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An all-in-one resource for every working mother and father.

Sure, there are plenty of parenting books out there. But as working moms and dads, we've never had a trusted, go-to guide all our own—one that coaches us on how to do well at work, be the loving and engaged parents we want to be, and remain true to ourselves in the process.

Enter Workparent. Whether you're planning a family, pushing for promotion during your kids' teenage years, or at any phase in between, Workparent provides all the advice and assurance you'll need to combine children and career in your own, authentic way. Whatever your field or family structure, you'll learn how to:

  • Find a childcare arrangement you fully trust
  • Build a strong support team, at home and on the job
  • Advocate for advancement—and flexibility
  • Step up at work while keeping your family healthy and whole
  • Tame guilt, self-doubt, worry, and other difficult emotions
  • Navigate big transitions: the return from leave, a promotion or job change, or the arrival of a second child
  • Manage day-to-day pressures, like scheduling, mealtimes, homework, and more
  • Find—and really use—time off
  • Feel more capable, calm, and in control

Written by Daisy Dowling, a top executive coach, talent expert, and working mom, Workparent answers all of your questions and feels like a good talk with your favorite mentor. Finally, the handbook you need to thrive as a working parent.

Table of Contents

  1. Praise
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. A Note on Language
  7. Introduction: You Can Do This
  8. Part One: Workparenting, Phase by Phase
    1. 1. While You’re Expecting
    2. 2. Care
    3. 3. Parental Leave and the Return to Work
    4. 4. The First Year
    5. 5. From Baby to Toddler to Little Kid
    6. 6. Expanding Your Family—If, When, and How
    7. 7. School
    8. 8. The Almost-Teen and Teenage Years
  9. Part Two: Resources—and Smart Ways to Use Them
    1. 9. If “It Takes a Village,” Then You’re the Mayor
    2. 10. Time
    3. 11. Money
  10. Part Three: Success—on Your Own Terms
    1. 12. Getting Ahead
    2. 13. Transitions
    3. 14. When You’re the Boss
    4. 15. Flexibility
    5. 16. Away
    6. 17. Time Off
  11. Part Four: Staying Well and Whole
    1. 18. Food and Mealtimes
    2. 19. Health—Yours and Theirs
    3. 20. Energy
    4. 21. Feelings
  12. Part Five: Your Family, Your Way
    1. 22. The Two-Career Couple
    2. 23. Sole or Almost-Sole Earner
    3. 24. Single Workparenting
    4. 25. Proud Workparents
  13. Conclusion: A New Template, All Our Own
  14. Appendix: The Workparent Leader
  15. Research Note: Learning from Working Parents
  16. Index
  17. Acknowledgments
  18. About the Author