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If you're growing a business, starting a business, or figuring out the madness of entrepreneurship and you're thinking about having kids, this podcast is for you. We go in-depth with female founders and entrepreneurial parents about what it really takes to have babies, grow businesses, and stay sane. And get a little bit of sleep.

The Startup Pregnant Podcast Sarah K Peck

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0, 117 Ratings

If you're growing a business, starting a business, or figuring out the madness of entrepreneurship and you're thinking about having kids, this podcast is for you. We go in-depth with female founders and entrepreneurial parents about what it really takes to have babies, grow businesses, and stay sane. And get a little bit of sleep.

    Navigating Hard Conversations — Sharon Stolt

    Navigating Hard Conversations — Sharon Stolt

    #159 — Think of a difficult conversation that you are in the middle of, or one that you’ve recently had. Maybe it’s onboarding a new team member, or working with a client. Maybe it’s with your partner or your spouse, and you're trying to negotiate all those logistics of parenting. Maybe it’s with the grandparents, your kids, your boss, a colleague—whoever it is, I am sure that you have had the experience of how challenging it can be to go through a hard conversation.

    For me, I avoid them. I panic. I worry. I stress. I get really sweaty. I get nervous. I stammer. I try to keep the peace. There are so many strategies I have to try to avoid having hard conversations, or try to avoid ruffling any feathers and those strategies don't necessarily serve me. The stakes get high, people get frustrated. Sometimes when you do end up having them, you both lose sight of what it was that you wanted in the first place, or you win, but you don't really feel you won, because what is winning?

    Today on the podcast, we get to have Sharon Stolt join us to teach us what to do and how to start the art of having challenging and uncomfortable conversations. Sharon Stolt is a global learning and development leader, a dynamic facilitator and an instructional designer specializing in leadership and manager development. She has taught and designed innovative training programs for Fortune 500 companies and small startups and she helps thousands of people communicate better and lead more effectively. She takes us through how to think about having hard conversations, how to frame them, what our goals and objectives should be, and how to keep learning throughout all of them. When you improve your ability to communicate and navigate hard conversations, you'll be a better leader, a better parent, and you'll be a better advocate. Join us for this important conversation.


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    • 44 min
    Day In The Life: Attorney Caitlin Boland Aarab

    Day In The Life: Attorney Caitlin Boland Aarab

    #158 — You all have been asking to hear how other moms and small business owners are navigating the pandemic right now. I've been interviewing working parents about how they've been affected by the pandemic. Today we take a look at Caitlin Boland Aarab: she and her husband are both attorneys, and they own their own law firm in Great Falls, Montana. They have two kids at home and she's pregnant with their third kid. When everything shut down, the kids were sent home from school—but the courts weren't closed. Work was still in session.

    Thanks to our episode sponsor, NANIT — the only baby monitor you'll ever need! The Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor tracks your baby’s breathing, and has special sleepwear so that you can see that they are safe and know that they are breathing throughout their sleep. If you’ve ever been stressed out overnight or worried about your baby sleeping, this can put your mind at ease, this is a baby monitor that can help you adjust to your new sleep life once you bring that kiddo home. They also provide sleep coaching, training, and a baby monitor all in one. Visit Nanit.com today to learn more about this amazing baby monitor, why people are raving about it, and how it can help you and your little one have a better night’s rest. Startup Pregnant listeners can use code STARTUP at nanit.com to save 10%.

    Find links, resources, quotes, and complete shownotes at https://startuppregnant.com/158


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    • 42 min
    Potty Training In A Pandemic? My Incomplete Notes (From Memory)

    Potty Training In A Pandemic? My Incomplete Notes (From Memory)

    #157 — My friend has an almost-two-year old and she asked me "So when do I need to think about potty training?" Yeah, as though you needed anything else to consider in the pandemic. Well, I took a few minutes to brain dump everything I remembered about potty training in a quick dash Voxer message to her, all while doing dishes and cleaning up the boys' room in our house. We both thought that these might be useful memos for you, especially if you happen to be in a similar situation.

    Consider this an unofficial, scrappy overview of Potty Training that will help you do a good enough job ... for now. The best thing I can recommend is to read the "Oh, Crap" Potty Training book (it was relatively painless to read and well organized and laid out) and then take it slower than anyone else says it should take because it's really all about your kid and getting to know them and their potty (and learning) styles. My favorite part about the potty training experience was that you really have a chance to get to know your kid and understand how they learn and process. But it's tough! 

