technical issues like "screen time" or internet privacy, coming at these issues from a different perspective as technologists ourselves.
We cover all of these topics and more using a panel of parents coming from diverse perspectives and a variety of technological backgrounds. We'll shine light onto these issues and provide a valuable food for thought for these folks.
Want to ask a question that the panelists can discuss in an episode? Email us at panel@parentdrivendevelopment.com.
And if you're loving the podcast and want to support us, please visit our Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/parentdrivendev)!

Parent Driven Development Parent Driven Development

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Turns out children arrive with no manual. There's no coherent online tutorial.
Between staying up to date with emerging technologies and balancing work and home life in an industry that often requires un-timeable bug fixes, on call schedules, and more, working parents are balancing a lot.
Parents are also exploring additional technical issues like "screen time" or internet privacy, coming at these issues from a different perspective as technologists ourselves.
We cover all of these topics and more using a panel of parents coming from diverse perspectives and a variety of technological backgrounds. We'll shine light onto these issues and provide a valuable food for thought for these folks.
Want to ask a question that the panelists can discuss in an episode? Email us at panel@parentdrivendevelopment.com.
And if you're loving the podcast and want to support us, please visit our Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/parentdrivendev)!

    067: Goodbye, for now

    067: Goodbye, for now

    Parent Driven Development

    Episode 067: Goodbye, for now.

    1:00 Parent Driven Development reflects on what it’s like being a panelist on the podcast


    Imposter syndrome
    Multiple purposes to be an effective parent
    Expanding perspectives, ideas, and parenting techniques
    Ability to relate with one another


    8:40 What we hope to our listeners take away from the podcast


    There is no one way to parent
    You’ll continue to grow as a parent
    You are not alone - every parent, kid, family, circumstances are different


    13:30 What would we have done differently?


    Earlier sponsorship
    Episode format


    16:15 Parting words for listeners


    Thank you!!
    You’re doing a great job.


    17:17 Final genius and fail moments


    Chris Sexton’s daughter uses the word arithmetic with her peers, but no one knows the word leading her to question whether her parents played a prank on her.
    Allison calms down her family with deep breathing after her daughter has a potty accident.
    KWu’s 3-year-old son feels super proud after helping shovel the snow, and he helped!
    Chris Arcand finds the perfect snow sled for his son to be towed around in the deep Minnesota snow.


    How can I support the podcast?

    Please follow us @parentdrivendev on Twitter or email us at panel@parentdrivendevelopment.com.


    Our website is at ParentDrivenDevelopment.com.


    Chris Arcand
    Chris Sexton
    KWu
    Allison

    • 28 min
    066: Finding a new job during the pandemic

    066: Finding a new job during the pandemic

    Parent Driven Development

    66: Finding a new job during the pandemic.

    Welcome, Jean Hsu!

    Jean Hsu is a writer, coach, and software engineer turned leadership coach after working for a decade in Silicon Valley. She is the VP of engineering at Range Labs and Co-founder of Co Leadership, which focuses on filling the gaps in leadership development in the tech industry. Jean doesn’t miss writing code, but she does miss deleting it.


    0:53 Finding a new job during the pandemic


    Desire strikes for leadership
    The hiring process


    5:20 How did the pandemic change your thought process


    Intentionality of specific desires - management, leadership, flexibility
    Enjoying the journey rather than letting comparison or stress take over


    7:30 What would Jean do differently now?


    Finding ways to lean into async communication with a remote team in different time zones, while keeping the team engaged and connected with each other
    Hybrid mix of in-person and remote is the future for companies


    13:13 Pre-pandemic commute tales


    Feels like a different lifetime


    15:40 New expectations for Range during the pandemic


    Getting rid of the 9-5; windowed work with colored labels
    Core hours for team meetings
    Setting boundaries


    19:40 Genius and fail moments


    KWu closed her son’s fingers between a door hinge… #fail
    Allison’s daughter turns 3 and shines at her yearly doctor's appointment. #genius
    Jean downloaded TikTok and discovered the best parenting hack to tell your kids to do a task, rather than ask. #genius
    Chris brings back his daughter's love of Star Wars. #genius


    How can I support the podcast?

    Please follow us @parentdrivendev on Twitter or email us at panel@parentdrivendevelopment.com.


    Our website is at ParentDrivenDevelopment.com.


    Allison
    KWu
    Chris Sexton
    Special Guest: Jean Hsu.

    • 29 min
    065: Teaching Programming to Kids

    065: Teaching Programming to Kids

    Parent Driven Development

    Episode 065: Teaching Programming to Kids with Felienne

    Welcome, Felienne!

    Felienne is the creator of the Hedy programming language, and was one of the founders of the Joy of Coding conference. Since 2016, she has been a host at SE radio, one of the most popular software engineering podcasts on the web. Felienne is the author of “The Programmer’s Brain” a book that helps programmers understand how their brains work and how to use it more effectively. In 2021, Felienne was awarded the Dutch Prize for ICT research.


    0:50 How does Felienne become interested in programming education?


