A podcast for working parents who are trying to balance it all while caring for the people they love — including themselves.

Brought to you by Care.com, Equal Parts is a podcast for working parents who are trying to balance it all while caring for the people they love — including themselves. Being a working parent is hard. But you do it for the ones you care for, because they're the ones you care most about. You can never be prepared for everything that is thrown your way — whether at work or at home. But, the Equal Parts podcast will try to make this a little easier for you. We will talk to experts, authors, and parents who will share their insights, advice, and tips on how to navigate parenthood and professionalism — at the same time.

Talking to kids about politics and the election

If you think politics is stressful and confusing for adults, imagine how kids feel. (Yes, they are paying attention!) Heated debates. Constant breaking news. Ads for candidates on social media. Kids absorb more about politics than we realize. Which is why it's up to parents to model civility, teach respect for different viewpoints, and set the right example for responsible political engagement. Dr. Christia Spears Brown is a professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Kentucky and director of the university's Center for Equality and Social Justice. She shares findings from a 2019 study on kids and their political thinking and offers advice on how to talk to your kids about politics, partisanship, and elections — in language they will understand.
Listen to this episode to learn:
  • If there's a "too young" to start talking about politics with kids
  • How our values and our communities play central roles in shaping a child's political thinking
  • Age-appropriate ways to start conversations with kids about race and gender using concepts like fairness and respect
  • Research on how kids viewed the 2016 election, and what it can teach us this year
  • Practical ideas for encouraging kids of all ages to stand up for the causes and issues they believe in
  • Resources for teaching kids about politics, elections, and how American democracy works (check out tolerance.org and kidsvotingusa.org)
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Staying sane and self-compassionate during a stressful year

Dr. Ali Mattu, Clynical psychologist and host of The Psych Show

Listen to this episode to learn why being a "good parent" during a pandemic starts by taking care of yourself and why the challenge of this moment presents a rare opportunity to teach ourselves and our children resilience and strength.

The science behind how babies and toddlers sleep

Erin Flynn-Evans, Sleep scientist and co-founder of Baby Sleep Science

Listen to this episode to learn how to optimize your baby or toddler's sleep environment and the signs to look out for signaling that your baby isn't getting enough sleep.

Staying motivated and focused in the virtual classroom

Kristen DiCerbo, Chief Learning Officer at Khan Academy

Listen to this episode to learn ideas on how to set age-appropriate goals for online learners, from pre-K to 12th grade and the right way to use rewards as a motivation tactic for at-home learning.

Advice from an expert: What parents need to know about Covid-19

William Haseltine, PhD, scientist, entrepreneur, President and Chair of ACCESS Health International, and author of A Family Guide to Covid and A Covid Back to School Guide

Listen to this episode to learn how to assess your "hierarchy of risk" when deciding what's best for your family's health and safety and the importance of monitoring Covid-19 infection data in our local communities.

Helping your kids deal with stress and anxiety

Katie Hurley, child and adolescent psychotherapist, speaker, and award-winning author of No More Mean Girls and The Happy Kid Handbook

Listen to this episode to learn why we need to be hyper-aware (especially during the COVID-19 pandemic) of how easily our kids absorb our own fears, worries, and stress.

Raising actively anti-racist children

Reverend Dr. Jennifer Harvey, Professor at Drake University, award-winning educator, racial justice activist, and best-selling author of Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America

Listen to this episode to learn tools to teach kids to embrace and celebrate the "language of difference" and ideas for getting kids proactively involved in fighting against racism and injustice.

Teaching kids empathy

Dr. Michele Borba, Internationally recognized educator, speaker, and best-selling author of 24 books including Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me-World

Listen to this episode to learn tips for teaching kids how to hone their emotional literacy (the "gateway to empathy") and enrich their emotional vocabulary.

Back-to-school in the era of COVID-19: what the data says

Emily Oster, American economist, professor at Brown University, bestselling author of Expecting Better and Cribsheet, and contributor at COVID Explained

Listen to this episode to learn about the top factors - based on data - to consider when deciding whether to send your child to school or day care in-person versus have them participate in distance learning.

Raising confident and ambitious girls

Dr. Marisa Porges, Head of The Baldwin School, former Naval Flight Officer and senior advisor in the Obama White House, and author of What Girls Need: How to Raise Bold, Courageous, and Resilient Women

Listen to this episode to learn what you can do to help girls practice "the art of the ask" and become skilled negotiators and advice for raising sons to be female allies and advocates.

What's "too much screen time" for kids in the era of COVID-19

Devorah Heitner, Digital citizenship expert, consultant, founder of Raising Digital Natives, and author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World

Listen to this episode to learn about tips for teaching kids how to self-regulate their screen time and how to empower kids to use technology and digital media for social good.

Talking to kids about race and racism

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President emerita of Spelman College, award-winning psychologist, educator, and author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race

Listen to this episode to learn about how to teach kids how to be actively anti-racis and why you should feel empowered to ask teachers and caregivers questions about how they're communicating fairness and difference.

How to talk to your parents about their finances

Cameron Huddleston, Award-winning journalist and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk: How to Have Essential Conversations with Your Parents About Their Finances

Listen to this episode to learn what legal documents that your parents should have in place and how COVID-19 has changed the way we approach this conversation with our parents.

Gen X women's midlife crisis

Ada Calhoun, New York Times bestselling author of Why We Can't Sleep: Women's Midlife Crisis

Listen to this episode to learn about lessons and stories from Gen X women from around the country and ways employers can step up and better support middle-aged working moms.

Ideas for summer camp at home

Catherine Newman, Writer, Real Simple etiquette columnist, and author of Stitch Camp and How to Be a Person

Listen to this episode to learn about how to talk openly with your child about their sense of loss this summer and how to get started building the camp-at-home experience.

