Why ‘the work/parent switch’?
In the book I argue that the mindset we use for work is not the same as the mindset we need for parenting. Work is all about being efficient and task-focused and goal-driven. But children need a different set of skills from us. They need parents who are in the moment (not three steps ahead), who are able to be messy and playful, who tune in to them and see the world through their eyes. Learning to transition seamlessly between work-mode and parent-mode is essential for working parents.
How is it different from other parenting books?
This is a parenting book firmly grounded in the reality that being a good parent when you are stressed and tired from work is doubly difficult. It covers key challenges for working parents such as managing difficult behaviour when you’re tired at the end of the day, and modern concerns such as controlling children’s tech time and promoting good mental health. Plus, there’s a focus on those sticky parts of the working parent’s day like getting kids out of the house in the morning and avoiding homework battles.