    Research field towards programming education
    Love of kids


    3:33 Methods and strategies to help kids understand


    Relevant for professionals
    Full concentration disables full memory, so she lowers the cognitive load
    After time, memory starts to build and functioning increases


    6:02 Maximizing different learning styles in kids


    Learn their preferences
    Challenges their default learning style


    9:57 Felienne’s new book


    How people learn programming
    The more information you know about your brain can help you understand how you learn


    11:40 Interesting findings


    Cognitive load


    14:00 Top tips related to programming


    Refactoring for personal comprehension
    Let go of one golden standard that code is suppose to look like


    17:29 Specific differences between professionals and kids


    Motivation
    Concrete vs open ended expression


    20:50 - 1 take away


    Take the kids hands, and guide them


    22:20


    Allison and her husband score a few days each solo as they transition back into their home #genius
    Felienne’s students fuss over the different symbols of division in coding #fail


    How can I support the podcast?

    Please follow us @parentdrivendev on Twitter or email us at panel@parentdrivendevelopment.com.


    Our website is at ParentDrivenDevelopment.com.


    Allison
    Special Guest: Felienne Hermans.

    • 27 min
    064: Moving and Renovating

    064: Moving and Renovating

    Parent Driven Development

    Episode 064: Moving and Renovating

    0:30 Moving and renting realities


    KWu moves
    Allison’s home renovations
    Preparation before the kids


    4:30 Toys


    Ethical parenting of getting rid of toys
    Hiding and cleaning out old toys from the kids (out of sight out of mind)


    10:05 Establishing new house rules


    Setting realistic expectations on new floors, new rooms, new finishes
    Furniture socks
    Furniture caster cups
    Respect and Take Care of Things
    Learning to get along book series


    18:35 Caution police in new house


    Acceptance is key
    Roommates with no impulse control.. your kids. ;)


    22:40 Genius and fail moments


    KWu’s kids got into some old and slimy carrots meant for the compost.. But at least they’re eating vegetables!
    Allison’s son gets shut down from her parenting synchronicity with her husband.


    How can I support the podcast?

    Please follow us @parentdrivendev on Twitter or email us at panel@parentdrivendevelopment.com.


    Our website is at ParentDrivenDevelopment.com.


    KWu
    Allison

    • 27 min
    063: Fear in Parenting

    063: Fear in Parenting

    Parent Driven Development

    Episode 063: Fear in Parenting

    0:40 Fear and stress of parenting


    From independent… to having dependents
    Trends of becoming more conservative once a parent


    2:50 Decision making process


    High alert, more burden than non-parents
    Different decisions and problems at different stages of the kids
    Background buzz of constant anxiety


    6:40 Different stresses


    Physical dangers for smaller kids, choking hazards
    Trying to avoid helicopter parenting
    Screen interest, programming, and patience


    10:55 Big anxieties


    Screen time !! Constant worry and stress for modern parents with kids
    Augmenting reality through screens - stress for middle school aged parents
    How to foster new sibling relationships


    Siblings Without Rivalry - book


    How to avoid middle child syndrome with three kids, carve out alone time with each child
    Feeling guilty to tell kids to play by themselves.. But it’s also important to learn


    21:35 Genius and fail moments from the last week


    KWu moves to a new house and her son is waking every night from terrors or feeling too cold as she’s been keeping the thermostat down real low. #fail
    Jess’s son is a pretty adventurous eater and recently discovered balsamic vinegar which is now a new favorite! #genius
    Chris makes biscuits and conjures a family night which turned into a great family time. #genius


    How can I support the podcast?

    Please follow us @parentdrivendev on Twitter or email us at panel@parentdrivendevelopment.com.


    Our website is at ParentDrivenDevelopment.com.


    Jess
    Chris S
    KWu

    • 28 min
    062: 3-Year Anniversary - Episode Highlights

    062: 3-Year Anniversary - Episode Highlights

    Parent Driven Development

    062: Celebrating Our Favorite Episodes from the past 3 Years!

    Episode Highlights

    KWu, Chris, Josh, and Allison reflect on the past 3-years of podcasting. They touch on their favorite episodes and guests over the years, as well as some favorite parenting genius and fail moments!


    1:30 Episode 43 - Managing parents on your team with Nick Means

    3:10 Episode 19 - Being Adults, Live from Ruby Conf with Jonan Scheffler

    7:25 Episode 11 - Being a Trans-Parent with Jess Szmajda

    10:35 Episode 26 - Breastfeeding with Allison, Mandy, and KWu

    13:06 Episode 13 - Babies at Work Program with Leah Silber

    14:38 Episode 39 - Parenting Roles and Gender Equity with Richard Schneeman

    15:50 Episode 34 - Extracurricular Activities with Barrett Clark

    18:18 Episode 20 - Fertility Struggles with Adam Cuppy

    19:55 Josh's rememberable genuis and fail moments

    22:40 Genius / fails


    Allison questions herself as a parent due to a Hanukkah gift gone wrong
    Josh bans Elf on Shelf and his daughter starts to question Santa Claus
    Chris nails the Christmas lights on his son’s bed.. But then begins to question everything when he begins to struggle getting his son out of the car to go to school.
    KWu and her son enjoy a fresh snowfall!


    How can I support the podcast?

    Please follow us @parentdrivendev on Twitter or email us at panel@parentdrivendevelopment.com.


    Our website is at ParentDrivenDevelopment.com.


    KWu
    Josh
    Allison
    Chris S

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

adunkman ,

No kids, still great.

I don’t have kids, but I’m IN. TO. THIS. Great information about overcoming social pressures and navigating difficult situations in the context of kids, but you know, adults can be a little childish sometimes too. :)

AmpereCat ,

[:kids, :code, :work].sort!

Great panel discussion about being a software professional while juggling the raising of kids.

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