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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  • 021: Self-Care For Parents

    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.

  • 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.

  • 013: Babies at Work

    October 31st, 2018  |  56 mins 40 secs
    breastfeeding, childcare, work

    Leah Silber joins the show to talk about why her company,, 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!

  • 012: Traveling with Kids

    October 24th, 2018  |  50 mins 3 secs
    childcare, transportation, travel

    In this episode, we talk about helpful what it's like to travel with kids: challenges, woes, pro tricks, and great tips!

  • 011: Being a Trans Parent

    September 11th, 2018  |  54 mins 19 secs
    gender identity, parenting, tech, transgender

    We talk about being a trans parent, gender identity, and talking about these things with your children.

  • 010: Doing Good with Our Children LIVE! From Ruby For Good

    August 15th, 2018  |  45 mins 30 secs
    doing good, kids, volunteering

    We record live from Ruby for Good about volunteering and doing good with our children

  • 009: Planning Childcare at Conferences

    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

  • 008: Remote Work with Kids

    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)

  • 007: Learning After Kids

    May 23rd, 2018  |  54 mins 13 secs
    goals, learning, parenting, tech, time management

    We talk about how we keep up to date and learn new things with limited time.

  • 006: Screen Time

    April 18th, 2018  |  48 mins 19 secs

    We talk about screen time policies and how we manage these with our children.