Micro Schools, Prepping for Q4, and What Businesses Can Do To Support Parents — Episode #171

by Sep 14, 2020Everything, Pandemic, Podcast

School is back in session, and parents everywhere are fatigued, overwhelmed, and still in the lurch.

Workplaces are less and less forgiving, and yet the problems created by the pandemic are still here. What’s a working parent to do?

Last week, Lions + Tigers, spearheaded by Brea Starmer, gathered a panel to talk about specific steps parents can take to strategically plan ahead for the coming year. I was grateful to be able to host this panel, so I got to interview some talented experts all about all of these questions.

Joining me on the panel were Shauna Causey of Weekdays, Blessing Adesiyan of Mother Honestly, and Brea Starmer of Lions + Tigers.

In this conversation, we talk about:

  • Planning ahed for the last quarter of the year and what to do to advocate for yourself as a working parent—hint: make sure you’re keeping a “brag” list of all the good things you’ve done so you have some talking points in your review.
  • The fact that workplaces are getting tired of working parents and compassion is waning, and what to do about it with your boss, team, and colleagues.
  • Options parents have with schools and how to get started creating a ‘micro school,’ especially for those who need to get childcare set up in areas where remote schools aren’t feasible.
  • If you’re an employer, how to navigate and set up your workplaces to be more compatible with the working parents in your organization. Some tips: re-allocate those “gym” or office perks to cover childcare expenses or help parents set up micro-schools. It benefits all employees, even those without kids, because it lets parents get more work done (and your workload won’t be so intense as a result).

Micro Schools, Prepping for Q4, and What Businesses Can Do To Support Parents

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Also, a special guest — my four-year old

Also, true to form, my four-year old busted down the door and came into the office right at the moment we started our live session. He joins us and says hello for part of the chat. Take a look at the screenshot above.

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Sarah K Peck

Founder, Startup Parent

Sarah Peck is a writer, startup advisor, and yoga teacher based in New York City. She’s the founder and executive director of Startup Parent, a media company documenting the stories of women’s leadership across work and family. She hosts the weekly Startup Parent 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.