KWu is a Ruby developer at Heroku and new mom to a delightfully chubby baby boy.
She previously worked at New Relic on the newrelic_rpm gem and at Google in various technical support and product operations roles. A proud New Jersey native, she nevertheless fits in well in Portlandia, with hobbies like knitting, sewing, and making pickles from local produce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 13th, 2019 | 40 mins 46 secs
Stephanie Rowe, the founder and CEO of Juelez, joins the panel to talk about getting girls involved in STEM. Conversations around topics such as designing into motivation, how parents can help, and gender ensue.
February 13th, 2019 | 36 mins 18 secs
extended family, holidays, religion
Warning: This episode contains potential holiday spoilers for young children.
Allison, KWu, and Mandy talk about their holiday experiences: what they did this past year, their feelings about it, old traditions that they try to honor, and what they could do differently in the future.
January 30th, 2019 | 47 mins 16 secs
dating, modern families, single parenting
In this episode, Mandy, Jess, Allison, and KWu talk about single parenting: how it's becoming more common, but that there are still stigmas attached to it, choosing your village, dating, specific challenges, and how others can be supportive.
January 16th, 2019 | 35 mins 39 secs
In this episode, the panelists talk about the importance of self-care: having routines, setting environments, and taking time for yourselves as individuals while being okay with your child's temporary discomfort and happiness.
December 19th, 2018 | 43 mins 58 secs
self-care, travel, work
In this episode that was recorded live and in-person at RubyConf in L.A., Jonan Scheffler joined the regular panelists to talk about what it's like to leave the kids at home while you're traveling for work or conferences: spending spousal points, communicating from afar, sneaking in a bit of self-care while you're away, and reentry back home into the parenting world.
November 14th, 2018 | 44 mins 5 secs
In this episode, our on-call panelists, KWu and Josh, chat with our on-call guest, Alyson van Hardenberg, about managing being on-call as a parent: conversations to have with your team, onboarding processes and escalation policies, and tips and tricks for living your best life on-call.
October 31st, 2018 | 56 mins 40 secs
breastfeeding, childcare, work
Leah Silber joins the show to talk about why her company, Tilde.io, implemented a bring your baby to work option for new parents. She talks about dealing with fussiness, nursing, how much employees and co-workers aren't bothered by babies, and that having the babies at work actually make for a much happier baby!
July 11th, 2018 | 55 mins 32 secs
childcare, conferences, rails, ruby, tech
We talk about how to get started if you want to have childcare at your conference and what it's like to be a conference organizer
June 20th, 2018 | 54 mins 8 secs
children, distributed team, remote work, work
The panel discusses working remotely after having children (and sometimes with kids around)
April 18th, 2018 | 48 mins 19 secs
We talk about screen time policies and how we manage these with our children.