Supporting your teen during COVID-19

Lisa Heffernan, Co-founder of Grown & Flown, writer, and co-author of Grown and Flown: How to Support Your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults

Listen to this episode to learn the importance of modeling and suggesting constructive solutions to teens' problems.

Raising a resilient child

Jessica Lahey, Teacher, writer, #AmWriting podcast co-host, and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

Listen to this episode to learn how to teach your kids (and yourself) how to push through failure and frustration as they learn, live, and play in the age of coronavirus and beyond.

Parenting plans — and strategies — to deal with kids' behavioral challenges

Ross Greene, PhD, NYT bestselling Author and Founding Director of Lives in the Balance

Listen to this episode to learn about plans A, B, and C — the three primary ways in which caregivers can solve problems with kids.

Meditation for working parents

Matthias Brik, Mediation and leadership expert, and adjunct professor at NYU's Graduate School of Public Service and Columbia Business School

Listen to this episode to learn how mindfulness meditation helps us see things more objectively and form deeper relationships with our children, partners and coworkers.

New COVID-19 Legislation: What families and caregivers need to know

Eva MacCleery, Director of Client Services, Care.com HomePay

Listen to this episode to learn about two new pieces of federal legislation — the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act — can grant relief to families and their caregivers during this difficult time.

Pre-teens and quarantines

Phyllis Fagell, Licensed clinical professional counselor, journalist and author of Middle School Matters

Listen to this episode for advice on how middle schoolers can cope with — and take command of — this unprecedented situation.

Homeschooling lessons for parents

Ana Homayoun, Author, Educational Consultant, and Educator

Listen to this episode for helpful homeschooling tips parents can put into practice amid coronavirus school closures.

Parenting during a pandemic

Anya Kamenetz, NPR Education Correspondent, co-host of NPR's Life Kit: Parenting podcast, and author

Listen to this episode for tips on how to manage new schedules, homeschooling, and for advice on how to talk to your kids in an age-appropriate way about the coronavirus.

Staying in sync with your partner during COVID-19

Eve Rodsky, Author of the New York Times Bestseller, Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live)

Listen to this episode to hear how couples can divide and conquer domestic duties fairly, equally, and without arguments or resentment while quarantined.

A leadership framework for Working Parents

Stew Friedman and Alyssa Westring, Authors of Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life

Listen to this episode to learn about the importance of defining your values, deciding what you care about most, and setting your vision as a leader in your life.

Navigating the Middle School Years

Phyllis Fagell, Licensed clinical professional counselor, journalist and author

Listen to this episode to learn about the big changes middle schoolers experience, and hear practical advice on how to love and support your children through them.

The Do's and Don'ts of "Sharenting"

Leah Plunkett, Author and Associate Dean and Professor at UNH Law

Listen to this episode for practical guidance on how to make values-based decisions that protect our children's privacy, autonomy, and sense of self in the digital age.

Raising Kind and Caring Kids

Richard Weisssbourd, Child & Family Psychologist, Researcher & Author of The Parents We Mean To Be

Listen to this episode to hear advice on how to raise kind, caring, grateful children and why this should be every parent's goal.

Data-Driven Parenting

Emily Oster, PhD, Professor, Researcher & Author of Cribsheet

Listen to this episode to hear from award-wining economist and author, Emily Oster, on what data says about many of the big questions and topics parents face.

Diversity at Work

Jackie Glenn, Author, Diversity & Inclusion Leader

Listen to this episode to hear Jackie talk about the obstacles, sacrifices, and successes she's experienced throughout her journey as a working mom, an immigrant, a woman of color, a wife, a daughter, and a C-suite executive.

Embrace the Imperfections of Parenthood

Lisa Sugarman, Author, Parenting Expert, Columnist

Listen to this episode to hear about the importance of celebrating our kids for who they are, the path they're on, and the goals they have.

Deconstructing "The New Dad" and Expanding Paid Leave

Brad Harrington, Associate Research Professor & Executive Director, Center for Work and Family, Boston College

Listen to this episode to learn about modern working dads, and the complexities they grapple with when it comes to caring for their families while advancing their careers.

Teaching Your Child Healthy Eating Habits

Jill Castle, MS, RDN, Childhood Nutrition Expert

Listen to this episode for advice on how parents can establish healthy eating habits for their kids.

Dual-Career Couples

Jennifer Petriglieri, PhD, Professor, Researcher & Author of Couples That Work

Listen to this episode to hear about the different stages working couples move through together and advice on how to manage life, family and both careers.

Feeling Sandwiched?

Jody Gastfriend, LICSW, author, and Vice President of Senior Care at Care.com

Listen to this episode to hear about how to deal with the challenges of working, raising kids, and caring for an aging parent.

All Things Toddler

Jennifer Gillette, Founder & Owner, The Loved Family Child Center

Listen to this episode to hear about some of the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social changes that happen during toddlerhood.

Positive Parenting Pro-Tips

Gigi Schweikert, Childhood Expert, Author, President & COO of Lightbridge Academy

Listen to this episode to learn about what Positive Parenting is and helpful techniques and tips you can start using with your kids today.

Emily Paisner, Host, Equal Parts

Emily is "equal parts" marketer and mom. By day she leads marketing for Care@Work by Care.com, advocating for employees of the world's biggest companies to get the care they need. On nights and weekends, she's focused on her other role: Chief Everything Officer. You can find her cheering loudly on the sidelines of the soccer field, in the bleachers at the swimming pool, or trying to maintain some sort of order at home. Her greatest joys: her kids, Jacob and Lillian, and step-daughter, Erica. And, of course, her husband, Jon, deputy CEO, full-time working parent, and kickass dad.