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Do you struggle with “work-life balance”? Can you “have it all”? What does that even mean? Is it possible that parenting can make you a better developer? And being a developer can help you to be a better parent? Whether you have children or are considering children, we’ll explore the good, the bad and the wonderful rewards of parenting in tech while sharing real tools to navigate the parenting journey. You don’t have to give up yourself, or the things you really want, you can build a life that works for YOU.

Full-time software engineer, conference speaker, leader of the Portland PHP User group, President of Cascadia PHP and Mom of three young children; Alena shares her own journey and what she has learned along the way, including having nine younger siblings. Find encouragement and tools for your own parenting journey.

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  1. 1. Dev Parent uniquely qualified https://joind.in/talk/76123
  2. 2. Sr. Software Engineer at Lumen Learning Local User Group Leader Conference Speaker and Organizer Married for 18 Years Mother to 3 Second oldest of 11 About Me: Alena Holligan
  3. 3. Completely intimidated to give this talk
  4. 4. Google Creativity Putting out Fires Outsourcing Frameworks Dev Parent Skills Ask for Help It's all about tradeoffs You don’t really know something until you can explain it It's all about the perks
  5. 5. Much like startups, parenting is about putting in the hours, loving the child through the worst, and never giving up. - Sarah Lacy
  6. 6. Community Routine Expectations Accountability Model
  7. 7. Community
  8. 8. People who support each other towards a goal
  9. 9. Friends Family Co-Workers Online User Groups Build Community: Personal, Professional, Parenting Mentor/Mentee Personal Hobbies Religious Affiliation Household help Outsourced Help
  10. 10. Routine
  11. 11. Don’t fight yourself or your kids
  12. 12. Expectations
  13. 13. To bring up a child in the way he should go - travel that way yourself. - Josh Billings
  14. 14. Accountability
  15. 15. You are only accountable to YOU
  16. 16. Model
  17. 17. Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. - James Baldwin
  18. 18. Model for the Industry
  19. 19. Multitasking with different parts of your brain Measure what matters (Tile Mosaic) Make very short to-do lists Tips for Adults
  20. 20. Don’t do it on your own, outsource Give them a choice, two things your good with Pictures for a list Tips for Kidos
  21. 21. Books/Websites The 5 Love Languages A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug I Know How She Does It The Fifth Trimester How to Raise an Adult If I Have to Tell You One More Time Selfish Reasons to Have Kids (interesting thoughts) People alenaholligan/lists/parenting Amy McCready Laura Vanderkam Sarah Lacy Lauren Smith Brody https://joind.in/talk/76123 Resources

Do you struggle with “work-life balance”? Can you “have it all”? What does that even mean? Is it possible that parenting can make you a better developer? And being a developer can help you to be a better parent? Whether you have children or are considering children, we’ll explore the good, the bad and the wonderful rewards of parenting in tech while sharing real tools to navigate the parenting journey. You don’t have to give up yourself, or the things you really want, you can build a life that works for YOU. Full-time software engineer, conference speaker, leader of the Portland PHP User group, President of Cascadia PHP and Mom of three young children; Alena shares her own journey and what she has learned along the way, including having nine younger siblings. Find encouragement and tools for your own parenting journey.

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