The Business of Home and Modern Masculinity

Between pick-ups, drop-offs, activities and calendar conflicts, staying organized can feel impossible. But there is hope. One solution is Maple, an app designed to keep all the chaos in one space. Today, we’re joined by the CEO and founder, Michael Perry.

Michael is a serial entrepreneur in the tech industry and a champion for parental equality. Together, we discuss the ongoing mental load of managing schedules, and how Maple aims to simplify parenting by organizing various aspects of family life, from meal planning to household chores. 

In this episode, you'll discover the following:

– Michael’s personal journey towards advocating for gender equity, sparked by his experiences as a husband and father, shedding light on societal expectations and biases.
– Maple's mission to ease the mental load on parents.
– The importance of partnership and equity in relationships, aiming for a 50/50 split in responsibilities to foster harmony and mutual support.
– How we can shift societal norms and expectations around household responsibilities, striving for true partnership and equity in all relationships.
    
00:00 Introduction
01:26 Michael's journey towards gender equity
06:40 Challenges of securing funding as a male founder in the household equity space
08:07 Friction and support from the venture community
12:44 Introduction to Maple and its mission
15:17 Incorporating children into Maple's platform
17:28 Importance of relieving the mental load for moms
24:39 Michael explains the focus on 50/50 partnership
25:00 Defining partnership in different households
29:35 Maple's broader vision as a generational company.
32:35 Reflecting on societal norms and gender roles in household dynamics.
42:32 The importance of teamwork and viewing relationships as partnerships.
47:22 Michael defines modern fatherhood and masculinity.
49:30 Discussion on the lack of strong male role models in today's society.
53:59 Exploring the impact of positive role models on family dynamics.
54:24 Michael shares his favorite life hack for being present with family.

More on Maple:

Download the app: Grow Maple, use code WMH30 for a 30-day subscription to Maple Plus. 
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Bringing Empathy to Brain Surgery

During tough moments, sometimes the best thing you can do is hold space.

Dr. Charuta Furey has spent her entire career doing just that. As a trailblazing resident neurosurgeon at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, she leads patients and families through their darkest times with empathy and understanding. 

Throughout this discussion, she shares how she follows her clinical intuition, which has helped her navigate the challenges of balancing a demanding career with motherhood.
 

In this episode, you'll discover the following:

  • Dr. Furey's personal story of what drew her to neurosurgery and how her mother's battle with brain cancer shaped her career.
  • The significance of empathy in patient care and how Dr. Furey navigates tough conversations with patients and their families.
  • Strategies for balancing a demanding career with family life, including Dr. Furey's tips on being present and mindful in both roles.
  • Dr. Furey's advice for patients recovering from surgery, particularly the importance of pre-surgery preparation.
  • How cultivating gratitude and self-compassion helps Dr Furey remain grounded.

Timestamps:

0:00 – 1:26: Introduction

1:28 – 9:08:  Journey to Neurosurgery and Empathy

9:09 – 13:15: Navigating Tough Conversations

13:16 – 17:43: Navigating the Demands of Career and Motherhood  

17:53 – 21:04: Pre-surgery Preparation

21:05 – 24:35: Handling Neurosurgery Challenges

25:40 – 34:49: Navigating Patient Care and Patient Empowerment

36:23 – 40:47: Support Systems

40:48 – 41:57: Describing Work to Children

42:08 – 43:59: Navigating Patient Recovery

44:41 – 43:24: Cultivating Gratitude and Self-Compassion

43:29 – 45:55: Conclusion 

Connect with Dr Charuta Furey:

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Learn more about the Ivy Brain Tumor Center at Barrow Neurological Institute:

Visit website: https://www.barrowneuro.org/

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Letting Go to Get Ahead

What stories do you tell yourself that influences your decisions, or defines your personal success in your career or life as working mom? 

Initially driven by collecting “shiny gold stars” in her tech and business career, Jess Galica had a career crisis, realizing the conventional path didn't lead to personal fulfillment. Motherhood and a desire for authenticity prompted a paradigmatic shift, inspiring her book “Leap: Let Go to Get Ahead.”

Remember, it's not about doing it all, but rather doing what truly matters and aligns with your values. Tune in for a great discussion on how to forge your career path, on your terms. 

Would love to connect with Jess? We gotcha:

LinkedIn: jessgalica
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Grab a copy of her book:

Leap: Why It's Time to Let Go to Get Ahead in Your Career

Don't miss out! 

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Emotional Regulation for Stressful Moments

In this episode of Working Mom Hour, Stephanie Rosenfield discusses the importance of emotional regulation and its physical manifestations. She highlights the significance of understanding the body’s nervous system in handling stress.

Gain insights into fostering effective parenting through understanding children's brain development, addressing emotions in stress, and the continuous process of body regulation. 

HERE ARE SOME KEY POINTS IN THIS EPISODE: 

9:54 Mind-Body Disconnect
14:05 Parenting Frustrations
25:17 Morning Routine Importance
35:50  Self-Reflection
53:11 Importance of Role Modeling for Children 

LINKS MENTIONED: 

Discover a supportive parenting journey with Stephanie Rosenfield, the Parent Coach! Connect with Stephanie on her official website: https://stephaniercoaching.com/
Stay updated on her professional insights and updates by following her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-rosenfield-81b5159/
For a glimpse into her life and additional content, check out her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Stephanie.Rosenfield
Connect with Stephanie on Facebook for more parenting goodness: https://www.facebook.com/StephanieRCoaching

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Let's make this working mom's life a bit easier, together! 

