When Sarah and I started Best of Both Worlds a little over a year ago, we wanted to include listener questions. Our only hesitation was a concern about whether we’d have enough fodder to do one each episode.
Turns out there are lots of questions! We love them — so many great situations, challenges, dilemmas and insights. We appreciate everyone who’s sent them and we hope to get many more.
Today’s episode is an all mailbag episode (the audio quality is not great — Zencastr crashed and we had to use Skype and voice memos from my phone. I was recording other people’s Zencastr-based podcasts that day that just canceled; we can only record on days Sarah is not seeing patients so we had to run with it. Please forgive us. Turning the volume low helps.) In it we cover:
How to move a 4-year-old (who doesn’t sleep well) out of her parents’ bedroom and into a shared room with a younger sibling.
How “type A” moms can adjust to the uncontrollable nature of much of parenthood. I am not type A at all; I just sometimes play one professionally. But both of us noted that having more kids mellows some of this.
What to do in the first few weeks at a new job to create expectations you can live with for the duration. A new job allows for a “reset” of a schedule. So how can the listener who wrote in with this question do it right? We had ideas for morning routines, assuming flexibility, and building in networking time.
How to escape from an overdrive/slack cycle at work, especially when combined with unpredictable requests and the sleep deprivation that comes from having small kids.
Please give the episode a listen, and let us know if you would have answered any of these differently!