Parent Driven Development

A podcast about parenting in tech

About the show

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.

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  • 067: Goodbye, for now

    March 31st, 2021  |  28 mins 40 secs
    parent driven development, parenting, podcast

    Allison, KWu, Chris A, and Chris S come together for a goodbye, for now, episode to reflect on their experience being a panelist on the Parent Driven Development Podcast.

  • 066: Finding a new job during the pandemic

    March 17th, 2021  |  29 mins 14 secs
    hiring, jean hsu, job searching, leadership, management, pandemic

    Software engineer turned leadership coach, Jean Hsu, joins the panelist to share her experiences find a new job during the pandemic, her thought process, the non-negotiables , and the new remote standard.

  • 065: Teaching Programming to Kids

    March 3rd, 2021  |  27 mins 16 secs
    felienne, kids programming, programming, teaching code

    Felienne and Allison discuss techniques and methods of teaching programming to kids, cognitive load, and the cross-over for working professionals.

  • 064: Moving and Renovating

    February 17th, 2021  |  27 mins 10 secs
    kid toys, moving, renovating

    Allison and KWu share their experience on their current house renovations and moving. The good and bad, and the recent acceptance of having little roommates with no impulse control. 

  • 063: Fear in Parenting

    February 3rd, 2021  |  28 mins 47 secs
    anxiety, fear, kids, middle school, parenting, screen time, young kids

    Do you have anxiety as a parent? Chris, Jess and KWu gather to discuss the various stresses and anxiety parents face for kids of all ages, and how their decision making process has shifted over the years.

  • 062: 3-Year Anniversary - Episode Highlights

    January 20th, 2021  |  37 mins 31 secs
    #parenting #podcast #3years #celebration #episodehighlights

    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!

  • 061: DHH - Internet Famous with Kids

    January 6th, 2021  |  47 mins 17 secs
    dhh, family, internet famous, kids, podcast

    DHH joins the podcast to talk about his experience as a parent while being internet famous. The group touches on security concerns, privacy, financial privilege, and share an eye role over highlight parenting reels on social media. Plus DHH suggests a few favorite parenting books.

  • 60: Must Haves

    December 23rd, 2020  |  28 mins 32 secs
    facebook groups, facebook rabbit holes, kid toys, parenting

    KWu and Allison talk about the ins and outs of Facebook groups for parents. The inevitable power kids-products have to validate one as a parent and high expectation of gifts this holiday season.

  • 059: Hiring and Interviewing

    December 9th, 2020  |  37 mins 1 sec
    hiring, interviewee, interviewing, manager, tech

    Jess, Chris S, and Allison discuss the hiring and interviewing process in tech. They share their experience as the interviewee, as well as the interviewer. The team identifies the underlying bias in the process, good signs and bad signs, and why it's important to set up a potential interviewee in the best environment possible.

  • 058: Co-Parenting

    November 25th, 2020  |  40 mins 48 secs
    co-parenting, coparenting, covid, covid-19, parenting, remote work, virtual school

    Brandon Hays joins the panelist to discuss how the pandemic has impacted parenting, co-parenting and the new responsibilities that come along with it.

  • 057: Virtual School

    November 11th, 2020  |  34 mins 34 secs
    high school, kindergarten, learning, middle school, virtual school, zoom school

    Chris and Allison discuss the pros and cons of virtual school, how they're managing the new school year and whether or not they think life is better with zoom school.

  • 056: Child Care Educators with Jessica Sager

    October 29th, 2020  |  34 mins 13 secs
    all our kin, child care, covid, essential workers, jessica sager

    Today we sit down with Jessica Sager, co-founder and CEO of All Our Kin, to discuss the changes of child care during COVID-19 and how we can help make positive changes in our own communities.

  • 055: Jambo Books with Mijha Godfrey

    October 14th, 2020  |  38 mins 16 secs
    children's book, jambo books, mijha godfrey, race

    Jambo Book Club sends members 2-3 age-appropriate books each month that feature children of color as the stars of their own stories.

  • 054: How to Manage Your Tech Career With Kids

    September 30th, 2020  |  33 mins 35 secs
    dev work, raising kids, tech manager, working parent

    Chris and Chris discuss their experiences with balancing their tech careers, being a manager and raising kids! They also share key strategies on how to manage parents on their teams for optimal workflow.

  • 053: The Parenting Playbook with Anna Mackenzie

    September 16th, 2020  |  35 mins 42 secs
    anna mackenzie, parenting, tech, the parenting playbook

    Anna Mackenzie joins the podcast to talk about The Parenting Playbook, a book she co-authored that helps startups navigate how to create quality policies that support parents.

  • 052: Taking Breaks

    September 2nd, 2020  |  32 mins 12 secs
    quarantine, self care, taking breaks

    This week, Allison, KWu and Chris discuss the importance of taking breaks, how they take breaks, and why sometimes choosing the adult decision isn't always necessary.