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Anxiety in Motherhood

Anxiety can feel debilitating, but there are ways to address it. To explore the complexities of managing mental health in motherhood, we chat with Dr. Lauren Cook, a therapist, speaker, and author of “Generation Anxiety.”

Throughout this conversation, Dr. Lauren sheds light on her personal struggles with a phobia and teaches us how to calmly approach our daily anxieties, and give ourselves grace. 

As a creator herself on TikTok, we discuss the platform's pros and cons when it comes to mental health treatment. Hint: Don't use it to diagnose yourself. (By the way, her content is awesome.)

Listen for valuable insight on how to live with anxiety, not run away from it. Now put in your headphones and breathe in, breathe out.

HERE ARE SOME KEY POINTS IN THIS EPISODE:
25: 17 Overcoming Emetophobia 
35:23 Coping with Anxiety
36: 19 Empowerment and Positive Thinking
38: 41 Supporting Anxiety

LINKS MENTIONED:
Connect with Dr. Lauren Cook!
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlaurencook/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.laurencook/
TikTok:  https://www.tiktok.com/@dr.laurencook
Website: https://www.drlaurencook.com/

Dr. Lauren’s long-awaited book is finally here! Order Generation Anxiety here: https://www.drlaurencook.com/generation-anxiety

Don't miss out! 

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Easing Mom Guilt with Smarter Screen Time Habits

Parenting in the digital age presents unique challenges. With screens now available in every corner of our lives, how can we build healthy offline and online habits for our kids, and us too?  

We are joined by Meredith DePaolo, co-founder of Carrots & Cake, who shares her expertise on how we can gain back control, and make screen time more meaningful with a mindful approach. Together, we get honest about the addictive qualities of screens, the impact of social media, and the importance of engaging with technology in a way that educates as much as it entertains. Join us!

KEY POINTS IN THIS EPISODE:
04:09 Balancing devices and child development.
20:02 Importance of free play time.
30:03 Discuss the importance of device breaks.

LINKS MENTIONED:
You can connect with Meredith DePaolo through various platforms. 

Find her on LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/meredith-depaolo/ for professional updates and insights.

Explore her work and resources on her website. https://carrotsandcake.com/

For more information about Carrots&Cake,  visit their LinkedIn page. https://www.linkedin.com/company/carrotsandcake/

Connect with Meredith on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100065133874950

and Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/carrotsandcake_official/ for a closer look at her journey and updates. 

Try Carrots & Cake! To explore your exclusive 60-day free trial, enter the code WORKINGMOM after downloading Carrots & Cake from the App Store.

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The Power of Disruptive Leadership

Let's learn how to shake up the status quo. Charlene Li, an influential transformational leadership expert and New York Times bestselling author, teaches us the art of disruption based on her background helping top companies, like Adobe and Southwest, navigate through complex shifts.

From her personal journey of forgoing medical school to pursue a career in disruptive leadership to the audacious changes she's helped leaders implement, Charlene's story is nothing short of inspiring. In this episode, she stresses the importance of failure as a learning curve, the power of astute listening, and the wisdom of seeking advice from seasoned individuals when making critical decisions.

Join us!

Show Notes:

Subscribe to Charlene's newsletter at charleneli.beehiiv.com 

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A Candid Conversation on Health, Motherhood and Work

Ever feel caught in the crossfire between maintaining your health, career, and life at home? Not to mention pursuing a social life, maintaining sleep, and everything else. We're with you.

Tune in as we welcome Dr. Andrea Feigl, Founder and CEO of the Health Finance Institute, for a candid discussion on all of the above. We've all heard of the idea of 'having it all' and 'leaning in', but it's perfectly okay not to want it all at every given point in time.

One example of this? Dr. Feigl shares her emotional, relatable experience of two high-achieving parents working in public health under the same roof during the height of the COVID-19. We also talk about how to cultivate a sense of inner calm, and why social connections could be the answer to finding pockets of peace.

Join us!

Show Notes:

Visit the Health Finance Institute
Follow Dr. Andrea Feigl on LinkedIn

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Facing Your Finances

Imagine a world where personal finance is not perplexing, but a superpower.

This is precisely the world that Shinobu Hindert, a certified financial planner and author, invites us to step into. In this episode, she shares her journey with money, from her early experiences as a first-generation American to her insights gathered as a professional in the finance industry.

We also chat about her book that you'll want to get your highlighter out for, 'Investing is Your Superpower.”In this episode, we unpack the baggage and imposter syndrome we carry, especially when learning something new, like personal finance. Shinobu also offers advice on navigating the financial field as a working mom and how we can help our children understand money and build a healthy cycle of awareness. Join us!

Show Notes:

Explore Empowered Planning here.

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Navigating Childcare Challenges with Priya Krishnan

With federal funds expiring, the child care crisis is top of mind for us, so we are lucky to have an expert guide us through this moment.

Priya Krishnan, Chief Digital Transformation Officer at Bright Horizons, joins us for an eye-opening conversation on the challenges of balancing child care and the crucial role employers play in supporting working parents.

Prior to this role, she founded KLAY, a school for marginalized children, which has grown to become India’s largest child care and schooling service provider.

As she says, “To help combat this crisis, we believe employers need to become – and continue to be – a source of financial support for working parents’ child care requirements. The most tragic outcome will be the reversal of the women workforce participation we have seen increase over the years.”

Join us for an important conversation on how we can lean on each other, and advocate for better solutions.

Shownotes:

Bright Horizons homepage here.

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