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.

Want to ask a question that the panelists can discuss in an episode? Email us at panel@parentdrivendevelopment.com.

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Episodes

  • 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
    breastfeeding

    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.

  • 025: Girls in STEM

    March 13th, 2019  |  40 mins 46 secs
    learning, stem

    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.

  • 024: Teaching Kids to Code

    February 27th, 2019  |  31 mins 2 secs
    coding resources, learning, teaching

    In this episode, Kevin Whinnery of Twilio joins the show to talk about teaching kids to code: getting them motivated, benefits to becoming coding literate, and using real-world technology and tools to pique their interest.

  • 023: The Holidays: A Retrospective

    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.

  • 022: Single Parenting

    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.

  • 021: Self-Care For Parents

    January 16th, 2019  |  35 mins 39 secs
    self-care

    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.

  • 020: Fertility Struggles

    January 2nd, 2019  |  39 mins 53 secs

    In this episode, Adam Cuppy joins the panel to talk about him and his wife's struggle with fertility and having a child. The emotional weight of the journey is discussed, as well as the lack of community for males with fertility struggles. Adam also talks about how the whole process has given him a greater sense that while it was hard, there are many other things in his life that are hard but worth pursuing.

  • 019: Being Adults

    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.

  • 018: Designing Apps/Digital Products for Parents with Anne Halsall and Sara Mauskopf of Winnie

    December 5th, 2018  |  35 mins 25 secs

    In this episode, co-founders Anne Halsall and Sara Mauskopf join the show to talk about creating the app Winnie: a place where crowdsourced information is spread amongst parents that relays important information such as childcare, activities, and advice.

  • 017: Work and Family Boundaries

    November 28th, 2018  |  36 mins 38 secs
    boundaries, childcare, remote work, work

    In this episode, Chris Arcand joins the panel to talk about ways to balance working from home with a child in the house. They discuss options for childcare, how to minimize interruptions, and how to improve your mental presence with your family when you are not working.

  • 016: Media Picks! Great Apps, Books, Shows, Etc. For Kids

    November 21st, 2018  |  43 mins 39 secs
    apps, games, shows

    In this episode, (and just in time for the holiday season!), Allison, Chris, and Josh give recommendations for kid-appropriate T.V. shows, music, games, books, apps, and YouTube channels.

  • 015: On-Call Schedules

    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.

  • 014: Conferencing After Babies

    November 7th, 2018  |  39 mins 10 secs
    childcare, conferencing, travel

    In this episode, Tess and Sean Griffin talk about what it's been like attending and speaking at conferences with their infant daughter, Ruby. They also talk about what makes attending some conferences more attractive than others, logistics around travel, and options for evening childcare.