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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  • COVID-19

    March 25th, 2020  |  46 mins 33 secs
    covid-19, covid19, family, full time remote work, the new normal

    Everyone's talking about it, covid-19 is all the rage. In today's episode KWu, Chris and Allison share their quarantine updates, remote work highlights, and dish on the extreme scenes seen in most grocery stores right now.

  • Ethics and Leaving a Job

    March 4th, 2020  |  42 mins 46 secs
    ethics, family, leaving a job, pressure and considerations, working parent

    We discuss what it's like to work for a company that you may not agree with their ethics,
    the difficult decisions and thoughts when you have a family and dependents counting on you.

  • Parenting Roles and Gender Equality

    February 12th, 2020  |  45 mins 12 secs
    equal parenting, equal partnership, fathers, mothers, progressive parenting

    We're joined by Richard Schneeman this week to discuss parenting roles and gender equality. Inspired by the book, All the Rage: Mothers, Father and the Myth of Equal Partnership, we break down progressive parenting, invisible vs visible work, and how to implement a calendar system for maximum efficiency.

  • 038: Women Mentorship with Kari Clark

    January 22nd, 2020  |  51 mins 27 secs
    mothering, parenting, uplift parents, women mentorship, working mom

    In this episode we feature Kari Clark, founder of Uplift Parents, a coaching service and women mentorship for working moms. Kari shares all that she's learned from the most successful working moms and offers great tips to amplify your life.

  • New Panel Intro - Welcome Chris and Adarsh

    January 2nd, 2020  |  1 hr 23 secs
    growing families, irregular schedules, traveling with kids

    In this episode we welcome two new panelist to Parent Driven Development, Chris Arcand and Adarsh Pandit! We learn a little bit about our new panelist and then dive into topics about irregular work schedules, the kids, traveling with the kids, and our teams growing families.

  • 036: The Process for International Adoption

    December 11th, 2019  |  43 mins 12 secs
    international adoption agencies, parenting school, process for international adoption, things to consider when adopting a child
  • 035: Summer Vacation

    November 20th, 2019  |  43 mins 40 secs
    family vacations, road trips, summer break, summer vacation

    Josh, KWu, JC and Chris reflect back on summer vacations when they were growing up, as well as the differences and similarities they're faced vacationing now as the parent. Plus, road trips are always nostalgic to reminisce on!

  • 034: Extracurricular Activities

    October 30th, 2019  |  56 mins 10 secs
    activities, back to school, extracurricular

    Special guest, Barrett Clark, joins Josh, Kwu, Allison, JC and Chris to discuss back to school and extracurricular activities for kids: how to help your kids find their passion, the expectations of school activities, the financial side, and what it means for the parents. Tune in for a deeper dive!

  • 033: Raising Children Away From Family

    October 13th, 2019  |  50 mins 45 secs
    parent coordination, patience, raising a family, work flexibility

    Adarsh Pandit discusses what it’s like to raise a family, while living away from his parents and other family members. We dive into the importance of building a community with fellow families and how we can all help each other out.

  • 032: Tackling More

    September 11th, 2019  |  42 mins 58 secs
    back to school, engineering, management

    Dana Jones talks about going back to school with four older children and teaching herself to code when they were little. We also talk about some of the similarities of management and parenting.

  • 031: Negotiating A Shorter Workweek

    June 12th, 2019  |  37 mins 55 secs
    communication, remote work

    Itamar Turner-Trauring talks about some of the tactics he wrote about in his book, "You Can Negotiate A 3-Day Weekend", such as overcoming "this isn't normal" and "entitlement" feelings, scheduling your shorter workweek, and optimizing your output value and impact when you're not measuring your working hours.

  • 030: Moving and Traveling Internationally

    May 29th, 2019  |  49 mins 59 secs

    Annyce Davis joins Mandy and KWu to talk about moving and traveling internationally: kids' reactions, the logistics of relocation, the benefits of giving kids worldly experience at a young age, and maintaining relationships with your family when you're not at home.

  • 029: Organizing Conferences

    May 15th, 2019  |  44 mins 55 secs
    balance, conferences, time management

    Andy Croll and Chris Sexton talk about their experiences with juggling organizing conferences and parenting.

  • 028: Primary Caregiving

    May 1st, 2019  |  39 mins 30 secs
    communication, nannies, remote work

    In this episode, Nick Gauthier stops by to talk about being a full-time parent as a man, partner dynamics and making decisions, how having a child has changed the way Nick works, and why he is a big proponent of Communication Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

  • 027: Fear Mongering and Inducing Panic

    April 17th, 2019  |  40 mins 10 secs
    fear, panic, scary

    Due to the "Momo Challenge": the latest in a series of internet "challenges" and urban legends, Chris, Jess, JC, and Mandy talk about fear mongering and inducing panic: What do we do as parents to protect our kids? Do we, as technologists, have an advantage in understanding "hoaxes" better than non-technologists? Should we ignore the hype and "let live and let go?" And how much do we/should we be monitoring our kids?

  • 026: Breastfeeding

    March 27th, 2019  |  42 mins 47 secs

    Allison, Mandy, and KWu talk about their experiences (or non-experiences!) with breastfeeding. They chat about the things people don't tell you, navigating conflicting information, and the challenges and woes of breastfeeding in public.