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.
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.
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.
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.
December 11th, 2019 | 43 mins 12 secs
international adoption agencies, parenting school, process for international adoption, things to consider when adopting a child
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!
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!
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.