    Here's what I learned and what I remember about potty training.

    Show notes available at https://startuppregnant.com/157


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    • 12 min
    Stuck? Overwhelmed? Getting Out Of A Rut

    Stuck? Overwhelmed? Getting Out Of A Rut

    #156 — How do you push the reset button—that ability to feel like you've had a fresh cup of coffee, a good night of sleep, and you're ready to go at work? While we're all clawing at sanity and sobbing quietly into our fourteenth cup of coffee, it's really hard to find the capacity to work and keep your head above water right now.

    Today's episode is for anyone trying to find a semblance of sanity amidst all of this. If you're stuck, feeling overwhelmed, feeling like you're in a rut—here are a few things that are working for me. Hope they are helpful.

    Show notes are available at startuppregnant.com/156.


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    • 10 min
    Let's Talk: A New Podcast

    Let's Talk: A New Podcast

    #155 — A brand new show! So, you know when you're watching your favorite TV show, and you realize that the side-story of the show is quickly becoming it's own plot? That is happening to me right now, and after spending the last ten weeks podcasting from my stay-at-home orders in New York City, I realized that I may accidentally be starting a new podcast. One I'd love to introduce you to.

    Let's Talk with Sarah K Peck is a brand-new spinoff podcast with short, 5-10 minute conversations about philosophy, psychology, and practical notes on life around us. If you're curious or want to take a listen, search for it wherever you listen to podcasts and you'll find it, or go to anchor.fm/sarahkpeck to take a sneak peek.

    The Startup Pregnant Podcast will carry on, and we'll be focused on bringing you more voices and ideas from parents all over who are dealing with work, children, pregnancy, and leadership.

    Thanks, as always, for being listeners of the podcast and being on this journey together.


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    • 8 min
    Recess: 5 Minute Resets For Sanity and Calm

    Recess: 5 Minute Resets For Sanity and Calm

    #154 — One of the hardest things for me is finding a way back to myself amidst the clawing of children, the demands of home, the projects at work, and the to-do lists piled extra high. You know the days—when doing anything longer than 15 minutes seems impossible.

    As a gift to everyone listening, and everyone on my email list, I'm building a series of short, five-minute guided audio tapes (Ha! I want to call them audio tapes, I'm definitely showing my generation here). These guided audios are designed to help you find your breath, re-center, and re-start wherever you are. Listen to the breath work cycle when you're feeling stressed. Take two minutes to do square breathing before you go to sleep. Practice a visualization when you're feeling overwhelmed.

    The series is divided into breath work, body work, visualizations, and stories. It's a work in progress right now, but the first few are live.

    You all have access to this course anytime you'd like. Here's a link if you'd like to take a peek:

    This series is free for anyone who wants it, and you're welcome to share it.

    RECESS: Five minute re-sets for sanity and calm. 


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Customer Reviews

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117 Ratings

117 Ratings

Hoogofronsentrate ,

Thanks for signing the slip!

Sarah and her podcast give us parents who work permission to admit that this gig is hard. She gives us permission to say the messy things and then after we vent, to give ourselves a hug. I’m thrilled that Sarah is showing us that there are all sorts of feelings where parenting, modern-day living and working all merge.

Tezimm ,

A powerful voice

Sarah Peck and The Startup Pregnant Podcast - really all things Startup Pregnant have been a a powerful voice in my life the last year or so. I stumbled upon Sarah’s podcast and immediately felt like she was speaking directly to my heart. Even if I come across an episode that’s doesn’t jump out at me, there is ALWAYS something of immense value inside. As mothers and entrepreneurs, we need to stick together and be the support for each other that evolves this world into a place where being a parent, being a business owner, and being a woman can all be done in a healthy world changing way. Sarah’s work is a catalyst for just that. Run, do not walk, listen to them all, sign up for all of her offerings, dive in and watch the magic that I promise will happen.

4MincePies ,

Love love love!

I can’t get enough of the content on this podcast! As a new mom, I’m enjoying listening to all the inspiring stories of female entrepreneurs as i reframe my vision for my career post baby. Thank for all the great content!

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