Over the past five years, while imagining, researching, and writing Workparent, I was fortunate to receive help, advice, support, and encouragement from many people and organizations. If I named them all here, I’m afraid the list would be longer than this book itself, but I am deeply grateful to each and every one. I offer special thanks to:
- My friends Richard Linder and Seneca Mudd, who sensed potential in my idea for a complete, inclusive how-to book for working parents and pushed me to spend that weekend at the whiteboard, mapping Workparent out.
- My agent at Writers House, Lisa DiMona, who since our very first phone call believed in this book and who has been a brilliant publishing-world guide, adviser, and supporter every step of the way, from concept to final manuscript. Also at Writers House, Nora Long and Lauren Carsley provided wonderful assistance throughout the writing and publishing process.
- Melinda Merino, for keeping me in the Harvard Business Review fold, for giving me the opportunity to write about working mothers and fathers for HBR.org, and then for greenlighting Workparent. Melinda, thank you so very much for your sponsorship, support, and belief in this idea.
- The incredibly talented editorial, creative, production, and publicity staff at Harvard Business Review Press, including Julie Devoll, Lindsey Dietrich, Stephani Finks, Kelsey Gripenstraw, Alexandra Kephart, Amy Poftak, Jon Shipley, Felicia Sinusas, Jennifer Waring, and Alicyn Zall. I also send heartfelt thanks to the many other wonderful team members at HBR who I’ve had the privilege of working with on various other working-parent-related publications.
- Lydia Yadi and the team at Penguin Business. Lydia, the thoughtful questions you asked at the very beginning of the writing process fundamentally shaped Workparent. Your encouragement helped keep me motivated and on task (even while workparenting amid the pandemic!) and your keen observations and edits helped make this book both better and more inclusive. I am in your debt. Thank you.
- The countless hardworking parents who so thoughtfully shared their experiences and insights with me both before and during the writing of this book—and continue to do so today.
- The many and varied organizations that, throughout the course of my research, graciously connected me with individual employees, contacts, and affiliates willing to “talk working parent.” I send particular thanks to: Bain & Company, Harvard Law Couples and Families Association, Kimberly-Clark, London Fire Brigade, National Young Farmers Coalition, On Site Opera, Oscar Health, Inc., The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and The Riverside Company.
- My editor at the Press, Kevin Evers. Kevin, I’m not certain what to say here, because no matter what I write you’ll only edit the sentence so that it’s three times better than the original, and then I’ll not only have to change what I’ve written but begrudgingly admit that you were right again. So I’ll just say this: I couldn’t ask for a better boss. This book wouldn’t have happened without your perseverance, feedback, good humor, high standards, and unbelievable editorial eye, not to mention your own working-dad insights and commitment. Thank you.
- Each of the working moms and dads who, over the course of my own life, I’ve had the opportunity to observe, listen to, and take advice and inspiration from: the family members, teachers, mentors, colleagues, clients, and friends who helped shape my own workparent template.
- Finally, and most importantly, to my home team: L, P, and M, the awesomest fellow workparent and two kids I can imagine. You’re why I workparent—and, despite the pressures and stresses that it can bring, why I love it and feel lucky to do so. Thank you for the endless patience you’ve shown and the support you’ve given while Mom’s been writing this book. Je vous aime.