A Day In The Life: Two Parents, Two Kids, One NYC Apartment — Episode #153
“Wake up everyone, it’s a brand new day!”
Today my children join me on this episode of the podcast to give you a snapshot of life in New York City quarantine with two working parents.
Want to know how we’re breaking down our workdays and figuring out our schedules? I break down the exact schedules I’m using with my partner, who works when (and why), and how much work we’re really able to get done. (Hint: not a ton.)
Also, I’ll share my thoughts on equality in partnerships, why specificity is so important, and why my business is able to handle seasonal fluctuations right now, which is keeping us afloat.
The Startup Pregnant Podcast — Episode #153
IN THIS EPISODE:
- My annual business structure and why preparing for long-term sales cycles has helped me set a foundation for my business.
- Why it’s taken four years to find some stability, and how it’s helping in this pandemic.
- What I think true partnership equality looks like—and no, it doesn’t mean splitting the laundry 50/50.
- The exact schedule we’re using during pandemic stay-at-home times, and how we rotate childcare and household duties during the day.
- How much work I’m really able to get done, and what I’ve cut, and why.
PS: Want to share your story on the podcast? I’m looking for the nitty-gritty details of how you’re living life in quarantine and what changes you’ve made as working parents. Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re able to be interviewed and give me a snapshot of your daily situation.
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY
I’ve given my three year old my laptop to reply to your incoming emails right now. My one-year old might also be chiming in. I’m having a hard time keeping them away from the keyboard. Don’t worry, I’ve invented a magical device that can also translate their thoughts and actions into words. As of Sunday, they are now responsible for my inbox. You can consider them my new personal assistant.
My friend has an almost-two-year old and she asked me “So when do I need to think about potty training?” Yeah, as though you needed anything else to consider in the pandemic. Well, I took a few minutes to brain dump everything I remembered about potty training in a quick dash Voxer message to her, all while doing dishes and cleaning up the boys’ room in our house. We both thought that these might be useful memos for you, especially if you happen to be in a similar situation. Consider this an unofficial, scrappy overview of Potty Training that will help you do a good enough job … for now.
Making sense of days that make no sense requires new patterns, habits, and routines. For me, trying to muddle through the cacophony of work and children and non-stop days at home is very, very challenging to my brain. So, to help, I’ve been building small rituals into the day to start to cue myself that yes, work is happening now, and yes, it’s a new day.
Sarah K Peck
Founder, Startup Pregnant
Sarah Peck is a writer, startup advisor, and yoga teacher based in New York City. She’s the founder and executive director of Startup Pregnant, a media company documenting the stories of women’s leadership across work and family. She hosts the weekly Startup Pregnant Podcast and Let's Talk, her second podcast. Previously, she worked at Y Combinator backed One Month, Inc, a company that teaches people to code in 30 days, and before that she was a writing and communications consultant.
She’s a 20-time All-American swimmer who successfully swam the Escape from Alcatraz nine separate times, once wearing only a swim cap and goggles to raise $33k for charity: water. She’s written for more than 75 different web publications and and has delivered speeches and workshops at Penn, UVA, Berkeley, Harvard, Craft & Commerce, WDS, and more.