One of the main reasons I have such mummy-guilt is the fact that I have to work. I love my job, but I would love to be able to stay at home with Isabelle as well. I am really lucky in the fact that I only have to work part-time, but dropping her off at nursery always makes me feel a bit like I’m abandoning her. She loves it, so I know it’s just mummy-worry, but it’s impossible to feel blame-free when you’re a parent! I wrote about feeling guilty as soon as Isabelle was born and that’s only continued. I recently was sent a copy of The Working Parents’ Guide: To Raising Happy and Confident Children to read and this is what I thought of it.
The book is broken up into sections:
- What Parenting and Leadership have in common
- Becoming a Conscious & Strategic Parent
- Communicating Effectively to Meet Children’s Needs
- Leading by Example, Motivating & Inspiring
- Building Trust & Connection
- Allowing Children to be Accountable for Thier Actions
- Fulfilling Children’s Potential
It is structured like a professional guide rather than the tone of some parenting books being more relaxed and informal. The book provides practical help for things like tantrums, amongst other common parenting issues. There is also a focus on enjoying being a mum and dad in the time you do have, rather than beating yourself up about the time you spend away from your kids. It has behavioural and psychological information to help provide background knowledge and promotes that you should use some of your leadership skills in parenting. As a bonus, there is also a 5-week course included in becoming a leader parent, including tips to deal with some of the most common issues.
I really think the book provides a different look on parenting and on an area that really isn’t documented much. Most of the books like The Baby Whisperer and Gina Ford focus on the newborn period and take for granted that you provide the sole care of your children. It shows that you don’t have to be a sole primary carer and you can share it with nurseries, childminders and nannies etc and still have a good nurturing relationship with your child.
The RRP is £11.38 for a softback copy, but it is also available on Kindle and KindleUnlimited.
I was sent a copy of the book in return for an honest review, all of my opinions are my own, I value my readers too much to compromise that.
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