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Parent Problems: How to manage life and still be a great developer

Parent Problems: How to manage life and still be a great developer

Life as a parent can be hard without adding in the element of self-growth. It’s hard for us parents to take the time away and learn the things we want to know. So how do we make time for becoming better developers? By the time I have alone time, I either want to pass out or binge watch Friends on Netflix.

I will cover topics like journaling, mindfulness and tips to be more organized in life in general.

What you can expect to get from this session:

– A few laughs, likely at my expense including silly parent pro tips I have learned the hard way
– Some tips and tricks for organizing life
– Introduction to mindfulness (it’s so not scary!)
– And hopefully some great ways to be a better developer parent person.

Tessa Kriesel

April 01, 2017
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  1. Parent Problems
    How to manage life and still be a great developer
    @tessak22

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  2. About Me
    Agency & Community Engineer

    Instructor
    Executive Director

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  3. Reach out
    @tessak22
    #parentproblems

    [email protected]
    tessakriesel.com
    Find me at other Drupal or
    WordPress events

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  4. If you don’t want to constantly
    clean your floors, get a dog.
    Parent Pro Tip
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  5. How do we learn new
    developer stuff when our
    life is already chaotic?
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  6. It’s time to get
    funky organized
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  7. Stop doing stuff
    you don’t enjoy
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  8. Make a list of 3 - 4 things
    that really matter to you.
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  9. My Priority List
    Career succes
    Family’s happiness
    Teaching people to code
    Rescuing dogs
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  10. Get rid of anything else you are
    doing that doesn't fit within an item
    on this list.
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  11. When you need time to yourself,
    ask your kids to get themselves
    dressed.
    Parent Pro Tip
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  12. De-clutter your home
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  13. Throw away your child’s artwork in
    the outside garbage.
    Parent Pro Tip
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  14. … and then when your child figures
    it out, blame it on your spouse.
    Parent Pro Tip
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  15. Write everything down,
    immediately.
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  16. Never leave a sharpie unattended.
    Parent Pro Tip
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  17. Peak Productivity with Ivy Lee
    presented by David Needham 

    youtube.com/watch?v=V3lhcfBdtvI

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  18. Make a
    daily list
    Create a list of 6 things
    that you need to get
    done tomorrow.
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  19. Your keys are always in the other
    pocket.
    Parent Pro Tip
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  20. Mindfulness
    sometimes called meditation
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  21. What is Mindfulness?
    Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present,
    aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly
    reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
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  22. Meditation Benefits
    ‣ Help Manage Stress
    ‣ Sleep Better
    ‣ Maintain Healthier
    Relationships
    ‣ Manage Anxiety
    ‣ Sharpen Concentration
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  23. Practice Mindfulness
    It isn’t just for adults, this is great for kids as well.
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  24. Let’s Try It!
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  25. Wine.
    Parent Pro Tip
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  26. Take Away’s
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  27. Eliminate stress
    by saying no.
    Declutter and prioritize
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  28. Stay ahead of
    stress by writing
    things down.
    Document all the things.
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  29. Control stress levels
    with mindfulness.
    Try Headspace or Calm.
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  30. If your kids don’t come when
    called, turn off the wifi and see
    how quick they come running.
    Parent Pro Tip
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  31. tessakriesel.com/feedback

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  32. If you don’t want your kids to eat
    your food, tell them it’s spicy.


    Sorry kids, this is hot sauce flavored ice cream.
    Parent Pro Tip
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